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The Washington metropolitan area is home to the largest number of African immigrants in the United States. But these communities-- dispersed across Maryland, Virginia and D.C.--- have not traditionally wielded very much political power at the local level. This weekend, four Maryland gubernatorial candidates addressed African immigrant voters at a special forum in Silver Spring. We explore how African diasporas are mobilizing to engage local political institutions.
Earlier this month, the House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Cures Act in a rare bi-partisan effort. The bill is meant to speed the development of lifesaving treatments, but critics warn it may also allow ineffective or even harmful drugs onto the market.