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The Politics Hour - June 20, 2014

Maryland braces for primary elections. D.C.'s chief financial officer warns lawmakers that tax cut proposals may bust the city's budget. And Arlington County puts the brakes on plans to put a street car project up for a voter referendum. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies, and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

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Lt. Gov Anthony G. Brown, a Democratic candidate for Governor of Maryland, talks with Tom Sherwood and Matt Bush about how he distinguishes himself from current Gov. Martin O'Malley, with whom he's served for the past eight years.

Carol Schwartz, an independent candidate for DC Mayor, talks about why she decided to run for the city's top office -- again.

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Starting at noon June 20, watch live video as we host Maryland Lt. Gov and gubernatorial hopeful Anthony Brown and DC Mayoral Candidate Carol Schwartz in studio.

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PepsiCo Swaps Diet Drink's Aspartame For Other Artificial Sweeteners

The company says Diet Pepsi consumers are concerned about aspartame. But the Food and Drug Administration has long affirmed that the sweetener is safe in amounts commonly used by beverage companies.
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Surgeon General Vivek Murthy On Gun Control, Vaccines And Science

Surgeon General Vivek Murthy was officially sworn in this week. His confirmation was held up for more than a year because of comments he made about gun violence. Murthy talks with NPR's Scott Simon.
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At The Heart Of A Watch, Tested By Time

Watchmakers have long thrived by selling timepieces that will be cherished as family heirlooms. But, if pragmatism rendered the pocket watch obsolete, what happens when watches become computers?

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