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The Politics Hour - June 27, 2014

Maryland's lieutenant governor emerges victorious in the state's Democratic primary, while a former Annapolis official scores the GOP nomination. D.C. lawmakers debate a complex plan to spend public money on a new soccer stadium. And gubernatorial budget moves spark more political controversy in the Old Dominion. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

Ike Leggett: Maryland's Unfriendliness To Business "More Of A Perception Than A Reality"

Maryland has come a long way toward being more business friendly in the past few years, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett (D) said Friday on The Kojo Nnamdi Show, even if residents don't yet fully realize the transformation.

The state's reputation for being less friendly than neighboring Virginia is at this point "more of a perception than a reality," Leggett said, noting several new policies and incentives enacted to attract new business.

Metro's Silver Line, slated to open in July, will likely make Northern Virginia an even more attractive option for residents and businesses alike, but Leggett says Maryland "is going to hold [its] own" against the Old Dominion.

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Kojo Speaks Out on D.C. Autonomy, U.S. Rep. Andy Harris

In his typically humorous "billboard" introduction to the Politics Hour, Kojo lumped U.S. Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) with "bullying, outside interlopers" on Capitol Hill who regularly disrespect the District's autonomy - because of the legislator's attempt to stop D.C. from decriminalizing small amounts of marijuana.

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Impressionist Hero Édouard Manet Gets The Star Treatment In Los Angeles

Manet was not himself an Impressionist, but he mightily influenced the movement. Two of his paintings are now in L.A. The Railway is making its West Coast debut, and Spring just sold for $65 million.
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Stone Age Britons Were Eating Wheat 2,000 Years Before They Farmed It

Scientists have recovered cultivated wheat DNA from an 8,000-year-old submerged site off the British coast. The finding suggests hunter-gatherers were trading for the grain long before they grew it.
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Paycheck Politics And The Homeland Security Bill

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson is blasting Republicans who claim that the department's workers can weather a temporary shutdown if Congress can't finish legislation to fund the department by the end of Friday.

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'Ballot Selfies' Clash With The Sanctity Of Secret Polling

New Hampshire is the first state to outlaw voting booth selfies. Some call the ban unconstitutional and are challenging it in court. Others argue selfies compromise privacy and enable voter coercion.

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