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The Politics Hour - August 1, 2014

A court ruling throws the District's handgun law into legal limbo. The corruption trial of former Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell gets off to a salacious start. And the list of local sites under consideration for the new FBI headquarters is narrowed down to three. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies, and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

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Mark Herring: McDonnell Corruption Trial Has "Badly Damaged Public Trust"

Can Gov. Terry McAuliffe Bring Medicaid To Virginia On His Own?

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring said it isn't clear if Gov. Terry McAuliffe will be able to legally expand Medicaid, or improve upon the state's health care, on his own.

Herring said Friday on the Kojo Nnamdi show he thought McAuliffe has been "doing the right thing fighting for Medicaid expansion," but would have to review the forthcoming proposals from McAuliffe and the state's Secretary of Health to determine whether they'd pass legally under the governor's executive power.

A poll out of Roanoke College last week showed a state deeply divided on the issue, with 46 percent of those surveyed saying they don't want the system to change and 41 percent hoping for reform. Twelve percent were undecided.

But even fewer--28 percent--are comfortable with the idea of McAuliffe taking action on his own, without a vote from the state's legislature.

Failure to reach an agreement on Medicaid prompted a budget standoff as the session came to a close earlier this year; the plan was eventually passed without mention of broadening Medicare's reach.

Republicans have said they'll reconvene the House and Senate in late September to debate the issue again.

Watch McAuliffe discuss the issue below.

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Starting at noon, watch Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring (D) and DC Attorney General candidate Edward "Smitty" Smith (D) live from our studio.

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The Long, Scary Journey From A 'Terrorist's Son' To A Peace Activist

Zak Ebrahim's father was convicted as a conspirator of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. For most of his life, Ebrahim lied to people about who his father was. His new memoir tells his story.
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Sweet: Dunkin' Donuts and Krispy Kreme Pump Up Pledge On Palm Oil

Two major doughnut chains have bowed to consumer pressure to better police their palm oil purchases. Environmentalists say its a win for consumers, trees and animals.
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Billionaire GOP Donor Finally Opens Checkbook For 2014

Sheldon Adelson, the Las Vegas casino magnate, is giving $20 million to GOP-oriented "social welfare" groups for use in midterm campaigns.
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Apple: iOS 8 Prevents Cooperation With Police Unlocking Requests

In the rollout of its new mobile operating system, Apple says it has made it technically impossible for the company to unlock phone data, even in response to a law enforcement warrant.

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