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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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'Rum, Rumba, And Romance': A Book On Cuba's Enduring Mystique

This week, President Obama announced that he will begin to normalize relations with Cuba. Cuban-American writer Richard Blanco recommends a book about Cuba's imprint on the American imagination.
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New Cuba Relationship Could Be A Boon For American Farmers

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It was an honest mistake. But when President Obama said "James Flacco" when referring to James Franco — on a Friday before the holidays, no less — the slip was eagerly received online.

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