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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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Among The Young And Privileged In North Korea

American journalist Suki Kim spent six months teaching English at a North Korean University that serves the sons of the elite. She chronicles her experience in a new book, Without You, There Is No Us.
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From NFL To 'Scandal,' Whole Foods Buys TV Ads To Boost Its Brand

A pioneer in selling organic, sustainable groceries, Whole Foods now finds itself beset by competitors. So it's launching its first national ad blitz to sell socially conscious consumers on its story.
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Watchdogs Call For Independent Ethics Enforcement On Capitol Hill

The only ethics oversight in the U.S. Senate is an internal ethics committee that is often perceived to do no policing at all. The watchdog group Public Citizen wants that to change.

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In Silicon Valley, Paying For Access To Peace Of Mind

The San Francisco area is the home to the high-tech sector and has a history of embracing Eastern spirituality. Now the two meet in the yoga and meditation classes popular with the local tech workers.

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