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The Politics Hour

Sorting political fact from fiction, and having fun while we're at it. DC residents will decide in November whether to take the next step--legalizing marijuana. The trail of former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell wraps up. And taxi app companies Uber and Lyft get a boost in Virginia, but hit roadblocks in Maryland. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies, and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

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DC Mayoral Candidate Carol Schwartz (Independent) said Friday she's being underestimated by the media as the race heats up heading toward November's elections.

She pointed to recent articles that say she has no chance of winning, and a poll that left her name off of a question that asked voters which candidate they would prefer.

For the full discussion, watch below.

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Independent D.C. mayoral candidate Carol Schwartz joins us in studio. Watch live video of our conversation below.

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Jhumpa Lahiri Finds Freedom In Italian Memoir: 'No One Expected Me To Do It'

The Interpreter of Maladies author is a successful, Pulitzer Prize-winning English-language writer. But she found writing in Italian gave her true freedom; "Language is a very messy thing," she says.
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Gulf Of Mexico Open For Fish-Farming Business

For the first time, companies can apply to set up fish farms in U.S. federal waters. The government says the move will help reduce American dependence on foreign seafood and improve security.
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What's Behind Trends In U.S. Violent Crime Rates

FBI data suggest there was a slight uptick in violent crime in the first half of last year, but overall violent crime rates in the U.S. have dropped dramatically over the last twenty years. What led to the long-term decline, and why do some say it’s likely to continue?

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Blocked: Twitter's Role In Combating Violent Extremism

Over the course of seven months, Twitter has suspended over 125,000 accounts for threatening or promoting terrorist acts.

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