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The Politics Hour - August 22, 2014

Virginia's former governor takes the stand to defend himself in a high-profile corruption trial. The Internal Revenue Service inserts itself into the brewing controversy of an affordable housing complex in the District. And Maryland officials pledge that its troubled online health exchange will be fixed by November. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies, and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

Should Local Police Officers Wear Cameras?

In light of the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, Angela Alsobrooks, the State's Attorney for Prince George's County, Maryland, said having police officers wear cameras would help better protect them during investigations.

"Officers' use of technology has been very helpful," she said of other tools, like dashboard cameras, departments have put in place. "It really does alleviate questions that may arise later."

Watch the discussion below.

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Watch the full interview with Angela Alsobrooks, the State's Attorney for Prince George's County, Maryland, in our studio.

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Irish Voters Decide Whether To Legalize Same-Sex Marriage

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Mechanical Turk Workers: Secret Cogs In The Internet Marketplace

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