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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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Jenner: 'For All Intents And Purposes, I Am A Woman'

In an interview with Diane Sawyer on ABC's "20/20", the former gold-medal-winning Olympic decathlete described a struggle with gender identity that began in childhood.
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PepsiCo Swaps Diet Drink's Aspartame For Other Artificial Sweeteners

The company says Diet Pepsi consumers are concerned about aspartame. But the Food and Drug Administration has long affirmed that the sweetener is safe in amounts commonly used by beverage companies.
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Young Trafficking Victim's Story On NPR Leads To Senator's Amendment

Hearing about a young woman's struggle to wipe away her conviction on prostitution charges inspired New Hampshire Sen. Jeanne Shaheen to introduce legislation to help other victims.
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At The Heart Of A Watch, Tested By Time

Watchmakers have long thrived by selling timepieces that will be cherished as family heirlooms. But, if pragmatism rendered the pocket watch obsolete, what happens when watches become computers?

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