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The Politics Hour

Forging ahead on a casino at National Harbor, Md., streetcars in Arlington, Va., and school closings in the District. It's our weekly review of the politics, policies and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia.

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Superstorm Sandy Sends Jobless Claims Up Sharply

The storm threw some people onto unemployment rolls and shut down some state offices the previous week — meaning some laid-off workers couldn't file their claims until last week.
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BP Pleads Guilty, Will Pay $4 Billion In Criminal Penalties For Gulf Oil Spill

Eleven people were killed and one of the largest environmental disasters in history happened after an oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico exploded in 2010.
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Online Campaign Asks Macy's To Dump Trump

An online petition is urging Macy's to stop selling its line of Donald Trump branded clothing. The petition says the department store should sever ties with Trump because he is offensive, sexist and hypocritical. But a Macy's spokesperson insists its merchandise and marketing do not represent any political position.
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BP Is Expected To Plead Guilty In Gulf Spill

Oil giant BP is preparing to plead guilty to criminal misconduct related to the 2010 Gulf spill. The deal is set to be announced in New Orleans Thursday.
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Should Taxpayers Rebuild Sandy-Stricken Northeast?

President Obama travels to New York Thursday to get a first hand look at the continuing recovery efforts and lingering damage from Hurricane Sandy. Damage and lost economic activity from the storm have been estimated as high as $50 billion. State officials and lawmakers from the affected region say they intend to tap the federal government for as much assistance as possible.
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Hostess Brands Threatens To Liquidate

Famous for processed treats like Twinkies, Hostess Brands says it will go into liquidation if striking bakers don't return to work Thursday. Analysts say the company's most iconic brands would likely be bought by other companies.

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