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U.S. Senator Cory Booker: "United"

Cory Booker grew up in an affluent New Jersey suburb but felt drawn to the troubled city of Newark, where he took on the older political establishment and became mayor. The now Democratic U-S senator on his life in politics and his ideas for reforming America's criminal justice system.

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Prince George's County's Schools Chief On Safety In The Smartphone Era

In the wake of a child pornography scandal that has rocked a Maryland elementary school community, we talk with the head of Prince George's County's school system about teaching students about staying safe online.

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Growing Concerns Over Teenagers’ Use Of Anonymous Messaging Apps

The murder of a thirteen-year-old Virginia girl has raised concerns about anonymous messaging apps. Millions of American teenagers use services like Kik that police say have been linked to a growing number of crimes. What parents and teens need to know.

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Should Possession Of Small Amounts Of Cocaine, Heroin Be Treated Like Marijuana?

A Maryland lawmaker is trying to push through a long-shot decriminalization bill that would treat possession of 10 grams or less of cocaine or heroin similar to marijuana.

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Questions Emerge About McDonnell Appeal After Death On Supreme Court

​"[Scalia's] absence appears to be the absence of a vote ​on behalf of McDonnell," says Virginia legal expert Rich Kelsey.
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What's Behind Trends In U.S. Violent Crime Rates

Violent crime rates in the U.S. have dropped dramatically over the last twenty years, but FBI data suggest there was a slight uptick in the first half of last year. What led to the remarkable long-term decline in violent crime in the last two decades in U.S. and what are the prospects the trajectory can continue?

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The Politics Hour - February 5, 2016

Former D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray announced a run for his old Ward 7 Council seat. The Supreme Court won't challenge Virginia’s newly drawn Congressional districts. And Maryland’s former governor Martin O'Malley drops out of the presidential race.

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Julian Borger: "The Butcher's Trail: How The Search For Balkan War Criminals Became The World's Most Successful Manhunt"

After the 1990s conflicts in the former Yugoslavia, the international community identified 161 suspected war criminals. Fourteen years later, every single person on the wanted list had been captured. The Guardian's diplomatic editor recounts one of the most successful manhunts in history.

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Debating Use Of Federal Lands: Bureau Of Land Management Director Neil Kornze

The extremist group behind the armed occupation of a wildlife refuge in Burns, Oregon has demanded that all federal land be "returned to the people." We explore the history of federal land management, how the 250 million acres overseen by the Bureau of Land Management are used, and why there's a vast cultural difference in how public land is viewed out West versus here on the East Coast.

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Investigators: Reforms Have Made Lasting Impact On D.C. Police

Eight years ago, the Justice Department ended its oversight of the D.C. Police Department. Investigators have returned to check on whether reforms have improved the department in the long term, and their report is largely positive.

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