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To Understand Scalia's Judicial Philosophy, Look No Further Than D.C.'s Gun Laws

Justice Antonin Scalia was the court's best-known "originalist" — he believed that the meaning of the U.S. Constitution was set when it was adopted, and the interpretation doesn't shift over time. That judicial philosophy was on display in the 2008 decision that overturned D.C.'s longstanding ban on handgun ownership.
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The Politics Hour - February 12, 2016

D.C. Council Member Yvette Alexander (D-Ward 7) joins Kojo and Tom Sherwood to chat about her upcoming fight for re-election.

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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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Maryland's Assault Weapons Ban Cast In Doubt By Court Ruling

A federal appeals court Thursday sent a lower court decision on Maryland's gun control law back for review, a potential blow to the assault weapons ban in the state.

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Pop-Ups, Parking, and Mom-And-Pop Shops: New Zoning Rules For The District

The term "zoning" puts many to sleep, but new rules in the District address hot-button issues: adding floors to row-houses, renting out English basements, and parking minimums for new apartment buildings. We consider how the regulations will affect local neighborhoods, and how they compare to nearby jurisdictions.

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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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The White House And Congress Debate Efforts To Address Puerto Rico's Growing Economic Crisis

Puerto Rico's governor has warned for months that the U.S. territory is in a "death spiral" with its crushing $72 billion debt. Join us to discuss Puerto Rico's financial crisis and new actions being considered by the White House and Congress.

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The Safety Of Local Water Supplies

As the controversy builds around the safety of the water supply in Flint, Mich., we look back at a water crisis that hit Washington a decade ago - and how officials went about fixing it.

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New White House And State Proposals That Aim To Close The Gender Pay Gap

The Obama administration announces new rules for companies aimed at closing the gender pay gap. At the same time, equal pay advocates are introducing legislation in at least twenty-four states. What this could mean for women, businesses and wages.

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David Kaczynski: "Every Last Tie: The Story Of The Unabomber And His Family"

It has been nearly twenty years since the FBI arrested Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, ending his trail of terror that left three dead and dozens injured. The man who tipped off authorities was his own brother. He’ll join us to tell his family’s story.

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