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Local Autonomy And The Prosecution of Crimes In D.C.

The attorney general under former District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray argues that local officials in th nation's capital should be able to prosecute local crimes - just the same as local prosecutors can in every city across the country besides the District.

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Beyond Flint: The Safety Of America's Tap Water

Investigators continue to seek answers in the contaminated water crisis in Flint, Michigan, but experts warn millions of older pipes still in use put other communities around the country at risk as well. Join us to talk about efforts to assess and ensure the safety of America's tap water.

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Virginia Lawmakers Take Action To Prevent Government Behind Closed Doors

Virginia has a terrible reputation for open government, and if a recent recent state Supreme Court ruling is allowed to stand, it might get worse. But the General Assembly, with prompting by a Democratic state senator from Fairfax County, is pushing back.

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The Life And Legacy Of Justice Scalia -- And The Future Makeup Of The Supreme Court

The late Justice Antonin Scalia was the leading conservative voice on the U.S. Supreme Court. Scalia's life and legacy, and the battle ahead over the makeup of the nation's highest court.

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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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