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The Politics Hour - August 15, 2014

Kojo and Tom Sherwood chat with Elissa Silverman, an Independent candidate seeking an at-large seat on the D.C. Council.

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Born And Live In D.C.? You're In The Minority

According to Census data, in 2012 only 37 percent of D.C. residents were born in the city, the third-lowest proportion in the country.
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After Three Weeks, Prosecution To Rest Case Against McDonnells

Prosecutors are expected to wrap up their corruption case against former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell today.
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FBI Agent: McDonnells Owed $90K On Credit Cards

As prosecutors in the McDonnell corruption trial began wrapping up their case, FBI agent David Hulser testified that the McDonnells were in dire financial straits when they did favors for a wealthy businessman.
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Court Won't Delay Same-Sex Marriage Decision In Virginia

A federal appeals court has denied a request to delay its ruling striking down Virginia's same-sex marriage ban, leading to the possibility that same-sex couples will be able to legally marry by next week.
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Virginia Republicans Cheer Plan For Oil, Gas Exploration Off Atlantic Coast

The announcement from the White House that they will allow testing for gas and oil off Virginia's Atlantic coast has drawn rare support from Republican lawmakers, who say it's the first step towards kickstarting offshore drilling.

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Director Steven Spielberg Crops Up In McDonnell Corruption Trial

The A-list Hollywood director was introduced to a doctor by First Lady Maureen McDonnell at the request of the businessman at the center of the trial, according to testimony jurors heard today.
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Vandalism At Manassas Mosque Prompts Calls For Hate Crime Investigation

A local mosque has been vandalized, prompting a prominent Muslim civil rights organization to call on law enforcement to investigate it as a hate crime.
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McDonnell Prosecutors Expected To Wrap Up Case This Week

Prosecutors will put the finishing touches on their case against former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen this week in the corruption trial that has rocked the commonwealth's political landscape.

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No Clear Fix For Trains Carrying Dangerous Cargo Through D.C. Area

The derailment of a train in Lynchburg, Virginia, carrying volatile Bakken crude exposed crucial safety risks in American rail transit, but so far nobody has found a silver bullet that would keep communities safe in the future.