After D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) canceled her weekly calls with the D.C. Council, Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) said he’ll call weekly 90-minute hearings with top health and emergency management officials. Ward 5 Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie (D) weighs in on the political back-and-forth. Plus, we’ll ask him about pausing distribution of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, rolling out a racial equity agenda and what police reform recommendations could mean for the Metropolitan Police Department.

Maryland state Senate Minority Leader Bryan Simonaire (R-Anne Arundel) gives us a recap of the legislative session that wrapped this week, where lawmakers passed bills on pandemic relief, police reform and sports betting. We ask Simonaire what it was like leading his party in a chamber where Democrats outnumber Republicans 2-to-1.

And Lieutenant Governor Boyd Rutherford (R) announced that he’s not running for governor. He joins Kojo and Tom to explain why.

Sorting political fact from fiction, and having fun while we’re at it. Join us for our weekly review of the politics, policies, and personalities of the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia.

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