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US Senator Barbara Mikulski has been awarded the nation's highest civilian honor: the Medal of Freedom. The longest-serving woman in the history of the US Congress was hailed as a groundbreaking champion of women's rights, and celebrated for her career-long activism. WYPR's Karen Hosler was at yesterday's White House ceremony, and tells us some of what happened.


Fraser Smith and Melissa Deckman, chair of the political science department at Washington College, discuss Martin O'Malley's performance in the second Democratic presidential primary debate and its effect on his chances in Iowa.

Fraser Smith and John Fritze, of the Baltimore Sun's Washington Bureau, examine the politics of immigration and refugees.


Fraser Smith and John Lee, of the WYPR news team, examine the Baltimore County Council's effort to phase out the storm water management fee, otherwise known as the dreaded "rain tax."


Fraser Smith and Karen Hosler, of the WYPR reporting team, talk about Governor Larry Hogan's chances of changing the way Maryland draws Congressional districts.

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Democratic House and Senate leaders in Annapolis renewed their call Monday for Gov. Larry Hogan to spend money they fenced off for schools.


Fraser Smith and John Fritze, of the Baltimore Sun's Washington Bureau, wonder how much longer former Governor Martin O'Malley stays in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination.


Just hours before Vice President Joe Biden announced he would not run for president, Fraser Smith and Dr. Mileah Kromer, of the Goucher Poll, talk about the effect Biden would have on the race, the first Democratic debate and the surge of Republican Dr. Ben Carson.