The Politics Hour

Friday, May 7, 2010 at 12:06 p.m.

Guest Host:

Tom Sherwood
The Politics Hour

The Politics Hour gang sits down with Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and D.C. Council Member Tommy Wells.

It's deja vu all over again. Virginia's top lawyer wades into divisive national politics, by launching a probe into climate change research. Another high-profile murder brings the spotlight back onto juvenile justice agencies in D.C. And Maryland's gubernatorial rematch returns to the nasty tenor of the 2006 race.

Guests

Tom Sherwood

Resident Analyst; NBC 4 reporter; and Columnist for the Current Newspapers

Paul West

Reporter, The Baltimore Sun

Ken Cuccinelli

Attorney General, Commonwealth of Virginia (R)

Tommy Wells

Member, D.C. Council (D-Ward 6); Chairman, Committee on Human Services

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Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) discusses possible legislative responses to the recent murder of University of Virginia student Yeardley Love. Cuccinelli discusses information-sharing to keep track of students with criminal records or histories of mental illness:

Cuccinelli explains his office's recent probe of former University of Virginia professor Michael Mann, a prominent climate scientist. Cuccinelli says his office is investigating whether state funds were misused; critics are calling it an attack on academic freedom.

D.C. Councilman Tommy Wells (D-Ward 6) discusses the recent spotlight on District's juvenile justice system. Three teenagers charged in the murder of a city school principal, Brian Betts, were under the supervision of the Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services (DYRS). Wells states that going forward the city will have a "zero tolerance" policy for youths who abscond from DYRS:

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