Prepare for some possible snow on Friday by enjoying this mostly sunny Thursday, D.C.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • Home Rulers: Read this multi-generational collection of essays from people who were born and raised in D.C. They are the winners of our D.C. natives essay contest. D.C. native Christina Sturdivant Saniedited and assembled the collection, which includes advice for newcomers, such as: “Whoever you are, whatever you’re looking for, you’re in the right place.”

  • D.C. Attorney GeneralKarl Racinesubpoenaed records related to President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee, which took in $107 million and paid $1.5 million to Trump’s hotel. Racine is looking for evidence of self dealing, the New York Timesreported.

  • We graded each D.C. councilmember’s social media skills. Spoiler: Ward 8 Councilmember Trayon Whiteset the curve.

  • Skip Groffinspired a generation of punks in D.C. He died last week at age 70.

  • The mobile museum celebrating black pro hockey players is parked in D.C. this week.

  • The liar Michael Cohen testified on Capitol Hill yesterday (read his opening statements). He called President Trump a cheat, a con man, and a racist and aired a bunch of the president’s dirty laundry. He knows his word is tainted, so he brought along a bunch of documents, including copies of checks to repay Cohen’s payments to porn actress Stormy Daniels.

  • Virginia first lady Pam Northam is under fire for handing out cotton to children on a tour of the governor’s mansion and telling them to imagine being enslaved. Gov. Ralph Northam certainly wasn’t in the clear from his blackface scandal, and this certainly doesn’t help.

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Mitch Ryals (tips? mryals@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • The 2020 election cycle is right around the corner, and the Office of Campaign Finance doesn’t have  D.C.’s new publicly funded election program up and running. Councilmember Charles Allen is not pleased. [WCP]

  • Some D.C. government employees were told they can’t use medical marijuana even though it’s legal in the District and the city’s policy manual appears to allow for its use. [DCist]

  • Virginia Sen. Mark Warner is supporting statehood for D.C. for the first time. [Twitter]

  • A former D.C. government employee pleaded guilty to diverting $400,000 in welfare benefits. [Post]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes (tips? lhayes@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • ICYMI: This specific form of wage theft affects the cooks and kitchen workers who prepare our meals. [WCP]

  • D.C., Maryland, and Virginia raked in James Beard nominations. [Washingtonian]

  • Let ice cream just be ice cream. [Eater]

  • Including this ice cream that allegedly helps you sleep better. [Post]

ARTS LINKS, by Matt Cohen (tips? mcohen@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • D.C., dystopian style. [Post]

  • David Driskellreflects on his influence in D.C.’s art world, as the curator of the nation’s first African-American owned private art gallery, and beyond. [The DC Line]

  • You should know Deirdre Darden, a local curator responsible for all the art at Eaton Hotel. [Washington Informer]

  • The Crate Digger recalls a long lost band from Hyattsville’s more psychedelic past. [WCP]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Morgan Baskin (tips? mbaskin@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Housing Complex is away from her desk today. 

SPORTS LINKS, by Kelyn Soong (tips? ksoong@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Jordan McRae is the best player in the G League and has a two-way contract with the Wizards. Why doesn’t he have an NBA contract yet? [WCP]

  • The Post has hiredSam Fortier, who formerly covered the Los Angeles Chargers for The Athletic,as its backup Nationals beat writer. He replaces Chelsea Janes, wholeft the sports department in January to cover the 2020 presidential campaigns.

  • Serious injuries have derailed Kate Murphy’s collegiate running career, but the former high school running phenom from Burke isn’t giving up on the sport. She is making progress on her recovery and hopes to one day compete again. [RunWashington]

HAPPENING TODAY, byKayla Randall (tips? krandall@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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