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Expect a cloudy Friday with a high chance of political gridlock. (Sound redundant?)

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • New year, new Congress… same old asks. Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) introduces a resolution granting statehood to the District, which she says Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) has promised would get a committee hearing.

  • Officials held a groundbreaking Thursday afternoon for Good Food Markets, a grocery store slated to open in the third quarter of 2019 in Ward 8’s Bellevue neighborhood. There is only one existing grocery store in the ward, which is home to about 85,000 people.

  • Meet some of the D.C. groups picking up the garbage overflowing from trash cans, courtesy of the federal government shutdown, on the National Mall. Meanwhile the Old Post Office tower on Pennsylvania Ave., which shares space with the Trump International Hotel, is open despite the president’s refusal to fund the government over construction of a border wall.

  • City Paper event:The Fiction Issue is here, and we promise that the stories are more interesting than the news. To hear the winning authors read from their stories, come to Solid State Books at 6 p.m. on Jan. 6.

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

  • Mayor Muriel Bowser is hiring. [Twitter]

  • New public restrooms in downtown D.C., and incentives for businesses that make their potties public. [Post]

  • The D.C. Democratic State Committee meeting last night in a thread. Topics included education, statehood, the health of black women, gun violence, and more. [Twitter]

  • A white bicyclist pleaded not guilty to assaulting a black motorist. The 25-year-old cyclist, Maxim Smith, allegedly called the driver the n-word and bashed him with a U-lock after the two got into a scuffle. [Post]

  • ICYMI: MPD is trying to charge an ANC $5,000 for body camera footage. [Twitter]

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

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  • Four hot pot restaurants to experiment at this winter, including two in D.C. proper. [WCP]

  • The Salt Line is opening a second location in Ballston in 2020. [ArlNow]

  • This isn’t the only month non-alcoholic drinks should be the star. [Post]

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

  • ICYMI: Read our Fiction Issue! [WCP]

  • D.C. producer Tone P is stepping into the spotlight. [Post]

  • The ninth annual Elvis’ Birthday Fight Club returns this weekend with a burlesque, toilet-filled tribute to the King. [DCist]

  • Furloughed feds can get theater ticket discounts at these local theater companies. [Washingtonian]

  • The National Postal Museum takes a look at the history of Kwanzaa. [AFRO]

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

  • Law enforcement officials made another sweep of DC General to search for Relisha Rudd. [NBC4]

  • Attorney General Karl Racine sues for receivership of 220 Hamilton Street NW, a property in deep disrepair. [Twitter]

  • How developers are trying to lure suburbanites. [Post]

  • If you have any specific thoughts about garage doors, here’s a place to put them. [PoPville]

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

  • The Navy-Air Force Half Marathon and 5 Miler, originally scheduled for Sept. 15, have been canceled due to budget concerns. [WCP]

  • Markieff Morris will miss the next six weeks after being diagnosed with “transient cervical neuropraxia.” [NBC Sports Washington]

  • Prosecutors in Florida have dropped a domestic violence charge against Reuben Foster. The local NFL team was the only franchise to claim Foster after the linebacker was arrested in November. [ESPN]

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

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