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Up for reelection next year, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser currently stands unopposed and with broad support. She could become the first District mayor in 15 years to serve two consecutive terms. But will a challenger focused on her governing style and the perception of a pay-to-play culture at city hall be able to unseat her? Bowser doesn’t appear to be too worried, telling The Washington Post that her critics “can’t put their finger on me” and sharing some details about her personal life.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute, other groups, don’t like proposed Metro sales tax. [Post]

  • Religious leaders gather near MLK Memorial today to protest Trump and mark the 54th anniversary of the March on Washington. [DCist]

  • A new metered parking rate, based on demand, begins downtown today. [WTOP]

  • One man is dead, another in critical condition after going missing in the Potomac near Key Bridge. [NBC4]

  • Longtime Red Cross volunteer and District resident Rebecca Callahan travels to help hurricane survivors. [WUSA9]

  • Second phase of Beach Drive NW reconstruction begins this morning. [WTOP]

  • Also on Beach Drive, another anti-Trump message appeared on a light board. [Post]

  • We Act D.C. break-in could have been politically motivated, says local activist. [WUSA9]

  • What’s the deal with D.C. dog parks? [Post]

  • MPD investigating double shooting at Northeast gas station early Saturday. [Fox5]

RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Jeffrey Anderson (tips? jeff.anderson@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • House Republican seeks to curtail D.C. law on reproductive health discrimination. [Post]

  • D.C. seeks federal appeals court review of concealed carry law. [DCist]

  • These advocates will advise parents on school suspension rights. [WAMU]

  • Grocery store watchdog Vince Gray spurs Safeway cleanup effort. [Washingtonian]

  • An ode to the 70 Metrobus. [Washingtonian]

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

  • It’s festival season: all the neighborhood, music, and food festivals you can’t miss. [WCP]

  • Christopher K. Morgan takes over as Dance Place’s new director. [Post]

  • A decade-by-decade breakdown of some of the most memorable concerts Merriweather Post Pavilion has hosted in its 50 years. [Post]

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

  • Japanese rice bowl restaurant Donburi opens today on 19th Street NW. [WCP]

  • D.C. drinks the most rosé wine in the U.S. [WBJ]

  • Diner en Blanc shuts down Pennsylvania Avenue with food and fashion. [DC Refined]

  • Top food trucks to visit across D.C., Maryland, and Virginia. [Eater]

  • Reasons you can and should send back food at restaurants, ranked. [Thrillist]

HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Andrew Giambrone (tips? agiambrone@washingtoncitypaper)

  • Trucks are driving some D.C. residents, especially in Northeast, crazy. [Post]

  • On the evolution of Adams Morgan from party central to family-friendly nabe. [UrbanTurf]

  • When income inequality and rising rents reinforce each other for the poorest. [CityLab]

  • New development in Mount Vernon Triangle incorporates three older buildings. [GGW]

  • Editorial: YIMBYism is a diverse coalition of people, in D.C. and elsewhere. [GGW]

  • Enforcing the law against illegal pop-ups proves hard in Capitol Hill. [Capitol Hill Corner]

  • Astronomer’s Georgetown home goes on the market for $6.8 million. [Curbed DC]

  • Tiny houses: The 10 smallest single-family homes in the District. [Curbed DC]

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