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A Brookland woman has begun fundraising to target Jason Chaffetz, the chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and a “would-be despot” who is “trying to nullify the laws that we have democratically passed.”


  • Cherry Blossom Festival organizers will announce peak bloom time today. [NBC4, Post]

  • Transit tourist says Metro is worse than systems in Salt Lake City, Mexico City, Dallas, Portland, and Denver. [Post]

  • Two thirds of the D.C. area’s millennials would split for the right job. [WBJ]

  • The meaning of securing Kirk Cousins for another season, in list form. [Post]

  • Nation Aquarium’s matriarch dolphin dies at 44. [NBC4]

  • It might rain and blow very hard between 2 p.m. and 9 p.m. today. [NBC4]

  • Northwest D.C. residents say Waze app is causing traffic safety hazard. [NBC4]

  • To ease traffic, Va. will add eight miles of high occupancy toll lanes. [WAMU]

  • Silver Spring mosque receives creepy, threatening letter. [WJLA]

  • Construction worker dies after trench collapses on him in Northwest D.C. [WTOP]


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

  • Feds to audit D.C. Zika response. [Post]

  • Unconstitutional? D.C. police enter transgender home. [Times]

  • Federal hiring freeze threatens black middle class. [WAMU]

  • Michelle visits Ballou. [FOX5]

  • Denied tuition assistance because mother is Salvadorean, D.C. woman sues. [WJLA]

  • Jaffe: a third way toward D.C. autonomy. [NBC4]

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

  • The Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival announces this year’s lineup. [DC Music Download]

  • That was fast: Someone trying to snap a selfie broke a pumpkin in the Hirshhorn’s Yayoi Kusama exhibition. [Hyperallergic]

  • Oscar winner Mahershala Ali had his acting debut at Arena Stage. [Washingtonian]

  • Read an interview with Fellow Creatures’ Sam McCormally. [DC Music Download]

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

  • The world, now with sushi doughnuts. [Post]

  • Cuba Cuba Corner debuts in Adams Morgan. [PoPville]

  • Some zip codes are left out of Amazon Prime’s delivery service. [DCist]

  • MTV was filming at Community in Bethesda. [Bethesda Beat]

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

  • Where will the homeless who frequent the MLK Jr. Library go when it closes? [WAMU]

  • What will eventually replace Fannie Mae’s Wisconsin Avenue headquarters? [UrbanTurf]

  • A mixed-income development is planned for ex-Coast Guard headquarters. [UrbanTurf]

  • Georgetown residents still support gondola connecting D.C. to Virginia. [UrbanTurf]

  • Another study showing that D.C. rents are some of the highest in the country. [Post]

  • Nine-bedroom home in Massachusetts Heights sells in February for $12.6 million. [WBJ]

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