A morning roundup of news, opinion, and links from City Paper and around the District. Send tips and ideas to citydesk@washingtoncitypaper.com.

It was the fear of nuclear war during the Reagan era—the end of his first term and the beginning of his second—that inspired D.C.’s grassroots punk activists. They created and nurtured a social movement blending music and politics that persists fully three decades later, and that will feature prominently this Inauguration Day.


  • A new District policy center will challenge the liberal D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute. [WCP]

  • An alternative inauguration ball for immigrants, refugees, and their allies. [WTOP]

  • Man sets himself on fire outside Trump’s D.C. hotel in apparent protest. [NBC4, Post]

  • D.C. Police will make mass arrests if necessary on Inauguration Day. [NBC4]

  • She plans to run seven marathons in seven days—despite brain cancer. [FOX5]

  • Repealing Affordable Care Act could cost Maryland more than $2 billion. [WBJ]

  • Whole Foods will close a regional production facility for prepared foods. [WBJ]

  • Two men died of gunshot wounds in separate Northeast shootings yesterday. [Post]

  • Driver escapes before his vehicle sinks into Anacostia River. [Post]

  • Boy dies after choking in daycare at Department of Labor building. [NBC4]

  • Former FBI agent and GMU adjunct accused of recording sex with a student. [NBC4]

  • Police, family urge shooter of loved neighborhood matriarch Vivian Marrow to surrender. [Post]


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

  • Muriel and Vince. Vince and Muriel. [Post]

  • Bowser, fellow mayors, vow to preserve “sanctuary cities.” [Washington Times]

  • MPD should have a Muslim Liaison Unit, new bill says. [DCist]

  • Pro-lifers bounced from Women’s March on Washington. [FOX5]

  • Early release for Chelsea Manning. [New York Times]

  • Secret Service settles two-decade-old racial discrimination suit for $24 million. [Post]

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

  • Absolutely fabulous: This weekend’s gayest dance party will be outside Mike Pence’s house. [DCist]

  • Student painting depicting Ferguson is removed from Capitol Hill display. [AP]

  • What’s in a name: The Slants take their trademark appeal to the Supreme Court. [WAMU]

  • At the Anacostia Playhouse, D.C. residents work out their fears onstage. [WAMU]

  • In his new book, an Alexandria lawyer chronicles getting an innocent man off death row. [WCP]

  • Local comedians will host an anti-inaugural comedy festival this weekend. [DCist]

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

  • Bar Bao opens in Clarendon in March. [WCP]

  • Bonfire flames out, announces post-inauguration closure. [WBJ]

  • A quick guide to ordering Ethiopian like a pro. [Washingtonian]

  • Iron Gate is launching a pop-up Valentine’s Day bar. [DCist]

  • Ivy City’s Mexican restaurant La Puerta Verde is open. [Eater]

  • Signs you’re in a crappy steakhouse. [Thrillist]

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

  • Kalorama is the latest District neighborhood to experience an influx of notables. [WCP]

  • The Georgetown home where Jackie Kennedy once lived sees price cut. [UrbanTurf]

  • A 280-unit mixed-use building is coming to Union Market (Morse Street NE). [UrbanTurf]

  • Zoning officials to rule on a controversial Kingman Park project in February. [Curbed DC]

  • Why a large empty lot near the Brookland Metro station will not become housing. [GGW]

  • Friendship Heights’ massive Mazza Gallerie shopping center sells for $78 million. [WBJ]

  • Advisory Board Co. cuts 200-plus jobs but may still keep $60 million in tax breaks. [WBJ]

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