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Congressional Republicans criticized District leaders on Thursday at a committee hearing on D.C. budget autonomy, the legality of which a court upheld in March. Although D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton defended budget independence as beneficial for the District and harmless to Congress, Capitol Hill Republicans said they were considering limiting it, either through legislation or language in the next federal budget.


  • Metro and the Federal Transit Administration butt heads over rail-maintenance priorities. [Post, WAMU]
  • A man was fatally shot near Fort Dupont Park while helping kids get off a bus. [FOX5, Post]
  • D.C.’s parking meter rates are set to rise significantly in some areas come June 1. [City Desk, DCist, Post]
  • A District firefighter has been found guilty in a neglect of duty case involving a child who choked. [FOX5]
  • Five hundred D.C. Public Schools students will be able to participate in paid summer internships. [Post]
  • The owner of Bullfrog Bagels says he won’t sell bagels to Donald Trump’s hotel. [Young & Hungry]
  • Major traffic corridor 16th Street NW won’t get dedicated bus lanes for at least a couple years. [Borderstan]


LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Will Sommer (tips? wsommer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Congressional Republicans want to stop budget autonomy. [Post, WAMU]
  • Showdown in Ward 7 between Vince Gray and Yvette Alexander. [LL]
  • Where to talk about the statehood constitution, if you have to. [City Desk]
  • DDOT says Connecticut Plaza could happen. [Borderstan]
  • Ethics complaint filed over school food contract. [City Desk]
  • Murder near elementary school. [DCist]
  • Don’t hold your breath for the 16 Street bus lane. [Borderstan]
  • Proposed rates for D.C. Health Link. [WBJ]

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

  • How the suburbs inspired local artist Kevin MacDonald. [Post]
  • Fort Reno is in trouble again. [Washingtonian]
  • The music community remembers John Stabb. [Arts Desk]
  • Sure, you’ll be able to see Hamilton at the Kennedy Center. Just take out a second loan. [DCist]
  • What’s it worth to see the hit musical here in D.C.? [DC Theatre Scene]
  • An interview with Beauty Pill‘s Chad Clark ahead of the band’s performance at the Luce Foundation Center next week. [Eye Level]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? jsidman@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Lei’d will bring fast-casual poke to Virginia. [Eater]
  • Caboose Brewing will be the Mosaic District’s first brewery. [Post]
  • New popcorn shop opens to enormous line in Pentagon City Mall. [ARLnow]
  • Taste test of Ottoman Taverna [BYT]
  • The best Vietnamese cheap eats [Washingtonian]
  • Nonprofit will serve thousands of free lunches next week. [DCist]