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Allen Lew tries to give pep talk to Department of the Environment, fails. [Times]

Vince Gray to Nat Gandhi: You may wanna tighten up your background checks. [Examiner]

Michael Brown didn’t pay his go-to campaign aide for more than a year, according to campaign records. [Post]

Jeff Thompson‘s lawyers in closed court yesterday  [@mikescarella]

Pols not getting free Nats tickets to playoff games. [Post]

Gray has secret plans to send pro-D.C. message to the nation during presidential inauguration. [WAMU]

Greyhound bus station closes. [Post]

District not producing many quality home-grown pols, says Harry Jaffe. [Examiner]

UDC problems are plenty. [NBC4]

Jim Graham in favor of deregulating taxi industry. [Post]