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  • Good morning sweet readers! LL’s no finance nerd, but even he can tell we’re in another tech bubble. LinkedIn, which is the worst website ever, is not a $10 billion company. And Facebook isn’t worth $80 billion. C’mon people! That’s crazy. News time:

    Throw the Bums Out?: The Post‘s Colby King wins the slow news weekend with a column saying that Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry ought not to win re-election next year and some of the other five council incumbents up for a vote probably shouldn’t either: “First in poverty and neglect, last in jobs and health, Ward 8, despite pockets of improvement, lags in every measure of urban progress. Barry is the embodiment of that failure.” Ouch. King also touches on why Barry and every other incumbent has a strong shot of winning. “Election after election, the city gets flooded with dopey, unprofessional political campaigns waged by woefully unprepared candidates with no political strategy, no organization and no money. They crowd the ballot and absorb time and attention, thus giving better-known, well-funded incumbents an easy pass.” Wait a second, you don’t mean Faith, do you, Colby?

    AFTER THE JUMP: DYRS Disapproval; Meet Irv; Econ Dev Up For Grabs…

    It’s Nothing Personal, Wait, It’s Totally Personal: Speaking of Barry, he and Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham teamed up Friday to vote against Mayor Vince Gray‘s pick to lead the District’s long-troubled juvenile justice agency. Barry and Graham said they have concerns about Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services Acting Director Neil Stanley‘s “lack of relevant experience, ongoing troubles in the agency and an inquiry into how a key post had been filled.” A full council vote is expected tomorrow. Does Gray have enough juice with the council to pull Stanley through? Is Stanley worth the effort on the mayor’s part? Stay tuned.

    Getting to Know All About Irv: The Post profiled Attorney General Irv Nathan over the weekend, revealing that the new A.G. enjoys skiing and has a vacation home in the Berkshires, wherever that is. The 67-year-old Nathan, according to a bud, was the perfect pick for the A.G. spot because he needs the gig “like he needs a hole in his head.” Nathan says being A.G. is the hardest job he’s had and adds that he’s had to do a little fence-mending coming after Peter Nickles. The bad news for Ward 5 Councilmember Harry Thomas Jr., whom Nickles is suing: “In his suit against Thomas, Nathan has put the city government on notice, even as some of Gray’s political allies murmur about whether Nathan was a politically smart choice. ‘I’m prepared to defend everything that was done and every allegation that was made,’ Nathan said. ‘We checked it many times.'”

    13 is Plenty, Thankyouverymuch: Some strong words in Jonetta Rose Barras‘ column today. She accuses CFO Nat Gandhi of being a “croupier” and secretly assisting Councilmember Michael Brown‘s bid to legalize online gambling. Councilmember David Catania accuses Gandhi of pretending to be a bean counter while trying to be a policymaker. “He’s not just guiding it, he’s directing it. He has cleverly used his perch to be the 14th member of the council.”

    Bowser v. VO: The Examiner‘s Freeman Klopott speculates on who might be the next head of the coveted economic development committee, now that Thomas has stepped aside. Klopott says that any scandal-tinged councilmember is going to have a “tough political argument to make for the committee,” leaving the contest between Ward 4 Councilmember Muriel Bowser and At-large Councilmember Vincent Orange. Hmm, given that VO’s initial request for an investigation into  Council Chairman Kwame “Fully Loaded” Brown’s 2008 campaign finances has now snowballed into a federal probe, LL’s money would be on Bowser in that one.

    In Other News:

    • Black women bike.
    • Police say D.C.’s strict gun laws are having no effect on crime, but gun control advocates say laws are still working.
    • Some Ward 5 residents still don’t want strip clubs, Harry Thomas says tough.
    • Chinatown is dying.
    • Standardized test scores a mixed bag, only one OIG investigator has been working erasure case thus far.
    • Two killed in Columbia Heights triple shooting.
    • Council set to narrow smoking ban exemption.
    • The model Metro riders of WMATA’s new PR campaign are really models.
    • Simmons: mixed bag of test scores hides fact that D.C. youth are still struggling.
    • Report says D.C. housing market is tops in the nation.

    Gray sked: In Richmond, for Chesapeake Bay Executive Council

    Council sked: Nada.