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Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and a couple of other presidential candidates are in D.C. today to speak at an American Israel Public Affairs Committee conference. Clinton will reportedly blast Trump on foreign policy in her speech. Meanwhile, contingents of protestors are organizing demonstrations against the billionaire-turned-politician.


  • A water main break has caused flooding and disrupted treatment at Howard University Hospital. [WUSA9, WJLA, FOX5]
  • After last week, could shutdowns and other severe interventions become Metro’s new normal? [Post, NPR]
  • Two women were injured in a stabbing at a nightclub near Farragut Square early Monday. [NBC4, Borderstan]
  • The second bald eaglet hatched at the National Arboretum on Sunday morning. [NPR, ABC News, FOX5]
  • On Friday, a judge upheld the District’s budget autonomy, a significant step towards D.C. statehood. [Post]
  • Temperatures on Monday will be chilly but will start feeling more like spring as the week goes on. [Post]


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

  • Muriel Bowser‘s St. Elizabeths pick has sketchy credentials, questionable past. [Post]
  • Homicide rate set to be better than last year’s. [Post]
  • Number of homeless families dips. [Times]
  • Computer problems cause city to botch FOIA requests. [NBC4]
  • Marijuana legalization inspires a web series. [City Desk]
  • Shadow Sen. Michael Brown answers Reddit’s burning questions. [Reddit]
  • Lots of people share blame for Metro’s woes. [WAMU]
  • Liquor board problems for Bardo beer garden. [WBJ]
  • Post ed board wants answers on Russian crony’s death in Dupont Circle. [Post]

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

  • The choir in the video for PJ Harvey‘s “Community of Hope” didn’t really know what they were a part of. [Post]
  • And here are other songs about gentrification in D.C. [Washingtonian]
  • Pyramids! LEGOS! Jello! Some suggestions for future National Building Museum installations. [Arts Desk]
  • S&R Foundation is offering free studio space for local artists at the Fillmore School. [DC Music Download]
  • Photos from the opening of sonic installation “No Sharps, No Flats” at Transformer. [DCist]
  • When terrible dating experiences become art. [Arts Desk]
  • Here’s what Q-Tip should do as the Kennedy Center’s hip-hop director. [Bandwidth]

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

  • The best places to get baked goods in the morning [DCist]
  • Travesty: The new Starbucks “cherry blossom” frappuccino actually tastes like strawberries. [Washingtonian]
  • Starbucks is being sued over allegedly not filling up cups all the way. [Vice]
  • “Trump wines are actually pretty good. But I can’t put them on restaurant menus.” [Post]
  • New ShopHouse location opens in Silver Spring—with spring rolls. [Eater]
  • Donburi‘s food truck launches this week. [Borderstan]
  • Songbyrd launches new menu and delivery service. [PoPville]