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D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser will soon move from her current home in Riggs Park to a larger one in Colonial Village, a more expensive neighborhood located just east of Rock Creek Park that boasts $1-million-plus homes. “I decided that I need a little more space,” Bowser said Monday evening during a community meeting she attended. No word yet from the mayor’s office on the address of her new abode.

LEADING THE MORNING NEWS:

  • On Monday, four D.C. Councilmembers sent an 11-page letter to the District’s Public Service Commission arguing that the proposed merger between energy companies Pepco and Exelon has “detrimental” long-term costs. [Post]
  • A Council committee is today considering a series of proposals that would beef up penalties for D.C. traffic offenses. But some advocates are eager to see an overdue safety plan launched by the mayor. [AP, WAMU]
  • A bill promulgated by Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul that would limit the District’s gun-control laws is getting fast-tracked through Congress. [The Hill]
  • Hot take du jour: “Suck It Up, DC: Metro Is Actually Pretty Good.” OK, Washingtonian. [Washingtonian]
  • A new gay bar from familiar owners opened last night on 14th Street NW, in Logan Circle. [Borderstan]

RECENT CITY PAPER STORIES TO HELP YOU MAKE SENSE OF YOUR DAY:

  • New Metro GM on New Gig: City Paper caught up with Paul J. Wiedefeld on his vision for the agency.
  • Transnational BBQ: Texas Jack’s Barbecue, open now, serves German and Mexican-influenced barbeque.
  • Cub Reporters: Three D.C.-area youth were selected to participate in Scholastic’s News Kids Press Corps.

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

  • Councilmembers send letter opposing Exelon’s Pepco takeover. [Post]
  • Howard Theatre owes the city a hefty tax bill. [Post]
  • Muriel Bowser touts less controversial anti-crime tactics where her activists crashed her previous anti-crime speech. [Post]
  • John Roberts avoids District gun fight. [National Law Journal]
  • Statehood wins the Mike from Breaking Bad  [Post]
  • New Metro general manager knows he has a big job ahead. [City Desk]

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

  • The second annual Art in Exile: Middle East Voices festival kicked off yesterday. [DCist]
  • In his new book, Joshua Stephens—an anarchist and former dog walker—discusses conflicted feelings about gentrification in D.C. [Washingtonian]
  • The Howard Theatre owes more than $260,000 in unpaid taxes, is under review by the attorney general. [Post]
  • Celebrities dine for D.C. statehood…in West Hollywood. [Post]
  • Listen to the first album in 15 years from Falls Church’s Aerialist. [Bandwidth]
  • D.C. film critics name Spotlight the best film of 2015. [Arts Desk]

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

  • Blind Dog Cafe will become pop-up hub called Union Kitchen Presents. [Express]
  • The past is littered with foods for the future. [NPR]
  • Bryan Voltaggio closes Italian restaurant Aggio. [Washingtonian]
  • Gay bar with huge cocktails opens on 14th Street NW. [Borderstan]
  • The 10 best dishes of 2015 [Zagat]
  • The 90-year-old deli where old-fashioned meets cutting-edge [Post]
  • Where to find holiday cooking classes [Eater]