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Obama No!: The White House said that President Barack Obama would sign the spending bill into place even if it overturns D.C.’s marijuana legalization in order to avert a government shutdown. -11

Snow Way!: There were snow flurries around D.C. and Maryland today. Ugh. -3

Mayor Forever: Discussions for a suitable memorial for Marion Barry have already started+2

Stayin’ Alive: Even if the federal government shuts down, D.C. will remain open for business. +4

Yesterday’s Needle rating: 61 Today’s score: -8  Today’s Needle rating: 53