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Respecting the President: Republican Rep. John Mica of Florida actually said the following in an interview with FOX 5: “ I think the president must be spending too much time in Colorado because you would have to be high to think that Congress or anyone else is going to support making the District of Columbia the 51st state.” (Obama did note that it would be difficult to get Congress to approve D.C. as the 51st state.) Mica then came up with an idea of his own, suggesting that the D.C. Council should possibly be disbanded and most of D.C. handed over to Maryland. -5
Rep’s Shadow: D.C. activists planned a fake constituent service day for Rep. Andy Harris of Maryland today. D.C. residents showed up, but Harris was a no-show. -3
Happy Town: D.C. is the third happiest metropolitan area with a population of more than 1 million people in the country, according to one unscientific study that takes into account things like weather and cost of living. The happiest city? The Richmond, Va. area. Anyone want to move? Anyone? +3
Snob Town America: In other dubious study news, Bethesda was ranked the second snobbiest city in America. No real surprise there. -2
Yesterday’s Needle rating: 52 Today’s score: -7 Today’s Needle rating: 45