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The mayor’s office fired the city’s insurance commissioner, William White, after he critiqued, without Mayor Vince Gray‘s permission, President Barack Obama’s announcement last week that would allow people to keep for another year insurance plans that won’t comply with Obamacare.


  • A man was stabbed outside a Dupont’s Midtown nightclub early Monday morning after a large fight broke out on the sidewalk. [Post]
  • The general manager of Yellow Cab Co. says his brand will be decimated by the city-mandated red color scheme. The cab company will also not be allowed to put its insignia on the newly painted vehicles. [Washington Business Journal]
  • Mayoral hopeful Andy Shallal parted with the political operative who was slated to be his senior field director, Keith Karbon.  The Post reports that this was the only person in his inner circle with recent experience running a citywide campaign. [Post]
  • D.C. is the gayest place in America. [New York Times]


Swagger Jack: ICYMI, our latest cover is a profile of Ward 2 councilmember and mayoral candidate Jack Evans. He’s been on the council since 1991 and has already unsuccessfully run for mayor. So why does he think he’s got a shot this time? And what is with all those hashtags on his signs?

Goldnuts: Another high-end doughnut shop is opening in the city, this time in Barracks Row.

The Electionless General: A federal judge refused attorney general candidate Paul Zukerberg’s motion for an injunction to force the city’s Board of Elections to keep the attorney general race on the ballot in 2014.

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

  • D.C. insurance commissioner William White canned after criticizing Barack Obama. [PostWBJ, NYT]
  • Andy Shallal fires his campaign manager. [Post]
  • Judge denies Paul Zukerberg‘s for a request for an injunction to keep attorney general’s race in 2014. [LLPost]
  • District blows deadline for making Reeves Center/D.C. United stadium land swap deal. [Housing Complex]
  • Not even mayoral son Carlos Gray can get a liquor license for mega-bar. [Post]
  • John Settles, kicked off the 2013 at-large special election ballot on a petition challenge, is running again. [Post]
  • Shallal says he opted against running as an independent because he wants in on debates. [Post]
  • School boundaries debate centers on middle schools. [Post]
  • District’s vouchers program has weak financial controls. [Post]
  • Post ed board likes plan to cut University of the District of Columbia’s sports teams. [Post]
  • Vince Gray opens his 20th playground. [WAMU]
  • Tough times for Jack Evans‘ other employer. [Post]
  • Evans pal Mark Plotkin: Muriel Bowser “has a long way to go.” [Carol Joynt]
  • Another “knockout game” attack in Columbia Heights. [WJLA]
  • Dave Alpert: DDOT’s not delivering. [Post]
  • Tommy Wells goes to Georgetown, not all students won over. [The Hoya]
  • GSA issues guidelines for FBI headquarters search. [Housing Complex]
  • Billy Martin, lawyer of choice for the wealthy and in trouble. [Post]
  • Walmart eyes Oxon Hill. [Post]
  • Boomtown, continued. [Post]


HOUSING COMPLEX LINKS, by Aaron Wiener (tips? awiener@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Older Washingtonians not always fans of the changes coming to D.C. [Post]
  • Indian organic grocery store and cooking school coming to Dupont. [SALM]
  • No, changing the Height Act wouldn’t turn Virginia red. [TNR]
  • Georgetown church could become condos. [WBJ]
  • Silly restriction forces bar owners to speed to ABRA to apply for tavern license. [Post]
  • Has a violent, senseless game come to Columbia Heights? [DCist]
  • Historic Preservation Office rejects plans for Dacha Beer Garden building. [WBJ]
  • Today on the market: Brightwood Park brick rowhouse—$549,900

ARTS LINKS, by Ally Schweitzer (tips? aschweitzer@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • The museum isn’t open yet, but the National Museum of African American History and Culture is in the process of installing two major artifacts. [WJLA]
  • Man stabbed outside of Dupont nightclub. [Post]
  • It has come to this: Arcade Fire booked to play Verizon Center in 2014. [Stereogum]
  • Garry Trudeau-helmed comedy Alpha House deemed unfunny by Hank Stuever. [Post]
  • Bob Boilen loves local alt-folk musician Marian McLaughlin. [NPR]
  • The Yards teams up with Kelly Towles on mural project. [BYT]
  • The National Gallery of Art’s ice-skating rink is now open. [WTOP]
  • A longstanding Bloomingdale gallery is closing. [Popville]
  • Every country ought to have its own Newseum, says person who visits Newseum. [Huffington Post]
  • Montgomery Planning Board recommends preservation for the Wheaton rec center that may have hosted a Led Zeppelin show decades ago. [Post]
  • A Deleted Scenes interview! [BYT]
  • RIP, artist Robert T. Cole. [Post]

FOOD LINKS, by Jessica Sidman (tips? jsidman@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Where to find hard cider [Express]
  • D.C. Historic Preservation Office challenges plans for Dacha beer garden’s permanent building. [WBJ]
  • Rito Loco food truck opening restaurant in Shaw. [PoPville]
  • MSG is making a comeback. [NPR]
  • Ris hits Union Market for holiday pop-up. [Zagat]
  • Changes coming to Malmaison in Georgetown. [Washingtonian]
  • Lupo Verde to open on 14th Street NW on Dec. 16 [Post]
  • Restaurant dishes to get you in the mood for Thanksgiving [The Plate]
  • Banned foods, state by state [Thrillist]

* Correction: The post originally incorrectly stated that Shallal fired his campaign manager.