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Political Cloaks:Some D.C. politicians really got into the holiday spirit today, including At-Large Councilmember Vincent Orange, who dressed up as an old bearded man, and Councilmember Yvette Alexander, who went as Nicki Minaj. +5

Nice Gestures: The D.C. Council will take up legislation next week urging Washington’s football team to change its offensive name. A well-intentioned move no doubt, but one that will likely have little effect. +1

Little Pumpkins: The National Zoo photographed some of its non-panda animals playing with pumpkins, and it appears the elephant can fit an entire pumpkin into its mouth. +2

Saucy Problems: If all goes wrong and there is a shortage of Sriracha sauce, this could be the next big thing: a new homegrown D.C. pepper sauce made with five different types of peppers. +3

Yesterday’s Needle rating: 53 Today’s score: +11 Needle rating: 64