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Ike, Liked: The proposed Eisenhower Memorial passed a key vote today by the U.S. Commission on Fine Arts. The design by Frank Gehry has faced criticism from members of the Eisenhower family as it heads to the National Capital Planning Commission and back to Congress. Hey, as long as no quotes are garbled, Gehry’s dramatic and nuanced design—-which, um,  reminds Ike’s granddaughter of a concentration camp—-gets the Needle’s vote. +2

All Lemons: In Fairfax County, a urine-filled water-balloon attack by a racist person in a leotard against a boy selling lemonade is being investigated as a hate crime. -4

Route Point: A union of Metro employees is rallying against the transit agency’s plan to outsource driving duties for streetcars and some of its bus routes. -2

Bad Deal: LivingSocial looks like it’s all kinds of fucked, doesn’t it? -1

Yesterday’s Needle rating: 69 Today’s score: -5 Today’s Needle rating: 64