My Bad: Disgraced ex-Council Chairman Kwame Brown is using the holidays as a chance to proclaim his innocence to his supporters—-except as far as his bank fraud goes. He did that +1

Going Bald: Pigskins quarterback Kirk Cousins blames his new cropped haircut not on an overzealous teammate with a razor but on a barber who doesn’t speak English. -2

Mea Culpa: The ESPN commentator who questioned Robert Griffin III‘s “blackness” apologized to the quarterback. +2

Founding Farmers at Home: Founding Farmers is releasing a cookbook. +1

Tuesday’s Needle rating: 15 Today’s score: +2 Wednesday’s Needle rating: 17