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  • FBI investigating whether Mayor Vince Gray‘s campaign concealed donors’ names. [Post]
  • Metro ridership drops below expectations. [Examiner]
  • D.C. Council passes budget autonomy referendum bill. [Times]
  • Everybody wants a piece of RGIII. [Post]
  • Blue Line service to get worse after Silver Line opens. [Examiner]
  • Jack Evans and Marion Barry are the new kings of the Council, says Harry Jaffe. [Examiner]


Photo of the Day: Contrail.

Healthcare in Hock: Both embattled campaign financier Jeff Thompson and former lobbyist David Wilmot are exiting the publicly-funded health business in the District, costing the District money—-like it always has.

Boxed In: The new D.C. Costco could help the District grab tax money from Maryland, so much so that the Mayor Gray refers to it as “the tollbooth.”

Back to Brew: Bardo, one of Arlington’s hottest nightlife spot in the ’90’s, is attempting a resurrection on Bladensburg Road.

LOOSE LIPS, by Loose Lips columnist Alan Suderman. (tips? lips@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • District-friendly members of Congress retiring. [Post]
  • Darrell Issa staffer hints at legal challenges that could derail budget autonomy push. [Times]
  • Power vacuum at the Council? [Examiner]
  • Che Brown to plead guilty to bank fraud. [Post]
  • Bike spaces more efficient than parking spaces. [Georgetown Met]

HOUSING COMPLEX, by Housing Complex columnist Aaron Wiener. (tips? awiener@washingtoncitypaper.com )

  • Popping up like an over-eager Pop-Tart on V Street NW [PoP]
  • Going low in Mt. Pleasant [UrbanTurf]
  • A velodrome for Buzzard Point? Not gonna happen. [DCist]
  • D.C.’s losing friends in Congress. [Post]
  • Where should the Benning Road streetcar terminate? [GGW]
  • After a scare, Anacostia townhouse-and-condo development is selling well. [UrbanTurf]
  • DDOT aims to simplify parking signs. [WJLA]
  • A CaBi station’s more valuable than three parking spots. [Georgetown Metropolitan]
  • Today on the market: Become an AdMo landlord

ARTS LINKS, by Caroline Jones (tips? artsdesk@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Congratulations to D.C.’s own Wale, who scored his first Grammy nomination for his song “Lotus Flower Bomb” [Grammys]
  • Molotov Theatre Group is restructuring their leadership in the new year. Michael Wright, founding Artistic Director of SeeNoSun OnStage joins the company as co-artistic director. [Molotov Theatre Group]
  • The Kennedy Center will honor the late Dave Brubeck, a 2009 Kennedy Center Honor recipient, at this weekend’s performances of “A Jazz Piano Christmas.” Both shows are sold out but will be broadcast later on NPR stations. [Post]
  • One local rapper is speaking out on serious issues, like bullying and talking to strangers – 9 year old Chi Chi Monet. [WJLA]
  • A Corcoran student describes collaborating with photographer Taryn Simon on iTransparency, his show that’s currently on view at the Corcoran’s Gallery 31. [Pink Line Project]

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

  • Critic Tom Sietsema drops new Minibar to two stars. [Post]
  • Minibar’s José Andrés responds to Sietsema. [Twitter]
  • A second Protein Bar is coming to 19th and K streets NW. [PoP]
  • 11 places to find latkes in D.C. [Eater]
  • Gifts for a cocktail lover [Washingtonian]
  • Universal Doughnuts: home to the most delicious breakfast sandwich [Borderstan]
  • Bitter family feud threatens Ras Restaurant & Lounge. [Arts Desk]