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As you watch the Olympics this week, imagine the worst: What if D.C. was hosting instead? City Paper editor Mike Madden will be on News Channel 8 with Bruce DePuyt at 10 a.m. to talk about this chilling possibility.


  • Ex-lottery official suing CFO Natwar Gandhi for defamation. [Examiner]
  • House to vote on banning late-term abortions in D.C. today. [Post]
  • Embattled D.C. campaign financier Jeff Thompson scored an airports contract after serving on the airport board. [Examiner]


Photo of the Day: Woman With Umbrella.

H Street No More: H Street Playhouse is moving to Anacostia—-specifically, 2020 Shannon Place SE—-into a warehouse that was used in the Lumen8Anacostia arts festival. The warehouse will need around $250,000 in renovations.

Going for Gold: Lots of restaurants and bars are offering Olympic-themed deals, but which ones should host your personal IOC? Jessica Sidman looks at the competitors, and finds that Johnny’s Half Shell and BLT Steak come away with the gold.

Ain’t No Party Like a Muriel Bowser Party: Mayoral aspirant Muriel Bowser has more than 200 prominent people on the host committee for her birthday. Is Bowser planning the party of the century, or is she trying to scare away potential challengers?


LOOSE LIPS DAILY POLITICS LINKS, by LL columnist Alan Suderman (tips? lips@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, on whose board Jeff Thompson used to sit, paid Thompson’s old accounting firm more than $1 million. Also, former lotto boss Leonard Manning won a no-bid contract from the board to import flowers from Ethiopia. [Examiner]
  • Former CFO contracting officer on the lotto contract Eric Payne doubles down, sues CFO Nat Gandhi for defamation. [Post]
  • Jonetta backs Payne. [Examiner]
  • Ed board: Ban on late-terms abortions in DC is “a cynical exploitation of the District to advance others’ political agendas.” [Post]
  • One mother’s heartbreaking story of a late-term abortion and why they should be legal [Post]
  • One of Jeff Thompson’s two vacant Crestwood homes sells. [Curbed]
  • Jack Evans loves Darrell Issa. [Times]

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

  • The Smithsonian unleashes a visitor’s guide app. [Around the Mall]
  • Doug Aitken‘s design for a pavilion at the Tate Liverpool museum looks an awful lot like “Song1” at the Hirshhorn [Architect]
  • Michael Kaiser: How arts organizations can persuade their board members to hit their friends up for money [Huffington Post D.C.]
  • More photos of the Pussy Riot protest outside the Russian Embassy [Huffington Post D.C.]
  • The Washington Ballet’s Brooklyn Mack wins a gold medal at the International Ballet Competition in Bulgaria. [Post]
  • An interview and an eclectic EDM podcast from local producer and DJ Maxmillion Dunbar [Little White Earbuds]
  • America’s Most Wanted—based in Montgomery County—finds a comfy new home at Lifetime. [Post]

FOOD LINKS, by Young & Hungry editor Jessica Sidman. (tips? hungry@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Two senators protest Meatless Monday by chowing down at Hill Country Barbecue. [DCist]
  • Taco Bell‘s Crunchwrap Supreme, for “maximum portability” [NPR]
  • What people are saying about Del Frisco’s Grille [Eater]
  • It’s all about the bread at New Orleans PoBoy Shop. [Thrillist]
  • Where Vermillion chef Tony Chittum eats in Greece [The Plate]
  • World of Beer opening soon in Arlington. [ARLnow]
  • Funniest restaurant names in D.C. [Zagat]