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White House Walks Back Metro Funding: President Barack Obama pledged matching funds to WMATA to the tune of $150 million for upgrades and repairs, but now the administration is pushing out a budget with a 10 percent cut of $15 million. Predictably, D.C. officials aren’t happy: “D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray says the president needs to live up to his word since about half the people who ride Metro are federal employees.” While we think there’s lots to complain about when it comes to how Metro handles money, we’ve got to agree with Hizzoner on this one. -3
Let It Go, Mike Daisey: We’re starting to think that This American Life fabulist Mike Daisey is getting off on contrition: “I think I have a lot of work to do, from here out, where I’m going to be, in my life. And I’m sorry that this seems too slick for you. I’m sorry. Maybe you’re right. Maybe I’m not capable of not being slick. Maybe my interactions with people are built and patterned after working with crowds for so long,” he told an audience at Woolly Mammoth. Wake us up when he has something interesting to say. -1
Another Day, Another Best List: D.C. gets in under the wire for the ten best cities for cyclists, according to Huffington Post. “Whether you’re commuting from the suburbs of Maryland or Virginia into downtown D.C., or a tourist who wants to cruise down the Mall and past the cherry blossoms, the nation’s capital has a plentitude of trails and bike lanes.” 109 miles, to be exact. Sign us up, we would totally live here. +2
The Future Of Obamacare Is In Their Hands: Today was the last day of oral arguments before the Supreme Court decides what should happen to the Affordable Care Act. A decision isn’t expected for a couple of months, but at this point, all we’re hoping for is that journalists who don’t have law degrees will stop tweeting their opinions about the efficacy of legal arguments. -2
Yesterday’s Needle rating: 59 Today’s score: -4 Today’s Needle rating: 55