Biddle in the Middle: Two days ago, interim At-Large councilmember Sekou Biddle told The Washington Post that he’d  support a potential tax increase on those making over $125,000. Today, though, he’s changed his tune, saying he doesn’t support a tax increase and would rather focus on cutting spending. The field of challengers for the at-large seat is crowded; 11 candidates are in the running. For competition’s—and clarity’s—sake, we think Biddle best choose an argument and stick to it. -1

German Bars Uber Alles? There’s some significant openings-and-closings news this winter for D.C. beer-lovers. This week’s casualties: Columbia Heights’s British-vibed CommonWealth gastropub will close and be renamed at months end, following Adams Morgan’s all-American Toledo Lounge, which poured its last this week. A recent newcomer: Bier Baron, an even more Teutonically named outpost in the former home of the Brickskeller. So let’s get this straight: The Anglo-Americans lose, and the Germans win. Achtung! We’ll reserve judgment on the beers, but this symbolism doesn’t seem like good news. -1

Don’t Drink and Ride:Metro’s now-permanent General Manager Richard Sarles thinks that you shouldn’t drink and get on his transit system. Ever. Even if that means getting behind the wheel while inebriated. Perhaps this is Sarles’ way of justifying to himself the pretty bad idea of earlier Metro closures, but it’s unfortunate that he doesn’t seem to want to acknowledge some of the system’s realities. (While we’re at it, here’s our roundup of the week’s bad Metro-related news.) -2

Proud Pooch: Mister Baggins—full name Gch. Tolkien Raintree Mister Baggins, known to the people as “Roy”—was a top dog at the Westminster Kennel Club show. The bearded collie hails from Georgetown and took the Herding Group title. No word on whether or not Roy will be making an appearance at any of the city’s dog parks. +1

Yesterday’s Needle rating: 50 Today’s score: -3 Today’s Needle Rating: 47