Here’s what the Loop is reading Friday morning:
Trash talk — We hope Rep. Trent Franks is ready to solve some trash-delivery problems. After the Arizona Republican refused to allow Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton to speak at a hearing about abortion in the District, Washington residents have a plan: they’re going to show up at his office and ask him to solve “local problems,” since he’s become the city’s advocate, reports Ben Pershing.
Tempest in a C-Cup — A blog written by the wife of a Foreign Service officer has been restored to the State Department’s Web site — after a link to it was taken down when the blog’s subject matter was deemed out of bounds. The blogger dared to use what our colleague Lisa Rein calls “the N-word — Nipple” in a discussion of her recovery from breast cancer surgery.
Flack needed, stat — Attention, communications professionals looking for a challenge — a huge one: Marion Barry is hiring a coms director. Applicants must be adept at spinning and possess excellent clean-up skills for when the boss really puts his foot in it, Monica Hesse reports. (Just try explaining away a doozy like those “dirty Asian shops.”)
Least shocking headline of the day: “Al Gore’s girlfriend is activist, Democratic donor.”