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Posted at 09:11 AM ET, 07/31/2012

DeMorning Links: Reckless bureaucracy

Tom Selden, of Chevy Chase, is one of the D.C. residents who has lost his license on a technicality. (Bill O'Leary - WASHINGTON POST)
Attention D.C. drivers: If you’re heading south for vacation this summer, drive with special care. Numerous drivers with otherwise clean driving records are having their licenses revoked by the D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles after being ticketed going as little as 11 mph over the speed limit on Virginia freeways. The issue is a bureaucratic Catch-22 created by the differing definitions of “reckless driving” in D.C. and Virginia. The upshot? Get caught going 11 mph over the limit in D.C., Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania or pretty much anywhere else in the country, it’s a few points on your D.C. license. But a ticket for doing 81 on a 70 mph Virginia highway could mean you won’t be driving for six months.

In other news:

With D.C. abortion bill, the House GOP is “more interested in putting on a show to placate special interests than actually passing the measure” (Post editorial)

Lottery whistleblower asks: “How do you ever hope to clean the city up, if you destroy civil servants who try to do the right thing?” (Examiner column)

A birthday party thrown by 200 of Muriel Bowser’s closest friends (Loose Lips)

Victim of Chinatown shooting allegedly shot himself during scuffle (Crime Scene)

There’s a karaoke league now, and Tommy Wells thinks it’s “helping craft the District’s identity as a world-class city” (Post)

Wells: “I do think I’m tainted by being with the rest of the council members, but I have also been very outspoken about holding the city council accountable” (Washingtonian)

Jack Evans is very happy about Rep. Darrell Issa’s (R-Calif.)commuter tax talk (WaTimes)

More on what exactly a commuter tax involves (DCFPI)

Enjoy a no-stop cruise from southbound 295 to I-395 (@DDOTDC, WJLA-TV)

Jeffrey Thompson has closed on the sale of his Crestwood home (Curbed)

More the H Street Playhouse’s relocation to an Anacostia warehouse (WBJ, CHotR)

Jim Vance: “The Skins promise; the Nats deliver.” (D.C. Sports Bog)

Sharing is caring: MPD is sending 60 cops to Charlotte to help with Democratic convention (Examiner)

Libertarians say it’s not fair they have to get actual D.C. voters to circulate their ballot petitions (Loose Lips)

Former child support chief in D.C. attorney general’s office is suing over her firing (Legal Times)

Union Station plans, in video form (Capital Business)

Guilty plea comes in Venezuelan woman’s death shortly before trial was set to start (Post)

Man is shot to death in Lincoln Heights (Homicide Watch)

Three others were shot in two other events (WUSA-TV)

Don’t expect much impact from litter enforcement efforts (DCist)

Car insurance is expensive here (WBJ)

Meridian Hill Park gets some TLC (Borderstan)

The Hill Rag has a new Web site (CCN)

Amtrak joins the 21st century (Dr. Gridlock)

Spies are everywhere, but probably not at the E Street Cinema (PoP, DCist)

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