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Posted at 11:19 AM ET, 12/16/2011

DeMorning Links: Status quo on spending

(Rich Clement - BLOOMBERG)
Of course, not three hours after I write about how the D.C. government is preparing for a federal shutdown, House Republicans and Senate Democrats reach a deal on a yearlong spending bill. As far as the District is concerned, the status quo would hold should the deal pass: It could not spend local or federal money on abortions, but it could continue to spend local money on needle exchange and medical marijuana.

In other news:

Why details of Harry Thomas Jr.’s student loan settlement should be made public: “voters affected by his decisions on their taxes and financial obligations are entitled to know how he handles his own debts to the public.” (Post editorial)

Recent campaign finances reports include “bundles” of nearly $115,000 (WAMU-FM)

The many and varied criminal incidents inside D.C.’s schools (TBD, Examiner)

Thanks to Japanese earthquake, new Metro rail cars are five months behind schedule (Post)

“Here is to Hitch, daily rider of the 42!” (@BryanWeaverDC, Post obituary)

Hunger strikers explain their goals ... (Post)

... which they are unlikely to accomplish (AP)

Metro will test new plexiglas shields for bus drivers (WTTG-TV)

Meet the new owner of Shaw’s Tavern (Young & Hungry)

Eleanor Holmes Norton wants FAA to fix DCA landing pattern over D.C. neighborhoods (Dr. Gridlock)

Michael Brown bill would offer corporate income tax breaks in return for D.C. resident hires (WBJ)

David Catania touts his own employment legislation (HuffPo)

“Washington is still too unsafe for too many residents, just as it has been for decades.” (Examiner)

More on the challenges of D.C.’s new broadband network (Housing Complex)

Why can’t the new charter rating system also include DCPS schools? (Quick and the Ed)

Seventy worthwhile ways to give (City Paper)

Inside D.C. Brau (RIA Insider)

D.C. and Montgomery police target “Potomac rapist” (Post)

Vincent Gray goes great guns on Microsoft deal (Examiner, WBJ)

D.C. librarian Venetia Demson receives prestigious national award (DCPL)

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