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Posted at 09:47 AM ET, 12/14/2011

DeMorning Links: The heat is on

Two Occupy DC protesters on Thanksgiving Day. (Jewel Samad - AFP/Getty Images)
It’s cold in McPherson Square these days, but the heat is on Occupy DC — now from Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), powerful chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, who is pressuring the Interior Department to explain why it has allowed protesters to camp in violation of Park Service rules for so long. This follows escalating rhetoric from Mayor Vincent C. Gray (D) and business leaders indicating the protesters are starting to wear out their welcome. Tim Craig reports that “Interior officials did not directly address Issa’s letter and gave no indication Tuesday that they would shift their stance toward the protesters.” Also see Tim’s coverage of the hunger strikers’ Tuesday visit to Speaker John Boehner’s office.

In other news:

Why is DPW fining a Dupont resident for disposing of her homemade cat litter? (WTTG-TV)

Brookland residents endorse mixed-use project near Metro — barely (@tbridge, Housing Complex, DCmud)

D.C. Council ponders pulling parking stickers from college students (TBD, WRC-TV, WJLA-TV)

Tom Sherwood reminds us what happens if an elected official resigns — or several of them. Do note: “There’s no hidden agenda, secret message or signal intended.” (WRc-TV)

Initial campaign finance reports from Yvette Alexander and Muriel Bowser listed very little donor employment information (WaTimes)

Corporate contributions to incumbents skyrocket (WAMU-FM)

Jeff Thompson’s campaign money is MIA (Loose Lips)

Gray and governors agree on minor Metro board reforms (Examiner)

Hearing set on “community schools” bill (Examiner)

Soon-to-be BOEE chair Deborah Nichols isn’t a saint, says Jonetta Rose Barras: “[T]he District doesn’t need someone who has mastered the art of winning influential friends.” (Examiner)

If you couldn’t be at Saturday’s Khan-Peterson fight, reading this is the next best thing (Deadspin)

And Lamont Peterson says there will be a rematch (Post)

Civil War-era photos of Washington on display at Lincoln cottage (HuffPo)

”Metro Spent $200,000 on a Study Imagining D.C. with No Metro” (City Desk)

NPR’s Steve Inskeep on what Shaw and Karachi have in common (Atlantic Cities)

Pedicab drivers again complaining about Park Police interactions (WAMU-FM)

And Eleanor Holmes Norton wants Park Service to sit down with them (AP)

On the special-ed transport call center (Examiner)

Fired employee of city-contracted mental health clinic accuses it of Medicaid fraud (WaTimes)

In praise of D.C.-as-insurance-tax-haven (Out of the Storm)

Southwest Waterfront bill heads to Senate markup (Capital Land)

Woman, 85, assaulted, purse snatched and car stolen in Brookland (WRC-TV)

Disaster drills today at Nats Park (WTOP)

Eataly is coming — to where is unclear (Capital Business)

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