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Posted at 09:24 AM ET, 06/28/2012

DeMorning Links: The survivor


Five more years. (Linda Davidson - THE WASHINGTON POST)
A $48 million embezzlement scandal might have ended the careers of most government financial officers. But Natwar M. Gandhi is not like most government CFOs. His confirmation hearing for another five-year term today will resemble a coronation, with former mayor Anthony A. Williams and others singing his praises. “My record is clear, with all the pluses and minuses,” Gandhi told me Wednesday in his first interview since his renomination. “I am not going to be fundamentally different than what I have been here all these years. I am what I am.” Because there’s nothing else important going on at 10 a.m. today, follow my livetweets starting then.

In other news:

The District is growing faster than ever — about 1,000 residents a month (Post)

”[Sen. Rand Paul]’s willingness to turn his back on his supposed libertarian principles and devotion to local rule is truly stunning.” (Post editorial)

Meet courtroom artist Bill Hennessey: “He has a knack for being in the right place at the right time” (Loose Lips)

Kenyan McDuffie “made it clear that he will not be a councilmember ... known more for giving away Thanksgiving turkeys than for serious legislative accomplishments” (Heartbeat)

DPR wants to allow private vendors into city parks — but no lobster rolls! (Examiner)

Thanks to Ted Olson, Ron Machen can probably punt on “Fast and Furious” contempt finding (WSJ)

City unemployment double-dippers included Vincent Orange Jr. (Loose Lips)

D.C. government pushes its employees to get HIV tests (Post, Blade)

City AIDS czar talks about the latest HIV numbers (Blade)

About 8,000 have gotten HIV tests at the Penn Branch DMV (DCist)

DCPS is being cagey about potential school closures (Heartbeat)

FEMS overtime: Better, but still a problem (WaTimes)

Children’s shooting highlights need for mental health counseling (HuffPo)

Would it make sense for D.C. to take over some WMATA bus routes? (GGW)

It was environment day for Vincent Gray in Beijing (Examiner)

Michael Brown would have businesses renew their licenses every four years instead of two (WBJ)

Zoning Commission takes up Southwest Waterfront plans tonight (SWLQTC)

Dance Institute of Washington is changing lives (WJLA-TV)

Unity Health Care is saving lives (WUSA-TV)

THEARC gets $50,000 from Wal-Mart to emphasize “healthy eating and a health-conscious lifestyle” (Informer)

Six busted in meth distribution plot (WUSA-TV)

Stabbing on Metro bus in Foggy Bottom (WTOP)

Hey, seniors: Watch out for fake maintenance men (Crime Scene)

Three charged with anti-gay hate crimes in Tuesday night stabbing near Howard Theatre (Crime Scene)

Man accused of sexually assaulting 8-year-old girl in Columbia Heights (Crime Scene)

This unidentified guy tried to sexually assault a Marshall Heights woman (Crime Scene)

Four D.C. cops indicted in year-old nightclub beating (Crime Scene)

Lotsa old streetcar photos (Ghosts of DC)

A last, loving look at the old New Jersey Avenue trash transfer station (JDLand)

To be determined, per Deborah Simmons, is whether Phil Mendelson “is a leader or a follower, another of those Democratic jackasses that fails to bray at failed policies and poor spending habits but instead sniffs out the trails laid before him” (WaTimes)

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