Happy Thanksgiving


Gobble, gobble. Back with you on Monday. (Scott Eells/Bloomberg News)

What’s Thanksgiving without a small-bore controversy over D.C. politicians’ free turkey giveaways? After D.C. Council member Marion Barry initially refused to discuss the source of his largesse with Washington City Paper, reporters and camera crews showed up at Union Temple Baptist Church for what turned out to be a political story as much as a feel-good holiday story. Barry did reveal the turkeys came courtesy of a passel of city contractors, albeit funneled through an unnamed nonprofit. But his insistence that only “liberal white folks” care about such matters drew this Post editorial rebuke: “[T]he suggestion that only white people care about measures to ensure integrity and ethics in government is truly offensive.” Replied Barry, “We care about transparency and good government. But we also care about a respectable family meal.”

In other news:

City settles lawsuit against Don Peebles for $120,000 (WBJ)

Phil Mendelson on campaign finance reform: “We need to have a law that is easy to comply with and that minimizes the burden on the campaign” (WaTimesWAMU-FM)

More on the charter school chains looking to enter D.C. (D.C. Schools Insider)

Delano Hunter says “special interests” led to Ward 5 loss, is undecided on 2014 run (Informer)

Gray economic plan: visionary or pipe dream? (Housing Complex)

Kinkead’s, stalwart of D.C. fine dining, will close next month (@KinkeadsDC)

Amtrak, preservationists object to new Union Station escalators (Capital Business)

Barry would prefer that Vince Gray not mention the declining unemployment rate (Loose Lips)

THEARC is awesome (Post column)

A “university village” for NoMa? (WBJ)

Zoning Commission finally gives OK to Hine redevelopment (DCmud)

What is the actual fiscal impact of the Height Act? (Atlantic)

More fiscal clarity needed on school closings (DCFPI)

What happened to 1,000 pro-food-truck comments? (All We Can Eat)

Figure in landmark Supreme Court case testifies against school closings (DCist)

What the St. E’s west campus is looking like these days (Housing Complex)

Wilson’s appeal fails; it’s Anacostia and Dunbar in the Turkey Bowl (WaTimes)

“Pain for parents” is the only way to get results on truancy, Harry Jaffe writes (Examiner)

Home Rule Act came rather close to giving local D.C. officials the power to pick judges (GGW)

Superior Court civil division chief is up for reappointment (Legal Times)

Why vouchers are not the answer (Class Struggle)

Teen accused of killing cabbie discussed crime on Facebook while cops watched (PostWaTimes)

Albrecht Muth says he’s praying to die, per latest court filing (City Desk)

You probably missed Viola Drath’s estate sale (Washingtonian)

Another guilty plea in 2010 killing of teen Latisha Frazier (Crime Scene)

Dupont bike groper gets three months (Post)

Shotgun-wielding thugs sought in Howard homecoming robbery (Post)

A vintage Georgetown battle over streetlights (G’town Metropolitan)

Congressman stands on Pennsylvania Avenue SE, says “here in central Illinois” (The Hill Is Home)

Mike DeBonis covers Congress and national politics for The Washington Post. He previously covered D.C. politics and government from 2007 to 2015.

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