What’s in a license plate?

Out with “www.washingtondc.gov”; in with “Taxation Without Representation.” (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/Associated Press)

The White House gave in Tuesday to four years of badgering and announced it will place D.C.’s standard “Taxation Without Representation” license plates on the presidential limo in time for the inauguration. A symbolic gesture — so what, right? But there are varying degrees of symbolic gestures. During President Obama’s first term his administration was happy to dole out tepid budget statements and highlight the local restaurant scene, interrupted by the decidedly more-than-symbolic decision to trade away D.C. spending autonomy in talks with congressional Republicans. At least this symbolic gesture comes with fringe benefits: A rolling international advertisement for the District’s voting rights status — and a decision that not only generated coverage from the usual local suspects but prompted the likes of CNNthe LA TimesABC News,  CBS NewsNBC News and USA Today to take notice, too.

In other news:

Coming soon: Tommy Wells for Mayor exploratory committee (Post)

Jeff Mills is out as D.C. Public Schools food czar (PostDCist)

Airports Authority exec awarded no-bid contract that paid relatives more than $175,000 (PostExaminer)

Eleanor Holmes Norton reintroduces statehood bill, this time with 15 co-sponsors (D.C. WireDCistWaTimes)

Cathy Lanier is okay with decision not to prosecute David Gregory (Crime SceneNewsTalk)

David Catania scolds Vincent Orange for getting involved in shop closure (D.C. Wire)

VO still isn’t doing interviews (WJLA-TV)

But he is tweeting (@VincentOrangeDC)

And his ties to owner of rat-infested store go back a ways (Examiner)

Judge keeps veteran cop accused of sexually abusing young girls in jail before trial (Post)

New DCGOP chair says John Boehner has his back (Washingtonian)

Authorities will monitor inauguration from secret suburban command post (Post)

Ballou marching band preps for parade (WTOP)

Patrick Mara turns in first batch of ballot petitions (D.C. Wire)

Still unclear how much longer Dan Tangherlini will be staying at GSA (Federal News Radio)

City’s trouble housing homeless families persists (Examiner)

School-closing protesters mass outside mayor’s house (WTTG-TVThe Washington Teacher@VonniMediaMogul)

Man shot near CCNV (ExaminerDCist)

Maryland protester has been barred from getting too close to 16th Street Planned Parenthood (WTOP)

D.C.’s new transportation plan will only be as good as you make it (GGW)

Reasons why Ward 3 feels the way it feels about parking: Not enough transit (RPUS)

Neighbors come to terms with Georgetown bowling alley (Current via Dish)

Twenty DCPS principals will work toward Georgetown master’s degrees (Patch)

D.C. Water is entangled in union wage dispute (Post)

Cops try telling downtown pedestrians how to obey signals (WRC-TV)

Here are the bars that will be serving till 4 a.m. over inauguration weekend (GOGBlogDCist)

Beer brewing soon near ballpark (JDLand)

Why are the shelves empty at Magruder’s? (Capital Business)

Maryland dermatologist is suing Chevy Chase resident over Yelp review (DCist)

No construction during the inauguration! (WBJ)

Hawk ‘n’ Dove could reopen as soon as Thursday (GOGBlogCapitol Hill CornerHill Rag)

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