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Under D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson’s direction, the 2015 city budget takes aim at Gray administration priorities. (Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)

This afternoon, the D.C. Council will take a decisive vote on the city’s 2015 budget, likely endorsing a package assembled by Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) that dismantles some of outgoing Mayor Vincent C. Gray’s top priorities — a new east-of-the-river hospital, a $3 billion streetcar funding commitment – in order to implement most of the tax cuts recommended by a blue-ribbon commission late last year. Gray is not taking it well, accusing of the council of short-sightedness, embracing a “failed strategy of government paternalism” and favoring “pay to play” politics in directing funding to pet priorities. But Hizzoner is in a lonely place, without reliable allies on the council dais and with few outside the Wilson Building. Even the streetcar’s staunchest supporters don’t seem particularly vexed by the funding slash. More budget rundown from WaTimesWBJHousing Complex and DCist.

In other news:

Goodbye to Minnie Green, who battled Petworth’s drug dealers and gangbangers during her 87 years (Post)

Westboro Baptist Church — “arguably the most obnoxious and rabid hate group in America” — says it will picket Wilson High’s Pride Day (Post)

Mendelson on the soccer stadium deal: “There are a number of issues that are in play” (WBJ, Roll Call)

Lower-profile potential victims of stadium deal: Community garden, LGBT center (Housing ComplexBlade)

90-year-old woman reportedly waited at least 30 minutes for ambulance (WRC-TVWTTG-TVWTOP)

High-ranking D.C. government lawyer Bennett Rushkoff is running for office … in Maryland (DofD)

Metro takes control of Silver Line, ensuring summer opening (Post)

Stronghold residents have issues with Health Department’s cancer study (City Desk)

Muriel Bowser tells DDOT to get moving on bus improvements — including 16th Street dedicated-lane study (Dr. Gridlock)

Drivers to Nationals Park are vexed after they are towed and ticketed on Memorial Day (WRC-TV)

Bowser’s “unity fundraiser” includes several former Democratic mayoral candidates — but not Vincent Gray (Loose Lips)

Bowser and David Catania play nice in front of Black Pride audience (Blade)

Former Gray administration employee seeks Ward 1 education board seat (Blade)

Community meeting tonight on violent Capitol Hill muggings (Hill Rag)

The penalty for hit-and-run drivers in D.C. is relatively lax (WTOP)

ANC has had just about enough of H Street’s XII nightclub (PoPville)

11th Street Bridge park designers are shortlisted (UrbanTurf)

Under Armour founder is now bankrolling Fight Night (WBJ)

The lives of D.C.’s children, in maps (DCist)

Where is 17-year-old Jair Edwards? (WRC-TV)

Massimo Vignelli, famed designer who left his mark on Metro, is dead at 83 (Post)

Musical chairs among big local developers’ executive teams (WBJ)

Will Jack Evans still have a place in the new Squire Patton Boggs? (Capital Business)

Squire Patton Boggs merger is good news for Patton’s West End landlord (WBJ)

Remembering D.C.’s homegrown radical gay rights movement (Blade)

“Park” located atop Capitol garages is the worst (GGW)

Union Kitchen gets some competition in the “food incubator” arena (WBJ)

Tagger terrorizes Shepherd Park automobiles (WJLA-TV)

Scenes from last week’s D.C. Vote ball (Reliable Source)

Mind the “coywolves” (DCist)

Watch some National Zoo otters play a keyboard (Post)

Mike DeBonis covers local politics and government for The Washington Post. He also writes a blog and a political analysis column that runs on Fridays.
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