DC2024 is for real

It’s true: D.C. is making a serious Olympics bid. (Jae Hong/AP)

Perhaps you thought that the potential D.C. bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics announced last summer was a hoax, a dream, a joke — not a serious effort to lure the infamously costly and disruptive global mega-event to our fair city. But you would be wrong: DC2024, as it is known, is very real and very serious, the Post’s Liz Clarke reports, with two regional business titans — Russ Ramsey and Ted Leonsis — chairing the effort. And today, the U.S. Olympic Committee could very well shortlist D.C. to become the official American nominee for 2024. So what would D.C. get out of it? Besides traffic nightmares and corruption opportunities galore, do note: The stadium-and-Olympic-village complex is already being eyed for the RFK Stadium site.

In other news:

Carol Schwartz re-emerges, launches surprise mayoral run — to exact revenge on David Catania? (PostLoose LipsWashingtonianWaTimesWAMU-FMDCistWTTG-TVAP)

Carol on the issues (DofD)

Deborah Simmons is a Carol fan (WaTimes)

Counter-protesting Wilson students, as expected, vastly outnumber Westboro Baptist protesters (PostBladeDCistWAMU-FMWTOPWRC-TVWTTG-TV)

This year’s Capital Pride political parade review (Loose Lips)

Qataris close deal to build a Conrad hotel at CityCenter (WBJHousing Complex)

The great Michael Schaffer will be the next editor of Washingtonian (Washingtonian)

Another chunk of H Street storefronts is sold to developer (WBJ)

Here’s where to put your tech startup if you want a D.C. grant (WBJ)

Wait for VA care in D.C. is 39 days — about the national average — but hundreds have been waiting longer than 90 days (APWJLA-TV)

DDOT’s keep-off-the-sidewalk signs are latest to prompt a comment war over cyclists (PoPville)

The Redskins name fights heads to K Street (Politico)

Elissa Silverman is kicking off her campaign Saturday (Elissa2014.com)

Should D.C. United stadium hearing be rescheduled to accomodate distracted soccer fans? (DCFPI)

Harry Truman said, “I have no desire to have roads, bridges or buildings named after me.” Will Congress listen? (Post column)

Fair be warned: The intersection of Massachusetts Avenue, H Street and the Third Street Tunnel is now officially a mess (Dr. Gridlock)

Brookland finally has a new tavern (GOG)

Fort Reno jokes you will probably consider funny if you get them (GOG)

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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Mike DeBonis · June 9, 2014