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Posted at 08:17 AM ET, 04/05/2011

A.M. Buzz: Government shutdown, dueling chefs and Civil War faces

Good morning. After yesterday’s beautiful weather, we’re soggy, splashed and eyeing the skies.

Getting off to a shaky start: The Vincent Gray administration continues to have personnel problems. A top aide, Lorraine Green, has withdrawn her name to lead the convention center board amid continuing questions about the Sulaimon Brown imbroglio.

Drumbeats in the distance: The drumbeat of a possible government shutdown is getting louder. And if you’re one of the hundreds of thousands of government employees in the area (or you depend upon them), this is the biggest news in the land.

Dean of the press corps: We will videocast David Broder’s memorial service, starting at noon. Politicians already have lined up (metaphorically) to remember the Post’s longtime political writer.

Something lighter: The Embassy Chef Challenge is set for April 12 this year, where competing chefs prepare hors d’œuvres showing off their country’s cuisine. It’s not inexpensive, but tickets are going fast.
Judges at the Challenge Belgium on March 26, 2011, for a preliminary round of culinary competition before the Embassy Chefs Challenge, sponsored by Cultural Tourism DC. (Don Taguilig)
Besides, how often are you invited to dine at an embassy, mon ami?

Cooling their heels: If you’ve been following the Fairfax County schools controversy on student discipline, you’ll want to know that officials now propose cutting in half the number of days that students have to sit out of classes while waiting for a decision on their cases.

Talk about weird: a bloody pig’s foot was sent to a New York congressman’s D.C. office yesterday.

Even more: John Kelly’s Squirrel Week continues and we will have a live chat about it at noon; you might want to catch the Faces of the Civil War exhibition at the Library of Congress starting April 12; and be sure to vote in our informal poll about the executive who lost her job due to an extended medical leave. We’ll have more news at PostLocal throughout the day.

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