Lunchline: D.C. Council, still shady after all these years

While you watched meaningless football last night, I was watching the GOP presidential candidates’ debate. Michele Bachmann came out guns blazing and didn’t let up until she’d eaten Tim Pawlenty for dinner. And watching it with a native Minnesotan, my colleague, Sara Schwartz, made the whole thing WAY more fun. The Gopher state was in the house last night, big time.


D.C. City Council's opening session in January. (Matt McClain/THE WASHINGTON POST)

The U.S. Postal Service is about as close to extinction as possible, without actually being dead. The nation’s mail service has been losing money at a breathtaking clip and there doesn’t appear to be any windfall in sight. The losses due to declines in mail volume are in the billions and now USPS is considering cutting 120,000 jobs and pulling out of the federal health and retirement plans. The Post’s Joe Davidson reports on how the post office might drop 20 percent of its workforce.


Charla Nash, after a full face transplant at Brigham and Women's Hospital.


A Nintendo video game designer shows off an upcoming game. (Casey Rodgers/AP IMAGES FOR NINTENDO OF AMERICA)

Because I’m a glutton for punishment, I’m going to tune in to the Redskins game tonight against the Steelers. To be very honest, this crappy team has been so bad for so long that I watch just to make sure I know what’s going on. I can’t even remember the last time I watched the burgundy and gold and actually expected them to win. No matter, it’s just a preseason game tonight, so we’ll see how it goes. The Post’s Rick Maese reports on the quarterback battle that officially begins tonight.

Extra Bites

• If you enjoy beer, you’ve got a good week coming up. The annual D.C. Beer Week starts Sunday, beginning a seven-day stretch in which you can not feel like a total jerk for ordering that $12 Belgian ale that nobody really likes anyway. The Going Out Guide has a fun list of the cool hangouts for brew.

• The first video from Jay-Z and Kanye West’s album is out. Of course, they DIY-modify a Maybach and of course, Aziz Ansari makes an appearance, too. These cats are having fun.

• Here are your warm and fuzzy photos for the weekend. Safety first, kiddos.

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Clinton Yates is a D.C. native and an online columnist. When he's not covering the city, pop culture or listening to music, he watches sports. A lot of them.

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