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Posted at 01:44 PM ET, 04/13/2011

Lunchline: Peeps, Capitals and the breast milk donations


Clinton Yates. (Breton Littlehales - The Washington Post)
I went to the Washington City Paper's debate for at-large D.C. Council candidates at the Black Cat last night, and it was eventful to say the least. A slightly stilted program and a few hot-button issues having hit the city in recent days made for some entertaining banter. That and the fact that the bar that was open made for an incredibly mouthy crowd. If you ask me, Josh Lopez, a campaign aide for former mayor Adrian Fenty, came off as the most humble, believable and stylish candidate there. Also, Sekou Biddle and Vincent Orange really don't like each other. At all.

It's disgusting outside, but at least we've got our peeps. Today, The Washington Post unveiled the winner, along with the 35 runner-ups from the 2011 Peeps Diorama Contest. Some not-so-surprising themes made the list: Pepco, the Foggy Bottom Metro escalator collapse and the cherry blossoms. My personal favorite is based on an Oscar-nominated movie from this year, and a couple were modeled after reality shows. The winner is a real gem, though, and I'd go so far as to call it the best one yet. See for yourself!

Liberals are turning on Obama in droves. After the president gave up some key concessions in the latest budget talks, he's been criticized by left-wingers across the country for caving too much to Republican demands. But here in the District, some of the discord comes from those who specifically supported and worked for Obama before his election. The Post's Peter Wallsten reports on how the group D.C. for Obama has completely shifted its focusing to criticizing POTUS since he bartered away the city's right to use its own money to fund abortions for poor women.

I'd like to think my Twitter game is pretty solid, but I've got nothing on Andy Carvin. The former Washington policy wonk turned social media strategist at NPR is the most prolific, informative and plugged-in journalist doing it today. His hyperactive coverage on the ongoing crises in the Middle East has been epic, and he hasn't set foot there since 2005. The Post's Paul Farhi chronicles how the married man with two kids manages to turn out enough material so satisfy more than 43,000 followers, or "essentially the readership of a small newspaper."

The choice between using infant formula or breast milk can be a difficult one. And for some women who can't produce enough milk to feed their children, it's even more agonizing. With the help of social networking, some mothers have banded together to create online communities in which women can share milk with each other. One problem: The FDA has no control over regulating this trade. The Post's Rachel Saslow explores the world of unscreened donor milk and its risks.

It's officially playoff time for the Capitals. After last year's disappointing first-round exit, the Caps have a lot to prove in some fokls' eyes. Although the franchise has never won as much as one game in the Stanley Cup finals, some view this season as ripe for a championship. The Post's Barry Svrluga examines how the team underwent a midseason transformation and ended up winning the Eastern Conference's top seed. Also, Katie Carrera catalogs the lessons learned from last year's playoff upset.

Extra Bites

• Remember all the name-calling, backbiting and general malaise that erupted when House Republicans moved to eliminate funding for NPR and PBS? Yeah, well, that's not going to be a problem anymore. Both were effectively spared in the newest budget deal.

• There's something very disconcerting about a doctor using X-rays as props in a trick shot video. Good thing this is nowhere near close to real, or else people would be outraged! It is sorta funny, though.

• Sidney Harman, the guy who owned Newsweek and The Daily Beast, died today at 92.

Send your questions and comments to me at clintonyates@wpost.com. And don’t forget to sign up for the Lunchline newsletter.

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