“I have the experience and the skills, and I care about the council as an institution,” says Mendelson. (Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)

There might be drama at Wednesday’s selection of interim leadership for the D.C. Council, but it won’t be over the chairman’s pick. Phil Mendelson (D-At Large) has things sewn up, and in Wednesday’s Post, Allison Klein looks at the man who would lead the legislature for at least the next six months: “In a city full of theatrical politicians , Mendelson is a nitpicker. ... Mendelson’s respect for process and his laserlike focus on detail — and the fact that he is largely untouched by scandal in his 14 years on the council — are among the reasons a majority of his colleagues are backing him.”

In other news:

Jonetta Rose Barras hands Vincent Orange a gift, calls Michael A. Brown too “tainted” to serve as chairman pro tempore (Examiner)

Mary Cheh: “The whole government is going to fall if we have any more councilmembers gone or the mayor. ... I mean really: eek.” (Businessweek)

Fired Health Care Finance official suspects “politically motivated attack” (Post)

Tom Sherwood on why accusations of racial targeting by prosecutors ring hollow (WRC-TV)

Chief administrative law judge doesn’t hear any cases (WJLA-TV)

D.C.’s safety net for vulnerable seniors isn’t working (Examiner)

Natwar Gandhi strikes back at his critics (WaTimes)

Loose ends in the Kwame Brown saga (WRC-TV)

City moves to redevelop H Street library kiosk site (Housing Complex, DMPED)

Switch to rain site complicated Ballou’s graduation (WTTG-TV)

Columbia Heights residents want store’s liquor license pulled after owner charged with drug dealing (WaTimes)

LivingSocial tax break papers over bigger issues with D.C.’s appeal to tech firms (Housing Complex)

Also: LivingSocial bill would count previous hires toward residency requirements (WBJ)

Kaya Henderson on the “contentious” demands of “people who are moving back into the city and the people who stayed in the city” (D.C. Schools Insider)

Senate spending bill doesn’t include D.C. abortion spending ban (D.C. Wire)

Huge dogs maul 74-year-old man at River Terrace towing yard (WJLA-TV)

Will fire spell the end of Mid City Fish Market? (PoP)

Council veteran Rob Miller gets Zoning Commission nod (GGW)

Old Georgetown canal boat will get a farewell party (Patch)

Metro’s much-touted bag search program has yielded zero arrests (WTOP)

Hank’s Oyster Bar tiff goes before ABC Board Wednesday (Borderstan)

UDC saw the largest percentage tuition gain among public four-year universities (USA Today)

GU students push back on campus plan deal (City Desk)

Watergate office overhaul will cost “several million dollars” (WBJ)

Limos.com says it will be a street-legal alternative to Uber (DCist)

Board of Elections and Ethics dragged into birther’s latest lawsuit (HuffPo)

It officially becomes the NoMa-Gallaudet Metro station Wednesday (HuffPo)

So why were you filming that locker room again? (WRC-TV)