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Four more years … till we have to do this again

Just a leisurely afternoon stroll. (Charles Dhaparak/AP)

It was less crowded, less stressful and less exuberant than 2009, but it was still pretty darn big for a second inauguration, with an estimated 800,000 or more flooding into the city Monday for Barack Obama’s historic reprise. Getting around town was easier than it was four years, though malfunctioning faregates and occasional train issues made riding Metro the usual crapshoot. It was a near-flawless weekend from a security and public-safety standpoint, with long lines at some checkpoints but no significant incidents (except for a few smashed downtown windows). And for those folks who picked the right spot along the parade route to get a glimpse of POTUS and FLOTUS, it was a special day indeed.

In other inauguration news:

This is what happened when Barack Obama passed the Wilson Building (Loose Lips)

Not surprisingly, his speech didn’t mention D.C. statehood (LL)

Was it a “cold shoulder” or just business as usual? (ExaminerWaTimes)

There’s always the State of the Union (WRC-TV)

Mayor Vincent Gray also carried a sign bearing the same clunky slogan as appeared on the Wilson Building reviewing stand (DCistLL)

The Ballou band did D.C. proud (WRC-TV)

Monica Hesse and Dan Zak ran the balls on Saturday night (Post)

You could have had some inauguration-themed condoms (City Paper)


In other noninauguration news:

Jim Graham’s lawyer asks ethics board to drop investigation: “It’s important that this board recognize the difference between controversy and unethical conduct” (Post)

D.C. politicos want Barack Obama to do more for the District than license plates — but will he? (Post)

What happened to “Baby Channing” remains a mystery a year later (Post)

Ellsworth Colbert convicted of manslaughter, not murder, in Penn Branch stabbing (Post)

Empower DC says it will sue over school closures (D.C. Schools InsiderDCist)

On expulsions, “Are the charters expelling too many, or the school system too few?” (Post editorial)

D.C. Auditor: Oversight of CBE program is lacking (Examiner)

Unemployment in the District goes up in December, from 8.3 to 8.5 percent, despite adding jobs (PostExaminer)

D.C. police response to sex assault report with Web site, new investigations (Post)

RG3’s knee: The tick-tock (Post)

Phil Mendelson’s appointment of Jim Graham to CYITC board is “further testimony of the chairman’s willingness to go along to get along” (Examiner)

Keith Anderson tapped for permanent D.C. environment director post (Examiner)

Could 1985 loophole save Jack’s Boathouse? (Housing Complex)

City’s Corrections Information Council is back in business, though relatively powerless (Post)

The Caps may not be back in town yet, but their fans are (Post)

New DMV location at some point, at Rhode Island Row (DCist)

FishbowlDC sued for libel in Superior Court (Legal Times)

Fatal shooting Saturday night near Howard University is D.C.’s third murder of the year (PostWRC-TV)

Spate of robberies marred inauguration weekend (PostExaminer)

Would-be phone thief stabbed on the 92 bus in Capitol Hill (Crime Scene)

Pit bulls attack boy in Petworth, are shot to death (Crime Scene)

Funding dispute with Montgomery County is holding up 16th Street traffic circle improvements (WTOP)

For a Parisian, D.C. can be a tough sell (NYT)

Happy 10th anniversary to JD! (JDLand)

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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