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A poster on the wall at the Oneida Indian Nation forum illustrates the tribe’s message to change the name of the Washington Redskins. (Jahi Chikwendiu / The Washington Post)

The campaign against the Washington Redskins’ long controversial name and identity came to Georgetown Monday, where leaders of the Oneida Indiana Nation pushed team owner Daniel M. Snyder to “Change the Mascot” just days after President Obama unexpectedly waded into the debate and suggested Snyder might think about a name chance for his beloved team. NFL owners, meeting blocks away, mostly ignored the hullabaloo, but league execs have agreed to meet with the protesters. This, The Washington Post’s Mike Wise writes, suggests that the days are numbered for the Redskins name: “It’s not a matter of ‘if’ anymore, but rather ‘when.'” And The Post’s Clinton Yates relays a fine suggestion for a new team name — one that wouldn’t necessarily even require a mascot change: Why not the Washington Americans?

In other news:

Gray administration has flouted law requiring yearly “living wage” recalculation (Post)

Tax office error meant D.C. gas stations overcharged $95,000 last week (Post)

Ambulance fires weren’t intentional, police conclude (Post)

Key finding of public education study: Per-pupil funding should rise 18 percent (DCFPI)

Refurbishing council chairman’s office will cost $112,000 (Loose Lips)

Raze permit issued for Third Church of Christ, Scientist (WBJ)

Person who burned himself to death on the Mall is identified as New Jersey man (Post)

Aaron Alexis was killed by MPD and Park Police officers shooting “simultaneously” (WTTG-TV)

Albrecht Muth to judge: “You live in your secular world. I live in my religious world. Do let us have the two meet in December.” (AP)

Dead Metro contractor was 41-year-old Iraq veteran (Post)

NTSB says it won’t send investigators due to shutdown (AP)

“America, you sent these guys here. They represent plenty of you, none of us.” (Post)

Tax refunds are among many government payments being suspended during shutdown (DofDWRC-TV)

Obama veto threat is what’s blocking Senate consideration of D.C. funding bill (WaTimes)

Shutdown means even longer wait for D.C. Circuit nominees (Legal Times)

Medicaid freeze will hit mental health providers hardest (DCist)

On the bright side: 17th Street Levee work is restarting (Post)

On the bright side: Surrounding jurisdictions are on credit watch, but so far not the District (Reuters)

On the bright side: The Meridian Park drum circle got shut down (City Desk)

Coming out of New Beginnings on the straight and narrow (WAMU-FM)

Off-duty cop shoots would-be robber in Fairlawn (Post)

Downtown shop was hub for resale of stolen good, police allege (Post)

D.C. Court of Appeals decision strengthens birth parents’ rights in adoption disputes (NLJ)

Behold the latest McMillan plans (WBJ)

Ward 6 council candidate Darrel Thompson calls himself the “shadow staffer” (Loose LipsBlade)

Former McKinley Tech teacher gets five years on child porn charge (Post)

Howard University’s interim president: “I think most universities right now are facing the challenge of diversifying their revenue streams, and that’s a challenge that Howard has” (WAMU-FM)

Howard’s facing a bunch of lawsuits from aggrieved former employees (Housing Complex)

Could Andrew Breitbart’s widow be on the hook in D.C. libel suit? (Legal Times)

Adult-focused Carlos Rosario charter school opens second campus (WAMU-FM)

Gray administration helps set up “device lab” for software developers (Post)

Lots of precedent for Southeast Freeway “boulevard” conversion (Hill Rag)

Anita Bonds is asking questions about parking, but apparently not the right ones (GGW)

Phil Mendelson staffers apparently doing a fine job monitoring the Ward 4 listservs (Petworthies)

With all these traffic cameras, “You have to drive perfectly, all day, every day”! (HuffPo)

Butch Warren, D.C. native jazz great, dies at 74 (PostArts Desk)

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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