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‘Don’t screw it up’

Mayor Vincent Gray, with Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, stands among U.S. senators in front of the Capitol building on Wednesday. (Melina Mara/The Washington Post)

District leaders’ confrontational approach to this nine-day-and-counting federal shutdown finally resulted in some high-drama confrontations Wednesday. At noontime, Mayor Vincent C. Gray had the good fortune of wrapping up his Capitol Hill news conference just as Senate Democrats — who have been unwilling to take up a D.C. funding bill — started their own event about 50 yards away. Gray walked up to Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), getting this response to his entreaties: “I’m on your side. Don’t screw it up, okay?” Later in the day, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D) attended a White House meeting with the rest of the Democratic caucus, where she reportedly gave President Obama quite a talking-to. “He’s a big boy and I’m a big girl,” she told the Post’s Ed O’Keefe. That night, at a D.C. Vote event, Rep. Jose Serrano (D-N.Y.) described the scene half-jokingly: “I thought you were going to hit him or something.” More from WRC-TVWashingtonianHuffPoBuzzFeedDCistLoose LipsWUSA-TVWTTG-TVWaTimesAPPolitico and WSJ.

In other news:

Democrats’ stance “makes a mockery of their professed support of D.C. home rule and threatens critical operations in the nation’s capital” (Post editorial)

Keely Thompson gets two-and-a-half years in prison — after bid to lighten sentence by implicating Jim Graham in kickback scheme goes nowhere (PostLoose LipsWRC-TV)

Housing Finance Agency chief’s penchant for charging lavish personal expenses to agency credit cards stretches back to 2006 (Loose Lips)

J.C. Hayward wants out from Options PCS lawsuit as federal grand jury gets involved (PostWUSA-TV)

With regional effort unveiled, Phil Mendelson backs $11.50 minimum wage by 2016 (PostDCistWTTG-TV)

Dan Snyder explains to Redskins fans why he really isn’t going to change the team’s name (Postletter)

Here’s what the District is paying for during the shutdown (@mikedebonis)

And here’s more of what the District isn’t paying for — including DCRA contractors (WBJ)

More on local nonprofits feeling the pinch (PostWRC-TV)

S&P cuts District’s “institutional framework” score but bond ratings are intact for now (Post)

While Gray warns of waning funds, David Grosso, D.C. Vote and other groups press for a civil-disobedience strategy (DCFPIDCist)

Now that we’re picking the trash on federal parkland, why stop? (Housing Complex)

Furloughed federal techies have an easy way to find temp work (Atlantic)

D.C. courts are putting more employees back on the job (Legal Times)

We are a nation of civil disobedients (BuzzFeed)

A Brit’s crusade for sensible tattoo regulations in D.C. (City Paper)

A deep and valuable dive into the Great Connecticut Avenue Apartment Building Controversy (GGW)

Mendelson votes against compromise as COG backs off aggressive gun-control stance (Post)

Consultants conclude water-taxi network could be commercially viable (Post)

With living-wage bill dead, Skyland Town Center is full steam ahead (WBJ)

On the corner of 16th and I streets, “Is boring better than ugly?” (Housing Complex)

Drop in Howard University ranking is “mainly due to its administrative inability or refusal to report its most recent data about itself” (U.S. News)

Jim Graham says Ward 1 is “is well on its way to being the center of D.C.’s LGBTQcommunity” (Blade)

What would Options closure mean for Hill East? (Hill Rag)

Youth-basketball mogul turned accused drug kingpin will stay in jail for now (Post)

Broken-bottle butt stabbing in Brightwood Park (WaTimes)

Laptops stolen from Maury Elementary (WRC-TV)

D.C.’s private eye to the powerful tells his many tales (Post)

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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