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Don Graham’s first op-ed as ex-Post-owner includes a shiv of council member and mayoral hopeful David Catania. (Marvin Joseph/The Washington Post)

Donald E. Graham has penned his first Washington Post op-ed since relinquishing control of the newspaper his family owned for 80 years; it deals with D.C. education policy and politics, and, boy, it is a doozy. On the eve of D.C. Council oversight hearings for the D.C. Public Schools and Chancellor Kaya Henderson, Graham writes attention should be paid to “the council members performing the evaluation, particularly those who wish to be mayor.” The backdrop consists of rising test scores and, in Henderson, stable DCPS leadership for the first time in many years. “[T]he outlook for education in the District has never been better,” Graham writes. “What could possibly go wrong? Longtime D.C. residents know the answer: D.C. politicians.” Only one, however, is mentioned by name: Council Education Committee chairman David A. Catania (I-At Large), whom he calls “a bully for whom no strong leader would ever work” and “the council’s leading would-be micromanager.”

In other news:

Meet Vincent Orange, the man who could not not run (PostPostTV)

Big question of public safety hearing: Where does the buck stop for FEMS failings? (PostWTTG-TVWRC-TVWTOP)

City could collect $60 million in back taxes plus interest under provisional settlement with online hotel bookers (DofDWBJ)

Don’t expect to ride the Silver Line till summer (PostWRC-TV)

Judge says city can’t house homeless families in rec centers; Gray administration says it still plans to (Post)

Jesus Aguirre doesn’t have a lot of answers on D.C. TAG audit (Post)

Did business bigwig Terry Golden threaten Tommy Wells? (DofD)

Muriel Bowser gets backing of Emily’s List (WAMU-FM)

Grocery workers back Orange, LRAA champion, in mayor’s race (DofDLoose LipsDCistInformer)

Deborah Simmons is an Andy Shallal fan (WaTimes)

Neighbors want ambitious community benefits package from Congress Heights Metro development (WBJ)

The most efficient building in the District is … an Embassy Suites? (Housing Complex)

Sunday night shooting kills 18-year-old Marquette Hooks (Homicide WatchD.C. Crime Stories)

Missing St. Elizabeths patient returns (Post)

Frank Kameny’s remains will be interred at undisclosed location — not at Congressional Cemetery (Blade)

Bright idea to get voting rights: Make D.C. a pawn in global political battles (Loose Lips)

No one has bought a $3.5 million CityCenter condo (WBJ)

Public school athletics department hires Title IX coordinator (Post)

The new D.C. Superior Court juror video features lots of familiar movie clips (DCSCAP)

Hearing today on Orange’s, um, ambitious RFK redevelopment plan (WRC-TV)

Barbara Lang’s first stop on her post-Chamber journey: the Cardinal Bank board (WBJ)

The Post’s endorsement of Muriel Bowser sure spent a lot of time praising Vince Gray (Post letter)

“While there is no easy solution to this problem, refusing shelter to children and their parents cannot possibly be the right answer” (Post letter)

Brianne Nadeau is pro zoning rewrite (GGW)

December gunfire caused $125,000 of damage to African-American Civil War Memorial (AP)

City officials try to grow senior “villages” (ElevationDC)

Key Bridge condo project could help determine if homeowners have a right to their views (G’town Metropolitan)

Everything you need to know about newly legal Expedited Partner Therapy (DCist)

Northeast warehouse becomes “thriving hub of creative symbiosis” (ElevationDC)

Ballpark eatery empire in the making? (WBJ)

Dupont Circle Conservancy head turns up nose at proposed MLK Library additions (Post letter)

Third Church of Christ, Scientist starts coming down (PoPville)

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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