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D.C. gets Trumped once again

Some D.C. politicos just can’t get close enough to Donald Trump. (Mike DeBonis/The Washington Post)

The Trumpification of the Old Post Office continued apace Wednesday, with the official groundbreaking for the Trump International Hotel drawing The Donald, his children, and scads of politicians who attended either out of obligation or out of desire to rub shoulders with America’s most famous real-estate-developer-slash-“birther.” Inside the building, the Trumps showed off model rooms while outside, politicos sidled in on the groundbreaking as photographers snapped away. One elected official not in attendance: D.C. Council member David Catania (I-At Large), who tweeted a photo of mayoral foe Muriel Bowser (D-Ward 4) and his relief at missing the show. More from Housing ComplexDCistWSJ and Curbed.

In other news:

Mary Oates Walker, former chief administrative law judge, admits to ethics violations but wants her old job back (Post)

Rep John Mica (R-Fla.): “You would have to be high to think that Congress or anyone else is going to support making the District of Columbia the 51st state” (WTTG-TV)

As soccer stadium hearings move into neighborhoods, council members air transportation concerns (DofDLoose Lips)

Reminder: Today is “D.C. Council Member Andy Harris Constituent Service Day” (AP)

The epicenter of the battle over pop-ups may be in Lanier Heights (Housing Complex)

Park Southern is “a cannibalistic environment in which one set of African Americans seemingly feeds on another, less fortunate group,” says Jonetta Rose Barras (Post column)

Plans to pave over part of Petworth community garden for teacher parking generates protests (WAMU-FM)

Money now exists for Dupont Circle “cap park,” but concrete plans do not (Post)

Catania: Why not a PAC to deter congressional meddlers? (Loose Lips)

Mayoral candidates court gay votes at meet-and-greets (Blade)

Latest Kids Count report shows some positive trends (Post)

Extend the school day for kids, or just for teachers? (GGW)

Two men stand accused of raping 14-year-old Maryland girl in Park View home (PostWJLA-TV)

Cops seek ex-Redskin Fred Davis in Adams Morgan domestic incident (Post)

Suspect in June domestic killing is arrested in North Carolina (Post)

Another week, another person tries bringing a gun into the Capitol (Post)

Traffic engineer accuses D.C. of traffic-camera scheming (WUSA-TV)

Baltimore firm wins streetcar study contract (WBJ)

BZA approves hotel without parking (District Source)

“D.C. Water has been on a steady path to greater professionalism and innovation for a decade” (Governing)

Contra White House, only 25 percent, not 95 percent, of city roads are in terrible shape (d.ishDCist)

DMV assures that transgender residents can get ID cards (Blade)

Why is D.C. so light on food co-ops? (OPinions)

Three decades of bike lane construction in one animation (GGW)

D.C. students get up-close look at National Museum of African American History construction — and a lot more (Post)

Georgetown’s Alexander Memorial Baptist Church sells to developer for $6.5 million; congregants wonder why (WJLA-TV)

Florida Avenue Burger King site bought by new developer (WBJ)

Affordable housing crunch is especially dire for domestic violence victims (HuffPo)

ANC’s lousy attendance record is good news for allegedly loud bar (City Desk)

Spy Museum takes another stab at Carnegie Library plans (District Source)

D.C. Youth Slam Team are international poetry champions (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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