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Lunchline: Pizzaman Herman Cain is popular in VA

Watching the Capitals is turning out to be bad for my health. I either have to start caring less, or they’re going to have to start winning in more comfortable fashion. Who am I kidding? I’ll take this every night over the horrible years of the early 2000s.

It seems that protesters have taken out a short-term lease at Freedom Plaza. Last night, it was reported that the Stop The Machine group (not to be confused with the Occupy D.C. group at McPherson Square) had agreed to a four-month extension of their protest permit, but today it seems that agreement is in dispute. Nobody is entirely sure what’s going on at Freedom Plaza, or how long the demonstrators will be allowed to stay, The Post’s Teresa Tomassoni and Annie Gowen report.

Pizzaman Herman Cain is popular in Virginia. The don of Godfather’s Pizza has moved past Mitt Romney in a Quinnipiac University poll as the top GOP presidential candidate in the commonwealth. I think it’s pretty easy to understand why people like him: the guy’s had a real job recently. Over at the Virginia Politics blog, Ben Pershing explains how Rick Perry has taken a nosedive in the swing state, and why Cain has surged to the top of the list.

I knew multiple guys in college who were obsessed with poker. Back then, online gambling was in its nascent phase and it mushroomed out to home games and casinos (yes, I’ve been on a riverboat.) Now, poker has officially taken hold as THE game for young computer/math nerds around the country. And you know where it’s most popular? Yes, the dorm rooms of America. The Post’s Daniel de Vise reports on how the Justice Department is handling the gambling of young American males.

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial is shown in Washington, D.C., on Thursday, July 21, 2011. (Photo by Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post) (Nikki Kahn/THE WASHINGTON POST)

David Stern is not looking good these days. Neither is anyone that actually plays NBA basketball for a living. The two sides are still arguing over the millions of dollars that they make and can’t seem to work out a deal that will allow anyone to take the court. The commish said last night that he was canceling the first two weeks of the season, and The Post’s Tracee Hamilton says: we should all have these kind of problems.

• I would try to write this better, but I can’t. Here’s the headline: Kanye West occupies Wall Street; Lil Wayne uploads “public service announcement”; Hank Williams Jr. snaps at the media in song.

• Facebook finally made an iPad app. Now get on with your life.

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Clinton Yates is a D.C. native and an online columnist. When he's not covering the city, pop culture or listening to music, he watches sports. A lot of them.



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