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The Needle: Jon Stewart for D.C. Council Edition

Daily Show Arrives in D.C.

Welcome to The Daily Show: If you suddenly feel like the air around town is somehow more ironic, it may not just be because of the hipster riding past you on a track bike. Jon Stewart has arrived in D.C., five days ahead of Saturday's Rally to Restore Sanity, to tape this week's Daily Show episodes from the Harman Center for the Arts in Chinatown. The guest tonight is Austan Goolsbee; his boss, Barack Obama, shows up on Wednesday. We assume the invitation for Washington City Paper editors to appear as a group on the show has simply been delayed in the mail. +3

Sweep-up Time: D.C. isn't anywhere near as rigid as New York in enforcing the alternate-side street parking rules designed to allow for regular street cleaning. That may be because we don't clean the streets as often. At any rate, street-sweeping will end this week until the winter, as the Department of Public Works switches to leaf cleanup mode. Which means, the weather notwithstanding, it is officially fall. +2

More Statements About Nothing: Maybe rural Virginia isn't Wale's base. The president of the University of Mary Washington, Rick Hurley, has apologized to Fredericksburg, Va., residents who were upset by profanity uttered by D.C.'s biggest rap star at a concert Saturday night. If the university had known Wale was so foul-mouthed, it would have put the concert inside, Hurley says. (Give him points for not saying he would have canceled it.) -1

Super Bowl Bound?: It took the Redskins 16 games to win four games last year. This year, they've done it in seven. The Skins beat the Chicago Bears, 17-14, in an error-filled game that should probably have resulted in the loser being shipped off to the Xtreme Football League. Might the team be motivated by our pessimistic preseason forecast of a 6-10 year? If so, we'll accept thanks for the inspiration in the form of Super Bowl tickets. +2

Friday's Needle rating: 48 Today's score: +6 Today's Needle rating: 54

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