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The Needle: Swag Like Sulaimon Edition

Shades of Sulaimon: At Monday's much-talked about hearing on the legitimacy—or lack thereof—of Sulaimon Brown, what really stole the show was not the damning fact that the Gray administration hired Brown for a $110,000-a-year job, or even the clownish back-and-forth between councilmembers Marion Barry and David Catania. No, Sulaimon's sunglasses were really what had everyone talking. Should you want to rock the style of the city's most notable political hanger-on, a few Post-ies can point you in the right direction. This afternoon, Mike DeBonis tweeted, "If you want shades like Sulaimon's: @kitastew reports they were Maui Jim's Stingray, yours for $209 http://bit.ly/jD3SwD." +2

Meh Shack: Per Tom Sietsema, the offerings at New York import Shake Shack are just fine. For the Post's Going Out Guide, Sietsema writes, "I’m partial to burgers that taste as if they came off the griddle of a diner, and by that measure, Shake Shack’s sandwiches deliver," but the short write-up is plagued with doubt as to whether or not the wait—Shake Shack's line has spilled  onto Connecticut Avenue NW for what seems to be a continuous three-week period. No matter, though: Danny Meyer, proprietor, is expanding the burger joint and a few of his other concept eateries into Nationals Park next week. At the rate the hometown team is going, the stadium needs at least some kind of success. +2

A Most Liberal Republican: Ward 1 D.C. State Board of Education member and former At-Large Councilmember candidate Pat Mara can now add a notch on his political belt for serving on D.C. Vote's board of directors. According to DCist, "the city's preeminent D.C. voting rights organization invited Mara to join its board of directors" on June 2, "making him the first Republican to serve in that capacity since the group was founded in 1998." Not too shabby for a member of a party typically mocked, overlooked, or outright detested by many a District resident, but no doubt D.C. Vote has recognized the power of diversity. +1

"Don't Cross the River If You Can't Swim the Tide": The District Department of Transportation has been ruminating for quite some time on the possibility of extending the well-loved Circulator bus lines across the Anacostia River to serve Wards 7 and 8. But just as the agency has geared up to make that happen, DCist reports it's hit a snag following a recent public meeting and the route will need to be rerouted. There are few details on what, exactly, that snag might have been, but a tweet sent from the @DCCirculator account reads, "The verdict from Ward 8: DDOT has some more thinking to do on this new route. Back to the drawing board!" -3

Yesterday's Needle rating: 55 Today's score: +2 Today's Needle rating: 57

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