City Desk

The Needle: I Don’t Want to Share Edition

Across the Aisle: Yesterday, tapas king José Andrés said that Republicans hate sharing. Except, he actually didn't. An interview with EaterDC was incorrectly transcribed, leading readers to believe that the well-known toque had repeatedly observed right-wingers sneering at their tiny plates of olives and manchego cheese. Eater issued a correction ("UPDATE: Apologies, in a rush while transcribing this last bit, we missed a piece that reads: 'I still have very traditional people — not necessarily with that I mean Republicans — who will say, 'I want my plate. I don't want to share'), and downtown small plates joints are once again as partisan as Old Ebbitt Grill. -3

Slot City: Prince George's County Executive Rushern Baker has proposed a $1 billion casino at National Harbor in order to stimulate tax revenue. Though Baker was anti-slots as a state delegate a decade ago, he's apparently changed his mind; he tells the Post, "he would welcome a facility 'much like what you see in Las Vegas.'" But Baker will have to contend with an opposing legislature and competition from a gambling development in Anne Arundel County to get high-rollers to Prince George's isolated megaproject. +1

71-Whatever: The Commonwealth is renumbering three heavily trafficked commuter routes; the shift will also redesignate the Fairfax County Parkway, Prince William Parkway, and Franconia-Springfield Parkway as primary roads instead of secondary thoroughfares, meaning their paving and, say, guardrail improvements will be eligible for federal assistance. The new numbers are boring highway gibberish—for example, Fairfax County Parkway/Route 7100 will become Route 286, or Old Route 7100—which is nearly as interesting as the proposed names for the forthcoming Silver Line Metrorail stations. +1

Stung at the Capitol: A potential attack on the U.S. Capitol may have been deferred when Capitol police and the FBI arrested, in a sting operation, a suspect in the building's vicinity. ABC7 reports, "Law enforcement sources tell ABC7’s Scott Thuman said the suspect is a Moroccan citizen in his 20s who was in the United States illegally after he overstayed his visa. The suspect believed that the undercover law enforcement authorities he was speaking to were associated with al-Qaida." +2

Yesterday's Needle rating: 48 Today's score: +1 Friday bonus points: +2 Today's Needle rating: 51

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