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The Needle: Trumped Edition

Today's Needle Rating: 30

Enter the Donald: Federal officials have reached agreement with Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka Trump to redevelop and lease the Old Post Office as a 260-room hotel. The good news: It's a gorgeous, historic building that should benefit from $200 million in private investment. The bad news: Trump will have a platform just blocks from the White House to investigate his crazy birther theories. -1

The Big Payback: The free ride is over, Washington Post readers—the paper will roll its paywall out later this month. It's pretty porous, though; reading at a school or government office won't count against its 20-article limit, nor will links from social media. And if it delays the next round of layoffs at the paper, it's good news, right? +1

All That Jazz: The D.C. Jazz Festival kicks off tonight with a Roy Haynes show at The Hamilton. And it doesn't end for 12 days. +3

#SADITUDE: First Bryce Harper, and now Stephen Strasburg are on the Washington Nationals disabled list. Maybe you don't need to worry about whether Metro will run past midnight for October playoff games this year. -2

Yesterday's Needle rating: 29 Today's score: +1 Today's Needle rating: 30

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