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The Needle: Get Back Into Shape

Balancing Act: There's been a heavy backlash against the so-called yoga and gym tax. But here's a compelling argument in favor of the tax: The proposed expansion of the sales tax actually fits the current economy, which has shifted from more product-based to service-based. And even if the government decided to exempt gyms from the sales tax, it would just have to tax another group more. Plus, studies show that this price increase will not cause people to drop their gym memberships or thwart prospective gym members from enrolling. +3

Futbol Fanatics: D.C. had ESPN's highest viewership rating for last night's U.S.A. World Cup match. +4

More Millennials: The new Marriott Marquis at the Convention is targeting millennials with, for instance, its throwback-style whiskey bar with large ice cubes. -3

Less Millennials: But wait, the Washington Post reports that older millennials are considering fleeing the District because of the high cost of living. -3

Yesterday's Needle rating: 58 Today's score: +1  Today's Needle rating: 59

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