Author Archive for Mike Madden

D.C., Free?

As the shutdown dragged on, the mayor complained louder and louder: “We’re governed by the federal government’s action and unless the federal government authorizes it, D.C. workers are going to be in a bind.” Shuttered museums had local businesses worried about a drop in tourism. And Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton called it a “very special [...]

Feds to Furloughed Employees: Can’t Pay Bills? Show Creditors This Letter!

As the federal government shutdown drags into its second week, at least one agency has sent furloughed employees a letter that's supposed to make things easier if they can't pay bills while they're not getting paid.
"Because these employees will not receive pay during the lapse in appropriation, some of our employees may have difficulty in timely [...]

Pigskins Shame Spiral: President Barack Obama

The Pigskins Shame Spiral is an occasional feature tracking developments related to the name of D.C.'s beloved football team.
 Who: President Barack Obama
Change the name? "If I were the owner of the team and I knew that the name of my team—even if they've had a storied history—was offending a sizable group of people, I'd think about changing it," Obama [...]

Did This Republican Congressman from Arkansas Blame Democrats for Shooting Near Capitol?

When shots were fired outside the U.S. Capitol today, Rep. Tim Griffin, R-Ark., reacted quickly.
Gun shots outside the Capitol.
— Tim Griffin (@TimGriffinAR2) October 3, 2013
He then went and sheltered in place in the House cloakroom, per instructions from police.
I am in House Cloakroom off the Floor.
— Tim Griffin (@TimGriffinAR2) October 3, 2013
While he was there, he [...]

Music to Shut Down the Government To

If the federal government shuts down next week, either the libraries will be closed and your trash won't get picked up for a week, or all local offices will be open and your elected leaders could be facing criminal charges for spending money without an appropriation from Congress.
Either way, you'll need a soundtrack. Listen to [...]

Crafty Bastards Is Saturday and Sunday

Crafty Bastards, Washington City Paper's annual fair celebrating all things artisanal, is back this weekend at Union Market, for two days, and with beer. You can check out the list of vendors here, or buy advance tickets here to avoid waiting in line. The weather is supposed to be just about perfect, too.
Look for various City Paper staffers [...]

Blanket Security

Five hours after a man went on a shooting rampage at the Navy Yard Monday morning, Jacqueline Alston was still waiting to hear if her husband was OK.
A custodial worker who keeps the fourth floor of the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters clean, Ernest Johnston isn’t allowed to carry a cell phone to his job—national [...]

Some Victims Identified in Navy Yard Shooting

Metropolitan Police Department officials have released the names of seven of the 12 people killed, allegedly by Aaron Alexis, in today's shooting at the Navy Sea Systems Command headquarters at the Navy Yard. Five other victims' names were still being withheld as of 10:50 p.m.
The names released Monday night:

Michael Arnold, 59
Sylvia Frasier, 53
Kathy Gaarde, 62
John Roger [...]

FBI: Navy Yard Shooter Was Aaron Alexis, 34, of Texas

The man who allegedly killed 12 people at the Navy Yard this morning was a 34-year-old from Forth Worth, Texas, named Aaron Alexis, the FBI announced this afternoon. His picture is above. If you have information about him, you can contact law enforcement authorities at (202) 278-2000 or (800) CALL-FBI.
Image via FBI Washington Field Office

Pigskins Shame Spiral: ESPN

The Pigskins Shame Spiral is an occasional feature tracking developments related to the name of D.C.'s beloved football team.
Who: ESPN, the sports media behemoth (and NFL partner), whose ombudsman reported today on an internal "campaign to have ESPN stop using the name."
Change the name? Maybe. Network execs have apparently resisted so far for one half-decent [...]

The Council Network

Ward 6 Councilmember and would-be Mayor Tommy Wells will take his campaign to Reddit this week, with an Ask Me Anything discussion scheduled for Sunday. Which got us thinking: What would be the social networks of choice for other local political figures?

Who: Ward 8 Councilmember Marion Barry
What: Twitter
Why: From old SNCC photos to live updates [...]

Crafty Bastards: Now With Beer Garden

Crafty Bastards, Washington City Paper's arts and crafts fair, will also feature beer this year.
Organizers have announced that the fair, held Sept. 28-29 at Union Market, will include a beer garden operated by New Belgium Brewing. It'll also have more than 140 vendors selling handmade clothing, toys, jewelry, art, and other products. Tickets are already on [...]

Watch the March on Washington (and the “I Have a Dream” Speech)

Fifty years ago today, hundreds of thousands of people gathered on the National Mall to demand action on civil rights and jobs. The most famous speech of Aug. 28, 1963, was the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s, the last one on the program, with its ringing—and entirely unscripted—repetition of "I have a dream." You can [...]

Olympics in D.C.? No Thanks.

Today, we are excited to announce that DC is exploring a bid to host the 2024 Summer #Olympics! Join us at #DC2024
— Washington DC 2024 (@DC2024) August 27, 2013
A bad idea that was first proposed a decade ago and threatened to return last summer during the quadrennial frenzy caused by watching too much tape-delayed [...]

March of Time

Head to the National Mall any weekend morning, and chances are you’ll find people walking for charity (to cure cancer, ease arthritis pain, stop school bullying) or demonstrating for a cause (pushing to do more to slow climate change, reform immigration laws, ban abortion rights, or keep them). So it’s tempting for those of us [...]