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    A Whole New World (Don't You Dare Close Your Eyes): A meaty piece on the front page of the Post today looking at how far the District's come since the bad old days by former Metro columnist Marc Fisher. Fisher focuses on how the recent scandals at the Wilson Building don't really affect or even make the radar of developers, oil-rich investors, new residents, and anyone who has a life. The hero of the District's rise from the Marion Barry-era dumps to its current heights of the commercial property ladder, according to Fisher, is former Mayor Anthony Williams. Business types say the current crop of scandals aren't derailing the District's mojo, but they could. Also, check out this bit of anonymous council colleague bashing: "Several colleagues of council members now facing questions say that some elected officials are living beyond their means: vacationing, dining, and buying homes and vehicles that befit the lifestyle of the private-sector executives they do business with, not the $126,000 salaries they earn from D.C. taxpayers. 'Those early councils had a lot of idealistic people who came out of the civil rights movement and went into this to prove that this city could govern itself,' said one council member who didn’t want a name attached to this view for fear of making relations with colleagues impossible. 'We live in a more materialistic society now, and you see that in these members who want the fancy car, the boat, the watch.'"

    AFTER THE JUMP: Catania not for Romney; Homeless like occupiers; Sulaimon Brown trial...

    Not My Guy: Councilmember David Catania, a former Republican, was spotted at a fundraiser for presidential hopeful Mitt Romney last night in McLean. Per the Post's Tim Craig: Catania supports President Obama's reelection bid but had to go to the Romney thing for work.

    In Other News:

    • D.C. Students Speak speaks.
    • Homeless like occupiers.
    • Another delay on medical marijuana.
    • Sulaimon Brown trial set for next month.
    • Ward 1 Councilmember Jim Graham wants more accountability from troubled agency.

    Gray sked: 9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.: Monthly Mayor-Council Breakfast; 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.: Nordic Day Celebration, Mayor to Offer Remarks at Celebration of Scandinavian Embassies’ School-Nutrition Partnership at Miner Elementary. 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.: Nordic Food Day Reception at Norwegian Ambassador's Residence.

    Council: Ethics, baby! 10: 30 a.m.