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Freedom to Spend, Except for That One Thing: U.S. Rep. Darrell Issa yesterday made good on his earlier promises to try and give the District control over its own budget without fear of congressional meddling. Yep, that's right. Total and complete control. Oh wait, except when it comes to spending money on abortions. "Although city leaders expressed caution in their initial reactions Monday, the inclusion of the abortion language could doom the bill from the start. ... Gray spokeswoman Linda Wharton Boyd said Monday that the mayor was evaluating the bill and that he “is aware that the pro-life movement placed a lot of pressure on Congressman Issa to continue the prohibition on using local dollars for abortion.” Seems like an easy call, given that Congress can already restrict city spending on abortions anyway and President Barack Obama has already indicated that it's an issue he's not going to care too much about.

AFTER THE JUMP: Guns and Things; Kwame and His Prius; Early Birds ...

Guns and Things: An effort to loosen the District's gun laws by Illinois law makers did not pass a major hurdle last night, TWT reports."The overall bill would allow people with a permit to carry a concealed weapon to enjoy that privilege in any state that also allows concealed carry, but not in jurisdictions that prohibit concealed carry — namely, Illinois and the District." Speaking of guns, the Post reports that crime-victim business owners in Congress Heights are frustrated with limitations on their right to bare arms.

No Tags Kwame: Council Chairman Kwame "Fully Loaded" Brown has been driving around a new Prius with no tags, NBC 4's Tom Sherwood reports. Worth a news story? Normally not, but such is Brown's fate after Navigatorgate. The chairman's temporary tags were destroyed due to rain, and now he has new ones.

Early Birds: Yesterday was the first day to pick up ballot petitions from the Board of Elections and Ethics. At least eight people are vying for the council seat in Wards 4 and 7. It looks like there may be two Republican primary races, one in Ward 7 and one for at-large. Mitt Romney was the only Republican presidential hopeful to have picked up ballot petitions for the District so far. Well, not Mitt per se, but one of his staffers. President Obama's campaign was also there on opening day.

In Other News:

  • Pepco to build substation where a mixed use development was once planned.
  • Hate crimes statistics up in the District.
  • Trial of eight D.C. voting rights activists set for today.
  • Metro looking to hire vets.
  • Ward 2 Councilmember Jack Evans kicked off his campaign last night (check out the fourth photo, which LL and Scott Bishop, of Anthony Williams petition fame, photobomb).

Gray sked: 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.: Turkey Bowl and D.C. Public Schools Athletic Director Announcements; 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: 11th Street Permanent Supportive Housing Units Ribbon-Cutting; 7:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.: Mayor’s Birthday Celebration & Constituent Services Fundraiser at B. Smith's in Union Station

Council sked: Committee of the whole at 10 a.m.

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