News & Politics

Capital Countdown: June 2007


Number of “principal characters” listed at the beginning of George Tenet’s memoir, At the Center of the Storm. The list ranges from Osama bin Laden and George W. Bush to CIA colleagues and overseas intelligence officials down to both his brothers-in-law. It includes precisely one person, Ken Levit, listed as a “friend.”


Rank of the Washington region (tied with Riverside, California) among the nation’s ten worst cities for commutes, according to U.S. News. The average Washington worker travels 29 minutes to work. Top of the list? New York, at 39 minutes.


Rank of DC’s Shaw neighborhood among the nation’s ten “bloggiest” neighborhoods, according to’s list of local bloggers and blog activity. Chief among the Shaw bloggers is the anonymous resident behind “Remaking le Slum Historique” ( Another good one is