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Guest List: Today’s Newsmakers

The Washingtonians in headlines today we’d like to have dinner with tonight

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Guest List is Washingtonian’s monthly roundup of the fantasy cast we’d like to see for dinner this month.

• Tom O’Connor. George Mason University’s athletic director has a great basketball program. Up next? The Redskins. The football team is in early conversations with GMU about moving its training camp to the Fairfax school’s campus. For a school whose motto is “Innovation is tradition,” partnering with the Redskins could be a great way to improve George Mason’s visibility—and an alternate way to fund new athletic facilities.

• Yesha Callahan. The University of Maryland faculty recruiter called Gawker about (suddenly) former Representative Chris Lee, whom she met on Craigslist, after checking out his e-mail address and realizing he was lying to her about his age, profession, and most of all, his marital status. Callahan mostly appears to have been motivated by disgust over Lee’s dishonesty with her and worries that he’d lie to other women who might not investigate him as diligently. And for not selling out, and doing women everywhere a solid favor, we’d like to buy her dinner.

• Tommy Wells. The DC City Councilman turned a money-saving proposal to end late-night weekend Metro service into a question of Washington’s greatness. “We’re a world-class city,” Wells said at the council’s Metro committee meeting Thursday. “To be a world-class city you have to support nightlife.” We had thought that concerns about safety might be enough to sink the proposal, but hey, we’ll let Wells lead the charge.

• Stephanie Lynch. The Director of Georgetown University’s Office of Residence Life must want to know how two students started a drug lab in a university dorm room and how they got away with it for as long as they did. The sentencing hearing today for Georgetown freshman Charles Smith and University of Virginia freshman John Perrone, who were arrested in October for manufacturing a hallucinogenic in Smith’s room, might provide her—and the rest of us—with some clarity.

• Tommy Norment. The Republican Minority Leader of the Virginia Senate joined Democrats in putting checks on the state’s aggressive Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. The lawmakers voted 27 to 13 to add an item to the state budget that would require the attorney general’s office to report projects that take up more than 100 hours of staff time—and to have a state auditor follow up to make sure the reports are correct. Cuccinelli has cast a wide net, but it increasingly sounds like the legislature may want to narrow his job description.

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