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  • It also delayed severe weather warnings just as dangerous thunderstorms moved through the Central U.S. and Midwest.

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1 big thing: ✅ Capital One Arena deal approved

Photo: Craig Hudson/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Hours before voting to approve spending $515 million on Capital One Arena, D.C. Council members raised concerns over the signed deal between Mayor Muriel Bowser and Ted Leonsis, the owner of the Wizards and Capitals.

Why it matters: The 14-page tentative agreement offers a tax abatement and a bevy of incentives for Monumental Sports & Entertainment — a package that some lawmakers yesterday morning said amounts to a more generous taxpayer investment than originally suggested.

The big picture: Council members were generally supportive of keeping the teams in the city, and unanimously approved the $515 million funding request in yesterday's legislative meeting.

What they're saying: "We want Monumental to be here, but we also don't just want to give up everything and the kitchen sink," said Council member Kenyan McDuffie, chair of the business committee, in a breakfast meeting before the vote.

Zoom in: The deal — which was first circulated to council members late Monday — would "expedite" Monumental's application to finance clean-energy improvements to the arena through a city program that helps subsidize affordable housing development projects, according to a copy obtained by Axios.

  • The agreement also aims to help Monumental grow a lucrative revenue source from digital billboard signs, a rarity in Washington outside of Chinatown. The agreement says D.C. would "propose legislation to expand" the presence of signage in the neighborhood.

Reality check: The term sheet is not finalized and will still undergo negotiations between the Bowser administration and Monumental, deputy mayor Nina Albert told council members at the meeting.

  • Yes, but: "It's going to feel real binding when Ted Leonsis holds it up and says you committed to it," Allen told Albert.

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2. GOP push to rename Dulles after Trump

Former President Trump on June 13, 2023. Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images.

A group of House Republicans led by a member of the GOP leadership is introducing a bill to rename Dulles International Airport after former President Trump.

The big picture: It's a display of the deference many congressional Republicans have for the presumptive GOP presidential nominee.

Driving the news: The two-page bill seeks to rename the airport to the "Donald J. Trump International Airport" and require all government documents to refer to it as such.

  • The airport is currently named for John Foster Dulles, a former secretary of state under President Dwight Eisenhower who fought against communism during the early stages of the Cold War.

Between the lines: The proposal is sure to get resounding pushback from Democrats in the House, where Republicans have a tiny majority.

  • Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.), whose Northern Virginia district is near Dulles, pointed to detentions that took place at Dulles after Trump implemented his infamous Muslim travel ban shortly after taking office in 2017.
  • "I remember Republicans like those who wrote this bill hiding and giving mealy mouthed responses when asked about the suffering Trump's Muslim ban caused," he said in a post on X.
  • "They know Dulles will never be renamed after Trump. Again, that's not the point, the point is to suck up to their Dear Leader."

Zoom in: Led by Rep. Guy Reschenthaler (R-Pa.), House Republicans' chief deputy whip, the measure is backed by a half dozen of his colleagues.

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3. Around the Beltway: WCK tragedy

A view of a damaged vehicle carrying World Central Kitchen workers in Deir al-Balah, Gaza on April 2. Photo: Ali Jadallah/Anadolu via Getty Images

President Biden expressed condolences to chef José Andrés in a call on Tuesday and vowed to urge Israel to protect aid workers after seven staffers from Andrés' D.C.-based nonprofit World Central Kitchen were killed in Israeli strikes in Gaza, per the White House. (Axios)

⏰ The countdown clock is on: Maryland Gov. Wes Moore issued an executive order giving lawmakers an extra ten days to resolve a proposed $1.2 billion tax, toll, and fee increase to cover the state's mounting deficits — worsened further by the Key Bridge collapse. (Washington Post)

🍽 D.C. is one of the best dining cities in the country, according to Food & Wine's "Global Tastemaker" Awards (we're #8 of the top 10). Other local wins include H Street's Indian hotspot Daru, one of the best U.S. restaurants (#8 of 20), and downtown's Silver Lyan, winner of the best U.S. hotel bar. (Food & Wine)

4. 🤠 "Cowboy Carter" locals

Beyoncé and Jay-Z at February's Grammy Awards. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images/The Recording Academy

The DMV gets some love on Beyoncé's latest album, "Cowboy Carter," thanks to performances from artists with local ties.

The big picture: "Cowboy Carter," released last week, is Beyoncé's tribute to the country genre's Black roots. It's also history-making — Beyoncé became the first Black woman to hit number one on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, thanks to the single "Texas Hold 'Em."

🐎 Zoom in: Shaboozey, a country-rap performer from Fairfax, appears on the songs "Sweet Honey Buckiin" and "Spaghetti."

Another local artist featured

5. Spring allergies suck for pets too

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

More pets, particularly dogs, are being treated for itchy skin and allergies.

Why it matters: Seasonal allergies can be terribly uncomfortable for furry friends, and they can snowball into secondary issues, including skin infections.

By the numbers: Pet insurance company Trupanion reports a 45% increase in allergy claims for insured pets in 2023 compared to 2019, with the data growth adjusted and measured on a per 1,000 pet basis.

Anti-itch prescriptions are available to treat allergic dogs.

  • Injectable treatments work to block the signal that triggers an itch.

How to identify pet allergies

🍕 Anna is trying the new Dupont Circle pizza spot Alfreda.

☕ Cuneyt is hooked on making a morning latte.

🍣 Mimi is full after eating sushi at Omakase @ Barracks Row.

Today's newsletter was edited by Alexa Mencia and copy edited by Patricia Guadalupe.