In this month’s issue of Washingtonian, Jeff Stein profiles the controversial CIA deputy director Steve Kappes. Also stirring debate: Lobbying efforts on behalf of the Kurdistan Regional Government of Iraq. Marisa Kashino talks with the KRG representative in Washington, Qubad Talabani, who used to be a mechanic before becoming a lobbyist. With a cover article devoted to some of Washington’s best under-the-radar attractions—we call them hidden gems—we know we’re courting controversy ourselves. See what readers suggested as their favorite hidden gems, and check out a map with our complete list. Feel free to leave suggestions and thoughts in our comments section. Finally, we’d be remiss not to recognize the efforts of our intrepid intern Gwendolyn Purdom, who literally got inside the head of George Washington to become part of a local baseball tradition. For more articles and stories from this month’s issue, take a look at our table of contents.
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