News & Politics

Afternoon Shots: December 17

Possible progress for DC United stadium, Obama wishes life were more like "House of Cards," and more to yak about tonight.

President Obama says he wants to be like this guy. Photograph by Melinda Sue Gordon for Netflix.

The DC Council voted to increase the minimum wage to $11.50 an hour. [Capital Comment]

Mayor Vince Gray’s administration says it will deliver a formal plan for the DC United stadium by Christmas. [DCist]

Guess which knee injury topped the list of Washington’s worst sports moments of 2013? [D.C. Sports Bog]

“What is twerking?” and other things Washingtonians really wanted to Google to answer this year. [Capital Comment]

The US Postal Service trains its workers on how to avoid dog attacks. [Washingtonian]

Mega Millions jackpot is up to $636 million, but the odds of winning are 1 in 259 million, so why bother? [CBS News]

President Obama wishes Washington had more of the “ruthless efficiency” of House of Cards’s lying, scheming, murdering Congressman Frank Underwood. [Mashable]

Parking meters are the newest icon of the Council’s ethically sketchy situation. [Capital Comment]

No surprises here: Le Diplomate is the toughest table in town. [Young & Hungry]

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Benjamin Freed joined Washingtonian in August 2013 and covers politics, business, and media. He was previously the editor of DCist and has also written for Washington City Paper, the New York Times, the New Republic, Slate, and BuzzFeed. He lives in Adams Morgan.