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Baby Panda Is Named Bei Bei; World Reacts

Michelle Obama and Chinese first lady Peng Liyuan surprised panda fans Friday by naming the National Zoo’s new panda cub Bei Bei.

The baby is named Bei Bei???

The news has already begun to cross-breed with other big news items on Friday:

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Andrew Beaujon joined Washingtonian in late 2014. He was previously with the Poynter Institute, TBD.com, and Washington City Paper. His book A Bigger Field Awaits Us: The Scottish Soccer Team That Fought the Great War was published in 2018. He lives in Del Ray.