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January 2017: What Does Donald Trump Mean for Washington?

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The Inauguration Issue

As the nation prepares to inaugurate the 45th president, Washington is nervous: how might a Donald Trump administration impact the city we love? In this special section, we take a look at what might be in store for our region. Plus: how to enjoy—or avoid—inauguration weekend, a first family with surprisingly robust local ties, and 29 names you’ll hear a lot of in the next four years.


Photo by Maurice Sorrell/Ebony Collection.

The Tragedy of Christopher Barry

During his short lifetime, Marion Barry’s son had access to some of the city’s fanciest circles. It wasn’t enough. Last summer, after years of brushes with the law, the only son of DC’s legendary mayor died of an overdose in a grimy apartment complex. Marion Barry’s biographer tells the story of what it was like to grow up in the shadow of a famous—and famously troubled—father. By Harry Jaffe.

Washingtonians of the Year

Eleven locals—from Lonnie Bunch to Ryan Zimmerman—whose commitment to helping others makes Washington a better place to live. By Leslie Milk

The Nation of Flying Dog

Flying Dog brewery has become the region’s craft-beer titan. Along the way, its owner has been waging a politically charged battle over the First Amendment. By Amanda Whiting

Newcomer’s Guide

Hometown jargon, foodie secrets, tricks to hack the city’s road map, how to identify which motorcade is blocking your path, and other essential knowledge for new transplants. Edited by Sherri Dalphonse.

Inauguration 2017

Fifteen smart locals on how Donald Trump could change Washington, 29 names to know, how to revel in Trump’s inaugural—and how to avoid it altogether. Edited By Sherri Dalphonse.

Capital Comment


Evidence that Washington’s dining economy is a bubble . . . Six weird winter trips . . . WAMU’s new talk-show star . . . The Washington Post’s Napkingate scandal. . .Origami money.

Where & When

Photo by Dante Marshall.

The 15 performances, exhibits, and other things worth your time this month.




The local economist who wrote the book on how we get fooled by data.


A science-fiction novelist who tutors Washington’s brightest math prodigies.


Who’s on the Post’s expanded White House beat—and who should be.


An infrastructure wish list for the new President.




Trainers who’ll whip you into shape, how we became America’s fittest city, and hot trends on the fitness scene.

Road Trip

The best of West Virginia’s Snowshoe Mountain Resort.



Hits and misses at the colossally expensive Shaw Bijou. Plus—secret liquor stashes of restaurant-industry folks, the ten most anticipated restaurant debuts in 2017, a year-round rum cocktail, and more.



Form and Function

How a neglected, catchall space became the most beautiful room in the house.

Top Developments

Nine big projects opening this year that we’re especially excited about.

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