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December 2017: Our Year of Trump

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Our Year of Trump

He’s the most unusual, divisive, impulsive, unpredictable, disruptive President of the modern era. He’s also our neighbor. A look at how one city has dealt with 12 exhausting months.


Trump Fiction

Illustration by Benedetto Cristofani.
Illustration by Benedetto Cristofani.

If the past 12 months had been a novel, you might have laughed it off for being so implausible. So with another year looming, we gave five actual fiction writers a challenge: Write us a story set in 2018. Make it as oddball as you want. Only time will tell if real life proves even weirder.

Kitchen Counterespionage

Photo-illustration by C.J. Burton.
Photo-illustration by C.J. Burton.

Dining critics have long tried to hide their identities when going out to eat. But these days, restaurants use elaborate techniques to outsmart them—such as planting spies at the next table. By Jessica Sidman.

Hot Gifts

Photograph by Tom McCorkle.
Photograph by Tom McCorkle.

Not sure what to give your best friend, your boss, or your father-in-law for the holidays? We asked local experts to tell us what would make a great present. Here are 30 of their favorite things. By Caroline Cunningham, Hayley Garrison Phillips, and Amy Moeller.

Top Lawyers

Photograph by Jeff Elkins.
Photograph by Jeff Elkins

Our biennial list of Washington’s best legal talent.


Photograph courtesy of John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.
Photograph of Cristina Jiménez courtesy of John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation.

Pour Behavior: Is brunch a gross ritual for DC’s young elite? Or just something fun to do on a Sunday?

Paths to Success?: Transportation ideas that could change how we get around.

Prep School: A fallout shelter expert is helping DC residents get ready for disaster.

Dream Weaver: The moving story of our area’s sole 2017 MacArthur “genius” winner.


Photograph courtesy of MGM National Harbor.
Photograph courtesy of MGM National Harbor.

The 37 performances, exhibits, and other things that are worth your time this month—including a map of holiday events.


Photograph courtesy of Walter Isaacson.
Photograph courtesy of Walter Isaacson.

Interview: Chef Mike Isabella on his ever-expanding culinary empire.

Personal History: Author Walter Isaacson explains why he left DC.

CityscapeAs shopping malls whither, some are getting creative.

Media: Why we’re all still charmed by Ben Bradlee.

CulturePerfecting the art of sucking up.


Photograph by Laura Metzler.
Photograph by Laura Metzler.

Nail Art: Five manicurists who can jazz up your holiday style.

Doing Good: 24 local charities where you can give back this season.

Road TripOur favorite ways to explore the Brandywine Valley.


Photograph by Scott Suchman. Food and prop styling by Lisa Cherkasky; flatware courtesy of Something Vintage Rentals.
Photograph by Scott Suchman Food and prop styling by Lisa Cherkasky; flatware courtesy of Something Vintage Rentals.

Tastes of HomeWashingtonians share time-tested family recipes.

ReviewChef Ryan Ratino wows at his 14th Street spot, Bresca.

Winner Time: For the 40th year, readers pick their favorite places to eat.


Photograph by Stacy Zarin Goldberg.

Guest Bedrooms: Spaces to inspire you to play host.

Neighborhood Guide: The best of Reston and Herndon.

PetsThe lengthening life span of pets.

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