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Washingtonian Today: Things Are Getting Spicey

Spicer in November 2017. Photograph by Evy Mages

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Washingtonian Today is not just another political news roundup. Instead, this daily morning brief provides local context on national news, catches you up on what’s happening at Washingtonian, points you toward super duper awesome things to do around town, and lets you in on some special events going on in-house. Sign up here to receive Washingtonian Today in your inbox every morning.

Good morning Washingtonians! Tonight is Sean Spicer‘s first DC book party and President Trump is traveling to Missouri. The skies will rain and rain. Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for more through the day. And don’t forget: This is Crab Week on Washingtonian. We’re rolling out stories from our August issue’s big crustacean guide through the end of the month.

Our Things to Do picks for Tuesday, by Catherine Lewis:

FILM: Watch Under Siege with music by DJ 2-Tone Jones at Songbyrd Music House. Free, 6 PM.

RECEPTION/LECTURE: Nick Pyenson at National Museum of Natural History. Free with RSVP, 6:45 PM.

This weekend’s free fitness class, by Kim Olsen:

Still want to try Golden Triangle’s TriFit series in Farragut Square? It’s high time you scoot on over before summer slips by. If it’s your first time, register hereConnecticut Ave. and K St., NW.

It’s a plan! Let’s catch up, shall we?

• We spoke with former White House press secretary Sean Spicer, who thinks you should be paying attention to Trump’s punctuation.

He has a new book called The Briefing.

• Local chain Z-Burger really stepped it in with a tweet that juxtaposed murdered journalist James Foley with a message about not eating McDonald’s.

It’s apologized–will that be enough?

• Yes, that was James Comey at Wolf Trap last week.

Comey becomes NPR’s homie. 

• Resistance protests outside the White House are cranking up the volume.

See why they came armed with guitarróns.

• DC’s chief resilience officer is rolling with the punches.

He also really loves that movie Airplane!

Around town:

Folks really, really don’t want to ride the Red Line. Actually, some would rather commute on horseback. (Washington Post)

Robert Wilkie becomes the fourth VA secretary in five years. (USA Today)

Georgetown staple Chinese Disco has closed its doors. Now where will I dance on tables? (Eater DC)

Take a break…

DC east of the Anacostia is looking a bit different. POLITICO magazine photos show us exactly how.

News from home:

Applications for our 2019 Great Places to Work issue will be available August 1.

Our staff figured out the best local beaches for your much needed R&R. (We also have some great sand castle construction advice.)

That’s your Tuesday, Washingtonians. We’re so close to mid-week. I can taste it.

Staff Writer

Brittany Shepherd covers the societal and cultural scene in political Washington. Before joining Washingtonian as a staff writer in 2018, Brittany was a White House Correspondent for Independent Journal Review. While she has lived in DC for a number of years now, she still yearns for the fresh Long Island bagels of home. Find her on Twitter, often prattling on about Frasier.