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Welcome to Wednesday, which could be a relatively quiet day in Washington (remember those?). Tomorrow, there will be a public hearing on the sexual assault allegations regarding Brett Kavanaugh and President Trump will meet with Rod Rosenstein. In other news, there’s no rain expected this morning, and the Blue Line hit a deer.

What we have cooking at Washingtonian:

• Our latest feature is a timely one on how Washington makes—and subsequently breaks—political figures in the Trump era. Dig into Luke Mullins‘s must-read profile of Rod Rosenstein, who might still be deputy attorney general by the end of Thursday.

• The protestors who found Ted Cruz at Fiola told us that they got their tip thanks to the “eyes and ears everywhere.”

• Related: Another norm in DC is shifting. Restaurants, you can not be apolitical anymore.

• Take a break from the onslaught of news and look at photos of this immaculate home in Fort Washington decorated with antiques and finds from Target.

•Stop everything you’re doing and take this survey. You could win a chance to dine at a José Andrés restaurant.

Our pick for things to do around the District:

Joan Jett is known mostly as a solo artist now, but her early career was defined by her time in the rock band the Runaways. The documentary Bad Reputation describes the rock and punk scenes of the 1970s and outlines Jett’s rise to stardom through archival footage and interviews with the artist (and her contemporaries). The film shows on Wednesday (one night only) at AFI Silver. $13, 8 PM.

Good reads:

Publishers love Apple News, Will Oremus writes. If only they could make any money off of it. (Slate)

According to the Capital Weather Gang, this rainy stint is a real sore spot for residents. Feeling blue? It’s probably due to the weather. (Washington Post)

Essential long read:

Deadspin founder Will Leitch on the abysmal rise of Barstool Sports and whether publications like his aided and abetted its normalization.  (New York)

Big events from Washingtonian:

Ask our food critic where you should get sandwiches now that Taylor Gourmet is gone in her weekly chat.

Who should be a Washingtonian of the Year?

Earn supervisor of the year and submit your office for Washingtonian’s list of the Best Places to Work.

Check out our 100 top affordable places to eat around DC.

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.