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Washingtonian Today: The Friday Washington Deserves

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.

We made it to Friday! Hurrah! Today is plenty needed. Some good news: the Metro is running on time and according to the Capital Weather Gang this weekend is all set to be “splendid.” How wonderful. I hope to get a long, luxurious nap in this weekend and make some time to check out new vendors at Union Market.

This morning, the Senate Judiciary Committee plans to vote on Brett Kavanaugh‘s nomination—yet regardless of what happens this morning, Mitch McConnell can bring his nomination to the Senate floor.

What we have cooking at Washingtonian:

• You know what they say: early bird gets the worm. Thanks to our new handy list, early risers now get the best breakfast spots.

• Out staff photographer Evy Mages was all over Capitol Hill yesterday. See a gallery of her photos. I was out, too, and wrote about the worst Thursday in Washington.

• The Smithsonian American Art museum is now displaying art from trailblazing African-American artist Bill Traylor, a former slave. Here are three things to know about the stunning pieces.

• This couple met on a dating app and now they’re married which should give all of us lonely singles infinite hope. Swipe right on their gorgeous wedding photos!

Our pick for things to do around the District:

WJFK, 106.7 The Fan celebrates DC sports with its fifth annual Fan Fest at The St. James Sports and Active Entertainment Center in Springfield. The station will be broadcasting live, while kids can participate in sports clinics (in soccer, football, basketball, and lacrosse) or a batting clinic with former Washington National Michael MorseCurrent and former Washington Redskins including Chris Thompson and Clinton Portis will be signing autographs, and the Chad Dukes Beer Garden will be open. Free to attend (autograph tickets are $10 per player), 12 – 3 PM

Good reads:

Eliana Johnson on Yale’s sudden turn on Brett Kavanaugh. (Politico)

The battle over the Potomac Yard Metro is far from over, Patricia Sullivan reports. (Washington Post)

Big events from Washingtonian:

Ask our food critic, Ann Limpert, where you should eat to drown out the horrible news cycle at 11 AM–that’s right, it’s time for her weekly chat.

Who should be a Washingtonian of the Year?

Nominate your office for Washingtonian’s list of the Best Places to Work and you’ll get a golden SmarTrip card when you retire.

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

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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.