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Washingtonian Today: It’s Time to Pokemon Go to the Polls

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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.

Happy Election Day! Here are some logistics you should know. Need help finding your polling place? Here’s a nifty locator. Need a ride? Uber and Lyft are discounting services today if you use the app to go vote. Have problems or questions about voting? Call Common Cause at 866-OUR-VOTE or text “OUR VOTE” to 97779. Hungry after? Check out our midterm party guide.

Now get out there and vote. Sean Spicer wants you to go, too, and he’s doing that by showing a nonconforming Alexandria “I voted” sticker. To the polls, people!

SOMETHING YOU KNOW: President Trump is in his final blitz of campaigning and early morning tweeting.

SOMETHING YOU MAY HAVE MISSED: Surprise! Barack Obama drummed up support for Senator Tim Kaine and state Senator Jennifer Wexton in Virginia yesterday.

And now for something completely different:

Maybe HQ2 isn’t a place after all, maybe it’s more a state of mind. Amazon plans to split its second headquarters between two locations in the American heartland–Crystal City and Long Island City, New York–according to the New York Times.

The former editor of Capitol File magazine was in the final (arguably clumsy and rushed) season of House of Cards. Here’s why. You also may have blinked and missed a cameo by local barbecue joint Federalist Pig and faux TV spots from Wolf Blitzer and Jim Acosta.

What we have cooking at Washingtonian:

Our pick for things to do around town:

MUSIC British electronic music duo The Orb pioneered the ambient house subgenre in the late 1980s. They’re celebrating their 30th anniversary with a show at U Street Music Hall; expect them to play some of their classic atmospheric chill-out music as well as songs from their newest album, No Sounds Are Out of Bounds. $20-$25, 10 PM.

Good reads:

Let’s take a break from politics:

Big events from Washingtonian

Look, more distraction from midterms coverage: We’re bringing back our series in which locals track the food they eat, the money they spend, and other activities they enjoy over the course of a weekend (we don’t want any trouble with spam filters, so you’ll have to click this link for more details). Email ideas@washingtonian.com or reach out to me directly if you’re interested in learning more and submitting. (And check out some of my fav past submissions.) (PS—JOURNALISTS, YOU CANNOT SUBMIT ONE OF THESE.)

If your can make your dog an Instagram, you can submit your pup for DC’s cutest dog contest.

Let’s drink whiskey together! Our annual Whiskey & Fine Spirits is Thursday, November 15. Head to Union Market’s Dock 5 for a festive evening of tasting whiskey, bourbon, gin, vodka, rum, tequila, and more. Tickets are selling fast, but you can still score some here. For the loyal Washingtonian Today readers, here’s a 10 percent discount code just for you: POURITUP

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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.