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Washingtonian Today: Slow News Day

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Good morning all, and happy Thursday.

Protestors gathered outside Tucker Carlson‘s Northwest DC home last night, chanting “Tucker Carlson, we will fight! We know where you sleep at night!” According to the Washington Post, Carlson’s wife thought it was a home invasion and called 911. A video clip of the protests circulated on Twitter by Smash Racism DC, a group that helped organize the Ted Cruz restaurant ambush, has since been deleted (and Smash Racism’s account appears to be suspended).

A Catholic priest from the Shrine of the Sacred Heart in DC was arrested and charged with sexually abusing a 13-year-old girl in 2013. His name was not on Cardinal Wuerl‘s list of 31 “credibly accused” priests released in October.

What else? The White House yanked Jim Acosta‘s “hard pass” after falsely claiming he menaced an intern who grabbed a microphone from him during yesterday’s press conference, the President fired the attorney general, a white nationalist posted pictures from his visit to the White House, and we still don’t know who won several key races on Tuesday. On to Thursday!

SOMETHING YOU MAY HAVE MISSED: Kyle Massey of the hit Disney show Cory in the House (for you olds, this was a popular television program about a child who lives in White House staff quarters after his father is appointed head chef) is hosting a meet and greet tonight at the DC club Decades.

Would you like to get personalized advice from a food critic? Ask Ann Limpert a question now and she’ll try to answer it during her weekly chat this Friday.

What we have cooking at Washingtonian:

• Fired? Dumped? In mourning? Jessica Sidman asked three different bartenders to comfort her in her moments of faux crisis, and here are the drinks they came up with.

•Over the last year the National Park Service has made itself a succession of bad headlines. How did a department many associate with pleasant things like parks and recreation get so controversial?

• A local author wrote a book so popular that it’s one of the most requested titles in prison.

• More firsts in this year’s midterm elections: DC’s first transgender ANC commissioner.

•It’s possible that Amazon will break up its HQ2 into small bits throughout a handful of cities. So if only half of it lands in Crystal City, would we even notice? And what should we call it?

Our pick for things to do around town:

BOOKS Pastry chef and Milk Bar founder Christina Tosi will speak about her newest cookbook, Milk Bar: All About Cake, at the Hirshhorn. Tosi will give how-to tips and reflect on her career and pastry empire in conversation with Washington Post food editor Joe Yonan. After the discussion, sample Milk Bar treats or pick up a cookbook for signing. $45, 6:45 PM.

Good reads:

“It’s Giant and Has Like Five Million Buttons”Jennifer Levitz on why the clunky office phone just won’t die. (Wall Street Journal)

• The ongoing feud between CNN’s reporting teams and the White House is almost Shakespearian. Here’s Kyle Swenson‘s walkthrough of the troubled relationship between Acosta and 1600 Pennsylvania. (The Washington Post)

Big events from Washingtonian

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 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.)

C’mon, submit your pup for DC’s cutest dog contest.

Want to drown out post-election feels? 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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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.