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Washingtonian Today: Only One Former Trump Official Has a Fox News Contract?

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A New Page for a Beloved Bookstore: Real estate executive Scott Spector has purchased Adam Morgan’s Idle Times Bookstore, ensuring that book-ish people who prefer the smell of old pages to the zippy, computerized Amazon Books will continue to have a comforting space.

Chief of Staff Hunt Goes Rogue: I guess the job hunt for White House chief of staff has hit some snags. A job posting—albeit, a very obviously facetious one—has bubbled up on Craigslist. It reads: Chief of staff needed immediately. Short-term transactional arrangement in fine. No experience is needed.

Pink Wave on the Mall: The National Gallery of Art has named its first female director: Kaywin FeldmanFeldman, who will begin in March, will ship in from the Minneapolis Institute of Art.

Now for something completely different: What the heck is going on with the X2 bus?! According to the Internet, aisleway twerking and wild riding is exactly what the heck is happening.

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What we have cooking at Washingtonian:

  • Wonder what Omarosa, Dr. Ronny Jackson, and KT McFarland are up to? Wonder no more. We cataloged where nearly every ousted and resigned White House official lives, works, and parties these days. (Surprisingly, only one has a Fox News contributor deal.)
  • Tired from all that reading? Sip frozen drinks at this beer garden coming to Shaw.
  • Here are the best things our food team ate this year.
  • If you’re around on Christmas Eve and have a hankering for some seafood, here’s where to find the Feast of the Seven Fishes around town.
  • Wedding escort cards, but make it fashion.

Our pick for things to do around town:

THEATER The Kennedy Center presents a new production of Miss Saigon, a musical by the creators of Les Misérables based on the opera Madame Butterfly. A young Vietnamese woman meets a United States Marine during the Vietnam War. But things change for her (and their son) when the man returns to the US. Recommended for ages 12 and up. Through January 13. $49-$175.

Good reads:

Grub Street wants you to drink expensive dessert wine with Twinkies. I’m in. (New York)

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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.