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Washingtonian Today: White House Pulls Jim Acosta’s Holiday Party

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Party of None: Looks like the rumors are true—the White House has canceled its party with the press, according to a Fox News report. The White House has yet to send out an official statement canceling the shindig. Doesn’t that technically mean we’re being…ghosted? Good grief…

The Thieves Are Coming From Inside the House: Tourists are stealing branches off the White House’s scary bright red berry trees, says the Daily Mail. What ever happened to #BeBest?

You Better Werk, Stephen Miller: Last night, a queer dance protest took place outside of Stephen Miller’s CityCenter apartment complex. The same group, WERK for Peace, was responsible for similar events outside Javanka‘s and Mike Pence’s homes.

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Our pick for things to do around town:

SHOPPING If you wish you could own that dress you borrowed this year, check out Rent the Runway’s sample sale at a pop-up location next to its store in Georgetown. Find some cute designer dresses (ML Monique Lhuillier, Diane Von Furstenberg, and more) for your holiday parties or upcoming weddings and events, all at up to 90 percent off retail. For every item sold at the sample sale, RTR will donate $1 to Dress For Success. Through December 22. 11 AM-8 PM.

Good reads:

The political meaning behind Nancy Pelosi’s rust orange coat, which even has its own Twitter handle: @NancyCoat. (The New York Times)

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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.