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Washingtonian Today: Tiffany Trump Played Shuffleboard in Chinatown

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So Kim Kardashian, Jared Kushner, and Hakeem Jeffries Walk into the White House… No, this is not the start of a SNL sketch but rather part of the reason the Senate passed a bill revamping the criminal justice system last night. Here’s CNN’s story on how an unlikely crew helped create an equally unlikely victory just three days before a possible partial government shutdown.

Club Going Up on a Tuesday: An eagle-eyed source spotted Tiffany Trump at Chinatown’s Rocket Bar last night playing shuffleboard. That’s a departure from her more ritzy usual hangouts, but sometimes finals season means a cheap beer and a break from the commotion.

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Farewell to Another Foggy Bottom Staple? Capitol Grounds, a coffee shop that caffeinated students and federal workers alike for the last 15 years, has reportedly closed. Is this the curse of former neighbor TGI Fridays?

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BOOKS Last-minute holiday shopping? Swing by Politics and Prose this morning to get a copy of José Andrés’s book We Fed an Island signed by the chef himself. Note that this event is just a signing; there will be no discussion or reading. A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Chef Relief Network of World Central Kitchen to continue efforts in Puerto Rico and other areas of need. $27.99 (book cost), 10 AM.

Good reads:

How Russian propaganda hid in plain sight on Instagram. (The Outline)

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Our food critic Ann Limpert will chat with readers Friday at 11. Leave her a question now and she’ll get to as many as possible.

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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.