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Going Wall In for TrumpBrian Kolfage has started a GoFundMe page to raise money for Trump administration’s proposed border wall. In the last three days, 50,341 people have donated  $3,083,018—peanuts compared to their $1 B goal. Trump has been frustrated in his attempts to secure the funding he desires for the “steel slats (wall)” from either Congress or Mexico. If you’d like to give money to the federal government directly, the US Treasury has a page here.

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Prime Real Estate: Amazon’s HQ2 project has sparked concern in the residents of Hispanic enclave Chirilagua, an Alexandria neighborhood just one mile from Crystal City. Some locals are worried their community could split if home prices spike.

Something You May Have Missed: Instagram aficionado Senator Cory Booker featured some of his fellow members of Congress on his Instagram story yesterday. Senator Chuck Grassleywhose use of social media has been chronicled for years—said he’s unaware of how to add to his story. “I can Instagram but I can’t do it by voice.”

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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MUSIC “The 9 Songwriter Series” features a rotating cast of 9 different songwriters. The collective’s next show at Union Stage is billed as a holiday show: you can expect to hear each one perform a holiday tune in addition to their original music. Performers typically collaborate,  harmonize, and tell stories with one another. This show will include the 9’s leader Justin Trawick as well as Abby Sevcik (Mystery Friends), Louisa Hall, Kevin de Souza (Uptown Boys Choir), Grover, Davis Gestiehr (Davison), Greg Vickers, the Duskwhales, and Jasmine Gillison. $12 (in advance) or $15 (day of), 8:30 PM.

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You can blame this guy for executive time—Justin McConney, the man who taught Trump how to tweet, speaks up. (Politico)

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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.