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Washingtonian Today: And to Wall a Good Night

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Build the Wall, Mama, Like a Wagon Wheel: I would simply like to direct your attention to an early-morning tweet from President Trump where he claims he knows technology “better than anyone.” What exactly is his scientific assertion, you ask? Well, my friend, that steel slats—or wall, as some may call it—are just like wheels: “there is nothing better.” Well, if you’re anything like me, you have no idea what that means. Perhaps we can have a border wall made only of wheels.

Some other creative GoFundMe campaigns have alternative suggestions, such as building a giant escalator or a ladder to get over the proposed border wall.

At least some Senators are getting #content out of it?

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We’re Likely to See a Partial Government Shutdown Today… If Trump’s tweets are any indication. A bit on the nose that today is also the darkest day of the year, with sunset at 4:49 PM.

Our food critic Ann Limpert will chat at 11 this morning, and you can ask her about just about anything!

I’m traveling back to my hometown for the holidays and will be off until after Christmas. I want to thank you all for spending time with us every morning. Connecting with each and every one of you is the highlight of my day. From the entire team here, have a very legal and very cool holiday. See you on January 31.

What we have cooking at Washingtonian:

Bonus festive dog pic! Here’s Baby and Roman. Photograph by Brandon Cuyun-Caxaj. Send me your holiday dog pictures:

Our pick for things to do around town:

KRAMPUS DC’s annual “Krampusnacht” celebration—of the Central European horned demon Krampus who accompanies St. Nick—was canceled this year, but the organizers are bringing the fun to the Black Cat. Instead of the traditional Krampuslauf procession, stay indoors for the “Bah Humbug Krampus Ball,” featuring children’s activities, costume contests, and musical performances. The event will benefit Santa’s Cause DC, which brings Christmas gifts to foster children, so donations of unwrapped toys are welcome at the door. $15 (in advance) or $18 (at the door), 7:30 PM.

Good reads:

Making reservations may be the latest trend on the outs for 2019. (DCist)

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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.