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Day 19 of the shutdown. The federal government did not pay $5 million of its DC water bill.
Stormy Daniels folds: Nearly 100,000 people watched Stormy Daniels fold clothes in her underwear as counter-programming to Trump’s Oval Office address. I tuned in and watched Stormy tidy up (for reasons that remained unclear at press time, she didn’t use the KonMari method) to Pink Floyd’s “Another Brick in the Wall,” Taylor Swift‘s “We Are Never Getting Back Together,” and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ “I Won’t Back Down.” After the stream was over, she posted a selfie wearing what appears to be a Penthouse Pet’s official necklace.
— Brittany Shepherd (@blrshepherd) January 9, 2019
While there’s tons of online coverage about Trump’s falsehoods and race-baiting rhetoric during his speech, and enough analysis on the rebuttals to keep you busy for your commute, let me offer a simple argument: At a time when Americans are pursuing retail therapy and comfort food at record numbers to deal with news fatigue, the short live stream was a respite from the Scooby-Doo levels of zaniness coming out of Washington. Trump’s speech and the Democrats’ response both reiterated the same points they’ve been making for weeks, making Daniels’s display the only must-see TV yesterday.
To all the beardless politicians I’ve loved before: Speaking of live-streaming, unemployed Texas man Beto O’Rourke spent last night on Facebook Live with a family on the Mexico border. But what caught some people’s eye was his newly grown facial hair. I’m just going to cut to the chase: his beard is weak energy. At the risk of another “lawmaker beard” news cycle, Ted Cruz’s was better, honestly.
Decide for yourself:
Wow Ted Cruz also beat Beto at beards pic.twitter.com/y0RheELIxg
— william steakin (@wsteaks) January 9, 2019
Steal her look: I couldn’t pinpoint Nancy Pelosi’s exact suit—but here’s a fresh matching set with the same flavor from Theory.
What we have cooking at Washingtonian:
- What’s ahead in 2019? Here are our 20 best guesses, from the books we’ll all be talking about to the socially acceptable wake-and-bake.
- There was some counter-programming outside the White House, too, planned by the woman who confronted Scott Pruitt at Teaism.
- Here are a bunch of pictures of Josh Norman dancing ballet.
- Does this mid-century modern Maryland suburb hold any lessons for modern urbanists?
- This scallop dish at Reverie will make you dream of Copenhagen.
- The Redskins’ racist name is not the embattled football team’s only problem.
- Say it with me: Root! Vegetable! Pop! Up!
- DC Winter Restaurant Week is almost here and you should consider living large munching on parmesan fondue at All Purpose in Waterfront (or check out our other recommendations)
Our pick for things to do around town:
DANCE Dancing With the Stars is not scheduled to start another season on TV until this fall, but you can get your fill of the dancers at the Theatre at MGM National Harbor. The performance features the professional and troupe dancers showcasing all the different styles of dance that viewers see on DWTS, from ballroom to hip-hop. This show will feature guest performances from Bachelorette alum Joe “Grocery Store Joe” Amabile. $45-$91.
Users of Turning Point USA’s internal app are sending rude jokes about Charlie Kirk’s head. (Daily Beast)
Big events from Washingtonian
You’re engaged?! Celebrate with us at Love Unveiled, the ultimate wedding showcase for all couples on January 27 at Mandarin Oriental, Washington DC. Visit washingtonian.com/unveiled for tickets before it sells out!