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Welcome to Tuesday and Day 25 of the partial government shutdown. Dulles is the latest airport to shut TSA screening lanes, as agents missed their first paychecks. (Atlanta airport is telling customers to budget three hours to clear security.) Feel for the furloughed employees? Buy them a beer voucher online.
A Frosty by any other name would taste as tweet: Last night, the White House provided a delicate sampling of hundreds of Wendy’s, McDonald’s, Burger King, and Domino’s delights for the visiting Clemson football team. Trump claimed that because of the partial shutdown, he had to provide catering out of his own pocket. It’s unclear just how many “hamberders” there were (Trump bounced around from 300 to 1,000) but the self-funded catering caused a kerfuffle online, some arguing that the President should have organized transportation to his very own hotel up the street to feed the team at BLT Prime. Look, it’s always been a personal dream to consume a McFlurry in the Oval Office, so I’m not here to place a value judgement on the food choice. Okay, I am: everything—barring Burger King—seemed like a delight. What fast food would you serve during your shutdown banquet if you were President? Wendy’s would be up there for me, but I’d try to throw in some Red Lobster cheddar bay biscuits, if possible.
It’s Winter Restaurant Week. Here are some of the best new restaurants to check out, as well as the best brunches. And from 2015, but still relevant, here are Anna Spiegel‘s tips for getting the most out of Restaurant Week. I went to Fuyu, the Japanese pop-up inside Whaleys, last night and scored an amazing deal. Get the cheesecake!
In case you missed it: Revered by his most ardent Opus Dei supporters, the “Catholic Church’s K Street lobbyist” the Reverend C. John McCloskey disappeared from the limelight in 2003. The reason for his sudden disappearance, the Washington Post reports, was that Opus Dei settled a sexual misconduct lawsuit filed against McCloskey in 2005.
What we have cooking at Washingtonian:
- This Korean barbecue spot is worth the drive—our food critic Ann Limpert says run, don’t walk, to Fairfax’s Meokja Meokja.
- Two new DC institutions are rethinking the way kids do high school. Will the concepts catch on?
- Shutdown beards were a thing in 2013; but it’s a different beard ballgame this time.
- José Andrés will open an emergency kitchen in DC to feed furloughed employees—similar to areas hit by natural disasters.
- Four locals decided to take their health into their own hands. Months (or years) of hard work, here’s how they got these bodies.
- Introducing Umbrage Court, senior editor and city dweller Andrew Beaujon‘s urban living advice column. In front of the judge this week? The ownership of a self-dug parking space.
Our pick for things to do around town:
DISCUSSION Politics and Prose is hosting a panel discussion about race in America. The discussion will be moderated by author April Ryan, Washington bureau chief for American Urban Radio Networks, and will feature Donna Brazile (Democratic political strategist, TV commentator, and author), Wesley Lowery (Pulitzer-winning correspondent for The Washington Post), and Wall Street Journal editorial board member Jason Riley. Free, 7 PM.
We’re going to wish the shutdown was “only” this bad in a month, Christopher Flavelle, Jennifer A Dlouhy, and Ryan Beene write. Why’s that? “Shutdowns don’t get bad linearly; they get bad exponentially.” Uh-oh.
Big events from Washingtonian
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