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Roger Stone on the Mall last fall. Photograph by Evy Mages

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Day 35 of the partial government shutdown. Some furloughed workers are struggling to keep access to feminine hygiene products. Here’s just one of many examples of the dire straits people are in: “My husband is a correctional officer at a federal prison and we won’t be receiving a paycheck tomorrow. He is the provider in our household as I am a homemaker who stays home with our two children. Any help would be much appreciated.”

Out of a gig because of the shutdown? OkCupid will (partially) pay for your drink tab at Gaslight Tavern.

Roger Stone was arrested in Florida this morning.

Shantay, you stay: Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema is giving Congress a run for its fashion money. She’s definitely in the running for most fashionable member of the chamber.

Join our food critics today at 11 to discuss our 100 Very Best Restaurants in Washington list (we announced the Top 25 yesterday; you can read the full list in the print magazine on stands now). I know you have opinions.

Hello, I’m your author, Brittany Shepherd. Welcome to Friday. Email me with comments or questions and follow me on Twitter. Sign up for this newsletter here.

In case you missed it: New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has fans outside of Twitter, and they’re leaving sticky notes on her office name plaque. Take a look at some of the messages:

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Our picks for things to do around town:

ART The Smithsonian Museums and National Gallery of Art remain closed due to the federal government shutdown, but there are still plenty of other places around the area to see new art exhibits. In honor of Black History Month, Arlington’s Fred Schnider Gallery of Art is hosting a retrospective of local artist Allen “Big Al” Carter’s work, which includes paintings that reflect on African-American society. The exhibit will include several rarely-seen pieces from his daughters’ private collection. Through March 3. Opening reception Friday, 6 PM – 8 PM.

Good reads:

Beware of “pundititis,” warns Ben Terris. What are the symptoms? Just ask the average Democratic voter. (Washington Post)

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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.