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That Feeling When You’re Kind of Rooting for the Press Secretary

For White House reporters, Jen Psaki’s competence is a welcome change—even if she dodges their questions. Photograph by Chandler West/Official White house Photo.

Half of America is smitten with Jen Psaki, while much of the White House press corps sounds quite taken with how polite she is. It’s all so . . . awkward. By Jessica M. Goldstein.

2021 Tech Titans

The networker: Dawn Myers. Photograph by Lauren Bublin.

The 177 most important and innovative leaders in Washington’s digital economy right now. By Joseph Guinto.

You’re Invited to a Party Protest!

Photograph by Evy Mages

ShutDownDC has upended Beltway protest tactics, showing up at officials’ homes for uproarious “wake-up calls” and dance parties. Is their troublemaking worth the trouble? By Jane Recker.

100 Great Getaways to Take Right Now

Day trips, weekend jaunts, and longer escapes—most of which are an easy drive and socially distant. By Sherri Dalphonse.


On the set of CBS’s Face The Nation.

If It’s Sunday: The surprising resilience of Meet the PressFace the Nation, and the rest of the venerable Sunday political shows. By Luke Mullins. 

DC’s New Power Spot: White House reporters are excited to have lunch at…the Cheesecake Factory? By Jessica Sidman.

Your Future Commute: After nearly 40 years on the track, Metro’s 2000-and 3000-series trains are finally gliding towards retirement. To replace them, WMATA is purchasing a fleet of shiny new 8000-series railcars. Details are still in the works, but here’s some of what you can expect. By Daniella Byck.

High Court TV: Is it finally time to allow cameras inside the Supreme Court? By Jane Recker.

Ghost Story: Morowa Yejidé explains her highly acclaimed—and difficult to describe—new DC novel. By Rob Brunner. 

Big Picture: Moving the Newseum’s giant display of the First Amendment.


Photograph by Jeff Elkins

Interview: Former congressman Denver Riggleman on his Bigfoot fascination and the state of the GOP. By Andrew Beaujon.

Culture: Multispectral technology is finally revealing the Civil War secrets of a Virginia farmhouse. By Andrew Beaujon.

The Washingtonologist: Our Beltway know-it-all solves your capital-city conundrums. By Washingtonian Staff.


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Excellence in Nursing Awards: In the pandemic, they’ve been on the frontlines, often at great personal risk. Here are 50 of our most exceptional nurses. By Sherri Dalphonse.


Steamed crabs at the marina-side restaurant the Point. Photograph by Scott Suchman

On the Waterfront: 40-plus places to dine by the water—for an upscale date night, a boozy brunch, or a mess of hot crabs.

Margaritas and Mezcal Negronis: Our 11 favorite spots for tequila- and mezcal-fueled cocktails.


Photograph by Helen Norman.

Rest Rooms: Five gorgeous bathrooms, all evocative of luxe vacations. By Marisa M. Kashino.

Off the Market: The month’s luxury home sales.


A few years after his conference debut, Cappucci—then in college—with a souvenir of an Oklahoma hailstorm. Photograph courtesy of Matthew Cappucci.

The Capital Weather Gang’s Matthew Cappucci on his young start in meteorology. By Jane Recker.