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Washingtonian Today: "Capitol Hill South" Is Not a Thing
Photograph by Evy Mages
Happy Friday Jr., folks! Purple Line construction is making it hard for some Silver Spring residents to sleep , and someone built a shrine for the “Day of the Politically Dead” featuring Merrick Garland, Jeff Flake, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, the War on Christmas, and Jeb Bush. Spooky.
Speaking of political riffs on holidays, how do you guys feel about newscycle-themed costumes, like Jared Kushner in a flak jacket, or a “binder full of women”? Couldn’t get more DC if you tried, right?. So: What are the topical newsy costumes for this year? Somewhere, there’s a “ Donald Trump Crossing the Swamp ” ensemble in the works.
A few days ago I asked what snacks you’d keep in the White House if you were President, and did y’all deliver with…
Editorial: There's No Scandal at the EPA
“Another entry from the authoritarian handbook,” says David Axelrod. MSNBC’s Chris Hayes thinks it’s a “hunt” for “ideological subversives.” The public is financing “lies” to “eviscerate environmental protections,” according to Robert Reich
Liberals accuse their adversaries of fascism pretty regularly these days, so you likely have no idea what is worrying these lefty grandees. To be specific: Over the weekend the New York Times published a story about the Environmental Protection Agency hiring a public relations firm to investigate “agency employees who have been critical of the Trump administration.” A vice president of the firm, Definers Public Affairs, explains it to the Times straightforwardly: they were asked to look into whether EPA employees “were emailing critical…
Why Campus Rape Tribunals Hand Down So Many 'Guilty' Verdicts
In November 2014, a female member of Brown University’s debate team had oral sex with a male colleague while they watched a movie. Eleven months later, she filed a complaint with Brown, accusing him of sexual assault
Both parties in the case had credibility issues; he had violated a no-contact order, she had withheld from the university the bulk of their text messages. But the accused student possessed strong exculpatory evidence. He produced the full record of their communications, which included texts from the accuser to him discussing the encounter in a highly positive fashion and referencing a “plan” to have sex again. Further, a friend of the accuser, who saw her shortly after the incident…
Putting on a Show
In the unpredictable and often baffling way that hip, new meaning can glom onto even the stuffiest of words, “curating” has emerged in recent years as a ubiquitous cultural tag for fashion, groceries, Instagram posts, Pinterest accounts, and much else. Grammy winner Usher “curated” a July 4 fireworks and light show for Macy’s. On its website, a strip club in New York promised a few years ago to “curate a night of Curious burlesque.” Self-help gurus suggest that by self-curating—decluttering your life—you can find inner peace
To understand how “curating” came to acquire such star power, let’s take a quick trip through the showy side of American museum history. In the 19th century, P. T. Barnum’s…
The Human Stain: Why the Harvey Weinstein Story Is Worse Than You Think
The New York Times last week broke the story of Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein’s long record of sexual harassment. Actresses including Rose McGowan and Ashley Judd came forward to detail Weinstein’s depredations, and so did former employees of the man who founded one of the most important independent film companies of the last 30 years, Miramax. The details were so jarring and the trail of abuse so long, that it was impossible to read the story and not come away wondering: How did no one know what he was doing
But of course people knew about Harvey Weinstein. Like the New York Times, for instance. Sharon Waxman, a former reporter at the Times, writes in The Wrap how she had the story on Weinstein in 2004—and then he bullied the Times into dropping…