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Wake to Washington

Potomac Phil says more winter

Another Women’s March documentation controversy

The Library of Congress scrapped a mural-sized photograph of the 2017 Women’s March for an exhibition in fear that it would be seen as anti-Trump, so it replaced it with photos of the Houston Women’s March instead. he National Archives blurred signs in photographs form the 2017 march and later reinstated the original photographs amidst backlash. 

 

51st state?

Congress will vote on DC statehood for the first time since 1993, but passing the GOP-held Senate would be a feat (McConnell says statehood is “full-bore socialism,” which puts him to the right of Strom fucking Thurmond). We have a larger population than Vermont or Wyoming; despite paying federal taxes, residents have no final vote on where those taxes go. 

 

Down the meme-hole: Hill staffer edition

Nothing like an extremely relatable Instagram niche meme account. And for the Hill staffer community, a bunch of accounts are cropping up, almost one for each position in a congressional office, with Congressional Scheduler and America’s Staff Assistant each growing to thousands of followers.

  • For another side of DC, no band or venue is spared by @dcdiwhy. 

Stopping in bike lanes will soon come with a fine

At the end of the month, the DC Department of Public Works will start sending $65 fines to drivers it photographs in bike lanes. The fine is part of Mayor Bowser’s Vision Zero initiative, which has so far seen moderate progress.

 

But you can’t stay here

What are DC bars really like at last call? City Paper captured the atmosphere at six local bars as the lights came up—from languid geniality at Stan's to fightin’ words at Lucky Bar.


Also || Wall of Books on Georgia closing, why isn’t Wizard Beal an All-Star?, studying Post death notices—or should they be called life notices?, Harvard: more rich renting → harder times for low- and middle-income tenants, Berlin freezes rents

Try an improv class

If you’ve ever wanted to let loose a bit, get goofy and try some improvisational comedy, a beginner class starts today at Dojo Comedy, the cozy Petworth black box with a community feel. (7pm)

 

Black History Month Portrait Gallery tour

Take a guided tour through the National Portrait Gallery with an emphasis on works by black artists, or works portraying black subjects. (4:45pm)

 

Radio icons, live

Diane Rehm. Kojo Nnamdi. Mellifluous. (7 pm)

 

5 decisions that remade DC

Post reporter Jonathan O’Connell chats at AIA DC about the big urban planning decisions that have shaped our city since the recession. (6:30 pm)

 

Make or fix anything

Build your dreams, or at least fix what needs mending. Bring your chipped lamp, stained suit, defective roomba to The Cheshire and let the folks there teach you to set it right. (6pm)


Also || iran beyond the headlines

Stop the raging hormones

Designers, engineers, creatives! Join AARP Innovation Labs here in designing new solutions to help tackle symptoms of menopause. https://www.hackingmenopause.com

 

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