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She Thought Everyone in DC Would Be 'So Nice.' Maybe Not?

Louise Linton, wife of Steven Mnuchin, tells 'Washingtonian' of adapting to 'mean girls' town

(Newser) - Louise Linton has been the subject of much interest since her arrival in DC, as evidenced by not just one profile on her, but now a second. The latest take on Steven Mnuchin's wife comes via the Washingtonian , and author Elaina Plott poses one big question: "Is DC... More »

'Rogue' Phone Spying Devices Detected in Washington

Homeland Security isn't sure who's operating them

(Newser) - For the first time, the US government has publicly acknowledged the existence in Washington of what appear to be rogue devices that foreign spies and criminals could be using to track individual cellphones and intercept calls and messages. The use of what are known as cell-site simulators by foreign powers... More »

Dozens of Teens Touring DC End Up Hospitalized

Illness (possibly food poisoning) seems to have originated in NYC

(Newser) - A spring break trip to the East Coast turned icky for a group of 48 teens and three adults Sunday night when the entire tour group was taken to hospitals in Washington, DC, with possible food poisoning. The group, which fire officials say may be from London, first started having... More »

He Got His Daughter Into a Top School. It Cost Him His Job

DC Public Schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson broke the rules he wrote himself

(Newser) - "It wasn't a mistake out of anything other than trying to ensure that my daughter’s well-being was taken care of," says Antwan Wilson, but it's a mistake that has cost the DC Public Schools Chancellor his job, just one year and 19 days into his... More »

DC Bookstore Sells Out of Fire and Fury in 20 Minutes

'This is a DC moment'

(Newser) - “It’s like Harry Potter for adults,” someone said. The Washington Post reports that by 11:40pm Thursday—20 minutes before Michael Wolff's Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House went on sale at Kramerbooks in Washington DC—dozens of people were already lined up... More »

65% of DC Cameras Hacked Before Inauguration

Computers used to distribute ransomware; 2 Romanians charged

(Newser) - Romanian hackers infiltrated 65% of outdoor surveillance cameras in Washington, DC, ahead of President Trump's inauguration as part of an extortion scheme only now being made public, according to a criminal complaint. The complaint, filed in DC and unsealed Thursday, accuses Romanians Mihai Alexandru Isvanca, 25, and Eveline Cismaru,... More »

Work Finally Begins on Huge Eisenhower Memorial

DC site will honor 34th president

(Newser) - After years of public controversy and debate, work is finally beginning Thursday on a massive memorial to President Dwight Eisenhower. A groundbreaking ceremony will mark the start of the project, which has been plagued for years by a bitter running fight over the memorial's design and aesthetics, the AP... More »

DC Battles a Wholly Unique Real Estate Phenomenon

The AP looks at why empty embassies can fester

(Newser) - The large building at the corner of 22nd and R streets in downtown Washington, DC, sticks out like a wart in the otherwise upscale neighborhood. Plywood covers the windows and sleeping bags and empty bottles litter the shuttered doorways. For a solid decade, neighbors and local political leaders complained bitterly... More »

Giant Nude Woman Could Grace US Capital

Festival wants to install 45-foot-tall statue on National Mall

(Newser) - It's entirely possible that tourists visiting the National Mall between November and March will be treated to views of the White House, the Washington Monument, and a 45-foot-tall, 16,000-pound naked woman. The Washington Post reports organizers of the third-annual Catharsis on the Mall festival are seeking permission to... More »

Steve Jobs' Widow Makes Big Move in Pro Sports World

Looks like Laurene Powell Jobs is buying major stake in Capitals, Wizards empire

(Newser) - There aren't many women who hold top ownership positions in the sports world's "Big Four" pro leagues, but the wife of the late Steve Jobs is about to up those numbers. Citing sources familiar with the deal, the Washington Post reports that billionaire philanthropist Laurene Powell Jobs... More »

Bank Teller Admits Stealing $185K From Homeless Man

Customer came in with trash bag filled with cash

(Newser) - Wells Fargo is in the news again, though this time it's a rogue entity, not upper management, that's catching all the heat. Ex-bank teller Phelon Davis has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $185,000 from a bank customer over a two-year period, starting in October 2014,... More »

In Nation's Capital, Legal Weed Isn't Sold but Gifted

Welcome to the 'District of Cannabis'

(Newser) - It's hard to justify $45 for a black T-shirt, but the customer at a store in a Washington DC neighborhood does so without question. The clerk grabs a clear plastic box containing about one gram of marijuana and drops it into the bag, reciting a practiced line: "Thank... More »

Mike Pence: Flight 93 Heroes Saved My Life

VP recalls 'longest 12 minutes of my life' on 9/11 anniversary

(Newser) - VP Mike Pence paid homage to the "heroes of Flight 93 " Monday during a ceremony in Shanksville, Pa., but his speech had an unusually personal note: He thinks the passengers who brought down the plane on Sept. 11, 2001, saved his life. Pence recalled being a new member... More »

Lincoln Memorial Gets an Unwelcome Paint Job

National Park Service says profane graffiti was scrawled on monument on Tuesday

(Newser) - More troubling news amid an already tense week : The Lincoln Memorial was defaced with profane graffiti that was discovered Tuesday, reports Reuters . "F--- law" appeared to be spray-painted in red on one of the monument's white columns, though based on a National Park Service photo, there's some... More »

Russian Surveillance Plane Flies Over Trump Golf Course

It soared over DC as part of Open Skies treaty

(Newser) - Wednesday was an unusual day in Washington, DC: Not only was there a giant chicken balloon next to the White House, there was a Russian surveillance plane flying at low altitude through the restricted airspace around the Pentagon, the Capitol, and other DC sites, the Washington Post reports. The Russian... More »

This Is the Least Educated US City

Sorry, McAllen-Edinburg-Mission

(Newser) - You might want to think twice before you start a scholarly debate with anyone from Ann Arbor. The Michigan city is the most educated in America—by far—according to WalletHub . The site ranked the most educated cities based on the education level of adults 25 and older, plus the... More »

Feds to Pull Plug on Search for New FBI HQ

GSA to announce an end to a 10-year hunt for replacement to decrepit Hoover building

(Newser) - Ten years of house-hunting are at an apparent end for the FBI after reports that the federal government has decided to nix the search for new headquarters for the agency. Officials from the General Services Administration, which handles federal real estate, tell the Washington Post they'll officially announce the... More »

You Probably Haven't Heard of the Best-Run City in US

Louisville is No. 10, but No. 1 is Nampa, Idaho

(Newser) - Seems like everyone likes to complain about the way their city operates, but WalletHub decided to make things a little more tangible. It looked at 150 of the biggest cities in the US, then crunched data on the size of the local budget and the quality of services offered. By... More »

Press Disinvited From Trump 2020 Fundraiser

Event at Trump hotel raises $10M

(Newser) - With a mere 40 months to go until the 2020 re-election, President Trump has started trying to refill the campaign coffers. Republican National Committee officials say around $10 million was raised at a Trump fundraising event at one of his own hotels Wednesday, where ticket prices started at $35,000,... More »

The Obamas Are No Longer Renters

They bought the DC home of NFL exec Joe Lockhart for $8.1M

(Newser) - It's not the White House, but Barack and Michelle Obama clearly aren't too disappointed with their new Washington, DC, home : After renting it for several months, they've opted to buy it, reports People . The Obamas purchased the 8,200-square-foot home in the Kalorama neighborhood this week for... More »

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