Posts Tagged ‘shutdown’

The Needle: Back Up and Back Paid

Up and Running: Never mind that it took two weeks too long to get us here, but the shutdown is over, D.C. is open, and federal workers are getting back pay. +7
Vomit Inducing: Jack Evans' campaign manager revealed his campaign strategy at his boss' 60th birthday last night: "I want this city to look like it [...]

Chatter: Park Attack

With the federal government in disarray, the D.C. Council has enjoyed a nice moment in the sun as the more functional legislative body in town—we’re even picking up trash in parks controlled by National Park Service while NPS is furloughed. So why, asked Aaron Wiener in his Housing Complex column last week, doesn’t the District just [...]

District Line Daily: Open for Business

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That's it, the shutdown's over. Everyone can go back to work now and read the latest [...]

Clothed for Business

The shutdown has been tough on anyone who draws a government paycheck, but it’s a great time to pick up a lightly worn J. Crew collection cropped moto jacket at a fraction of the original price. A string of local consignment shops are enjoying a boost in inventory, thanks to well-heeled furloughed feds who are [...]

An Apple a Day Keeps Congress Away

When the D.C. Council and Mayor Vince Gray left their monthly breakfast on Sept. 24, they were unusually united on trying to keep D.C. open during the shutdown. Precisely how wasn’t clear—ideas included declaring every city employee essential or just staying open and challenging the Department of Justice to prosecute the mayor and Council. Watching [...]

D.C., Free?

As the shutdown dragged on, the mayor complained louder and louder: “We’re governed by the federal government’s action and unless the federal government authorizes it, D.C. workers are going to be in a bind.” Shuttered museums had local businesses worried about a drop in tourism. And Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton called it a “very special [...]

The Needle: Down With Shutdown

Done Deal? Congress is so close to a budget deal, you can almost taste the end of the shutdown. +10
Diego Part Dos: A revamped Diego opened last night on 14th Street NW with a new menu and chef. Let's hope it's better this time around. +2

The Shutdown Diaries: It’s Almost Over (Probably)

I am a nonessential federal employee. This is my shutdown.
It looks like the furlough is almost over. This afternoon, my Twitter feed is as frenzied as it was in the day leading up to the shutdown; journalists and news outlets all reported how the Senate introduced a deal to fund the government and extend the [...]

Barack Obama: Just Another Fed with Free Time Looking to Help Out

President Barack Obama was volunteer number 25 for less than an hour today at Martha's Table, a D.C. nonprofit that provides services each day to about 1,100 people in poverty.
The president didn't give Martha's Table much warning of his visit, with someone from the White House calling the organization today to say Obama would be [...]

The Shutdown Diaries: Disengaged

I am a nonessential federal employee. This is my shutdown.
Today is a federal holiday. It's Columbus Day, which means no federal workers are in the office anyway. This is one of two weird holidays—Veteran's Day is the other—where few others beyond federal employees enjoy time off. Many private companies fold this holiday time into different [...]

The Shutdown Diaries: Worse than Congress

I am a nonessential federal employee. This is my shutdown.
If there is anything people hate more than Congress, it's a heckler at a stand-up comedy show. Last night I went to the opening night of the Bentzen Ball, the start of a four-day comedy festival that's at venues all around the city (full disclosure: I'm [...]

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The Shutdown Will Turn Off These Six Fountains (and Dozens More)

If the federal government shuts down at 12:01 a.m.—as now seems very, very likely—many features of D.C.'s streetscape will look a little different by the time residents used to enjoying them wake up tomorrow morning. One tell-tale sign that the feds are closed for business? D.C.'s fountains, many of which are operated by the federal [...]

District Line Daily: Millions Dollar Shutdown

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Local economists project that under a shutdown the Washington area could lose more than $200 million [...]

The Needle: Hipster Saxa Edition

Party At Ground Zero: It's holiday party season for everyone, the D.C. Council included. Ethics controversies notwithstanding, the council will throw a $5,000 party for members and aides tomorrow night at the Washington Court Hotel; the money comes from donations of up to $380 per member from constituent service funds. Which, every councilmember would hasten to [...]

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