October 11, 2009 |
Some things about our nation's capital are eternal: stately monuments, infighting, wilting summer humidity, confounding street grid and, mysteriously, hotels by and large unbecoming of the most powerful capital city on Earth. The monuments are as grand as ever, the politicians are still politicizing and the grid hasn't changed, but this fall travelers have something to celebrate besides the end to mugginess: a host of new lodgings that add allure to a D.C. stay. Hype and hoopla envelop the W Washington D.C., which opened in June with mod rooms and a swank bar overlooking the White House and the National Mall.
September 28, 2009 |
Despite a midday deluge, book lovers turned out in record numbers for the ninth annual National Book Festival in Washington, D.C., on Saturday. The gray morning couldn't dissuade 130,000 people from attending readings and signings on the National Mall between the Washington Monument and the Capitol. Author appearances took place under large white tents -- big enough to seat hundreds -- that filled to overflowing once the rain started in earnest around 2 p.m. Junot DÃaz, who won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize for his novel "The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao," stood in a muddy field after his appearance, chatting in English and Spanish with a scrum of persistent, umbrella-carrying fans.
January 23, 2009 |
You wouldn't think a presidential inauguration would require a survivors group. But shortly after thousands of ticket holders were trapped in an underground tunnel beneath the National Mall on Tuesday, a new Facebook group was born: Survivors of the Purple Tunnel of Doom. Membership as of Thursday evening: 3,950. Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.
January 21, 2009 |
Change has come to America, and if you don't believe it, you weren't watching the last five days' worth of inauguration coverage. Oh, some things remain the same: Tom Hanks is still our favorite Everyman, soulfully quoting Lincoln during Sunday's "We Are One" inaugural concert on HBO, and Miley Cyrus can still make little girls scream, as she did Monday night on Disney's kid-friendly version. Tuesday certainly had more than a few hallmarks of a standard American media fest -- CNN's irritating fast facts, the Spielberg sightings, the repeated use of the term "historic event."
January 19, 2009 |
It was a day that combined inspiring political rhetoric with the very best of pop culture. Tens of thousands of citizens, a throng more than a mile long on the National Mall, braved frigid weather and long security lines to attend a historic concert celebrating the country's first black president -- held at the feet of the monument honoring the country's great emancipator, Abraham Lincoln.
January 18, 2009 |
The cascade of extraordinary scenes will officially begin Tuesday, with the nation's first inauguration of an African American president on the steps of the U.S. Capitol, in a city south of the Mason-Dixon Line, as the oath of office is sworn on Abraham Lincoln's bible. It will pick up speed with the first family taking up residence in the White House, a home rebuilt by slave labor after being torched in the War of 1812.
January 8, 2009 |
Police will block all bridges crossing the Potomac River into Washington and close a huge chunk of downtown when President-elect Barack Obama takes the oath of office Jan. 20, securing the largest area of the nation's capital for any inauguration. Some 3.5 square miles of downtown, including the business district and government buildings surrounding the National Mall, will be closed to traffic starting the afternoon of Jan. 19, the day before the inauguration, and remain closed until Jan. 21, the Secret Service announced.