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Lots o' books and their authors this week, in your DC and its environs. Hrm, a little bit of everything too: John Cheever, a few standbys about (the) war, and feminism, starring the Civil War and a phantasmagorical imagining of the specter haunting publishing, as embodied by a Meghan McCain of the mind.


Monday, March 9: The Unforgiving Minute is the uplifting story of Afghanistan, our originally scheduled Middle East activity, and its dehumanizing psychological terrors. 7 PM. [Politics & Prose]

Tuesday, March 10: Some Brookings boys have some recommendations regarding your security! Go hear them out, it's the least you can do. 7 PM. [Politics & Prose]

Wednesday, March 11: Go-to animal rights guy Peter Singer, an Australian, is so all about ending poverty. He's written a new book about it and everything. It's called The Life You Can Save and it will be read aloud to you at 7 PM on Wednesday evening. [Politics & Prose]

What is to be done with these Millennials and their privileges? They are not ready for the demands of the boomer-friendly workplace, that's for sure, what with their fancy entitlements and coddled... ideas. No. Everything is about these kids, including this book, the Trophy Kids Grow Up. [Hooks Books Events]

Thursday, March 12: Blake Bailey will be talking about his biography on John Cheever. It's the very biography that is responsible for Cheever's current inclusion in the literary zeitgeist, which you should probably take advantage of—for soon, when Meghan McCain writes a book of "fiction" called, hm, something like First Daughter, First Love, about a gal on the campaign trail looking for love or whatever, everyone will be forced to pay attention to that instead of Falconer. Plus, according to Cheever's own daughter, this fellow, Blake Bailey, is "the most charming man in the world." Go, fall in love, just like beautiful young Meg McCabe, the protagonist in Farrar, Strauss and Giroux's upcoming First Daughter, First Love. 7 PM. [Politics & Prose]

Oh! Gender and the Sectional Conflict, a gendered reading of the Civil War. Funsy! Like that one anthro course all over again. [Hooks Books Events]

Friday, March 13: Feminist scholar Anne Showalter will be talking about female writing in America. Again, surely First Daughter, First Love will be included alongside Willa Cather and Harriet Beecher Stowe. 7 PM. [Politics & Prose]

Saturday, March 14: Famous politico "Flat" Stanley B. Greenberg dishes on Clinton, Mandela, etc. and talks about How Power Works in his new Sorkin-y sounding book, Dispatches From the War Room. 6 PM. [Politics & Prose]

Monday, March 16: Washington Post political reporter Robert G. Kaiser will stop by the Aspen Institute and talk to its president. Topics up for discussion include: the economy, the goverment, and at what point, if any, the two became such inexorable failures. 12 PM. [Aspen Institute]

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How do you do, fellow libs? We come together tonight to cheer and clap and cry and laugh, with our leader, Elizabeth Warren, and her fellow nice people Jay Inslee (the gold standard in climate action), Beto O'Rourke (excellent on being a good ally mostly), Cory Booker (best corny love hippie but also Wall Street, it's weird), Julian Castro (I don't know, people are super into him despite his creepy twinness and his too much pomade), Amy Klobuchar (bad bitch), Bill de Blasio ( ... ), John Delaney (???), and Tim Ryan and Tulsi Gabbard.

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We know, the thing we said in our headline is a thing you can say every day, but it's really intense today, maybe because Donald Trump is now filled with fear of the inescapable reality that millions of Americans who have not read the Mueller Report are going to see Robert Mueller testify on live TV on July 17, and Donald Trump will be exposed. Maybe the Big Mac vending machine next to his golden toilet is on the fritz and he hasn't had gotten to eat a Big Mac on the poop chair since last night. Maybe he's just a weak and sad person, a collection of shithole cells God meant to throw in the garbage, but accidentally implanted in Mary Trump's turkey incubator. We imagine that'd lead to a pretty constant state of anxiety and ennui.

Whatever it is, he's totally fucked right now. We were going to write a nice post about Trump's batshit interview on Fox Business with Maria Bartiromo, but we were busy, and by the time we got to it, he had performed so many batshit feats that we're just going to stick them all in this one post.

Let's start with the fight he's trying to wage with US soccer star Megan Rapinoe, who in a now-viral video stated that she has no fuckin' interest in going to the White House to meet that idiot. He got into a quarrel with her on Twitter ... or at least with a Twitter account that didn't belong to her. It's now been replaced, in order that the adult president may shit-tweet at the soccer superstar who hurt his feelings, but Splinter grabbed the original:

The rant continued:

Right. And Megan Rapinoe just said win or lose, she has no interest in meeting your crusty ass, because no decent American would consider that an honor.

Besides, she has already been to the White House to meet a legitimately elected president:

By the by, the owner of the incorrect Megan Rapinoe account saw Trump's whining and told him to grow a dick and set it on fire:

Ya burnt!

But as we said, it was a whole day of batshit from Trump, so let's continue.

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