Your Ante/Anti-Thanksgiving Fun Binge


It's the last weekend before this November holiday, Thanksgiving, for which you're expected do horrible things like eat cranberries and pretend to enjoy watching hours of teevee footage of oversized balloons being stuffed in between buildings in New York City. Probably best to cram as much actual fun into this weekend as possible. Lucky for you there's David Rees, Cornel West, and the French Kicks, right here in DC this weekend.


  • Jammy cult-figures Umphrey's McGee will be playing ("improvising," as they call it) at the 9:30 Club for two days starting tonight. Prices vary; 8 PM. [9:30 Club]
  • More of that recent Clintons: Redux you've been hearing so much about at Politics & Prose, as Vernon Jordan takes the stage to promote his new book Make It Plain. [Politics & Prose]
  • See the poppy post-punk French Kicks at the Black Cat. They're quite good! $15; 9 PM. [Black Cat]
  • The National Museum of American History opens today after a two-year makeover. [Washington Post]
  • Your favorite Bill Maher participant Cornel West will be at Busboys and Poets this evening. 6:30 PM.  [Busboys and Poets]


  • British hip-hop forefather Slick Rick is playing Constitution Hall. Prices vary; 7:30 PM. [Washington Post]
  • The Baltimore-based indie rockers of the Oranges Band are playing the Red and the Black. [The Red and the Black]
  • Tonic Restaurant is celebrating its fifth birthday by inviting guests to wear pigtails and plaid, like five year olds. There will be no less than 60ish members of Congress at this thing at any given time. [Tonic]


  • Get Your War On author David Rees will be at Busboys and Poets. He will tell you everything you need to know about the war on terror, in forty-five minutes, using fun pictures! This is exactly the way it was explained to your President, George. Free; 6 PM. [Busboys and Poets]
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FINALLY. Of course, we say "finally," because we haven't been behind the scenes in the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees to witness the negotiating and wrangling firsthand, so we don't know what it's taken to make this happen, but clear your calendars for July 17, because Bobby Mueller is goin' to Congress!

Committee chairs Adam Schiff and Jerry Nadler sent the letter late yesterday, accompanied by a subpoena, for Mueller to testify at 9 a.m. Eastern on July 17, which is a Wednesday, so you will presumably not be busy with brunch. The hearings for each committee will be back to back, after which members of Mueller's staff will meet with committee staff behind closed doors.

Schiff told Rachel Maddow last night that it should not be viewed as a friendly subpoena, because as we all know, Mueller has been very reluctant to become the star of the political circus this will surely create. However, he's gonna have to suck it up, because as we all saw after what happened when Mueller addressed the nation for 10 whole minutes, there is great value in actually having Mueller breathe life into his own work, for an American audience that hasn't read his 448-page report. (And we don't blame them/you! We probably wouldn't have read it all if it wasn't our job. It would probably be on our "list," like "someday I am going to watch 'The Sopranos' start to finish finally. And then I will read the Mueller Report!")

Point is, it needs to happen on live TV, where people can gather around at work and on the train and in the Fantastic Sams while they gets their hair did, and let this highly respected public servant tell the story of how America's most hostile enemy attacked the 2016 election in order to help Donald Trump, how the Trump campaign was positively orgasmic over that reacharound, and how Trump criminally obstructed the investigation into that hostile foreign attack at every turn.

And because Robert Mueller is a patriotic American who respects the rule of law and our institutions, he will be complying with the subpoena, because of fucking course he will.

Right off the bat, we have a couple of questions:

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Beds at the 'temporary' shelter in Homestead, Florida. US HHS photo.

The House of Representatives passed a $4.5 billion emergency bill to fund detention of undocumented immigrants and asylum seekers yesterday, but the bill's demands that government meet minimal standards of humane treatment led Donald Trump to threaten a veto, because no one puts cruelty in a corner. The bill passed largely along party lines, 230-195, with four progressive Democratic first-term representatives opposing it because they believed the machinery of the New Cruelty shouldn't get a single dollar more. Trump prefers a bill already passed by the Senate, which would provide a similar level of funding $4.6 billion), but lacks the House bill's crazy radical requirements that migrants be held in less horrifying conditions than have been reported in the last week.

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