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  • also walked down the length of the national mall.  that dirt path that cuts through the swath of grass.  sun was setting.  tourists riding segways and one of them trying to pop a wheelie or some shit. joggers huffing and puffing by.  the jacket i was wearing was not nearly enough protection against the biting cold.  
  • i turned to see the needle of the washington monument silhoutted against the latter-day sky.  the burning orange hue blending into darkest blue of night.  at the other end, the capitol, capturing the last of the sun on its alabaster skin, the lights from within becoming more pronounced as daylight melted away.  then those fucking segway tourists appeared again, shortly to be ignored, their insipid, wheeled dances failing to lessen the storied majesty of this city.

Any wonder why Leslie Knope loves this place?

Afternoon News Read 19 November 2013.

I need a cigarette, for sure.

Buzzfeed political reporter KATE NOCERA, answering CNN’s Jake Tapper’s question, “Are you okay?” following the Capitol Hill shooting.

Nocera said she had been “dragged” inside by a police officer after shooting erupted; she was not hurt.

(via CNN)

READY   A United States Capitol Police officer takes aim following a security lockdown in Washington, D.C.  Officials say a woman tried to ram through a gate at the White House, injuring another officer; she then fled towards the Capitol, leading cops on a high-speed chase before being shot.  Her condition is not immediately known; reports say there was a child inside the car who was removed safely.  (Photo: Alex Leary / The Tampa Bay Times via The AP / New York Daily News)

READY   A United States Capitol Police officer takes aim following a security lockdown in Washington, D.C.  Officials say a woman tried to ram through a gate at the White House, injuring another officer; she then fled towards the Capitol, leading cops on a high-speed chase before being shot.  Her condition is not immediately known; reports say there was a child inside the car who was removed safely.  (Photo: Alex Leary / The Tampa Bay Times via The AP / New York Daily News)

“SHELTER IN PLACE. Gunshots have been reported on Capitol Hill requiring all occupants in all House Office Buildings to shelter in place. Close, lock and stay away from external doors and windows. Take annunciators, Go Kits and escape hoods; and move to the innermost part of the office away from external doors or windows. If you are not in your office, take shelter in the nearest office, check in with your OEC and wait for USCP to clear the incident. No one will be permitted to enter or exit the building until directed by USCP. All staff should monitor the situation. Further information will be provided as it becomes available.”

From an alert sent out by U.S. CAPITOL POLICE to Congressional staffers (via CNN)

HITCHED   A NASA jumbo jetliner transporting the retired space shuttle Discovery flies over the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday.  The orbiter will be exhibited at the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum.  (Photo: Twitter user Asianmartin via Business Insider)

HITCHED   A NASA jumbo jetliner transporting the retired space shuttle Discovery flies over the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday.  The orbiter will be exhibited at the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum.  (Photo: Twitter user Asianmartin via Business Insider)

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Occupy DC heats up outside Reagan tribute: Hundreds of protesters blocked streets near the Washington DC Convention Center near Mt. Vernon Square tonight, in an attempt to prevent people from leaving the center. Why’s that? Well, it’s currently hosting the Defending the American Dream summit, a Ronald Reagan tribute put together by Americans for Prosperity and featuring the two top presidential hopefuls, Herman Cain and Mitt Romney, amongst many other conservative icons. Here’s the scene from outside, via Washington Post reporter Tim Craig, who is there and writing stories about what’s happening and took the photo, above. Two people have been reported injured thus far — both hit by cars.

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Occupy DC heats up outside Reagan tribute: Hundreds of protesters blocked streets near the Washington DC Convention Center near Mt. Vernon Square tonight, in an attempt to prevent people from leaving the center. Why’s that? Well, it’s currently hosting the Defending the American Dream summit, a Ronald Reagan tribute put together by Americans for Prosperity and featuring the two top presidential hopefuls, Herman Cain and Mitt Romney, amongst many other conservative icons. Here’s the scene from outside, via Washington Post reporter Tim Craig, who is there and writing stories about what’s happening and took the photo, above. Two people have been reported injured thus far — both hit by cars.

YIKES PEAK   An engineer began a block-by-block inspection of the exterior of the  Washington Monument Tuesday after the National Park Service closed it  indefinitely due to damage caused by a 5.8-magnitude earthquake in  August. (Photo: Win McNamee / Getty Images via the Wall Street Journal)

YIKES PEAK   An engineer began a block-by-block inspection of the exterior of the Washington Monument Tuesday after the National Park Service closed it indefinitely due to damage caused by a 5.8-magnitude earthquake in August. (Photo: Win McNamee / Getty Images via the Wall Street Journal)