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Watch Exactly How the National Museum of African American History and Culture Was Built in This Time-Lapse Video

Watch Exactly How the National Museum of African American History and Culture Was Built in This Time-Lapse Video

If you’re not one of the lucky Washingtonians who snagged tickets to the opening of the National Museum of African American History and Culture Saturday, you can still get a glimpse of the museum from your computer screen. Watch the time-lapse video (shot from an EarthCam construction camera) of the museum’s construction, below.

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Photos: How Washingtonians Celebrated the Fourth of July in the 1910s

Photos: How Washingtonians Celebrated the Fourth of July in the 1910s

When we think of Fourth of July, we think of parades, food, drinking, and fireworks. At the turn of the 20th century, things weren’t very different. Americans celebrated Independence Day with a little too much fervor. Between 1903 and 1910, the American Medical Association reported that there were more than 1,500 deaths on July 4. Five thousand people were injured in 1909 alone. As a response, President Taft called for a “Sane Fourth,” and in the 1910s, newspapers warned readers about “raucous celebrations” and pleaded for people to “hearken back to the ‘sane’ celebrations of yesteryear.”

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A Map of DC Road Closures During the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit

The full list of DC road closures during the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit is long. With sporadic road closure times, no-parking zones, and Metro skipping some stops, figuring out how to get from point A to point B becomes an ordeal. So we’ve created an interactive map of all of the road closures and parking restrictions during the Nuclear Security Summit from March 27 through April 2.

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These DC Pets Are Loving the Cherry Blossoms Just As Much As Humans Are

Over the past three weeks, Washingtonian has asked DC Instagrammers to share their cherry blossoms photos with us by using the hashtag#washmagphoto. We’ve received hundreds of photos of cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin, cherry blossom-themed food anddrinks, and of course, posts of your pets enjoying the spring blooms.

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Your One-Month Training Guide to the Cherry Blossom Ten-Miler

Your One-Month Training Guide to the Cherry Blossom Ten-Miler

The competitive race DC runners have been waiting for all year long is finally just a month away. But with snow and cold weather, it’s easy to sideline a few training sessions for the comfort of your warm bed (no judgments here). That’s why we reached out to Julie Sapper and Lisa Reichmann of Run Farther & Faster to help create this week-by-week guide of what runners should be focusing on and how they should be preparing for the  Cherry Blossom Ten-Miler on April 3.

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Everything You Need to Know About House of Cards Before You Binge-Watch Season 4

It’s been three years since Frank Underwood began disrupting our lives with his political mind games in Netflix’s House of Cards. Though Season 3 wasn’t as drama-laden as we had hoped (no one got pushed under a Metro car), it was a much-needed series of character development (and moral degradation) to get to where the Underwoods & Co. are today. Here’s what you need to know:

Frank Underwood

Now that Frank has forced himself into the Oval Office, it’s easy sailing until the upcoming presidential election, right? Not so much. Frank has been inaugurated into major conflict, both abroad and at home. His main adversary? Russian President Viktor Petrov. The two world leaders have different ideas when it comes to settling the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, and neither are budging, even after the Underwoods entertain Petrov at the White House, and Frank’s wife sacrifices her dignity and cozies up to the Russian president.

And while Frank deals with the aftermath of Petrov’s visit, Frank is also facing an unexpected rival: Heather Dunbar, who told Frank she didn’t want to run for President, and then–surprise!–is now running against Frank’s bid for reelection. Frank persuades Jackie Sharp, the House Deputy Minority Whip, to join the race and take support away from Dunbar and take the pressure off of Frank. But after a brutal debate later in the season, Jackie drops out of the race and decides to endorse Dunbar. Ouch.

Claire Underwood

Frank’s new title is creating a rift in his relationship with Claire, his wife and supposed partner-in-crime to become the most powerful people in the world. Conflicts abroad and with the 2016 presidential race have made Frank see the “I” in team, so Claire pursues a political career beyond being the first lady. She lobbies to be a US ambassador for the United Nations, but is denied after a heated argument with the Senate committee responsible for reviewing her nomination. But Frank gives her a recess appointment anyway (#FirstLadyPerks).

Claire’s position is short-lived, though, after a mission to Russia to release LGBT activist Michael Corrigan from prison. Frank and Petrov further discuss solutions to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict, but until an agreement is made, Petrov refuses to release Corrigan. Claire vows to stay with Corrigan in prison until he is released, but after resting for a few hours, Claire wakes up to find that Corrigan hanged himself in his cell. At this point, Frank and Petrov have finally struck a deal, but Claire, shocked by Corrigan’s suicide, sabotages the following press conference and shares her distaste for Russian law and politics. Petrov calls off the agreement unless Claire is sacked from her position as US ambassador–Frank doesn’t think twice about agreeing to those terms.

Claire, hurt and disgusted after the events in Russia, re-evaluates her relationship with Frank. After a candid conversation with Frank’s biographer Thomas Yates, she decides to leave her husband and the White House on the day of the Iowa caucus.

Jackie Sharp

The presidential race has forced Jackie into making tough decisions regarding her love life. While running her presidential campaign, she is pressured into marrying her boyfriend, cardiovascular surgeon Alan Cooke, and becoming a step-mother to his two children, all to show off a family-friendly image. When she drops out of the race, she realizes she still has feelings for Remy Danton and the two go back to having an affair. Apparently, true love can withstand the trials and tribulations of a presidential race after all.

Doug Stamper

Doug is on a long, long road to recovery in Season 3. After suffering a serious blow to the head and trying to regain his health, Doug deals with his sobriety (or lack thereof) and getting back to work with Frank. But feeling unwanted at the White House, he leaves to help the enemy, Heather Dunbar, with her presidential campaign, which includes taking down the Underwoods–or so Doug had us believe. He was actually misinforming Dunbar as a way to earn back his slot as Frank’s Chief of Staff.

And while Doug was proving himself as Frank’s only right-hand man (really, what was Frank thinking making Remy the Chief of Staff in Doug’s absence?), he became obsessed with tracking down Rachel Posner, the sex worker he’s been protecting after her involvement in Peter Russo’s downfall. Doug receives orders from Frank to tie up all loose ends surrounding the death of Peter Russo. That means getting rid of Rachel–for good. With the help of hacker Gavin Orsay, Doug tracks Rachel down, kidnaps her, lets her go because he loves her, realizes he can’t let her go, and then comes back to murder her and dump her body in the desert. This here marks the total moral decay of Doug Stamper. Frank Underwood’s outdone himself.

Rachel Posner

RIP ?

Go to Netflix to watch a Season 3 recap and start watching Season 4.

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For Valentine’s Day, Even DC Fashion Bloggers Know It’s All About Being Comfy and Cozy

For Valentine’s Day, Even DC Fashion Bloggers Know It’s All About Being Comfy and Cozy

Gone are the days of squeezing into little black dresses and wearing toe-cramping heels for Valentine’s Day. Staying cozy and comfy is the objective this year, and local fashion bloggers are sharing their outfit ideas for looking cute while rocking chunky sweaters, high-waisted jeans, and yes, even activewear.

Abbey Brandon of District Dress Up

“Just be comfortable in whatever you’re wearing,” Brandon says. “Whether you’re cooking in or hanging out with friends, it’s going to be really cold, so just stay warm and comfortable.”

Abbey’s Valentine’s Day plans: “I’m going to dinner at a quiet spot in Georgetown. My boyfriend booked reservations there, so we’ll probably have some wine and grab dinner there.”

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9 Reasons You Should Follow @dcgus on Instagram Right Now

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After receiving an abundance of photos this weekend of dogs playing in the snow, our Washingtonian Instagram team sent out a call for DC-area residents to share more photos of their furry pals enjoying DC’s first snow/blizzard of the year.

We expected A LOT of cute photos and videos of puppies rolling around in the snow, catching snowballs, and doing other fun winter activities (napping, mostly). And you all delivered. But what we didn’t expect, was to find what, quite possibly, might be the cutest corgi in Washington, DC.

Meet Gus of @dcgus.

Those boots! That waddle! The FLUFFINESS of that fur!

We had to go back to the beginnings of @dcgus’s humble Instagram account (268 followers, 96 posts as of Tuesday) to find out more. Spoilers: it’s unbearably cute. Here are 9 reasons you need to follow @dcgus, now:

1. He mastered the comedic art of falling at a young age.

so close. #dcgus #igdc #puppy #meanstreets #walkitoff #fail #dogfail

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2. He put himself in this bucket, because he knew how cute it would be.

3. He smiles like this.

4. He can pull off almost-too-tight Christmas sweaters. SLAY.

my Christmas gift to everyone: 10 seconds of cooperation. #win #yourewelcome

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5. He’s adventurous.

6. And boss at finding the best sticks.

you see nothing, move along.

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7. He LOVES the snow, as any cute corgi naturally does.

Bounce. Bounce. Bounce. Bounce. Bounce. #bouncethat🍑 #rabbit #snowzilla #snowpocalypse2016

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8. He understands the importance of snuggling.

I don’t plan on getting out of bed until winter is over. #icant #winterneedstostopcoming

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9. And finally, THIS:

you can run. you can hide. but can’t escape. #rungusrun #running #dogsprints #futureolympian

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These Two Washingtonians Spent Their Snow Day Lip-Syncing to Adele’s “Hello,” and It’s Pretty Fabulous

These Two Washingtonians Spent Their Snow Day Lip-Syncing to Adele’s “Hello,” and It’s Pretty Fabulous

Originally published at Washingtonian.

It’s been a little over six hours since snow started falling in DC, and already Washingtonians are getting creative with the wintry scenery.

Take the Vimeo video “SnOMG #Blizzard2016 #Snowzilla #DCSnowday,” featuring Bridget Groves, 26, and Everett Warren, 27.

“We were just sitting here having coffee,” said Warren, a fourth-year medical student at UNC-Chapel Hill, “And were just like, ‘Lets do a hilarious Snapchat lip-syncing to Adele.’”

The two friends took their Snapchat video to the next level, and decided to produce a full-length video outside as it started snowing harder. Using another video app on their phones, it took Groves and Warren about 30 minutes to shoot and edit their video.

“We love Adele,”said Groves, a project manager for an international development company in DC, “so what better way to honor her than with an epic snowstorm video?”

Whether or not Groves and Warren will be doing any more #Snowzilla videos, is still in question.

“I think we’ve just found our new hobby—we’ll need to start taking song requests,” Warren said. “Who knows? I think this will become a new trend in Washington during the snowstorm.”

SnOMG #Blizzard2016 #Snowzilla #DCSnowday from Bridget on Vimeo.

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