- Obama downplays IRS scandal, blames Obamacare rollout on ‘outdated’ agencies
- Pregnancies decline overall, up among older women
- Pentagon plans to destroy Syrian chemical arms on ship at sea
- Paris Metro issues ‘politeness manual’ to improve passengers’ behavior
- Justin Bieber, crew detained at Australian airport in drug search
- Lee Rigby trial: Muslim who machete-hacked soldier calls it ‘humane’ kill
- GM ending Chevy sales in Europe to focus on Opel and Vauxhall
- Putin’s diplomats to U.S. busted for living high life off $1.5M bilked from Medicaid
- Happy Meal: Couple goes to McDonald’s, leaves with bag packed with cash
- Boehner: It took me 3 to 4 hours to sign up for Obamacare
Get Out: The week’s pocket picks in DC
138th Preakness Stakes
Kentucky Derby winner Orb got settled in Baltimore this week in advance of the Preakness Stakes, and according to reports, he’s in good shape and a favorite to win the second race in the Triple Crown series. Will he be able to again beat Oxbow and Will Take Charge, his Kentucky Derby challengers whose trainer is a five-time Preakness winner? Head to the Pimlico Race Course this weekend to place your bets. The 138th Preakness Stakes kicks off on Friday with Black-Eyed Susan Day, named for the Maryland state flower, featuring races and performances by the Goo Goo Dolls and others to benefit Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Saturday brings a full day of races and musical performances, concluding with the exciting title race featuring the fastest horses in the world. Don’t forget to try the delectable tastes of Maryland, including crab cakes, pit beef and the Black-Eyed Susan cocktail. Friday and Saturday at Pimlico Race Course, 5201 Park Heights Ave., Baltimore. 410/542-9400. Web: preakness.com
Mr. TIME: Portraits by Boris Chaliapin
These days, tabloid sales are fueled by persistent paparazzi and their photos of the Kardashians of the world in compromising situations. If shots of models without makeup don’t entice you to buy a magazine, you may be more interested in the iconic celebrity portraits by the late Boris Chaliapin, who created 413 covers for Time magazine from 1942 to 1970. On Friday, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery will open an exhibit featuring his portraits, including renderings of Julia Child, Marilyn Monroe, Olivia de Havilland, Harry Truman and Muhammad Ali, as well as a rare self-portrait, in a variety of mediums including graphite, watercolor and oil paint on canvas. Chaliapin’s works are sure to be a stark contrast from the magazine covers of today, as National Portrait Gallery Director Kim Sajet said his philosophy was to create “impressions of his cover subjects rather than portray them in minute detail.” Through Jan. 5 at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Eighth & F streets Northwest. 202/633-1000. Web: npg.si.edu
According to ancient Chinese legend, in 2300 B.C. the poet Qu Yuan committed suicide in the Mei Lo River to protest the corruption during the Warring States Period of the Zhou Dynasty. When local fisherman saw the great poet sinking in the water, they quickly maneuvered over to him in their boats and threw packets of rice into the water to keep the fish away. Though the celebration has somewhat macabre roots, the poet’s sacrifice for the greater good of China continues to be honored today with colorful dragon boat festivals worldwide. This weekend, Thompson Boat Center on the Potomac River will be the home of the 12th Washington, D.C. Dragon Boat Festival, featuring traditional ceremonies, arts and crafts and, of course, dragon boat races with over 1,500 paddlers competing. The festival opens Saturday with the eye-dotting ceremony to awaken the sleeping dragons, a lion dance to ward off evil spirits and more. Saturday and Sunday at Thompson Boat Center, 2900 Virginia Ave. NW. Web: dragonboatdc.com
In 2003, Afghan-born author Khaled Hosseini stunned the world with his novel “The Kite Runner,” a heart-wrenching story about two young boys and what happens to them during the rise of the Taliban in Afghanistan. Five years later, he did it again with “A Thousand Splendid Suns,” told through the eyes of two women. Mr. Hosseini, who moved to the United States at age 15 when his family sought political asylum in 1980, has sold more than 38 million copies of his books, which continue to resonate with readers. On Thursday, the author will be in town to discuss his new novel, “And the Mountains Echoed,” the saga of one family’s love, loss and sacrifice over the generations from Kabul to Paris to San Francisco to Greece. NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Andrea Mitchell will lead the discussion, and your ticket includes a copy of the newly released book. Thursday at the Sixth & I Historic Synagogue, 600 I St. NW. 202/408-3100. Web: sixthandi.org
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- PRUDEN: British press horrified as London's new mayor dares to proclaim the truth
- Activists encourage Obama to circumvent Congress, use more executive authority
- Obama: Nelson Mandela now 'belongs to the ages'
- NAPOLITANO: Pope Francis should be saving souls, not pocketbooks
- GOP launches candidate training: How to talk to women
- Increase in battlefield deaths linked to new rules of engagement in Afghanistan
- Hack attack: 2 million Facebook, Twitter passwords stolen
- Russian diplomats busted bilking $1.5 million from Medicaid
- Democratic infighting erupts over 'we can have it all' fantasy on entitlements
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