Largest Climate Rally Ever Calls for Obama to Reject Keystone Pipeline (photos)

February 28, 2013

An estimated 40,000 activists gathered on Feb. 17 in the shadow of the Washington Monument in what has been described as the largest U.S. climate rally ever. The rally preceded a march to the White House to urge President Obama to reject the proposed Keystone XL Pipeline. The event was headlined by Bill McKibben, founder of 350.org, and Michael Brune, the executive dIrector of the Sierra Club. In addition to derailing the pipeline, organizers called for the president to limit greenhouse gas emissions and work for cleaner, renewable energy.

350.org takes its name from the atmospheric concentration of carbon dioxide, in parts per million, which climate scientists and activists say is a safe upper limit for preventing significant climate change. The year 2012 was the hottest year on record. Many scientists believe that the continued burning of greenhouse gasses will raise global temperatures further and increase the likelihood of extreme weather events. In his recent State of the Union address, the president seemed to agree, but gave few specifics on how to combat climate change.

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D.C. Celebrates the Chinese Year of the Snake (photos)

February 22, 2013

In 2013, on the Western calendar, the start of the New Year falls on Feb. 10 and is the Year of the Snake. Tens of thousands turned out on Sunday, Feb. 10, in Chinatown in Washington, D.C., to celebrate the Chinese New Year which is the lunar year 4711 on the Chinese calendar. During this important celebration in East Asian culture, it is traditional to wear red, meant to ward off evil spirits. The event featured a parade through Chinatown and the traditional Chinese Lion and Dragon Dances. On hand were Mayor Vincent Gray, Council members Jack Evans, Tommy Wells and Muriel Bowser, along with Shadow Senator Paul Strauss. Leading the festivities were Rita Lee, chair of the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, and Ambassador Pu-tsung King, Representative of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States.

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Cupid’s Undie Run Participants Bare Nearly All for Charity


Despite chilly temperatures, hundreds of runners and 4 “racing presidents” stripped down for charity in the 4th Annual Cupid’s Undie Run on Capitol Hill on Saturday, Feb. 9.

The event, which started in the District in 2010 and takes place just ahead of Valentine’s Day, has expanded to over a dozen cities across the country and around the world to benefit the Children’s Tumor Foundation. Founders and organizers of Cupid’s Undie Run, Bobby Gill, 28, and Brendan Hanrahan, 27 were on hand to lead the festivities and award prizes for the best undressed.

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Newtown Residents Join March on Washington for Gun Control (photos)

February 7, 2013

Wearing the green and white colors of Sandy Hook Elementary School where 26 children and adults were killed, 100 residents from Newtown, Conn., joined thousands of other gun-control activists on Jan. 26 in Washington, D.C., in a march along Constitution Avenue to a rally with speeches, musical performances and a poetry reading near the Washington Monument. The rally was organized by Molly Smith, the artistic director of Arena Stage, along with her partner, American Indian activist Suzanne Blue Star Boy. Co-sponsors included One Million Moms for Gun Control, Washington National Cathedral, Foundry United Methodist Church in the District and Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago.

Speakers at the rally included Education Secretary Arne Duncan, actress Kathleen Turner, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., Mayor of Washington Vincent Gray, activist and Virginia Tech shooting survivor Colin Goddard, Connecticut Against Gun Violence president Marty Isaac and One Million Moms for Gun Control founder Shannon Watts.

View our photos of the event by clicking on the photo icons below.

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March for Life Draws Hundreds of Thousands to D.C. on Roe v Wade’s 40th Anniversary (photos)


Anti-abortion activists marched during bitterly cold temperatures for the annual March for Life rally in Washington, D.C., Jan. 25. The march coincided with the Supreme Court’s landmark Roe v. Wade decision, which legalized access to abortion. Jan. 22 marked the 40th anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision.

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Hoyas Defeat St. Johns for Coach Thompson’s 200th Georgetown Win (photos)


Head coach John Thompson III celebrated his 200th Georgetown win at the Verizon Center Feb. 4 as the Georgetown University Men’s Basketball Hoyas (16-4) defeated the St. John’s University Red Storm (14-8) by the score 68-56 in a key Big East match. It was the Hoyas’ fourth straight win. The Red Storm had won five in a row, coming into the game. The Hoyas were led by junior forward Nate Lubick who scored a career-high 16 points on eight for ten shooting, along with ten rebounds to achieve his first double-double.

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Hillary Clinton Testifies on Benghazi (photo gallery)

January 28, 2013

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Capitol Hill Jan. 23 about security failures during attacks against the U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, 2012, that led to the death of four Americans, including U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

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Vice President Biden’s Greatest Hits at Senate Swearing-In Ceremony (photos)

January 10, 2013

Vice President Joe Biden was in rare form at the recent Senate swearing-in reenactment ceremony inside the U.S. Capitol Building Jan. 3, as senators had a chance to go before the cameras with family members. Throughout the ceremony, the vice president took center stage while greeting senators, mothers and kids with hugs and kisses and slightly off-color remarks. The official more somber swearing-in ceremony happened earlier in the Senate chambers on the opening day of the 113th Congress.

View our photos of the vice president’s friskier moments by clicking on the photo icons below. (All photos by Jeff Malet)

View additional photos of the swearing-in by clicking here.
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Smithsonian’s American History Museum Receives ‘WICKED’ Dress (photos)

January 3, 2013

In a special ceremony Dec. 17, Tony award-winning costume designer Susan Hilferty signed the deed of gift for an Elphaba costume and broom from the musical “WICKED,” based on the novel by Gregory Maguire, to the National Museum of American History’s popular culture collections. The costume is currently on display in the “American Stories” exhibition.
Winner of 35 major awards, including three Tonys and a Grammy, the musical “WICKED” has been seen by more than 35 million people, and there are seven production companies worldwide. For the special ceremony at the Smithsonian, visitors were treated to a live performance by Donna Vivino (Elphaba) and Tiffany Haas (Glinda), singing several production numbers. Receiving the gift of the costume were Marc Pachter, acting director of the National Museum of American History, and Dwight Blocker Bowers, curator of the National Museum of American History.

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‘Nutcracker on Ice’ by the Sculpture Garden Skating School (photos)


Every holiday season, Alice Jean Shelley’s class at the Sculpture Garden Skating School performs its version of the “Nutcracker on Ice.” View our photos of the “Nutcracker,” by clicking on the photo icons below.

An ice skating professional with more than 27 years of experience, Alice Jean Shelley is the director of the Sculpture Garden Skating School at the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink. We invited Shelley to talk about her program. “The children have a wonderful time outdoors learning from the U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills Program to free skating levels using teaching tools and props such as candy canes, buckets, markers and even a boogie board, etc. This season we have a new class ‘Nanny & Me’ in which the nanny can bring and accompany their children while learning to skate with the children at no cost to them. The adult program is fabulous, too … from first-time beginners on the ice to adults who even spin and jump. If you would like to bring a group of 10 or more for a special occasion and have a half-hour lesson included, there is a special group rate of $17.50 per person which would include a half-hour lesson, admission and skate rental if needed. That way you would have someone on the ice for the birthday, holiday or special occasion party to facilitate the party, teach and even play a few ‘games’ on the ice with them.”

You are welcome to call Alice Shelley at 202-507-2396 for more information and also to arrange private lessons for adults and children, which are available seven days a week at anytime day and night when the ice rink is open.

The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Ice Rink is open mid-November through mid-March, weather permitting, where you can view magnificent works of sculpture while skating in the open air and enjoying music from the state-of-the-art sound system. Two hours on the ice costs $8 for adults and $7 for children, students and seniors. Skates are available for rental at a $3 charge.

View our photos of the students performing the “Nutcracker on Ice” by clicking on the photo icons below.
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