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Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 09/23/2011

Lunchline: Embassies get a new look

Last night I went to a GOP debate-watch party, courtesyof a fun little Web site that our friend Tucker Carlson runs. Daily Caller, alongside Google and FOX News, hosted the standoff, and I would tell you how it went but I can't. Nobody at the event paid one iota of attention to the events on the screen. But they did hand out free sunglasses, and it was a good time. Republicans can throw a party. See what I did there?


WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 21: DC Council Chairman Kwame Brown poses for a photograph in his office. Photo by Katherine Frey/The Washington Post) (Katherine Frey - THE WASHINGTON POST)
Dear D.C. Council, get your act together. Every time someone turns around, there's another ethics-related scandal, and yesterday was an ostentatious botch. Chairman Kwame Brown (the same guy who tried to cop a tricked-out SUV on the city's dime) decided that he wanted to kick the media out of a meeting, claiming that “personnel issues” took precedence. The Post's Tim Craig reports on another ridiculous day at the Wilson Building, which, frankly, is pretty much the norm.

When I was a kid, if I was lucky, my dad would drive me up and down Massachusetts Avenue and let me guess which embassies were which based upon the flags they flew. Turns out, old ambassadorial complexes and chanceries are changing hands all over the place, and some people are converting them to condos. The Post's Nancy Keon reports on the developing trend of living in former diplomatic residences when you are not conducting state business.

Props to Metro for getting it right, finally. The transit system announced yesterday that customers will be able to reload their SmartTrip cards online, something loyal riders living in the 21st century have been awaiting for years. Seriously, you can now log on to Metro's Web site, type in the number of your registered card, and add money via your credit card to your fare balance. The Post's Dana Hedgpeth reports on the process that makes so much sense, it's almost too good to be true.

If you like “Mad Men,” you might notice something about the show. All the black people in the program are either helping people, or running elevators. The ’60s nostalgic show presents America from the standpoint of a privileged white male, and this trend is becoming increasingly popular. The Root's Kelley L. Carter analyzes how black actors fit into the newest trend, and drops a fun tidbit about Hugh Hefner that you may not have already known.

I'm going to see the Nationals play tonight and I am uncontrollably geeked out of my mind rather excited to see Stephen Strasburg pitch live for the first time in my life. On a sidenote: The Nats are on a monster tear, and just took four from the Phillies, who have been in a complete freefall recently. The Post's Adam Kilgore points out that manager Davey Johnson says that the Braves are "in for a dogfight" this weekend. But it might rain. Sadface.

Extra Bites

• The Post and Facebook have partnered up for this new-fangled thing that the kids call a “social reader.” Apparently, it allows you to read the newspaper's content on this Web site known as “Facey B” to some. Click here if you want to see a picture of The Washington Post's logo with an orange circle around it.

• The true measure of fame is a wax figure. If people are willing to come and look at a paraffin version of your likeness, you know you've made it. Alex Ovechkin is officially famous in D.C.

• Here's a picture of Elton John wearing sunglasses. Happy weekend!

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