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Posted at 02:37 PM ET, 12/22/2011

Obama goes Christmas shopping

I went to my high school's annual winter reunion last night and there was some confusion about what bar the event would lead to afterwards. Turns out, the Four Fields is still open in Cleveland Park. Get in while you can.


Vince Gray holds a press conference Wednesday September 15, in Washington, DC. (Katherine Frey - THE WASHINGTON POST)
The outlook is not good for D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray . The same goes for the city council. According to a new poll by Clarus, less than half of the city approves of the job the mayor is doing and more than half of the city has a negative view of the council. Stunning news, considering that nearly half of the dais is either under investigation or suspicion of some sort of wrongdoing. Oh, wait. Let's be clear: we are heading into Gray's second year in office. It feels like the third. But, people just keep flowing into the city.

President Obama got a little Christmas shopping done yesterday , and he didn't do it from the comfort of his computer in the Lincoln Bedroom. POTUS made a trip to Best Buy (stimulus!) in Potomac Yards and yes, there was a camera crew. The commander-in-chief casually dropped $235 during his jaunt around Virginia, buying gifts for his wife and daughters who are vacationing in Hawaii. Occupy that. Guess who he brought with him for company? Bo!

When AT&T decided to drop its attempt to merge with T-Mobile , it was a bit of a stunner in the mobile phone world. There were obvious anti-trust issues at stake, but let's take a look a what that reality means for you, potentially. If you have AT&T, it means your network coverage will still be uncertain. Slate's Will Oremus breaks down why the Department of Justice was wrong to kill the proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile.

The n-word has a long and sordid history in this country as a racial slur . It also has a place in history as a quasi-term of endearment for some within the black community. So when the legendary Maya Angelou expressed dismay that rapper Common used the word on his new album, it was a bit awkward. Without getting too far into it, there is another point to be made, The Root's John McWhorter points out. Angelou herself, once advocated that sometimes you have to speak differently to different people.

It's only December and we've already got problems in NatsTown . The winter meetings are behind us, and we're sort of around the corner from pitchers and catchers reporting to spring training. But the Lerners, who own the team, still seem bent on generating a winner without spending any big time money. Newsflash: that is not possible in the big leagues. Moneyball nonsense aside, if you don't spend money, you won't contend. The Post's Tom Boswell wonders when the Nats going to be allowed to be good.

Extra Bites

• The No. 7 local story of the year is the Beltway sex case. In case you forgot, over the summer, a guy was arrested for allegedly driving drunk and crashing his car while having sex going at 85 mph near Telegraph Road. That's quite the trifecta.

• Former New York congressman Anthony Weiner and his wife had their baby, and it's a boy. Cue all the 'Little Weiner' headlines from birdbrains across America.

• This is easily the photograph of the year, in my opinion.

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