Other interesting stories in The Washington Post:

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— Country star Sara Evans, explaining how she got ready for the WMZQ Christmas Show by chasing a antibiotics-and-flu-meds cocktail with a shot of whiskey, reports our colleague Emily Yahr. Whoa. The only way that would be more punk rock is if she did it on stage.

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Kay Bailey Hutchison recalling December weekends spent rushing home to Texas to try to keep the holidays on track. The retiring Texas senator, who has two tweens at home, gives an exit interview to our colleague Ed O’Keefe.

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