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Photograph by Evy Mages.

Welcome to Monday. After returning from Mar-a-Lago, President Trump has nothing open to the press on his public schedule. Speaking of his schedule, Axios received a sizable leak of Trump’s private agenda records, which indicated that since the November midterm elections he spent 297 hours in unstructured “executive time” reading the paper, watching cable news, and tweeting. For comparison, the president reportedly spent 77 hours in planning and policy meetings. I think the personal takeaway here is that I’ll start blaming my lateness on “editorial time.”

Major players in Virginia Governor Ralph Northam’s own party—many of them 2020 hopefuls—are calling on him to resign after photos from his med-school yearbook that depict one person in a KKK costume and another in blackface emerged Friday. His bizarre press conference Saturday, which included a revelation that he once dressed in blackface to imitate Michael Jackson and a question about his moonwalking abilities, surely didn’t help either. Now, Virginia Lieutenant Governor Justin Fairfax, who will assume the role of governor if Northam resigns, is fighting against what he calls a “false and unsubstantiated allegation” of sexual assault published by Big League Politics, the same site that originally published Northam’s yearbook photos. According to WUSA, the CBS affiliate alongside the Washington Post and the Richmond Times-Dispatch have been aware of the claim for months but could not verify it. Fairfax released a strong statement earlier in the weekend condemning Northam’s actions but tiptoed around directly calling for his resignation. Washington Post opinion writer Norman Leahy argues that Fairfax should be calling Northam out with stronger words—but Atlantic staff writer Adam Serwer puts it nicely: “it’s not actually the job of people of color to save white people from themselves.”

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In case you missed it: No, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez isn’t bringing Cardi B to the State of the Union. Rather Queens native Ana Maria Archila, the woman who confronted Jeff Flake in a elevator during the Kavanaugh hearings, will join the New York Congresswoman Tuesday evening.

What we have cooking at Washingtonian:

  • Does the dating app build by and for Trump supporters really help Make America Date Again? I checked out “Righter”, the app inspired in part by Sarah Huckabee Sanders’s confrontation at Virginia’s Red Hen restaurant, to see what exactly’s going on.
  • The head of Metro doesn’t mind if you use Uber. Yeah, really!
  • Our staff buys cool things from time to time, including crêpe pans to make themselves seem hip.
  • It is with a heavy heart I must admit that the latest Resistance hero is a CIA officer with a podcast.
  • Rich young people are using side-hustles to get even richer!

Our pick for things to do around town:

FOOD Chef José Andrés is celebrating the truffle with ThinkFoodGroup’s third Truffle Festival, where participating restaurants will feature black winter truffles flown directly from Spain on the day they are discovered by special truffle-hunting Labrador Retrievers. Try truffle fries at America Eats Tavern, potato fritters with truffles (Tortitas de Papa con Trufa) at Oyamel, and plenty of other dishes at other TFG restaurants (Jaleo, Zaytinya, China Chilcano, and Fish). Through February 17 (or until the truffles run out). Prices vary.

Good reads:

Black Virginians are fed up. (Washington Post)

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Brittany joined Washingtonian as a staff writer in June 2018. She previously covered the White House for the Independent Journal Review.