Two Colorado Springs brothers will drive a message-draped RV from Colorado to Tijuana, Mexico, then to the Veterans Day parade in Washington, D.C., to make a plea for deported veterans.Valente and Manuel Valenzuela, Vietnam vets in their 60s, have avoided deportation while their own cases linger in the courts. They were brought to the U.S. as children but contend their mother was an American citizen. They served with distinction in the military yet live under threat of deportation. Other foreign-born veterans haven’t been as fortunate.They have been campaigning to allow those who serve in the military to return to the U.S.“We don’t leave anyone behind in the service,” Manuel Valenzuela said. “It’s time to bring these servicemen home.”Their motorhome with a “wrap” urging Americans to bring home deported veterans will be unveiled in Colorado Springs Friday at 10 a.m. at 4615 Town Center Drive in Colorado Springs.On Saturday morning … [Read more...] about Colorado Springs brothers to roll from Tijuana to D.C for deported veterans
Amazon.com founder Jeffrey P. Bezos and the company's board of directors are arriving in Washington in advance of a series of high-profile appearances for Bezos, amid intense anticipation among local officials and executives about when the Internet giant might announce the location of its second headquarters. The company says no announcement will be forthcoming on this trip. But four people close to the company's board of directors say the board members are coming to Washington. It is unclear whether the board is holding a formal meeting; Amazon has booked the Renwick Gallery for a 40-person dinner Tuesday night, according to a museum spokesman. The museum did not provide details about the event or who would be attending. Amazon declined to comment."You could see it as a tea leaf, that he wants the board to see Washington," said one local business leader who had heard of the board's plans but spoke on the condition of anonymity because the discussions were private. "It's a little bit … [Read more...] about No HQ2 news is planned, but Jeff Bezos and Amazon’s board are heading to Washington D.C.
Not so long ago, the Russian émigré party scene in Washington was off the hook. Every weekend, promoters would throw Slavic night bashes at venues like Ozio on M Street and Eden on Farragut Square. Euro-pop beats pounded and vodka shots flowed. In 2013, Mari Vanna, a three-story restaurant and nightclub littered with Soviet-era kitsch, opened in DuPont Circle and became the Russian diaspora’s de facto party house. Its “KGB Karaoke” nights on Wednesdays raged into the morning hours. Top Russian acts like Ivanushki International would swing through town to play gigs, and Washington Capitals stars Alexander Ovechkin and Alexander Semin would sometimes join in the revelry with students and summer workers from all over the former Soviet Union. “Before, I would call an event and say, ‘Hey we’re going to have Ukrainian Independence Day,’ and everybody would come,” Andrey Bessarabov, better known as DJ Bezza, a Soviet-born IT worker who … [Read more...] about Tinder Woes, Suspicious Landlords and Snarky Bosses: Young and Russian in D.C.
You can get the D.C. Memo delivered to your inbox on Thursdays. Sign up here. This week in Washington, members of Congress returned to town to handle a Supreme Court confirmation and interrogate Silicon Valley. At the White House, President Trump dealt with the fallout of an explosive anonymous op-ed and a new Bob Woodward book that confirmed what few of us knew: sometimes he calls people bad names. This week in Washington Greetings from D.C., where it feels more like July than September outside, but the Swamp went back to school, anyway — and the place is crazier than ever. Both houses of Congress returned from the August recess, and the Senate hit the ground running with three days of hearings on the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. Kavanaugh, a judge on the prestigious D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals that has often been the farm team for the high court, is President Donald Trump’s second nominee to the Supreme Court in as many years. Unlike the … [Read more...] about D.C. Memo: Et who, Brute?
You can get the D.C. Memo delivered to your inbox on Thursdays. Sign up here. This week in Washington, the Capitol mourned the passing of John McCain, while the President raged that good things about him are too hard to find when you use the Google. He also announced that his chief counsel would leave later this year, which was news to his chief counsel. This week in Washington Greetings from Washington, where the capital has been preoccupied with memorializing one of its most towering figures: Sen. John McCain, who died last Saturday at age 81 from brain cancer. The Arizona Republican, who had served in Congress since 1983 and twice ran for president, played many roles in his long career and leaves behind a complicated legacy: a crusading “maverick” who later became the picture of a stale status quo next to a certain Illinois senator, an unapologetic Iraq War hawk who was later honest about his failure, a frequent partner of Democrats who made a lasting impact on … [Read more...] about D.C. Memo: Nah-FTA