Traveling at Dulles International Airport (IAD) just got a lot more fun for kids and adults alike.
In a new nationwide effort to bring the excitement (and portability) of video games to users everywhere, Nintendo has opened four Nintendo Switch lounges at airports across the country.
On Feb. 17, a Nintendo Switch On The Go pop-up opened its doors at Dulles International Airport, as well as Seattle-Tacoma Airport, O’Hare International Airport in Chicago and Dallas Love Field Airport.
All lounges will remain open until Sunday, March 29 and through their duration, travelers can play demos of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Mario Kart 8,Super Mario Odyssey, Super Mario Party, Tetris 99 and more, on Nintendo Switch and Nintendo Switch Lite consoles. Some will be hooked up to play on televisions while others can be used handheld.
Once travelers experience the space, they will receive a free Nintendo Switch-branded luggage handle wrap and a $10 coupon from Target to use on a Nintendo purchase of $75 or more (while supplies last), and if they would like to order a Nintendo Switch or Nintendo Switch Lite device, Nintendo Switch games or merchandise, they will receive a free carrying case with their order.
Travelers visiting Dulles International Airport can find the lounge at Concourse B near the west entrance/exit, next to Gate B62.
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Super Bowl Sunday is back, with its all-you-can-eat hot wings, potato chips and more. This year’s match-up has put the Kansas City Chiefs toe-to-toe with the San Francisco 49ers.
Who will head home with the trophy? Well, it could be you if you find a local hot spot to raise a glass and kick back to watch the game. Enter into the local hot wing contest below and you could leave with a $75 gift card, or you could win big at a halftime raffle contest.
No matter what you’re looking for (even a place that will entertain the kids!), Northern Virginia has a place to please everyone. Just make sure to find your spot before the coin toss and you’re good to go.
All-Day Specials at Theismann’s Restaurant Sunday, 10 a.m.-midnight
Joe Theismann’s Restaurant, a football-themed eatery in Alexandria, boasts NFL decor, large-screen TVs throughout the space, craft cocktails and wet-aged steak options, burgers, pastas and salads. Celebrate Super Bowl Sunday early at its brunch, as Theismann’s is ending its Bottomless Apps promo on Super Bowl Sunday, which includes endless appetizers for $30. // Theismann’s Restaurant: 1800 Diagonal Road A, Alexandria; menu prices vary
Puppy Bowl Viewing Party Sunday, Feb. 2, 2-5 p.m. The most-watched Sunday of television doesn’t have to only be about our favorite athletes … it can also be about four-legged friends with the airing of the Puppy Bowl XVI. One of the most lovable pre-shows of them all, the Puppy Bowl features adoptable pets from across the country (yes, it has expanded to include cats, rabbits and more over the years), and you can watch it at Wag & Brew with your favorite pet-owning (or pet-loving) community members before the actual big game airs. // Wag & Brew: 614 S. Pickett St., Alexandria; $10
Super Bowl Halftime Wing-Eating Contest Sunday, Feb. 2, 5:30 p.m.- midnight Hops N Shine believes it has the hottest wings in Northern Virginia, and it’s time to put yourself to the test to see just how many hot wings you can eat. Once halftime hits, the person who eats 18 of the hottest chicken wings the fastest will win a $75 gift card to Hops N Shine. Don’t want to compete? No worries, you can still enjoy the 52 beers on tap and top your own order of wings with one or many sauces from the 20-plus hot sauce bar. It’s the food-and-drink party you’ve been waiting for all season long. // Hops N Shine: 3410 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria; free ($10 wing contest entry)
Super Bowl Watch Party! Sunday, Feb. 2, 5:3-10 p.m. The Super Bowl Party of the year is coming to Lake Anne Brew House, so if you’re looking to enjoy food, drinks and football on the water, you’ve found your place. Enjoy an all-you-can-eat nacho bar buffet, chili, Nordic-knot pretzels, dips and more. A cash bar will be available throughout the night with cocktails, beer, wine, kombucha, nitro cold brew coffee and more. So, what are you waiting for? Grab your tickets and get ready to enjoy the game! // Lake Anne Brew House: 11401 N. Shore Drive, Reston; $25
Dave and Buster’s Springfield Big Game Super Sunday Sunday, Feb. 2, 6-11 p.m. It’s time for the big game, and you can watch, play and enjoy while playing games of your own. Dave & Buster’s Springfield is hosting The Big Game viewing party for adults and families in the sports lounge with an all-you-can-eat wings buffet, beer and wine. Kids are welcome to enjoy other food and drink options, and will receive a game card with their ticket purchase, that way you can watch the game and they can be entertained for the entire night. // Dave & Buster’s Springfield: 6655 Springfield Mall Road, Springfield; $35.50
Super Bowl LIV Watch Party Sunday, Feb. 2, 6 p.m. This year’s match-up of the San Francisco 49ers and the Kansas City Chiefs will be aired at Chadwicks Restaurant all evening at a special upstairs event. Not only will the location be airing the game on an 8-foot HD projector, it will also be providing guests all-you-can-eat food and drink specials. Make your way to the build-your-own taco bar and find your seat at this local waterfront favorite. // Chadwicks Restaurant: 230 The Strand, Alexandria; $20
Super Bowl Watch Party at Inca Social Sunday, Feb. 2, 6-10:30 p.m. This local Peruvian favorite is celebrating its one-year anniversary in style, with the big game. Head to Inca Social (also seen on our 2019 Best Restaurants List) for a night of food and drink specials during the 54th Super Bowl. All televisions will be tuned into the game, as well as the 180-inch projector screen. Plus, there will be raffle giveaways at haltime. // Inca Social: 2670 Avenir Place, Vienna; $5
Super Bowl Sunday at the Alehouse Sunday, Feb. 2, 6:30-9:30 p.m. Rather than try to make all of your favorite snacks for the big game, head to the Alehouse, where it’s happy to make them for you. All of the televisions will be set to the game, so you don’t miss a single play, and you can grab all of your favorites from the menu. From quesadillas and fried pickles to fire-grilled pizzas and Bungalow wings, there’s bound to be something to pair with your beer of choice and the game of the season. // The Alehouse: 2840 Prince William Parkway, Woodbridge; free
Super Bowl Party in the Stadium at Dudley’s Sport and Ale Sunday, Feb. 2, 6:30-11:30 p.m. Watching the Super Bowl in your apartment or home may sound ideal, but have you considered catching the game in a theater-style seat with a 25-foot projector screen and surround sound? For those looking to kick back and relax, but also watch the game in a way they’ve never seen it before, it’s time to head to Dudley’s Sports and Ale. You’ll get the all-around experience too, with all-you-can-eat wings, nachos and pizza, Jell-O shots, beer tub specials and multiple giveaways. // Dudley’s Sports and Ale: 2766 S. Arlington Mill Drive, Arlington; $55
Watch the Super Bowl at Blackfinn Sunday, Feb. 2, 6-9:30 p.m. This “Ameripub” is yet another location to catch the big game in Loudoun County, but this time with pub snacks like the cauliflower tots, finn fries, fish tacos and pub burgers. Catch food and drink specials all evening while cheering on your favorite team (or favorite commercial, that is). // Blackfinn Ameripub: 43781 Central Station Drive, Ashburn; free
Catch the Super Bowl at Fish Market Sunday, Feb. 2, 6 p.m. You won’t be able to miss a second of the action at Fish Market, where all 15 televisions will be tuned into the biggest football game of the year. The Anchor Bar will be serving up $4 domestic drafts and $5 imports, as well as local raw oyster shooters for $1.50 each, clams for $1 each and a classic cheesesteak for $12.99. Want to skip the a la carte menu? Go with the Lineman’s Feast, featuring two pounds of wings with barbecue, Buffalo or Eastern Shore sauces. // Fish Market: 105 King St., Alexandria; free
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The game of pinball has been around for nearly a century, enjoyed by youngsters and adults alike in both arcades, homes and even breweries, at least here in Northern Virginia, thanks to Ashburn’s Lost Rhino Brewing Company.
Within the brewery’s tasting room, you’ll find nine themed pinball machines, ranging in design from Jurassic Park to The Addams Family and so much more. While the pinball machines are there to entertain all guests, they also recently started serving a larger purpose: The machines are the center of competition for local competitive pinball league Silverball Sanctum.
Each week, you’ll find a team of pinball lovers practicing and competing in the tasting room, typically with a beer in hand. The league, Silverball Sanctum, is part of the Free State Pinball Association (FSPA), which is a 25-year-old organization consisting of seven leagues throughout the DMV.
Each season consists of 10 weeks of play and this year’s spring session is about to begin, starting Wednesday, Jan. 22. When the season nears its close, players will have a chance to head to the state championship. Whoever is No. 1 and No. 2 in Virginia will make their way to compete at the national event, which will be hosted in Denver, Colorado this year.
Interesting in competing? Find out more information about signing up here.
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What’s on your wish list this year?
“Beloved books deserve the best accessories, right? Jazz up that bookshelf with these chic, wise owls!”
What’s your favorite NoVA holiday tradition?
“Every holiday season I love to go out for a totally decadent afternoon tea with my mom and sister. It’s our gift to each other (and ourselves!). There’s no more perfect place than the Ritz-Carlton at Tysons Corner: The delicate sandwiches and precious confections are almost too pretty to eat, the setting is gorgeous, oh, and the tea is good too (try the caramel blend!). We spend hours chatting, laughing, catching up, and that’s, of course, the best treat of all. Well … that and the fact that they also serve Champagne!”
For the team’s first home opener, Old Glory will host the Seattle Seawolves on Sunday, Feb. 16. Old Glory will have eight home games this season, all of which are scheduled on weekends (seven on Sundays and one on a Saturday). The team will host home games on Feb. 16; March 8, 15 and 29; April 11 and 26; and May 3 and 24 at Cardinal Stadium at The Catholic University of America.
The regular league season will feature 96 matches and will be held from February through May. It is the MLR’s third season, which features an Eastern and Western conference-style structure. Each team in the league plays 10 in-conference games, and six cross-conference games. The MLR season concludes with a five-match championship series with a championship game of East versus West.
For more information, or to buy tickets, visit oldglorydc.com. // The Catholic University of America: 600 Taylor St. NE, Washington, DC; ticket prices to be announced
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CIA Director Mike Pompeo, picked to be the next secretary of state, listens during his introductions before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee during a confirmation hearing on his nomination to be Secretary of State, Thursday, April 12, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington. Pompeo’s remarks will be the first chance for lawmakers and the public to hear directly from the former Kansas congressman about his approach to diplomacy and the role of the State Department, should he be confirmed to lead it. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) Chairman Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., Ranking Member Sen. Bob Menendez, D-N.J., Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., The Senate Foreign Relations Committee holds Pompeo’s confirmation hearing Thursday.
Late last night, we got word that the State Department Inspector General has called an “urgent” briefing with Congress to share something related to the Ukraine matter. What that something is become a little clearer this morning if we are to believe the anonymous sources.
* U.S. State Department Inspector General plans to brief congressional committees on recent instances of potential political retaliation by agency leadership against career officials over Ukraine — two sources familiar with matter
What exactly is the game here? There’s a lot of different directions to speculate in.
Mike Pompeo, just this week, sent out a letter to Congress warning them that he and his department would not be intimated into cooperation. My colleague streiff wrote about that, which you can read at this link. That letter came after Adam Schiff tried to play tough guy and asserted that any refusal to give him what he wants (even if the law doesn’t require it) would be treated as “obstruction of justice.” Funny enough, Schiff has no power to prosecute anyone on the basis of such fantasies.
While my original thought was that it probably had something to do with Pompeo’s letter, Mollie Hemingway is getting word this is actually old news.
Senior admin official says issue being briefed by State Department IG is actually four months old. Some confusion about why matter is being suddenly transformed into an "urgent" issue.
If this is true, it’s evidence of more subversive nonsense being propagated. What makes this “urgent” now if it is four months old? What changed? Nothing as far as I can tell except the Democrats asking for more fodder. Suddenly, they seem to be getting it even though the issue appears to be outdated.
And if you are wondering about the politics of this IG, you probably won’t be surprised to learn he was put in place by Barack Obama. The State Department itself is full of careerists that would much rather be serving under Hillary Clinton right now.
There’s going to be a lot more to come on this later today, as Schiff will undoubtedly leak whatever he tells them almost immediately. At the moment though, it appears another Democrat bureaucrat is trying to rush things out there to feed the narrative against the President. If this issue is truly four months old, there’s absolutely no excuse to present it as urgent now. We’ll see where this all goes.
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Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, joined at left by, Rep. Val Demings, D-Fla., Rep. Bradley Schneider, D-Ill., and Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., prepare to walk out of the hearing room briefly after waiting Republican members of the committee to arrive more than an hour after the scheduled start time for a markup session, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, June 26, 2018. The panel was meeting on their months-long standoff with the Justice Department on the request by the Republican-controlled committee for documents related to the origins of the FBI’s Russia investigation and the handling of its probe into Democrat Hillary Clinton’s emails. Democrats charge the subpoena undermines special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s Russia ties and whether there was obstruction of justice. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
The beat goes on for Democrats in the House who hold the delusion that impeachment of President Trump is possible, or even proper.
Jerry Nadler, famous for wearing his pants up to his chin and making a clown of himself and his committee, pushed through a formal opening of an “impeachment investigation.”
The House Judiciary Committee approved Thursday a resolution that outlines the rules and scope for its impeachment inquiry into President Trump. The 24-17 vote was along party lines.
Why it matters: It’s the committee’s first vote on an action related to its ongoing impeachment probe and grants House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) wide-ranging powers moving forward.
What this actually is, as I’ve shared before, is Nadler wanting to have his cake and eat it to. And the dude loves cake.
As I shared back in July (see Jerry Nadler and Company With Stealth Impeachment In Bizarre Gambit), what Nadler wants to do is hold the power that comes with formal articles of impeachment while not actually succeeding into getting those passed. He wants the special privileges when it comes to discovery and subpoenas without having to take the political risk that should accompany that.
To do that, he’s changed the rules, deeming his new game an “impeachment inquiry.”
JUST IN: The House Judiciary Committee has approved a resolution that outlines its impeachment inquiry into President Trump. https://t.co/lbDvSP5Mpw
Details: The resolution allows Nadler the ability to brand hearings as impeachment hearings and designate hearings related to the probe to either the full committee or a subcommittee. It also gives committee staff an additional hour to question witnesses and deems all information gathered in the probe private until Nadler says otherwise.
It stipulates that Trump’s legal counsel is able to review and respond in writing to impeachment-related evidence only on Nadler’s invitation.
The scope of the inquiry includes Trump’s potential violations of the emoluments clause, hush money payments used to cover up alleged affairs and his alleged attempts to obstruct justice in former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Nadler doesn’t even want to let Trump’s legal team respond to or see the any evidence without his invitation, which he’ll no doubt withhold when it’s politically expedient.
The “violations” are nonsense. Multiple courts have already ruled that Trump is not in violation of the emoluments clause. Past courts have also ruled that it is not a violation as long as a fair market value is being paid for the product (in this case, hotel rooms).
The hush money stuff never made any sense. It did not occur while Trump was President, therefore the House has no oversight role there. The payments, while not good, clearly didn’t constitute an isolated campaign expenditure either because 1) they didn’t use campaign funds and 2) Trump has been paying off people for decades. A former FEC commissioner has pointed this out and Democrats just can’t seem to get it. If you want a full explainer, see this link.
The obstruction of justice stuff is also going absolutely nowhere for reasons which have been articulated many times. Namely that even Mueller couldn’t make the case to actually recommend charges and that it is not obstruction of justice to get mad on Twitter (which formed a large basis of Mueller’s obstruction insinuations). No one can cite a single precedent to show that. It is also not obstruction to fire a subordinate you have constitutional authority to fire. Comey, McCabe, and Mueller all said the President took zero actions to hamper their investigation.
The idea that any of those three areas is going lead impeachment of Donald Trump is pure fantasy. The idea that the public will tolerate it is even less likely.
This is a complete waste of time, which has become the norm for the Democratic House.