10 Things in Politics: The Instagram account behind DC’s best gossip

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Here’s what we’re talking about:

A very DC diversion is this anonymous Instagram account
Bill and Melinda Gates are ending their 27-year marriage
Rep. Liz Cheney is in hot water with some fellow Republicans, again

One thing to look out for today: Facebook’s so-called Supreme Court is expected to issue its decision on whether former President Donald Trump should remain barred from the platform.

1. ANOTHER SIDE OF DC: In the aftermath of January 6, when a mob of pro-Trump rioters stormed the Capitol and traumatized their city, a few Washingtonians took it upon themselves to try to help catch some of the insurrectionists. Their efforts to “catfish” rioters on dating apps before reporting them to the feds drew national headlines. Such exploits were also prominently displayed on an anonymously run Instagram account called Overheard District.

Insider caught up with the manager of DC’s version of the pandemic breakout hit DeuxMoi.

Here’s a peek at the conversation:

The account started in 2019, but the pandemic grew the community around the account: “So everyone was kinda looking for relatable lighthearted content, and it created an opening for the platform to provide content that was entertaining and engaging,” the manager, who asked to remain anonymous, told Insider.

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Washingtonians also submitted the best and worst dating profiles to the account: One overheard gem was: “I’m sorry but he’s the same age as AOC. There’s no excuse for him to not have his shit together.”

But more than comic relief, Overheard offered a place for the community to gather: The account highlighted Black-owned businesses in the city, shared anti-racism resources, and now has an impromptu feature for job seekers.

Find out what’s next for Overheard District from the rest of my colleague’s exclusive interview.

2. Rep. Liz Cheney is in hot water with some fellow Republicans, again: Allies of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy are vowing to oust Cheney, the No. 3 House Republican, from her leadership post before the month’s end, The Hill reports. Cheney and Trump got into it again Monday after Trump tried to co-opt the term “big lie” to defend his repeated lies about the 2020 election. Cheney said Trump was “poisoning our democratic system.”

She continued to draw the line behind closed doors: “We can’t whitewash what happened on January 6 or perpetuate Trump’s big lie. It is a threat to democracy,” Cheney told donors at a conference, CNN reports. “What he did on January 6 is a line that cannot be crossed.”

3. Biden formally reverses reversal on refugee cap. But he concedes his new goal may not be reached: President Joe Biden is formally pledging to accept as many as 62,500 refugees by September after taking office with Trump’s historically low cap of …read more

Source:: Business Insider

      

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