Sep 22, 2017

Renovated "America's Presidents" exhibit reopens after 11 years

George Washington Lansdowne Portrait / Oil on canvas, 1796 Photo: National Portrait Gallery

The "America's Presidents" exhibit at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery — one of my first recommendations to out-of-town guests (and #1 if they've been here before) — reopens today."America's Presidents" showcases "multiple images of the past 44 U.S. presidents, starting with Washington and continuing to Barack Obama. Six presidents are given expanded attention because of their significant impact on the office: George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan.""The White House may be chaos, but our old presidents are looking dignified," by Philip Kennicott, Washington Post Art and Architecture Critic (a title like that deserves caps), on the Style front:

"Closed since early this year, the rooms devoted to portraits of this country's chief executives (and sometimes their wives and family members) have been reinstalled for the first time since 2006, with new carpeting, lighting, window treatments and touch-panel information screens. Some of the works on view are different, and all of the wall texts have been rewritten.""Given the way so many museums are going today — toward entertainment and trivial educational agendas — one couldn't help but wonder what the Portrait Gallery would do with one of its most beloved ... exhibitions. The good news: The curators went for substance."

If you're going: Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F streets NW; 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily; admission is free.

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Trump indulges Wall Street with Milken pardon

Photo Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios. Photo: Chris Graythen/Getty Images

Donald Trump loves Wall Street shenanigans. Companies owned by him have declared bankruptcy six different times, and he was once sued alongside Mike Milken for participating in a scheme to artificially inflate junk-bond prices.

Driving the news: Trump pardoned Milken this week, with an official statement positively gushing over Milken's role in developing the wilder side of fixed-income capital markets.

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Catch up on today's biggest news:

  1. Roger Stone sentenced to 40 months in prison
  2. Top NSC official reassigned to Energy Department amid "Anonymous" fallout
  3. Morgan Stanley to buy E*Trade in $13 billion deal
  4. Coronavirus slams companies' 2020 sales projections
  5. Black activist group gives its first presidential endorsement to Elizabeth Warren

Coronavirus kills 2 Diamond Princess passengers and South Korea sees first death

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. U.S. numbers include Americans extracted from Princess Cruise ship.

Two elderly Diamond Princess passengers have been killed by the novel coronavirus — the first deaths confirmed among the more than 600 infected aboard the cruise ship. South Korea also announced its first death Thursday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed more than 2,100 people and infected over 75,000 others, mostly in mainland China, where the National Health Commission announced 114 new deaths since Wednesday.

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