After John McNamara was killed in the Capital Gazette shooting, his wife Andrea Chamblee took it upon herself to publish his last book — a love letter to D.C. hoops: "The Capital of Basketball."
Every four to eight years the District of Columbia and the surrounding region undergo a shift. Energized staffers, fresh off a campaign win for president or Congress, flow into the area as the defeated move on and, often, out. In 2008 the cyclical churn spurred by the Obama administration’s campaign of hope and change coincided with a major boom for D.C. It also inspired Jennifer Close’s latest novel “The Hopefuls,” which examines the lives of two couples who come to D.C. to be part of the Obama administration. We talk with Close and White House correspondent Kate Bennett about how politicians and their staff shape the region around us.
- Jennifer Close Author, "The Hopefuls"
- Kate Glassman Bennett White House Correspondent, Independent Journal Review
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