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Richard Barnhill



Managing Editor at Morning Consult

“Friday is here! Unless you’re a senator, in which case it’s still Wednesday. You’re probably not a senator though, so let’s take a look back at the week that was and turn up for the weekend ahead.”

Weather: WARNING: DC is about to heat up!…sort of. Jack Frost tried to pull a fast one on us these last few days, but that isn’t stopping Mother Nature from raising temps into the mid 60’s this weekend. We may see some Sunday showers but let’s be real, that won’t put a damper on the mimosas we’ll be pouring at brunch.

Awesome events you can attend this weekend: We hope you snagged tickets for tonight’s SOME Jr. GalaThe 7th Annual Hope for Hearts Casino Night is tomorrow! Proceeds from the event will help Hope Marietta Foundation continue to support DC area children with congenital heart defects and their families; You can literally turn a pop-up into anything, including this unreal roller rink that has great Valentine’s date potential; Support the Children’s Tumor Foundation by slipping into your cutest undies for the annual Cupid’s Undie Run!; Head over to DC Brau for the unveiling of their new brew; Feel like taking a dip this this weekend? Give to charity and get over to Nats Park for DC’s official Polar Plunge; Catch the Grammy’s with friends at City Tap Penn Quarter’s official watch party, featuring all Goose Island draft beers; Catch a flick at The Miracle Theatre on Barracks Row; Bust a move at the Sadie Hawkin’s silent disco, hosted by the Embassy Row Hotel; Don’t miss the Best Buddies Bake Sale – Sunday at Tyson’s Corner Center.

From Cameron: The Wizards are looking to get back to their winning ways at home tonight against the Pacers; BoomBox rocks the 9:30 Club tonight; Grab your pocket protectors! Tomorrow is a Valentine’s Day-themed Nerd Nite at DC9.


Harper Macaw Chocolate Factory has more to offer than just the obvious ways to treat yo’self this Valentine’s Day. Stay tuned for our Famous Five with Co-founder Sarah Hartman!


The C-SPAN bus is hitting the road with a brand new look!; ATTN PHISH FANS: “Bathtub Gin” isn’t just a crunchy jam, though it’s certainly that too; The Nats are coming back a bit early on April 1st at the Naval Academy against the Boston Red Sox; Mary Jane may be coming to a smartphone near you; Equinox is now serving vegans with major sweet tooths; DC is not accepting this “six more weeks of winter” prediction; Your neighborhood’s speed limit may be getting a sharp reduction; Mardi Gras came to DC last night and the Louisiana Delegation couldn’t have been happier; 

From Cameron: We bet Overheard in Glover Park has something to say about this breaking story from their neighborhood Whole Foods.


Have you heard Nelly’s new track “Hot in Herre” ft. El Niño?; ?; Don’t forget to stock up on Eggos because “Stranger Things” is coming back for round two; Science is about to blow your mind…again; This local reporter is NOT Lester Holt and the kid who noticed is not having it; Lady Gaga World Tour…enough said; The court has spoken. Whatever’s next will be interesting; SNL is on a hot streak and they aren’t letting up; The Northeast really felt the wrath of Winter Storm NikoCosmo nailed it at #6This deserves a Grammy. 

From Cameron: And you thought American politics were toxic


The French Quarter met 14th Street this week at Tilt Sidebar

We promise you won’t be baring your bottom for nothing

Justin Bieber doesn’t have a fraction of the swag we’ve got. See for yourself!

Because this picture is too good not to share again…and again.

We were in a little magazine this week that we doubt anyone’s ever heard of

It worked for Jim and Pam, right?

We had a blast at last year’s National Press Foundation Awards Dinner so we decided to do it again

Can you tell the top from the bottom in this picture?


Deck your walls and snag some swag at the FamousDC Store! Best part aside from the fact that it’s literally amazing? You don’t even have to put pants on to shop.



Famous birthday wishes to Amos Snead, Alexander Schroder, Mindy Finn, Micah McDonald, Gavin Clark, Susan Crabtree, Kyle Trygstad, Brian Kaveney, Charlotte Sellmyer, Troy Lyons, Rob Thompson, John Haley, Ed Yeilding, Wael Davis, Alex Conant, Sarah Hudson, John Bourbonia Cummins, Dan Cooney and Jenna McAdam.


Andie D’Agostino is shoveling her way out of Boston; We hope Cameron Smith and Lisa King have a killer Friday; Have a great cross country skiing trip, Mark and Katherine Gress!; James Wolfe is really feeling that chicken sandwich; How much cake did the Snead Family eat this week?; Sam Gordon got the full New Orleans experience; Andrew Mills, Brian Marshall Johnson and Kelley Hudak celebrated DC Mardi Gras right last night; If you love the swamp, you need this t-shirt; Shout out to Lindsey Drew for being one of our first FDC merchandise customers!; Michael Brody and Steve Lin have a hilarious new Instagram account; Will Josie Peterson be at Ivy and Coney this weekend?; Nicole Tieman isn’t running right; Jake Lewis knows how to rock some beads; Matt Hall is a gentleman and a scholar; #Slackout is a real thing. Just ask Josh Shultz; We’re shutting down your email, Natasha Flint; Nate Politi had to resort to Google Chat yesterday…#oldschool; Alex Barton is a very philosophical dude; Where has Hamilton Porter Ellis been?; Is Michael Kennedy on yet another crazy adventure?; We hope Robert Cogan is having a great 2017!; Ashley Wolos’ new Navy Yard digs look epic; Rick Yackle makes a killer ice cream cake; Megan Soule, your Ted’s oreo milkshake is awaiting you; We see someone who needs to eat their cake a little faster, Brenna Williams; From newsletter to New York Times, Kurt Bardella is making serious moves; That’s Troy #Lyons to you; Uhh can we get some of that pizza, Dave Maggio?; Sean Conner is reading this while sitting in an Uber; Do Sara Decker a favor and post a kitten picture on Spencer Pederson’s Facebook wall today; Lauren Hagen knows how to round up a solid crew; Big Luther is heading to the United States Senate; Manu Raju got the Tom Williams birthday treatment; We hope Mindy Finn had one heck of a birthday; Justin Tanner is now a Washington Post contributor; Jaime Harrison is a natural on “Morning Joe”; Michelle Fields and Kathryn Lyons are dominating Mardi Gras; Nika Nour = Batman; Ben Voelkel is the king of king cake (he has the plush crown hat to prove it); It’s time for brunch and mimosas, Victoria Bosselman; We miss Ashley Summers!; Tazewell Jones loves him some bluegrass bands; Doug Heye and John Scofield are crushing Soul Cycle this weekend; Does Carrie Sheffield still read this far down?; Bryant Hagen and Mike Dunkle are just two bros that have finally been reunited; We missed Sarah Gunion at brunch!; Is John Haeling ready for $1 beer night yet?; We nominate Jeremy Art for a Grammy Award; Howard Mortman continues to be a rock star; We hope John Haley had an epic birthday week; Is Dan Punaro reading this to notice two weeks in a row of Round Up shout outs?!; Cameron Easley could moonlight as a Dupont Underground docent; Macey Sevcik and the entire MPAA comms team deserve a high five for being awesome; Don’t worry, Alyson Chwatek. Those boxes will be gone one day; Big ups to Tilt Sidebar for showing us a great time this week! We can’t wait for Mardi Gras; And speaking of Mardi Gras with Tilt, have you heard about their Funk Brunch coming up?; Amos Snead loves a good Tweet storm; Pro Tip: Cook at home for Valentine’s Day and let DCanter’s concierge service handle the rest; Has Christian Dibblee made it to Franklin Pierce yet?; Caleb Randall-Bodman really enjoyed those nachos at Hawk & Dove; Jenny Kay is about to kill it in Hawaii.


Congratulations to the latest hires announced today by John Rogers at the NRCC, which include Jesse Hunt, Chris Pack, Maddie Anderson, Kerry Rom, Jack Pandol, Bradley Leonard, Abby Camp, Chasen Bullock, Anthony Pileggi, Mike Thom, Chris Broyles, Tyler Foote and Meredith Allen (h/t Roll Call); Cooper Reves makes a move from America Rising to serve as digital director to U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ); Ben Geman, former National Journal reporter, joins the Axios team to cover the energy beat; Veteran reporter Erin McPike joins Independent Journal Review as White House Correspondent. McPike most recently served as Communications Director for 1776; Louise Radnofsky and Rebecca Ballhaus both join the White House beat at The Wall Street Journal. Radnofsky previously covered health care policy and Ballhaus was focused on campaign finance and lobbying during the 2016 campaign; Luke Bolar joins Edelman’s energy team as a senior vice president. He previously served as chief of staff to former Sen. David Vitter (R-LA); Jen Psaki, former Obama White House communications director, joins CNN as a contributor; Ali Gharib joins Mic as chief politics editor. Gharib makes the move from his current role at Fusion; Lauren Zelt joins FP1 Strategies as senior vice president for communications. Before this, Zelt was deputy communications director to former Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH); Speaker Ryan’s office welcomes Jennifer Hemingway to serve as director of House operations. She most recently was staff director for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee; Jeff Dressler also joins the Speaker’s office to serve as National Security Advisor; Additionally, Andy Speth has been announced as the Speaker’s new deputy chief of staff. Before this, he was the chief of staff for the first district of Wisconsin’s congressional office and most recently, a Senior Advisor in the Office of the Speaker; Brendan Buck, most recently Chief Communications Advisor to the Speaker, has been named Counselor to the Speaker. Congrats!; Vox Media has named Trei Brundrett as its first-ever COO. He was most recently Vox’s chief product officer; Joe Alicata, former VP of revenue product and operations, will step in to fill Brundrett’s previous role; Lauren Rabaino has also been named executive director of operations, from her former role as director of editorial products; Scott Bixby rejoins The Daily Beast as a weekend editor; Carl Bialik is the newest addition to the Yelp team, where he will serve as data science editor. He makes the move from his previous role at FiveThirtyEight; Emily Jashinsky joins The Washington Examiner as a commentary writer. She has frequently appeared on Fox News Channel and Fox Business, and previously served as a spokesperson for Young America’s Foundation; Jerry Markon is making a move from his current post as homeland security reporter at the Washington Post to serve as a senior policy advisor to Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI); Michael Luo joins The New Yorker‘s website as editor. Before this, Luo served as The New Yorker‘s investigative editor; Cameron LLP welcomes Brian Wommack as a partner and head of its new strategic communications practice. He makes the move from his previous role at Powell Tate; Caitlin Sweany joins the Health Care Transformation Task Force as director of transformation facilitation and support; Anastasia Dellaccio joins the WeWork White House location as a director for public affairs. Dellaccio is the co-founder of Foreign Policy Professionals for Hillary; Hill veteran Dean Thompson is making a move from his current role as director at the Glen Echo Group back to the Hill to serve as deputy chief of staff and legislative director to Rep. Diane Black (R-TN); And lastly, congrats to Thrillist’s newly announced editorial director, Andrew Zimmer, as he returns to the website from his recent post as deputy editor at Time Out New York. 


Gaga out.