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Managing Editor at FamousDC

Weather: You’ve probably already gotten wet once today – and you’ll probably get wet again. The rain is sticking around for the better part of today into tomorrow. Highs are in the low 60s and lows are in the upper 40s which makes for one of our least favorite kinds of days – ugh. Tomorrow will be sunny with highs in the mid 70s… April Fool’s! It’s actually going to be pretty cloudy, but dry with a high of 60. Sunday should most definitely be spent off your couch. With sunny skies and highs in the low 60s, it’s looking like a great day for a ten-mile run.

Awesome events: Another weekend, another Metrorail delay; Luckily you don’t need the Metro to go out of this world at The Greatest Show on Earth – tonight through April 2; Once you’re back on Earth, put a little spring in your step at the Credit Union Cherry Blossom Ten Miler and 5k!; Or fly your way through the Blossom Kite Festival on the National Mall; Do you think you can keep up with new media? See for yourself – in virtual reality – at the DC Web & Digital Media Festival tomorrow at the U.S. Navy Memorial; Got goals? DC United does – against Philadelphia Union tomorrow night at RFK Stadium; Celebrate April Fool’s Day with caution on a city-wide scavenger hunt on Saturday. You’ve been warned; Get fancy at the first-ever Willard Rosé Romp tomorrow at the Willard Intercontinental!; After you’re done experiencing France, check out Portugal (The Man) tomorrow night at the 9:30 Club; If you’re WILD about spring, check out Marian Osher’s exhibit at the French Market in Georgetown beginning on Saturday; Relive your awkward first dates and really bad second dates at a Singleling live show tomorrow night at the Black Cat; And don’t forget to call in sick on Monday – it’s Opening Day!


It’s time to start thinking about that #SummerBod. And we really mean just thinking about it. Please pass the Cheetos.


Spring has sprung despite Storm Stella; College to Congress, a local bipartisan nonprofit founded by Audrey Henson, received a WeWork Incubate Award and $36,000 grant Tuesday. College to Congress is a need-based scholarship program that seeks to recruit diverse students from all socioeconomic backgrounds to work on Capitol Hill; This is what DC’s most expensive homes look like; We love sandwiches. No if’s, and’s or buns about it; Ben’s Chili Bowl wants you to vote on their next mural; Jose Andres is gonna let you to taste-test his food; Try these DC pop-ups before they pop back down; The chef at the Museum of African American History is dishing up history.


The best part of waking up is a cup of coffee that goes over your daily caffeine limit; Ivanka Trump is going back to school with her daughter; At least we have more Instagram followers than James Comey; This fresh Instagram will give you all the feels; Norah O’Donnell opens up after being diagnosed with skin cancer; You do have a type, but it’s not what you think; Where all my hand salads at?; Free up space on your iPhone for more stuff to take up space on your iPhone; Civic activism and Paul Walker’s legacy are alive and well “in the midst of gnarly times” in San Clemente, California.


Rainy Fridays got us like…

Hanger is real and the only cure is more cow meat

This is some weird shirt

Bryce’s hair and Ben’s Chili Bowl are just two reasons we have Natitude

Here’s a timelapse of what it looks like to bring out the best

We’re calling out sick on Monday

ICYMI: Did you make last week’s Round Up?


Opening Day is upon us and the Nats will soon be gone fishin’ for some Marlin. We can’t help but love everything about baseball season especially watching “Big head” Ted beat out the OG George W and the fact that Dan Snyder doesn’t own them.



Famous birthday wishes to Peter Cherukuri, David L. Mercer, Michael Ramlet, Navin Sarma, sara Decker, Ben White, Matt Haller, Colin Shah, Joelle Cannon, Jessica Pointer, Diane Smiroldo Kaylor, Chase Cates, Max Urquhart, Jeffrey Yates, Jonathan Beam, Juan Duboy, Katie Munroe, Byron Strickland, MacGreagor Stevenson, Bradleigh Chance, Riley Titus, Joe Cooke, Llanco Talamantes, Samantha Cooper, Lori Robinson and Caitlin Taylor!


Who else spotted Hillary Alvare on the Soggy Dollar live feed?; One hotdog isn’t enough for Christian Dibblee; Jay Newton-Small and Memory Well are straight blowing up; Steve Johnston is going to his first SEC football game next year #RollTide; The Wizards won the division! Seriously. This is a fact. They ended a 38 year drought. That is almost as old as DJ Jamiel; Give Elaina Plott a high-five for her Washingtonian profile of Mary Katharine Ham; Will Sara Fischer ever guest edit the FamousDC Friday Round Up?; Matt Lira still reads this email. Every week; Hey, was that Cori Sue Morris on our TV?; Clinton Yates stopped emailing us back; We’re starting a Sarah Hudson fan club; Dan Roth runs a tight ship and we appreciate him for it!; Thanks for lending us your coffee expertise at Philz, Lucy Caldwell!; Give Johnny Craig a high five when you see him; Denise Dunckel brings her advance experience with her everywhere she goes; Will Mike Dunkle get any good airplane snacks today?; There ain’t enough space in this here Round Up to express our appreciation for Cody Simmons. We can’t wait to see your beard in 6 months; We hope Katie Munroe had the best birthday ever – she deserves it; Welcome to the Round Up, Emorie Broemel!; Are Kristen Bartoloni and Cody Keenan still on their electronics hiatus?; We strongly suggest you check out ‘Chups; Will Marty still has a lot of birthday candy to get through; John Scofield wasn’t wearing his finger cast on Thursday; Ask Cara Becker about blended coffee; Zac Smith’s happy hour outfit of choice is a ball cap; Noelle Clemente likes moonlit walks on the beach – and brightly patterned seat cushions, flowers and blankets in Eastern Market; We’re getting the red carpet dry cleaned for Josh Snead’s arrival; Finish the rest of those tomatoes today, Lisa Kramer; We miss Natasha Flint; Welcome to the famous family, Ryan Hill!; Jonah Van Why is a big fan of hand salads; The Morgan Gress & Brian Johnson wedding countdown has hit the six-month mark; Sarah Gunion, you out there?; Thanks for the visit Celeste Flemming; According to Nate Imperial, it’s impossible to fall off the floor; Erin Bergmeister still rocks the paper brackets; Brad Bosserman is living the Cali dream; Paige Decker’s happy hour was so hot the fire department had to come; Nick Johnston endorses Firehook’s blueberry muffins; How many Red Sox games is Will Allison going to watch this season?; Raise your hand if your name is Don Ripper; Does Charlotte Huffaker still read this?; Good luck to everyone running the Cherry Blossom 10-miler (and to everyone trying to drive this weekend)!

PSA: If you wear a FamousDC t-shirt to Nationals Opening Day on Monday, we will buy you two beers at the Bullpen. Get your t-shirt –> here.


Congratulations to Lauren Hagen on her new position as personal aide to Mrs. Pence. Hagen makes the move from Hess Corporation; Also from Hess Corporation, Troy Lyons, current Manager of government relations, is joining the EPA as associate administrator for congressional and intergovernmental affairs; Vox News adds Alexia Fernandez-Campbell, previously with National Journal and The Atlantic, to its team to cover economics. Vox also welcomes Dylan Scott, previously with Stat News, to cover health care; Rosie Gray has been named White House correspondent at The Atlantic; The Atlantic is opening a London bureau, notably its first overseas location. The bureau will be headed by veteran national correspondent James FallowsGeoff Bennett, previously with NY1, joins NPR as a congressional reporter; The Republican Policy Committee adds Brett Doyle, previously a legislative assistant in the office of Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA), to cover energy policy; The Daily Show welcomes Matt Negrin to its team. Negrin previously worked for both POLITICO and Bloomberg; Alex Schriver joins Targeted Victory as a senior vice president. Schriver most recently served as chief of staff to Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL); The Office of House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) adds Andrew Shult to lead its digital efforts; The New York Times has expanded a new role for Nick Confessore, who will now work for the Magazine as well as the Investigations team. Confessore recently was part of the 2016 politics team; Cornerstone Government Affairs adds Matt Paul and Jimmy Centers as senior vice president for public affairs and VP of strategic communications, respectively; Erin Wilson, most recently deputy state director for Pennsylvania for the Clinton Campaign, joins the office of Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA) as state director; Hayley D’Antuono, previously scheduler for Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) has just started as scheduler for First Lady Melania Trump; NGVAmerica adds Allison Cunningham, previously manager of federal affairs at Spectra Energy Corp, to its team as director of federal government affairs; The Washington Center for Equitable Growth adds Greg Leiserson to its team to serve as director of tax policy and senior economist. Leiserson most recently was a senior economist at the Council of Economic Advisors; Saat Alety, previously communications director and legislative assistant in the office of Rep. Ed Royce (R-CA), will serve as banking legislative assistant to Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC); Mike Dabbs, former director of the FCC’s legislative affairs office, is the new senior director of government affairs for the Americas at eBay; John Ullyot has been named assistant secretary of Veterans Affairs for public and intergovernmental affairs. He recently worked for both the GOP convention and the Trump campaign; Travis Mason, previous chief of staff for Google’s drone program, joins A3 as vice president of public policy and government relations; Stephenie FosterSusan Markham and Shari Bryan have started a new firm called Smash Strategies; Vikrum Aiyer joins the Postmates team to help with communications. Aiyer previously was chief of staff for U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Director Michelle Lee and a part of the Obama White House; And finally, tell Kate Bedingfield congrats on her new job as vice president of communications at Monumental Sports & Entertainment. Bedingfield previously served as deputy assistant to President Barack Obama and communications director for Vice President Joe Biden. #DoBigThings


Happy trails, Cody Simmons!