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Lachlan Markay

White House Reporter for The Daily Beast

Weather: If you’re reading this, you haven’t blown away…yet. Or you have, but you somehow managed to hold onto your phone for dear life which is pretty standard these days. It’s staying chilly today so make sure you hold onto your coat in that other hand or you can be normal and just wear it. The sun will come out tomorrow! No, really. Enjoy the clear skies, light breeze and highs in the low 60s. Sunday will be mostly sunny and warm with highs in the low 70s. Cue the brunch reservations.

Awesome events: For those of you still mourning the loss of football season, maybe the Washington Valor can help tide you over until fall. It’s the arena football team in town and their first game is tonight at the Verizon Center – hey, it’s somethin’; The Union Market Drive-in Movie Series is back! Beginning tonight and happening on the first Friday of every month through the fall, your excuse to rock your favorite Varsity jacket can sorta be justified; This town really likes cherry blossoms – so much that we’re throwing them a parade tomorrow morning aka more road closures and traffic; The only thing you have to whine about this weekend is missing DC Wine Fest after we gave you a heads up that it’s happening; Don’t miss Chicago while it’s in DC! Our favorite Broadway musical is at the Kennedy Center to razzle dazzle you this weekend through April 16; Laugh with Lisa Lampanelli on Saturday night at the Lincoln Theater – you just might love it. How many more L words can we use?; Toast is toast! Say goodbye to one of DC’s most fun local acts at Bayou on Saturday night; Bring on the heat! The Wiz take on the Miami Heat on Saturday night at the Verizon Center; For those of you looking for a culinary sensation, look no further than Via Umbria’s Italian Dinner Party on Saturday featuring some spring favorites; Row, row, row your boat at the 3rd Annual Anacostia River Festival on Sunday.


Sorry cherry blossoms, but nothing kicks off spring like baseball and nothing excites Washingtonians quite like Bryce Harper in a jersey. Whether you like it or not, baseball is here and the bat-swinging has only begun.


Everything we love about Will Ferrell is coming to H Street; We love lists and we love lists that love food as much as we do; Speaking of lists, this list has 40 badass people who aren’t even 40 yet!; The best part of waking up is finding that lost sock; John Glenn has a home at Arlington National Cemetery; We’re not sure if this is Kellyanne Conway’s new house, but it’s a pretty sweet house; Well, Biggie was right.

From Lachlan: Ron Fournier doesn’t miss DC; Congrats to the Caps on a second straight year atop the NHL (take that, NYC) – now for the inevitable playoff collapse; Out: pop-ups; In: hop-backs; Red Hot Chili Peppers are at Verizon Center next week and my inner 10th grader is giddy; People are freaking out over Metro’s new Union Station paint job; Washingtonians respond in a very Washington way after being cruelly tricked into expecting a Joe Biden pop-up


Thursday Night Football is about to win more viewers; SoulCycle is trying out some inspiration off the bike; Your grandma drives better than you do; UNC Dental student Jimmy Zhong’s drone is the real MVP; People who don’t eat rabbit ears before the feet are weird; You might want to think twice before you sip that airplane coffee; Ads need to take a break from advertising; Here are the best MLB uniforms in the biz – ranked; Don’t bother flying into these airports; The White House turned blue for World Autism Awareness Day.

From Lachlan: Roast a friend this weekend in memory of Don Rickles. This scene still makes my sides ache. RIP; Jared Kushner is always prepared for a photoshoot; Oh to be Bob Costa’s phone for a day; New job goal: professional whistler; Political media folks show civil disagreement is still a thing (featuring: Matt Continetti, Anne-Marie Slaughter, Mollie Hemingway, John Podhortez, Tom Nichols, and Salman Rushdie) 


When you like camping, but you’re also kinda high maintenance

We went Beyond the Red Carpet with CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America and former Senator Chris Dodd

Capitol Hill police got new uniforms

We welcomed Nationals #OpeningDay with open arms and cold brewskis

This one time, Rep. Doug Collins interviewed FamousDC with our own mic

We tasted the South and we liked it. Check out how TOTS is changing the world, one southern dish at a time

This town sure is pretty


Whether you’re out enjoying the warm weather at a baseball game or watching it at home, The Beer Institute wants you to enjoy your brew wisely so you don’t strike out.


Famous birthday wishes to Mungi Ngomane, Rep. Chellie Pingree, Gillian White, Mark Battin, Kelsey Tetsworth, Brian Sain, Daniel Lippman, Rep. Reid Ribble, Kristen Hayner, Katie Miller, Rep. Peter King, Dave GlauserRep. Timothy WalzRep. Joe Courtney, Ben Morris, Senator Ron Johnson, Kelly Scher, Rachel Richards, Rep. Robert Brady, Llanco Talamantes, Samantha Cooper, Ashley Svarney, Greg Martin!


We see you being a boss, Rebecca Haller; Looking for some wine? DCanter was just named “Best Place to Buy Wine” in Washington City Paper!; We’re diggin’ the floral skirts too, Cori Sue Morris; Keep the cupcake – we just want the alpacas, Dave Weigel; Show Lauren Pratapas’ surname some respect, damn it; Jim Acosta has a talent for car window pics; Kate Gaertner crushes her first ever SOUL in true bride-to-be fashion; Mary Stewart Bell is long overdue for wine night; Tucker Carlson’s tie game is strong; When will Stephanie Genco get to the cobbler?; Only for Macey Sevcik will I go to Crystal City Friday afternoon for a run; Ask Catherine Pugh who she’s interrogating with her new office furniture; When is Caitlin Carroll going to throw a housewarming party?; Time to find a new HBO miniseries, Lauren Hagen; If you need a good dentist recommendation, contact Liz Bogie; Welcome to Twitter, Alex Schriver; Brian Sullivan is so exclusive he doesn’t do magic tricks; Jeff Snow is the biggest Famous DC fan; Haylie Choi said yes!; Give Rebecca Card a high five (and an Insta like); From Tenleytown to Capitol Hill, DC is going to miss Stef Petropoulos!; Ask Paul Kane on what day God created Instagram; We can’t wait to celebrate Gillian White’s birthday this weekend; Have you heard about DC Best Buddies Prom on April 28? Better holler at Tommy McFly to get involved with this amazing cause; We hope that Caitlin Owens and Mary Ellen McIntire are making time for sleep amidst their busy schedules; Congrats to Cam Easley, John Haley, Sam Smith, Doug Heye and every Tar Heel in DC on their national title!; Has Jon Grella heard about this “pop punk” band and their upcoming show at the DC9?; The Sarah Hudson Fan Club’s membership base is booming; Ivory Zorich runs a tight ship and we appreciate her for it!; We had a blast with MPAA at Beyond the Red Carpet this week – thanks for having us!; Huge thanks to Rep. Judy Chu for making time for FamousDC this week!; We really appreciate Rep. Doug Collins‘ sense of humor, we’re grateful for his time this week; We met former Senator and current MPAA Chairman and CEO Chris Dodd this week, and it was extremely awesome; Congrats to Chance for Life on an amazing event last Friday, and thank you for supporting a crucially important cause; We hope John Cleveland is making time for a Phishing trip this summer; Is Tyler Crowe reading this week’s Round Up? He crushed it at Beyond the Red Carpet; Told ya so, Sara Gurkin. We can’t wait for MCON!; Mark Bryant hits your computer screen; Thanks for the visit and the help Linda Shultz; Kate Bennett continues to crush it on teevee; Look out Augusta, Court Lanio is on the ground; With Sean Hayes leaving the hill, the odds of someone walking through a Rayburn meeting in a Chromatics’ Cat Sweatshirt have plummeted.

From Lachlan: Huge congrats to Sean and Alyssa Hackbarth on tying the knot (sorry I couldn’t make it!); Alyssa Farah is right: it’s been way too long since a good hacks and flacks happy hour.


Congratulations to Sean Hayes who, on Monday, will join the Department of Health and Human Services as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Oversight and Investigations after years of Capitol Hill oversight experience at the House Committee on Oversight and Investigations and the House Energy and Commerce Committee; CAP adds Morgan Finkelstein, previously with the Clinton campaign and DNC, to its team as the CAP Action Fund’s war room press secretary; Katie Drummond joins The Outline as its executive editor, a new position for the site. Drummond makes the move from her previous role as executive managing editor of Gizmodo Media Group; Mike Pasko joins the National Marine Manufacturers Association as director of federal government relations; Slate welcomes Charlie Kammerer, previously with Time Inc., as chief revenue officer; Greta Joynes, former deputy chief of staff and legislative director to Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL), is joining the government relations team at Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck; April Ryan, Lisa Monaco, Michael Hayden and John Kirby have all been named as contributors for CNN; Paul Cheung joins NBC News Digital as director of visual journalism; John Weber, former field finance director at the NRCC during the 2016 cycle, joins Revolvis Consulting as vice president; The Washington Post video team welcomes Michelle Jaconi as an executive producer. Jaconi makes the move from The Independent Journal Review; Sara Sorcher joins USA Today as its new White House editor. Sorcher most recently was deputy cybersecurity editor at The Christian Science Monitor; Vox adds Alexia Campbell and Dylan Scott as the newest members of its policy and politics team. Campbell was previously with The Atlantic and National Journal and Scott makes the move from Stat News; Raffi Williams joins the Department of Housing and Urban Development as press secretary; The Associated Press has announced Brian Carovillano as its new managing editor. AP has also named David Scott as deputy managing editor for operations; Monument Policy Group announced the expansion of its public affairs practice with a new west coast operation, which will be led by Tim Punke. Punke was previously a partner at the firm until 2013; Susan Lagana and Dan Doherty join Burson-Marsteller as managing directors in the U.S. public affairs and crisis practice. Lagana makes the move from her most recent role at DOT and Doherty from her role as president at TheWadeGroup, Inc.; Katie Zirkelbach has started her own firm, Zirkelbach Strategies LLC. Zirkelbach has extensive experience having served in both the state and federal affairs departments at AHIP and most recently at a firm focusing on a full range of healthcare clients; And finally, congrats to GQ writer Marian Bull on her new role as food and travel editor. Check out her “Travel & Eats” section on the website.


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