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Managing Editor for FamousDC

Weather: We’re assuming you called out sick today because the weather is phenomdotcom. Your afternoon will be filled with sunshine, 80 degree weather and lots of reasons to hit up a rooftop happy hour – if you’re not there already. If DC’s pool patrols can open them up for just one day before MDW, Saturday should totes be it. With partly cloudy skies and temps reaching the 90s (!!!), we could really use a nice backdrop to pair with our frozen margs and red, white and blue firecracker popsicles because #America. We’re back to pre-summer weather business on Sunday with temps staying in the low 80s and kinda sunny skies so you won’t have to squint too much through that hangover.

Awesome events: Whether you love or hate WHCD, we know you’re still wondering what’s going down this weekend; The 14th annual Georgetown French Market takes place today and tomorrow! Enjoy a Parisian style open air market minus the airline headaches; If you’re not into the whole “Hollywood in DC” thing, maybe you’d prefer “NY in DC” – in which case, the Mets play the Nationals tonight!; How about a little LeAnn Rimes for your Friday night? The Grammy Award winning artist teams up with the National Symphony Orchestra Pops tonight at the Kennedy Center; The Taste of 8th hits Barracks Row tomorrow afternoon. The cuisine-sampling event will stretch across five blocks and will also stretch out your stomachs; Get pucked up tomorrow night at the Verizon Center as our Capitals take on the Pittsburgh Penguins; Another weekend, another march on something. Join the climate movement in DC and across the country tomorrow; It’s the last weekend to catch FilmFestDC! Wrap up your weekend by watching Lost in Paris on Sunday – perhaps after your day at the Georgetown French Market?


Underage drinking is no joke. From health hazards to run-ins with the law, drinking before turning 21 can dim a bright future. That’s why we’re glad to report that underage drinking has never been less cool, with national rates at historic lows.
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With all of the weird and crazy news out there, there has to be a place for it. We’re having a lot of fun visiting the set of Tucker Carlson Tonight to discuss just that on his new segment “Top That”.


Even Metro workers are sick of the Metro; Techweek is coming to DC; Bye-bye Bearnaise…for now; The French Ambassador might have a future in cutting large ribbons; A few places you can enjoy your lunch with a side of Vitamin D; Looking at pictures of these condos is a lot cheaper than buying them; Just when you thought the Ritz-Carlton couldn’t get ritzy-er.


Beyonce drops a new hit and it’s not a song; The Declaration of Independence has a twin in England; Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion turned twenty this week; Not sure about Mark Halperin, but we’d pay extra for a seat beside this cute dog in a bowtie; Six years later, we haven’t forgotten about the Tuscaloosa tornado.


Congratulations to a team that’s S-3cond to none!

This girl’s got guns – all of which are totally legal

Rep. Will Hurd had our attention for a whole day one time

Get your swamp swag right here

The Beer Institute wants us to love our beer and #DrinkResponsibly

Sometimes we watch TV and sometimes we’re on it


We’re not sure what’s been going on the last 100 days, but we think it looks something like this.


Famous birthday wishes to Dave Barmore, Elle Czura, Lindsey Hudson, Cody Parrish, Tripp DeMoss, Wyn Bellhouse, Shana Teehan, Matt DeLuca, Lee Brenner, Kaitlin Torke, Connor Walsh, Downey Magallanes, Erica Elliott Richardson, Anna Koch Harris, Carrie Giddins Pergram, Gentry Collins, Anne Pizzato Brachman, Domenico Montanaro, Rhonda Mask Lynott, Mark Borelli, Jake Braunsdorf, John Werring, and Jim James!


Hats off to the S-3 Public Affairs team on a solid evening and even more so, a solid first year!; No surprise that Lauren Zelt is an exceptional communicator…she’s got an amazing story of her own to tell; Buy Dan Roth a beer when you see him; The FamousDC team kicked ass this week; What do Daniel Lippman and Ari Shapiro have in common? A taste for cutting edge indie acts; Rumors are swirling that FamousDC’s Kathryn Lyons will attend WHCD this weekend with a bonafide supermodel; If you weren’t at the S-3 party last night, we feel sorry for ya; Has D Channing Muller factored travel time into her packed weekend?; Tell Andrew Dill congratulations on his new gig with Lockheed Martin; CNN is partying it up like the good ol’ college days this weekend with some cool journalism students from the University of Maryland, Georgetown, GW, Howard and American; Freddy Barnes thinks Dave Letterman’s playoff beard is quite strong; Michelle Fields isn’t doing much next weekend; Ethan Dunkle doesn’t think there’s a difference between networking in DC and networking in Denver; We can’t wait to Toast to the First Amendment tonight with the National Restaurants Association, Beer Institute, Real Clear Politics and Distilled Spirits Council! The Beer Institute will have a bar featuring rare beers and the Distilled Spirits Council will have a bar showcasing rare liquors; It’s not too early to start planning for Cinco de Mayo with Mission in Dupont! Their annual Cinco de Mission fills our hearts and minds next Friday just in time for a bottomless boozy lunch break – si, por favor; NBWA rolls out the welcome wagon – or beer trucks on Sunday to kick off the 2017 NBWA Legislative Conference! Nearly 800 distributors are expected to be on Capitol Hill next week to talk about the effectiveness of America’s independent beer distribution system and the quality, local jobs that independent distributors provide; Does Kelley Hudak get free Chick-Fil-A now?; Jonathan Swan does not appear to age well; We’ve been to these nine concerts and one isn’t real. Just kidding, all our concerts are real; Speaking of concerts, when is Kurt Bardella going to take us with him to a Morning Hangover event?; Please give Paul Kane a hug; Congratulations Kate Shanahan! Brian Postle put a ring on it!; Elaina Plott’s instagram comments are the best; We’re ready to party with Tommy McFly and alllll his Best Buddies tonight!; Someone wrote all over the IJR yearbook with red marker and it’s awesome; We’re still waiting on the results from his Facebook poll, but we certainly hope that Prince is amongst the shows that David Almacy actually saw; Amos Snead is going to need one hell of a gift in return for Jon Grella’s generosity; Cheers to Dan Roth, Denise Dunckel, Jim McGreevy and everyone at the Beer Institute for a phenomenal partnership to promote #AlcoholAwarenessMonth!


Congratulations to Allyson Funk on her new job heading up communications at UCB. Funk previously served as senior director of public affairs at PhRMA; CNN adds veteran ABC News foreign correspondent Alexander Marquardt as a senior national correspondent to cover domestic and breaking news; The Beer Institute welcomes Travis Gibbons, most recently director of federal affairs for the Consumer Healthcare Products Association, to its team as senior director of health policy and regulatory affairs; Comcast has promoted Sena Fitzmaurice to senior vice president of government communications; Laura Lucas Magnuson joins Morgan Lewis as director of public relations and communications; Emily Threadgill joins the RNC as director of member services. Threadgill previously served as deputy director of member services for former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor and most recently as executive director of the RSSC; Nicole Austin, former vice president for federal government relations at PCI, joins the Reinsurance Association of America as senior vice president for federal affairs; Margaret Mannix joins AARP as vice president of news and content. Mannix previously served as executive director of U.S. News and World Report; Jeffrey McCracken joins CNBC as managing editor for digital from his current role as executive editor at Bloomberg; Aaron Fobes has a new job as associate director of public affairs and policy at Celgene Corp. Fobes previously served as press secretary for the Senate Finance Committee; Roberti Global adds veteran Republican lobbyist Drew Cole to its team; The Drudge report adds Daniel Halper, most recently The New York Post’s Washington bureau chief, to its operation; The Wall Street Journal’s Erica Orden is moving to DC to cover the White House; The New York Times Washington bureau adds Rebecca Ruiz to its team to cover national security and law enforcement. Ruiz most recently covered sports investigations for the outlet; The Association for Accessible Medicines adds Carrie Hartgen, previous vice president for state government and regional affairs at AdvaMed, as state director; Mercury adds former communications director for Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH) Dan Alfaro as a VP; The DPCC welcomes veteran reporter and communications professional Rochelle Ritchie as a press adviser; The Senate Special Committee on Aging adds Aisha Johnson, former press assistant for the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, as press secretary; The office of Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) welcomes Kyle Buckles, former communications director for Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) as communications director; The Washington Post Live team has announced Michael Falcone as its new executive producer. Falcone makes the move from his most recent role as senior Washington editor at ABC News; Sam Beaver makes a move from the Senate Finance Committee to serve as policy adviser in Majority Whip John Cornyn’s office; Robert Siegel is leaving NPR’s “All Things Considered” after 40 years with the outlet. NPR is conducting a national search for his replacement, which will not be easy; And finally, congratulations to Nicolle Wallace who is taking over MSNBC’s 4pm hour.


 Let’s put a Cap on our week.