Friday Round Up
Managing Editor for FamousDC
Awesome events: Happy opening day of Jazz in the Garden! Bring your umbrella; Go to church tonight – Eric Church that is (but do go to church church on Sunday); Name something you want more than spring, wine and sunsets. Don’t answer that; Horse around tomorrow at the 2017 Preakness Race; It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s actually a dragon boat on the Potomac; The Jewish Film Festival is a good reason to eat more popcorn and Reese’s pieces than you should; Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company will make you LMAO on Sunday; JFK all the way.
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Avocado toast might be expensive, but it tastes better than rent; The DC Convention Center is a little too conventional; Come for the squash, stay for the beer; You’ve gotta be ducking kidding me; See ya, World of Beer – Hey, Crafthouse; This guy’s daily commute is half your workday; Bipartisan bro time with Senators Sasse and Schumer; That’s enough in politics. Here’s a puppy that needs a home.
DC won Miss USA for the second time; Here’s a list of the hottest stuff on TV; Cannes you believe it?; Faith restored; Roseanne is back and she has Trump to thank for it; Another day, another boyfriend for Taylor Swift; A-Rod is scribbling cryptic messages in his notebook again; “I am the captain now,” said…the King of the Netherlands?
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Famous birthday wishes to Sen. Michael Crapo, Taylor Bryant, Daniel Heider, Erin Bergmeister, Krista Brunson, Sen. Daniel Coats, Cara Becker, Cody Wolk, Whitney Nichols Andersen, Rep. George Miller, Olivia Petersen, Phil Aloni, Dave O’ Brien, Alana Wilson, Mike Long, Christine Delargy, Martin McGuinness, Rep. James Moran, Rep. Lois Franekl, Phillip Stutts, Garrett Golding, Tucker Carlson, Rep. John Carney, Rep. Nick Rahall, Cassie Smedile, Mike Viqueira, Brent DelMonte, Mandi Howard, Sen. Tom Udall and Rep. Chris Collins!
Elaina Plott always has the scoop; Can someone please get Emily Schillinger a coat for committee hearings?; Jack Smedile is kicking off rooftop season right; Does DC just shut down when everyone heads to Florida for Rachel Rauscher and Clayton Cox’s wedding this weekend?; Caleb Randall-Bodman reminded us this week about his love of nachos; Michael Kaplan knows exactly who walks the halls of Congress; Dear Cody Simmons — we’re sorry we haven’t texted you more often — but we do miss you dearly; Speaking of fun, here’s a shout out to our pals Sarah Gunion and Paige Gress; We’re hopeful that Daniel Lippmann will ask us to play tennis someday; We welcome the male romper craze (h/t Kristen Soltis Anderson); How many ***breaking news alerts*** are too many for a 24 hour period?; Stop us if you’ve heard this one before, “A Washington, DC sports team walks into game seven of the playoffs ….”; We can’t wait for the Schumer, Sasse & Cotton (#SSC) album to drop; Only in #ThisTown can you skip a party and end up “spotted” in Politico Influence at another event across town; Kaleb Froehlich hands out Alaska Airlines Gold memberships like Oprah hands out cars to her audience; The Famous Rachael Bade tweeted and then it ended up on “The Tonight Show.”; How many miles did Natasha Flint bike today?; Thanks for staying up past your bedtime for us this week, Lauren Hagen!; Where in the world is Brenna Williams? (No, really where are you); Ashley Westby got a hot new hairstyle; Congrats, Ashley Taylor Bronczek and Matt Bronczek – Barrett is absolutely adorable; Please bring us back a bottle of whiskey, Allie Barth; Antonia Ferrier is awesome; Morgan Ortagus met Steve Harvey; Katie Miller, we miss you; Jennifer Morris got stuck in a margarita; Don Seymour’s kid selfies are awesome; Sean Spicer, let us know when you’re back in town. We’d love to grab lunch; Enjoy Florida, Tazewell Jones. Kathryn Lyons is redecorating your desk while you’re gone; Amos Snead, rompers are not an appropriate form of clothing; Chris Brooks is in town to show off an amazing new medical device, VOCSN; Elliot Berke was on Playboy radio and we missed it!; Todd Bowers, be honest. Is the Nixon Volvo really yours?; Louisa Imperiale missed a great lunch; Mary Schaper and Nick Schaper have an adorable baby girl; We can only hope to keep you entertained on Instagram, Senator Mark Warner; Check out Mike Lurie’s original painting of a CNN newscast; Happy anniversary, Mom and Dad Lyons; What can’t Nicole Tieman do?; We see you rockin, Gibran Esa; DJ Jamiel, Drew Ellis and Jonah Van Why make the orange zone look easy.
Congratulations to Chris Frates on joining CQ Roll Call as an executive analyst. Frates previously worked at both CNN and Politico; Whitaker Askew is making a move from the American Gaming Association, where he most recently served as VP of government relations, to Subject Matter; The American Bankers Association welcomes Laena Fallon as senior advisor. Fallon makes the move from the Financial Services Forum, where she most recently was vice president for communications; The Locust Street Group adds Amanda Austin, former vice president of government relations and media at the NFIB, as a partner to head its coalitions work; Katie Niederee, most recently communications director for Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS), joins the Senate Finance Committee as press secretary; After 12 years of public service in the United States Senate, Jacob Wood is off to his next adventure; Heather Dietrick, former president of Gawker Media, is leaving Gizmodo Media Group for The Daily Beast; Alex Dominguez moves over to U.S. EPA. He will, in a few words, serve as the Policy Analyst to the Senior Advisor to the Administrator for Air and Radiation (h/t Kelsey Knight); Matthew Walther, previously at The Washington Free Beacon, joins The Week as a DC-based national correspondent; The Associated Press’ Kathleen Hennesseyhas been promoted to cover the White House and Trump Administration; Bradley Klapper from AP has also been promoted, he will be covering foreign affairs for the news agency; Ira Madison III joins The Daily Beast from MTV. Madison will serve as an entertainment reporter for the outlet; Rachel Millard joins the comms team at the House Agriculture Committee as communications director. Millard makes the move from her most recent role at the Glover Park Group; The office of Rep. Jim Renacci (R-OH) adds Katie Rudis, who recently worked with the Trump Transition team, as tax counsel. Laura Coates, lawyer and CNN contributor, has received her own SiriusXM program “The Laura Coates Show”; Liberal commentator Tommy Christopher has joined the Independent Journal Review; Maggie Siedel, former senior public relations and media strategist for the Charles Koch Institute, is now vice president for public affairs at the American Insurance Association; Former legal counsel to Rep. Blake Farenthold (R-TX) and director at TwinLogic Strategies Rachel Wolbers is making a move to Engine to serve as policy director; Most recently with the private sector practice at Greenberg Quinland Rosner Research, Graeme Trayner is joining The Glover Park Group as a Managing Director to work with its research, comms and creative teams; The Glover Park Group also adds hill veteran Andrew King as a Managing Director to focus on issues including foreign policy and international affairs. King most recently served as deputy chief of staff for Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC); Danielle Janowski joins the office of Sen. John Thune (R-SD) to help cover health care issues. Janowski previously served in the offices of Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) and former Rep. Rick Berg (R-ND); Also in the office of Sen. Thune, Jessica McBride has been promoted to legislative director; The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the U.S. Senate adds Miles Halpine as communications coordinator. Halpine most recently was director of communications at the Connecticut Conference of Democratic Mayors; Mike Biagi, most recently executive director of the KY Republican Party, is making a move to the Rotunda Group; Former chief of staff to Rep. Madeleine Bordallo (D-Guam) Matthew Herrmann is joining The Roosevelt Group as a senior advisor; Former communications director for Rep. Roger Williams (R-TX) Vince Zito joins SunTrust Bank as vice president of corporate communications and government relations; After nearly five years in the office of Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), David Coffield joins the Kyle House Group as a policy associate; Drew Littman, former chief of staff for Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), joins Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck from his previous role as senior counselor to former HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell; The Washington Examiner adds The Daily Signal alum Melissa Quinn as a general assignment reporter to cover breaking news; APCO Worldwide adds Jen Young, previously executive vice president and director of operations at Edelman, as a senior director in its global health care practice; Sean Krispinsky has been promoted from vice president and deputy general counsel to senior vice president and deputy general counsel at the American Beverage Association; ABA has also promoted Patrice Webb to vice president of social commitment from her former role as senior director of partnership and community outreach; John Herzog, previously with Butler Snow, joins Jeffrey J. Kimbell & Associates as vice president of government affairs and political strategy. John Ray also joins the team as senior manager of government affairs. Ray most recently was a legislative representative at AOTA; Danielle Turnipseed is joining Solera Health as president of government affairs and policy. Turnipseed most recently was vice president of prevention and population health at AHIP; Former legislative director for Rep. Rod Blum (R-IA) Peter Mihalick is joining Federal Advocates as a director of government affairs; American Jewish World Service welcomes Rori Kramer as their new director of government affairs. Kramer was recently the deputy assistant secretary for Senate affairs at the State Department; Congratulations to Emily Anne Epstein as she joins Bustle, from The Atlantic, as executive editor.