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Awesome events: There’s absolutely no better way to kick off Memorial Day weekend than with a 90s dance party; May the force be with you…Saturday at Nats Park; Whoopi Goldberg wants to make you laugh tomorrow night; Just in case your parents decide to grace you with a surprise visit; The Kennedy Center is throwing JFK a birthday party tomorrow; And there will be a live band; Check out these sharks without getting attacked!; Hear these women roar tomorrow at the Women Empowerment Expo; Freedom will be ringing Sunday night at the Capitol – and so might your eardrums; If you don’t parade on Memorial Day you’re not doing it right.


FamousDC Presents:
Lunch & LyonsSkip the line at the cafeteria and join FamousDC for lunch instead. Managing Editor Kathryn Lyons will be lunching and learning with seasoned Public Affairs professionals who have turned their prior Hill and administration experience into “real world” expertise.

June 9th 2017
Capitol Hill


We wanted to know what it was like to be an intern, but not so much that we wanted to find out ourselves. Our intern Josh did the work for us in episode 2 of FamousDC’s non-Netflix original series: Life of An Intern. Missed episode 1? Catch up here.


A potluck dinner without politics is always the perfect idea; We’re apparently cool for the summer; Here’s a GIF of Paul Ryan talking about GIFs; Graduates aren’t the only ones getting cash this year; Wegmans is coming; Weed is just another word for expensive pizza; We’re just living vicariously through all of JFK’s Georgetown houses.


We’re not ugly crying over this sweet story – you’re ugly crying; We call this the “Seth Meyer’s Scramble”; Coffee ice cubes?! What can’t Starbucks do?; Might as well get food delivered through Facebook while you’re stalking your ex; Get ready for more Tom and more Top Gun; Read all about that red nose; Trust us, your job isn’t that bad.


Flashback Friday: Geoff Embler is a public affairs expert by day and aspiring comedian by night. You can catch him telling jokes at comedy clubs around town, in the shower, or in front of his mirror.


When it’s a holiday weekend, but your boss makes you come to work anyway

Our 37 year old intern from Alabama doesn’t know what he’s in for

If there’s anything we love more than free breakfast, it’s definitely infrastructure 

We love kids

Raise your hand if you need a vacation

Now it’s really time to get that summer bod in check

We want to keep the sun in the sky and out of your face

We’re not needy, we just want to spend more time with you


Famous birthday wishes to Channing Muller, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Peter Kaplan, Sen. Al Franken, Amanda Duckworth, David Caughran, Ryan Douglass, Rob Hayes, Mimi Hayes, Jack Spalding Anna Palmer, Vanessa Kermick, Rep. Steve Cohen, Kate Ackley Zeller, Matt Lakin, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rogers, Diane Rinaldo, Benny Johnson, Andrew Powaleny, Rep. Dina Titus, Rep. Charles Dent, Mark Hannah, Kim Schrader West, Josh Robinston, Rep. John Sarbanes, Rep. Ed Whitfield, Jenny Sheffield Drucker, Ryan Triplette, Michelle McGann, Francesa Chambers, Ryan Welch, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, Governor Larry Hogan, Kasie Hunt and Rep. Doug Lamborn!


Congrats to Patrick and Molly Fromm! (or as Patrick William would call them, Mom and Dad!) Patrick arrived this week just in time for Memorial Day weekend and better yet, summer! (h/t Jordan Davis); Enjoy those oysters, Brad Bosserman; How many languages can Doug Heye speak now?; For Brenna Williams, baking after vacation is still a vacation; Congratulations Justin Sykes and Bridget Haley on your picture perfect engagement at the White House! (h/t Brian Johnson); How excited is Gindy for June?; Zac Smith’s Memorial Day weekend plans look low key; Watch out DC, Dick and Hilda Lyons are gonna tear this place up; Melanie Zanona sometimes eats lunch at 11:30 am; What else can you get delivered right to your door?; Mayor Landrieu dropping mics on statues down south; Stop us if you’ve heard this one before – Carl HulseAndrew Kovalcin and Jimmy Buffett walk into a bar….; Where is Katy McKegney’s favorite SoulCycle studio?; See you soon, Wayne and Wendy Dunkle!; How does Erik Rust like his tea?; Kyle Dropp lives for 8pm conference calls; Hannah Mooney’s emoji game is strong; Paul Edattel’s profile pic is beyond adorable; How was the slide, Sean Bonyun?; When is Mary Stewart Bell coming over for wine?; Bo Chaterjee loves confirmation hearings; Does Maggie Rulli read the roundup?; Drew Ellis went ALL OUT this week; Erin Lange likes her pear with a side of cheese; Taz Jones is going to a music thing for the very first time this weekend; Tommy McFly for Mayor; Donna Parzow is a superhero!; Elliot Berke does not like Boys II Men; Happy anniversary Morgan Ortagus and Jonathan Weinberger!; Pete Snyder was at the Washington National Zoo; We’d love to have a Summer Shandy with you, Katie Harbath; Happy anniversary, Dave Tate and Carolyn Pierce Tate!; Jennifer Riedinger is in D.C.!; Congrats to Joshua Shultz for winning a t-ball award; Tucker Warren and his entire family are amazing; Abby Phillip, we’re always happy to chat; Gary Andres is sharing his smarts with The Hill and we’re all more thoughtful as a result!


Congratulations to Tara Palmeri on her new title as a political analyst at CNN. Palmeri most recently served as a White House correspondent for POLITICO and spent two years writing from Europe on Brexit and more; Bloomberg BNA adds Morning Consult financial reporter Tara Jeffries to its team to cover telecom and technology; Nate Gatten is leaving his role as managing director and head of global government relations at JPMorgan & Chase to serve as senior vice president for government affairs at American Airlines; Subject Matter has announced Nicole Cornish will serve as its new president and chief operating officer. Cornish makes the move from Burson-Marsteller, where she most recently served as U.S. chief operating officer and worked for fifteen years; Jennie Derge-Massey recently left her post as senior manager of federal government relations at Accenture to join Amazon’s D.C. office as senior manager of public policy, labor and employment; The Financial Services Roundtable has promoted Anthony Cimino, previous senior vice president of risk management, to head of government affairs; Former legislative assistant in the office of Rep. Ron Kind (R-WI) Natalie Mamerow, who most recently worked with the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, joins the American Society of Civil Engineers as a senior manager of federal government relations; Sara Decker, most recently legislative director for Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), joins Walmart as director of federal government affairs; After seven years with Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR), Andrew Malcolm is leaving the Hill to join Exelon’s public advocacy team; Jessica Smith, most recently a managing director for Burson-Marsteller’s public affairs and crisis practice, joins J Street as its first chief operating officer; George Ross Parman makes a move from kglobal to serve as a manger on the communications team at Altria Group; Former legislative director for Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA) Scott Dziengelski recently joined the National Association of Psychiatric Health Systems as director of policy and regulatory affairs; Tom Nagle, former longtime chief of staff for Sen. Tom Udall (D-NM), joins Public Strategies Washington from his role as director of U.S. government relations at Accenture; Axiom Strategies adds Josh Perry, former social media director for Cruz for President and most recently digital director for Ted Cruz for Senate, to its team to focus on digital efforts; Suzanne Hammelman joins The Hawthorn Group as president and chief operating officer. Hammelman previously ran her own public affairs firm and was political director at NAHB. And finally, a big congrats to Natalie Jennings on being named editor of Washington Post‘s The Fix.


Remembering all those who have served our country.