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Awesome events: PSA: it’s National Eat At A Food Truck Day; Stop everything. There’s a water balloon fight on Saturday; The Giant National Capital Barbecue is the biggest Barbecue Battle you’ll ever experience; Laugh your way through an almost accurate guide to America featuring the comedians of The Second City; Park Poses is everything for the yogi who loves the greater outdoors; Sunday’s the last day to catch RENT!; But first, kick off summer with a little grillin’ at Barcelona Brews & BBQ.


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Bret Baier isn’t just a news anchor in real life, he’s also a news anchor in the latest season of House of Cards – which is pretty much real life. We sat down with Bret and discussed his golf game, the best mean tweet that was ever tweeted, and a book that’s close to his heart for good reason – Special Heart.


Your pet deserves nothing less than a luxury resort where it can relax; If you’ve never heard of Gray Television, you probably should; DC’s best kept food secrets are out; America’s fittest city is making room for more fit; That’s not a refrigerator, it’s a bar; The bus is jealous of the cost of rent.


Ken doesn’t care what you think about his man bun; The TVs on Air Force One are programmed to record Property Brothers; Your guide to Rosé; Flower girl/Flower man – same thing; Something to think about in the age of the selfie.


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 6 of FamousDC’s non-Netflix original series: Life of An Intern. Miss a few episodes? Binge here.


Help Matt Mika and Special Agent Crystal Griner on their road to recovery

The yoga positions almost make us want to try yoga. Almost.

Tuesdays are reserved for candy and tweets from Hollywood.

Happy one year anniversary to the #GreatFloodOfRayburn

Do longer days mean longer naps?

ICYMI: FamousDC and SEC Shorts = FamousShorts?

#MakingMoves by S-3 Public Affairs

Congratulations to Michael LaRosa on his new role as communications director for the minority on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. LaRosa previously served as a producer for Chris Matthews on Hardball #DoBigThings; Mastercard welcomes former staff director for the House Homeland Security Committee’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Protection Subcommittee Brett DeWitt as director of public policy. DeWitt also simultaneously served as the principal senior policy advisor to full Committee Chairman Michael McCaul (R-TX), Subcommittee Chairman John Ratcliffe (R-TX) and all other committee members on all cybersecurity policy for more than four years; The Daily Beast adds Huffington Post senior politics editor and long serving journalist Sam Stein to its growing team; NBC News adds Wall Street Journal White House correspondent Carol Lee as a national political reporter; Former senior policy advisory for the 2016 Clinton campaign Maya Harris joins MSNBC as a political analyst; Geoff Bowman, former staff director for the House Transportation Committee’s water resources and environment subcommittee, joins Van Scoyoc Associates as vice president; Tom Brandt recently joined the office of Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS) as communications director. Brandt makes the move from his role as a spokesperson and media relations lead at Hewlett Packard Enterprise; Jessica Winter is making a move after four years with Slate to serve as executive editor at the The New Yorker online; Jose DelReal, national correspondent focused on America’s rural-urban divide at the Washington Post, is making a move to the New York Times; The American Bankers Association adds former partner at Norton Rose Fulbright US Ananda Radhakrishnan as vice president for the Center for Bank Derivatives Policy; Alyssa Roberts and Ariana Valderrama are joining the League of Conservative Voters as national press secretary and communications coordinator; NBC News and MSNBC adds veteran pollster Cornell Belcher as a political contributor (h/t POLITICO); Alex Pfeiffer has been promoted from reporter at The Daily Caller to White House correspondent; Former Barclays head of global policy and strategy Allison Parent joins the Global Financial Markets Association as executive director. Parent makes the move from her post as a senior policy advisor and counsel at the Bank of England; Most recently director of scheduling for Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) Blaine Nolan joins Prime Policy Group as deputy chief of staff; Former legislative manager for Monument Policy Group Dan Henke is joining Quorum as a federal customer success manager; Brian Tate has been promoted from vice president of government affairs at the Network Branded Prepaid Card Association to CEO and president; Hess adds Alex Mistri as vice president of government and external affairs. Mistri previously served as a managing director at the Glover Park Group; Hanna Trudo, most recently a senior producer for Politico.com, is making a move to National Journal; National Journal also adds Bloomberg BNA reporter Casey Wooten as a tax policy reporter; Salesforce’s DC operation adds Uber alum Niki Christoff as senior vice president of strategy and government relations; Ageon adds former senior vice president for federal relations at the American Council of Life Insurers Maurice Perkins as senior vice president and global head of government and policy affairs; The National Ocean Industries Association welcomes Tim Charters, former vice president of government and regulatory affairs at the National Stripper Well Association, as senior director of government and political affairs; Robert Stack, former deputy assistant secretary for international affairs at the US Treasury, joins Deloitte as managing director of Deloitte Tax; King & Spalding adds former Rep. Kendrick Meek (D-FL) as a senior advisor in its public policy and government advocacy group; The Federal Communications Bar Association has named vice president of regulatory affairs at the CTA Julie Kearney as its new president; Kaitlan Collins, White House correspondent for The Daily Caller, joins CNN to continue to cover the Trump Administration via both online and on-air; And finally, a big congrats to Stami Williams, most recently press assistant for Sen. David Perdue (R-GA), on her new role as communications director for Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-TX).


Famous birthday wishes to Robert Wool, Barak Sky, Meris Westberg, Dave Guard, Kat Heyl, Matt Hirschy, Racina Stokes, Robert Sinners, Johnny Craig, Steven Smith, Derek Hunter, Sandy Palermo, Meme Bengochea Evancho, Katie Knaff, Ed Demaria, Tom Hoare, Nicole Daigle, Alex Instenstadt, Allison Finder, Tyler Mounsey, Caitlyn Runyan, Erin Tario Mayo, Brittney Ingalls Godoy, Bailey Edwards, Steve Stombres, David White, Ally Funk Baker, Tanner Latham, Abi Nichols Stock, Adam Croglia, Beth Dutton Sullivan, Jim Morrell, Gretchen Reiter, Betsy Klein, Tita Thompson Greeman and Lauren Crenshaw!


Psst…know any rockstar reporters new to covering DC? Tell them about the Paul Miller Fellowship – Hurry! The deadline to apply is June 28; We miss Allison and Richie Cunningham; Michael Ricci loves grammar; Has anyone seen Matt Lira?; Chris Taylor is rocking a solid looking beard; News on the street is that Brendan Buck will run for Congress in the future; Ask William Allison‏ who puts milk in tea; Ted Prill needs to learn to better schedule his trips; Ali Swee is a part-time law student and a full-time #boss; There’s nowhere we’d rather be than Camp NJI; Nahigian Strategies knows how to throw a classy summer soiree; We swear we didn’t try to steal the margarita machine and Sam Smith and Bubba Atkinson‘s engagement party; Anna Stallman gets two week’s worth of Round Up shout outs because she’s the nicest person in DC and you might get as many if you manage to be as cool as her; Devin O’Malley: great guy or the greatest guy?; MacGreagor Stevenson will make us all proud following the Dead this weekend; It’s a good thing Travis Cooke doesn’t sweat much on his morning commute; We hope Macey Sevcik had an amazing vacation!; Is the Honi Honi ready for Brittany a Havens, Jenn Sherman, Sean Hayes and Becky Card?; When is Ian Martorana having us over for gourmet dinner?; If you didn’t Instagram from U2 this week are you even from D.C.?; Does Greg Watson still read this?; Hannah Mooney still dominated triceps; Caitlin and Alex Conant lived their best lives at U2 this week; Gabby Morrongiello loves Game of Thrones; How man fidget spinners has Andrew Riddaugh put on his face this week?; Scot Seplowe is the only guy that can rock a pair of slippers at happy hour; Taylor Bush is officially off the market; Welcome to the world, Eleanor and Amelia Fowler (and congrats to parents Chris and Lauren Fowler!); Emily Pantelis never texted when she got to Richmond; Get Troy Lyons some cufflinks.


Hi summer.