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From one Hill to another, Happy birthday Neil Chatterjee! (h/t his lovely wife Rebecca)

#Weekend

Awesome events: Happy Bastille Day, America!; Attention, music lovers! Tonight take your pick of My Morning Jacket at Merriweather Post Pavilion or James Taylor and Bonnie Raitt at Nats Park; Beat this heat with a refreshing, homemade gin ricky; Don’t cry because the week is over – wine about it instead; Would John be funny without his spoon?; I scream, you scream, something about free ice cream; Tacos. Beer. Tequila.; Behold, the Hill Country Backyard Barbecue; Join the circus at Denizens!; Merriweather Post Pavilion is celebrating 50 years this Saturday with a jam sesh of course; Your Sunday can be out of this world; Wig out! – now through August.


#JOINUS

FamousDC Presents:
Food For Thought

Skip the line at the cafeteria and join FamousDC for lunch instead. Managing Editor Kathryn Lyons will be lunching and learning with seasoned Public Affairs and Government Relations professionals who have turned their past experiences into “real world” expertise.

July 21, 2017
RHOB 2325 – Capitol Hill

RSVP here


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FamousDC and the National Confectioners Association have a sweet tradition for celebrating #NationalCandyMonthconvening the biggest names in politics and media for an in-person engagement unlike any other. Check out our video from the big night to see the sweeter side of life, learn more about this classic American manufacturing success story, and get familiar with the recently announced Always A Treat Initiative.


#WATCH

Flashback Friday: Watch out, tie-wearers. Dena Battle is coming for you. Learn why she started the Kidney Cancer Research Alliance, known as KCCure, to help raise money for kidney cancer research.


#LOCAL

Hey, we know that guy! (Hi, Alex Schriver!); Kendrick Lamar is opening a pop-up in Georgetown; While José Andrés wins over our stomachs with test kitchen pop-up; Your guide to summer eating in DC.


#NATIONAL

Bow down to the Queen; Stranger theories; Bawita…Senate? Meet your newest senatorial candidate, America; First Kid Rock, now The Rock?; This Town Melts Down; We literally can’t escape avocado toast.


#EDITORSPICK

Happy National Ice Cream Month! Science says that the faster you eat ice cream, the less time you have to spill on yourself. Amazing.


#FAMOUSMERCH

We’ve got your arms race right here.


#SOCIALSEEN

The second edition of our newspaper is hot off the press!

There’s gonna be a GTF on Capitol Hill next week

Kathryn Lyons takes a look at the Hollywood Walk of Shame

Let’s ban ties every month of the year

Next week: come for the food, stay for the thoughts

Whitney Cole is a #BossLady

Exclusive look at this week’s New York Times

This is why Hill staffers love DC reporters


#MakingMoves by S-3 Public Affairs

Congratulations to Axios’ Executive Vice President Tim Berry, who has been announced as the new Head of Global Government Relations at JPMorgan Chase; And congrats to Alex Pappas, who will depart his post as White House reporter for the Washington Examiner to join Fox News as a political reporter; The Washington Post video team and its executive producer for creative Michelle Jaconi are expanding the operation to include a new and diverse topical digital series that will focus on everything from politics to pop culture. The Post welcomes Mary Beth Albright to focus on food, Libby Casey to cover “Who Spun It Best,” CNN’s Nicole Ellis to lead “Inspired Life,” and BuzzFeed UK’s Hannah Jewell to host and edit Pop Culture; The Washington Post also welcomes back David Von Drehle, who previously served as the Post’s New York City bureau chief, as an opinion columnist. Most recently, Von Drehle had a very successful and productive run as an editor-at-large for Time Magazine. He will write a twice weekly column focused on modern America and domestic politics; America Rising has named former chairwoman of the College Republican National Committee Alexandra Smith as its new executive director. Current executive director Colin Reed is moving into a senior adviser role to focus on possible 2020 Democratic contenders; The NFL welcomes Jonathan Nabavi, most recently majority counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee, as VP of public policy and government affairs; The New Yorker adds BuzzFeed’s director of newsletters Dan Oshinksy as its own first-ever director of newsletters; Anna Gronewold, most recently a New York State Government Reporter for The Associated Press, has joined Morning Consult as a Finance Reporter. She will focus on finance, taxes, banking, trade and Congress; From CQ-Roll Call, Ryan Lucas is joining NPR as a justice reporter; The National Music Publishers’ Association has promoted associate for external affairs Katie McClenny to director of communications. NMPA also adds Jonathan Cohen and Shannon Sorensen as vice president and senior counsel and vice president of government affairs and counsel; Brian Simonsen is leaving Sen. Joni Ernst’s (R-IA) office to serve as Counsel on Grassley’s Senate Judiciary Committee; New York Magazine’s Daily Intelligencer welcomes Ezekiel Kewku and Benjamin Hart as a politics editor and national politics writer; Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer recently signed with Fox News Channel as a contributor. Fleischer will appear across FNC, FBN on both daytime and primetime programming; Ron Boehmer, most recently communications director for Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), joins the office of Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) as communications director, starting today; From Circa, John Solomon joins The Hill to lead its growing video efforts as executive vice president for digital video. Before Circa, Solomon served as editor and vice president for content and business development for The Washington Times; After two years as press secretary for the American Association for Justice, Ben Somberg is joining the Alliance to Save Energy as communications manager; From Rep. Donald Payne, Jr.’s (D-NJ) office, Michael Burns joins the office of Rep. Nita Lowey (D-NY) as communications director; Salih Booker joins the Center for International Policy as executive director. Booker previously served as vice president of external relations for the U.S. Institute of Peace; The Women’s Equality Center adds Haley Dorgan, most recently press secretary for Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), as media director; From the office of Rep. Robert Pittenger (R-NC), senior legislative assistant Charles Thomas is joining Thorn Run Partners as vice president; ABC News producer Anja Crowder is making a move to “The Late Show” with Stephen Colbert to help book political guests; Marc Brumer makes a move from his role as communications director for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) to The Herald Group; The Herald Group also adds Seth Guidry as a digital account manager and Jason Cannata as a director. Guidry previously was a digital marketing & events specialist for The Lukens Company and Cannata was an associate vice president at FP1 Strategies; Capitol Hill veteran Kate Leone, who most recently served as general counsel to Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), has been named senior vice president of government relations at Feeding America; BuzzFeed News transportation reporter Priya Anand is joining The Information to cover the world of Amazon; Gus Portela joins the Hispanic Leadership Fund as director of external affairs and operations. Portela most recently served as executive director and national political director for the CRNC; POLITICO Pro welcomes Emily Holden, most recently E&E’s Climatewire White House correspondent, to its energy team next month. Also joining Pro is Wesley Morgan, to cover defense, and CQ-Roll Call’s Sara Smith, to focus on editing; Thorn Run Partners partner Rich White has been appointed senior vice president of government relations for Jackson National Life Insurance Company; National Journal Reporter and Politico alum Andrea Drusch is joining the Fort Worth Star Telegram to cover Texas politics, from DC; The Partnership for a Healthier America welcomes Nancy Roman as its new President and CEO, succeeding Larry Soler. Roman currently serves as President and CEO of the DC region’s largest organization focused on hunger and corresponding issues, the Capital Area Food Bank; Jason Schwartz is leaving ESPN.com and ESPN Magazine, where he currently serves as a senior editor, to join POLITICO as a media writer; Facebook adds Kristin Lee, most recently a communications director and senior policy adviser for the Obama White House Office of Science & Technology Policy, to its communications team; Best of luck to Rachel Mossman, who is making a move to Shearman and Sterling after almost five years with Hunton & Willams; And finally, dearest well wishes to our very own Taz Jones who will be making massive moves in law school at UVA this fall.

#BIRTHDAYS

Famous birthday wishes to Hanna Maki-Jokela, James Davis, Jessica Ilana, Christa Laquinta, Sarah Runge, Andrew Greeson, Eli Yokley, Stef Petropoulos, Caitlin Owens, Kyle Zebley, Debbee Keller Hancock, Joseph Raymond, Kenny Day, Katie Pavlich, John Runyan, Jack Smedile, Garret Graff, Corey Boles, Anne Schroeder, Eliana Johnson, Jordan Sekulow, Megan Cummings, Aaron Bernstein, Svetlana Legetic, Megan Moskowitz, Paul Kane, Neil Chatterjee and Stami Williams!


#FAMOUSFORDC

Ask Jonathan Collegio about credit card points. Seriously. Just ask him; 15 years and 4.9 million beers in Washington, DC; Does Jonathan Nabavi get field access at NFL games this season?; Look out Ted Greener,Eddie could be coming for your job; Ask Arjun Mody about his first Jay-Z concert experience; Is Joe Flacco Paul Kane’s favorite Blue Hen in the NFL?; Sources confirm that POTUS got the cold shoulder on an invite to Dorothy Allen and Travis Cooke’s engagement party; Are you sticking around town for August after all? You might want to peep these watering holes with a view.; Mike Freeman is still considered a triple threat; In only a few short weeks we get to see Matty Haase; What state is Steven Moore currently residing?; Has Patrick Gavin landed his interview with Obama yet?; We see you Cyrus Krohn; We see you Chris Brooks – all the way in Japan; Here’s a shout out to Steve Doty and James Connors; Samantha Smith is really digging this whole marriage thing; meanwhile Bubba Atkinson and Charlie remain the coolest cats (er, dawgs) in DC; Caitlin Owens goes full boss mode in the new Axios video; Mel McIntire and Caitlin Owens have a baller bday party coming up; Paige Decker’s Instagram is what vacation dreams are made of; The DCL group text is lit; Welcome to the world Halston Thatcher!; Thank you for sharing the happy faces Paul Edattel; Tyler Humphrey is really good at talking; Whitney Stringer was crushing the journalism game when she was 9 years old; Welcome back, Jamie and Michelle Weinstein! We’re at the edge of our seats waiting for Geoff Embler to launch his podcast, “Geoff Embler Speaks With Interesting People”; Can we get some Snead twin pancakes or what?!; Sarah Demarest nose how to come up with really good at captions; When can we dog sit Pele, Kristen Fisher?; There’s gonna be a GTF engine on Capitol Hill next week – don’t miss it!

#BYE

French fried.