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Awesome events: Today, we’re all Belgian; You better be DAMN. ready for tonight; We like brunch, dessert, and brunch that’s basically dessert; Catch a flick about China’s most famous international artist; Here’s a guide to outdoor movie screenings in DC; Uhh Yeah Dude; The King and I will be at the Kennedy Center; And so will Louie Anderson on Sunday!; Take a Tour de Fat on Saturday; We feel ya, moms – and so do comedians Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley!


Flashback Friday: This one time, we set out on a 6-hour road trip and spent 5.5 of those hours regretting it.


Half of the top 10 richest counties in the U.S. are in DC; We can finally eat nothing burgers!; This fast-casual food spot uses lots of VR; A look inside Secretary Mnuchin’s home; Remember that robot in Georgetown?; Here’s a list of funny things to see.


Thought, prayers and bipartisan support for Senator John McCain; Bacon is America; This is what every state hates; Trump’s visits to Florida are bad news for sharks; The other side of gentrification; Survey says: skip dinner and eat a big ass breakfast; Get your Han Solo fix; Is OJ Simpson gonna start blogging?


Just in case your back sweat isn’t enough of an indication, we’re here to remind you that it’s hot out. In an effort to avoid heat hanger, we met with DCity Smokehouse Pit Master, Shawn McWhirter, who gave us the skinny on some lean brisket.


Practice safe grilling.



This is why Hill staffers love DC reporters

When Saudis and snails collide

The Nationals might have a new recruit

Let’s get rid of ties forever

Print is not dead – it just needs a little TLC

Did you miss the news last week? Here’s what you missed

#MakingMoves by S-3 Public Affairs

Congratulations to House Committee on Science, Space and Technology communications director Kristina Baum on her new job as the chief spokesperson for Chevron Phillips Chemical. While Baum will be stationed in Texas, she will continue to work on government relations issues; Mastercard welcomes Sam Batkins, most recently director of regulatory policy at American Action Forum, to its DC team as director of strategy and research. Batkins follows former staff director for the House Homeland Security Committee’s cybersecurity and infrastructure protection subcommittee, Brett DeWitt, who also recently joined Mastercard as a director on its growing public policy team; Ben Khouri has been promoted from legislative correspondent to deputy press secretary for Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC); Former digital director for the Department of Treasury and digital producer for msnbc.com Clare Kim has joined JPMorgan Chase as executive director for marketing and communications; ABC News recently announced Roxanna Sherwood is joining “Good Morning America” as executive producer. She first joined ABC News as a desk assistant 21 years ago and most recently helped distinguish Nightline as an award-winning program; Terry Hurlbutt is also joining the GMA team as general manager of digital; Tom Lopach, who was executive director of the DSCC during the 2016 election cycle, is making a move to Montana to serve as chief of staff to Gov. Steve Bullock; Deputy political director at Angerholzer Broz Consulting Ashley Helsing is joining the National Down Syndrome Society as director of government relations; R Street Institute adds William Murray as federal energy policy manager. Murray most recently was an editor at RealClearPolitics, focused on its energy page; After four years on the Jake Tapper’s The Lead team, Melanie Buck has been named executive producer of State of the Union. Current executive producer, Katie Hinman, has been named executive producer of special programming for CNN; Deputy press secretary to Sen. Maggie Hassan (D-NH) Ricki Eshman has been promoted to press secretary; Mike Memoli is joining NBC News from the L.A. Times as a national political reporter; Bush alum and former UBS public policy team member Peter Rowan is joining Mars as senior director of federal government affairs; After almost five years with the Ambulatory Surgery Center Association, Kristin Murphy has joined the Association for Accessible Medicines as director of federal affairs. AAM also promoted Michael Brzica from senior director to vice president of federal affairs; Jessica Fredericks has joined the White House Historical Association as director of communications. Prior to this, she most recently served as public relations and publications manager for the Washington Ballet; House Ways & Means Trade Subcommittee legislative assistant Lila Nieves-Lee has joined USTR as director of congressional affairs; And lastly, a big congratulations to Erick Sanchez on his new role as director of community affairs at the Drink Company;


Famous birthday wishes to Erin Byrne, Joe Bohannon, Paul Joseph, Lauren Selsky, Anmol Sidhu, Kacey Grebe, Dave Maggio, Joy Lee, Alex Pappas, Annie Leverich, Brittany Marshall, Fritz Brogan, Don Seymour, Ed Henry, Claire Gedde and Ben Brody!


Kit Marshall is back for a little drama in the District in a new must-read murder mystery! (h/t Emily Mueller); Freddy Barnes says this is most important news this week; Finally! We get to listen to Geoff Embler whisper sweet nothings into our ears; We’re getting our […] ready for Capitol Club’s Sinatra Soiree!; BREAKING IN THE SPORTS WORLD — The Washington Nationals are looking to sign Kasie Hunt to strengthen their bullpen after her successful outing for the O’s at Camden Yards earlier this week; Look at Justin LoFranco getting chalked up; Give Alexi McCammond a high five; Caleb Smith draws bigger crowds than Brendan Buck; Jeff Ostermayer = the man; How to avoid sharing your seat on the Acela: 1) spread bags out in seat 2) lots of computers, phones and cords 3) NO EYE CONTACT when people board; Hannah Mooney is going to DOMINATE the Spartan race this weekend; Does Rayburn still smell like hot dogs?; Ask Will Allison how good day old District Taco is; Noodle strong this weekend Tom Wilbur; What’s Meghan Burris’ new favorite alliterative phrase?; Zach Hunter is a great flack for #HeyKoji; MPAA’s John Gibson‘s important work TOPS our list (and has him top 100 in BE’s eyes too); We appreciate Howard Mortman’s tweets; We love Old Town too, Lora Smith; Good news – it’s not Wednesday anymore, Nicole Tieman; We see your big board, Kristen Soltis Anderson; Union Pub has a  personalized emoji; We’re waiting for our brownies, Brenna Williams; Work it, Mark Borelli; Ian Martorana is really good at reminding us we like food; So Joe Pounder, Alex Schriver and Fritz Brogan walk into a bar…; Ask Alex Finland about his PLATINUM TV booking operation; The Washington Redskins are heading into the weekend undefeated!


Out like OJ.