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Weather: Grab your umbrellas y’all. If you’re looking for sun, you’re gonna have to wait a whole two days for it. Friday and Saturday are bringing you more rain than you want before drying up and brightening your Sunday.

Awesome events: Enjoy the Friday night lights at Nats Park; Jason Zinoman talks David Letterman tonight at Politics and Prose; Tired of this heat wave? So are we – and so are these bars offering holiday feels this summer; If you love tennis, the Citi Open begins this weekend to give you your fix; The Washington International Piano Festival wants to show you a grand time; It’s like recess, but for adults; BBQ on the patio just got fancy; Queen and Adam Lambert will rock your Monday blues away; The outdoor movie scene is still lit, btw.


Flashback Friday: If you thought taking a road trip with your family was bad, try taking one with your coworkers and watch a 3-hour drive turn into 7.


We’re keeping the NBC Washington team in our thoughts; Here’s the solution to your freezing office woes; Sure, there are beautiful people inhabiting the Hill; But check out these cute dogs; Trump and Tiegen have beef; Don’t let summer pass without treating yo’self; The Hill can be a contentious place.


“Taco Mode” may soon be a thing for Lyft customers; This viral Tinder couple finally met for the first time on national TV; Neil Gorsuch is now chief justice of the cafeteria; Kelly Ripa couldn’t talk Donald Trump out of being president; Jeff Bezos is now the world’s richest person (sorry, Bill); We’ll take robot coworkers.


They say “the more you eat, the more you know.” Err…sorry, we say that. Which is why we’ve continued to host a luncheon series on Capitol Hill made for staffers and interns alike. Last Friday FamousDC hosted our second installment in our lunch-and-learn series, titled, Food For Thought.


Nobody puts babe in a onesie that’s not made by FamousDC.


#MakingMoves by S-3 Public Affairs

 Congratulations to CBIS vice president Brittany Carter on her promotion to president of Columbia Books & Information Services. Carter has been with CBIS since 2006 and has served in a number of leadership roles during her tenure. #DoBigThings; After nearly four years as the top banking aide to Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) Milan Dalal is making a move from the Hill to Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck; Brianna Manzelli, most recently on the comms team at the RNC, is the new press secretary and digital director for the Senate Commerce committee; Terri Fariello has been named senior vice president of government affairs at United Airlines. Fariello makes the move from ExxonMobile, where she spent the last 16 years and most recently led the company’s federal and state government affairs as Vice President of the Washington office; The Washington Examiner is bulking up its White House reporting team with the recent additions of Steven Nelson and New York Post Washington bureau chief Gabby Morrongiello. Nelson comes from US News & World Report, where he most recently was, notably, the outlet’s most-read reporter for five years and counting; Robert Scher, the first Assistant Secretary of Defense for the Office of Strategy, Plans and Capabilities, has been announced as the new head of international affairs at BP America; Bart Forsyth, current chief of staff for Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI), is leaving Capitol Hill to join the PhRMA team; Spotify adds Emery Simon from the Business Software Alliance to lead global government relations; From the Podesta Group, Rachelle Johnson recently joined Motorola Solutions to serve as director of government affairs for budget and appropriations; Veteran GOP strategist Jeff Larson has been named chairman of America Rising Corporation; The Hill’s Jessica Falborn has joined the National Restaurant Association as a senior advisor for policy and government affairs; After nearly thirteen years with the company, Kim Ford has been promoted to SVP and head of government affairs at FirstData; Kristin Brackemyre, most recently senior manager of PAC and political affairs at the CTA, joins the Public Affairs Council as manager of PAC and advocacy practice; Current digital communications director for the House Committee on Financial Services Adam Scheidler is joining the Senate Republican Conference as creative director; Debra DeShong, former EVP and managing director of public affairs at Subject Matter, has joined MGM Resorts International as vice president of global industry affairs; Former policy adviser to former Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) Danielle Suber has joined Emerson as a manager of government relations; Jean Yoon was recently announced as the new executive editor for editorial strategy at Reuters. Yoon has been with Reuters since 1995 and most recently was regional editor, Asia and Global editor, strategic centers; Former associate vice president for government relations at Sanofi Melissa Bartlett is joining Chamber Hill Strategies as a principal; From the office of Sen. Brian Schatz (D-HI), senior policy adviser Mèlika Carroll is leaving the Hill to join the Internet Association as senior vice president for global government affairs; Deputy director of congressional affairs for the National Telecommunications & Information Administration Kate Geldaker has accepted a government affairs position with Alaska Airlines; Jenny Sullivan, former vice president for programs at Enroll America, has joined the Alliance for Health Policy as director of policy and programs; JPMorgan Chase recently promoted Andrew Gray to chief external communications officer of global finance, corporate technology and operations; Christina McGarry has joined Hannegan, Landau, Poersch & Rosenbaum as a policy associate. McGarry most recently was a legislative assistant for Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL); Veteran democratic communicator April Mellody is joining Group Nine Media, the parent company of NowThis, Thrillist, and The Dodo, as head of corporate communications; Gary Kline has been promoted to vice president of federal government affairs at Express Scripts; Current MediaDA public relations manager Cassie McNamara has a new gig as a booking producer for MSNBC’s “Hardball”; Katie Petru, most recently manager of corporate communications at Anheuser-Busch, recently joined Nestlé Purina’s communications team; After almost two decades, pulitzer-prize winning reporter James Risen is leaving the New York Times, as reported by the Huffington Post; And finally, be sure to check out Chris Frates’ new SiriusXM show, “Politics Inside Out with Chris Frates,” which will replace “Politics Inside Out.” CNN executive director of political programming and senior political analyst Mark Preston is also getting a show, “Full Stop with Mark Preston,” which will focus on stories from individuals in politics and pop culture. Listen here for a sneak peak.


Famous birthday wishes to Caroline Campbell, Kristen Fisher, Peter Alexander, Dan Jones, Stephen Kouba, Katy Ricalde, Ashley Alderman, Anna Vetter, Justin LoFranco, Susan Lily, Katie Wheelbarger, Jay Zeidman, David Mowery, George Rogers, Sarah Jackson, Herbie ZIskend, Micah Johnson, Shane Harris and Jen Voss!


Do big things Brooke Battle, aka, Girl Boss; Billy and Brittney and kicking it #NoKids this weekend; Rebecca Heslin Haller is launching her TV career; They’re discontinuing Coca Cola Zero; it doesn’t add up; Clinton Yates named a pigeon Rufus at the Nats game; Incoming! Cassie McNamara’s LinkedIn friend requests are heating up; When will Rebeccah Heinrichs get her own Fox News show?; Matt Laslo hit number one in Rolling Stone; Axios’ Sara Fischer on how niche firms are taking on PR giants (#DoBigThings S-3 Public Affairs); Rob Stoddard is ready for the National Press Foundation dinner on February 18; You guys, the weather is getting ready to straight up mess with our weekend plans; Hug your people: 7 things that make great bosses; We see you James Hohmann; Thank goodness the Orioles star relief pitcher, Kasie Hunt, will finally get her own show; Are Anna Palmer and Jake Sherman the next guests on Chelsea?; We can’t wait for Daniel Swartz’s cameo in Pentagon Papers; Katie Pavlich won hump day this week; How much spanish does Mike Dunkle know after a week in Nicaragua?; Congrats Erik Kinney on being ridiculously good-looking (your publicist deserves a bonus); We’re ready for root beer floats, Brandon Byrd; Tara DiJulio and Jason Derulo are basically the same person; Does Stephanie Genco bike to Whole Foods for produce or organic ice cream?; Ieva Augustums is about to have the best-dressed baby in town; 


Smell ya later.