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Awesome events: Lace up your Keds – it’s 90s night at Nats Park as the Nationals take on the San Fran Giants; Rosé your way to the Summer Soirée today at the Ritz Carlton; A bubble race?! You have to see it to bub-lieve it – tomorrow at RFK; 3 Stars Brewing Company is celebrating 5 years tomorrow with a Monster Bash; The deals at Alexandria’s summer Sidewalk Sale might be hotter than summer itself; Singleling Saturdays is a thing – at least this weekend – at the Black Cat; And in case you don’t have enough on your plate, Summer Restaurant Week starts Monday!; The Roots are taking a break from The Tonight Show to give us some Quest Love at MGM National Harbor on Sunday.


 We didn’t let the rain keep us from celebrating National Root Beer Float Day. After all, we thought Capitol Hill could use some good news.


Whoever has time for six dates in one night, should have enough time to plan not getting caught; DC just got rid of the last phone booth in town; An app that will fight our parking tickets?! There is a god!; This is the most affordable neighborhood in DC; Library cards aren’t just for books anymore; Aziz Ansari might actually be a master of life; Because why wouldn’t you design a shirt with Mitch McConnell’s face on it?; Will you watch Facebook’s new video service?; Bruce Springsteen is about to show Broadway who’s boss; Science says there’s an addiction to Trump.


The Dos and Don’ts of August Networking are brought to you by someone who has made every mistake in the book and lived to pass along the knowledge to you. Besides, what else are you going to do during recess?


Fire grilled and fury.


If it’s not online, it doesn’t exit. (That could also be a bad thing, but not here.) This is where we show you the stuff we’re glad exists – like this video of Managing Editor Kathryn Lyons not crushing a test on TV. We cannot confirm that Kathryn is excited about this as we are.

#MakingMoves by S-3 Public Affairs

After five years covering the intersection of media and politics for Politico, Hadas Gold is making a move to CNN as a reporter focused on European politics, media and business. Congratulations!; The Republican National Committee has named veteran television commentator and communicator Kayleigh McEnany as the Party’s new spokesperson. McEnany will lead television and radio efforts and will work with a national press secretary and a deputy national press secretary; DHS alum Emily Mallon has been named executive assistant to White House chief of staff John Kelly; BuzzFeed News national security correspondent Nancy Youssef is making a move to the Wall Street Journal; Washington Post reporter Ana Swanson is joining the New York Times to cover trade policy; Ashley Lewis is the new minority press secretary for the Senate Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. Lewis previously served as director of media relations for Export-Import Bank; Hilary Krieger, most recently enterprise editor for CNN Politics, has been named the new Washington editor for FiveThirtyEight; From CSIS, Denise Zheng joins Business Roundtable as vice president. Zheng will focus on BRT’s technology, internet and innovation committee; J Street adds Aaron Davis from FEMA’s congressional affairs division; Airbnb is bulking up its public affairs, communications, and public policy operations with the recent additions of Molly Weedn, Kaelan Richards, Katharine Kendrick, and James Lynch; Recode welcomes Katherine Borgerding as associate engagement editor. Borgerding most recently was Politico’s assistant editor for news platforms; NPR welcomes Geoff Bennett to its White House team, from his previous post covering Congress; The Daily Beast adds Joseph Cox, most recently at Motherboard, to cover cybersecurity; Vera Bergengruen, most recently a security correspondent for McClatchy’s DC operation, has accepted a new position with BuzzFeed News as a Pentagon correspondent; Politico welcomes seasoned journalist Christine Haughney, whose work has appeared in WSJ, NYT, and others, to its Pro agriculture team; Boehner alum Mike Senich, who most recently was a client partner at Facebook, has joined Majority Strategies as director of operations; Ben Jackson, most recently director of Mercator Advisory Group’s prepaid advisory service, has joined the Network Branded Prepaid Card Association as chief operating officer; Precision Strategies adds Jennie Westbrook Courts, most recently with Subject Matter, as a principal on its communications team; WSJ’s current business editor and staffer of more than twenty years, Jason Anders, has been promoted to Chief News Editor; After almost two years with TheBlaze, Tré Goins-Phillips is joining IJR; From IJR, Andrew Clark is making a move to the National Association of Manufacturers to serve as its new digital communications manager; Brian Conklin, Bush alum and most recently vice president of USAA’s federal government and industry relations arm, has been promoted to senior vice president of government and industry relations for the association; Obama administration NSC alum Eric Pelofsky is joining Shell’s DC office as director of international government relations; And finally, a big congrats to Brianna Keilar, Tara Palmeri, Abby Phillip, Olivia Nuzzi, and Katy Tur on being included in Town & Country’s “The T&C 50: New Modern Swans: The young women making waves in the age of influence.” #DoBigThings


Famous birthday wishes to Wendy Dunkle, Catherine Cypher, Tim Cote, Lisa Primiani, Vaneese Cope, Taz Jones, Patrick Brennan, Leigh Ann Shultz, Catharine Cypher, Cameron Mason, Rachel Robinson, David Bass, Marc Ambinder, Bill Burton, Karin Tanabe, Ken Vogel, David Sours, Cliff Riccio, Robert Traynham, Nathan Fry, Pamela Sorensen, Taz Jones, Mollymae Metheny, Brandi Travis, Whitney Drew, Justin Smith, Nora McAlvanah, Fred Miller and Cooper Reves!


Head’s up Doug Andres, Jordan Chapman just renamed the phone booth –> THE ATM; SPOTTED: Robby Zirkelbach, Jim VandeHei, Mike Allen, Sarah Huckabee Sanders at the Bombay Club; We hear Emily Heil, Jen Hing, Antonia Ferrier, Jo Money and Sue Davis are working on a book together; Is Matt Sturges the most interesting man on Capitol Hill?; Alyson Chwatek wants you to JUST DO IT; Kiera Fogle is enjoying the city lights of Chicago; Speaking of Chicago, we miss Polly and Justin; Brian Lenihan enjoyed HHS night at the ballpark; Ask Erin McPike how she did on the Myers Briggs; Carl Thorsen bare hand grabs snakes; Kristin Heather continues to dream big; Jim Morrell won Saved by the Bell trivia last night; Congrats to Andrew Clark on the move to NAM; Kelley Hudak’s recess wardrobe is a must-have this August; Where in the world is Scot Seplowe?; We’re proud of Troy Lyons for coming out of hiding; Taylor Bush is crushing the work apparel game; We’re still waiting for Kaya Singleton’s one page memo; Keep the snaps coming, Ryan Shellooe; We hope Wendy Dunkle had an amazing birthday WEEK!; Tyler Humphrey deserves so much avocado toast; Nicole Tieman is a master photographer; How many times this week was Katie Pavlich in the orange zone?; Don’t get lost on the river this weekend, Taz Jones; Brandon Byrd has the best goodies in the mid-atlantic; We’re diggin’ Daniel Swartz’s kicks; Does Ali Newsome still read the Round Up?; Is Kurt Bardella having a good time or is he having a damn good time?; We want in on Stephanie Genco’s arm workout.


Out like the Verizon Center.