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It wasn’t long ago that we met you here at the top of our newsletter asking you to do us a favor – to be kind to someone.

Well, we’re going to do it again because a.) we just added this cool little text box and we need to fill it with text and b.) because it’s really, really important.

We’re not asking for money (although we could always use some cash), we’re not asking you to email us back (we didn’t even notice you haven’t responded in two weeks), and we’re not going to ask you to stand in line for us at Rose’s Luxury (but we’re not going to stop you either).

We’re simply going to ask you to share some positivity with someone today. That’s it.

Thanks for reading.

– FamousDC

P.S. You did a really good job this week. Have a kickass weekend.


Awesome events: All things go this weekend at the All Things Go Fall Classic. Tickets are still on sale!; Some might call Christopher Columbus bold. Some might not. These wines definitely are; Over 65 of DC’s best restaurants all in 1 place: Taste of DC; The National Cathedral is debuting its first Fall Festival and we literally can’t even; The Washington Capitals are taking on the Canadiens tomorrow night; You might see more dogs than usual this Sunday at the Shaw Farmers Market; Will run for cupcakes (Heads up: road closures for Sunday); I ain’t scared of no ghost.


Technology is changing our daily lives – from how we watch sports, to how we travel and do business. Power house brands like Facebook, Target, Google, MasterCard, the Sacramento Kings and others succeed in leveraging these technologies and new innovations.

Come see for yourself at the U.S. Chamber Technology Engagement Center’s TecNation on October 17. Experience interactive demo and drone areas and learn about the impact of increased connectivity across various sectors including government, healthcare and entertainment.

Register here with code FamousDC to receive 50% off!


Recognize this guy? We barely do. Our homeboy Cody Simmons set off on the Pacific Coast Trail back in April and it only took him 5.5 months to earn sore knees and bragging rights. That’s over 150 days of combating rough terrain and even rougher bathroom breaks. Here’s the facial hair that proves victory and the blog that explains it all.


Winter is coming. Err, no it isn’t. Jk, maybe it is. Eventually? Ugh we have no idea; If your significant other isn’t wearing your shoes for you, they’re not doing enough; Jose Andres comes to the rescue in Puerto Rico; There’s a new exhibit at the National Zoo and it’s electrifying; This company waits in line so you don’t have to; Behold the most powerful women in Washington.

#MakingMoves by S-3 Public Affairs

Congratulations to Kelsey Snell on rejoining NPR to cover Congress; Snell makes the move after nearly three years with the Washington Post, and is a alumnus of both Politico and National Journal; Veteran reporter Tara Palmeri is joining ABC News as a White House Correspondent. Palmeri has spent most of this year so far breaking stories about the Trump administration for Politico, after returning from Brussels, where she covered Brexit and the Greek Financial crisis, amongst other things. #DoBigThings; Best of luck to Evan Williams as he starts his new role as legislative assistant for Rep. Scott Tipton (R-CO). Williams most recently was correspondent director for Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS); MediaDC is excited to welcome Jillian Anderson as its associate publicist. Anderson previously was a network booker for Newsy TV, and before this spent time with the Fox News Washington bureau; K Street Media co-founder Pablo Manriquez recently announced a big move to the Economist Group as director of news communications for Roll Call and CQ; Brian Larkin has joined the Internet Association as director of cloud policy. Larkin most recently was advisor for international competitiveness and innovation for the Senate Finance committee, and before this with the Commerce Department; Warren Bass has been named executive editor of Penguin Press. Bass most recently was editor of the WSJ’s “Review” section, and before this, director of speechwriting and senior policy adviser to Susan Rice at the United Nations; The Associated Press welcomes Michael Hudson as its new global investigations editor. Hudson most recently spent nearly six years as senior editor for the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists; CNN politics welcomes IJR White House reporter Maegan Vazquez as a breaking news reporter (h/t Politico); Kathryn Branson is making a move from the Hill to Ulman Public Policy, where she will serve as an associate. Branson most recently was a legislative assistant for Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA); Prime Policy Group adds Ed Cox to its team. Cox most recently was a legislative policy adviser to Senate finance committee Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-UT);From the office of Rep. Jim Banks (R- IN), Brandt Anderson is joining Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) team to handle defense and veterans policy work; John Meza, most recently communications director for Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX), has joined the Raben Group as a director; Former FEMA national director of public affairs and Third Way Strategies founder and principle strategist, Rafael Lemaitre, has joined IEM as chief communications officer; After a brief stop at the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, Daniel Bucheli is returning to the Hill as communications director and deputy chief of staff for Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO); Washington Post and former WSJ national security reporter and Pulitzer Prize finalist Adam Entous is joining The New Yorker as a staff writer; Lindsey Kolb has joined FP1 Strategies as digital director. Before this, Kolb was community manager for Crowdskout; Platform Communications adds Wisconsin state senate leader Scott Fitzgerald’s communications director, Myranda Tanck; Communications strategist and freelance writer Sery Kim, who also worked as a media sherpa for Trump Transition team, has been named senior advisor to the Assistant Secretary of Public Affairs at HHS; And finally, a big congrats to communications pro Lindsey Mask on joining G2 Global Solutions as a communications manager. Mask most recently was an HHS spokesperson and communications manager for the Office of the Director of Program Support Center and Federal Occupational Health. In her new role, Mask will continue to support the HHS, focusing on the Office of Security and Strategic Information. #CrushingIt


Famous birthday wishes to Jeff Ostermayer, Tara DiJulio, Stephanie Genco, Tracy Sefl, Jeff Mortier, Tom Williams, Julia Collins, Bill Hudson, Sarah Craighill, Chase Noyes, Blain Rethmeier, Doug Andres, Tommy Andrews, Brooke Hougesen, Joanna Ellis and Rich Counts!


On a scale of 1 to Jeremy Art, where is your Natitude today?; Did Ryan Rhodes have 87 meetings on Capitol Hill this week?; Give Jim Swift two high fives the next time you see him. He and Mary welcomed Bridget Anne Swift and Claire Elizabeth Swift to our world!; Tell Deborah Hawkinson and Claire Gedde congratulations on a successful FRO Fly-in; Michael Clements is a rockstar; We hope Evan Williams is celebrating big tonight; Is Christian Dibblee curbing his enthusiasm this weekend?; Meredith Hills has a new headshot and you don’t want to miss it; Did Caleb Randall-Bodman get in all of his reading last night?; Is Edgar Estrada reading this?; Hats off to WeWork who is kicking off its very first Creator Bootcamp in DC this weekend as a part of the global Creator Awards; Patrick Wilson has the best friends; Don’t tell Daniel Martinez, but some of us are wearing shorts today; Lara Kline has more patience than we do; Sean Spicer won’t admit that he likes cutting onions; Lauren Pratapas is a boss; Jake Wilkins needs a Jolt; POLITICO Focus’ Bennett Richardson and Lindsay Richardson welcomed bundle of joy, Andon Dean Richardson to the world!; Thank you to all the journalists who bravely covered the Las Vegas tragedy this week; Happy anniversary of your 21st birthday, Tom Williams!; Famous Birthday wishes to Bill Gray of Issue One and FloorCharts fame!


Gone like AIM.