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Awesome events: When you’re done writing your letter to Santa, go check out The Drink the District Wine Festival (holiday edition!) this weekend; Don’t be alarmed by the multitude of Santas that are about invade DC on Saturday and definitely cause a lot of traffic; Looking for a unique gift to give during the holiday season? Come to the Dupont Circle Holiday Retail Pop-up, sponsored by the Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets; All things are merry and bright when the Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington DC are performing their annual holiday show; Glow and get your holiday sparkle on this weekend at Georgetown’s light art exhibit; The Metropolitan Cooking & Entertaining Show is this weekend and will include appearances and cooking demonstrations by award-winning local and national chefs including our fave Jose Andres.


Flashback Friday: How did Kate Andersen Brower get juicy details surrounding the First ladies from Jackie O to Michelle Obama? We can confirm that it did not involve jumping the White House fence.


The U.S. Capitol Christmas Tree is officially lit! (unlike that joke); We may or may not know when season 8 of Game of Thrones will premier; Wrap your gifts in 15 seconds and use that extra 15 seconds to complain about all the gifts you had to buy this year; Time Magazine almost blew its Person of the Year surprise; Why is everyone talking about Bitcoin again; Beware of fat squirrels.



The holidays are here and we have just the right way for you to spread some cheer. Check out these local charity opportunities where you can give back by donating or volunteering to help those in need.


Public Santa Announcement: Just because you know how to write a letter to Santa doesn’t mean you should.


Devin Mogler loves reading FamousDC; Hot yoga loves Doug Heye; Charles Faulkner was spotted at the Blair House this week; Jim Dyke makes really good wine; Liz Eddy – raise your hand if you’re reading this; Katie Harbath might not leave paradise; Danielle Maurer bakes for blisters; Archie Smart has a grown-up car, but does that now make him a grown-up?; Ask Sam Baker if healthcare is one word or two. FamousDC will remain on the side of light with you; Ruben Verastigui is dreaming of a white Christmas; Victoria Langton just wants to rock around everyone’s Christmas tree; All truffle everything gets our attention Justin Schuble; Ida Rosenthal is getting into the holiday spirit with her three favorites; Andrew and Kate Miller look picture perfect; Catch Neil Grace crackin’ jokes; Congressman Will Hurd has an important message; Robin Meade rocks emerald green; Signed, sealed and delivered Tara Palmeri; Meg Biram is keeping it cozy this winter; Big congrats to Lauryn Prattes for getting featured in Martha Stewart Weddings; Christine Olmstead is taking #giveback to a new level; Mica Powers is sipping out of the clutchest holiday mug; Cartney McCracken, women do rule!; Got milk Vera Thomas?; Libby Rasmussen is ringing in 27 with a bucket list of 28 before 28; We’re day dreaming of beaches too Lauren Zelt; Norah Quinn is definitely #winning; Congrats Brittany Stone on your big ballet debut. #FlashbackFriday Ainsley Earhardt; 39 is the new 25, Kaya Singleton; Congrats to the POLITICO Live team for pulling off another great Women Rule Summit this week!; Elizabeth Vincent gives really good white elephant gifts; Is Bridgett Hebert reading this?; How is my best girlfriend, Jonah Van Why?; Winter looks fab on Virginia Coyne.

#MakingMoves by S-3 Public Affairs

BIG NEWS: Capitol Hill legend and former floor director for House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) Ben Howard is making moves back to Capitol Hill to serve as House Majority Whip Steve Scalise’s (R-LA) floor director. He currently serves as a special assistant to the President in the White House Office of Legislative Affairs and will replace Scalise’s current floor director, Matt Bravo, when he leaves to join S-3 Public Affairs in January 2018. #DoBigThings; From Marathon Pharmaceuticals, vice president of communications Wanda Moebius has a new role as leader of enterprise public affairs at Johnson & Johnson. Moebius is also a veteran of both AdvaMed and PhRMA; Joining AdvaMed as executive director of the AdvaMedDx division is Susan Van Meter, most recently senior vice president of federal relations for the Healthcare Association of New York State; Molly Block has a new role as EPA press secretary. She previously spent nearly three years on the press team for the House Committee on Natural Resources; Chris Cillizza and CNN Politics are welcoming Brenna Williams to The Point team; From ExxonMobil’s public policy and external affairs team, Seth Levey recently joined EEI as a director of external affairs; Senator Ted Cruz’s office announced some changes this week: chief counsel Pre Shah is taking over as chief of staff with David Polyansky moving to Texas for Cruz’s 2018 re-election campaign. And current legislative director Steve Chartan is adding a role as deputy chief of staff; Peck Madigan Jones partner and former director of external affairs for House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy Danielle Burr, is making moves to Uber as head of federal affairs; Google alum Jacqueline Plunkett has joined DDC Public Affairs as senior vice president for digital strategy; After four years as senior director of corporate communications for Hawaiian Airlines, Alison McAfee is joining Airlines for America as managing director for communications; Molly Drenkard, most recently national press secretary the House Republican Conference, is now manager of corporate communications for Anheuser-Bush; Assuming the role as national press secretary to Conference Chairman Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA) is former Rep. Tiberi (R-OH) communications director and Boehner alum, Olivia Hnat; The Conservation Fund recently named John Gilbert, previous vice president of business strategy at the Partnership for Public Service, as its new executive vice president and chief financial officer; Former vice chair of the Michigan Republican Party, Adi Sathi, recently joined the RNC as director of Asian Pacific American Engagement. Sathi most recently was chief of staff at the Young Republican National Federation and before this, a 2016-17 APAICS legislative fellow; The Conference of State Bank Supervisors welcomes Catherine Pepper Pickles as director of communications. Prior to this, Pickles was a senior director at ProActive Communications; From the National Association for Biomedical Research, Molly Pfaffenroth is joining the National Grocers Association as a senior manager focused on tax policy; The New York Times has a new addition to its masthead: senior editor for the Travel section, Monica Drake, has a new role as assistant managing editor. Drake will oversee new digital features and projects and start a column, Surfacing, next month; The Times is also welcoming Politico reporter and BuzzFeed alum Ali Watkins as a national security reporter; And finally, congratulations to Fox News contributor Gillian Turner, who the network recently named a full-time correspondent in the DC bureau. Turner has been with FNC since 2014 and previously worked worked for the National Security Council during both the Barack Obama and George W. Bush administrations.


Famous birthday wishes to Camden Danielle Shultz turns three!, Elyse Petroni, Aaron Leibowitz, Courtney Johnson, Brian Wohlert, Amanda Faulkner, Sihail Khan, Shannon Brushe, Shoshana Weissmann, Kate Brandt, Laena Fallon Pomeroy, Mike Shields, Steve Johnston, Megan Whittemore, Katie Wall, Matthew Gagnon, Todd Wooten, Heidi Jameson, John Feehery, Elyse Perlmutter-Gumbiner, Ali Newsome, Mike Emanuel, Stephen Strobel and Abby Sutton!

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