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Awesome events: Georgetown GLOW’s celebration of illuminated art (no, not the same as the illuminati) comes to an end this Sunday so go and see for yourself what everyone is raving about; Chloe opens for business tonight!; Riverfront Resolutions is the way to keep (aka start) your New Year’s Resolutions with a free VIDA Fitness Class Saturday; Join the JMU Championship Watch Party festivities on Saturday at Port City Brewing along with proud JMU alum and founder of Port City, Bill Butcher; Since you’re not going to wear pants on Sunday, you might as well join the rest of DC on Sunday when they do it publicly; Les Miserables is here for your viewing pleasure for one. last. weekend.


U.S. Chamber of Commerce
How can the American economy thrive in 2018?On January 10th, U.S. Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Thomas J. Donohue will shed light on the top challenges facing the business community and the Chamber’s priorities for economic growth in the 2018 State of American Business address. Join us afterward for the U.S. Chamber’s 2nd Annual Open House for an opportunity to learn where the Chamber is heading, cultivate new relationships, and network with the next generation of up-and-coming D.C. leaders.


Flashback Friday!! What’s the NBWA you ask? Well we can tell you it’s not the WNBA (we found that out the hard way). Here is a sophisticated and insightful interview about another “b” and, arguably, the best one out there.


Calling all biscuits; Barack knows how to get down; Remember these DC sports moments from 2017?; Unlike some of us, coffee has come a long way; For the outdoorsy type that would like to dabble in extreme winter sporting; Shovel your sidewalk or else! (Oh and take pix plz).


Let’s be real – you’re too uptight when it comes to winter to be a snow bunny. Instead, you find yourself checking the weather every 3 minutes for updates and ordering cases of water on instacart because “it’s not safe out there!” Well, you’re not alone.

Bo, the Obama's family pet, plays in the snow during a blizzard on the south grounds of the White House, Feb. 10, 2010.<br /> (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Photo: Pete Souza


Hello Taz Jones!; For a few minutes on Thursday, Mike Morrison’s computer was possessed; Antonia Ferrier has upped her Twitter game; Someone tell Dylan Byers he didn’t miss much; Amos has gone all in on Twitter, much like he’s all in on owning multiple cats; Snipe have been spotted in front of David Almacy’s house; Ask Luke Hatzis how he celebrated National Spa Day; Sean Spicer! Still waiting for you to cut onions; We wish Josh Shultz a speedy recovery; Has Eddie Cohen signed up for the Round Up?; PSA from Katie Manzullo-Thomas: If your almost 30, it’s likely time to cash in on those savings bonds; Wishing Andrew Powaleny a great marathon weekend!; Karen Christian, can we borrow Teddy when we’re sick too?; Namaste, John Scofield; We hope Emily Schillinger is enjoying her weather travel delays!; Is Becky Card going to continue the daily Capitol pics in 2018?; Jess Kusuma really likes chocolate; Travis Cooke is fancy; Our thoughts with the Union Pub crew; We’re glad Alyson Chwatek survived Russia House; Does Maureen Shanahan still read the Round Up?; Honey Nut Cheerios is a solid choice, Doug Heye; How many miles this week, Nicole Tieman?; Happy New Year to you too, Kristen Lee Burke!; How are Lauren Zelt’s sea legs?; Save for the llama for your mama, Josh Snead; Abby Livingston won the fourth grade; Ashlee Strong was excellent in that Hallmark Christmas movie; We think Erica Pyatt and Dan Horowitz are pretty awesome; Hey Erika Reynoso!; We hope Sean McDonnell is surviving this arctic weather; We can’t wait to hear about Macey Sevcik’s Costa Rican adventures; Huge congrats to Alisha Ramos for having GNI featured in Vogue!; Can Justin Timberlake just release his entire album already?; Matt Bravo crushed SoulCycle in week one!; Did Shawn Pasternak work from home today so he could plow through the Michael Wolff book?; Ask Jeff Ostermayer who he is pulling for on Monday night; Speaking of Monday night, good luck Mary Katharine Ham, Brendan Buck, Doug Andres, Lauren Culbertson, Alex Finland, Wells Ellenberg, Megan Whittemore and Chairman David Mowery – they’re gonna need a hug Tuesday morning. #RollTide; Shoutout to Hillary Alvaré for shouting out Justin Timberlake.

#MakingMoves by S-3 Public Affairs

Congratulations to all-star BuzzFeed reporter Tarini Parti on her new role as White House correspondent #DoBigThings; As reported by AxiosJoel Weber has a new job as editor of Bloomberg Businessweek. Weber, most recently editor of Bloomberg Markets Magazine, is replacing Megan Murphy as she moves to London; After nearly four years with The Daily Beast, Tim Mak is joining NPR’s Washington Desk. Also, re-joining NPR as a political reporter is Asma Khalid, who most recently spent a year covering tech and economic issues for WBUR; CNN Politics writer Miranda Green is making moves to The Hill to cover the environment and energy beat; Former IJR Congressional reporter Haley Byrd is now covering Congress for The Weekly Standard; The Bloomberg Environment team is pleased to welcome Bobby Magill as its newest energy reporter; Lara Jakes, most recently night editor for the New York Times’ Washington bureau and former managing editor for Foreign Policy magazine, has a new role as deputy editor. Jakes, who also spent twelve years with the AP, and notably spent time as its Baghdad bureau chief in 2012, will oversee coverage of the Times’ foreign policy coverage; Ben Walsh, former business reporter for HuffPost, has joined Barron’s to cover banking and financial tech; CNBC recently added Mashable’s Kamelia Angelova as executive producer of digital video; Politico Magazine is adding veteran communicator and writer Chris Suellentrop to its team; Subject Matter adds Podesta Group alum Hasti Afkhami as a senior vice president of digital (h/t Politico); Also from the Podesta Group, Erin Billings has joined Global Strategy Group as a senior vice president; Political veteran and former chief of staff for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) David Polyansky is joining Clout Public Affairs as its new president; The NewDemPAC has named Jon Boughtin as political director. Boughtin most recently was public issues media manager for the National Association of Realtors; From Qorvis MSLGROUP, Christian Hertenstein is making moves to Definers Public Affairs as a vice president; Jim Riley, most recently senior director of government affairs for NSSGA, has joined the National Waste & Recycling Association as vice president of federal affairs and deputy general counsel; West Wing Writers has added Kate Childs Graham, former communications director for Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), as a principal; Jessica Bennett has joined the Renewable Fuels Association as vice president of external affairs. Before this, Bennett was director of renewable fuels for the National Corn Growers Association; Congrats to Matt Herrick who has joined the Rockefeller Foundation as managing director of communications; Lauren Bouton, former public policy associate at Facebook, has joined R Street Institute as outreach manager and coalition coordinator; The International Crisis Group has promoted Rob Malley from vice president of policy to president and CEO; RNC alum Tory Maguire is the newest addition to Michael Best, where she will serve as a managing editor. Maguire most recently spent time at the White House as special assistant to the president and director of presidential scheduling; After leaving the Hill to lead the appropriations portfolio for OMB’s legislative affairs team, former legislative director for Rep. Hal Rogers (R-KY) Ryan Canfield is now joining the White House legislative affairs team; And finally, best of luck to Ashley Berrang as she leaves the Hill to pursue a new opportunity. Berrang most recently spent three years as Sen. Shelley Moore Capito’s (R-WV) communications director.


Famous birthday wishes to Kelsi Baughan, Will Troost, Paul Nagle, Chris Simei, Rep. Rodney Davis, Shaquille Brewster, Kimball Stroud, Maggie Blake, Caitlin Emma, Chris DeBosier, Ana Pancorbo, Rep. John Sullivan, Jenna Golden, Jonathan Torres, Alex DiNino, Noelle Clemente, Rep. Terri Sewell, Mike Frank, Delaney Armstrong, Matt Woelfel, Chef Geoff Tracy, Tomer Ovadia, Joe Maloney, Alexis Bataillon, Annie Lewis, Laura Chambers Crist, John Drogin, Veronica Vaquer, Morgan Voss, Carrie Wild, Allison Mataya, Stuart Siciliano, Kimball Stroud, Stewart Verdery, Ashley Hurt Callen, Eric Pfeiffer, Eric Schulze and Jay Rupert!