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Hurry! Space is filling up fast at the Best of FamousDC Digital on Wednesday, February 21. If you know someone who dominates the interwebs and deserves some recognition…

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Awesome events: “Seeing Deeper” at The Washington National Cathedral continues tonight with an indoor picnic and movie night. Catch “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”, “Rogue One” or both!; DC Diary is celebrating season 1! They’re pretty cool – check it out; Wunder Garten is hosting a Pyeong Chang Thang tonight to kick off the Winter Olympics; If you like running around in your underwear, then the Cupid’s Undie Run is for you (it’s for a good cause); Story District’s “Sucker For Love” will make you laugh, cry (from laughing), and be ready for everything Valentine’s Day throws your way this year; Celebrate David Bowie Saturday night at the Fillmore.


Here’s a wall that we paid for ourselves and doesn’t even require much security. All it required was FamousDC’s magic touch.

Have a wall in your office that could use some life? Holler at us.


Doritos are launching “lady-friendly” chips that don’t crunch as loud which is funny because actually, WOMEN WANT TO BE HEARD; Speaking of foods that make noise, SoulCycle now has cookies; And speaking of food, it’s  #NationalPizzaDay; And someone who probably eats a lot of food – John Cena – can add wedding officiant to his LinkedIn; In “animals that love food” news: You might think you love your dog, but you don’t reallyyyyy love them until you buy them a house; Here’s the skinny on how to make your flowers last longer beyond Valentine’s Day, but here’s some free advice: go with the chocolate. If your SO doesn’t like it, you can always donate it – to us. Again, #food.


Jon Thompson still loves Duke; Peter Greenberger ain’t shy about his political feelings; Kate Bennett is now a sideline reporter for her daughter’s basketball games; The NRCC is selling $10,000 coffee mugs; The one thing Jeremy Art might like more than C-SPAN: curling; Is Blain Rethmeier gone full Bitcoin?; Nikki Schwab doesn’t travel enough; Gindy and the SPSA dominated NYC. Hey Megan Whittemore!; Does Chris Frates still read this far down?; Are we gonna do this whole “shutdown the government” thing every month or so? #AskingForAFriend; Are you getting ready for #PWS Joel and Josh?; Forward this email to a friend if you also lost a Super Bowl bet to Jack Smith; Congratulations to Phillip Stutts on his upcoming book; Recovering from Shutdown Fatigue (h/t Catherine Andrews); Michelle Corder has the loudest heels in the history of heels; DC bartenders know Laura Stefanow by name; Less than 43 days 8 hrs 53 min 20 sec until Ali Hanlon and Dray Washington’s big day; Joseph Phillippi has bean bag envy; Brenna Williams is adulting hard; Betsy Klein will be piloting Air Force One very soon; Margaret Kent Edson has the *mother* of all due dates; Happy 3 years at CNN Daniella Diaz!; That’s future “Press Secretary Audrey Henson” to you; Does Olivia McDonald still read this far down?; Jim Swift got not one, but TWO four-month-olds to sit still for a picture.

#MakingMoves by S-3 Public Affairs

Congratulations to Capitol Hill veteran Emily Schillinger on her new role as Vice President for Public Affairs at the American Investment Council. Schillinger most recently was Communications Director for the Ways and Means Committee and before this, Press Secretary for former Speaker of the House John Boehner, as well as a Sen. Barrasso and President George W. Bush alum; The office of Rep. Joaquín Castro (D-TX) has named Jamie Geller, former professional staff member and deputy communications director for the Foreign Affairs committee, as communications director and senior adviser; Micaela Klein, most recently a fellow in Sen. Brian Schatz’s (D-HI), has joined Audible as a senior manager for international government affairs; After eight years covering congress for the Los Angeles Times, Lisa Mascaro is joining the Associated Press as chief congressional correspondent; “Whiz Kid” Harry Enten has a new role as a senior political writer and analyst for CNN Politics. Enten most recently was a senior political writer and analyst for FiveThirtyEight and has been described as being part of a new generation of data-driven political journalists; Bloomberg Politics alum TJ Ducklo is joining NBC News as a senior communications director; The Hill’s Joe Uchill has a new role covering cybersecurity at Axios; Most recently senior editor for policy and politics at Recode, Politico alum Tony Romm is joining the Washington Post as a tech policy reporter; Also at the Post, from Foreign Policy magazine, Ruby Mellon has joined the team as a researcher, working on the “Today’s WorldView” newsletter; At Reuters, Paritosh Bansal, most recently South Asia bureau chief, is moving to the states to serve as managing editor for news in the Americas; From the Los Angeles Times, assistant managing editor for foreign and national news Kim Murphy is joining the New York Times as enterprise editor for the national desk; Kim Holmes, most recently acting senior vice president for research at the Heritage Foundation, has a new role as executive vice president; Also at Heritage, DHS alum Greg Scott has been named director of media; At the Center for American progress, Jesse Leehas been named vice president of communications. Prior to this, Lee spent eight years working for the Obama White House, and during this time spent two years as special assistant to the president and director of rapid response; Fellow Obama alum Dan Jones has been named COO for the MLS Players Association; From the CAP, associate director of media relations Devon Kearns has joined Blue Shield California as senior manager for corporate communications; Allison Halataei, most recently general counsel for the Ways and Means committee, has joined Microsoft as a director of congressional affairs; From the National Grocers Association, Travis Van Horn has joined Crosscut Strategies as an associate; Two big promotions at SKDKnickerbocker: Jill Zuckman has been named president of D.C. public affairs and Kerri Lyon as president of New York public affairs; After seven years with GE Energy, most recently as director and executive counsel for global government affairs & policy, Amanda Mertens Campbell is joining The Williams Companies as vice president of government affairs and public outreach; And finally, best of luck to Jenna Golden as she launches her new consulting firm, Golden Strategies. Golden previously served as head of political advertising sales at Twitter. #DoBigThings


Famous birthday wishes to Michael Steel, John Gaffney, Amos Snead, Troy Lyons, Sarah Hudson, John Bourbonia Cummins, Manu Raju, Boris Zilberman, Angela Morris, Brooke Bowen, Eric Storey, Susan Crabtree, Mindy Finn, Kyle Ttygstad, Ann Snead!!!1, Elizabeth Lauten, Lacey Halpern, Alex Conant, Brian Kaveny, Stephen Replogle, Charlotte Sellmyer, Mike Robinson, Allison Steely, Bobby Honold and Brea MacIsaac!


GO Team USA!