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We’re celebrating the Best of FamousDC Digital Wednesday, February 21. The event is sold out, but you can get on the waitlist here. If you know someone who dominates the internet and deserves some recognition…

Nominate them!


Congratulations to the National Press Foundation last night on another successful dinner and award ceremony honoring the best in journalism!; Hats off to Bret Baier on winning the Sol Taishoff Award for Excellence in Broadcast Journalism; If Jeremy Art is your personal hype man, life is always famous; Nick Johnston hits the after party, but always stays right outside the action; Congratulations to Sandy Johnson, Chris Adams, Jenny Ash-Maher, Tyler Mertins and Jesse Schneider on another successful dinner!; NBD, just a few of the Hill’s finest were in attendance last night; Jon Adams will crush a 1,000 person dinner, take care of a baby and then fly cross-country – all in the same night; Shout-out to ULA for launching their goodie bags into stardom; Jeff Solsby has great ice-breaker questions; We’re impressed with Macey Sevcik; We’re jealous of Brian Wohlert’s travel plans; Josh Habursky deserves a nap; Hi, Elizabeth Vincent; Sarah Hudson is polite and won’t cut the line at the bar; Philip Lewis should wear suits more often; Thank you to the National Confectioners Association for the sweet treats; Kelsey Snell (and Paul Kane) take the best selfies.


Awesome events: Nobody likes first dates, but what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger – or at least gives you a good story to tell your friends; Frederick Douglass is 200 years young and the National Park Service is throwing a weekend-long banger at his old pad; The newest pop-up bar to hit DC is Black Panther inspired; Do you believe in life after love? Cher does – and she’s at MGM National Harbour this weekend to belt it out; There’s yoga, and then there’s dance party yoga; Celebrate the first president of the United States at Mount Vernon (for free).


Coming soon: Here’s a Famous Five interview that went so wrong, it was only right to put it on the internet. Stay tuned for the full interview – that is, if it gets cleared by legal.



These bathrooms in DC will go good with that mirror pic; Not sure if self-driving cars will help the DC traffic situation, but we may find out; The qualifications for this CFO position aren’t what you think; We see you Clinton Yates (h/t BYT); It looks like FamousDC could be heading back to Charlotte; All bets might be off for Mid-Atlantic skiing the rest of the season; Strong showing for DC as 2018 James Beard Award semi-finalists!


Thank you for entertaining us via Facebook, Julie Germany; Erin Veltman needs to go work for Conde Nast Traveler; Neil Chatterjee looks hot in a hard hat; Thank you, Martha Stewart!; Congrats on the new pocket square, Brian Johnson; John Patrick Feehery is not sharing what he gave up for lent; Howdy, Amber Marchand!; Morgan Ortagus had a perfect combo of Dorritos and Champagne for Valentine’s Day; We’re loving, baby Katie Harbath; Matthew Faraci, DC misses you; Radu Magdin, when are you coming to DC again?; Alexandra Zimmerman Safir looks good in heart glasses; Ashley Westby is one of our favorite people; Does Eddie Cohen read this?; David Satterfield, come have lunch with us; June “Bunny” Farmer is our biggest fan in Georgia; Julia Williams is coming back to town and we’re excited; D. Archibald Smart, do you still read this email?; Welcome, to the Lyons Den!; Everyone, please take a deep breath and stay calm because IT MIGHT SNOW IN DC ON SATURDAY!!1; Meg Little Reilly continues to #DoBigThings – preorder “Everything that Follows” today; #DoBigThings Mollie O’Dell; Does Kelley Hudak still read this far down?; Welcome back to town Polly and Justin; Do Jason & Carmen Fenton ever come back to town?; Shut ‘er down, Sarah Fritz; Matthew Faraci seems to be settling in nicely in LA; We’re having a hard time figuring out if Mitt Romney is running for Senate; This is a special Emily Miller shoutout; Ask Meghan Burris what she’s most excited for this weekend; Happy 3rd Birthday East Side Yoga & Alia Khan!;

#MakingMoves by S-3 Public Affairs

Congratulations to Molly Mitchell on her new role as director of surrogates and media affairs at the DCCC. Mitchell most recently was associate director of communications at Axios. #DoBigThings; Jared Solomon, most recently a legislative assistant for Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA), is leaving the hill to join Bose Public Affairs; In the office of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), both press assistant Arielle Mueller and communications assistant Anthony Cruz have been promoted to deputy press secretaries; Amanda Munger has a new role as communications director for Rep. Rick Larsen (D-WA). Before this, Munger was a public policy fellow at the Fund for American Studies, and previously served as deputy press secretary for the Department of the Interior during the Obama administration; Former director of domestic policy for Vice President Mike Pence Daris Meeks has rejoined Venable’s legislative and government affairs practice; Charlie Sykes has a new gig as host of the recently relaunched Daily Standard Podcast; ProPublica is adding two: Caroline Chen from Bloomberg News, and David Armstrong from STAT; CNBC “Squawk Box” segment producer Kate Rooney is making moves to CNBC.com as a reporter focused on the cryptocurrency industry; From Third Door Media, Tim Peterson is moving to Digiday; John Hudson, most recently a foreign affairs correspondent for BuzzFeed News, is joining the Washington Post as a national security reporter; Also at the Post, Bloomberg View columnist and well-known writer Megan McArdle has been named a columnist for the Opinion section, where she will focus on economics, business and public policy; BBCNewsnight welcomes Esme Wren as its new editor. Wren most recently was head of politics and business for Sky News; After more than three years with CNN, Steven Sloan has been named as director of enterprise reporting; From Vice Media, CFO and COO Anu Subramanian has a new role as CFO for Fusion Media Group; Erin Neal, former executive vice president at SIGNAL Group recently launched Velocity Government Relations; Crossroad Strategies welcomes three: Hurd alum Salim Alameddin, Sally Adams from Sixkiller Consulting, and Jason Gleason, most recently chief of staff to Rep. John Sarbanes (D-MD); The National Taxpayers Union welcomes Kevin Glass, current director of outreach and policy for the Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity, as its new vice president of communications and outreach; The Harvard Kennedy School’s Institute of Politics as a new director: Clinton administration alum Mark Gearan, who also previously served as director of the U.S. Peace Corps; And finally, congratulations to NPR’s Ailsa Chang, who was recently named as the newest co-host of the hit show “All Things Considered.” Before this, Chang was a correspondent for NPR’s “Planet Money” Podcast


Famous birthday wishes to Alicia Downs, Adam Sharp, Jennifer Crider, Kate Constantini, Kerry Feehery, Patrick Theismann, Cliff Sims, Lachlan Markay, Ben Traynham, Ashley Berrang, Shana Marchio, Betsy Fischer Martin, James Hohmann turns 202!, John Stanton, Michael Staley, Molly Weaver, Chloe Troia, Chris Cillizza, Christopher Chapel, Ryan Rudominer, Clyde McGrady, Chef Amy Brandwein (h/t Brian Johnson) and Tom Gibson!



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