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When you know you’re gonna lose an hour of partying this weekend so you start early.


Awesome events: This weekend is looking like a 12/10 – the road closures and traffic inconveniences, however, are not; You can thank the weirdos that consider a 26.2 mile run a good time; We’re not knocking health and fitness; We’re just trying to save up some energy so we can make it all the way to the land of Oz; Speaking of exercise, have you ever laughed so hard you got abs? Us either, but we’re hopeful; In the meantime, the only 6-pack we can get our hands on comes is beer – and there will be lots at Ireland on the Wharf; Don’t let the St. Paddy’s celebration stop there – DC’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade is Sunday!

#TheGist By NJI Media

We’re pumped to bring you #TheGist – a look into hyper-local topics in the DC area. Today’s episode takes a dive into a pesky problem 🐀


McDonald’s knows what’s up for International Women’s Day – and it’s those glorious golden arches; Breaking up is hard to do – and when you do it on national TV, you might get banned from certain states; Let’s give it up for the Virginia bakery that won a British baking competition; Alexa isn’t laughing with you – she’s laughing at you; Um, sorry M Shop, there’s already a store in town that sells stuff you don’t need. Meet the badass ladies of Swann Street.


Whether you know it or not, you’ve seen Tony Powell’s work. He’s photographed the Hollywood likes of Oprah, Morgan Freeman and Gloria Estefan – and around these parts, most everything below your feet and above – Read about a man whose story is worth more than a thousand words.


High Five to Ian Lutz for coming in 3rd place at Mad Fox trivia last night. Because if you’re not first your last; Russ Grote is equally comfortable in the boardroom and the sandwich line at Wawa; Happy Birthday to Matt Handverger who is still much younger than he looks; Meghan Latcovich is the coolest person we know; ‎C.J. Crossis transitioning to the craft beer industry; Frank Dale is awesome; Steve Beggs is the best negotiator in VA; Lindsey Miller is a real-life Dr. Doolittle; David Almacy, welcome back from Mexico!; What will be next for Laurent Crenshaw?; We still owe Mick Kaplan an email and we feel bad about that; Where is Kristen Soltis Anderson on vacation and why weren’t we invited?; Eric Nedd doesn’t respond to text messages anymore; Hello Mike Ricci; Thoughts and prayers with Lara Kline; Good luck to Andrew Powaleny as he runs his half marathon; March Madness is here; Good luck to everyone running the Rock n Roll Marathon, half marathon and 5k tomorrow (also, SATURDAY BRUNCH ALERT –> all the streets will be closed in DC); Go Whitney Drew! #BeatAmos – just kidding… #HelpAmos; Can Bill Gray please keep a tally of Jenn Sherman’s #Unfurl uses while the Bonnies are in the A10 this weekend?; Sean Hayes had a nice message for Becky Card; Does Mary Stewart Bell still read this far down; Aloha Brian Wohlert!; Carly Salas is going to crush her first marathon this weekend!; Tommy McFly is now a pro at Barre thanks to Lauryn Ricketts and Kelly WilkinsonElizabeth Vincent are you reading this?; Karina Carlson is a great model!; We love noods; The Tracy kids are living their best lives; Rep. Steph Murphy’s Chief Morale Officer should get a raise (or at least a new bone); Apparently Doug Heyedoes not watch the Real Housewives of New York (but John Goodwin does?); Seeing Jenny Vasquez was the highlight of our week; How were those snacklins Alyson Chwatek?; Nice throw, Mike Lurie; Mark Borelli is in for a memorable performance;

#MakingMoves by S-3 Public Affairs

Congratulations to Ed O’Keefe, who after 13 years at The Washington Post, is joining CBS News full time as an on-air political correspondent; Also at CBS, White House producer Jillian Hughes has a new role as a producer for the hit show “Face The Nation.”  This week, S&P Global announced updates to its Government Affairs team as part of a coordinated effort to expand global business development efforts: Darlene Rosenkoetter has a new role as Global Head of Government Affairs & Public Policy (GAPP). Reporting to Rosenkoetter is a team of regional leaders including: Jackie Gulley, Head of GAPP North America, David Henry Doyle, Head of GAPP for EMEA, and John Phipps, Head of GAPP for Latin America and Asia Pacific. In addition to this new role, Jackie Gulley will continue to handle DC communications for the company; The New York Times has named Patrick Healy, most recently deputy culture editor, as its new political editor; Also at the Times, Elizabeth Williamson has a new role as a feature writer focused on Washington and the Trump administration; From Foreign Policy magazine, Jenna McLaughlin is making moves to CNN as a reporter covering national security; After a year working on CNN’s “New Day,” Veronica Bautista has moved to D.C. as a producer for Brianna Keilar; The Daily Beast’s senior news editor Ben Collins is making moves to NBC News and will contribute to all platforms; Also joining NBC from The Daily Beast is senior reporter and researcher Brandy Zadrozny, Zadrozny will focus on “people, their politics, and the tech that shapes our lives”; From First Look Media, executive creative director Phil Delbourgo is joining Vox Media as vice president of design; CNN has named Washington Post opinion columnist Catherine Rampell as a political commentator; Politico’s director of video operations Matt Sobocinski is leaving the outlet after a decade to join Gannett as senior video producer; Faith Vander Voort has a new role as deputy press secretary to Secretary Ryan Zinke. Voort makes the move from the Hill, where she most recently was press secretary and digital director for Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) and digital advisor to the Republican Study Committee; The office of Sen. James Lankford (R-OK) has promoted deputy chief of staff and legislative director Michelle Altman to chief of staff; From Prime Policy Group. Chris Mitchell has joined IPC – Association Connecting Electronic Industries, as vice president of global government relations; Paul Reagan, most recently a senior aide to former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, is rejoining McGuireWoods as a senior vice president and director of federal government relations; Emily Cashman, previously a legislative aide for Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), has a new role as senior manager of government affairs at Thorn; The Congressional Leadership Fund and American Action Network welcomes Matt Capristo, most recently VP of online advertising at IMGE, as the newest addition to its digital team; Scott Sloofman is leaving America Rising to assume his new role as press secretary for Maryland Governor Larry Hogan; After two years as speechwriter for the House Ways and Means Committee, Shane McDonald has joined the Business Roundtable as a senior communications advisor; Clinton 2016 alum Jonathan Fromowitz recently joined SKDKnickerbocker as a vice president. Fromowitz previously was NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio’s chief speechwriter; Alyssa Hackbarth, former manager of public affairs and digital strategy at the American Legislative Exchange Council, has joined CRC Public Relations as an account executive; Seiko Yoshitake, most recently a senior account manager at Media Cause, has joined Anne Lewis Strategies as a senior digital strategist; Amnesty International has named former president of the Congressional Hispanic Staff Association Francisco Bencosme as its new Asia Pacific advocacy manager. Bencosme makes the move from his post as a legislative research assistant on the Senate Foreign Relations committee; The Stimson Center’s Jim Baird has joined ReThink Media as managing director; Monument Policy Group adds Goodlatte alum Bryan Alphin as a legislative manager; Meg Villarreal has a new role as manager for policy and public affairs at Nestlé. Before this, Villarreal was director of government and industry relations for J.M. Smucker Company; And finally, a big congrats and best of luck to Erin McPike and Marsha Catron, who have joined forces to launch Swann Street Strategies. The communications firm “provides clients with an avenue to success in media, crisis communication, and creative content” and you can read more about it via the latest Famous 5 here. #DoBigThings


Famous birthday wishes to Ashley Wolos, Sarah Rogers, Brad Dayspring, Matt Jessee, Sarah Higgings, Alex Treadway, Thomas McGill, John Murray, Matt Bravo, Erin Billings, Sarah E. Malkin, Ashley Hoy, Andrea Bozek Grant, Jim McCray, Lauren Mullins, Guy benson (h/t Twitter); Wes Repass, Emily Wymer Solomon, Carly Salas, Sarah Swinehart and Jordan McGillis (subject line extraordinaire)


Rock on, DC