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Awesome events: Without “awesome” it’s just a con; Burning Man will be here in DC, sort of; How about a Friday night at Black Cat and bangers by Beyonce and Rihanna? Um yes please; If there was a decade better than the 90s, it was the early 00s – refresh your memory Saturday night; You can’t buy me love, but you can buy me tickets to see The Fab Four – the ultimate tribute to The Beatles; You’ve had a long week. Just relax and unwin(e)d on Saturday and let Spring Wine Fling do the rest; Or you can fly high at the Cherry Blossom Kite Festival tomorrow on the National Mall. You know what? Do both;  Attention ladies! Tomorrow you can learn self-defense with founder of SheFighter and badass, Lina Kalifeh; Start you Easter Sunday off bright and early at the Sunrise Service; And then head over to brunch with fam, friends and bunnies alike.



American Gaming Association

Americans illegally bet at least $150 billion annually on sports thanks to PASPA – a failed federal ban that enables an illegal sports betting market, offers zero consumer protections and generates zero revenue for state and tribal governments. This year, AGA estimates Americans will wager more than $10 billion on the 2018 NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Of that $10 billion, only about 3% will be wagered legally. As March Madness comes to a close, AGA continues to work with all stakeholders to put the illegal market out of business.
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Got weather? NBC Washington Meteorologist Lauryn Ricketts wouldn’t dare let a little precipitation rain on her parade – in fact, she kind of digs it.


A winery that’s also a music venue is genius especially when it comes just in time for winery-music weather; Speaking of, let’s make 2-4-1 happy hour specials great again; Nats Park is in the top 10 most expensive MLB stadiums; Here are other things to talk about at a Nats Games; With the change of seasons, so comes the change of the Sweetgreen menu; Here’s a map of that Hyperloop that can get you to DC-Baltimore in 15 minutes.


That’s some mighty fine cover art, Amos Snead and Jaime Harrison – preorder Climbing The Hill today! Congratulations Noelle Clemente and Will Troost on your engagement!; 200 days until Grant Saunders Day; Sorry about your namesake, Steven Smith; Congratulations Jessie Kusuma and Ben Noble on your engagement!; Charlie the pup is officially more popular than Bubba Atkinson; Anton Vuljaj’s screen grab went all Axios on the internet; Neda Toloui-Semnani is such an inspiration; Congrats to Don Seymour and family on their new house and last floor meal; We stand with Chef Geoff; Is paradise better than DC Samantha Buzaid?; Josh Rogin remembers the Washington Bullets; Haley Byrd crushes the auto-response game; But really how many times has DJ Jamiel watched Taylor Swift’s Delicate video?; Jonathan Swan has really nice fans; Wyd Kelly Cohen?; Autria Godfrey is a ray of sunshine in yellow; Watching Jeremy Art during baseball season is a spectator sport; Elayne Burke is our new favorite; Did Emily Miller move to Texas and not tell us?; Josh Dawsey likes a good Springtime beer; AshLee Strong living her best life on the slopes; Tommy Vietor took pity on his pup; A shoutout to one of our favorite Texans, Mr. Luke Marchant; Ask Amy Smith about her Sunday in Saigon; Did Allen Fuller admit that Alabama isn’t the best school in the SEC?; Springer dinger!!; Famous food alert: Congrats to Chef John Diaz who has accepted a position as Executive Sous Chef for Ballast Point Brewery and will work with their team as they open a new restaurant in Chicago. Next time you find yourself in Chi-town drop on in!; Sarah Salzmann are you reading this?; Sean McDonnell is having a great week; We miss Kelsey Wessels;

#MakingMoves by S-3 Public Affairs

Congratulations to Alex Dease on rejoining Team Scalise as external affairs coordinator. Dease most recently was a digital coordinator in the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative; Former president of the White House Correspondents’ Association Christi Parsons, who has been a White House correspondent for the Los Angeles Times since 2008, has joined The Atlantic to lead its new Talent Lab; After leaving last fall for GQ, Ben Schreckinger is rejoining Politico as a national political correspondent; Also at Politico, founding editor Susan Glasser has accepted a position as a full-time staff writer for The New Yorker. Glasser has been writing a bi-monthly column for the magazine since last Fall and most recently helped launch the Global Politico series; The AP’s Wendy Benjaminson is making moves to McClatchy, to serve as its new White House and national policy editor for its DC bureau; The Washington Post’s local politics team adds Steve Thompson from the Dallas Morning News; Former American Banker reporter Ian McKendry has joined the American Bankers Association as vice president of public relations; Brett Quick, most recently director of government affairs and public policy at S&P Global, has a new role as vice president of government and industry relations at the Financial Services Forum; FleishmanHillard recently added Colin Hart, previously vice president at BLJ Worldwide, as a vice president on its crisis and issues management team; From Edelman, Alexa Papadopoulos has a new role as press secretary for Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD); AEI has promoted Michael Pratt from director of digital strategy to director of media relations and marketing; FP1 Strategies and ACU alum Melissa Brown has a new job as press secretary and digital director for Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ). She most recently was press secretary for Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC); Joining the office of Rep. Ted Budd (R-NC) as communications director is Chase Jennings, former director of conservative media and radio at the RNC; Most recently communications director for Sen. Tom Carper (D-DE), Meghan Pennington has started as a senior director at Hamilton Place Strategies; The Linux Foundation has named former special assistant and spokeswoman for former President Barack Obama, Jamie Smith, as its new chief marketing officer; Laura Favinger, former head of government and industry affairs at Zurich North America, has a new role as chief administrative officer for the Insurance Information Institute; Ivesco has named former managing director of federal government relations for SIFMA Jennifer Flitton as its newest vice president of federal affairs; From the Global Leadership Coalition, Matt Giacona has joined Venn Strategies as an associate; Jeremy Sharp has joined Waxman Strategies as a vice president. Before this, he was deputy commissioner for policy, planning, legislation, and analysis at the FDA; Rational 360 has added Nisha Cooch and Nick Garlow as directors; Alfredo Ramirez as director of digital media; and Drew Holden and Brigid Hasson as senior associates; And finally, a big congrats to Pandora’s newesthead of public affairs: Obama alum and former chief of staff at Millennium Challenge Corporation, Parita Shah #DoBigThings


Famous birthday wishes to Lauren Cricchi, Tyler Harned, Peter Cherukuri, Hunter Carpenter, Navin Sarma, Bradleigh Chance, Llanco Talamantes, Joe Cooke, Michael Ramlet, Matt Laslo, Marshall Owings, Katy Mckegney, David Mercer, RB Walker, Ben White, Matt Haller, Joelle Cannon, Rachel Ledford Weber, Diane Smiroldo Kaylor, Ashley Mancheni, Anthony Oni, Charlotte Baker Huffaker, Jonathan Martin, Charlotte Ogburn, Kaitlyn Buss Cobb, Mary Katharine Brewer and Marissa Hardison!


Hoppy Easter 🐰🐣