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Famous Friday Round Up


The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA)

Walked down the beer aisle recently? How do labels from all around the country and the world make it to your local store shelf or beer menu? The answer is America’s 3,300 licensed, independent beer distributors. Check out NBWA’s new mobile-friendly website showcasing America’s beer distributors and the industry’s 130,000 employees, who are part of an effective system that delivers choice and value to consumers and helps brewers and importers of all sizes grow.

Learn more by visiting NBWA’s new website here.



Better start on that book you’ve been talking about reading for a month: Saturday 58 °F with a 30 percent chance of rain; Sunday 60 °F with a 50 percent chance of rain;



Where do babies come from? by Rick Perry;  Study: Pot users have false memories, so do politicians; Competitive vaping is a thing; RIP Comcast-Time Warner; Looks like Tidal’s not making that big of a splash; Betting on babies; What is going on in Chicago?; no Blue Bell for now; a small reminder that Yellowstone contains 2.5x the magma that the Grand Canyon could hold and there’s a 1 in 700,000 chance it could explode yearly; This live mashup video is mesmerizing; what those symbols on the back of your phone mean; in “ew” news: long-lost siblings reunite when they find each other on Tinder; If you need us this weekend, we’ll be chilling with our goat;



Every female Hill staffer’s fear: lobbyists who hug; This is the coolest time lapse video of Washington, DC you’ll see today; Speaker Boehner likes jelly beans too; trading WHCD party invites > trading convention party invites; Unreal – a DC judge recognized a homeless defendant as his classmate at Harvard Law; DC = Greatest sports city in America; apparently DC’s food used to be terrible; DDOT is retiming traffic signals in DC; here’s a package you wouldn’t want to be accidentally delivered to you; free Washington Wizards shirts at the playoff game tonight; we’re as excited for Sweetlife’s food as we are for its lineup; flashback Friday (h/t Katie Miller): the Washington Senators 1920 spring training photo; protestors in Baltimore; apparently DC is really Uber-friendly; totally non-feasible advice in DC; the homeless man who works in the Senate; Hill student loan reimbursement ain’t easy; little presidential campaign souvenirs;



Give Surya Gunaserkara a high-five when you see him and tell him congratulations on his “soft landing” as Chief of Staff to Congressman Renacci (R-Ohio). You are now clear for fundraising phone calls; Jim Terry is getting back in the saddle, this time with Huckabee; Molly Mirhashem and the inbox zero debate; Alex Sailer finished Daredevil and wants more; Matt Zabita is THE MAN; Tiffany Haverly is thankful to Brenda Otterson this week; Seamus Kraft shout out!; Chris Taylor celebrated his two year anniversary at Boylan Soda and continues to do big things; Give Austin Carson a high five when you see him for this; Brent McGoldrick is going to rock it as CEO at Deep Root Analytics; Wall Street Journal’s Byron Tau tweeted out his home address and cell phone number.; Give Patrick Gavin a fist bump when you see him for MAKING A FREAKING MOVIE.; Is David Almacy moving?; Spotted: US Airways flight to Phoenix, Rick Santorum; Soren Dayton asks if it’s a little early to be doing staff-driven victory stories; Quentin is taking his shades, white linen shirts and his talents to South Beach; There’s a new sheriff Communications Director in town for Congressman Mike Turner and it’s Lauren O’Toole; Peter Cherukuri is the man!; Famous 5 interview with Urban Stems founder Jeff Sheely;



Celebrating birthdays this weekend: Matt DeLuca, Lindsey Drew, Nicole Barranco, AshLee Strong, Smythe Anderson; Hope you got birthday presents for Mike Campbell, Liz Kelly, Ryan Shultz, Gerry Smith and Allen Fuller; Leading Latina Lady Celebrates a Birthday: A Big Happy Birthday to a leading Latina lady Ruth Guerra. The RNC’s Director of Hispanic Media, Texan and fan of all thing spicy turned 27 today. Our political and scientific advice – GOParty!; Does Sean Snyder even read this email? If so, happy birthday! If not, you’re dead to us; Tell April Ponnuru happy birthday today; You only have two shopping days left to get birthday presents for Erica Elliott, Austin Gaddis and Downey Palmer;


#MEDIAMOVES by Bryant Row

Twitter’s Will Carty doesn’t mind standing in line – even when his company sponsors the party!;  Did Rob Pecoraro always know the Comcast – Time Warner deal would fall through?; Ask Christopher Ingraham about the Amtrak wifi; Mike Madden wants to ban millennials; Andy Kroll is joining National Journal; Congratulations to Carol Leonnig and the Washington Post on their Pulitzer; Congrats to NPR, Scripps, Vice News, Serial, CNN, WNYC, NBC, MSNBC, PRX and Serial on their Peabody awards;



Tweets we liked you can RT, @mention, or just enjoy: clintonyates; darylginn; SpeakerBoehner; JustPlain_Jake; bafeldman;



WHCD weekend: get out there and make some bad decisions!

While we all know it is not unusual for some male lobbyists to lack serious boundaries with female Hill staffers, there is a growing trend among K Streeters that seems to circumvent professionalism…and enraged me enough to delay writing a constituent letter or two, and write this.

In the past two weeks, I have been hugged by male lobbyists with whom I have no personal relationship 4 times…in the sacred confines of our Congressional office. The most recent one including a kiss on the cheek which nearly resulted in me slapping them or playing dead and collapsing on the ground to avoid contact.

If these lobbyists in fact knew me at all, they would already know that I’m not an overly-friendly person. In fact, I suffer from bitchy resting face. My BRF and I sit through a meeting with you and your client where I anxiously wait for you to ask for more federal money. You should be aware that I am half-listening while simultaneously trying to come up with crafty ways to avoid your question and convince you that my boss still cares about your issue despite not being able to fulfill this specific request.

The meeting is fine. You’ve known me for years. I probably sit down with you and your clients 3 or 4 times a year (because clearly I still haven’t mastered the art of declining meetings), so you think we have a great relationship.

We don’t. I am paid to represent my boss and take your meetings

Maybe you attend all of my boss’ fundraisers. Maybe you’re besties with my Chief of Staff or LD. Doesn’t matter. You don’t know me. I’m in my place of work and you don’t get to have personal contact with me – aside from a firm handshake.

Think I sound heartless? I’m not…always. I’ve worked on the Hill for years and mastered the art of the constituent meeting. I’ve been screamed at, prayed for and sobbed to….once even asked to feel a foam breast which was supposed to somehow help me understand Medicare coverage for a mastectomy. However, at the end of all these meetings, our passionate constituents were more than happy to walk away with my business card, a handshake and some home state treats. No hugs required

Before I request that my office post a sign in the front that says, “Please do not touch the staff!” I am going to try an “I Message” – no, not iMessage – God forbid these lobbyists start texting me…it is a technique my elementary school counsel taught me:

“Dear lobbyists,
I don’t like it when you hug me after a meeting that you are being paid for setting up and I am being paid to take. It makes me feel dirty. Please stop.
Underpaid and Overworked Hill Staffers”


Tomorrow at 2PM EST, the National Press Foundation is hosting a live webinar on the topic of what  can be learned from the infamous UVA rape story that was published to much fanfare and almost immediately discredited and taken down.


The NPF will dive into the story with a top media critic and the author on the Columbia University report and a journalist from the Washington Post newsroom that first raised questions about the story.

This will be informative for journalists and fascinating for other members of the public because the webinar promises to investigate: “What happened? How did accuracy fall victim to the lure of a great story? What reporting and editing standards can ensure that mistakes are caught and corrected? Would your newsroom have spiked the Rolling Stone story?”

You can reserve a spot at the National Press Foundation’s website, then proceed to learn from your desk.  Funding for this webinar was provided by the NPF Training Fund.

Today, Washington, D.C. is the greatest sports city in America.

Sometimes, being a D.C. sports fan is like this:

And sometimes you have to turn to your D.C. fan friends and high five each other into believing in those teams, which doesn’t always help.

But, when three D.C. teams win on the same day, you start feeling good about #thistown’s sports.

That’s right folks, in the same day:

Time to step up your game, Dan Snyder.

Rebecca Gale dives into why student loan repayment, while an attractive benefit on the Hill, isn’t all it’s cracked up to be sometimes.

Not every enrolled staffer would be able to hit the $833 monthly maximum ($10,000 annually). The amount varies widely: Some offices give employees a set amount, others used a sliding scale commensurate with income or tenure. Two former staffers who worked for the same senator received widely varying amounts, for instance. One received $100 a month, the other $500.

Read more about how the system works and its limitations over at Roll Call.


Photo via Roll Call


Molly Mirhashem wrote a really good long read about how District communicators keep up with their always-buzzing inboxes.

Recently, I asked approximately 25 D.C. communications staffers and reporters how they handle the deluge. What emerged was a portrait of a media-communications ecosystem that is starkly divided. There are members of the “inbox-zero” crowd, like John Meza, communications director for Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who aim to “process” all their unread messages every time they check their email, extracting the necessary information and filing or deleting their messages throughout the day. (“It’s almost muscle memory now,” Meza says.) And then there are members of the inbox free-for-all crowd—who don’t.

“I feel terrible about it, but I’m in too deep,” says Chris Cillizza of The Washington Post, who has no system for managing his messages. (His inbox has about 125,000 emails in it, though only 341 were unread when we spoke.) He says at this point, the idea of sorting through his email is so daunting that his only real way out would be to delete everything and start fresh. “I have no good options,” he says. “I have the nuclear option and that’s it.” Dave Weigel of Bloomberg (21,000 unread) says he generally doesn’t feel bad about his laissez-faire approach, but he acknowledges that things do occasionally get lost in his inbox: “I’ve missed things, and I don’t know how to rectify that,” he says. “I’ve never come up with a good system.”

Read the whole thing over here at National Journal.


Famous 5


Jeff Sheely

Meet Jeff Sheely, co-founder of Urban Stems. He’s on a mission to bring on-demand happiness to everyone in the city, by bike. Read more about the mission, and how soon is too soon to send flowers after a date.

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Oliver Knox made our Monday a little better with this in-depth look at presidential campaign souvenirs over on Yahoo! Politics.

In 2008, the Obama campaign “bought all of the American-made, union-made navy T-shirts. Like, all of them. In America,” the aide explained. In 2012, one of the hottest items was a white coffee mug with Obama’s newly public birth certificate. “We sold close to 40,000 made-in-the-USA mugs with the birth certificate graphic. We bought all of the white union-made mugs in the country.”

Another gem:

“Not everyone noticed, but (Mitt) Romney and Obama both used the same color blue,” [Lira] said with a laugh. “So in October 2012, pretty much, if you wanted to buy a blue made-in-America shirt, you were out of luck.”


Read the whole thing (it’s worth it) over here at Yahoo! Politics.

H/T to Ron Fournier at National Journal.