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May 1, 2018

“Now, since this is the fifth year of this great event, I wanted to give you five things to know: A fact is a fact. A fact is a fact. A fact is a fact. A fact is a fact. And, a fact is a fact,” said Chicago Sun Times Bureau Chief Lynn Sweet after being introduced by co-host Cathy Merrill Williams, Publisher & CEO of Washingtonian at the home of public affairs firm Story Partner’s Gloria Dittus for the 5th Annual Washington Women in Journalism Awards to kick-off White House Correspondents’ Dinner festivities. “The impact of this Trump Era is something I do want to get to right away because this is a time where our business is under attack. There’s so many journalists here and people who are involved in dealing with the journalism profession, and I think it’s important just to say that the most important thing in this time here is for a journalist to do our job. I don’t care what platform, but it’s important to do the job and not be distracted by everything going on around you. Get it right. Make the extra call. These principles never change. Look up the extra document. Just the things that you do every day, no matter if it’s your first day or your last.”

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April 29, 2018

While guests at the 6th Annual Cheers celebration of Beer & Food were soaking up …… er, beer & food, guests of former FBI director Jim Comey (make that James Brien Comey, Jr.) were soaking up themed drinks and book sales (A Higher Loyalty) at the Newseum while Comey drank red wine from a paper cup; and across town, guests at the White House State dinner in honor of French President Emmanuel Macron were soaking up Domaine Serene Chardonnay and Domaine Drouhin Pinot Noir. – just another typical night in Washington, DC.  We’re not sure who was at Cafe Milano, the uber popular celebrity laden hot spot, but we noticed lots of Black SUV’s lined up on Prospect Street later in the evening.  How do we know?  We can see Milano “from our window.”

It was a blustery night, especially on The Wharf – District Pier at District Wharf to be exact – where hundreds of guests were grateful to get inside the tented venue where food was abundant & varied, courtesy of The National Beer Wholesalers Association (NBWA) hosted by Senior Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs Rebecca Spicer and sponsors as part of their annual Legislative Conference to discuss the industry’s legislative goals and priorities with members of Congress and their staffs.

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April 25, 2018

Few in Congress have accomplished more than David Bonior on behalf of average Americans. Whip is the story of how he did it.  He was honored at a book launch hosted by Entrustpermal, Jill Daschle, Bruce Kieloch, Shanti Stanton, Kimball Stroud, Erica Payne and Brian Wolff in downtown Washington, DC for his latest tomb with the subtitle of Leading the Progressive Battle During the Rise of the Right

“David Bonior was my mentor when I came to Congress.”


— Senator Bernie Sanders


Nothing captures the essence of Bonior’s personal and political life better than our interview with him for his previous book Eastside Kid.  The below was originally posted in March of 2015:


“The Democratic whip for eleven of his twenty-six years in Congress, David Bonior never hesitated to take on the powerful on behalf of the powerless. How did this boy from Detroit grow up to become one of the most effective progressive legislators Congress has ever seen?”  Congressman John Lewis.


“I grew up quicker than I think most kids maybe do in this country. Certainly this is not an unusual story around the world that regretfully a lot of kids lose a parent or two early on. It made me focus and it made me serious and made me realize that life is short and try to get the best out of the time you have and do as much good as you can,” David Bonior told Hollywood on the Potomac at a book signing in his honor hosted by Jill Daschle and Kimball Stroud.  His mother died from heart problems at 37.  “But I had a good childhood, although it was challenging.”

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