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Washington City Paper Offers to Pay Your $25 Marijuana Fine

admin-ajax.phpTonight at midnight, marijuana possession of less than an ounce in the District will be decriminalized. Days in which being caught with the same amount could mean six months in prision and a $1,000 fine will soon be in the past, to be replaced with a $25 ticket. And for five lucky recipients of said ticket, the Washington City Paper has offered to front your bill.

“At Washington City Paper, we think the new law is a big improvement: For one, the vast majority of people arrested for possession of marijuana in D.C. are black, and the racial disparity in pot arrests is getting worse. For another, why should the other Washington be more progressive than we are? But we’re also curious to see how it’ll be enforced. So we’ll make an offer to the large, large numbers of people living here who have at some point possessed pot: If you get a citation under the new law, send us a picture of the citation and tell us your story, and if you’re one of the first five people we hear from at potfine@washingtoncitypaper.com, we’ll pay your $25 fine.”

While publicly outing yourself as a pot smoker isn’t required, WCP does require a photo of the citation (in which identifying details can be blurred out) and the circumstances under which it was issued – why and where you were stopped, how said marijuana was found, whether it was confiscated, and most importantly, was the issuer aware of the new law.

For more, or to submit your citation and be among the first five who’s ticket is paid by the City Paper, click here.

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Team ‘Press Pass’ Prevails at National Journal’s Political Pursuit

Winning team "Press Pass"

Winning team “Press Pass”

Last night at the Newseum, National Journal hosted its sixth annual Political Pursuit, a “game show” on political trivia with members of Congress, the press that cover them, and political “insiders.”

The evening was co-moderated by National Journal Editor-in-Chief and President Tim Grieve and Hotline Editor-in-Chief Scott Bland. Team “Press Pass” won the night with 290 points and consisted of Bloomberg News’s Greg Giroux, Roll Call’s Shira T. Center, The Washington Post’s Paul Kane, The New York Times’ Jonathan Martin, and Los Angeles Times’ Mike Memoli. Read more

RTCA Honors Vic Ratner with Career Achievement Award

20140612_193948At last night’s Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association annual Congressional correspondents’ dinner, recipients of several awards were recognized for excellence in areas of television and radio reporting.

The evening’s comedic guest was Nick Offerman, who plays Ron Swanson on “Parks and Recreation.” White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough also offered remarks. Honored guests included Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton; Michael Steel, press secretary to the Speaker of the House; Adam Jentleson, communications director to the Majority Leader of the Senate; Drew Hammill, communications director to the Minority Leader of the House of Representatives; Mike Mastrian, director of the Senate Radio-TV Gallery; Olga Ramirez Kornacki, director of the House Radio-TV Gallery; and comedienne Megan Mullally.

Click through for a list of the evening’s award recipients and here for our list of the top ten comedic fails of the night. Read more

YouTube Video Wins Peabody Award

Here’s a sign of the times for ya. This 25 second video by Samantha Stendal and Aaron Blanton just won a Peabody:

Check out the whole list of winners, including  here.

NatGeo to Broadcast TV Show from Space

National Geographic Channel LogoNational Georgraphic Channel President Howard Owens announced today “Live from Space,” a two-hour television event from Arrow Media to be broadcast live from the International Space Station (ISS) and Mission Control in Houston this March. Cameras will be with astronauts Rick Mastracchio and Koichi Wakata on the ISS, while astronaut Mike Massimino (most notably known for fixing the Hubble Telescope) will broadcast live from Houston.

From space, Mastracchio and Wakata will give viewers a tour of the ISS and  show how they live for months in microgravity. They’ll also conduct never-before-broadcast experiments that demonstrate the real-world value of the science conducted on the floating laboratory. Astronauts, flight controllers and researchers will be also featured in segments from the ISS and NASA Mission Control.

There will also be something called a “social media telescope,” the details of which are forthcoming. We’re pretty sure this will be a way for astronauts to check out celebrity selfies from space. Hooray science!

Christie, Not an Expert on Iran, Offers No Opinion On Iran

0627_chris_christieGovernor Chris Christie (Rish-NJ) showed remarkable restraint on Sunday by declining to offer an opinion on the collapse of the Iran nuclear talks -a subject which he knows nothing about. Pressed by both ABC’s George Stephanopoulos and CBS’s Norah O’Donnell to offer some opinion, no matter how ill-informed, on the delicate foreign policy issue having absolutely nothing to do with his current job, Christie explained:

“I’m a Governor of New Jersey, and I think there are a lot of people you could ask and probably will have on the program who are significantly better briefed on this than I am.  And I think when guys like me start to shoot off on opinions about this kind of stuff, it’s really ill-advised.  So I’ll leave it to Secretary Kerry and the folks that are in charge of this to make decisions about where we go.”

This is a break from past Presidential hopefuls, who have shown a willingness to spout off on just about any subject, regardless of how much they may or may not know about it. O’Donnell and Stephanopoulos were clearly flummoxed by Christie’s reasonable approach to being informed about things and quickly moved on to other subjects.

Christie also suggested that the national GOP might learn a thing or two from his re-election victory -namely how to win over Hispanics, black people, and women. It seems his strategy with said groups was quite simple -he, like, you know, tried a little:

“And showing up:  What I mean by that is you can’t just show up six months before an election and then groups, who have not normally voted for you and expect that they are going to vote for you.  I’ve been working on this for four years, going to places like Irvington, New Jersey, one of our cities were I got 4.7% of the vote four years ago…But you go there, you listen and you present your views and that’s the way you bring people into your movement.”

Journo Asks: Can I Wear Undies to the Gym?

images-1This week we featured a remark from Politico‘s Roger Simon declaring that he had underwear older than a guy who just turned 30. NRSC Strategist Brad Dayspring was particularly grossed out by this. Well, today we have another underwear situation on our hands.

It’s New York Mag’s D.C. reporter Jonathan Chait, who apparently wants to wear his boxers to the hotel gym because he forgot to pack workout attire.

Chait got a number of surprising pieces of advice, one of which was to double up on his boxers and head to the gym. “Intriguing,” Chait said on Twitter. “Can I get a ruling on this?” Read more

Awwww….

Your touching moment of the weekend…

 

 

J-School Grads With Skills You Can Use?

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To those who think journalism may be going down the drain, the Knight Foundation has a ray of hope and a plan to educate students so they have the skills newsrooms need when they graduate.

Is this really possible?

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Aide’s Terrible Slip of the Twitter Tongue

15740027Top White House aide Dan Pfeiffer may soon think twice about shooting the breeze on serious topics on Twitter, especially when the n-word can quickly become the b-word. When the Assistant and Senior Advisor to President Obama shot out a tweet with “bigger” in it this morning, the word came back with an “n” in place of the “b.”

The Twittersphere went nuts.

And word is getting out fast. Outlets like Politico, TWT and The Daily Caller are already publishing posts on it.

The offending tweet at 9:50 a.m. was to NYT‘s Jonathan Martin: “@jmartNYT also a much nigger factor on the right.”

Just four minutes later Pfeiffer wrote, “Obviously a horrendous typo in my previous tweet. My apologies.”

But in cases like these, the damage was done. Read more

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