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Cronut™ Creator Dominique Ansel Talks Creation of Epic Dessert During Lunch at The Jefferson

photo1Several dozen Washingtonians gathered at The Jefferson Hotel Friday afternoon for lunch with Dominique Ansel, the mastermind behind the Cronut™ and author of the recently released book Dominique Ansel: The Secret Recipes.

Guests enjoyed a four course lunch, which opened on the sweet side with Dominique’s Kouign Amanns (think a sweet croissant) and were offered remarks by Ansel who spoke about the rise of the Cronut™ at his staple New York bakery and answered questions from attendees.

NBC 4 anchor Eun Yang admitted during the Q&A to being one of the many who have lined up to outside Dominique Ansel Bakery in New York where the breakfast pastry was first served. Chef Ansel also admitted that even his closest family and friends must wait in line.

Earlier in the day, Ansel toured and met with the fellows and staff of Dog Tag Bakery in Alexandria, Va., offering tips on how to be an entrepreneur and inventor.

In attendance: Tammy Haddad, SKDK’s Kelley McCormickCapitol File’s Suzy Draddy Jacobs and Elizabeth ThorpWashingtonian’s Kate Bennett, CNN’s Matt Dornic, Hollywood on the Potomac’s Janet Donovan, Heather Podesta, Revamp’s Daniel Swartz, and ThinkFoodGroup’s Ann McCarthy.

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WATCH LIVE at 1pm: Leon Panetta on Worthy Fights with GW’s Frank Sesno

Former CIA director and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will join former CNN Washington bureau chief and current director of GW’s School of Media and Public Affairs Frank Sesno to discuss his new book Worthy Fights: A Memoir of Leadership in War and Peace. The two will also explore politics, national security, and how the media and social media influence world events.

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Adaption of Garrett Graff’s Forthcoming Raven Rock May Soon Join NBC Programming

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An adaption of former FishbowlDC and Washingtonian editor Garrett Graff‘s forthcoming book with Simon & Schuster, Raven Rock: The Inside Story Of The U.S. Government’s Secret Plan To Save Itself – While The Rest Of Us Die, may soon find its way onto the small screen. NBC is said to be moving forward with a pilot script option, a precursor to the filming of a pilot in early 2015, which can lead to it becoming an official NBC series.

According to Deadline.com, writers Matthew Federman and Stephen Scaia‘s new project – Raven Rock – “has landed at NBC in a script deal with significant penalty.”

“I’m thrilled to see NBC so excited about RAVEN ROCK. Stunned, really,” Graff told FishbowlDC. “But the project’s got an awesome team behind it—Robert Zemeckis, Bob Cooper, Tom Patricia, and others—and I’ve really enjoyed talking with them over the last few months as this developed. As a journalist, it’s been especially fun so far batting ideas around with the two script writers, Matthew and Stephen, and discussing how my nonfiction book on Cold War history transforms into a fictional modern-day TV drama.” Read more

A Toast for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Recent Publication of Off the Sidelines

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Last night at the home of Connie Milstein and J.C. de La Haye St. Hilaire, friends and Washington media gathered to toast Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on her recent publication of Off the Sidelines. Milstein introduced Sen. Gillibrand, who offered remarks and signed copies for attendees.

In attendance: CBS’s Rita Braver, MSNBC’s Andrea MitchellTIME’s Jay Newton-Small, ABC’s Polson Kanneth, CNN’s Matt Dornic, Tammy Haddad, SKDKnickerbocker’s Kelley McCormickKyle Volpe, POLITICO’s Daniel LippmanUS News’ Nikki SchwabThe Hill’s Judy Kurtz, Yahoo’s Garance Franke-Ruta, Jack and Susanna Quinn, Karen FinneyKathleen Sebelius, Gen. George Casey and wife Shelia, Bob Barnett, John Coale, Mark Ein, and Jayne Sandman.

Daniel Halper Outlines Defensive Tactics Preceding Clinton, Inc.’s Publication

Clinton, Inc.On the publication date of Daniel Halper‘s Clinton, Inc., the author penned a piece for POLITICO Magazine on what’s happened and can be expected for he and others who white “a tough book on the Clinton family.” Ten days prior, Halper’s latest was leaked to the press, as a combined 317-page PDF distributed to more than 100 reporters by a mysterious “Robert Josef Wright.

“Some prominent media personalities with experience covering the Clintons in the 1990s told me that their team would have no problem with, say, copying every page of someone’s manuscript, sending it out to reporters ahead of publication, and then depicting it as a right-wing smear job. Funny thing, that exact thing happened with my book, as POLITICO noted,” Halper writes in the piece.

From blacklisting media who give airtime to Clinton enemies to efforts to turn Halper into a “kook or right-wing hit man,” The Weekly Standard’s online editor outlines four tactics used by the ‘Clinton PR machine’ against anyone who’s agenda doesn’t coincide with that of the Clintons.

For the full piece, click here.

 

Hillary Clinton to Join Jon Stewart on Tonight’s ‘Daily Show’ on Comedy Central

ds_08043_04_gst_v6Tune in tonight at 11 p.m. for Hillary Clinton’s appearance on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” as the latest stop on her never-ending media blitz for her book Hard Choices.

This will be the former Secretary of State’s third appearance on the program, having appeared in 2003 while a Senator of New York and in 2008 during her presidential campaign.

10 Days Out, Clinton, Inc. by Weekly Standard’s Daniel Halper Leaked to Press

Clinton, Inc.Saturday night, a second critical book on the Clintons following the release of Hillary Clinton’s Hard Choices was leaked to press 10 days ahead of its publishing date.

Clinton, Inc.: The Audacious Rebuilding of a Political Machine, written by the Weekly Standard’s Online Editor Daniel Halper, was distributed to more than 100 reporters by the mysterious “Robert Josef Wright” as a combined 317-page PDF.

The Daily Beast’s Lloyd Grove says of the former President and potential 2016 Democratic Presidential candidate, as portrayed in the book, “Perhaps surprisingly, it’s Bill Clinton who emerges as selfish and coldly calculating in the portrait drawn by Halper’s reporting, and Hillary who comes off as warm and caring, albeit charmingly transactional for political gain, particularly with her Republican colleagues in the Senate.” Read more

Roll Call’s Hill Navigator Pens ‘Ultimate Capitol Hill Internship Guide’ eBook

HL-Intern-Guide-Cover(550x700)July 14 marks the publishing debut of Roll Call’s first eBook. Available for download today, the “Ultimate Capitol Hill Internship Guide” by Roll Call’s Hill Navigator Rebecca Gale.

For those who aspire to intern or are interning in the House or Senate, Gale penned and collected her advice on how to be the “Best Intern Ever.”

Editor in Chief Christina Bellantoni said today in a message to staff, “I especially love showcasing something critical to Roll Call’s mission — coverage of the people who work inside the Capitol. Today’s interns could be tomorrow’s legislative assistants and the next decades chiefs of staff, all core Roll Call readers.” Read more

Edward Klein’s Latest Blood Feud the Topic of Much Scandalous Conversation

51GMqv8vJYLIn June, Regency published former New York Times Magazine editor-in-chief Edward Klein‘s latest Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. The Obamas, on the “rocky” relationship between the Obamas and the Clintons.

The New York Times bestseller list on Monday positioned it above Hillary Clinton’s Hard Choices in the category for combined print and e-book nonfiction for July 13, 2014.

Business Insider has been in touch with someone close to Clinton, who said that, “there is no bigger liar in the entire world,” to describe Klein, who in 2005 authored The Truth About Hillary: What She Knew, When She Knew It, and How Far She’ll Go to Become President.

In June 2005, FishbowlDC reported that Jay L. Clendenin, a photographer who’s work was included in the 2005 book, said that Klein misrepresented former President Bill Clinton in a photo he took that was cropped. Read more

POLITICO Magazine Previews Why Charles Lewis Left ’60 Minutes’

81Unr0QUbhLSunday night, POLITICO Magazine published “Why I Left 60 Minutes,” select passages from the founder of the Center for Public Integrity Charles Lewis‘s book 935 Lies: The Future of Truth and the Decline of America’s Moral Integrity, published last week.

Lewis chronicles his career trajectory, at 24 years old joining ABC News’ Special Reporting Unit, disbanded a year after his arrival, later with CBS News’ “60 Minutes,” and eventually founding CPI.

“When I would propose exclusive stories up the ladder, for example, I would frequently receive notes back saying, ‘I haven’t read this in the New York Times‘ as the rationale for not pursuing them,” writes Lewis of his time at ABC. “I found it sobering to realize that the news organization I worked for didn’t consider the work of finding the actual truth about a complicated situation economically efficient or even necessary.” Read more

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