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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.

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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

Brennan Center’s Michael Waldman Celebrates ‘The Second Amendment: A Biography’

Photo courtesy Hollywood on the Potomac.

Photo courtesy Hollywood on the Potomac.

Michael Waldman, president of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, was celebrated Tuesday night at the offices of The Agenda Project in Georgetown on his recent publication The Second Amendment: A Biography by Simon & Schuster. The book explores “the life story of the most controversial, volatile, misunderstood provision of the Bill of Rights.”

“You can have gun rights. But like all rights, they’re limited,” said Waldman in conversation with Hollywood on the Potomac. “And we have limitations on all rights and the public good has to have its place too. So I think that real clarity – whatever gun rights it may be – that when the public safety is threatened by something like assault rifles, we have the ability to pass those laws.”

Click through for those in attendance and Hollywood on the Potomac’s full Q&A with Waldman on the history of the Second Amendment and where it stands today. Read more

Nevin Martell’s Latest Freak Show Without a Tent is a Perfect Summer Introduction

Nevin Martell Courtesy of Photographer Scott SuchmanJust in time for the summer months comes DC food and culture writer Nevin Martell‘s Freak Show Without a Tent: Swimming with Piranhas, Getting Stoned in Fiji and Other Family Vacations, a memoir chronicling his globetrotting family’s misadventures to far-flung corners of the world. Not only is it the perfect beach read, it will add a level of excitement and danger to the much needed R&R you have planned for the months ahead. And should something more thrilling be on your mind, it is no doubt chock-full of ideas.

While it sounds like it’s all fun and games, Martell recalls, ”On our regular adventures, my sister and I often found ourselves thinking, ‘Buy the ticket, take the ride and hope we survive — so we can tell our therapists all about it later.”

Freak Show_v2_6x9_no bleedIn the book’s video trailer (click through the jump), Martell explains that, “By the time I was a teenager, I’d been to out of the way places most adults never get to…Western Samoa. Fiji. The Rio Negro. And Vanuatu. This is the chronicle of my childhood adventures…My dad had a thirst for adventure and wanted our family to explore the farthest reaches of the known, and unknown, world. Freak Show Without a Tent is the story of our family vacations. Forget Disney Land and Club Med. We lived on the edge.”

And for those who just owning a book isn’t enough (we get it, you only do signed copies), Martell will be signing away this Sunday, June 29th from 1 – 3 pm at Trohv (232 Carroll St. NW) in Takoma Park.

Either way, check it out, on bookshelves today. Read more

On Taxing ‘Yogurt’ with Former DC Mayor Marion Barry, Jr.

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WJLA’s Holmes interviewing Barry; Roll Call’s Tom Williams photographing.

Friday night at LOOK, the restaurant’s Supper Club, Michael Kosmides and Janet Donovan‘s Hollywood on the Potomac hosted an on-the-record dinner with Marion Barry, Jr., the former four-term DC mayor known nationally for smoking crack cocaine on camera in a DC hotel room with a mistress, on his autobiography out last week Mayor for Life. The now DC Councilman was open to all questions from 20 press in attendance, including a FishbowlDC reader submitted question on the proposed “Yoga Tax” on yoga classes and gym memberships in the District.

Although his comments were quite hard to hear (given a very, very large happy hour crowd standing toward the entrance to the club, who were, getting extremely happy), Barry was confused by the question, confusing it with a non-existent “yogurt” tax in the District.

“Yogurt is really more healthy than some other things, as is cottage cheese…The best kind of yogurt is organic, without all these fillers and stuff…I don’t know who proposed that…I think Jack proposed that. I’m not sure. But whoever proposed it, it shouldn’t be.”

Suffice to say, Ward 2 Councilman Jack Evans has not proposed a tax on yogurt.

The former mayor re-focused on his career highlights throughout the night while being cognizant of his downfalls and encouraged guests to read his book in full before offering any criticisms.

WJLA’s Kristen Holmes sat down with the former mayor for a piece that aired Saturday night. On his legacy, Barry said, “Don’t judge me by one night, judge me by hundreds of nights, hundreds of days, hundreds of years, 31 years in DC of public service.” Barry is 78 years old.

On how he wanted to be remembered, Barry told Hollywood on the Potomac, “That I cared about people. That I did all I could [to] improve the lives of people, particularly, the poor…That I served as an inspiration, to a whole bunch of people, who needed some help.”

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