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#TweetThePress with Chuck Todd and Mark Dubowitz

04AbiJGzIt’s Friday which means it’s time for #tweetthepress!

Really interesting conversation on Twitter regarding the Iran nuclear deal and sanctions between Mark Dubowitz (@dubo1968) of The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (@followFDD) and Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) of Meet the Press (@meetthepress).

Check it out on Twitter using the hashtag #tweetthepress.

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C-SPAN’s Live Tuesday Night Coverage of Senate and Governor Debates

C-SPANIn August, C-SPAN announced its plans to broadcast 100 Senate, House, and Governor debates in the run up to November’s midterm elections, which take place three weeks from today. And as that date approaches, C-SPAN’s coverage of some of the country’s most competitive races is picking up.

Tonight, C-SPAN will broadcast Senate debates taking place in Arkansas and Louisiana as well as Governor debates in South Carolina and Oregon.

See the lineup across C-SPAN, C-SPAN2, and C-SPAN Radio for Tuesday, October 14 after the jump. Read more

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Jake Tapper to Moderate NH Senate, FL Governor Debates

CNN DIGITAL EXPANSION 2014CNN’s Wolf Blitzer and Jake Tapper will hit the road later this month to moderate two important debates ahead of the November midterm elections.

On Tuesday, October 21 at 7 pm and in partnership with Jacksonville’s WJXT, Tapper will join WJXT anchor Kent Justice to co-moderate a live, one-hour gubernatorial debate between Democrat Charlie Crist and his Republican challenger Gov. Rick Scott.

And later that week in New Hampshire, Blitzer will join NH1 News political director and anchor Paul Steinhauser, who left CNN in August after 28 years, in moderating a debate for a NH Senate seat between Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) and her Republican challenger Scott Brown.

Microsoft’s Bing Pulse tool will track reaction to both conversation by online focus group participants.

Chuck Todd, George Stephanopoulos to Moderate Tuesday Night Senate Debates

20141006+VaSenDebate“Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd will transfer his moderating skills tonight at a Northern Virginia Senate debate between Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA) and his Republican challenger Ed Gillespie.

The event, presented by NBC4 and the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce, will air live at 7pm on with News4 Northern Virginia bureau chief Julie Carey, News4 “Today” anchor Aaron Gilchrist, and Washington Post national political correspondent Karen Tumulty serving as panelists.

Todd’s Sunday morning competition George Stephanopoulos, host of ABC’s “This Week,” will also moderate a Senate debate this evening, in Raleigh, NC, between Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) and Republican State House Speaker Thom Tillis. It will stream live on

WTOP ‘Beltway Poll’ Shows Regional Support for Washington Redskins Name

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WTOP’s “Beltway Poll” announced this morning showed that more than 60% of those in the region don’t believe the Washington Redskins should change their name. Of the more than 600 surveyed in WTOP’s listening area, 69% say the team name controversy has not influenced their decision to purchase Redskins’ tickets or merchandise.

While more than half of respondents don’t think a name change is necessary, 55% believe the name will eventually have to change and 72% don’t think the media should stop using the Redskins name.

The survey was conducted following a June 18 announcement that the U.S. Patent Office canceled 6 Redskins football team trademarks after its Trademark Trial and Appeal Board ruled that those in question were “disparaging to Native Americans.” In May, 50 US Senators signed support for name change of the Washington NFL team.

The WTOP “Beltway Poll” was conducted by Heart and Mind Strategies and reached 604 participants in the WTOP listening area from June 20-26, 2014. Comprehensive findings can be found here.

50 US Senators Sign Support for Washington Redskins Name Change

Washington-RedskinsAn ongoing debate in DC centered around the Washington Redskins – its name and proposed renaming – has gained new light as 50 Senators have signed a letter to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell in support of a name change for DC’s NFL team.

“This month, Americans applauded the rapid and decisive reaction from new National Basketball Association Commissioner Adam Silver to the racist remarks of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling. Commissioner Silver sent a clear message that racism will not stand in the NBA.”

The letter goes on to read, “Today, we urge you and the National Football League to send the same clear message as the NBA did: that racism and bigotry have no place in professional sports. It’s time for the NFL to endorse a name change for the Washington, D.C. football team.”

Those who signed the letter include Senators Harry Reid, Charles Schumer, Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Kirsten Gillibrand, Elizabeth Warren, Cory Booker, Claire McCaskill, and Kay Hagan.

Check out the full letter here.

Washington City Paper Hosts Best of DC Fete

20140409_192414Last night at Carnegie Library, Washington City Paper hosted it’s Best of DC Fete featuring small plates and drinks from more than 50 of the top food and beverage establishments in DC. The event coincided with the City Paper’s “Best of” issue, naming everything from the Best Contemporary American Restaurant (readers’ pick: Founding Farmers) and Best Sandwich (readers’ pick: Taylor Gourmet) to the Best Place to Get Your Bike Fixed (readers’ pick: BicycleSPACE) and Best Place to Buy Home Furnishings (readers’ pick: Miss Pixies).

The evening was a completely gluttonous affair -and well attended -only slightly diminished by paltry booze offerings. Fortunately there were enough small plates circulating, that we had plenty of other things with which to occupy our senses.

The highlight of the night was the burger served by STK – the steakhouse slash lounge – opening in Dupont Circle on April 25. Their signature mini was by far the best plate of the night. Best drink, according to Fishbowl, goes to Ping Pong Dim Sum with its roasted lemon and basil lemonade.

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The Final (Really) Mayoral Debate

Remember when WUSA 9 called that screamy cross-talkathon they did Wednesday night the “Now or Never” Debate? Supposedly, that was because it was the last Democratic debate before the primary election. Well that may be technically true, but it wasn’t the last opportunity for the candidates -Democrat or otherwise – to make their pitch to the voters.

Last night, 6th & I hosted The Very Last Debate, moderated by WCP‘s Will Sommer, featuring Tommy Wells, Rita Jo Lewis, Vincent Orange, Andy Shallal, and Jack Evans. Cameo appearances were made by Muriel Bowser and Vince Gray, who showed up about 10 and 5 minutes before the end of things, respectively.

Your humble FishbowlDC editor was in the audience, tweetin’ away. Check out the blow-by-blow, in all its gory detail, after the jump.

(Photo: Andy Shallal speaks at 6th & I Synagogue)

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Now or Never: Dramatic Name for a Dumb Debate

Well, the last debate of the Mayoral campaign is over, and what have we learned?

1.) WUSA’s Bruce Johnson was woefully unprepared for the abject barbarism and lack of manners that awaited him.
2.) Jack Evans is the “white” candidate in the race.
3.) Vince Gray is, in fact, a living thing.
4.) How many people you have managed/ how big an organization you have run is the only criteria that really matters for being Mayor. That, and whether or not you have an elaborate shadow campaign to support you.

Check out the whole minute by minute recap below!

WUSA 9′s “Now or Never” DC Mayoral Democratic Primary Debate, 7 – 8 PM

7:06 – Wells announces “endorsement swell.” Lots of endorsements recently. This will win the race for him, absolutely. Evans notes that he won the only endorsement that actually matters: His mommy. No, actually, it was The Northwest Current. Actually, neither of those endorsements matter.

7:08 – Gray: Shuttup Bruce! I did nothing with Jeff Thompson in that room! Stop talking about the room!

7:10 – Wells: This whole shadow campaign scandal has cost DC $1 billion, according to me!

7:12 – Evans: “You don’t get to interrupt me, Muriel!” Also, Vince gray looks dead, literally dead.

7:13 –  Bruce Johnson has officially lost control of this debate. Evans is yelling at Muriel and Tommy that they’re not qualified to be Mayor. Wells is sputtering something about charter schools. Lots of shouting…

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