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Perfect Weather, Great Views at HuffPost Thursday Night Happy Hour

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photo-2On Thursday night, The Huffington Post and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee hosted a happy hour for 300 friends atop the Warner Roof, with hors d’oeuvres provided by chef Will Artley, of Falls Church’s Pizzeria Orso.

Guests noshed on truffled deviled eggs; mini veggie, chicken and beef kabobs; cured meats and cheeses; and marinated heirloom tomato and grilled corn and pea salad.

Partiers also tapped 3 kegs, with many staying past the intended closing time and wine had to be restocked three times, proving to be a fun night for all in attendance.

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Bloomberg Hosts Reception Following Tuesday’s US-Africa Business Forum

20140805_204621Following yesterday’s US-Africa Business Forum in Washington, attendees not at the White House Dinner – hosted by President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama – gathered at Carnegie Library for a reception by Bloomberg News and Bloomberg Government. Guests walked a red carpet past a tall statue in the shape of the African continent and enjoyed dinner, drinks, conversation and Top 40 music.

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Washingtonian’s Celebrate Kevin Spacey’s 55th Sans the Birthday Boy

house-of-cards-kevin-spaceyEarlier this week, Washingtonian covered a celebration for Kevin Spacey’s 55th birthday – which he turned last weekend – at the Capella rooftop. Guests sipped champagne and signed an oversized card for the “House of Cards” actor at the gathering hosted by AT&T lobbyist Lyndon Boozer and Ovation Foundation SVP Sonia Tower.

Some big names regionally were attendance, according to the Washingtonian piece, including Rachel Goslins, executive director of the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, White House social secretary Jeremy Bernard and Heather Podesta, founder of Heather Podesta & Partners. Not in attendance, the birthday boy himself.

A FishbowlDC source close to Spacey said the actor hadn’t a clue the party was planned, and neither did his publicist.

Whether or not that’s the case, here’s to hoping he at least got the card!

Beer, Bourbon Take Center Stage at HuffPost Politics Roundtable on Washington Lobbying

Part three of HuffPost Politics “Drinking and Talking” series hit the web this morning and this time it’s on the topic of lobbying in Washington.

At the table is John Feehery, president, Quinn Gillespie & Associates Public Affairs; Heather Podesta, founder, Heather Podesta & Partners; and QGA senior director Jim Manley with HuffPost Washington bureau chief Ryan Grim, HuffPost White House correspondent Sam Stein, and a fine spread of wine, steak and martinis from The Palm restaurant and more from HuffPost’s fully stocked kitchen.

Pour yourself a lunchtime Makers and check it out for an under the influence look at Lobbying 101.

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Capitol File Celebrates Summer Issue with Soiree at CityCenterDC

Last night as the first official private preview of the highly anticipated CityCenterDC, Capitol File joined The Apartments at CityCenter for a summer soirée to celebrate its summer issue, in which artist Peter Max created an original Capitol File cover, currently being auctioned on Charitybuzz to benefit the Humane Society of the United States.

The event was designed by Andre Wells and featured samplings by Richard Sandoval’s Mango Tree and Rare Sweets, Moet Ice Imperial Champagne, wine by Early Mountain Vineyards and a Maserati.

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John McCain Headlines CNN and NJ’s ‘Politics on Tap’

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John McCain, CNN’s Jake Tapper, and NJ’s Ron Fournier

Last night at Sixth Engine, CNN and National Journal hosted “Politics on Tap,” a joint interview by CNN’s Jake Tapper and NJ’s Ron Fournier’s of Sen. John McCain preceded by a panel discussion with CNN’s Peter Hamby and Brianna Keilar and NJ’s Michelle Cottle on pressing political issues.

The former presidential hopeful covered a lot of topical ground, including the downed Malaysia Airlines flight earlier that day, immigration, Israel and Iraq.

Asked by Tapper who from the Republican Party could run against Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, McCain said, “I think we have a long list of people that could defeat Hillary Clinton. I think that Chris Christie is one. Jeb Bush is another. John Kasich is another. We’ve got some very successful governors that have done very well in their states that I think once exposed to the American people could be very competitive.”

For more, click on over to NJ and “The Lead,” and stay tuned to CNN for broadcast of some of the night’s conversation.

Washingtonian Wins the Summer with AT&T Best of Washington Party

photo4Last night at the National Building Museum, Washingtonian hosted its annual AT&T Best of Washington party, likely, the best event of the summer in DC. ‘Best of’ was Washingtonian’s first major event under the helm of its new editor, Michael Schaffer.

More than 60 of the magazine’s 100 Very Best Restaurants served samples bites from their menu, including 1789, Ted’s Bulletin, Toki Underground, BLT Steak, Hank’s Oyster Bar, Lyon Hall and STK, alongside libations including Pyrat Rum and Patrón Tequilas, among many, many, others (trust).

The soirée was themed “Madhatter,” and the “publisher’s reception” (aka VIP area) – sponsored by the American Beverage Association – offered guests dozens of costume hats to compliment attire. There was a maze, acrobatic performers and musicians, a BMW i8, and a Qatar Airways lounge featuring two of its fully-flat business class seats along with great music. Read more

‘Bromancing’ Senators Cory Booker and Rand Paul Draw Laughs at Playbook Cocktails

20140709_174638Last night also at the Newseum just prior to National Journal’s Political PursuitPOLITICO hosted Playbook Cocktails with the ‘bromancing’ Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Rand Paul (R-KY) in conversation with POLITICO Chief White House Correspondent Mike Allen.

Equally substantive and funny, the due spoke on the topic of the REDEEM Act, an effort the two support to redefine the country’s criminal justice system; President Obama’s visit to Texas yesterday and whether he should visit the border; whether the duo could land a reality show; and a selfie taken on Booker’s iPhone.

In case you missed it in person or via livestream, check out the full Q&A or if you’re strapped for time, the Top 10 humorous quotes of the night, as compiled by POLITICO, after the jump. Read more

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

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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

CNN and National Journal to Host ‘Politics on Tap’ with Sen. John McCain

Screen Shot 2014-07-09 at 15.41.52Look out BuzzFeed Brews. There’s a new beer drinking news platform in town.

CNN and National Journal are joining forces to explore the midterm elections the best way possible…with a cold one in hand.

Dubbed “Politics on Tap,” the program will feature an interview by CNN’s Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper and NJ’s Ron Fournier of Sen. John McCain followed by a panel discussion with CNN’s Peter Hamby NJ’s Michelle Cottle, and CNN’s Brianna Keilar on the growing divide in the Republican Party and how the changing face of the GOP and Congressional leadership may impact this November’s midterm elections.

Slated for next Thursday at Sixth Engine, the invite (which hasn’t gone out yet) is a steal in that a-the topic is definitely interesting and b-who doesn’t want to drink with this crowd. Only thing that could make it better is if Rep. Aaron Schock were involved.

We’ll be there, and hope to see you there, too!

See the invite – sans RSVP dets (sorry) – after the jump. Cheers! Read more

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