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Nancy Pelosi Recipient of Award from Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation

EGPAF6-24-7116Last night at the Newseum, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi received the Congressional Global Champion Award for Longstanding Commitment to an AIDS-free Future from the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF).

“There’s nothing like the determination of a mother,” said Pelosi. “When [Elizabeth Glaser] died we lost a champion, but her legacy lives on. She made a difference in the world. We are going to continue this fight until no child has AIDS.”

Pelosi has been an outspoken advocate for those infected with and affected by HIV since the beginning of the epidemic and her commitment has been critical in advancing the fight against the disease, seeing firsthand how research, public policies, and communities can act together to make real, lifesaving change.

WJLA anchor Alison Starling hosted the evening with a performance by percussive dance group Step Afrika.

Other notables in attendance: Charles Lyons, president and CEO, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation; Michael Rouse, vice president of diversity, philanthropy and community affairs, Toyota; and Jake Glaser, ambassador, Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

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

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What’s Happening

— Free Spirits Who Helped Shape Society at the Newseum (web live stream only), 12:45 p.m.

— Politico Campaign Pro Launch Event at 901 K Street, 5:30 p.m.

— Book Talk by Michael Gough at the National Press Club, 6:30 p.m.

 

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Andrew Jackson was the first U.S. president to ride in a train.

 

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What’s Happening

— Politico Pro Financial Services Report: Preventing Third Party Cyber Attacks, 8 a.m.

— State of the First Amendment at the Newseum (live stream only), 11:45 a.m.

— Take an Inside Look With Nikki Usher’s New Book “Making News at the New York Times” at the Newseum, 6:30 p.m.

 

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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.”

President Obama Pens Huff Post Op-Ed on Family-Friendly Workplace Policies

Working_families_summitCorresponding with today’s first ever White House Summit on Working FamiliesPresident Barack Obama penned “Family-Friendly Workplace Policies Are Not Frills — They’re Basic Needs” for The Huffington Post on the challenges of working parents and how the country can properly address them.

“Family leave, childcare, flexibility and a decent wage aren’t frills,” writes Obama. “They’re basic needs. They shouldn’t be bonuses — they should be the bottom line.”

The all day event at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Woodley Park is sponsored by the Center for American Progress, The White House, and the U.S. Department of Labor and is set to include the President, First Lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden.

For the op-ed, click on over to The Huffington Post, or click through for the summit’s live stream. Read more

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What’s Happeninge

— Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in Journalism with Gwen Ifill at the Newseum (live stream only), 11:30 a.m

— Book Rap: David Boies and Theodore Olson “Redeeming the Dream: The Case for Marriage Equality” at the National Press Club, 6:30 p.m.


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The Institute on Political Journalism Presents 19th Annual Journalism Awards

John Diedrich and Raquel Rutledge of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Jeremy Diamond of The GW Hatchet, Aki Ito of Bloomberg News, Sarah Smith of The Daily Pennsylvanian and Jeff Kearns of Bloomberg News.

John Diedrich and Raquel Rutledge of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Jeremy Diamond of The GW Hatchet, Aki Ito of Bloomberg News, Sarah Smith of The Daily Pennsylvanian and Jeff Kearns of Bloomberg News.

At this morning’s Institute on Political Journalism Awards at the National Press Club, reporters from The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Bloomberg News received the top awards from The Fund for American Studies – a DC-based education non-profit – for the second year in a row. Student reporters from The GW Hatchet and The Daily Pennsylvanian were recipients in the college category.

The 2014 Excellence in Economic Reporting Award was presented to a team of reporters from Bloomberg News for their seven-part series on the brave new world of “Big Data” software services. The report was lead by Aki Ito with Jeff Kearns, Craig Torres and Ilan Kolet and presented by John Merline, senior writer for Investor’s Business Daily.
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Dinner Tonight with DC’s Mayor for Life, Marion Barry, Jr.

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Weekend plans? We’re having dinner with the Marion Barry, Jr. Normal, right?

The former four-term mayor of the Nation’s Capital known nationally for smoking crack cocaine on camera in a DC hotel room with a mistress, this week published Mayor for Life, his self-proclaimed ‘incredible story’ of his “campaigns for mayor of Washington, his ultimate rise to power, his personal struggles and downfalls, and the night of embarrassment, followed by his term in federal prison and ultimately a victorious fourth term as mayor.”

How will we even find time to eat!? Read more

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What’s Happening

— Former America Inmate in Chinese Prison Made Christmas Lights for Export to United States at the National Press Club, noon

— Brunch and Book Discussion of  ”The Snow Leopard” by Peter Mathiessen at the National Press Club, Saturday, June 21 at noon

— Inside Media: Mark Twain, Washington Correspondent at the Newseum, Sunday, June 22 at 2:30 p.m.

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