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Wolf Is ‘All About That Bass’

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“No treble” for CNN’s Wolf Blitzer? Last evening during CNN Heroes, the television special honoring the humanitarian contributions of individuals around the globe, Anderson Cooper introduced a video clip of some of Wolf’s private moments in studio.

Cooper: ”This is what Wolf Blitzer does in the Situation Room when he thinks no one is looking.”

To the tune of Meghan Trainor‘s “All About That Bass,” Wolf busted out some two-step swaying action and finger waggin’.

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ICYMI: Brian Williams and Jimmy Fallon Slow Jam Immigration

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 10.40.14 AMLast night on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, NBC’s Brian Williams took a moment to slow jam on the controversial topic of immigration.

“I wanna slow jam the news, and I’m not the only one,” Fallon introducing the veteran anchor. ”Hello, I’m Brian Williams of NBC Nightly News and ladies and gentlemen, I too wish to slow jam the news,” said Williams to a cheering audience.

During the jam sesh, Fallon congratulated the artist known as “Breezy Weezy” on his 10 year anniversary of hosting NBC Nightly News, “from all of us here at NBC, we wanna say congratulations on 10 years of hosting the 16th hour of the TODAY Show.”

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ICYMI – ‘SNL’ Mocks President Obama’s Ebola Strategy

Screen Shot 2014-10-27 at 11.03.11“Saturday Night Live” mocked President Barack Obama’s Ebola response this weekend during a mock press conference on the show, which included an appearance from “Ebola czar Rob Klein,” as portrayed by Taran Killam.

“Now, some people want to criticize the way our administration has handled this crisis. And it’s true,” said Jay Pharoah, in character as Obama. ”We made a few mistakes on the arm. And I assure you. It was no where near as bad as how we handled the ISIS situation. I mean, our various Secret Service mishaps. Or the scandals of the IRS and NSA.”

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Joe Biden Asks Harvard University Student Body VP: ‘Isn’t that a B*tch?’

Vice President Joe Biden got real with a Harvard University senior who serves as vice president of the student body yesterday, asking about his role within student government, “Isn’t that a b*tch?”

The comment, which drew laughs from the audience, was followed by several remarks from Biden declaring, “I’m joking.”

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George H. W. Bush Jokes with Former Adviser Turned Inspiration for ‘Scandal’s’ Olivia Pope

Judy Smith, co-executive producer of ”Scandal” and a former deputy press secretary to President George H. W. Bush, recalled a conversation she had with 41 before the show’s premiere at last week’s Nantucket Project when she called to give him a heads up on the storyline. The character of Olivia Pope, inspired by Smith, engages in an affair with the show’s president, a made-for-TV and fictional twist from the real life relationship between Bush and Smith.

Bush returned Smith’s call, only to reach her voicemail, and in one, said, “Love you. Want you. You left me! And by the way, this is the former leader of the free world. Call me.”

When Smith finally reached the former president, in true Olivia Pope-fashion, she recalled telling him, “You need some talking points. You need to stay on message.” But to Smith’s surprise, Bush told her he was going to “confirm the affair.”

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Congressman John Boehner Explains His Duties as Speaker

Ever wonder what it’s like to be Speaker of the House? Congressman John Boehner explains.

According to the Office of Speaker John A. Boehner 2013 Intern Manual, said monkey “was given to the Speaker as a birthday gift after the joke was made that [Boehner] was just wound up like a doll by his political advisors every night and he would proceed to clap his hands only to have his advisors wind him up again the next day,” as reported by Gawker in August 2013.

Where in the World is WaPo’s Erik Wemple?

world-2-2It’s been nearly two weeks since we heard from Washington Post media critic Erik Wemple and the radio silence has had us worried. Where in the world is Mr. Wemple?

Since August 8, not a post has been made to his site or tweet to his Twitter handle. Is he OK? Is he safe? Did something happen after we saw him two Fridays ago as a guest on PBS’s “Mediatwits” discussing recent accusations and instances of plagiarism in the media industry? Read more

Rep. Paul Ryan on Pushing Tortilla Coast’s ‘Sunset Sauce’

During an interview today for Bloomberg Television with managing editors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, former vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) discussed his recently published book The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea, the conflict in the Middle East, and Tortilla Coast’s sunset sauce.

“Waiting tables is one of the best jobs I ever had,” declared Ryan. “It taught me a lot about people, about life, how to communicate with people. And I would sell fajitas on a sizzling platter. And if you could add Sunset Sauce, which is basically melted Velveeta cheese and put a little bit of pico de gallo in it, you could really up the bill a little bit and maybe get a little better tip in it. So we really pushed the Sunset Sauce and anything with shrimp in it.”

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Round 3 Superlative Winners: Pamela Kirkland, Brad & Lauren Dayspring, Maggie Haberman

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Friday marked the end of the 2014 FishbowlDC Summer Superlatives after a long, grueling competition for more than 50 nominees in 10 categories.

PostTV, former XM-er Pamela Kirkland

In the category for Sexiest Radio Voice, former XM-er Pamela Kirkland, now with Washington PostTV, took the win, besting WMAL’s Chris Plante with nearly 50% of the 2,500+ votes in the category. Also nominated: XM’s Julie Mason and NPR’s Ari Shapiro and Robert Siegel.

 

Brad and Lauren Dayspring

In the Cutest Couple category, NRSC’s Brad and CNN’s Lauren Dayspring maintained a lead over competition, winning against Ron, partner, Singer Bonjean Strategies, and Sara Bonjean, president, Rose Strategies, FOX News’ Ed and CNN’s Shirley Henry, and POLITICO power couple Alex Burns and MJ Lee.

 

POLITICO's Maggie Haberman

Nominated for Best Writer, POLITICO’s Maggie Haberman and NYTimes Magazine’s Mark Leibovich held court against WaPo’s Nia-Malika Henderson, Yahoo’s Chris Moody, and NYTimesNeil Irwin. In the end, Haberman took the gold.

And in the category of Most Basic news outlet, POLITICO bested its competition, including Roll Call, The HillThe Washington Times, PBS Newshour, and NPR.

FishbowlDC Round 2 Superlative Winners: Jen Bendery, Dannia Hakki, Gindy

FishbowlDC Round 1 Superlative Winners: Jake Tapper, Ken Vogel, Kevin Cirilli

Congratulations to all involved! May you forever be remembered for your Fishbowl Superlative.

Jen Bendery, Dannia Hakki, Gindy win Round 2 of FishbowlDC Superlatives

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Round 2 of the FishbowlDC Summer Superlatives came to a close, and with it, who’s been named the Hottest PR Guy/Girl, Biggest Troublemaker, and Best Hair.

 

HuffPost's Jen Bendery

In the category for Biggest Troublemaker, HuffPost’s Jen Bendery took the win with just under 50% of the votes over The Daily Caller’s Betsy Rothstein, former editor of FishbowlDC; POLITICO’s Lauren French; The New York Times’ Jonathan Martin; The Daily Caller’s Patrick Howley; and Breitbart’s Matthew Boyle.

 

Moki Media's Dannia Hakki

Moki Media’s Dannia Hakki wins Best Hair, over Washingtonian’s Kate Bennett, CNN’s Erin McPike, former Fishbowl-er turned Mediaite’s Eddie Scarry, Benny Johnson, and WJLA’s Kris Van Cleave.

 

American Beverage Association's Chris "Gindy" Gindlesperger

And in the most voted for category of 2014 thus far with nearly 6,000 votes, American Beverage Association’s Chris “Gindy” Gindlesperger is the 2014 Hottest PR Person with more than 40% of the votes. Early on, it looked like it could be POLITICO’s Olivia Petersen, or former FishbowlDC editor – CNN’s Matt Dornic. As the competition progressed, Gindy bested Petersen and Dornic, as well as Moki’s Maha Hakki, Story Partner’s Lauren Culberton, and SKDK’s Doug Thornell.

 

Earlier today we announced Round 3 nominees. Voting goes until Friday, August 15, at 6pm. A full list of 2014 FishbowlDC Superlative winners will follow.

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