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Stephen Colbert Buys TheSarahPalinChannel.com

Screen Shot 2014-07-30 at 12.30.55Tuesday night on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report,” host Stephen Colbert poked fun at Sarah Palin‘s news channel that she announced on Monday.

“Yes. The all Sarah Palin Channel. It’s exacrtly what she’s always done, only, umm…nothing else.”

Colbert goes on to mock subscribers who pay its $9.95 fee. “It’s a safe space where like minded folks can hear things they already agree with from someone who’s opinion they already know…If $9.95 sounds too rich for your blood, sign up for Stephen Colbert’s Angry Echo Chamber. For just $9.94, it’s a community of people just like you, if you have a valid credit card.” Read more

Facebook Ruins All the Fun for Tommy McFly/Pavlick

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Mark Zuckerberg’s done it again…ruined all the fun for anyone who has more than 5,000 “friends” with a Facebook account!

FreshFM radio host Tommy McFly (born Pavlick) took to Facebook with some big news for his 4,995 friends.

“Zuckerberg says I can only be friends with a certain number of you and we’ve hit that limit,” the morning show host wrote in a sponsored post on Monday.

McFly/Pavlick will soon transition to a fan “page” that doesn’t impose the ridiculous limit personal pages have on how many friends you can have on Facebook.

“I never ever want to turn anyone away and always want to keep our conversation going,” wrote the morning show host. “Could you please ‘like’ my new page? Over the next several weeks I’m going to be transition to this one.”

Ohh the woes of having so many “friends…”

The ‘Facts of Life’ According to POLITICO Playbook

facts-of-life-tv-1809This morning’s POLITICO Playbook offered some interesting “Facts of Life” that has us guessing. Just who is Mike Allen referring to in his morning newsletter?

Under the headline “PLAYBOOK FACTS OF LIFE,” Allen references an “annoying email” about a “friendly reminder” and goes on to offer advice on how best to remind someone of something without nagging.

We reached out to Allen – with the subject line “You Coming?” – for additional info on the circumstances behind the “annoying email” he received but he wouldn’t budge.

The post leaves us wondering, who did Allen meet with this morning that was preceded by an annoying “friendly reminder” of said meeting??

The “Facts of Life” via POLITICO Playbook:

Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 13.48.30PLAYBOOK FACTS OF LIFE: An annoying email this a.m. reminded us that there’s nothing friendly about a “friendly reminder.” If you want to remind someone, try texting or emailing them with additional detail (“Just found out so-and-so will join”) — a way of reminding without nagging. At a restaurant, about five minutes after the reservation time (NOT before – no one wants to feel worse while already rushing), text your friend the table number or rough location. This is a little nicer to receive than: “You coming?” And it protects against the possibility that YOU’RE in the wrong place, or that they’re already seated elsewhere.

These are variations on the life lesson: At any given moment, we can make someone feel good, or feel bad. Human nature is to make them feel bad – they screwed up, or inconvenienced us. But it doesn’t cost any more to make them feel good. And the secret is: You do, too.

Call for Nominations – FishbowlDC 2014 Summer Superlatives

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It’s back…the news you’ve all been dreading waiting for. FishbowlDC Summer Superlatives 2014.

Something about the horrible heat and humidity brings us back to high school – senior year – when you voted for your classmates for how they’ll be remembered in the yearbook, forever.

Now flash forward to the real world. Replace your classmates with your colleagues. The yearbook with FishbowlDC. And let’s forget about the story someone broke or epic interview they conducted. It’s all about who’s hot, has the best hair, and is the most #basic this time around.

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Know someone who’s boyish good looks should have landed him in a boy band rather than DC media? Let’s cast them!

Have a colleague who carries so much drama they make the Kardashians look like they’re better suited for daytime on PBS? Help us help them launch their reality show!

Does your heart skip a beat every time you turn the dial and hear that person’s voice or when you receive an email from that publicist? Us too, probably, but let us know!

Over the next few days, we’ll be gathering nominations of those ohh so lucky to be included in this year’s superlatives. All nominations are anonymous and can be submitted via email (fishbowlnick@gmail.com) or the Anonymous Tip Box.

Be nice – or not – and let the games begin. But remember, it’s all in good fun.

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2014 Superlative Categories

  • Future/former Boy Band Member
  • Most in Need of a Reality Show
  • Hottest TV Personality
  • Sexiest Radio Voice
  • Best Writing
  • Hottest PR Guy/Girl
  • Cutest Couple
  • Most #basic
  • Best Hair
  • Biggest Troublemaker

Separated at Birth: The Atlantic’s James Hamblin and ‘Doogie Howser, M.D.’

Doogie-Howser-doogie-howser-md-3194744-1024-734Screen Shot 2014-07-21 at 16.59.19A recent series from Atlantic Video by senior editor James Hamblin, MD, explores “If Our Bodies Could Talk,” including “Single-Tasking is the New Multitasking,” “Workouts to Do at Work” that we’ll never actually do, and that wine isn’t as healthy as we thought.

Unbeknownst to us, the young MD has already been everywhere. His work has been featured on or covered by MSNBC, The New York Times and POLITICO. TIME named his Twitter handle in the top 140 best Twitter feeds of 2014. And BuzzFeed referred to him as ‘the most delightful MD ever.’ We agree.

While the topics so far covered in the series already induce much anxiety, we can’t help but watch and be reminded of another MD we all know well, Doogie Howser. Read more

Daily Caller’s Betsy Rothstein Gets Lit for Interview with Marijuana Consultant

admin-ajax.phpOver the weekend, former FishbowlDC editor turned editor of The Daily Caller’s ‘The Mirror’ Betsy Rothstein posted an interview she conducted – completely stoned – with marijuana industry strategist Aaron Houston.

Three puffs in, from an undisclosed patio within the confines of North America, Rothstein recalls in her piece, “It was all downhill from there. Or uphill. Or sideways. Or upside-down. I can’t quite piece it together, but I’ll try.” Sounds like “Inception.”

The interview accompanied Rothstein’s regular feature of “The Mirror Questionnaire,” a Q&A typically conducted over email on the interviewee’s career and thoughts on Washington along with some satire, and this time around, includes Rothestein’s internal thought process in italics.

I feel like I’m swimming.” “WE BOTH START LAUGHING UNCONTROLLABLY.” “Seeing four of him. WTF? HEEEELLLPPP. His words sound like they’re in a bubble. Trying to understand what the fuck he’s saying.Read more

FishbowlDC Summer Superlatives 2014: Call for Category Submissions

summersuperlatives(main)Not only is it summer but it’s summer superlatives season here in the Fishbowl. And with that, we’re calling on our readers to help shape the annual contest.

For one moment, let us step aside from our big boy and big girl jobs and return to high school to recognize our colleagues for who they really are.

Biggest self-promoter? Check. Sexiest eyes? Check. Most #basic? Maybe! Tell us what categories you’d like to see before we make a call for nominees. Email your suggestions to fishbowlnick@gmail.com.

Happy Summer Superlatives.

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Former Senate Hopeful Liz Cheney Talks ‘Farting’ on Wyoming Campaign

At today’s POLITICO Playbook Lunch with Dick, Lynne, and Liz Cheney, seated next to her parents, Liz recalled a story from her Senate campaign that left a foul look on some faces. At a Wyoming parade, Liz recalled a ‘briefing’ she had with the children of her extended family set to pass out candy on rules of behavior.

Topics addressed: No farting, which she referred to as, “A good life lesson.”

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Site Selection Committee Recommends Cleveland as 2016 Host City for RNC

Screen Shot 2014-07-08 at 12.18.55The Republican National Committee’s Site Selection Committee today announced its support for Cleveland as the 2016 convention host city. The final running was between the Ohio city on Lake Erie and Dallas. In June, Denver and Kansas City were eliminted as possible host cities.

The RNC and Cleveland will now enter into exclusive negotiations regarding the city’s bid to host the 2016 convention. And at an August meeting in Chicago, the Site Selection Committee will present their recommendation to the RNC.

Eind Michelsen, chairwoman of the RNC Site Selection Committee, said, “Cleveland is a phenomenal city, and I can’t think of a better place to showcase our party and our nominee in 2016.”

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus added, “A Cleveland convention offers our party a great steppingstone to the White House in 2016, and I’m encouraged by the committee’s recommendation. The team from Cleveland has gone above and beyond the call of duty and I think they’re representative of a city eager to show the country all the fantastic things they have to offer.”

Cleveland also has a bid to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

That said, it’s never too early to start planning where to go out! We reached out to a friend who lives in downtown Cleveland for the lowdown on what not to miss around the Cleveland Convention Center (300 Lakeside Avenue) near East 4th, the Warehouse District, and The Flats.

See the best of the best, after the jump. Read more

Supreme Court Rulings Ignite ‘Running of the Interns’

Screen Shot 2014-06-30 at 17.58.17BuzzFeed Politics and Benny Johnson win the day with this afternoon’s post on the annual tradition in DC known as the “Running of the Interns.” Since cameras and recording equipment are banned within the Supreme Court, TV network interns run from where the ruling is given in printed form to where their respective news outlet is located.

Click on over to BuzzFeed for the good, the bad, the ugly, and the stylish (!!) of this morning’s “Running of the Interns.”

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