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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
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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

Benny Johnson Learns Why You Should Not Photograph DC’s 7 Ugliest Gov. Buildings

U.S._Department_of_Labor_headquartersOn Wednesday, BuzzFeed’s Benny Johnson shared with readers photographic evidence of “The 7 Ugliest Government Buildings In Washington, D.C.” Major themes throughout: marble cement everything, thriving dying tree-lined entry ways and sitting areas, and beautiful ugly art.

Well today, Johnson followed up on his original post to explain why you should not take photos of DC’s seven ugliest buildings after being confronted by police and told to leave at six of the buildings he visited, even though he stood on public sidewalks in close proximity to tourists and employees.

At the Department of Energy, Johnson recalled, “The four armed guards prevented me from moving or getting on my bike. After calling my boss, and discussing with the guards, I was given my camera back. ‘Be smarter next time,’ he [an officer] said, ‘and don’t take any more photos here’.”

Johnson reached out to spokespeople for each building and heard back from several, all of who’s answers contradict what went down. Read the full story, here.

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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Washington City Paper Offers to Pay Your $25 Marijuana Fine

admin-ajax.phpTonight at midnight, marijuana possession of less than an ounce in the District will be decriminalized. Days in which being caught with the same amount could mean six months in prision and a $1,000 fine will soon be in the past, to be replaced with a $25 ticket. And for five lucky recipients of said ticket, the Washington City Paper has offered to front your bill.

“At Washington City Paper, we think the new law is a big improvement: For one, the vast majority of people arrested for possession of marijuana in D.C. are black, and the racial disparity in pot arrests is getting worse. For another, why should the other Washington be more progressive than we are? But we’re also curious to see how it’ll be enforced. So we’ll make an offer to the large, large numbers of people living here who have at some point possessed pot: If you get a citation under the new law, send us a picture of the citation and tell us your story, and if you’re one of the first five people we hear from at potfine@washingtoncitypaper.com, we’ll pay your $25 fine.”

While publicly outing yourself as a pot smoker isn’t required, WCP does require a photo of the citation (in which identifying details can be blurred out) and the circumstances under which it was issued – why and where you were stopped, how said marijuana was found, whether it was confiscated, and most importantly, was the issuer aware of the new law.

For more, or to submit your citation and be among the first five who’s ticket is paid by the City Paper, click here.

Hillary Clinton Completes Career Aptitude Test Administered by Jon Stewart on ‘Daily Show’

Hillary Clinton sat down with Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show” last night as part of her media blitz surrounding the Hard Choices of her time as Secretary of State.

Stewart began the interview by saying, ”It’s an incredibly complex, and well-reasoned, and eye-witness view to the history of those four years. I think I speak for everybody when I say, ‘No one cares. They just want to know if you’re running for President’.”

The former First Lady went on to take a career aptitude test administered by Stewart to see whether she’s suited for a term as president.

The test touched on whether Clinton prefers commuting to work or having a home office, that home office would have corners or be rounded, and whether she prefers to sit in or cause traffic.

For the results, and the rest of her commentary, see the below videos of Clinton’s latest “Daily Show” appearance.

Part 2 after the jump. Read more

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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‘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

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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