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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

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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.”

Paul Wharton Productions: ‘Casting Fresh & Fabulous Faces’

PaulWhartonAboutHeadshotDo you have nothing else in the world you can possibly do with your time? If so, we have a way you can fill it!

Paul Wharton Productions is building a promotional team and looking for interns and professionals with “strong people skills, interested in a fun and team-oriented working environment, and willing to volunteer at events or on production set.”

Now this gig isn’t just for anyone. The LLC is looking for reliable individuals with social media skills and some college experience. Those without “fresh and fabulous faces” need not apply. The email leads with these necessary qualities. Read more

Perfect Friday Fodder – WaPo Subscription Phone Line Allegedly Diverts to ‘Sex Talk’

An anonymous tipster wrote in to tell us that The Washington Post’s subscription phone line answered as “some kind of sex talk line.”

We gave the number a call – 1.800.477.5555 – but it now seems to be disconnected. After two rings, Fishbowl repeatedly got a recording saying, “We’re sorry. You have reached a number that has been disconnected, or is no longer in service. If you feel you have reached this recording in error, please check the number and try your call again. Thank you.”

We reached out to Post PR who said that they were unaware of any issue with the line.

So much for some real Friday fun getting my subscription.

Update: We’ve heard back from The Post, who said that the wrong number was a placeholder on a page design that went live yesterday. It has since been updated with the number 1.800.577.4679, which does allow individuals to subscribe.

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Jay Carney Joins ‘The Colbert Report’ Before Stepping Down as WH Press Secretary

Screen Shot 2014-06-20 at 11.59.18Today marks Jay Carney‘s final day as White House Press Secretary, and to commemorate the occasion, Carney was a guest on last night’s “The Colbert Report.”

Stephen Colbert began the interview imitating a member of the White House Press Corps asking a question of the Press Secretary following a White House press briefing.

Carney referred to himself as a “glutton for punishment” and the Press Secretary role as “such a high burn-out job” after recalling an email he received noting he was the longest serving Press Secretary since the mid-90s.

Colbert asked Carney when he and ABC’s Jonathan Karl were “just gonna get a room,” which was met with laughs. And before closing out, noted that the next Press Secretary, Josh Earnest‘s name, “literally means ‘just kidding, but seriously’.”

Click through to the Colbert Report and see Carney’s sit down with the comedian.

 

Jake Tapper and Mark Leibovich Interview Each Other on How to Make it in This Town

Photo credit: Janet Donovan

Jake Tapper. Photo credit: Janet Donovan

Wednesday night at Hogo, 826DC hosted an event on “How to Make it in This Town” with New York Times best selling authors Mark Leibovich (This Town) and Jake Tapper (The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor). The two sat down and spoke about and interviewed each other on their careers in Washington since the 1990s.

And in case the conversation wasn’t satiating enough, 826DC coordinated drink specials in honor of the evening’s guest speakers. For Tapper, there was “That Old Fashioned” – stag, vanilla syrup, and crazy bitters. Guests could also order the Leibovich, a Red Stripe tall boy, or the Full Leibovich, paired with a shot.

Prior to the evening’s formality, FishbowlDC had the chance to chat with Tapper, who offered some fodder as to how Leibovich can make it in this town after writing This Town. The CNN host joked, “Apologies. Lots and lots of apologies,” and later added, “He’s one of the best writers in modern journalism.”

Asked what it takes for anyone young to make it big, he added, “Here’s my advice for anybody, about anything. Work really hard. That’s the key to everything. Nobody wants to hear that because everybody wants to learn the trick – learn everyone’s middle name, show up ten minutes early for work – whatever. If you work really, really hard, and you’re good, and you’re constantly improving, that pays off.” Read more

VP Biden Celebrates Win in U.S. National Team Locker Room

Vice President Joe Biden. At the World Cup. In the U.S. National team locker room following their win over Ghana.

The Top Ten Comedic Fails at the Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association Dinner

Screen Shot 2014-06-13 at 10.26.12Last night at the newly opened Marriott Marquis in Washington, DC, the Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association hosted its annual Congressional correspondents’ dinner, where recipients of several awards were recognized for excellence in areas of television and radio reporting.

The evening’s comedic guest was Nick Offerman, who plays Ron Swanson on “Parks and Recreation.” White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough also offered remarks.

But as usual, out of town comedians in Washington and non-professional comedians don’t always come up with the funniest of lines. Below are the top ten comedic fails of the night from Offerman and McDonough’s time at the podium.

10 – Nick Offerman: “The eighth amendment protects us from cruel and unusual punishment. Which apparently does not include strapping a citizen to a table and murdering them. I guess that’s some sort of judgement call.”

9 – Nick Offerman: ”Some people assume that because I’m an actor, I’m a Democrat. And other people assume that because I like to hunt and build things, I’m a Republican. I am neither. I’m a proud bull moose.” Read more

Capitol Hill Celebrates National Seersucker Day

While yesterday was a grim day on Capitol Hill for some, many members had something to celebrate.

In honor of National Seersucker Day, Congressmen and women on both sides of the aisle donned their sharpest summer attire to celebrate the annual event.

While Capitol Hill celebration of the day was discontinued in 2012, Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) vowed last month to bring it back.

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Photo Credit: Paul Morigi, Getty Images

Top Row (left to right): Joe Barton, Renee Ellmers, Jim Cooper, Alan Lowenthal, John Barrow, Dina Titus, Blake Farenthold, Andy Barr, Joyce Beatty, Robert Pittenger, Martha Roby, Bobby Scott, Tom Petri, Vicky Hartzler, Joe Wilson, Eliot Engel

Bottom Row (left to right): Steve Womack, Emanuel Cleaver, Michelle Bachmann, Steve Cohen, Alcee Hastings, Bill Cassidy, Howard Coble, Terri Sewell, Shelley Moore Capito, Ileana Ros-Lehitinen, Janice Hahn

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Thursday Break Check with Bao Bao

Screen Shot 2014-06-12 at 13.50.22It’s almost the weekend but the time between now and then seems like an eternity.

So take a break this afternoon and join us in stalking the National Zoo’s Bao Bao!

Perched atop her stone play pen, Bao Bao just isn’t having it today. She wants nothing to do with her bamboo or red ball. Instead, she’s just sitting in the corner like a toddler in time out.

So sit back, relax, and click on over to the National Zoo’s Panda Cam, sponsored by the Ford Motor Company Fund.

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