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Snoop Dogg ‘Admits’ to Smoking Weed at the White House

Screen Shot 2014-07-22 at 17.25.28On Snoop Dogg’s official YouTube channel GGN - the Double G News Network – the rapper recalled, with guest Jimmy Kimmel, a visit to the White House in which he smoked weed in the bathroom. The “Gin and Juice” singer was most recently at the White House in December 2013.

“I said, ‘May I use the bathroom for a second?’ Snoop recalls asking ‘the CIA or FBI,’ which he referred to as ‘the alphabet boys.’ They supposedly followed up by asking him, ‘‘What are you gonna do, Number 1 or Number 2?’ ” to which he answered ‘Number 2.’

He went on to add, “So I said, ‘Look, when I do the Number 2, I usually, you know, have a cigarette or light something to get the aroma right.’ And they said, ‘Well you know what? You can light a piece of napkin.’ I said, ‘I’ll do that.’ And the napkin was this,” as he smokes a blunt on camera.

Sounds believable. Watch for yourself after the jump. Read more

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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

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.

Awkward Interactions at Heritage Foundation’s Launch of The Daily Signal

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Last night at Sixth Engine, The Heritage Foundation celebrated the Tuesday launch of its new site The Daily Signal, a digital-first, multimedia news platform.

Amidst drinks with clever names like the “Editor in Chief” and the “Teaser” alongside delicious samplings of Korean style chicken tenders, heaping bites of tuna tar tar, and brussels sprouts, FishbowlDC was so rudely interrupted by the self-proclaimed ‘Christian, Conservative, Southern, Zionist, that is Everything the Left hates Heritage Action Legislative Strategist (description a la his Twitter bio).”

During a conversation with a writer for Heritage Action’s blog The Forge, said “strategist” apparently felt threatened by FishbowlDC speaking to his ex-fiance. The “strategist” – who I met just seconds earlier – felt the need to tell me his engagement with whom I was previously speaking ended four weeks ago.

Unable to hold back a smirk caused by the absurdity of this man’s relationship woes, he trice assumed I thought the situation was funny. Newsflash: I barely know who you are, let alone care about your relationship status.

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Sen. Sessions Up in Smoke over FBI Chief Comey’s Pot Comments

On the topic of 200 positions being added to the FBI payroll this year, its Chief James Comey was quoted in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal having said, ”I have to hire a great work force to compete with those cyber criminals and some of those kids want to smoke weed on the way to the interview.”

Well, during an FBI Oversight hearing today, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) addressed said comments, asking whether they “could undermine our ability to convince young people not to go down a dangerous path?”

Sit back, relax, have a snack (!!), and take a listen to what Sessions had to say.

 

Oh Snap! Calmes Deflects, Henry Hit

In his presser today, Pres. Obama tweaked NYT‘s Jackie Calmes for rambling, who in turn passed the buck to Fox’s Ed Henry. From WaPo‘s live blog:

After Calmes attempted to ask Obama about Politifact’s “Lie of the Year” and some other issues, Obama cut her off and asked her to narrow her scope a bit.

‘You’re stringing a bunch of things along,’ he told her. ‘Let’s see if we can hone in on a question.’

Colmes responded by saying that her run-on questions aren’t as bad as Fox News’s Ed Henry. The comment, made light-heartedly, was met with some laughter and gasps by the press corps.

For the record, we conversed with Ed Henry at Susanna Quinn‘s surprise birthday party last Friday, and found him to be quite articulate. Mayhaps Jackie is projecting a bit…?

WaPo’s Marty Baron Hangs Up on Evan Gahr, Later Apologizes

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Our resident phone enthusiast and freelance investigative journalist Evan Gahr remains fierce in his pursuit to get WaPo to say why they won’t cover a race and age discrimination lawsuit brought against them by a sales employee.

On Tuesday he phoned the Grand Poobah over at WaPo: Executive Editor Marty Baron.

And guess what happened? Surprise! Baron hung up on him. Read more

Hey Mufson, Don’t Pick Up Your Phone!

ringingphoneWashington investigative freelancer Evan Gahr, an avid phone enthusiast, is like a dog with a bone at this point about that internal WaPo lawsuit involving a sales employee who is accusing the paper of race and age discrimination. Gahr is incensed that they won’t run the story on their pages. He surmises that the company lawyer doesn’t think it’d be wise for employees to discuss it with him. But he can’t, won’t leave it alone.

Might WaPo consider installing a Caller ID?

If few others appreciate it, reporter Steven Mufson might.

Gahr posted his latest phone call with Mufson. We reported on a previous call last week.

According to Gahr, the conversation went something like this. The exchange is actually pretty fascinating… Read more

C-SPAN Host Falls, Breaks Nose

11296D.C. papparazzi Mark Wilkins alerted us on Twitter that C-SPAN Executive Producer Peter Slen fell in C-SPAN’s garage Tuesday night. He required an alleged 70 stitches and broke his nose.

C-SPAN Communications Director Howard Mortman confirmed the incident to FishbowlDC.

“Thanks for checking in on Peter,” Mortman wrote by email. “He did have a fall earlier this week and is sporting some new stitches, but he’s already back at his desk today and on the mend.  Thanks for your concern.”

When pressed as to what happened, he added, “Leaving work, Peter fell in the C-SPAN parking garage.  Yes, his nose is broken (no pain), but it only adds to his charm.”

Digital Director Weighs Unfairness of Gov. Shutdown Via Brother, Duvet Cover

duvet coverLike many people, Catherine Andrews, the director of digital content at Home Front DC, a strategic communications agency, and formerly the Editorial Director of Washingtonian, grew emotional about the government shutdown last night.

Naturally she gravitated to Twitter to vent. Hers was among the more colorful rants as she swayed from her difficult task of putting together her bedding to the more serious issue of her brother.

“If I can figure out how to put my duvet on in under 20 minutes, Congress can figure out a way to avoid the shutdown,” she wrote, adding, “Because seriously that duvet was REALLY complicated.”

This is when her thoughts escalated into rage. Read more

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