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POLITICO’s Kim Kingsley and CNN’s Dana Bash Named ELLE’s Most Powerful in DC

ellePOLITICO Chief Operating Officer Kim Kingsley and CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash were just named to ELLE’s 10 Most Powerful Women in DC list. Also named were Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI); Neera Tanden, president of the Center for American Progress; fmr. Deputy White House Counsel Cheryl Mills; Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME); Ilyse Hogue, president, NARAL Pro-Choice America; U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker; DC Chief of Police Cathy Lanier; and Capricia Marshall, Ambassador-in-Residence of the Atlantic Council. In the April issue and online now, these 10 power players “offer an inspiring look at what hard work, determination, and passion can still accomplish.”

“Always be direct; remember an idea is just an idea unless it’s implemented correctly; and never settle for pretty good—demand great,” said Kingsley, who spearheaded the launch of POLITICO’s Women Rule series (with Google and the Tory Burch Foundation) to recognize women leading change in politics, policy, and their communities.

“Early on,” she continued. “The men would have impromptu meetings behind closed doors to talk about the future of [Politico]. I always looked at those rooms and wanted a seat at the table. After a while, I just started opening the door, walking in, and sitting at the table.”

Bash, who’s been with CNN for 20 years, recalled her first taste of power, “When I was still a producer, after 9/11, I got a tip that the NSA had an al-Qaeda intercept on September 10 that said, ‘Tomorrow is zero hour,’ and they didn’t translate it [in time]. I put it on the air as breaking news and the White House went bananas—Dick Cheney in particular.”

Check out the piece (and Kim’s great shoes!) on news stands March 25.

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Women Ruled Zentan for 2014 Series Launch

10001385_748690051810766_1034168253_nLast night, POLITICO, Google and the Tory Burch Foundation kicked off the “Women Rule” series for 2014 at Zentan. The cocktail reception brought together participants from last year’s series and invited them to share their aspirations for the coming year. The event also featured Zentan’s Executive Chef Jennifer Nguyen, a contestant on Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay.

The first “Women Rule” event is scheduled for late March in DC – more details are expected soon. The series will also host events in New York City and San Francisco this year, capping off with an end-of-year conference in Washington.

1904150_748690041810767_1961860382_nIn attendance: CNN’s Brianna Keilar, Gloria Borger, Erin McPikeMichelle Jaconi, and Kristen Holmes; NBC’s Betsy Fischer Martin and Kasie Hunt; MSNBC’s Karen Finney; Washington Post’s Ruth Marcus: Larry King’s producer Carrie Stevenson; WJLA’s Autria Godfrey and Jummy Olabanji; Time’s Jay Newton Small; Yahoo’s Garance Franke-Ruta; InTheCapital’s Sophie Pyle; BitchesWhoBrunch.com’s Cori Sue Morris (since it’s the weekend, wa-la, bitcheswhobrunch.com!); Emily’s List’s Marcy Stech; SKDKnickerbocker’s Jill Zuckman; Kim Oates from the House Radio-TV Gallery; Brunswick Group’s Su-Lin Nichols; the White House’s Tara McGuinness; Corcoran’s Rachel Cothran; Komen’s Kiki Ryan; Kate Bake’s Katelyn Sornik; Tracy Sefl; Gloria Dittus; and Mindy Finn.

1528463_748689968477441_335092248_nAs well as sponsors, including POLITICO’s Kim Kingsley, Lois Romano, Beth Lester Sidhu, Christine Delargy, Jessie Niewold, and Peter Cherukuri; the new head of the Tory Burch Foundation Bari Mattes (her first week in the position!); and Google’s Jesse Suskin, Sam Smith and Mistique Cano.

Photos by Rod Lamkey Jr.

Mediaite Snubs DC TV Newsers in ‘Sexiest List’

Mediaite-LogoMediaite released this morning its list of the “50 Sexiest in TV News.”  And if you’re anything like me, the results will shock you. By FishbowlDC’s count, the lineup recognized only four full-time Washington-based TV news personalities.  Six if you count longtime WJLA anchor Pamela Brown who recently moved to New York for a gig at CNN and Van Jones, the Crossfire host who broadcasts out of the network’s DC bureau but resides in California.

Representing our fair city were Van’s co-host S.E. Cupp, CBS News Investigate Correspondent Sharyl AttkissonCBS News State Department Correspondent Margaret Brennan and the lovely Lara Logan.

Hey Mediate, it’s insulting enough to overlook the babe-a-licious Brianna Keilar but to snub Bob Schieffer…downright criminal.  See Mediaite’s full list here.

 

Star-Ledger Blogger Hates CPAC Crowd Warming, Calls it ‘Worst F&@king Thing’

Sitting in the media center on the final day of the Conservative Political Action Conference was the relatively discreet Paul Mulshine of the New Jersey Star-Ledger.

Conservative comedian Steven Crowder had just taken the stage to introduce the next speaker. “Are you ready?!” Crowder yelled into the microphone three times as a way to warm up the crowd. That’s when Mulshine turned around in his seat and said, “I hate that. I’ve been to a lot of CPACs. That is the worst fucking thing when they do that.”

Mulshine isn’t keen on crowd warming or the people who do it. “I want to strangle them,” he continued. “I’ve been to 10 of these things. Certain lines you hear over and over. And that is the fucking worst.”

Asked about himself, Mulshine told us… Read more

Scarborough Proud of Bright Sweater Selection

It took a lot of “courage” for MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough to wear his searing red Brooks Brothers sweater on set Friday. That’s what he told FishbowlDC Saturday at the Omni Shoreham hotel where he was speaking on a panel for the National Review Institute summit.

“We were talking about courage on stage,” Scarborough said. “Do you know how much courage it took to get that red sweater out of my closet?” Asked if it was a gift, he said no. “Am I supposed to be ashamed that I bought it on my own? I bought it on my own.”

His co-host Mika Brzezinksi has said in the past that Scarborough is “like a gay stylist.” However, she’s not a fan of the red sweater. “She usually speaks out against the red sweaters,” Scarborough said, “but fortunately she was off that day so I thought I’d give it a test ride. It worked out well.”

He acknowledged that it’s a way to keep things fresh on set… Read more

Favorites From Forbes‘s ’30 Under 30′ List

Forbes released it’s annual “30 under 30″ lists today. Featured on the media list are names you’d expect and those for which you’d need to suspend critical thinking to comprehend how this could’ve happened.

But for better or worse, we’ve picked our favorite additions to this year’s list with our own reasoning.

WaPo’s Ezra Klein– Because it’s become increasingly clear that you can’t have a list about media figures without including Klein. Hell, we even made our own entirely dedicated to Klein and his evolving hairstyles.

HuffPost Live‘s Abby Huntsman– Because when you make a list of highly-accomplished media professionals, Abby leaps to the forefront of America’s conscious. But not that America. The other America that former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards was always talking about… Read more

The Many Hairstyles of Ezra Klein

On MSNBC last night, WaPo‘s Ezra Klein sat in as a guest on Rev. Al Sharpton‘s Politics Nation. We have no idea what he was talking about because we couldn’t stop looking at his freshly buzzed head.

Klein has had some pretty fashionable styles over the years. Some good. Some bad. Some lasting longer than others. Some that appear to have happened by complete accident.

In honor of the many hairstyles of Ezra Klein, a comprehensive look at his fun ‘dos.

The Klein Part: A simple comb back, finished with an off-centered part

The Klein Lick: It’s like a cowlick, but at the front of Klein’s head

The Klein Slick: Sort of combed back, sort of combed forward, fused with a hair product that offers shine

The Klein Static: Haphazardly combed backward and then rubbed with a balloon near the back

The Klein Mix: A combination of previous Klein ‘dos

The Klein Toss: Flipped, switched, swooshed and tossed

The Klein Thick: Grown out, feathered to taste

The Klein Cover: For those bad hair days

Details Includes Odd Pick in Next Wave of Pundits

Despite being fired, unemployed and absent from the FNC airwaves for the last two months, Michelle Fields is included in Details magazine’s “Next Wave of Political Pundits.” The list was published online yesterday.

There’s little reason to doubt that once Fields is once again gainfully employed that she’ll be back on FNC and it’s quite possible she has a bright future there. But Details has her listed as a “Guest Commentator” when she hasn’t been seen on the network since she was let go from The Daily Caller in August.

Fields appears to spend her time these days tweeting and updating her personal blog.

Others who made Details‘ list seemed to make more sense apart from a certain senator’s daughter… Read more

’50 Politicos’ List Is a Head Scratcher

Politico released its list of “50 Politicos to Watch” last night. Included in the list are timely power players in the presidential campaign such as President Obama‘s traveling press secretary Jen Psaki, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom and Beth Meyers, who is heading up VP candidate vetting for Romney. There are also a few journalists and celebrities.

But a list so comprehensive couldn’t possibly go without criticism. “Seriously, Politico?” avid politics tweeter pourmecoffee wrote last night, linking to musician Kid Rock‘s entry on the list. The write up on Kid Rock and his all-important contribution to this election cycle: “[He] gave Mitt Romney the go-ahead to use ‘Born Free’ as his campaign anthem and performed for the former governor at a campaign rally in February.”

Even more bizarre, in a press release Politico called both Kid Rock, whose heyday passed over a decade ago, and well-known actress Jane Lynch “New Hollywood Faces.”

Despite Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour generating most of the buzz around a fundraiser for Obama last month, she’s not named on the list. Actress Sarah Jessica Parker, however, is because the fundraiser was hosted at her home.

And as noted by Google Senior Politics Project Manager Anthea Watson Strong, out of the 50 names on the list, 14 are women; four of which are celebrities. An intense commenter on the list echoed the sentiment: “Just like the male-heavy Politico. Put the [Beth Meyer's] picture in the middle and then save her for last. Just know this, morons. We women are coming for your jobs. We’re done waiting.”

Then there’s actress and outspoken Democrat Sigourney Weaver. She’s starring in the new mini-series Political Animals and showed up at Politico‘s party last night celebrating the list. But she wasn’t actually on the list.

Hmmm…more head scratching.

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Mitt Romney “Poo-Poohed” with Politico’s Mike Allen — Allen filmed an interview Monday with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney in New Hampshire at the “grubby French-Canadian diner, Chez Vachon.” Allen said Romney “pooh-poohed the idea that this is a white-knuckle season for him or his team.” On the hot topic of  Newt Gingrich‘s marital affairs, Romney said his campaign had “no plans” to make it an issue “at this point.”

Ailes on First Draft? — FNC CEO Roger Ailes is reportedly working on an autobiography. He’s set to receive between a $3 and $4 million advance for the book, says New York Mag’s Daily Intel. Depending on when the book is released, it could be real juicy. Ailes is already loose lipped on some of the dirty details at FNC. In an interview with The Daily Beast in September, he said Bill O’Reilly was “scared” Glenn Beck would outshine him when Beck was still at the network. He also called Sean Hannity “predictable.” Imagine what Ailes, 71, will say when his contract with FNC is over in 2013.

Up, Down, Left, Right and in the Middle with Chris HayesMediaite‘s Tommy Christopher is in a man crush haze with Hayes and is running a series of posts about Chris Hayes with Chris Hayes . If you want to know Hayes’ thoughts on President Barack Obama, the 2012 election and politics in general, you can just torture yourselves and watch his MSNBC show “Up” in which the bouncy host slows down for no one. But if you want to see Hayes’ stark white office, his personal wall calendar that’s nearly blank and his perfectly organized desk, watch the interviews at Mediaite. Please, Tommy, find out what kind of shampoo he uses.

Here’s one of them:

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