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The Top 10 Things Overheard at The Hill’s ’50 Most Beautiful’ Celebration

20140729_193245Last night at Poste, The Hill celebrated its annual “50 Most Beautiful“ list, a nod to this town’s most beautiful – or not – members of Congress, Congressional staffers, campaign aides, lobbyists, and other Capitol Hill/executive branch employees.

Many of the 50 selected were in attendance, although the five Representatives and two Senators who made the list were not. Either was White House press secretary Josh Earnest. Or FOX News’ Bret Baier or CNN’s S.E. Cupp. But CBS News’ Nancy Cordes and NBC News’ Kristen Welker were there.

Guests who entered through Poste’s entrance (and not Hotel Monaco) first stumbled upon a step and repeat for anyone but mostly those who made the list. The gathering took place on Poste’s outdoor patio amid perfect weather and included remarks from the recently announced new Hill editor in chief Bob Cusack. Guests noshed on shrimp cocktail, gourmet sandwiches, and passed hors d’oeuvre and enjoyed an open bar that seemed to reopen several times.

Conversation was comical. Especially if you stood near strangers and wrote down the laughable things you could hear them say. And with that brings us “The Top 10 Things Overheard at The Hill’s ’50 Most Beautiful Celebration.” Read more

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The Hill Names the ’50 Most Beautiful’

50mbweb1It’s that day. That one day a year The Hill publishes its “50 Most Beautiful” list, and you can’t help but laugh, just a bit.

The 11th annual list recognizes the Beltway’s “best-looking,” relevant to the audience. So not necessarily all of the actually hot people you see around town, but the “most beautiful” members of Congress, Congressional staffers, campaign aides, lobbyists, other Capitol Hill personnel and executive branch employees.

Washington beautiful is tricky. It’s a far cry from “beautiful” as portrayed on DC-based television programs like “House of Cards” and “Scandal.” That said, this year’s list does include many who would catch your eye in Washington and elsewhere, along with several who might not even do so here in DC. Read more

The Hill Introduces Social Media Component for Final ’50 Most Beautiful’ Nominees

Screen Shot 2014-07-14 at 15.50.21The Hill’s “50 Most Beautiful People” list is slated for release on Tuesday, July 29 and 49 of the 50 have already been decided. For the first year ever, one recipient will be decided by readers who vote for the last minute addition on thehill.com and its Facebook page.

Now in its 11th year, the list highlight’s members of Congress, congressional staffers, campaign aides, lobbyists, executive branch employees, and other Capitol Hill personnel based on nominations by their peers, chosen by Hill staff.

This year’s social media contenders after the jump. Read more

Jefferson Book Party Toasts Arianna Huffington and Thrive

20140515_190857Last night at The Jefferson, Constance Milstein, Gail MacKinnon and Rachel Pearson hosted Arianna Huffington in celebration of her new book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder.

Huffington wrote Thrive after a fall brought on by exhaustion and a lack of sleep sent her to the hospital.

“The motivation for writing the book was my own burnout, and then looking around and seeing how many millions are burned out. And then, asking the questions that we stop asking after college, ‘What is the good life? What is success?’ And if you think about it, we define success, in search of these two metrics of money and power, and in this town, especially power. And this is like trying to sit on a two legged stool. Sooner or later you fall off. Nothing wrong with these two metrics. It’s just that you need the third leg of the stool.” Read more

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.

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

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