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CBS News Toasts to 50 Years with Bill Plante

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As if there wasn’t enough going on in DC last night (the Congressional Women’s Softball Game, 826DC’s ‘How to Make it in This Town’ convo with CNN’s Jake Tapper and NYTimesMark Leibovich, and the Big Money book party for POLITICO’s Ken Vogel) CBS News hosted a party to celebrate White House Correspondent Bill Plante’s 50 year career at the network.

Friends and colleagues gathered at Jose Andres’ Oyamel to fete Plante, a known foodie and wine connoisseur. Highlight (for him): He was gifted with a rare 1964 Chateau Pichon Baron-Pauillac.

Guests included CBS News President David Rhodes, Chairman Jeff Fager and Washington Bureau Chief Chris Isham. as well as Nancy Cordes, Major Garrett, Bob Orr, Chip Reid, and Julianna Goldman.

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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

Marriott Celebrates 4,000th Hotel Opening with Huge Bash for its Newest Marquis

20140610_195741Last night, Marriott International celebrated its 4,000th hotel opening at the new Marriott Marquis Washington, DC. Hundreds of guests congregated in its lower level ballroom alongside Marriott notables including Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board for Marriott, Bill Marriott, SVP of Brand Management Paul Cahill, and VP of Global Brand Management Matthew Carroll.

The reception included music by DJ Stylus, a 360* aerial dance performance by Les Oiseaux Du Paradis, and local DC muralist Aniekan Udofia, as well as sushi, oyster, dumpling, taco, and Jim Beam bourbon bars. Upon arriving, guests were given high-tech RFID bracelets, which when activated would email drink recipes and music from throughout the night.

In attendance: DC Councilman Jack Evans, Heather Podesta, Fritz Brogan, Brooke Henderson, Thrillist’s Laura Hayes, Georgetowner’s Corrie Dyke, TAA PR’s Aba Bonney KwawuGina Ghislaine Dakkouni, and Roger Whyte.

DNC and RNC City Selection by Uber Availability, Direct Flights, Last Call, and Temp

Game-Show-Last-CallOver the weekend, the Democratic National Committee announced six U.S. cities – Birmingham, Cleveland, Columbus, New York, Philadelphia, and Phoenix – that have submitted bids to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Already announced for the RNC: Cleveland, Dallas, Denver and Kansas City.

While final decisions have not and will not be made until later this year or early 2015, we’ve made the call based on what’s important: average temperature, Uber availability, direct flights from DCA, and last call. So heads up DNC and RNC, we’ve selected your 2015 convention destinations. Disqualifiers (average temperatures above 90*, no Uber service, only one non-stop flight from Reagan, and early last call times) have the strikethrough. Read more

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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Pierre Garçon’s Charity Event Raises $100k for Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington

Redskins Niles Paul, Pierre Garçon and Kirk Cousins with DC Mayor Vincent Gray. Photo cred: Joy Asico.

Last night, Washington Redskins philanthropist Pierre Garçon hosted his second annual All-White charity event, benefiting the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington (BGCGW) at the Millennium Building. Unfortunately for FishbowlDC, we missed the “All-White” memo and wore grey pants and a blue button down.

The event raised $100,000 for the charity, more than three times the amount of last year’s donation.

“I’ve been looking forward to this since last year’s inaugural event,” said Garçon during the event auction. ”This organization hits home for me, and I’m honored to consider the BGCGW family. Every penny counts, and I’m devoted to raising money for a cause that’s important to me – raising educated, smart and passionate kids…With your help, I hope to double the amount raised every year”

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The Dress HAS Arrived – Pratapas and Dayspring Set to Marry

Congratulations to Lauren Pratapas, publicist to Jake Tapper and “The Lead,” who just picked up THE dress before she marries Brad Dayspring, comms director at the National Republican Senatorial Committee, this weekend. Join them for their wedding reception at hell no are we telling you!.

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Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs Offers Howard University Commencement Speech

Screen Shot 2014-05-12 at 13.17.44Rapper Sean “Diddy” Combs addressed graduates of Howard University on Saturday after receiving an honorary doctor of humanities.

Combs concluded his nearly 40 minute speech with three pieces of advice for the graduating class.

“I want you to never be afraid to make a decision. Be decisive. Don’t be afraid to fail. Be fearless.”

“I want you to remember the power of you. You got to feel that power. You got to believe in that power. You have that power, trust me…you are the most powerful generation this world has ever seen.”

And lastly, his motto, “Can’t stop. Won’t stop.”

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Ciroc brand ambassadors Ke’Shawn Forbes and DJ Quicksilva with Ciroc Girl and WPGC midday host Sunni and the City and MoKi Media’s Dannia Hakki

The same weekend of Combs visit to Washington, his vodka brand hosted a VIP party cruise in honor of Ciroc Week. Sunday’s gorgeous weather along the Potomac in a chartered Boomerang yacht proved to be the ultimate #journoperk.

Pictorial: Primary Night at the Clay Aiken HQ

Good afternoon dear readers! A funny thing happened the other night whilst we were practicing our lob shot down at the Devil Ridge Golf Club in Holly Springs, North Carolina. We got lost on our way to the powder room and ended up stumbling upon the Official Clay Aiken Campaign Primary Night Election Party!

In a ballroom that was decked out in what must have been dozens of dollars worth of balloons and crepe, several older people and the President of the College Democrats of NC State University were anxiously staring at a screen with numbers on  it. Naturally, we rushed over to the bar (first things first) only to find it stocked with lemonade and sweet tea -and nothing else. D-:

“Is this some kind of joke?” we wondered. Nope, it’s for real. Welcome to North Carolina!

Here are some pictures we took, after the jump. Sorry if they’re all out of focus and wobbly -we were literally stone-cold sober the whole night…

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The Good, The Bad, And The Ugly: White House Correspondents’ 2014

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It’s now been 24 hours since I’ve done anything White House Correspondents related, and I’m still exhausted. Fifteen parties over the course of three days! This must be what it’s like to climb Mount Everest or win an Iron Man competition…

Sort of.

While we didn’t make it to all the various WHCD2k14 shindigs, we made it to most. Our personal highlight of the weekend? Definitely when “Modern Family’s” Sofia Vergara did a complete about-face when asked if she would take a picture of us with her hot boyfriend. Runner up – “Glee’s” Matthew Morrison’s “sex eyes.”

Check out our party-by-party run down, after the jump…

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