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WSJ Reports Hunter Biden Discharged From Navy for Failing Drug Test

The Wall Street Journal reports that the son of VP Joe Biden - Hunter Biden - was discharged from the Navy Reserve for testing positive for cocaine.

Hunter Biden joined the Navy in 2013 and was discharged in February 2014 for said test taken during the previous year.

FOX News reports a statement given by the vice president’s son:

“It was the honor of my life to serve in the U.S. Navy, and I deeply regret and am embarrassed that my actions led to my administrative discharge…I respect the Navy’s decision. With the love and support of my family, I’m moving forward.”

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The Washington Blade Celebrates 45 Years

The Washington Blade celebrated its 45 anniversary Thursday night at the showroom of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams on 14th Street. During remarks to the 100 attendees, Blade editor Kevin Naff highlighted the launched of the Washington Blade Foundation.

In addition to digitizing 45 years of The Washington Blade’s content, the foundation will provide funding for researchers of LGBT topics and offer scholarships for aspiring journalists. The paper is also soon to be honored by the DC Historical Society as a Washington institution, and a collection of past issues and historic moments in its coverage has been accepted by the Newseum.

The Blade’s October cover is a throwback to the paper’s inaugural issue in October 1969.

 

Capitol File Celebrates its 2014 Men’s Issue in Style

Photo credit: Tony Brown/Imijination Photography

Photo credit: Tony Brown/Imijination Photography

Last night at Longview Gallery, Capitol File celebrated its 2014 Men’s Issue with a swanky affair, serving up Belle Isle moonshine and passed hors d’oeuvres by Windows Catering alongside big screens for ESA-provided video games and a Maserati.

“Kill the Messenger’s Jeremy Renner takes the cover of Capitol File’s latest issue. MSNBC’s Chris Matthews and The Atlantic’s Steve Clemons are among its contributors. FOX5′s Steve Chenevey is profiled for his on camera style. And Reps. Aaron Schock (R-IL) and Patrick Murphy (D-FL) come together for “Congressional Collaboration.” Read more

Heads Up: Bloomberg Politics to Host ‘With All Due Respect’ Viewing Party

Bloomberg Politics will host a viewing party for “With All Due Respect,” its long-awaited television show hosted by Game Change and Double Down authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, on Tuesday, October 7th at 5 pm. The program debuts the day prior and will air daily at 5 pm on Bloomberg TV and online.

In recent months, Bloomberg Politics, which next week will also launch its website www.bloombergpolitics.com, has been on a hiring spree, picking up Monocle’s Sasha Issenberg, Slate’s David WeigelEsquire’s Mike Nizza, ABC News’ Tom Johnson, and “The Daily Show’s” Pat King. The program will be taped and produced out of New York City.

For those who missed the invite but don’t want to miss, send a suck up email to Bloomberg News’ Emma Angerer.

We’ll see you there.

Bloomberg Politics - Launch Party Invitation 10.7.14

Saturday Night Toast for Newly Appointed U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith

Photos via Haddad Media

Mikey Dickerson, Megan Smith, Hilary Rosen, Tammy Haddad, Kara Swisher, Lucky Carney

Saturday night at the home of Hilary Rosen, colleagues, friends and family gathered to toast Megan Smith, the recently appointed U.S. Chief Technology Officer and Assistant to the President.

Guests were welcomed at the door to flights of champagne and proceeded into the residence to a table of gourmet delectables and passed hors d’oeuvres.

The high level crowd included Hunter Biden and Kathleen Biden, Kara SwisherBob Barnett and CBS News’ Rita Braver, FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel and husband Mark Bailen, FLOTUS Communications Director Maria Cristina “MC” González and husband Miguel FerrerWalt Mossberg and Edie Mossberg (Walt and POLITICO’s Mike Allen both had iPhone 6s), Vicki Kennedy, NIH’s Dr. Tony Fauci, Amb. Lloyd HandJeremy Bash and Robyn Bash, Campbell Spencer, director of the White House Visitors Office Ellie Schafer, administrator of the U.S. Digital Service Mikey DickersonNYTimes’ Carl Hulse, Vanity Fair’s Maureen OrthGreta Van SusterenAl Hunt and Judy WoodruffAndrea Mitchell, and Ed Henry and Shirley Henry.

More photos after the jump. Read more

Perfect Weather, Great Views at HuffPost Thursday Night Happy Hour

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photo-2On Thursday night, The Huffington Post and the Progressive Change Campaign Committee hosted a happy hour for 300 friends atop the Warner Roof, with hors d’oeuvres provided by chef Will Artley, of Falls Church’s Pizzeria Orso.

Guests noshed on truffled deviled eggs; mini veggie, chicken and beef kabobs; cured meats and cheeses; and marinated heirloom tomato and grilled corn and pea salad.

Partiers also tapped 3 kegs, with many staying past the intended closing time and wine had to be restocked three times, proving to be a fun night for all in attendance.

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.

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

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