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Hillary Clinton Responds to Criticisms by Jill Abramson on Media Expectations

logo2During an interview with guest host John Harwood on NPR’s “On Point,” Hillary Clinton admitted that she might expect more than she should from her relationships with members of the media.

Clinton’s comments were made in response to criticism by Jill Abramson in a POLITICO Magazine piece in which the former New York Times editor said, “Hillary is incredibly unrealistic about journalists…She expects you to be 100 percent in her corner, especially women journalists. She got angry with me because when I became the top-ranking woman at the New York Times, she thought I should be loyal. An editor is going to be independent, always.”

Abramson’s comments were made more than two months after the media blitz surrounding the release of Hard Choices began, first with a taped television interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer, a live interview with Robin Roberts for “Good Morning America,” a joint interview by Fox News’ Bret Baier and Greta Van Susteren, and a slew of other interviews, conversations, town halls, and book signings in Washington and throughout the country. Read more

Jenna Bush Hager Offers 5 Things She Learned from “Gampy” George H.W. Bush

Photo courtesy NBC News

Photo courtesy NBC News

Writing for TODAY.com, contributing correspondent Jenna Bush Hager offered an essay dedicated to her “Gampy,” President George H.W. Bush, with childhood photos including 41.

In the piece, she shares 5 things she’s learned from her grandfather, a man she says “has really always astonished me,” and reflects on his recent 90th birthday and skydive.

On the importance of service, Bush Hager recalls a 1997 letter he wrote on advice from his mother: “Be honest. Tell the truth. Be kind. Care about the other guy — help him. Don’t look down on anyone. You have an obligation to help others”

For more from TODAY’s Jenna Bush Hager, click here.

‘It’s a Hard Knock Life’ for ‘Poor Hillary Clinton’ According to RNC

Screen Shot 2014-07-21 at 13.14.17‘It’s a hard knock life’ for ‘poor’ Hillary Clinton according to a website unveiled today by the Republican National Committee. Paid for by the RNC, PoorHillaryClinton.com is a nod to the likely 2016 presidential hopeful’s comments that she and husband Bill Clinton were ‘dead broke’ after leaving the White House in 2000.

The Tumblr of sorts includes links to news hits which reference the Clinton’s wealth, raking in $275,000 for speaking fees and a Wall Street Journal piece likely placing the former First Family in the ‘top 1% of the top 1%.’

Check it out, here.

 

John McCain Headlines CNN and NJ’s ‘Politics on Tap’

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John McCain, CNN’s Jake Tapper, and NJ’s Ron Fournier

Last night at Sixth Engine, CNN and National Journal hosted “Politics on Tap,” a joint interview by CNN’s Jake Tapper and NJ’s Ron Fournier’s of Sen. John McCain preceded by a panel discussion with CNN’s Peter Hamby and Brianna Keilar and NJ’s Michelle Cottle on pressing political issues.

The former presidential hopeful covered a lot of topical ground, including the downed Malaysia Airlines flight earlier that day, immigration, Israel and Iraq.

Asked by Tapper who from the Republican Party could run against Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, McCain said, “I think we have a long list of people that could defeat Hillary Clinton. I think that Chris Christie is one. Jeb Bush is another. John Kasich is another. We’ve got some very successful governors that have done very well in their states that I think once exposed to the American people could be very competitive.”

For more, click on over to NJ and “The Lead,” and stay tuned to CNN for broadcast of some of the night’s conversation.

Fishbowl Five: Former DNC-er, Now Comms Director at Vogue Hildy Kuryk

Hildy KurykJust following the 2013 inauguration of President Barack ObamaHildy Kuryk, who served as the finance director of the Democratic National Committee, left Washington for New York City. Shortly after, Kuryk, who in 2011 was named one of POLITICO’s top 50 fundraisers to watch, joined Anna Wintour’s Vogue fashion empire as communications director, having first met the fashion icon in the spring of 2008 when Wintour was supporting then-Senator Obama’s campaign for president.

Nearly 18 months after leaving her life in Washington politics, we spoke with Kuryk about her new career in the fashion industry often foreign to life inside the Beltway, the intersection of politics and fashion, and what she’s learned most about Washington politics since her departure.

FishbowlDC: What have you been up to since leaving the DNC?

Hildy Kurky: “I left the DNC right after the inauguration in January 2013 and my husband, our son and I moved back to NYC. We are both from New York so it has been great being back in the city and enjoying all our old haunts and finding new ones in Brooklyn where we just moved!”

“In April of last year I started working as the Communications Director at Vogue magazine. I can’t believe it has been well over a year already – time has really flown by.”


FBDC: Where do you see the intersection of politics and fashion?

HK: “In my opinion one of the best things to come out of the 2008 Obama campaign was the idea that individual Americans could take ownership over their politics. Everyone could play a role in that campaign, no matter who you were or where you came from. In a similar vein, with the rise of social media, you have continued to see a movement in fashion toward individual style, the mix of high and low, the street style, the Instagram fashion shoots (that Vogue was the first to do!). Most of all there is a prevailing sense that you don’t have to buy designer fashion to be fashionable anymore – it is about how you present yourself and what your personal message is.”

“Of course I would also be remiss if I didn’t commend our First Lady, Mrs. Obama, on her dedication to young American designers and the spotlight she shines on our industry.”

Members of Congress, Media, and Athletes Headline Kastles Charity Classic

Last night at the Kastles Stadium at the Smith Center, the third annual Washington Kastles Charity Classic Set brought together members of Congress, national media and professional athletes to raise money for Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), Best Buddies, DC Public Education Fund, and Food & Friends.

In the end, Team Stripes won over Team Stars, 47-46 and a minimum of $5,000 was donated to each of the four charities, on top of yet to be tallied donations from ticket proceeds.

Participants included Rep. Joyce Beatty (D-OH), Rep. Tim Bishop (D-NY), Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL), Rep. Jim Costa (D-CA), Rep. John Delaney (D-MD), Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-NC), Rep. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Rep. Erik Paulsen (R-MN), Rep. Bobby Scott (D-VA), Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS), former Louisiana Senator John Breaux, former director of the National Economic Council Gene Sperling, Fox News’ Bret Baier and Ed Henry, ABC News’ Jonathan Karl, Bloomberg Television’s Peter Cook, former Washington Redskins Darrell Green, former Washington Redskins linebacker Rocky McIntosh, former Washington Redskins Brian Mitchell, Atlanta Falcons cornerback Josh Wilson, and chair umpire Jim Vance of NBC4.

National Journal Hosts Charlie Cook on 2014 Midterm Elections at Newseum Tuesday AM

cdn-media.nationaljournal.comThere’s just a few spots left to attend tomorrow’s National Journal event with election prognosticator Charlie Cook on the run-up to the 2014 midterm elections. The editor and publisher of The Cook Political Report and NJ columnist will dissect and share his predictions for the races whether they’ll mirror the landscape of today.

The convo is set for 8:30 am at the Newseum (555 Pennsylvania Ave. NY) and will also be live-streamed at http://www.nationaljournal.com/events. To attend in person, RSVP here.

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

10 Days Out, Clinton, Inc. by Weekly Standard’s Daniel Halper Leaked to Press

Clinton, Inc.Saturday night, a second critical book on the Clintons following the release of Hillary Clinton’s Hard Choices was leaked to press 10 days ahead of its publishing date.

Clinton, Inc.: The Audacious Rebuilding of a Political Machine, written by the Weekly Standard’s Online Editor Daniel Halper, was distributed to more than 100 reporters by the mysterious “Robert Josef Wright” as a combined 317-page PDF.

The Daily Beast’s Lloyd Grove says of the former President and potential 2016 Democratic Presidential candidate, as portrayed in the book, “Perhaps surprisingly, it’s Bill Clinton who emerges as selfish and coldly calculating in the portrait drawn by Halper’s reporting, and Hillary who comes off as warm and caring, albeit charmingly transactional for political gain, particularly with her Republican colleagues in the Senate.” Read more

Team ‘Press Pass’ Prevails at National Journal’s Political Pursuit

Winning team "Press Pass"

Winning team “Press Pass”

Last night at the Newseum, National Journal hosted its sixth annual Political Pursuit, a “game show” on political trivia with members of Congress, the press that cover them, and political “insiders.”

The evening was co-moderated by National Journal Editor-in-Chief and President Tim Grieve and Hotline Editor-in-Chief Scott Bland. Team “Press Pass” won the night with 290 points and consisted of Bloomberg News’s Greg Giroux, Roll Call’s Shira T. Center, The Washington Post’s Paul Kane, The New York Times’ Jonathan Martin, and Los Angeles Times’ Mike Memoli. Read more

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