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Lucky Michael Douglas Bypasses Catherine Zeta Jones Q’s at U.S. Peace Institute

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On Monday night the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington hosted the Ploughshares Fund Gala. Ploughshares Fund is a bi-partisan group aiming to put an end to the remnants of the nuclear proliferation age, and finally making the world a nuclear-free place for future generations. The gala featured prominent figures, such as Sec. of State John F. Kerry, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, former Sen. Richard Lugar, among other V.I.P.’s.

Notables:

Margaret Carlson, Bloomberg, Steve ClemonsThe Atlantic, Sally Quinn, Washington Post, Ben Ambruster, Think Progress/Center for American Progress, Ali Gharib, Open Zion/Daily Beast, Matt Duss, Think Progress/Center for American Progress, former Undersecretary of State Paula Dobriansky (she worked for George W. Bush), Tom Toles, WaPo (Cartoonist; and wife Gretchen Toles), Sam Feist, CNN, Andrew Morse, CNN, Moira Whelan, State Department, Sen. Ed Markey, Olga KhazanThe Atlantic, Josh Rogin, Daily Beast, Uri Friedman (moving this week from Foreign Policy to The Atlantic), Jean Francois-Boittin, Embassy of France, Anne Gearan, WaPo, Richard Wilhelm, Booz Allen, Jay Newton-Small, Time Magazine, Bruce Gottlieb, National Journal, Michael Powell, American Federation of Teachers, Dixon Osburn, Human Rights First, Jeremy Ben-Ami, J Street, and Warren Bass, Wall Street Journal.

The Master of Ceremonies for the night was Emmy and Academy award winning actor Michael Douglas, who’s passion for complete global nuclear disarmament has put him in the same league as some of the most powerful people in the world who are not actor (beat that, Clooney).

Whose speech outshined the rest at this anti-nuke open-bar gala soiree?

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BuzzFeed Brews: A Social Experiment

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Probably the most socially interesting part of “BuzzFeed Brews” Monday night was the pre-gathering in the upstairs bar of Jack Rose saloon, where guests were ushered before the doors downstairs opened.

In a word: awwkward.

People don’t really talk to one another anymore. They tweet, text, check their email and do anything to avoid human contact. One guy was even reading a magazine. For 10 or so torturous minutes, guests stood around in semi-tortured poses, each staring into his or her electronic devices.

A horrible commentary on life, indeed.

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Michael Douglas Loves D.C. Media Interns

AndrewDubbsActor Michael Douglas was apparently a big hit with Washington media interns last night at the U.S. Peace Institute. Not only did he show himself not to be a diva with our intern, but Hollywood on the Potomac‘s intern fared just as well.

“Truly amazing. Finally got to meet Gordon Gekko,” Andrew Dubbs, a fall intern for the socialite site and 19-year-old student at American University.

Dubbs hails from Woodside, Calif. and is completing a double major in Film and Business.

Certainly this gives him bragging rights. At least momentarily.

BuzzFeed Brews Books Fast

Unknown-5If you’re dying to go to “BuzzFeed Brews” tonight, where Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith will interview ex-Obama aides Tommy Vietor and Jon Favreau, you may be SOL.

The Favreau and Vietor “Brews” are at capacity already – fastest RSVPs they’ve ever seen, we’re told.

The event is first come first serve until they reach capacity.

If you thought White House Correspondents’ weekend was bad. This could be worse. Our advice: Get there early.

At Last! A Soirée for D.C.’s Party Hostess

Lobbyist Heather Podesta will host a party for lobbyist and well-known party host Juleanna Glover for a job move to Teneo.

A note to NYT Mark Leibovich: There will be valet parking.

And potential crashers… definitely not the kind of party one shows up to uninvited.

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Ann Coulter to Visit Daily Caller’s Newsroom

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Regnery Publishing and The Daily Caller will celebrate Ann Coulter‘s new book Tuesday evening in their newsroom. The belle of the ball will be, of course, Coulter.

She’ll sign a copy of the book, or maybe insult you if you’re a liberal. Don’t worry if you don’t yet have the book — you’ll be able to purchase one there.

If you’d like to attend, visit here.

A Vodka-Laced Book Party

photo-27Freelance journalist and Stateless Media founder Peter Savodnik opened his up his sleek, spartan Columbia Heights apartment to a number of journalists this weekend to celebrate the release of his new book, The Interloper: Lee Harvey Oswald Inside the Soviet Union (Basic Books). The book hits the shelves Tuesday.

The party, sponsored by Top of the Hill Distillery in Chapel Hill, N.C. and Heritage Distilling Co. in Gig Harbor, Wash., grew more spirited as bottles and bottles of Topo and Heritage Vodka disappeared.

Freelancer James Kirchick, now back in Washington from Berlin, attended the festivities and promptly dropped his glass of vodka on the floor setting off a splash that reached all of my toes. He won’t soon hear the end of this.

A description of the book from the publicity department of Basic Books: “In this book Savodnik brings to light one of the most important, and perhaps the last-to-be-explored, dimensions of the Kennedy assassination— Lee Harvey Oswald himself. In order to do so Savodnik drew on new research and conducted in-depth and exclusive interviews with Oswald’s Russian associates, such as his ex-girlfriend, friends, and co-workers. Focusing on the almost three years he spent in Russia, Savodnik shows how Oswald’s original plan to abandon materialistic America for the promise of a country supposedly based on collectivism and camaraderie fell so short of his expectations and ultimately led to his return to home—and to Dallas.”

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Sam Youngman’s Goodbye Soirée is ‘The Other Side of This Town’

photo-25A sizable gathering of journos packed into the dimly-lit Oyster Bar of Old Ebbitt Grill last night to bid farewell to Sam Youngman, who’s headed to Lexington, Ky. to shake things up at the Kentucky-Herald Leader.

“It’s so easy to sh-t all over this town, and I will continue to do so with great relish,” Youngman told FishbowlDC by email today. “But last night was a reminder that there are so many wonderful and talented people here, and I’m fortunate to know them.”

Kevin Madden, a CNN Contributor, pointed out last night, “This is the other side of This Town.” You hear that Mark Leibovich?

The party was meticulously organized by CBS Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett, who regularly frequents Old Ebbitt and is something of a star there. (We resisted the terrible urge to give Garrett an impromptu spelling test. He assures that he can spell fairly well, just not in a Spelling Bee format.)

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A Little Birdy Tells Us…

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That there’s a goodbye soirée for Sam Youngman later tonight. The location and time is being disclosed to close friends only. Youngman, who has worked as a White House Correspondent for The Hill and most recently, a political reporter for Reuters, is moving to Lexington, Ky. to cover politics for the Kentucky Herald-Leader.

If you are close to Youngman and somehow didn’t get the informal invite, write us for more details. You may be required to take a trivia test, but if you know Sam you should pass it easy enough.

A Book Party for Chris Matthews

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Look for MSNBC President Phil Griffin at a network-hosted book party for Chris Matthews on October 15. Matthews’ new book is Tip and the Gipper: When Politics Worked. He worked as a top aide to the late House Speaker Tip O’Neill for six years.

The venue is PJ Clarke’s Sidecar, located a stone’s throw from the White House.

By invitation only.

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