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Archives: April 2011

Guess Who’ll Be Writing for Bloomberg’s Editorial Section?

HuffPost‘s Michael Calderone is reporting that none other than famed WaPo columnist Ezra Klein (looking rather muscular here) will regularly contribute editorials to Bloomberg View. He joins a roster that includes Jonathan Alter of Newsweek, former OMB director Peter Orszag, The Atlantic‘s Jeffrey Goldberg, and Bloomberg‘s Margaret Carlson and Al Hunt.

Not to worry, Klein will keep his job at WaPo, as will Goldberg at the Atlantic.

Read more about the new section here.

The Hill’s Cusack to Resume Acting Career

The Hill‘s Managing Editor Bob Cusack is having a pretty exciting week, and amazingly it has nothing to do with the White House Correspondents’ Dinner pre-parties. He’s resuming his long-dormant acting career on Friday in Baltimore where he’ll be an extra on the set of the HBO movie “Game Change.”

He has no script to learn as the role won’t  likely involve speaking. He also didn’t even have to audition. “Once you’re in SAG, you just email the casting agent with a head shot,” he explained of the Screen Actors Guild, of which he is a member.

Cusack is an old hat at being an extra. He has been in more than 20 movies, including “The Pelican Brief,” “Guarding Tess,” “In the Line of Fire” and “Dave.” Sometimes it’s hard to spot him though he’s clearly seen in “Clear and Present Danger.” (See here for a refresher course on that.)

“Game Change” is based on the bestselling book by TIME‘s Mark Halperin and NY Mag’s John Heilemann on the 2008 presidential election race.

Julianne Moore is playing the part of Sarah Palin while Ed Harris is taking on the role of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.). Woody Harrelson is also in the film.

Politico’s Celeb Breakfast Brings Out Funny Barbs

Politico‘s Mike Allen and Patrick Gavin hosted their first celebrity edition of the Playbook Breakfast this morning with actors Tim Daly and Rosario Dawson and “Top Chef” finalist Mike Isabella.

And it started off a little dicey.

Editor-in-chief John Harris opened the breakfast by welcoming guests and briefly mentioned tomorrow’s WHCD, “or prom for nerds, as we described it in Politico today.” The phrase has been used for years prior to this morning.

Daly also had a problem with Harris’ introduction. He was introduced as the star of “Wings,” a sitcom that ended in 1997. Wings was “like, 20 years ago…It’s ‘Private Practice.’ It was on last night, maybe some of you saw it?” Daly joked.

Daly is in town with a crowd of celebs to promote The Creative Coalition and to lobby Congress for arts funding, especially difficult in a political climate that’s embracing budget cuts. Daly said that many people think of “the arts” as New York City operas, and ignore other things like architecture and clothing. “Like Patrick’s shoes, his socks!” Allen said. Gavin was wearing bright colored sneakers and pink argyle-y socks. “His socks especially,” Daly responded.

Allen asked where Daly gets his news, and the actor took the opportunity to rib Sarah Palin, saying “I read all of ‘em. All the papers.” On the subject of the WHCD, Daly admitted he was most looking forward to seeing “somebody I respect embarrass themselves horribly.”

Next, Rosario Dawson took the stage with Maria Teresa Kumar to talk about their organization, Voto Latino, which aims to get Latinos voting and bring issues the community cares about to the forefront. Dawson described meeting the president: “He just kinda walked in…he looked great.” But she said she’s still looking forward to meeting someone else. “I’ve never met Joe Biden,” she said, adding “Vice President Joe Biden” to clarify.

Dawson spoke of her role in the organization, and said her history of activism helps her make her case to politicians. She hopes she isn’t just seen as a celebrity, but as a representative from Voto Latino. “I’ve been walking in marches since Al Sharpton still wore track suits,” she boasted.

Guess Who Surfaced at NJ ‘The Hotline’ Event?

We’ll dish more later. But guess who showed up all cavalier to NJ‘s Political Pursuit event at the Newseum Thursday night?

This guy never ceases to amaze us.

Dogs Can Have WHCD Parties, Too

A Bo Obama lookalike

A Bo Obama lookalike

Last night, on the patio of Art and Soul on Capitol Hill, hosted its second annual White House Pet Correspondents’ Benefit. The dogs were generally well-behaved, though there was some growling, barking and butt-sniffing. How very Washington.

Wendy Diamond, the proprietor of AnimalFair, played host to raise money for Pets2Vets, which pairs returning veterans with adopted dogs. She was joined by her dog, Lucky, whom she calls the White House pet correspondent. The resident White House dog, Bo Obama, was not in attendance. He wasn’t even invited, though Diamond insisted his presence would have been welcome.

Pets2Vets, or P2V, was founded by David Sharpe in early 2010. Sharpe described suffering from PTSD, traumatic brain injury, and depression upon his return from tours of duty in Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. But when he adopted a rescue dog, a three-month-old pitbull mix named Cheyenne, the feelings of depression subsided. It led him to found P2V, which he describes as “a between a sheltered pet and a veteran.” Pets offer “unconditional, pure love” and Sharpe says that veterans, who often feel judged opening up to doctors about their feelings, don’t feel the same way with animals. He said the program helps both the veterans who “just want companionship” and the dogs, which come from abusive homes.

The small crowd of human guests enjoyed hors d’oeuvres from Art and Soul, including mushroom puffs and fried mac and cheese, along with a wine bar. The canine guests, all under 21, were instead served water. They munched on treats and bones.

Attendees were also treated to cupcakes from Georgetown Cupcake, decked out in red, white and blue. The owners of the store and the stars of TLC’s “D.C. Cupcakes,” Sophie LaMontagne and Katherine Kallinis, made an appearance at the event, though they’ll be heading to New York today for an appearance on “The View”‘s royal wedding special.

The McLaughlin Group’s John McLaughlin, Daily Caller editor-in-chief Tucker Carlson, WUSA’s Angie Goff, and Buzz Aldrin all serve on the host committee. None were able to attend.

D.C. Royal Fever: The Morning Edition

A mild obsession has arisen amongst Washington journalists over the Royal Wedding this morning. This is a best in show of commentary.

So wrong…

“So ‘QILF’ is now a thing, huh?” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin in a Friday morning tweet.

Reluctant journo gives in and watches anyway

“OK, fine. I’m watching…and I kind of like it.” — RealClearPoliticsScott Conroy in a Friday morning tweet.

Anti-Royal Wedding

Is it safe to turn the TV on? So glad of the time difference w/England. Don’t give a flip about royal wedding. Glad I slept right through it. — Washington Watch’s Roland Martin in a Friday morning tweet.

“Disappointed in myself for getting up for this.” — The Daily Caller‘s Media scribe Jeff Poor in a Friday morning tweet.

In awe…

“Kate looks outstanding.” — NBC’s Luke Russert in a Friday morning tweet.

“Woke up at 5:58. Prepared to work out. Saw Kate Middleton. Stopped in my tracks. Beautiful.” — WaPo‘s Jonathan Capehart in a Friday morning tweet.

Lip reading

“Woke up at 5:58. Prepared to work out. Saw Kate Middleton. Stopped in my tracks. Beautiful.” — ABC News White House Repoter Karen Travers in a Friday morning tweet.

“We need a lip reader! Did William say ‘you look beautiful?’” — TWT‘s Emily Miller in a Friday morning tweet.

Fit for Weiner TV

“Just catching up here. So she wore a Steve McQeen dress? #TheOneHeWoreInBullitt” — Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) in a Friday morning tweet.

Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers


Capitol File Editor-in-Chief Kate Bennett‘s latest Twitter avatar. She says she puts it up only when she’s in “party mode.” It’s from her going away bash in Vegas.

Actor Jason Biggs in a pensive pose for FishbowlDC at a Creative Coalition/Lani Hay/Elle dinner inside the Ritz last night. Biggs has joined the Creative Coaltion entourage of actors hanging out Washington this week for the WHCD.

Well that’s unfortunate

“Wow my new Hill press pass makes me look like a serial killer.” — Bloomberg TV‘s Lizzie O’Leary in a Thursday tweet.

Anonymous quote from a Washington journalist Thursday: “You assume anyone else cares about me and my crappy life!”

Mistaken lyrics

“National anthem performer at Nats Park just said ‘gallantly dreaming’ instead of ‘streaming.’ #FAIL” — Digital media expert and former TBD GM Jim Brady in a Thursday tweet.

Dirty politics

“One of the participants has already tried to bribe me. Staying strong! #njpoliticalpursuit” — NJ “The Hotline’s” Executive Editor Reid Wilson in a Thursday tweet regarding NJ’s Political Pursuit trivia event at the Newseum Thursday night.

Juke Kartel at the Ritz last night. L to R: Dale Winters, Toby Rand and Tommy Kende.

Band member insists on seeing Obama’s birth certificate

“Love 2hrs sleep…en route LAX – Wash D.C. I’ve asked to see Obama’s birth certificate in person.” — Juke Kartel’s lead singer Toby Rand in an obviously jokester Thursday tweet. The LA-based singer and the rest of the band performed at Lani Hay‘s private party Thursday night. Band mate Dale Winters remarked on Twitter, “In Washington D.C. for weekend playing for the WHCA. Weird what things bring being a guitar player!”

Lara Logan Breaks Silence

In her first TV interview since her sexual assault and beating, CBS’s Lara Logan said she feared dying a “torturous death” in Egypt’s Tahrir Sqaure.

The interview will air Sunday at 7 p.m. ET on “60 Minutes” and will be conducted by Scott Pelley.

From CBS: Logan lost contact with her colleagues for approximately 25 minutes and endured a sexual assault and beating that she feared she would not survive.  “There was no doubt in my mind that I was in the process of dying,” she tells Pelley.  “I thought not only am I going to die, but it’s going to be just a torturous death that’s going to go on forever…”

Logan started back at “60 MINUTES” Wednesday and says she’s healing.  “I am so much stronger [now].”

Watch an excerpt here.

Today’s Most Popular Stories 4.28.11

Every afternoon we surf your sites for the most popular stories of the day. Here are the top headlines for April 28, 2011:
Washington Post:

Washington Times: Why Glenn Beck lost it

Washington Examiner: The rise of the cybersecurity-industrial complex

Bloomberg: Republicans Dismiss Medicare Unrest as Orchestrated

USA Today: Dozens of tornadoes kill 215 in South

The Hill: Rand Paul has ‘birther’ demand for Trump: Prove you’re a Republican

Politico: Robert Gibbs to Donald Trump: Where are the tax returns?

Roll Call: GOP Strategists Fear Fallout From Obama Birth Record

National Journal: PICTURES: Storms, Tornadoes Devastate the South

Talking Points Memo: Oklahoma GOPer: It’s A Fact That ‘Blacks’ Don’t Work As Hard

The New Republic: Pumped Up

The Daily Caller: Dear Mr. President: What took you so long?

Jose Andres to Cook for Bradley Cocktail Hour

If you’re going to The Atlantic Publisher David Bradley‘s cocktail hour at his splendid Kalorama home on Friday night you’re in for exquisite snacking. Chef Jose Andres of Minibar fame will be responsible for the menu. Andres is not responsible for the dinner that follows the happy hour. That will be catered Spanish-style fare with commentary by The Atlantic‘s Senior Food Critic Corby Kummer.

Last year, cocktail hour was essentially held in Bradley’s driveway with partygoers leaning on a couple of shiny Audi’s.