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Mark Halperin: The FishbowlDC Interview

halperinnew.jpgThis week, we sit down with ABC News’ Mark Halperin, who is not technically a Washingtonian, but who might as well be since tons of Washingtonians depend on his “The Note” for their political fix. He is also the co-author (along with the Washington Post’s John Harris) of “The Way To Win.”

How many suits do you own? 11….but I just bought four more for my book tour.

What word do you routinely misspell? “Effect.” (or, is it “affect”?)

Did you see Brokeback Mountain? yes

Did you see The Da Vinci Code? yes, but in a hotel room in Anchorage

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? whatever the Blackberry came with.

What time did you get up this morning? A different time every day.

When did you last cry and why? At my book party in Washington when thanking my girlfriend Karen Avrich for doing so much work on the book.

Which of the seven deadly sins are you? Gluttony, sadly.

Beach, city or country? City, city, city.

Would you say you’re cute? Pretty? Hot? Beautiful? None of the above.

Read the rest when you click below…(and see previous FishbowlDC interviews: Julie Mason, David Shuster, Joe Curl, Alex Pareene, Peter Beinart, Jonah Goldberg, Megyn Kendall, Ana Marie Cox, Jim Brady, Howard Mortman, Amy Argetsinger, Jose Antonio Vargas, Chuck Todd, Tom Gottlieb, Kelly Ann Collins, David von Drehle, David Lat, Mark Leibovich, Zain Verjee, David Plotz, Paul Kane, Karen Travers)


What color is your bathroom? Green.

How many emails do you receive a day, roughly? 1,781

What’s your opinion of New York City? The greatest city in the world, which is why it is my home.

What’s your favorite letter? K

What single person played the biggest role / had the biggest influence on your journalism career? Peter Jennings

Have you ever downloaded a podcast? If so, which one? Yes — too many to list.

Who’s your all-time favorite American Idol candidate? They are all tied in my book.

When’s the last time you volunteered? Where? PENCIL’s principal for a day in New York.

Who is your favorite active journalist? Lou Grant.

What did you have for breakfast? berry yogurt

What’s your favorite item of clothing? a tee shirt I bought in Tokyo

What one toiletry item could you not live without? Pert.

If you could have one superpower, which one would it be? Ability to obtain unlimited, tasty, calorie-free sushi.

Better role model: GIJoe? Barbie? Ken.

Each FishbowlDC Interview subject is asked to contribute a word to this ongoing thread. Thus far we have…”Leprechaun suits shimmer Sensenbrennerly. Never regurgitate, orginate! Ideally, chutzpah feathers one’s soul melodically. Rhythmically, supergalifragilistic sounds baroque indeed nefarious but Springsteen defenestrates…” only …

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