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Chuck Todd on Awkwardness Over Gregory’s Departure

Screen Shot 2014-11-18 at 5.21.48 PMSo… Water under the bridge, right? Ahhhh.

In a HuffPo Live interview with Marc Lamont Hill, Chuck Todd discussed his relationship with former Meet the Press host, David Gregory.

When asked whether interactions with Gregory were still awkward in any way, Todd uncomfortably sighed, “about as awkward as being asked questions about it.”


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Fox News MediaBuzz Scores Its Highest Ratings Ever

On Sunday, Fox News’s MediaBuzz with Howie Kurtz scored its highest ratings ever recorded in it’s short history. According to Nielsen Media Research, some 1.3 million viewers tuned in to the show, which featured Fox Business Network’s Melissa Francis who claims that CNBC “silenced” her from being critical of Obamacare in her coverage for the network.

foxkurtzpost-mediabuzzAmong the 25 to 54-year-old demographic, MediaBuzz had nearly double the viewership of CNN and MSNBC combined for the 11A.M. ET hour, according to Neilsen.

The show launched last September and has since increased its viewership by 53 percent.

Jim Sciutto: The Hot Dad

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Washingtonian MOM came out with its winter edition this week, and guess who got the nod for their “The Hot Dad” segment? None other than CNN’s Chief National Security Correspondent and father of two boys, Jim Sciutto.

FishbowlDC asked his wife and ABC News’ Asia correspondent, Gloria Riviera, what do you think of Jim being a “hot dad”?

“I think it’s super fun! In a lighthearted way it captures the juxtaposition so many working fathers are living everywhere. It may be more extreme in a place like DC, but fundamentally it’s the same all over. By day, a father spends his work day furrowing his eyebrows and holding forth. When off the clock, he’s at the beck and call of the latest Lego project. I also simply love that a magazine devoted to moms takes a moment to celebrate the dads as well.”

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FOX 5′s Tony Perkins ‘Out’ As Redskins Fan

After Sunday’s loss to the lowly Tampa Bay Buccaneers, many Redskins fans were understandably upset with the performance of their beloved football team. FOX 5′s Tony Perkins, however, seems to have renounced his fandom entirely via Twitter.

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As a Redskins fan myself, this is truly blasphemous, however, I can completely sympathize with the frustration surrounding this team.  Although I don’t agree with abandonment, as a hopeless DC sports fan, distancing one’s self emotionally from this team seems prudent, and simply better for one’s own sanity.

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Tuesday Morning Splash

What’s Happening

— John Muller Presents His New Book “Mark Twain in Washington” at the Women’s National Democratic Club, 11:30 a.m.

— 37th Annual Book Fair and Author’s Night at the National Press Club, 5:30 p.m.

The Revolving Door

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Fishbowl Fun Fact

Actor Joe Pesci once played in the same band as Jimi Hendrix.

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What’s on a Former President’s Bucket List? Bill Clinton Dishes to Mike Allen

Even former presidents still have items waiting to be checked off their bucket lists apparently.

On Saturday, former President Bill Clinton sat down for an interview with Politico’s Chief White House Correspondent Mike Allen at the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock, Arkansas and gave a rundown of his bucket list…and no, being First Man was not among the items he chose to disclose.Politico mike allen

“I would like to ride a horse across the Gobi Desert to the place where people think Genghis Khan is buried in Mongolia. I would like to do that. I would like to climb Kilimanjaro before it has no snow because of climate change. That’s something I’d really like to do. I would like to go to Namibia where my daughter and son-in-law went on their honeymoon and see the oldest desert on Earth,” Clinton said.

“The President of Namibia called me once and he said, “I came and met with you early in your term and you’ve never been here.  You came to Africa, you went all over the country.  Why don’t you come here?” I said, “Because you don’t have enough problems. You’re too well-governed.” And I said, “You know, as the American President, you’ve got to go someplace where there’s something you can do, and you don’t need us.” So I’d like to go there and see that desert. Those are some of the things that are on my bucket list.”

Watch the clip here


Monday Morning Splash

What’s Happening

— Lunch with Ken Burns and Geoffrey Ward at Politics and Prose, noon

— Edward Snowden Espionage Affair at the National Press Club, 1 p.m.

The Revolving Door

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Fishbowl Fun Fact

The last feudal state in Europe ended in 2008.

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Fishbowl 5: From the War zone with Richard Engel

Engel_KobaneNBC’s chief foreign correspondent and fearless globetrotter Richard Engel spent several days inside the besieged Syrian town of Kobani –embedded with Kurdish fighters—to get an on-the-ground look at  how well the U.S.’s strategy against ISIS is shaping up.

Engel and his team are the first U.S. network journalists to report from Kobani, which has become the symbol of the U.S-led battle against ISIS in Syria and Iraq.

Engel’s reporting will air tonight in a special segment on MSNBC at 9 p.m. ET. as well as on NBC Nightly News.

Ahead of the special, Fishbowl scored an interview with Engel for our five question and answer series “Fishbowl 5.”


Here’s what he had to say about reporting from the battleground of Kobani.

1. As the first U.S. network journalist to report from Kobani, what is the most surprising or alarming thing you witnessed while being embedded with Kurdish fighters?

“I was surprised at how organized they are. They don’t have many military supplies, food, water or electricity, yet they are sharing what they have.  I was also surprised at their strong secular and feminist ideology.  They spent a great deal of time talking about women’s rights – which is core to their beliefs and was inspiring to see in the Middle East.”

2. What, if anything, is different about this war zone compared to other conflicts you have covered?

“Most warzones share a lot in common: the debris, the destruction, the injured, the falling bombs and bullets, what is always different is the people.  In this case, the people of Kobani, these idealistic fighting feminists, were like no other group I had been with in a conflict in the Middle East.”

3. Amid the chaos and conflict, what is the most inspiring thing you’ve seen from the people of Kobani?  Read more

Meanwhile, On C-SPAN…

Chris Moody tweeted this out earlier today. What’s that old saying about pictures and words?

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Hey, isn’t that…

Mini_SombreroMichelle Kosinski getting her fiesta on? The CNN White House correspondent was spotted last night with new hubby at Los Cuates in Georgetown.

Our tipster tells us the newlyweds were engaged in a lively conversation while noshing on chips and salsa.