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UrbanDaddy’s Finnish Tequila Dinner

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L: Winston Lord and Amy Holmes R: Philippe Cousteau and Kiki Ryan

Political analyst Amy Holmes, Examiner’s Tara Palmeri, Brightest Young Things founder Svetlana Legetic, Politico’s Kiki Ryan, bloggers Kate Michael and Pamela Sorensen, ABC 7′s Pamela Brown and VanityFair.com’s Erica Flint were just a few of the folks to help editor Jeff Dufour and UrbanDaddy celebrate Patron tequila with a private dinner at the Embassy of Finland on Friday.

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Ambassador Pekka Lintu, Laurel Colless and Jeff Dufour

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L: Svetlana Legetic and Jeff Dufour R: Pamela Brown and Kate Michael enter the Embassy of Finland

*Photo credit Kaveh Sardari courtesy of UrbanDaddy

A Good Night to be on the Guest List

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The Hill’s Jared Allen and Roll Call’s Jackie Kucinich with Sarah Taylor.

Last night, movers and shakers of all ages gathered at the Washington Club in Dupont Circle to toast Washington Life’s annual “Young and the Guest List.”

From the swanky digs and the guests’ stylish threads to the truly superb swag bags (co-sponsored by WL and Moki Media), the event’s “Return to Glamor” theme shined throughout the evening.

In addition to three generations of FishbowlDC – CBS’ Christine Delargy, Politico’s Patrick Gavin, Washingtonian’s Garrett Graff and me, luminaries from every facet of Washington attended the fab fete.

We spotted Top Chef Spike Mendelsohn chatting with White House Chef Sam Kass as well as reality stars Krista Johnson, Katherine Kennedy and Andy Baldwin. The Washington press corps was well-represented by folks such as Tammy Haddad, Angie Goff, Pamela Brown, Politico’s Jonathan Martin and Kiki Ryan, Examiner’s Nikki Schwab, CBS News’ Kaylee Hartung, Daily Caller’s Becca Glover, Amy Holmes, Makeda Sackey-Saggau, The Hill’s Jared Allen, Roll Call’s Jackie Kucinich and UrbanDaddy’s Jeff Dufour with wife, Jayne Sandman.

We also caught up with MTP producer Betsy Fischer (just turned 40) who joked that her date, Politico’s Jonathan Martin, “better make the list next year so [she] could still go to the party.”

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Bachelor of yesteryear Andy Baldwin with CBS News’ Kaylee Hartung.

More party pics and the contents of the swag bag after the jump.

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UrbanDaddy’s Pimp Party

urbantoplessresized.jpgSugar daddies, baby daddies, cool daddies and big daddies all feted the official launch of UrbanDaddy DC at the W Hotel last night. Snowed out on Thursday evening, last night was “take two” for the schwanky shindig and a much needed break from Blizzard-palooza 2010.

Celebrating with Washington editor Jeff Dufour were a roster of over-the-top entertainers like a rockin’ deejay, bad-ass electric violinist, topless (body painted) models, dancers and notable guests such as WaPo’s Amy Argetsinger, WBJ’s Jen Nycz-Conner, Politics Daily’s Emily Miller, Matt Cooper, Washington Kastles owner Mark Ein, Winston Lord, Daily Caller’s Becca Glover, Victoria Michael, Project Beltway’s Rachel Cothran, Daily Caller’s Moira Bagley, Examiner’s Nikki Schwab, MTP’s Betsy Fischer, Politico’s Jonathan Martin, White House heartthrob Jon Favreau, TWT’s John McCaslin, Amy Holmes, Elizabeth Thorp, Equinox restaurant owners Todd and Ellen Gray, The Hill’s Christina Wilkie and the party’s planners – Barbara Martin and Jayne Sandman Dufour of Fingerprint DC.

Despite a heinous hangover, I can vouch that a good time was had by all – especially the ladies of Qorvis who dominated the dance floor.

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WBJ’s Jen Nycz-Conner, WaPo’s Amy Argetsinger, UrbanDaddy’s Jeff Dufour and Politics Daily’s Emily Miller

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Daily Caller’s Becca Glover and Project Beltway’s Rachel Cothran

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Daily Caller Party Bursting with People — and Coats

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The Daily Caller launch party was the place to be last night for Washington D.C.’s political party crowd.

In attendance:
Former Time scribe Matt Cooper and Scooter Libby, former Chief of Staff to former V.P. Dick Cheney (in the same room)

From the Daily Caller:
Tucker Carlson, Editor-in-Chief
Moira Bagley, Opinion Editor
Becca Glover Watkins, Publicist and Booker
Jonathan Ward, senior political and White House Reporter
Matt Labash (who also writes for The Weekly Standard)

Liz Glover, former TWT columnist
Juleanna Glover, host, GOP lobbyist

Christopher Hitchens, Vanity Fair, and wife, Carol Blue
ABC’s Jake Tapper, Ann Compton, The Note’s Rick Klein
NBC’s Savannah Guthrie
UrbanDaddy’s Jeff Dufour and wife, Jayne
CBS bureau chief Chris Isham, CBS’ Christine Delargy
CNN’s Amy Holmes
Talking Points Memo’s Christina Bellantoni
Politico’s Patrick Gavin, Kiki Ryan, Michael Calderone
Meet the Press’ Joey Bell
Yeas and Nays’ Tara Palmeri
Congress Daily’s Erin McPike
Roll Call’s Jackie Kucinich, Shira Topeitz, Emily Heil
The Hill’s Bob Cusack, Jared Allen, Christina Wilkie
Monocle’s Sasha Issenberg
The Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder
Former Bloomberg scribe Tim Burger

Non-media types: Janet Donovan, Ron Bonjean, Christina Sevilla, Michael Feldman, Mark Paustenbach, Susanna Quinn, former White House press secretary Joe Lockhart.

One highlight of the party was a man dressed up in colonial wear, who, a partygoer surmised, was “what I can only assume was a “Daily Caller.” There were two French maids passing out vodka.

Fun was had by most. The only part anyone quibbled about was the coat check. One attendee remarked: “There were really long lines to get your coat to leave and just too many people to be in one house at the same time. By the time you got your coat from the coat check and your car from the valet, it was at least 15-20 minutes.”

Politico’s Gavin tweeted, “Even Joe Lockhart has to wait in line for his coat.”

Photographs courtesy of Patrick Ryan.
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DC’s Women in Media Support the Rebecca Project


Juleanna Glover and Richard Wolffe with Rebecca Project’s Malika Saada-Saar and a party guest.

Juleanna Glover opened the doors of her Kalorama home Saturday night to some of DC’s most powerful women in media to benefit the Rebecca Project for Human Rights. This is a group founded by executive director Malika Saada-Saar and Autumn VandeHei to advocate for women who have survived addiction, incarceration and poverty.

Women who have benefited from the Rebecca Project, the “Mother Leaders” attended the party, sharing their stories with special hosts Carol Browner, Tammy Haddad, Betsy Fischer (who had to leave early for a “Meet the Press” pretape with Secretary Hillary Clinton), Norah O’Donnell, Amy Holmes, Robin Sproul, Sally Quinn and Jessica Yellin.

It was most certainly a ladies night… CNN’s Dana Bash and Edie Emery, WaPo‘s Liz Spayd and Ceci Connolly, Politico‘s Nia-Malika Henderson and Kiki Ryan, Politics Daily‘s Emily Miller, msnbc.com’s Carrie Dann, Congress Daily‘s Erin McPike, Time‘s Jay Newton Small, The Hill‘s A.B. Stoddard, Washington Life‘s Janet Donovan, Christina Sevilla, Miss DC 2008 Kate Marie Grinold and Katie McCormick Lelyveld from First Lady Michelle Obama’s office attended. And the Glover sisters- TWT‘s Liz Glover, Becca Glover and Kristin Glover.

These ladies were joined by Politico‘s Jim VandeHei, host Autumn’s husband, O’Donnell’s husband Chef Geoff Tracy, NYT‘s Mark Liebovich, WaPo‘s Perry Bacon, Richard Wolffe, Winston Lord, Mix 107.3′s Tommy McFly, Lee Brenner, Mark Paustenbach, Pepper Watkins, Marc Adelman, Michael Feldman and White House economic advisor Austan Goolsbee. Also Susanna Quinn and Jack Quinn, and Shanti Stanton and Matt Stanton.

In remarks at the party, Saada-Saar thanked VandeHei and the women involved, “Our organization stands on the shoulders of many people.” “We come together to honor the work of these women, to honor the work of mothers and to really recognize what happens when we as women and mothers come together across the divides of race, class, education, lived experience and honor ourselves,” she said.

The event was sponsored by Goldman Sachs’s 10,000 Women, and Brown-Forman generously donated the party’s wine and martinis. Attendees could donate online or by pledge cards.

For more on these women’s stories, check out Emily’s Post on Politics Daily, and for video of Saar’s remarks, check out Politico Click.

Photos by Emily Miller.


NPR’s Michel Martin, Autumn VandeHei and Amy Holmes.


CNN’s Dana Bash and Jessica Yellin.

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Amy Holmes Makin’ Moves?

We’re hearing today that Amy Holmes may be making a move from CNN, where she was a political contributor and conservative commentator. Gawker says she’s currently on a two-week stint as an anchor ABC News Now, the network’s digital channel. We’ve reached out to her and will update when we hear back.

News Notes: Kroft, Most Stylish & “Poliwood”

• CBS “60 Minutes” correspondent Steve Kroft will be honored with the Trumpeter Award at the National Consumer League’s annual gala at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill tonight.

Washingtonian‘s 18 “Most Stylish”- including DC media types Michelle Jaconi, Christina Sevilla and Richard Wolffe- were toasted for their fashion sense by the mag at Liasion last night. In attendance: CNN’s Sam Feist, Tom Toles, Tim Burger, Josh Meyer, Amy Holmes, Jay Newton Smalls and Abby Livingston. Wolffe didn’t actually make it out, but DC’s “Real Housewives” were there… who on the rumored cast was included on the list? Check out Washingtonian‘s coverage here.

Barry Levinson‘s “Polliwood” has been picked up by Showtime, set to premiere November 2nd. The film explores the “collision and collusion between politics and Hollywood” and features a number of actors who have been in town for DC dinners and White House visits, including Anne Hathaway, Sting, Tim Daly, Kerry Washington, Dana Delany and Rachael Leigh Cook.

Diane Graces Cap File‘s Fall Issue

It’s ABC’s Diane Sawyer who graces the cover of the latest Capitol File, but the mag’s real “it” girl is new Editor-in-Chief Sarah Schaffer. FBDC caught up with Schaffer for the scoop on the fall issue, which should hit newsstands October 1st…

Diane Sawyer’s on the cover- what timing! Was she picked before her big announcement as the new “World News” anchor? And why?

We’re thrilled to have Diane Sawyer on the cover, and at such an important time in her career as she prepares to take over the helm at “World News.” We chose her for our fall issue because we admire her body of work, warm spirit and long career in journalism. We’ve had this cover planned for a long while now, but as it turns out the timing worked perfectly for her- and for us! In our interview she talks about her journo mentors and favorite stories, as well as her early days working in the Nixon White House. It’s a good read.

What new features can we will see in this issue and can we expect to see in future issues?

Where do I begin? We’ve made some design tweaks and pumped up our coverage of the District’s food and fashion scenes. We’re also introducing a new special section called Obsessions. It’s an annual guide to what we’re, as the name suggests, obsessed with right now in Greater Washington. And more than ever before we’re taking a peek inside the lives of the people who define Washington’s culture-politicians, power players, media types, artists, philanthropists and local business leaders- with features like our On the Record piece, a first-person essay (this month’s is by Mark Shriver; he talks about his family’s legacy) and our Life of the Party page, which polls two politicos- one from the left and one from the right- on their hobbies, passions, annoyances and favorite DCisms.

Sawyer has a three-page spread, in which she discusses what has changed in journalism over the course of her career, her favorite and most harrowing interviews and even dabbles into her personal life.

You’ll also recognize a certain contributor’s name this issue of Cap File. Matt catches up with a few DC media types, including Luke Russert, George Stephanopoulos, Ed Henry, Amy Holmes and Dana Priest this fall about their favorite local haunts.

Some dets from Sawyer’s Cap File interview after the jump…

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When the Embassy’s Rockin’…

Suspicious Package- WaPo‘s Tom Toles, Christina Sevilla of the U.S. Trade Representative’s office, Bloomberg’s Tim Burger, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Bryan Greene and LAT‘s Josh Meyer- performed at the Danish Embassy Friday night, across the street from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s house (she no-showed). The event was in advance of the UN’s Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen this December and the band dedicated one of its last songs The Beatles’ “Come Together” to its cause.

Adoring fans included Dick Keil, Anu Rangappa, Juleanna Glover, Kiki Ryan, Brian Walsh, Doug Heye, Mark Paustenbach, Sasha Issenberg, Wendy Gordon, Jill Collins, Lauren Vicary, Kenny Day, Adam Zagorin and Allan Lengel, among others. The after-party continued at the Darlington House on Dupont Circle… there we were joined by Matthew Cooper, Polson Kanneth and Amy Holmes, to name a few.

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Sunday Show Wrap-Up: Obama-Rama

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• Above, on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” yesterday, Howard Kurtz discussed, among other topics, President Obama’s five-Sunday-show-blitz with WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza, conservative commentator Amy Holmes and St. Petersburg TimesEric Deggans.

• More from Kurtz in WaPo‘s Media Notes “Saturation Sunday“: “”Anytime is a good time to interview the president,” says “Meet the Press” host David Gregory. “We’re here to get news,” says “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer. But sharing the same guest — even the world’s top newsmaker — makes it harder for them to distinguish their programs.”

Baltimore Sun‘s David Zurawik‘s Z on TV “President Obama: A weak Sunday TV blitz

NYT‘s Alessandra Stanley‘s The TV Watch “For President, Five Programs, One Message

NYPost‘s Charles HurtOn-the-air prez seems like endless ‘infomercial’“: “During his first eight months in office, President Obama has sat down for three times as many television interviews as his most recent two predecessors combined.”

• Mediaite: “How Rude! President Obama’s Favorite Four-Letter Word To Describe The Media

• Also from Mediaite: “Obama’s Magical Media Tour: Who Had The Best Interview?” (Spoiler: Steve Krakauer says CNN’s John King.)

WSJ‘s Peggy Noonan called President Obama’s Sunday show blitz “boorish” in a roundtable discussion on ABC’s “This Week.” “He’s doing it because he can,” the former speechwriter told host George Stephanopoulos. “The media environment allows a modern leader to be something subtly damaging, and that is boorish. They get their face in your face every day all the time. It’s boorish and it makes people not lean toward you but lean away from you, no matter what the merits of the issue.” (h/t HuffPost)

• A few lighter moments on the Sunday talk show circuit… just before Tom DeLay‘s debut tonight on “Dancing with the Stars,” Gregory asked House Minority Leader John Boehner whether he has a future on that show. Boehner replied, “I’ll pass.” And on CNN, “State of the Union” anchor King played a clip of James Carville getting spoofed on Thursday’s SNL. Weekend Update called the CNN Democratic strategist “skeletor,” and his wife, CNN Republican strategist Mary Matalin came to his defense- “I love this look.”

• Also, this Sunday CNN aired a response to Fox News’ print ad in newspapers Friday. CNN’s response ad says “Fox News, Distorting not Reporting.” Check out Fox News’ print ad and CNN’s video ad (via Media Matters) after the jump…

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