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Mark Halperin, John Heilemann to Anchor Bloomberg Politics Election Night Coverage

Screen-Shot-2014-10-07-at-09.52.16Bloomberg Politics has solidified its plans for the November 4th midterm election night coverage on Bloomberg TV with its “With All Due Respect” hosts at the helm.

“WADR” hosts Mark Halperin and John Heilemann will present a special hour long edition of the program starting at 5 pm focused on that day’s elections. Then starting at 7 pm, Halperin and Heilemann will lead election coverage – based in New York – with correspondents reporting from DC, Colorado, and Kentucky.

Panelists including Bloomberg View’s Al Hunt, Alfano Communications’ Kim Alfano, Global Strategy Group’s Bill Burton, Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen, 2008 Obama campaign senior adviser Patti Solis Doyle, Republican strategist Fred Davis, former White House comms director Anita Dunn, Glover Park Group’s Michael Feldman, former Sen. John Sununu, and Selzer & Co’s J. Ann Selzer will appear throughout the evening.

Coverage will also extend to an “Election Night dashboard” on BloombergPolitics.com, comprising a Bloomberg TV livestream, website coverage, and real-time election data.

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Your Saturday Guide to White House Correspondents’ Weekend

2013obamahenry660Tonight marks the start of White House Correspondents’ Weekend and we have your Saturday lineup. From the 2014 Annual Garden Brunch to a new and ticketed “Secret” brunch, of course the dinner, and to be followed by “Burgers & Bowties” and MSNBC, here’s what we have on tap.

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Haddad Brunch Debuts New Digs

Mary Kathryn Covert and Michael Steel

On Saturday afternoon, hundreds of celebrities, journos and politicos packed the nine bedroom, 7,000 square foot mansion of businessman and Washington Kastles owner Mark Ein.  The former residence of legendary publisher Katherine Graham, the historic Georgetown home (sold in 2002 for $8 million) provided a picture-perfect setting for the annual garden brunch co-hosted by Tammy Haddad, Ted Greenberg, Kevin Sheekey, Hilary Rosen, Mark Ein, Alex Castellanos, Anita Dunn, Bill Knapp, Jim Courtovich, David Adler, Steve McMahon and Franco Nuschese. Honorary chairs Wendy Murdoch and Susan Axelrod added a charitable component to the event which benefited CURE Epilepsy and the White Ribbon Alliance.

Journos enjoying mimosas, greyhounds and bloodies packed several tiers of decks behind the home and trickled off into the backyard for a little fresh air.  The sprawling estate provided plenty of hiding spots for celebrity guest who would have been forced to mingle more openly at Haddad’s home – the previous venue for the brunch.  Spotted through a cracked VIP room door (new this year) were Chace Crawford and Maria Bello.  We bumped into the Palin family, Jeremy Piven, Tim Daly and Morgan Fairchild mixing with the “commoners” outdoors and caught up with Chelsea Handler who breezed into the brunch about 20 minutes before it ended.  Representing the political elite were Susan and David Axelrod who shared their daughter’s struggles with epilepsy, White House communications gurus Jen Psaki and Dan Pfeiffer, Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL), Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY), Ebs Burnough, Boehner spokesman Michael Steel and McCarthy spokeswoman Erica Elliott.

The list of journo attendees was unwieldy but we owe a special shout out to Patrick Gavin‘s pants that seemed to mock the day’s cause (*see seizure-worthy pattern) and wife Anne Bracken Gavin who looked stunning and svelte after giving birth to the couple’s first child only a few weeks ago.

L to R: Anne Bracken Gavin, Patrick Gavin, David Axelrod

Bloomberg’s Phil Mattingly and Erica Elliott, press secretary for Rep. Kevin McCarthy (CA-22)

L to R: Tammy Haddad, Slice, Pam Dornic, Glenn Ballard, Christine Delargy and Topspin.

Garden Brunch Invites Are Out…

Check your inboxes! Tammy Haddad, Washington’s hostess with the mostest, will hold the 18th annual White House Correspondents’ Garden Brunch on Saturday, April 30, 2011 from 11 am – 2 pm.  Sharing hosting duties this year are Tammy’s hubby Ted Greenberg, Kevin Sheekey, Hilary Rosen, Mark Ein, Alex Castellanos, Anita Dunn, Bill Knapp, Jim Courtovich, David Adler, Steve McMahon and Franco Nuschese.  A pillar of  the White House Correspondents’ Dinner weekend, Haddad’s annual brunch brings out a slew of celebrities, journos and politicos for some fun in the sun before the big night.  This year’s brunch will benefit CURE Epilepsy and the White Ribbon Alliance.  By invitation only.

Political Power Set to Host Book Fete

Anita Dunn, Anne Fleming, Rhoda Glickman, Tammy Haddad, Valerie Jarrett, Anita McBride, and Hilary Rosen will host a party to celebrate Graham Moore‘s new book “The Sherlockian” on December 6, 2010.    Son of  Michelle Obama’s chief of staff, Susan Sher, the twenty-eight-year-old Moore is a graduate of Columbia University and first-time novelist. 

The event is being held at the home of Hilary Rosen from 6.30 – 8.30 pm.  Expect a big White House showing for the fete.  For more on Moore and his new novel, visit his blog here.

Haddad to Host Huffington Book Party

Tammy Haddad, Ted Greenberg, Hilary Rosen, Anita Dunn, Sally Susman, Alex Slater, Franco Nuschese, Greta Van Susteren and John Coale will toast Arianna Huffington and the publication of her new book Third World America“ next Tuesday, October 5, 2010 at the “House of Haddad.”  The event begins at 6.30 PM and is strictly invite-only. 

Hilary Rosen to SKDKnickerbocker

rosen.bmp CNN contributor and big name political and media strategist Hilary Rosen has joined SKDKnickerbocker.

Most recently managing director of Brunswick Group’s Washington office, Rosen was former Chairman and chief executive officer of the Recording Industry Association of America and Political Director for the Huffington Post.

Hilary’s hire follows the return of Principal Anita Dunn, who left the company to serve as President Obama’s Communications Director.

George Will and Sauerkraut Ice Cream

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The American people like “elements” of the health care bill, declared WaPo columnist and ABC “This Week” roundtable contributor George Will.

Then he drifted into a sauerkraut ice cream metaphor. “I like sauerkraut and ice cream,” he remarked on “This Week”. “I don’t like sauerkraut ice cream.”

This is when Anita Dunn, President Obama’s former communications director, called Will on making up such a ludicrous ice cream flavor. “I’m actually not sure you’ve ever tried sauerkraut ice cream,” Dunn scolded, adding, “I’m not sure anyone ever has.”

Host Jake Tapper chimed in: “It’s quite scrumptious.”

Just for future reference, strange ice cream flavors that definitely exist include: garlic, Stilton cheese, licorice, avocado and candied bacon. There is a Sauerkraut Festival in Waynesville, Ohio (according to Ohio Traveler Magazine) that purports to serve sauerkraut ice cream.

> Update: U.S. News & World Report’s Paul Bedard of Washington Whispers weighs in on the strange ice cream matter: “Reminds me of covering Clinton in Martha’s Vineyard where Mad Martha’s served lobster ice cream. In a kooky way, I liked it…had big pats of butter in it too.”

Morning Reading List 11.11.09

Good morning FishbowlDC! Today is Veterans Day.

More “Sesame Street” for you- First Lady Michelle Obama guests in a segment about vegetables. Take note. What we know and what we’re reading this Wednesday morning…

NEWSPAPERS | TV | ONLINE | MAGAZINES | NEWS NOTES | WEST WING REPORTAGE | AWARDS & EVENTS

NEWSPAPERS

TPM: Family Feud: How Much Is Moon Church Conflict Driving Wash Times Turmoil?

TV

“Morning Joe”: The Drinking Game. We suggest playing with mimosas.

Some of our favorite TV pundits are making nice in New Orleans this week at the Bipartisan Policy Center’s “Take the Poison Out of Partisanship” conference. Natives Mary Matalin and James Carville, Mandy Grunwald, Dan Barlett, Hilary Rosen, Steve Schmidt and Joe Trippi are all there. More dets on Politico Click.

And Evening News ratings, courtesy of TVNewser.

ONLINE

Tammy Haddad makes what we think is her Politico debut– TamCam catches up with the New Yorker‘s media writer Ken Auletta.

NEWS NOTES

Oprah, Barbara Walters, Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly- more to be announced- have interviews lined up with “Going Rogue” author Sarah Palin. (h/t Playbook)

Letterman latest.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

Helen Thomas on “presidents and the power of the press.”

Fox News wishes Anita Dunn well.

More on Dunn via Politico: “In an e-mail, Dunn said: ‘It’s an honor to serve the nation and the President and I have been fortunate to be given this opportunity at this critical time in our history. I look forward to continuing to work for the President’s agenda for change in the future.’”

AWARDS & EVENTS

CQ-Roll Call Group and Political Wire’s Taegan Goddard will host an “Early Election Preview” next Tuesday from 8:30am-10:30am at the Columbus Club at Union Station. Register here.

JOBS

TPM is hiring a publisher.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Politico

Dunn Steps Down at Month’s End, Pfeiffer Replaces

Looks like WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza, on The Fix, is the first to report that White House Communications Director Anita Dunn will step down at the end of this month, to be replaced by her deputy Dan Pfeiffer. Cillizza’s reporting:

Dunn, a longtime Democratic media consultant, took over the job on an interim basis earlier this year when Ellen Moran abruptly left the post to take a job at the Commerce Department. Dunn will remain as a consultant to the White House on the communications and strategic ends.

Pfeiffer began working for Obama in 2007 following Sen. Evan Bayh’s (Ind.) decision not to pursue the presidency. He served a stint as the traveling press secretary for Obama’s presidential bid but eventually took a slot overseeing the campaign’s communications operation.

Prior to Obama, Pfeiffer worked for Sen. Tim Johnson’s (S.D.) re-election race in 2002 and on then Sen. Tom Daschle’s (S.D.) unsuccessful bid in 2004.

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