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Bloomberg Politics Toasts ‘With All Due Respect’

Kittner_20141007_5422Tuesday night at Teddy and the Bully Bar, Bloomberg Politics hosted a watch party for its recently launched “With All Due Respect.”

TVs in the bar aired the program, hosted by Game Change and Double Down authors John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, which almost no one paid any attention to. Rather, guests noshed on short rib tacos and fried chicken and waffle sliders and welcomed the open bar.

In attendance: Reggie Love; Burson’s Dag VegaTIME’s Jay Newton-Small and Zeke MillerNational Journal’s Jeff Cartwright and Alex Seitz-Wald; Yahoo’s Olivier Knox and Garance Franke-RutaWaPo’s Nia-Malika HendersonPaul Kane, and Ben Terris; Talking Points Memo’s Sahil Kapur; POLITICO’s Mike AllenDaniel Lippman, Lauren French, Alex Byers, and Hadas Gold; USTR’s Christina Sevilla; Alan BjergaEmma AngererNate Tibbits, Dave WeigelCraig Gordon; Meridith Webster; Pam Stevens; Josh Green; Margaret TalevIndira LakshmananLisa Lerer; and Elizabeth Chmura.

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FishbowlDC Interview with WaPo‘s Ben Terris

Ben Terris is a political reporter for WaPo‘s “Style” section, and an all around dapper fellow. When he’s not talking politics or hunting boar, he’s busy plugging his wife’s many entrepreneurial endeavors (see below) -just like a good husband should. A Massachusetts native, Terris got his start in journalism at the Boston Globe before moving over to the National Journal in 2010, and then getting picked up by WaPo in December. We caught up with Ben earlier this month and asked him a few questions for the latest installment of our world-famous FishbowlDC Interview:

You’re about to be served your last meal. What will it be? When I was a kid I sometimes daydreamed about being on my deathbed and eating all types of poisonous berries. I wanted to (and still want to) know what they all taste like, and that was the only way I could imagine finding out without any long-lasting consequences. So either that, or the most expensive cheeseburger in the world.

2014 will be the year of the ____? Best American Magazine Writing

If you were a carbonated beverage, which would you be? Why? Right now I’d be a Genesee Cream Ale. It’s cheap, does the job, and pairs well with Jim Beam. I’m hoping, however, to someday be a Heady Topper.

You’re developing a signature scent. What would you call it? Smellin’ of Troy

Who or what inspires you? My wife. First, she’s killing it as a jeweler, then she starts an Instagram-based pillow company (yeah, yeah, insert Portlandia-themed jokes here), and she’s disciplined enough to keep herself focused and working without anyone telling her to.

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FBDC’s 12 Stories of Christmas

We understand if checking up on FishbowlDC wasn’t exactly your top priority this holiday season -you had a lot going on. But we’d hate for you to miss out on all the stuff we posted between Christmas and New Year’s just because of silly things like shopping and eating and spending time with family and drinking copious amounts of spiced liquor. Therefore, we’ve compiled a helpful round-up of the 12 biggest FishbowlDC stories you might have missed while you were away. You’re welcome.

Peruse below at your leisure:

Olivia Petersen Moves Up the Line at Politico

Mike Semel Upped at WaPo to Local Editor

NBC Considering Nixing ‘Meet the Press’?

Confusion Reigns at TWT

What Do These Journos Want for Christmas?

Former NRSC Spox Brian Walsh Gets Engaged

Neil Irwin Ditches WaPo for NYT

FishbowlDC’s Top Ten List of Top Ten Lists

Peter Wallsten Upped at WaPo

Ben Terris Leavs NJ for WaPo

Your Favorite FBDC Stories of 2013

DC Pubs’ Top Stories of 2013

BWMI: Ben Terris Leaves NJ for WaPo

We here at FishbowlDC have been subsisting off of a steady diet of bourbon and eggnog ever since Thanksgiving, which is probably how we missed this super big news: Ben Terris is leaving the National Journal for WaPo‘s Style section!

The announcement was made December 16th (yikes!) via  memo to WaPo staff from Frances Sellers, Style Editor, and Eva Rodriquez, Style Deputy Features Editor. Ben’s focus will be on national politics and he begins work in January.

Join us in sending Ben a big, belated FishbowlDC congrats!

For What Are You Thankful?

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Here, we’ll start: We’re thankful to be in North Carolina for the holidays, where everyone has their own Chik-Fil-A branded, camo truck.

Here’s what some of our fave DC journo peeps are thankful for this holiday season:

Politico’s Mike Allen: “I’m thankful for my POLITICO bosses and colleagues, who inspire me and who are making the most of this amazing season of unlimited opportunity for innovative journalism. I’m grateful to be living in a fascinating city where it’s so easy to connect with friends on the spur of the moment, and where people are so passionate about what they do. I’m very appreciative for the Playbook audience: I learn new things from you — all day, every day.”

Michelle Jaconi of CNN: “I am thankful for good health, our great country, my amazing family, and really good milkshakemilkshakes that enhance the enjoyment of the aforementioned.”

The Hill’s Silver Fox Bob Cusack: ”"I am thankful for the First Amendment, our military men and women, political scandals, “Veep,” the Red Zone Channel, and Joyce, my best friend and wife.”

National Journal’s Ben Terris: “I’m thankful for the wackos, the over-achievers and ladder climbers, the passionate advocates for change, the geniuses and the lucky idiots who found themselves with unimaginable power, that make up a cast of characters never boring to write about in DC. And I’m thankful for a kickass wife who is killing it as a jewelry-maker, in case this whole journalism thing doesn’t work out…”

Nikki Schwab of US News: “It’s been a tumultuous year in journalism, so I’m just really thankful to have such a great gig in our field.”

BuzzFeed’s John Stanton: “First off, I’m grateful for my wife Tara and all my friends and family who put up with my particular brand of whiskey soaked insanity. Which is no easy feat, I assure you.”

New_Jameson_BottleAlso for Kate, Rosie, Evan, Jacob, Chris, Ruby, Benny, Augusta, and all my other BuzzFeed colleagues who make me look like a competent bureau chief and are easily the least in need of a throat punch bunch in the business.  And finally, I’m deeply grateful for the memories of KT, Josh, Mike, Grandpa Ed, and everyone else who’s moved on from this mortal coil in the last two years. We still love you all.”

We’ll continue updating as responses roll in…and please share yours by emailing fishbowlpatrick@gmail.com — we’ll gladly add them to the list!  

Heil Gets Served and Grilled

More than twenty media types gathered last night at LOOK to eat a course (or three) and raise a glass (or twelve) to Emily Heil’s gig as the new half of WaPo’s “Reliable Source” column.

Neither Amy Argetsinger, who is vacating the column, nor Reliable’s Roxanne Roberts were in attendance but dinner host Janet Donovan still managed to pull together an impressive and multi-generational roster of Washington gossip columnists and journos.  Among those in attendance were Annie Groer, radio hosts Bill Press and John McCaslin, Politico’s Patrick Gavin and wife Anne, Whispers columnist Nikki Schwab, USA Today’s Sue Davis, CNN’s Matt Dornic, NJ’s Ben Terris, K Street Kate Michael, Mary Bird, Washington Life’s Kevin Chaffee, The Hill‘s Emily Goodin, Roll Call‘s Warren Rojas, and LOOK owner Michael Kosmides.

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In Case You Missed It 11.11.13

NJ Reporter Gets Hog Wild and Bloody With Congressman

NJ reporter Ben Terris took a trip to Zolfo Springs, Fla. to go boar hunting with Rep. Dennis Ross (R-Fla.) and things got a little, well, bloody. He began, “It’s 7:30 a.m., and already the congressman and I are covered in blood.”

Terris reported that blood trickled out of a gash in his head — an injury that eventually landed him in the ER. But for now, he wrote, “The lingering buzz from the predawn whiskey shot helps.”

The reporter felt compelled to learn more about Ross since his publication had ranked him among the top 10 conservative members of Congress. “You should come boar hunting with me sometime,” Ross had told him a few weeks prior.

An excerpt:

Ross leaned forward in his seat to size up my multicolored socks, my oversized glasses, my untamed hair. “Of course, if it makes you more comfortable, we can donate all the meat to a food bank,” he said. It was a diplomatic gesture. If Ross had overestimated how much I might object to killing an animal for sport, I could forgive him. In Washington, people tend to rely on signals to get a sense of each other: party affiliations, voting records, socks. Subtleties get lost. I started thinking that the only way to really understand Dennis Ross would be to join him in his natural habitat.

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The 30-Year-Old Virgin

A recent profile of Rep. Tim Scott (R-SC) by the National Journal contains several tidbits that we’re shocked haven’t gone viral. Sure, there’s the obligatory tale of Scott rising through the ranks of GOP as a black conservative. They also talk about how he seems to be pretty popular with the ladies. One of the first stories that NJ’s Ben Terris tells is of being at a restaurant with Scott and his staff. A flirty waitress has this encounter with him:

“Then the waitress made physical contact. ‘I think you’re hot,’ she said, putting her palm on Scott’s freshly shaved head. ‘I can feel your heat from over here.’”

Using the line “I can feel your heat” should be outlawed. I can’t imagine anyone finds that hot. That sounds like the last thing a bulky prisoner says to his new cellmate before making him a woman.

That’s not all. As a young candidate, Scott campaigned around South Carolina touting his Christian faith. He was unmarried and proudly told audiences that he had never had sexual relations with a woman because it was against God’s law. That was 1995 and he was a 30-year-old man. Fast forward 17 years. Scott admits that in recent years he hasn’t been so faithful to God’s law.

“Scott laughed when asked recently about whether as a 46-year-old bachelor he adheres to the same virtues that he did at 30. ‘Yeah.… Not as well as I did then,’ he said in his Capitol Hill office. ‘At the end of the day, the Bible is very clear: abstinence until marriage. Not to do so is a sin.’ Scott said he would still go to schools to preach the importance of abstinence but would no longer use his own story. ‘I wouldn’t talk about that anymore,’ he said with a smile. ‘The Bible’s right—you’re better off to wait. I just wish we all had more patience.’”

Hypocrisy isn’t really all that out of the ordinary for Washington politicians or the church, so this is hardly news. But, did God just change her mind on the whole subject? Are we allowed to get down and dirty with people as long as we just recognize that it’s a sin? By that logic, we could do anything that God says not to do and then just ask forgiveness later.

For now we’ll just call Tim Scott a Selective Sinner.