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A Century of The New Republic

The New Republic 100th Anniversary Gala in Washington, DC on November 19, 2014.

Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium

The New Republic celebrated 100 years of powerful, innovative and thought-provoking journalism on Wednesday night, with a guest list that can be described in equal terms. From keynote speaker, President Bill Clinton, to speeches from the publication’s Chris Hughes (owner, publisher and editor-in-chief), Frank Foer (editor), and Leon Wieseltier (literary editor), even a performance from Grammy-winning jazz musician, Wynton Marsalis, the evening was filled with a spirit of cultural and civic optimism.

The New Republic 100th Anniversary Gala in Washington, DC on November 19, 2014.

Keynote speaker, President Bill Clinton

Not to diminish from the rest of the evening, but the former president’s speech was certainly the highlight of the gala and was nothing short of captivating. Touching on everything from the early 20th Century and the World Wars, the human genome, income inequality, immigration, education, to “identity politics” (i.e. ethnic/religious bigotry) of ISIS, Russia, and Boko Haram; he was somehow able to tie it all together, as only he could.

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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.”

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Meghan McCain Channels Her Father’s Thinking: ‘Why can’t you be like Chelsea Clinton?’

Screen Shot 2014-10-21 at 09.47.42Meghan McCain, co-host of Pivot’s “TakePart Live” and daughter of Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), admitted that her father wishes she could be more like Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of President Bill Clinton and expected 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, in an interview with POLITICO “On Media” reporter Hadas Gold.

Referring to a 2012 interview with Playboy magazine, Meghan McCain told Gold:

“He was not pleased at all…That’s actually one of the few fights we’ve ever gotten in about things I’ve done publicly. He was just so embarrassed. And he was like, ‘Why can’t you be like Chelsea Clinton?’…He didn’t really say that but that’s what he’s thinking in his mind. So I just try to curb it a little more. I can’t really regret things you just have to move on and live your life.”

The two went on to discuss McCain’s repaired relationship with Rep. Michele Bachmann, critical comments of Sarah Palin, and respect for her father. For the full story, click on over to POLITICO.

Afternoon Lede Check – 6.24.14

President Clinton says ‘dead broke’ comments were ‘factually true.’ Boehner planning House lawsuit against Obama executive actions. And the DC Council votes to keep the “yoga tax.”

From WaPo to WJLA, here are the stories that are leading your homepages today, after the jump…

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CNN to Air ’41ON41,’ Film on the 41st U.S. President George H. W. Bush

41on41pressroomCNN Films has acquired “41ON41,” a two hour program on the 41st President of the United States, George H. W. Bush, featuring commentary by 41 family members, world leaders, and White House staff, among others. The program will air on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 15 at 9pm, three days prior to the President’s 90th birthday.

Bush White House speechwriter Mary Kate Cary and Rick Kaplan, formerly of CNN and ABC News, serve as executive producers of “41ON41,” to be led by First Lady Barbara Bush.

Of the 41 participants is former Secretary of State for President Bush James A. Baker III, former NBC Nightly News anchor Tom Brokaw, President George W. Bush, White House butler Buddy Carter, President Bill Clinton, former director of the CIA under President Bush Dr. Robert Gates, President Barack Obama, General Colin Powell, and Dr. Condoleezza Rice.

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Who Knew Bill Clinton’s Abs Were So Cut?

Screen Shot 2014-05-20 at 15.37.11Looking for the perfect photo for your bio page or LinkedIn profile? Look no further than Photox, the new mobile iPhone app that allows you to upload photos for quick and cheap editing services.

FamousDC teamed up with the service and had some Photoshopping done to several familiar Washington faces.

After all, who knew Bill Clinton was so ripped?

To see a less tan Speaker Boehner, Florida Governor Rick Scott WITH hair, and a wrinkle-free Hillary Clinton and Chelsea Clinton, click on over to FamousDC’s little Tuesday art project.

Afternoon Reading List 09.04.13.

Steak: It’s Bill Clinton’s favorite vegan dish  Charles C. Johnson of The Daily Caller gets the coveted Ken Starr medal for today, after he caught Bill “Slick Willy” Clinton in one of his historical lies.  According to Johnson, Bill Clinton has claimed to be a vegan since 2009 when he first started having heart trouble, and has also gone on to profess to the masses the importance of becoming vegan for the personal health and well-being of ourselves, and for the health of our country.  As it turns out, however, it’s all been a big, fat, bean-eating lie.  Clinton not only eats salmon and eggs once a week, he’s also been known to enjoy a filet mignon here and there and in Madrid.

Why you should read it: Because those who fail to learn from the mistakes of the past are doomed to repeat them.  Just as I was about to begin my new vegan diet, I find out that everything Clinton told me about veganism that made me want to switch was just a crock of lies.  Check out the article and see all the ways Clinton is full of meat, dairy, fish, and crap!

Geraldo Rivera YOLO’s too hard for the students:  This morning, FNC’s Geraldo Rivera reportedly cancelled his upcoming university visit. A HuffPost update to an article posted yesterday regarding the fall-out of a shameless selfie of Rivera half-nude in a towel, says he was unaware of the cancellation of his appearance at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh on the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination until a stranger in a hotel bar introduced himself as a panelist for the event and informed Rivera of the change in plans.

Why you should read this article: It’s got Geraldo Rivera with a towel around his waist, and in so few words, proves to be a terrific lesson in keeping all the creepy pics of one’s personal life hidden and buried under about 14 different application folders on their computer.  Just as the old saying that I just came up with goes, “Don’t be a Geraldo, hide the photos you took while yelling #YOLO!”

War, hmph!  Good God, y’all…! 

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Twitter Reacts To Fournier’s Parenting Piece

I’ll say this about this piece by National Journal’s Ron Fournier: It was honest. The lengthy story, which chronicled the relationship he’s had with his son is undoubtedly a tough, emotional read. Fournier readily admits he hasn’t been a great father. I cringed when I read this part about Fournier agreeing to not force his child to play sports anymore. His son, Tyler, hated sports. But, Fournier made him participate for YEARS.

“By the time he reached his teens, he could sense that something was amiss. After a dozen years of butting heads about sports, which he had come to hate, Tyler and I struck a deal. He could give up sports if he promised to exercise three days a week and join an extracurricular club in school. We were sitting on the sofa in the family room when he grabbed my hand and shook it. ‘You got a deal,’ Tyler said. Then he grew quiet. I asked what was wrong. ‘I was afraid you wouldn’t like me as much if I stopped playing sports.’”

While it’s a fascinating read, it does come across as a peek inside the therapy sessions that Fournier’s kid will be having in a matter of years. It’s all so….  public. Sometimes, the best writing is the most difficult to read. In this case, I just came away hoping that Fournier had learned from his past mistakes.

The story made the rounds throughout the day on Friday, Twitter reacted, with many effusively praising Fournier… Read more

Frank Rich on the ‘Great Theater’ of Politics and Pop Culture

In the final installment of this week’s Media Beat interview, Frank Rich, New York magazine columnist and executive producer of HBO’s Veep, discusses the meshing of politics and pop culture. Having covered Broadway for years, he says the nonstop spectacles, gaffes and minutiae that become “news” just make his job more fun.

“To watch [President Obama and Mitt Romney] grapple on the one hand with the changes in the news media [and] on one hand with the world of The Voice and American Idol, The Daily Show, and SNL, it’s fascinating,” Rich explained. “But people forget this didn’t used to be the case. It was considered a huge deal when Bill Clinton played the saxophone on The Arsenio Hall Show 20 years ago. It’s a development that’s spiraling; it’s developing. It’s interesting to watch. It’s great theater.”

Watch the full video for Rich’s take on that supposed liberal media bias and to find out what he thinks the “real danger” in today’s news reporting is.

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Part 1: Veep Executive Producer on DC: ‘Young People Jockeying for Power in Offices that Look Crummy’
Part 2: Frank Rich Compares New York Times and New York Magazine

WHCA Board Considers Taking Pool Reports from WH

FishbowlDC Exclusive:The White House Correspondents Association (WHCA) board late last month discussed a proposal to post pool reports written by reporters on its own website, seizing control from the White House, which has long distributed the reports.

The issue has been a dicey one over the years. During the George W. Bush administration, the White House refused to say who was on the distribution list of more than 1,000, which included lobbyists and government officials across town.

Why, board members asked during the meeting, do the pool reports still go through the filter of the White House press office? White House veteran George Condon of Congress Daily, called to appear because of his knowledge on the issue, explained that it started with the Eisenhower administration when poolers used carbon paper. It was simply faster to have the official White House stenographers help get the information out.

But the practice continued into the Internet age, and, despite the ease of group mailing, reporters traveling in a tight pool with the president still send their reports directly to the White House, which forwards them to reporters.

The board discussed whether it would be feasible to post pool reports on the WHCA website for reporters to access, which means the WHCA — not the White House — would decide who can view them. No decision was made, but the board agreed to have an association “town hall” to discuss how to change the pool report guidelines.

One little tidbit that emerged during the meeting also involved the pool, but concerned who should remain in the small group in the case of a national emergency.

Condon noted that on 9/11, the Bush White House shrunk the press pool from 12 members to five, causing controversy. When that happened, former President Bill Clinton apparently called Ron Fournier of the AP to reveal that the Bush WH had invoked the “nuclear bunker pool.”

Nobody in the press had heard of such a special pool and nothing ever came of it. Condon suggested outlining guidelines before the next crisis.

The WHCA, which voted to raise the cost of the annual dinner to $225 per seat, also decided to continue its tradition of having a holiday party.

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