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Google Explores ‘Digital Trends and the 2014 Midterm Election’

IMG_20141015_190840Last night at Google’s new DC headquarters, the tech giant hosted “Digital Trends and the 2014 Midterm Election” as part of its DC Talks series.

The conversation on November’s Senate races was moderated by ABC News chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl. The panel consisted of Matt Canter, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee deputy executive director and his National Republican Senatorial Committee counterpart Matt Lira as well as Brad Dayspring, NRSC communications director, and DSCC’s political director Anne Caprara.

In attendance: TIME’s Jay Newton Small and Zeke Miller; Yahoo’s Garance Franke-Ruta and Jon WardRoll Call’s Tom Williams; Google’s Rob Saliterman, Natasha Sachs, and Ashley Wiers; Target Victory’s Scott Sendek and Zac Moffatt; NRC’s Sara Sendek; Bully Pulpit’s Jen Nedeau (just named to PRNewser’s Real Top 14 PR Twits for 2014); USTP’s Christina Sevilla; Tim Burger; Kyle Downey, and Elizabeth Brotherton-Bunch

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Sen. Bernie Sanders at CNN & NJ’s Politics on Tap: ‘If I run, I will run to win’

20140916_190340-2Tuesday night at Sixth Engine, CNN and National Journal reconvened for its second installment of “Politics on Tap.”

Headlining the evening was Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who sat down with CNN’s “The Lead” host Jake Tapper and National Journal editorial director Ron Fournier to discuss a possible 2016 run for president.

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Round 3 Superlative Winners: Pamela Kirkland, Brad & Lauren Dayspring, Maggie Haberman

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Friday marked the end of the 2014 FishbowlDC Summer Superlatives after a long, grueling competition for more than 50 nominees in 10 categories.

PostTV, former XM-er Pamela Kirkland

In the category for Sexiest Radio Voice, former XM-er Pamela Kirkland, now with Washington PostTV, took the win, besting WMAL’s Chris Plante with nearly 50% of the 2,500+ votes in the category. Also nominated: XM’s Julie Mason and NPR’s Ari Shapiro and Robert Siegel.

 

Brad and Lauren Dayspring

In the Cutest Couple category, NRSC’s Brad and CNN’s Lauren Dayspring maintained a lead over competition, winning against Ron, partner, Singer Bonjean Strategies, and Sara Bonjean, president, Rose Strategies, FOX News’ Ed and CNN’s Shirley Henry, and POLITICO power couple Alex Burns and MJ Lee.

 

POLITICO's Maggie Haberman

Nominated for Best Writer, POLITICO’s Maggie Haberman and NYTimes Magazine’s Mark Leibovich held court against WaPo’s Nia-Malika Henderson, Yahoo’s Chris Moody, and NYTimesNeil Irwin. In the end, Haberman took the gold.

And in the category of Most Basic news outlet, POLITICO bested its competition, including Roll Call, The HillThe Washington Times, PBS Newshour, and NPR.

FishbowlDC Round 2 Superlative Winners: Jen Bendery, Dannia Hakki, Gindy

FishbowlDC Round 1 Superlative Winners: Jake Tapper, Ken Vogel, Kevin Cirilli

Congratulations to all involved! May you forever be remembered for your Fishbowl Superlative.

Round 3 Superlatives: Sexiest Radio Voice, Best Writing, Cutest Couple, Most #Basic

It’s time for Round 3 of the FishbowlDC Summer Superlatives, the final round of our journey back to high school to name our colleagues for how they should really be remembered.

This time, we bring you the final four categories, Sexiest Radio Voice, Best Writing, Cutest Couple, and Most #Basic. Voting in Round 3 will be different than Rounds 1 and 2. Voting will extend only through Friday, August 15 at 6pm and results will be hidden, with updates along the way on the site and at @FishbowlDC on Twitter.

The full class of FishbowlDC 2014 Summer Superlatives winners will be announced on Monday, August 18. Happy voting!

 
Sexiest Radio Voice

 
Best Writer


 
Cutest Couple

  • Brad (NRSC strategist) and Lauren (CNN publicist) Dayspring
  • Ron (partner, Singer Bonjean Strategies) and Sara (president, Rose Strategies) Bonjean
  • FOX News’ Ed and CNN’s Shirley Henry
  • POLITICO power couple Alex Burns and MJ Lee

 
Most #Basic


CNN White House Correspondent Michelle Kosinski Marries Kimbell Rush Duncan

Photo via Laura Bernardini

Photo credit: CNN guest

CNN White House correspondent Michelle Kosinski wed retired investment banker turned philanthropist Kimbell Rush Duncan Saturday at the Anderson House in Washington.

Kosinski donned a floral crown – designed by a milliner in Krakow – a Polish tradition reflecting her heritage. Female guests were all given their own floral crowns to wear throughout the night and men were greeted with their own boutonnieres.

The menu consisted of a salad of avocado and hearts of palm; Chilean sea bass with sweet corn, chanterelles, asparagus, purple sticky rice and lemongrass broth; and wedding cake with vanilla buttercream and fresh berries.

In attendance: CNN DC bureau chief Sam FeistWolf Blitzer and wife Lynn Blitzer, CNN’s Dana Bash and boyfriend actor Spencer Garrett, CNN’s Jim Sciutto and wife Gloria Riviera; Fox News’ Ed Henry and wife CNN’s Shirley Henry; CNN’s Brianna Keilar and Kevin Sheridan; CNN’s Lauren Pratapas and husband Brad Dayspring, NRSC strategist; CNN’s Gloria BorgerJim AcostaEdie EmeryLaura BernardiniDavid ChalianJay ShaylorFederico Quadrani, and Becky Brittain; and NBC’s Kristen Welker.

Bowties, Bowling, and Bourbon for BuzzFeed’s Benny Johnson

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Photo cred: Mrs. Dayspring

In celebration of BuzzFeed’s Benny Johnson‘s 28th birthday, friends gathered for a surprise party yesterday at Pinstripes in Georgetown.

Hosted by CNN’s Matt Dornic and Katelyn Rieley, guests included newlyweds CNN’s Lauren Pratapas and NRSC spokesman Brad Dayspring, WaPo’s Jackie Kucinich, Jared Allen, Chris “Gindy” Gindlesperger, Matt Haller, Andrew Kovalcin, Jacob Wood, Zach Graves, Daily Caller’s Chris Bedford, and Michael Steel.

Guests noshed on black Angus mini burgers, pizza, and flat bread.
Cigars and bourbon were the go-to gift, and selfies, strongly encouraged.

The Dress HAS Arrived – Pratapas and Dayspring Set to Marry

Congratulations to Lauren Pratapas, publicist to Jake Tapper and “The Lead,” who just picked up THE dress before she marries Brad Dayspring, comms director at the National Republican Senatorial Committee, this weekend. Join them for their wedding reception at hell no are we telling you!.

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Jay Carney Toasts Brendan Buck’s Move from Boehner’s Office to AHIP

brendan-buckIn celebration of his move as press secretary for Speaker Boehner to America’s Health Insurance Plans, Brendan Buck joined with friends Monday evening to toast to his new gig. We hear White House press secretary Jay Carney even stopped by, which is pretty funny given their past Twitter feuds.

The night was hosted by Michael Steel – also of Boehner’s staff. In attendance: Washington Examiner’s Rebecca Berg, POLITICO’s Mike Allen and Christine Delargy, ABC News’ Jonathan Karl and Jeff Zeleny, RNC’s Sean SpicerKevin Smith, Doug Heye, Rory Cooper, CBR’s Brent Swander, Yahoo News’ Olivier Knox, BuzzFeed’s John Stanton, CNN’s Brianna Keilar and Erin McPike, Kevin Sheridan, WaPo’s Paul Kane, Roll Call’s Tom Williams, Crossfire’s David Chalian, NBC News’ Frank Thorp and Shawna Thomas, CBS’s Walt Cronkite, Sue Davis, Scott Mulhauser, Kirsten Kukowski, Brad Dayspring, Laena Fallon, Juleanna Glover, and Becca Glover.

Morning Chatter

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President: WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten.

Vice President of Useless Affairs: Wonkette‘s Rebecca “Facts Never Get in the Way of My Stories” Scheinkopf

Resident know-it-all: Commentary’s John Podhoretz (a.k.a. Podwhore)

Dreams about FishbowlDC: Washingtonian‘s Ben Freed

Biggest Fan Ever: Slate‘s Dave Weigel

Sunset photo expert: Fox News’ Ed Henry

Words of #ThisTown Wisdom

“It’s the one thing you can’t do in Washington – don’t screw up and tell the truth.” — CNN Contributor Kevin Madden on “Out Front” Wednesday night.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 6:03 a.m.

images-1Important Q to Ponder

“Jon Stewart vs CNN. Is it a good thing or a bad thing? Know more by following ‘Know More’ with @dylanmatt.” — WaPo Executive Editor and expert internal memo writer Kevin Merida.

Anonymous email to FBDC: “I imagine, even tho it doesn’t launch for a few days, that you could write the John Harris “internal” memo to staff now on the Politico magazine, tho don’t know how you can top the last few. All of Washington is in awe of Politico self-congratulatory messages.”

WTF?

“Senate just passed a bill to ‘improve provisions relating to the sanctuary system for surplus chimpanzees.’” — Politico‘s Manu Raju.

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The Boy Scout

“Was going to Vine Roger Daltrey rehearsing ‘Stand by Me’ in Stat Hall but was informed no audio/visual per management.” — NBC’s Luke Russert.

Perennial words of wisdom

“A lot of reporters using a lot of time today criticizing other reporters, time that could be spent, well, you know, reporting…” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin.

UnknownJourno is anti-Flan

“Free dessert idea: If you like your flan, you can keep it.” — Politico‘s Blake Hounshell.

Convo Between Two Media Types

This morning’s conversation is between RNC Communications Director Sean Spicer and BuzzFeed Political Editor McKay Coppins.

Sean Spicer: “Hey @BuzzFeedPol how u haven’t written abt these videos youtube.com/playlist?list=… @BuzzFeedBen @mckaycoppins @BuzzFeedAndrew”

McKay Coppins: “@seanspicer weird forum for this Sean. I think you have my email.”

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Summer Superlatives: BEST BANGS

And the winner is… Breitbart News‘ and Townhall‘s Lisa DePasquale. The choices included U.S. News’ Nikki Schwab, HuffPost‘s Washington Bureau Chief Ryan Grim (who got a huge plug from his boss Arianna Huffington), NBC’s Russert, and first lady Michelle Obama. DePasquale won with 30.89 percent of the votes. Grim came in a close second with 27.34 percent. Russert’s side-swept bangs, however lovely they are, didn’t fare so well — he got just 19 votes.

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MOST DESPISED FLACK IN WASHINGTON

And the winner is… Breitbart News Matthew Boyle with 40.48 percent of the vote. In second place at 19.64 percent is NRSC Communications Director Brad Dayspring. Other options included: Clintonland’s Philippe Reines, White House Press Sec. Jay Carney.

FUNNIEST JOURNO IN WASHINGTON

And the winner is… Reason.com Editor Nick Gillespie with 313 votes. Runner up is The Daily Caller‘s Will Rahn who got 176 votes. Other options included: BuzzFeed‘s John Stanton, Yahoo! News‘ Olivier Knox, NJ‘s Elahe Izadi and The Sunday Times‘ Toby Harnden.

Can’t Escape Brad Dayspring

Brad Dayspring, the sometimes cantankerous press flack to House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), is truly everywhere. And this morning, he was spotted on CNN for a full five minutes with a penetrating and  pensive stare in the backdrop of his boss. He was also applauding Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) before her formal resignation. How lucky can a lawmaker get than to have his aide control the backdrop? It was also a perfect chance for Dayspring to keep a watchful eye on his boss.

 

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