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Fishbowl Five with CNN’s Rachel Smolkin

Rachel SmolkinIn July, CNN announced the hire of Rachel Smolkin as executive editor of CNN Politics Digital. Smolkin came to CNN from POLITICO where she served as managing editor of news.

At the time of her hire, managing editor of CNN Digital Meredith Artley said that Smolkin was brought on to make its work “bolder, buzzier and more essential to audiences in and outside of the beltway.”

FishbowlDC recently chatted with Smolkin, who’s almost two months in, on CNN’s latest hires, coverage for the midterm elections, and of course, her CNN work crush.

 
FishbowlDC: You’re on a hiring spree at CNN – what key journalistic qualities are you looking for in building your digital politics team?

Rachel Smolkin: ”I am so excited to build this great team. We’ve made terrific hires already, with many more to come. I’m looking for smart, original thinkers who want to create memorable work and experiment with their storytelling; for beautiful writers and sharp editors of both text and video; for journalists who can spot news but also know how to separate themselves from the pack. I want to bring together people who are eager to work as a team and to take full advantage of the amazing platform that CNN offers.”

 
FishbowlDC: We’re headed into midterms and you were with POLITICO, one of the biggest names in political news. What drew you to CNN?

Rachel Smolkin: ”I loved the idea of creating something new — a political news start-up, backed by the incredible talent and resources of CNN. The digital space is getting more crowded, and that’s challenging us as journalists to keep innovating. The most powerful, most beautifully told stories are still able to break through the clutter — and those should be a combination of the best traditional and emerging storytelling techniques in text, video and social media. In just a few weeks, we’ve already launched Peter Hamby’s Hambycast, and we’re looking forward to more exciting coverage in the weeks and months ahead.” Read more

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CNN White House Correspondent Michelle Kosinski Marries Kimbell Rush Duncan

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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.

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

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The results of Round 1 of Fishbowl Superlatives are in. Last week, we asked y’all to name the Hottest TV Personality, Most in Need of a Reality Show, and the Future/Former Boy Band Member. Nearly 5,000 votes later, we have your winners.

POLITICO's Ken Vogel

Fresh off the heels of his recent book Big Money, POLITICO’s Ken Vogel took the prize of Most in Need of a Reality Show, against the competition including BuzzFeed’s John Stanton, Pamela Sorensen of Pamela’s Punch, ESPN’s Britt McHenry, The Washington Post Reliable Source’s Helena Andrews and Emily Heil, and the man always touting the latest issue of Washington Life, John Arundel.

 
The Hill's Kevin Cirilli

In the category for Future/Former Boy Band MemberThe Hill’s Kevin Cirilli took the win, with 46% of respondents voting in his favor. CNN cutie Peter Morris took second, followed by The Atlantic’s James Hamblin, WJLA’s Scott Thuman, NBC Washington’s David Culver, and WJLA’s Kevin Lewis. Read more

FOX5′s Steve Chenevey, The Hill’s Kevin Cirilli, POLITICO’s Ken Vogel Leading Superlatives

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Last week we announced nominees in FishbowlDC’s 2014 Summer Superlatives in three categories Hottest TV Personality, Most in Need of a Reality Show, and Future/Former Boy Band Members.

Before we announce Round 2 of 3, we’re here with an update of where things stand in the final 72 hours of the first round of the competition.

For much of last week, CNN’s Jake Tapper and Brianna Keilar were neck and neck for first place in the Hottest TV Personality category. FOX 5′s Steve Chenevey has since taken the top spot with 34.32% of the category votes. Also in the running: FOX News’ Bret Baier and NBC Washington’s Angie Goff and Eun Yang. One thing we’ve learned, it is fun to pit persons from the same network against each other.

New to the superlatives competition is this year’s Future/Former Boy Band Members category. Leading is The Hill’s Kevin Cirilli, previously with POLITICO, who has more than 50% of the votes. In second with nearly a quarter of the support is CNN cutie Peter Morris. Also nominated, NBC Washington’s David Culver, WJLA’s Kevin Lewis and Scott Thuman, and The Atlantic’s James Hamblin.

Rounding out Round 1 of voting is the ever-important superlative for Most in Need of a Reality Show. In it, there’s 6 great contenders, including POLITICO’s Big Money author Ken Vogel with nearly half the votes thus far. BuzzFeed’s John Stanton and ESPN’s Britt McHenry are in a close second and third, respectively, along with Pamela Sorensen, of Pamela’s Punch, the “Reliable Source” ladies Helena Andrews and Emily Heil, and the Washington Life magazine touting John Arundel.

No use getting mad at Fishbowl, these were all reader suggestions. And we’re still taking nominations for the other seven categoriesSexiest Radio Voice, Best Writing, Hottest PR Guy/Girl, Cutest Couple, Most #basic, Best Hair, and Biggest Troublemaker – so send yours to fishbowlnick@gmail.com.

Tomorrow we’ll be back with Round 2 of 3 for this year’s superlatives and Thursday we’ll announce winners in the below categories. Get voting!

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Voting Now Live for Round 1 of FishbowlDC Summer Superlatives 2014

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Well here we are – at the start of FishbowlDC’s 2014 Summer Superlatives, ready for you to cast your votes for those nominated in three categories: Hottest TV Personality, Most in Need of a Reality Show, and Future/Former Boy Band Members.

No use getting mad at Fishbowl, these were all reader suggestions. And we’re still taking nominations for the other seven categoriesSexiest Radio Voice, Best Writing, Hottest PR Guy/Girl, Cutest Couple, Most #basic, Best Hair, and Biggest Troublemaker – so send yours to fishbowlnick@gmail.com. Nominees for the remaining will be announced in the coming days.

Here’s how it works. Below are galleries of those nominated to each category and a poll for you to cast your vote through 2pm on Thursday, August 7. We’ll post updates along the way and announce the winner on Friday, August 8.

Happy FishbowlDC Summer Superlatives 2014! May the odds be ever in your favor.

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John McCain Headlines CNN and NJ’s ‘Politics on Tap’

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John McCain, CNN’s Jake Tapper, and NJ’s Ron Fournier

Last night at Sixth Engine, CNN and National Journal hosted “Politics on Tap,” a joint interview by CNN’s Jake Tapper and NJ’s Ron Fournier’s of Sen. John McCain preceded by a panel discussion with CNN’s Peter Hamby and Brianna Keilar and NJ’s Michelle Cottle on pressing political issues.

The former presidential hopeful covered a lot of topical ground, including the downed Malaysia Airlines flight earlier that day, immigration, Israel and Iraq.

Asked by Tapper who from the Republican Party could run against Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, McCain said, “I think we have a long list of people that could defeat Hillary Clinton. I think that Chris Christie is one. Jeb Bush is another. John Kasich is another. We’ve got some very successful governors that have done very well in their states that I think once exposed to the American people could be very competitive.”

For more, click on over to NJ and “The Lead,” and stay tuned to CNN for broadcast of some of the night’s conversation.

CNN and National Journal to Host ‘Politics on Tap’ with Sen. John McCain

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CNN and National Journal are joining forces to explore the midterm elections the best way possible…with a cold one in hand.

Dubbed “Politics on Tap,” the program will feature an interview by CNN’s Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper and NJ’s Ron Fournier of Sen. John McCain followed by a panel discussion with CNN’s Peter Hamby NJ’s Michelle Cottle, and CNN’s Brianna Keilar on the growing divide in the Republican Party and how the changing face of the GOP and Congressional leadership may impact this November’s midterm elections.

Slated for next Thursday at Sixth Engine, the invite (which hasn’t gone out yet) is a steal in that a-the topic is definitely interesting and b-who doesn’t want to drink with this crowd. Only thing that could make it better is if Rep. Aaron Schock were involved.

We’ll be there, and hope to see you there, too!

See the invite – sans RSVP dets (sorry) – after the jump. Cheers! Read more

Members Best Bad News Babes at 6th Annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game

20140618_200438_3Wednesday night near Eastern Market, women members of Congress and the press who cover them gathered for the sixth annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game.

Highlights of the evening: A 10-5 win for the Members over the Bad News Babes, if you were rooting for those elected. $175k raised for the Young Survival Coalition. A first pitch thrown by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords alongside friends Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Gifford’s Tweet to 50 Cent saying, “bet you my first pitch will be better than yours was!” Roll Call’s Abby Livingston named MVP for the press team. House Speaker John A. Boehner, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor ‘in the house.’

Lowlights: ‘Feel like’ temperatures of 99* and 95* in the 7 and 8 pm hours last night, respectively. No air conditioning. A third inning injury for Schultz. The temperature.

After the jump is a rundown of the evening, as told on Twitter. Read more

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.

White House Correspondents’ Thursday Roundup

20140501_192720Thursday night kicked off White House Correspondents’ Weekend and FishbowlDC was out and about at the parties to which we were invited (which did not include “The Global Beat,” by the UN Foundation, Devex, and Foreign Affair, sponsored by Washington Life, and Uber).

We were at the Welcome to Washington: A Salute to Women in Journalism party at the home of Story Partners’ Gloria Dittus and hosted by NBC’s Betsy Fischer Martin,Washingtonian’s Cathy Merrill Williams, CNN’s Dana Bash, CBS’s Jan Crawford and the New Republic’s Julia Ioffe. We also stopped by The Spin Room with Rock the Vote at Napoleon’s art gallery - Hierarchy.

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