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Women Ruled Zentan for 2014 Series Launch

10001385_748690051810766_1034168253_nLast night, POLITICO, Google and the Tory Burch Foundation kicked off the “Women Rule” series for 2014 at Zentan. The cocktail reception brought together participants from last year’s series and invited them to share their aspirations for the coming year. The event also featured Zentan’s Executive Chef Jennifer Nguyen, a contestant on Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay.

The first “Women Rule” event is scheduled for late March in DC – more details are expected soon. The series will also host events in New York City and San Francisco this year, capping off with an end-of-year conference in Washington.

1904150_748690041810767_1961860382_nIn attendance: CNN’s Brianna Keilar, Gloria Borger, Erin McPikeMichelle Jaconi, and Kristen Holmes; NBC’s Betsy Fischer Martin and Kasie Hunt; MSNBC’s Karen Finney; Washington Post’s Ruth Marcus: Larry King’s producer Carrie Stevenson; WJLA’s Autria Godfrey and Jummy Olabanji; Time’s Jay Newton Small; Yahoo’s Garance Franke-Ruta; InTheCapital’s Sophie Pyle; BitchesWhoBrunch.com’s Cori Sue Morris (since it’s the weekend, wa-la, bitcheswhobrunch.com!); Emily’s List’s Marcy Stech; SKDKnickerbocker’s Jill Zuckman; Kim Oates from the House Radio-TV Gallery; Brunswick Group’s Su-Lin Nichols; the White House’s Tara McGuinness; Corcoran’s Rachel Cothran; Komen’s Kiki Ryan; Kate Bake’s Katelyn Sornik; Tracy Sefl; Gloria Dittus; and Mindy Finn.

1528463_748689968477441_335092248_nAs well as sponsors, including POLITICO’s Kim Kingsley, Lois Romano, Beth Lester Sidhu, Christine Delargy, Jessie Niewold, and Peter Cherukuri; the new head of the Tory Burch Foundation Bari Mattes (her first week in the position!); and Google’s Jesse Suskin, Sam Smith and Mistique Cano.

Photos by Rod Lamkey Jr.

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Madeleine Albright and Catherine Russell Join Tina Brown’s Women in the World Series

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Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright joined Tina Brown‘s “Women in the World” series last night. This was the series’ first ever event in the District.

Asked how she would handle the situation in Ukraine if she were acting Secretary of State, Albright said, “Invading other countries illegally is not the way to try to be a part of the international system…I think what we don’t want to do is get in a zero sum game with them.”

In addition to a long history lesson on relations between the U.S., Russia, former Soviet Union, and Ukraine, Alyse Nelson, president and CEO of Vital Voices Global Partnership, moderated a conversation with Academy Award winning filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and Pakistani activist Humaira Bachal.

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CNN’s Brianna Keilar Upped to Senior Political Correspondent

Sam Feist, CNN Washington bureau chief, announced today that  Brianna Keilar has been named CNN’s senior political correspondent. Along with reporting the top political and policy stories of the day, Keilar will serve as the lead reporter covering Hillary Clinton and the 2016 Democratic field. She will also serve as the network’s primary fill-in anchor for “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer” at 5 p.m. ET.

Brianna is currently CNN’s senior White House correspondent. She joined the network in 2006 and previously served as a congressional correspondent. Her new assignment begins in March.

Congratulations from FBDC Brianna!

ABC’s Ann Compton Receives WPCF Lifetime Achievement Award

The Washington Press Club Foundation will award ABC News Radio’s White House correspondent Ann Compton its 2014 Lifetime Achievement Award. The award will be presented at the 70th Annual Congressional Dinner on Feb. 5 here in Washington. The WPCF was founded in 1919 to ensure that women established an equal place in the newsroom. Their dinner this year will hosted by CNN’s Brianna Keilar and feature speeches from Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD).

From the press release:

Ann’s award-winning career in journalism, almost exclusively at ABC News, has brought her into the center of countless major news stories. Compton has covered national historic events and has reported on seven U.S. presidents. But to her fellow colleagues,Ann is known to always be willing to extend a helping hand. She has served as a generous mentor to scores of young journalists, graciously imparting her experience and wisdom so others can share in the success of a story well reported.

Congratulations Ann, from all of us here at FishbowlDC!

DC “Youth” Get Hammered, Body-painted at WL‘s YGL

If you weren’t one of the hundreds of what’s-his-names and so-and-sos who rolled up to the Carnegie Library in an Uber black car last night, it could mean one of three things.

1) You are old.  We’re not talking John McLaughlin old…just over 40.

2) Your ambitious boozing and party hopping are not worthy of recognition in print.

3) You were recently arrested. (Too soon?)

Otherwise, like FishbowlDC, you were downing as many fine bourbons as your liver would allow at Washington Life’s ”Young and the Guest List” fete.  With countless bars, trippy body painting, and sequins from here to tomorrow, the historic venue played host to WL‘s fave overachievers under 40: 217 business leaders and entrepreneurs, 42 White House and Capitol Hill staffers, 29 media pros, 6 restaurateurs, 8 athletes, 5 diplomats, 10 members of Congress, and 18 artists.

Representing the Fourth Estate were CNN’s Brianna Keilar, Peter Hamby, Lauren Pratapas and Matt Dornic, WaPo’s Jackie Kucinich, Politico’s Patrick Gavin and his much better and more attractive half – Anne Gavin, Nikki Schwab from U.S. News….and others. Yes many, many others who escape our bourbon-laced memory.*

Check out the pics below!

*This post and my hangover brought to you by Washington Life, Nancy Bagley,  Soroush Shehabi, John Arundel, Kevin Chaffee and the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States.  

Jeff Flake and Donna Edwards to Speak at That Other Political Press Dinner

Connie Chung and Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) rub elbows in a disgusting display of chummy, inside-the-beltway hob-knobbery.

Connie Chung and Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) rub elbows in a disgusting display of chummy, inside-the-beltway hob-knobbery.

Did you know, there are actually TWO big dinners to go to in late winter/early spring where politicians and journalists mingle and laugh and eat and generally disgust the rest of the country with their chummy behavior? Well it’s true! There’s the White House Correspondents Association Dinner, which everyone knows about, and will be on May 3rd next year. And then there’s the Washington Press Club Foundation’s Congressional Dinner, which will be on February 5th.

You could be forgiven for forgetting about the WPCF’s dinner -last year the headline speakers were Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D -N.D.) and Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT). BOR-ING! But this year is different. This year they booked none other than…..

….oh, um…Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD). Dear me, that’s not very exciting either is it? What’s with this dinner, huh guys? Conan or Jimmy or Jimmy were busy? On the plus side, they did score CNN’s lovely Brianna Keilar as host for the evening.

In any event, at least it raises money for noble causes -giving young lady journalists and minority journalists internships in Washington news bureaus and also documenting oral histories of pioneering female journalists. That’s something to feel good about if you’re attending. Which is good, cuz with all those Congresspeople around you’re bound to feel a little bit sleazy…

CNN “Crossfire” Party Packs a Punch

“It was terr i fy ying,” said CNN “Crossfire” host Van Jones, careful to enunciate every syllable when asked about his first night on the job.

At least at the Crossfire launch party held last night at the Carnegie Library he could finally let his hair down (so to speak) and enjoy a night with friends, colleagues, booze and a band.

His co-hosts popped in the crowd — Newt Gingrich with his big, shiny helmet of white hair, S.E. Cupp in a purple leather sleeveless dress and Stephanie Cutter in power red.

Meanwhile, others mingled: Newt’s wife, Callista held her own with her perfect, shiny, white-blond bob,  former “Crossfire” host Paul Begala wished the new hosts well, as Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) and fiancé, Maria Belen Chapur, attracted flashbulbs on the red carpet while a very thin Caroline Kennedy, President Obama’s nominee for Amb. to Japan, drew stares. Others spotted around the room: WJLA’s Rebecca Cooper, conservative radio host Laura Ingraham, The Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol (who is far shorter in person than we imagined), FNC’s Greta Van Susteren and husband, John Coale, WaPo‘s Jackie Kucinich, ex-TWT Editor Sam Dealey, TWT‘s senior opinion writer Emily Miller, The Daily Caller‘s Alex Pappas, Politico‘s Dylan Byers, The Hill‘s Emily Goodin, CQ Roll Call‘s Abby Livingston, Slate‘s Dave Weigel, TIME‘s Michael Crowley, MSNBC’s Karen Finney, lefty radio host Bill Press, Speaker John Boehner‘s spokesman Michael Steel and wife, Mary Kathryn Covert, lobbyist Jack Quinn and wife, Susanna, Americans for Tax Reform Prez Grover Norquist, NRSC’s fiery Brad Dayspring, and consultant Brian Walsh.

CNNer’s spotted in the crowd: CNN President Jeff Zucker, Washington Bureau Chief Sam Feist, Jessica Yellin, Dana Bash, Brianna Keilar, Wolf Blitzer, Gloria Borger, Candy Crowley (without a shred of makeup), Wendell Goler, Matt Dornic, and Edie Emery.

Asked about Cupp, his conservative co-host, Jones said, “S.E. is the most likeable person ever born. I think they created her in a lab. She hypnotizes you and then she goes in for the kill.”

Cupp also had a thing or two to say about Jones. Read more

CNN Announces Promotions in D.C. Bureau

CNN Washington Bureau Chief Sam Feist has announced that the network is promoting some of its Washington-based correspondents. Those impacted include Jessica Yellin, Brianna Keilar, Jim Acosta and Rene Marsh.

“With these changes, CNN’s Washington team of correspondents will be even better positioned to deliver on our core missions of breaking news and enterprise reporting,” said Feist in a morning release. “As CNN continues to grow its newsgathering capabilities, we are thrilled to have such an outstanding group of correspondents to move into these key roles.”

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Light Trash Talking Begins Ahead of Congressional Women’s Softball Game

It’s almost time for the Congressional Women’s Softball Game. It’s the annual event that pits female lawmakers against female journalists in a softball game that benefits the “Young Survival Coalition.” It’s always a fun affair, but it’s not something that participating journalists or politicians take lightly. It’s competitive. They practice for weeks leading up to the game and play hard when it comes around.

This time, they’ve even started talking smack in the lead-up to the big game, which takes place on Wednesday, June 26. It all started with NBC’s Kasie Hunt, who tweeted a shot of herself in the batting cages, telling Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL) to “look out.”

Wasserman-Schultz responded. Read more

Steamy Novel Mentions D.C. Journos

CNN Starting point calls it “The Fifty Shades of Grey of political novels,” which is definitely a stretch as it lacks any graphic sex scenes whatsoever unless you count sizing up the candidate’s package as graphic. Still, Domestic Affairs, by Bridget Siegel, a political consultant who has worked on local, state and national campaigns, is hard to put down as FishbowlDC quickly learned after finishing it in a few days.

In Siegel’s 2012 book, which releases in paperback on May 14, she mentions journalists by name including HuffPost‘s Sam Stein, WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza,  then-Politico‘s Ben Smith and “Tara” from Page Six — i.e. Tara Palmeri, formerly of the Washington Examiner and currently of the New York Post. Also mentioned: Brianna, possibly CNN’s Brianna Keilar.

Smith wasn’t aware of his presence in the book. “I was not!” he wrote. “But glad my immortality is assured.” When told that he was mentioned in a semi-racy novel, Stein asked, “Did my story on Ms. Greenley make the front page of Huffpost?”

Sadly, no. Smith was identified as the reporter who broke the fictitious news of the novel’s main character, Olivia Greenley, going to work as Georgia Gov. and Presidential hopeful Landon Taylor. Interestingly, Greenley has an affair with the very married candidate, as does the star in ABC’s “Scandal” — also named Olivia as in Olivia PopePolitico also gets a shout-out: “Sure, her mom didn’t know what Politico was, but her colleagues did. Ben Smith was reporting on her. Sam Stein and Chris Cillizza, too.”

Later in the book… Read more

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