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Project Fishbowl: The Hill’s 50 Most Beautiful

The Hill has released it’s annual “50 Most Beautiful People” list. It’s a doozy and we at Fishbowl just couldn’t contain ourselves. With this, we also begin a new feature called “Project Fishbowl” in which we take photographs and anything else we find worthy of analyzing and put it through severe scrutiny. Kind of like TV’s “Project Runway”, but with a fishy twist. In the future we will have guests, but for today, we begin with just us girls running the show.

#1 Max Engling, staff assistant for the House Administration Committee:

Peter: It’s nice to see that “Joseph Gordon-Levitt from the Wrong Side of the Tracks” can afford a sharkskin suit.

Eddie: Engling worked as a model before beginning his career in politics in 2011. Modeling left him feeling like his time “wasn’t necessarily going to a good cause.” Which begs the question: How much more fulfilling can Engling’s life be as a staff assistant on the Hill?

Piranhamous: I can’t help but notice the wind that is blowing his leather tie but ain’t moving his hair. Moderation on the gel, dude. Crunchy.

Betsy: If Leonardo DiCaprio had a less attractive twin brother in a boy band, his name would be Max Engling.

#2 Carolyn Amirpashaie, special assistant to Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.):

Eddie: “Special assistant”?

Piranhamous: Obnoxious quote: “’[My parents] pushed my sister and me to be our own people and do what we wanted,’ she says.” Are there parent s who push their kids to be someone else? ‘Honey, we’ve decided we want you to be your cousin Betty.’ P.S. if someone compares you to a Kardashian you shouldn’t take it it as a compliment. EVER.

Betsy: Is The Hill so hard up they can’t afford SOME manner of shine powder?!

#3 Kristen Callaway, legislative assistant to Rep. Steve Southerland (R-Fla.):

Peter: Looks like someone went rogue with a bedazzler.

Eddie: Phrase Callaway has never heard: “Your neck is too short.”

Piranhamous: I first thought this was Tara Reid, then I saw her arms were crossed and realized she was “for serious!”

Betsy: Looks like Kristen is hiding The Daily Caller‘s Matthew Boyle‘s nuts in her cheeks.

#7 Alyssa Dack, Rep. Mike McIntyre’s (D-N.C.) outreach coordinator:

Peter: On the left, we have comedy; on the right, we have tragedy. Life’s drama plays out on the hot list.

Eddie: In her profile, Dack says her hometown of Asheville, N.C., is responsible for her independence. “It’s all about being who you are,” she said, “if you don’t, you stick out like a sore thumb.” Asheville: Only city in America where you somehow manage to stick out by being like everyone else.

Piranhamous: Pro-tip: If you want to be taken seriously do not wear a dress short enough to require two hairdos to work. Have people learned nothing from all those pictures of Briney Spears getting out of cars?

Betsy: Alyssa on the left: Please stop smiling.

#8 Samantha Dezur, Education Finance Council’s vice president of communications:

Eddie: Hard to believe Dezur actually cares about style. She’s a self-described libertarian.

Piranhamous: She’s referred to as a “reality television star” because she “starred in the Style Network’s show “Running in Heels.” Oh, how society has lowered the bar of what constitutes someone being a “star.” It’s like saying, “My YouTube video has 138 views, I’m thinking of going on tour.”

Betsy: Pearls inspired by Bloomberg‘s Stephanie Green.


#9 Leslie Rath, scheduler for Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.):

Peter: She looks like a photo negative of Morticia Addams.

Eddie: That’s where my grandmother’s favorite doily curtains went!

Piranhamous: I hope she brings the bowl they used to cut her hair to the drive-in…when we show a movie on her gigantic forehead.

Betsy: Dishwater blond, flat, greasy, hair styled by Supercuts is never a good look. Did Leslie know she was having a photo shoot? 

#15 Yvonne Hsu, legislative assistant for Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.):

Peter: I like to call this look “The Angry Flamingo.”

Eddie: Can’t tell if I’m looking at a photo of a fringed dress collar or a live birth.

Piranhamous: This could be the ugliest dress I’ve ever seen. It looks like a giant flower is raping her neck…with pockets. And she has psycho-alert written all over her profile. Connect these dots: “she loves food” “so she took to cooking” “she doesn’t put too much effort into cooking” “she lives by the philosophy that if you’re going to try something new, you should do it all-out” “How else would you do anything?” I don’t know, maybe consistently? 

Betsy: I didn’t realize Connie Chung was making a comeback as a Capitol Hill staffer. The dress might strangle her. Maury finds this sexy?

#16 Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.)

Peter: His jawline is a weapon of mass destruction. You could sharpen a butter knife on that thing.

Eddie: The Hill makes sure we know Himes is hot. But not that hot: “He was once a model for Polo Ralph Lauren. Now, we’re not talking Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.)-level modeling.” We shall refer to Himes henceforth as Two-Bit Brown.

Piranhamous: I’ve never cared much for Members who give interviews for this list, have you nothing better to do than participate in this vanity project? Then I realize I’ve never heard of most of these Members because they’re back-benchers who don’t do much beyond what they’re told.

Betsy: There’s something utterly irritating about Jim’s jaw area, not to mention the blemish on his chin. You just know he tells crappy jokes and all the aides sit around the office and yuk it up like he’s hilarious.

#18 Mary Hiratsuka legislative assistant for Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska)

Eddie: Hiratsuka walks around with a “prized” sealskin purse, according to The Hill. Badass. That’s all.

Betsy: As Samantha from “Sex and the City” might say, “Honey, wax much?” On a good note, with eyebrows that thick, Mary no longer needs to wear a visor. Her gum-tooth ratio? Not good.

#28 Ryan Mills, development associate at government-affairs firm Berman and Co:

Peter: It’s nice to know that they let 11-year-olds work on the Hill.

Eddie: Looks nearly a Kennedy but completely a Carlson. Tucker Carlson, that is.

Piranhamous: What’s up with the little tuft of hair in front? It screams “DOUCHEBAG!” because it’s deliberate.

Betsy: Had no idea that pubic hair could grow out of a man’s forehead.

#29 Derek Khanna, professional policy staffer for the House Republican Study Committee:

Peter: “I don’t always surf the Internet, but when I do, eyebrows.”

Eddie: Fear the brow(s).

Piranhamous: Holy shit, someone should take the weed-whacker they used on his head to his eyebrow(s). I apologize if it turns out that these are just two caterpillars about to mate on his nose.

Betsy: 10 beers and an ecstasy tablet.

#34 Jennifer Fisher, lobbyist for American Dental Association.

Peter: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band meets Fashion Bug.

Eddie: Fisher knows the politics of fashion– assuming it takes place in the next installment of the Aladdin series because I’m almost certain that purple jacket was inspired by Jasmine.

Piranhamous: I think she’s wearing the rejected warm-up suit for the Olympic gymnastics team. 

Betsy: I’m scared. Will she beat my ass if I insult her? Envisioning her on a future episode of Bad Girls Club.

#35 Hayley King, legislative correspondent to Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine):

Eddie: How do you comment on someone who was tagged “The Horror”?

Piranhamous: I’m pretty sure I see the constellation Cassiopeia in freckles on her left cheek.

Betsy: Are we at a National Freckle Convention? How did that happen?

#36 Brian Bosak, legislative assistant to Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Pa.):

Peter: His tie could serve double duty as a tablecloth at a picnic.

Eddie: I like that tie, Peter.

Piranhamous: Give us the “I’m holding in a fart” look. Perfect! Got it!

Betsy: Another member of the National Freckle Convention. These people are relentless.

#38 Erik Olson, Chief of Staff to Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wis.):

Peter: If anyone wants to know how to build muscles on your forehead, I found your man.

Betsy: Billy Mays blasted his way into the 50 Most Beautiful? I thought he was dead.

Piranhamous: Dude, you’re Chief of Staff and you couldn’t bring yourself to wear a suit? And why do I have a sudden urge to buy some OxyClean?

#32 Laura Froehlich, associate director of public policy at UBS:

Peter: These are the last pictures of Froelich before a small gust of wind blew her out to sea, never to be heard from again.

Eddie: Froehlich has the best philosophy on being healthy and looking good. “Don’t be an asshole,” she said.

Piranhamous: The picture on the right is the one you see on the profile and respond to, the picture on the left is the chick who shows up and suddenly you remember that early morning meeting you have the following day.

Betsy: Seeing as I just got a perfect bill of health, I think I speak for all of us to say that Froehlich can frolic right out of this contest. Her gum-tooth ratio is bordering on questionable. But I will give her this: She has nice hair and is a very handsome woman.

#44 Regina Asante, mail carrier to offices on the second floor of the Rayburn House Office Building:

Peter: It’s nice to see that Miss Cleo landed safely after her phone psychic service folded.

Eddie: Note to self: Definitely need a shirt that comes with a shield.

Piranhamous: Are we having lobster for dinner? Ditch the bib-dress.

Betsy: Halloween in May? Interesting concept.

#46 Caleb Smith, new media director for the House Financial Services Committee:

Eddie: “The Hangover.”

Piranhamous: This is just a few years away from what a “before” picture in a hair-loss ad looks like.

Betsy: I think Current TV’s David Shuster went to Camp Yehudah with this guy. Too much Israeli dancing and late night campfires with Shuster gave him this annoying, peppy smile.

#48 Andrew Simpson, staff assistant with Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.):

Peter: “Sorry guys..  My seersucker was at the dry cleaners. You’ll have to deal with this foppish bow-tie.”

Eddie: Just curious who made the executive decision to make Simpson whiter for the close-up shot.

Piranhamous: The picture on the right is the look someone who isn’t that bright has while they’re trying to “get” a joke or doing basic math in their head.

Betsy: Dapper and stylish, he’d raise his beauty IQ by snipping off that tiny curly-q at the tip of his bang.

#49 Andrew Aronow, a staff assistant and legislative correspondent for Rep. John Dingell:

Peter: Nice try, Clark Kent. We all know you’re Superman.

Eddie: Aronow appears to be just as surprised as I was that he made the cut.

Piranhamous: He’s listed as having a girlfriend…and someday he plans to talk to her and let her know. The picture on the right looks like a guy who is seeing boobs for the first time, the picture on the left is the look that guy gives when someone points out that they don’t count as boobs if they’re on Michael Moore. Keep hope alive!

Betsy: Quick Eddie, you rip the glasses off his face and stomp on them and Peter will stuff him into a locker.

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Pleasant Thoughts With Connie Chung: Yak! Her Husband Makes her Wanna Throw Up


Politico’s Kiki Ryan brings us a little comic relief this afternoon with a story about Connie Chung and her husband, Maury Povich, at the Newseum (although we’re not sure Chung was actually trying to be funny).

Turns out Chung doesn’t much care for the baby daddy-ridden shows her tabloid-y talk show spouse puts on. Chung (essentially) says her husband is smarter than that. He says as long as she thinks he’s smart, everything’s okay. To that, Chung says, “Makes me Wanna Throw Up.”


All in all, we hear the entire evening was super uncomfortable. Everyone in the audience kept looking around like, ‘whoa is this for real or a joke?’ Some felt bad for him.

Read the full story here.

Connie Chung and Maury Povich Join “Reel Journalism”

connie maury.jpg “Reel Journalism with Nick Clooney” presents the critically acclaimed movie “The Paper” with special guests, husband and wife Maury Povich and Connie Chung on Thursday, May 13th at the Newseum.

About “The Paper”
In the movie, Michael Keaton stars as a New York tabloid city editor who discovers a police conspiracy involving a race-related killing. But before he is allowed to run the story, his profit-minded editor, played by actress Glenn Close, questions its validity and tries to kill it.

To purchase tickets or for more info, click here.

Taking Out The Trash: Hollywood Edition

What we almost missed today…

Wolf Blitzer, George Stephanopoulos, Cokie Roberts, Candy Crowley, Sam Donaldson and Connie Chung are among celebrity experts on “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’s” new “Ask the Expert” lifeline. Tune in tonight to catch Gwen Ifill. (h/t TVNewser)

Oprah has issued her first ever “Power List” in this month’s O Magazine, 20 “remarkable visionaries who are flexing their muscles in business and finance, politics and justice, science and the arts.” And DC’s well repped– Donna Brazile, DC School Chancellor Michelle Rhee and FDIC Chair Sheila Bair all make the list. (h/t Politico)

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony hosted a dinner in Sonia Sotomayor‘s honor at their Long Island home last night, according to a gossip blog.

Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and a roundtable with CNBC’s Erin Burnett, former House Speaker New Gingrich (R-GA), U.S. News & World Report’s Mort Zuckerman and “Lords of Finance” author Liaquat Ahamed

CBS’ Face the Nation: White House Director of Office and Budget Management Peter Orszag, Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), Washington Post Writers Group syndicated columnist Kathleen Parker and WaPo’s Michael Fletcher

ABC’s This Week: Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN), Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL), the Chamber of Commerce’s Thomas Donohue and a roundtable with ABC’s George Will and Cokie Roberts, NYT’s David Brooks and WaPo’s EJ Dionne

Fox News Sunday: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Gov. Tim Kaine (D-VA)

CNN’s State of the Union: Orszag, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) and LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D)

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: Connie Chung, WaPo’s Sari Horowitz and Scott Higham

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: CNBC’s Trish Regan, Time’s Rick Stengel, Chicago Tribune’s Clarence Page and WaPo’s Kathleen Parker

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), Bloomberg’s Hans Nichols, Rich Miller, Stephen Engle, Margaret Carlson and Kevin Hassett

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: WSJ’s David Wessel, Time’s Karen Tumulty, National Journal’s James Barnes

Roll Call TV with Robert Traynham: Former Secretary of Transportation Rodney Slater, CongressNow’s Geoff Koss, Roll Call’s Anna Palmer and Emily Heil

Morning Reading List, 04.01.08


Good morning Washington. It’s Justice Alito’s bday, finally someone explains MoDo, Leon Harris likes baseball, The Deadline Club is out with its awards finalists, WRC’s Vickie Burns is heading to WNBC in New York, it’s the birthday of Redhead Fan Club favorite Jess Smith and don’t forget to not fall for April Fools jokes today.

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  • Hillary vs. McCain…you think McCain will win.

  • Today’s “Angry Journalist” rant of the day: “I’m angry because one of the finest, most talented journalists I’ve ever had the privilege to work with was forced to leave the paper last week. This senseless maneuver was attributed to flattening the management structure. I guess it’s OK to flatten structures, but when people get crushed in the process, that’s not OK”


  • E&P reports, “The newspaper industry has experienced the worst drop in advertising revenue in more than 50 years. According to new data released by the Newspaper Association of America, total print advertising revenue in 2007 plunged 9.4% to $42 billion compared to 2006 — the most severe percent decline since the association started measuring advertising expenditures in 1950.”

  • Reuter’s Media File reports, “Former San Francisco Chronicle Editor Phil Bronstein has taken on a new role at parent company Hearst Corp. that will involve, among other things, finding ways to keep the news business viable at a time when most people have classified it as a dying industry.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “U.S. newspapers suffered their worst drop in print advertising sales since industry record- keeping began 57 years ago, hammered by the housing-market slump and competition from the Internet.”

  • Reliable Source reports, “For Washington VIPs, there were two hot tickets in town last night — not just an Opening Day seat at the new Nationals Park, but a coveted spot at the Lerner family’s pre-party, a little casual-dress affair for 800 of their closest friends. Folks like Michael Chertoff, Norah O’Donnell, Maury Povich and Connie Chung, MLB Commissioner Bud Selig and Japanese Ambassador Ryozo Kato. Pretty much any boldface name not preoccupied with a presidential campaign or the NCAA regional finals showed up at the team owners’ shindig on the top floor of a new office building two blocks from the stadium.”

  • Howard Kurtz writes, “Wall St. Journal Makes Politics Its Business”

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  • Politics benefits CNN.”

  • Rendell: ‘Fox Has Done the Fairest Job’

  • Kornheiser and Jaworski return to ESPN Monday Night Football

  • TVNewser reports, “CNN just announced that Wolf Blitzer’s day just got longer. Blitzer anchors a special Sunday night edition of The Situation Room at 8pmET ‘focusing on the presidential race’, said Blitzer during Late Edition. An interesting programming move considering this is the final day of March ratings and CNN holds a slim 1,000 viewer advantage over MSNBC in prime time (Mon-Sun, 8p-11p) in the key A25-54 demo.”

  • Media Post’s On Media reports, “Obsessing over Time Warner’s fate and fortune is a time-honored pursuit that usually ends with the same discouraging realization. Even after adding AOL, subtracting cable, tweaking filmed entertainment and contemplating an overall breakup, the $50 billion behemoth is a product of reactionary rather than visionary leadership-and is, at its core, a content company.”

  • Bloomberg reports, “Time Warner Inc., the world’s largest media company, must share control its Superman copyright with the heirs of the comic hero’s creator, Jerome Siegel, a federal judge ruled.”

  • TVNewser reports, “With April 16 marking his one-year anniversary as co-anchor of CNN’s American Morning, John Roberts is profiled by TV Guide. Asked by writer Stephen Battaglio about what he expects when AM gets a new executive producer, Roberts says, ‘We’ll take the opportunity to just tweak around the edges of the show. The show as it is right now is fairly heavily scripted. I think what we’re going to do going forward we’ll try to pare back the amount of scripting that we’ve got and introduce a little more of an ad lib aspect to it, which will make the show a little looser, a little more accessible…’”

  • A release announced, “CN8, The Comcast Network today announced its plans to provide extensive coverage of the critically-important April 22 Pennsylvania primary, offering comprehensive, interactive news and feature programming available on air, online and ON DEMAND throughout April. Unlike traditional networks which are sending teams to Pennsylvania, CN8 is already utilizing its more than 120 PA-based employees, its six studios across the state, and its dozens of hosts, contributors and political experts who cover Pennsylvania and presidential politics 365 days a year.”

  • TVWeek reports, “Media buyer ZenithOptimedia has lowered its forecast for U.S. advertising spending for 2008 as the effects of the housing crisis seep into the economy and consumer confidence droops. Zenith sees newspaper advertising taking a bigger hit while Internet spending grows even faster than previously expected. Overall, ad spending will rise 3.7% in 2008, said ZenithOptimedia, which in December had forecast a growth rate of 4.1%.”

  • TVNewser’s Gail Shister writes,Dave Marash, a recent exile of Al Jazeera English, says his new book ‘certainly won’t be a ‘kiss and tell,’ ‘cut and whine’ about his former employer. The ex-’Nightline’ correspondent confirms he’s close to a deal for ‘The World Really is Watching,’ (working title), an analysis of the planet-wide expansion of television news. He’s been mulling the topic for a while.”

  • TVNewser reports, “This Friday marks the 40th anniversary of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., and networks are set to mark the occasion in a variety of ways. CNN’s Soledad O’Brien anchors the special ‘Eyewitness to Murder: The King Assassination’ at 9pmET on Thursday. The special is the first in CNN’s Black in America series.”

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  • Arianna Huffington’s Dick Wiki

  • National Journal’s William Powers writes, “Not much is booming in the American economy these days, but there’s a bull market in blame. All over the media, people are pointing fingers at those who supposedly got us into this mess. Some say that Alan Greenspan did it. Others fault, variously, President Clinton, President Bush, Congress, and, of course, Wall Street. And let’s not forget the foolish people who took out all of those crazy mortgages in the first place. But there’s one culprit the media don’t mention much: themselves. This is a little strange because the news business has become quite good at publicly whipping itself for all kinds of sins. Many outlets employ columnists whose sole duty is to scold colleagues for their errors.”

  • PressThink reports, “The Love Affair Between McCain and the Press Sprains the Brain of the Liberal Blogosphere”

  • The New York Times reports, “When Ms. Huffington, the 57-year-old author and former conservative pundit, announced her plans for The Huffington Post three years ago, many critics dismissed the idea as a digital dinner party for her new liberal friends. But it has grown in ways that few, except perhaps Ms. Huffington herself, expected.”

  • Wolf Blitzer, George Will, and other big names at Lerners party at opening night for Nats stadium, writes Harry Jaffe.

  • reports, “Reinforcing print publishers’ frequent assertions of relationships with readers, new research by MediaVest suggests that readers trust print more than the web in almost every area.”

  • USA Today reports, “Looking to snare a larger share of Internet ad dollars, traditional media companies are launching ‘vertical ad networks’ in which they sell ad bundles of space on their sites and on independent sites with complementary content.’s Business and Finance Blog Network, announced last week, includes more than 450 finance-focused blogs, such as Talking Biz News and Xconomy. Forbes will sell ad space across that network, earning a cut of the revenue from the sites.”

  • BBC launches redesign of its news site

  • TechCrunch’s Erick Schonfeld writes, “Six Months In, And 600 Posts Later … The Worlds Of Blogging and Journalism Collide (In My Brain)”

  • New York Times reports, “When Ms. Huffington, the 57-year-old author and former conservative pundit, announced her plans for The Huffington Post three years ago, many critics dismissed the idea as a digital dinner party for her new liberal friends. But it has grown in ways that few, except perhaps Ms. Huffington herself, expected.”

  • Innovation in College Media reports, “Journalism school graduates: How to increase your chance of finding a job and decrease your chance of having to vent on”

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  • reports,John Micklethwait, editor of the highbrow British news and opinion weekly The Economist, knew his magazine had solidified its place in the American culture when The Simpsons’ beloved, hapless patriarch paid homage in an episode. But the magazine’s recent business successes on these shores are anything but a joke. It has achieved impressive gains in ad business and readership and scooped up industry accolades (most recently, a National Magazine Award nom for General Excellence), even as much larger news and business titles wither and as a certain high-profile launch — one promising ‘business intelligence’ on the front of every cover — doesn’t look so smart after all.”

  • reports, “Still on Ann S. Moore’s to-do list: trimming the portfolio of Time Inc. titles. That’s the impression she left with many staffers after a quarterly management meeting March 27. Ms. Moore, Time Inc.’s chairman-CEO, told top managers that she is still looking carefully at the portfolio of magazines so the company — the country’s biggest magazine publisher, with brands such as Time, Sports Illustrated and People — can focus on the titles best positioned for growth in print and online.”

  • Business Wire reports, “For the first time ever, global news and business bible The Economist shoots to the No.1 spot on AdweekMedia’s annual ‘Hot List.’ Released today, the highly anticipated ‘Hot List’ honors the publications and creative talents that keep consumers coming back to the newsstands. Leaping from its No. 10 rank last year, The Economist marks the biggest jump on the list and proves that news and business titles remain contenders in a market dominated by women’s lifestyle titles.”

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  • The Yomiuri Shimbun (Washington Bureau) is looking for a Reporter/Research Assistant.

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