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CBS News Toasts to 50 Years with Bill Plante

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As if there wasn’t enough going on in DC last night (the Congressional Women’s Softball Game, 826DC’s ‘How to Make it in This Town’ convo with CNN’s Jake Tapper and NYTimesMark Leibovich, and the Big Money book party for POLITICO’s Ken Vogel) CBS News hosted a party to celebrate White House Correspondent Bill Plante’s 50 year career at the network.

Friends and colleagues gathered at Jose Andres’ Oyamel to fete Plante, a known foodie and wine connoisseur. Highlight (for him): He was gifted with a rare 1964 Chateau Pichon Baron-Pauillac.

Guests included CBS News President David Rhodes, Chairman Jeff Fager and Washington Bureau Chief Chris Isham. as well as Nancy Cordes, Major Garrett, Bob Orr, Chip Reid, and Julianna Goldman.

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Bradley Cooper to Attend Allbritton Brunch?

For the fourth year in a row, Politico Publisher Robert Allbritton, and his wife, Dr. Elena Allbritton, are opening their Georgetown home to a list of select Politico reporters, stars and political big shots. On the list is actor Bradley Cooper. The Politico statement released this morning is careful to say “Invited guests include…” just in case one of those high maintenance stars decides not to show up.

Nonetheless, it is at least possible Cooper will attend.

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The Atlantic and NJ Snag Rosario Dawson, Sex and The City Writer, Tanzanian Ambassador and CBS News Prez

The Atlantic and National Journal are hosting several events over the course of the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner  weekend, and the guest list is starting to leak out.

Friday evening…As usual, there’s a fancy welcome dinner hosted by David and Katherine Bradley at their Washington home. The evening brings together leaders from the worlds of business, politics, and media, as well as celebs. Attendees at this point include: CBS News’ Norah O’Donnell and Mr. Norah O’Donnell, Chef Geoff Tracy; Mwanaidi Sinare, the Tanzanian Ambassador; actress Rosario Dawson (pictured above); Eric Spiegel, CEO of Siemens; Bill Burton, Obama campaign advisor/Priorities USA; and David Rhodes, president of CBS News. The evening will feature African cuisine, with a culinary discussion led by Atlantic senior editor Corby Kummer, plus award-winning portraits from renowned photographer Platon’s exhibit at the United Nations.

Also on Friday evening, from 10 pm to 2 am…The Atlantic, National Journal, and IMPACT Arts + Film Fund will host The First Amendment Party with Funny or Die at 1800 L Street, NW.  In a custom designed pop-up space in the heart of downtown DC, the party will feature an energetic Vegas vibe with elements transplanted from the über chic Cosmopolitan Hotel. Expect cocktails and projections of Funny or Die’s latest videos, including Clinton Foundation: Celebrity Division starring President Bill Clinton, Charlize Theron Gets Hacked, and Drunk History Christmas with Ryan Gosling and Jim Carrey. Food will catered by José Andrés’ Think Food Group.

On Saturday evening at the actual WHCD… The Atlantic, National Journal, and CBS News partner again to host a pre-dinner reception at the Hilton. With its prime location on the Hilton’s outside terrace, the reception typically draws a variety of bold-faced names from both Washington and Hollywood. (Last year’s celebrity attendees included Maria Bello, Don Cheadle, and Sean Penn.)  Celebrities you can expect to see this year include Rosario Dawson, Claire Danes, and Christine Baranski (the last two are guests of CBS). Other Atlantic/National Journal guests include: José Andrés; Darren Star (who created and was a writer for “Sex and the City”); Stacey Snider, co-chairman and CEO of Dreamworks Studio; and Nancy Ann DeParle, deputy Chief of Staff for Policy at the White House.

More names will be forthcoming closer to the event.

Pols, Press Toast Schieffer’s 20 Years of “Face the Nation”

Had you walked through the doors of the St. Regis Hotel at this time last night, there’s a good chance you would have bumped into Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) making a quick exit from the fete for Bob Schieffer’s 20th anniversary with “Face the Nation.”  But a brush with the House Minority Leader was only an appetizer for the smorgasbord of the bipartisan political power that partied inside the hotel’s Astor Ballroom.  Raising a glass to the legendary newsman were current and former Secretaries of Defense Leon Panetta and Donald Rumsfeld, Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA), Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-TX), Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC), Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) who has appeared on Face the Nation more than any other guest.  Representing the White House were Dag Vega and Jen Psaki.

In his remarks, a flattered Schieffer joked that when he first got to Washington, Republicans and Democrats always attended parties together.  “But now it’s a big deal,” he told the crowded room.

The Washington press corps were also out in full force for Bob’s big night.  Spotted in the crowd were Sally Quinn and Ben Bradlee, Bob Woodward, FNC’s Ed Henry, NBC’s David Gregory and Betsy Fischer, Politico’s Jonathan Martin, Keach Hagey, Mike Allen and Patrick Gavin, Newshour’s Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff, Bloomberg’s Margaret Carlson, NYT’s David Sanger, WaPo’s Roxanne Roberts, and Steve Chaggaris. Rounding out the room were a slew of CBS talent and staff such as former “Face the Nation” EP Carin Pratt and current EP Mary Hager, Rob HendinKaylee Hartung, Chris Licht, Lara Logan, Jan Crawford, Nancy Cordes, Chip Reid, Bob Orr, Wyatt Andrews, John Dickerson, Christine Delargy, Walt Cronkite (Walter Cronkite’s grandson who now works in the DC bureau), Chris Isham and of course, the evening’s hosts and top network brass Jeff Fager and David Rhodes. Noticeably absent was new CBS News White House correspondent Norah O’Donnell who was in New York City covering the president and UN.

Throughout the evening a video highlighting Bob’s career played in the background – you can check it out here.  And if you missed our must-read interview with Schieffer last week, click here.

Schieffer Celebrates 20 Years at FTN

Hopefully the third time’s a charm for Bob Schieffer‘s 20-year “Face the Nation” anniversary event.   Originally slated for May 10th, the party was first rescheduled for June 15th.  Unfortunately the CBS crew learned a little too late that Schieffer’s second date conflicted with the White House Congressional Picnic, and so the event was pushed back to Wednesday, September 21, 2011.

Barring any additional calendar mishaps, CBS News Chairman Jeff Fager and President David Rhodes will finally fete the face of “Face the Nation” later this month at the St. Regis Hotel.  Fingers crossed!  And in honor of our pal’s platinum anniversary, we’ll post a very special FishbowlDC interview with Schieffer on September 16th.  Congrats to Bob!

O’Donnell Named WH Correspondent,”FTN” Sub for CBS News

Norah O’Donnell is leaving NBC for a gig as Chief White House Correspondent at CBS News.  In addition to her duties at the White House, Norah will be the principal substitute on “Face the Nation” —filling in for Bob Schieffer on occasions when he is out.

In a memo announcing Norah’s hire, CBS News President David Rhodes said, “Norah’s experience on Washington’s top beats—at the White House, on Capitol Hill, and at the Pentagon—will make her a great addition to our growing Washington team as we approach an election year.”

At the White House, O’Donnell will replace Chip Reid who will become the network’s National Correspondent, based in Washington when O’Donnell starts in July.

That said, does this mean Norah is the network’s pick as the future face of “Face?”

CBS News Partners with NJ for 2012 Elections

David Rhodes announced this morning that CBS News will partner with National Journal for coverage of the 2012 elections.  The partnership means the two newsgroups will establish a joint team of political reporters to follow the presidential candidates throughout the election season.

In an internal memo announcing the collaboration, Rhodes said, “This fresh approach is part of our broad-reaching political coverage strategy and will enable CBS News to produce the strongest reports on politics in the field.  These reporters– not “embeds,” please, Reporters–will play an important role in achieving that objective.”

The new team will report for CBS News, cbsnews.com, and nationaljournal.com,  and provide coverage from the field with online text, video, and social media updates.

“Washington Bureau Chief Chris Isham has done a terrific job working with National Journal editor-in-chief Ron Fournier and his colleagues on a plan that will break news and challenge the conventional wisdom,” Rhodes promised.

All Eyes on Lara Logan

If you took a quick jaunt through CBS’ pre-party to the WHCD last weekend, there was an assortment of journalists such as WJLA’s Steve Chaggaris, Mother Jones‘ Bureau chief David Corn, NPR Publicist Anna Christopher and Politico media writer Keach Hagey. The party, a shared space with The Atlantic/NJ, also brought NJ Publicist Taylor West to the festivities.

Back in the far left corner, we were told, was Sean Penn and David Byrne. At this point thankfully, Penn wasn’t putting his arms up in frustration when a stranger snapped his picture. But wandering back, we eyed the person most discussed at the party, and it wasn’t Penn, who was chatting away with his prom date, Corn. It was Lara Logan. Surrounded by female friends, she was seen laughing and seemed glad to be there. This was one day before her “60 Minutes” interview about her ordeal in Egypt was to air.

Also spotted at the party: News CBS News President David Rhodes and Chairman Jeff Fager, Washington bureau chief Chris Isham, Defense Secretary Robert Gates, and former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff. CBS News correspondents in attendance: Nancy Cordes, Jan Crawford, and CBS/Slate’s John Dickerson.

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