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Inappropriate Party Thoughts

Overheard at the British Embassy book party last night for former Chief of Protocol and Amb. of Hungary Nancy Brinker’s book, Promise Me, a heartfelt rendering about her sister, Susan G. Komen, who died of breast cancer: “Would it be wrong to smoke at a cancer party?”

A small group of journos attended the event including Roll Call‘s HOH duo Elizabeth Brotherton and Ali McSherry, Politico‘s Karin Tanabe (with whom Transportation Sec. Ray LaHood said he had a “cute” interview), WTOP’s Bob Madigan and The Hill‘s gossip scribe and Washington Scene Blogger Christina Wilkie. LaHood treated some reporters to candidly entertaining thoughts on a host of topics that included White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel‘s chances at becoming Chicago mayor and whether Republicans will take the House come November.  They were, however, off the record.

An unfortunate overabundance of tiger and zebra print attire infested the room. Laura Bush arrived late in a more calming but sophisticated fuchsia top and dark gray trousers.

No one was spotted smoking at the party – even outside in the misting rain on the exquisite patio facing beautiful gardens popping with flowers. The cigarette remark was not made by a journalist.

ENGAGED: Roll Call‘s Brotherton to Wed Bunch

The couple on Friday, the day they got engaged.

Roll Call‘s lead “Heard on the Hill” columnist Elizabeth Brotherton became engaged Friday to former TWT film critic Sonny Bunch, FishbowlDC has confirmed. Bunch works at Berman and Company, a public affairs firm.

The couple met at Roll Call back in September 2005. “His last week as an editorial assistant here was my first week,” Brotherton explains, noting that they’ve officially been together since January 2006.

Brotherton and Bunch got engaged Friday as they were leaving for a weekend jaunt to Williamsburg, Va. “As we were leaving our apartment, Sonny asked if I had everything,” she explains. “I said I did, and then he said, ‘Wait, there’s one more thing’ and got on his knee to propose.”

When or where the wedding will take place is still unknown, although they are tentatively aiming for the fall of 2011 in D.C. or the greater region.

Congratulations to the happy couple.

Roll Call Shuffle: Heil to Features, McSherry to HOH

After more than three years of writing Roll Call‘s “Heard on the Hill” column, Emily Heil is passing the torch to Ali McSherry. McSherry will join Elizabeth Brotherton on the HOH beat while Heil spreads her wings as a features writer. Memo from Charlie Mitchell announcing the musical beats below:

Folks, I’m happy to announce a few beat changes that should lead to great benefits all around.

After three-plus years as the senior Heard on the Hill writer, Emily Heil is going to take on a broader writing and reporting portfolio for Roll Call. Emily has sparkled in the HOH beat, filling the page and website with scoops, celebrity foibles and generally great dish.

As a feature writer, she will more fully explore the people and personalities of Capitol Hill, and will add a different perspective to our coverage of great happenings in our midst.

And fear not, HOH will be in good hands. After two-plus years working on the HOH team, Elizabeth Brotherton will step into the lead role. Beth is already an accomplished sleuth — and a terrific feature writer. She will continue to lend HOH the unique voice that makes it such an important part of Roll Call.

Beth will be joined on the HOH team by Ali McSherry, whose Office Space profiles, reviews and campus and neighborhood stories have been mainstays of the Around the Hill section for the past year and a half. Ali is quite the sleuth in her own right and I know she is going to prosper in her new role.

Join me in congratulating Emily, Beth and Ali on their new roles. And keep sharing those tips!

Charlie Mitchell
Roll Call Newspaper

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Quote(s) of the Day


Senator’s daughter lets loose

“Sushi and drinks with the girls, in desperate need of girl talk and a hot n dirty martini!! :-)
-Meghan McCain, a columnist with The Daily Beast and daughter of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) in a tweet Wednesday.

Stewart’s wish: Actual Crossfire with Tucker Carlson

“I’m watching Al Jazeera the other day waiting for my favorite show to come on, “Actual Crossfire” with Tucker Carlson. I like him on that show.”
-Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show” Wednesday night with a backdrop of a pretend show with Carlson leaping through flames. In real life, Carlson is Editor-in-Chief of The Daily Caller.

TV Journo eyes Gingrich on flight

“Flying from Atl to DC. From back here I see Newt has arrived in First Class looking tanned rested ready.”
-Ed Henry, CNN’s senior White House correspondent, in a Wednesday tweet, referring to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.).

Roll Caller on Lohan courtroom tearfest

“Just watched the Lindsay Lohan sentencing video from Tuesday. I thought it would be funny, but really it just made me sad inside.”
-Roll Call’s Elizabeth Brotherton in a Wednesday tweet.


Roll Call Snags Five Awards

Five Roll Callers took home honors in the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association 2009 Editorial Contest. The awards were presented as follows:

Morton M. Kondracke: First Place, Local Column: Critical Thinking

Jennifer Yachnin: First Place, Investigative Reporting

Elizabeth Brotherton: Second Place, Environmental Reporting

Emily Yehle: Second Place, Feature Story Profile

Alison McSherry: Second Place, Feature Story

Congrats to all!

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Quote(s) of the Day

Oh, please: ‘Nerd Prom’ is so last year

“I’m refusing to refer to the WHCD as ‘Nerd Prom.’ It was funny the first time someone said it. Now it’s just lame.”
Roll Call’s Elizabeth Brotherton on what has been the nickname for the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.

Adrian: How could you?

“i cannot believe Adrian Grenier cut his locks before I could run my fingers thru his hair”
–CBS’ Christine Delargy on her way to the Creative Coalition party Thursday night.

King’s magic wall: Where are you when we need you?

“17 minutes since the end of BBC’s #leadersdebate and STILL no instant poll numbers OR magic wall demo? Somebody get @johnkingusa over there.” –A viewer with the handle, @standupkid, wants to know where CNN’s John King is to break down the British debate coverage.

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Quote of the Day

Viagra, Bohn and Weingarten

“60 Minutes just cut to the Viagra Sports Report, which informed us that the leader of the PGA tourney is ‘Jason Bohn.” — WaPo’s Gene Weingarten in a Sunday tweet.

Computer rage

“Robert Schlesinger is about to throw his computer through his office window.” –A rather whimsical Facebook status update from U.S. News & World Report’s Robert Schlesinger.

Brotherton lost on ‘Lost’ charms

“Everybody is talking about the mysteries of the show ‘Lost.’ I might be the only person in America who thinks that show is dumb.” — Roll call’s Elizabeth Brotherton in a weekend Facebook message.

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The Fishbowl Interview With Emily Heil

Emily Heil.jpg Say hello to Emily Heil, who writes the must-read, polished Heard on the Hill gossip column with Elizabeth Brotherton for Roll Call. It’s always great to see Emily at a party and watch her hard at work. And personally, I enjoy the fact that she has the good sense to see merit in covering lawmakers’ facial hair. Speaking of hair, be sure to read her comical “Most Embarrassing Career Moment” after the jump.

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? Champagne

How often do you Google yourself? Almost never-it’s too scary.

Who is your favorite working journalist? My husband, Eric Hoover, a reporter at the Chronicle of Higher Education

Did you see “Twilight” and “New Moon?” If so, who is more your type, Edward or Jacob? I saw “Twilight” and I confess I’ve read the whole series. Neither is my “type,” but I wouldnÂ’t kick Robert Pattinson out of my coffin.

Who would you rather have dinner with – First Lady Michelle Obama or Bestselling Author and former V.P. candidate Sarah Palin? Both. Over champagne and mooseburgers.

When did you last cry and why? Yesterday. RIP, Corey Haim.

What word do you routinely misspell? Anything that’s i-before-e. I guess it’s my last name that makes me want to reverse it.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? Whatever’s the Blackberry default. Exciting, I know.

What swear word do you use most often? Fracking. Eric Massa and I have at LEAST one thing in common.

What word or phrase do you overuse? See above!

What TV show do you have to watch? Lost. Don’t bother calling me on Tuesday nights.

Where do you shop most often for your clothes? I love a bargain: eBay, Filene’s, and vintage stores.

More funny, fracking details about Heil after the jump…

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Partygoer to Obama: ‘Show us Your Tits!’

It was a Mardi Gras-themed party to be sure. Partygoers at The Daily Caller’s second big soiree got a bit raucous last night during the new publication’s SOTU watch party held at George in Georgetown.


Most of the publication’s journos were on hand wearing beads around their necks. Big star Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson arrived after 9 p.m. due to a previous speaking engagement at the Metropolitan Club. Co-creator and publisher Neil Patel was there mingling along with opinion editor Moira Bagley and spokeswoman and booker Becca Glover Watkins.

Things got dicey when Carlson arrived with his wife, Susie. Carlson told FishbowlDC that Susie initially couldn’t get in because she didn’t have ID to prove her age – which is 41. So how’d she get in? “I finally said, come on guys, knock it off,” Carlson said.

By that point, the party was in full swing and packed with a decisively beer-drinking crowd. All five TV’s were turned to Fox News. Partygoers booed Obama on several occasions, with one male yelling out, “Show us your tits!” Daily Caller journos shuddered in response to the remark. Another shouted, “Boring!” When FNC contributor Sarah Palin came on to speak, the crowd whooped with joy. “Thishh ishh a right-leaning crowd,” said one attendee who’d obviously had more than a few beers.

Nevertheless, Patel said he has received no complaints that the Daily Caller sways right. Instead, he said, people remark on the “breadth” of stories they have.

Jim Treacher, the Daily Caller’s blogger, more often known as “Treach”, live-blogged the evening, which was a sight to see. “I’m blogging like a mother f-ker,” he said.

The emcee for the evening was Mark Stern (aka “Nigel” of the Tony Kornheiser show), who happens to be Carlson’s old high school roommate at the boarding school, St. George’s. “I remember the first time he wore a bow tie,” Stern told the crowd. “It was at Chippendales. No one can shake their ass like Tucker Carlson.” Later Stern asked rhetorically, “Who said Washington has no balls? Give it up for Daily Caller!”

Sadly, advice columnist Matt Labash was unable to make it – he’s in Haiti. “No parties for me,” he wrote by e-mail. “Just dead people and malaria.”

Guests in attendance: Politics Daily’s Helena Andrews, GOP commentator Doug Heye (who was interviewed there by a German TV station), GOP lobbyist Juleanna Glover, Politico’s Kiki Ryan, Washingtonian publisher Cathy Merrill Williams, Pundit Amy Holmes, Reason magazine editor Michael Moynihan, TNR’s James Kirchick, The Atlantic’s Chris Bodenner, The Weekly Standard’s John McCormack, The Hill’s Christina Wilkie, former Bush speechwriter John McConnell, and Roll Call’s Elizabeth Brotherton. Neshan Naltchayan, a freelance photographer who worked as a photographer in the Bush White House, was there to snap pictures.

See party pictures after the jump…

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Roll Call’s HOH Brings Year End Joy Read

ensign-9.jpegtiger-11.jpeg In a year’s end special, Roll Call’s HOH brings us “Parallel Universe,” in which Emily Heil and Elizabeth Brotherton bring us “Washington’s versions of 2009′s buzziest storylines.”

In it, they take shots at former former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin’s tome Going Rogue and more than one slam at Sen. John Ensign’s (R-Nev.) disastrous year in fidelity matters. They also bring John and Kate Gosselin and MTV’s (if you haven’t watched this train wreck of a show you must) “Jersey Shore” into this joy read.

See full HOH’s “Parallel Universe” after the jump…

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