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Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein on 40th Anniversary of Nixon’s Resignation

Days before the 40th anniversary of President Richard Nixon’s resignation, The Washington Post will bring together Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward; author of “Washington Journal” Elizabeth Drew; author of “Chasing Shadows” Ken Hughes; and WaPo columnist Ruth Marcus as moderator for an in-depth discussion on the fall of a president and a look at declassified White House tapes that offer new perspectives on how one of the biggest political scandals in U.S. history came to be.

The conversation is slated for Wednesday, July 30, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at the Post headquarters and is open to the public. RSVP is required and can be done so here.

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Quotes of the Day

“More on the dinner. No word on the vegetables. From a White House official: The menu tonight includes Alaskan halibut and peach pie.”David Shepardson of the Detroit News‘ Washington Bureau in a Tuesday night White House Pool Report. Dinner was President Obama with a bipartisan group of female senators.

Online brawl narrowly averted

The would be criminals: WCP Editor Mike Madden and Daily Download Editor-in-Chief and Daily Beast Contributor Lauren Ashburn

MADDEN: “Anonymous New York Times staffers say paper’s first female editor is difficult to work with: politico.com/story/2013/04/… Gee, what a surprise.”

ASHBURN: “And a man wld be…?”

MADDEN: “That was my point.”

ASHBURN: “Got it; was piling on to fact that men seen as effective, women as beyatches.”

MADDEN: “Right.”

Speaking of NYT Editor-in-Chief Jill Abrams… “Just had a moment of affirmation when I realized no one I follow buys this ‘tempestuous, impossible woman editor’ nonsense. #TeamJill” — Greg Greene, formerly New Media Outreach Director for the DNC.

More praise for NBC’s Pete Williams (a.k.a. God)

“What sets Pete Williams apart among Washington/media figures is that when he suddenly became very famous he didn’t seem to take notice.” — Elizabeth Drew, contributor to the New York Review of Books and former Washington Correspondent of The New Yorker.

And now, an alarming tweet from the libs over at ThinkProgress: “If we want to help prevent sexual crimes, we should teach kids to accurately identify their genitalia.” Read here if you dare.

An admission…

“I’m going to admit something that’s been bothering me for awhile now: I think the Lumineers are annoying and Ho Hey makes me cringe.” — ReutersAmanda Becker.

The Observers

“So. Boston bomber suspects, apparently able to blow up a marathon & evade being IDed for 4 days. But don’t know how to carjack a guy.” — National Journal‘s Elahe Izadi.

“Seems weird that people are still debating how to question Tsarnaev, since he’s already pretty much admitted everything.” — Blake Hounshell, Managing Editor of Foreign Policy magazine.

Unimportant Question to Never Ponder: “Will @anthonyweiner be fully clothed in his mayoral ads?” — Donald Trump. Read more

FishbowlDC Interview with Politico’s Ben Smith

Say hello to Politico‘s newly relaunched blogger Ben Smith. Raised on the Upper West Side of Manhattan by a lawyer (now judge) for a father and a writer/learning specialist mother, Smith says he’s not sure what specifically drew him to journalism other than a stint at the Jewish Forward. While there he covered a drama-filled state senate race and uncovered news of a candidate taking contributions from a Saudi prince through a shell corporation. That candidate is now New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. “I’m basically kind of shy,” Smith said in a phone interview. “I think it’s true of a lot of reporters that it’s an excuse to go out and ask questions you’re interested in.” This week his blog got a makeover as he officially added media to his beat. He says he has always viewed media as part of the political beat. “It seemed like a logical effort,” he said. “I picked it up at the New York Observer that they were part of the same fabric.” Asked if he’s recognized on the street at this point,” he says “never.” Asked what he thinks it means to be successful and he sounds tough on himself. “I tend to be pretty neurotic and basically think I’m as successful as my last story,” he said. “Professional hazard.” Does Smith speak any foreign languages? “I speak a bunch of foreign languages really badly,” he said. “I studied French and I speak some Czech, Russian, Latvian and Spanish. I can read a newspaper in most of those but not conduct an interview at this point.” Does he prefer climbing a mountain or taking a long walk on a beach? “I’m more a mountain person,” he said, remaining calm as I see how many goofy questions it will take to get him riled. By the way, Ben, we’re shipping a few crates of tangerines to your house for your 2-year-old. Enjoy!

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? I guess Coca Cola, but I don’t really drink carbonated beverages.

How often do you Google yourself? Once every few months; I have to admit it’s kind of satisfying to have clawed my way to the top of the “Ben Smith” Google rankings, which wasn’t easy. I’m competing with a musician and a handful of athletes with that name, but benefit from the fact that football, hockey, and soccer careers seem to be shorter than journalists’.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor (or vice versa)? The best worst thing an editor every said to me was in my first political reporting job, as City Hall guy for the New York Sun. In the third of fourth story after an expose, I’d gone easy on the target. The editor in chief, Seth Lipsky, said with total disgust, “You’ve got an instinct for the capillaries.”

Who is your favorite working journalist and why? I’m not sure I’m allowed, or required, to go with colleagues, but Maggie Haberman and Jonathan Martin are two of the best political reporters I’ve ever encountered. They both have savant-ish, gut understanding of how politics works, and the kind of honesty that compels sources and readers.

Do you have a favorite word? No.

Who would you rather have dinner with – Politico’s Jim VandeHei, Politico’s John Harris or Robert Allbritton? Tell us why. And no, they may not all attend. I’ll go with Harris. He’s the one that brung me.

Does Ben Smith have a middle name? What is it? Eli

You are ordered to go on a road trip to an undisclosed location. You can go with White House Spokesman Jay Carney or Bo, the President’s Portuguese Water Dog. No ones feelings will be hurt. Who do you take? I don’t know Carney well, but we’ve always gotten along. We both have red-headed sons named Hugo.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? I usually have it on vibrate.

How do you balance your job with being a family man? I operate under the belief, or fantasy, that my core readers arrive at work at nine and clock out at five, and I try to get most of my reporting into their reading time. I also have some office space about 10 minutes walk from my house, where I work when I can.

It’s 3 a.m. and you get up to use the bathroom or get a drink of water. Do you check your BlackBerry or iPhone? No.

What word do you routinely misspell? Judgment. Really.

Find out what scares Ben Smith after the jump…And no, it’s not Jim VandeHei.

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Book Bash: “The Emperor’s New Clothes”

At Ellen and Gerry Sigal‘s book party for 9/11 Commissioner and Mayer Brown Partner Richard Ben-Veniste, talk veered from Obama’s mission to the Middle East to Watergate (Ben-Veniste was chief prosecutor). His new book, The Emperor’s New Clothes, covers five riveting cases with which Ben-Veniste was associated and the Sigals’ living room looked like Kennedy Center Honors. From Congress, former Senators Ted Stevens and Paul Sarbanes, Congresswoman Jane Harmon and Congressman John Dingell and lobbyist wife Debbie. Media wunderkinds included Newsweek’s Michael Isikoff and Howard Fineman, Sam Donaldson, Daniel Schorr, Nina Totentenberg, Elizabeth Drew, Kim Eisler (Washingtonian) and the New York Times Neil Lewis. Lewis found plenty of time to chat with Senator Stevens’ wife Catherine – perhaps about Senator Stevens’ trial which Lewis covered for the Gray Lady.

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Sam Donaldson and Richard Ben-Veniste

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Elizabeth Drew, Michael Isikoff and Howard Fineman

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