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Members Best Bad News Babes at 6th Annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game

20140618_200438_3Wednesday night near Eastern Market, women members of Congress and the press who cover them gathered for the sixth annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game.

Highlights of the evening: A 10-5 win for the Members over the Bad News Babes, if you were rooting for those elected. $175k raised for the Young Survival Coalition. A first pitch thrown by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords alongside friends Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Gifford’s Tweet to 50 Cent saying, “bet you my first pitch will be better than yours was!” Roll Call’s Abby Livingston named MVP for the press team. House Speaker John A. Boehner, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor ‘in the house.’

Lowlights: ‘Feel like’ temperatures of 99* and 95* in the 7 and 8 pm hours last night, respectively. No air conditioning. A third inning injury for Schultz. The temperature.

After the jump is a rundown of the evening, as told on Twitter. Read more

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Jay Carney Toasts Brendan Buck’s Move from Boehner’s Office to AHIP

brendan-buckIn celebration of his move as press secretary for Speaker Boehner to America’s Health Insurance Plans, Brendan Buck joined with friends Monday evening to toast to his new gig. We hear White House press secretary Jay Carney even stopped by, which is pretty funny given their past Twitter feuds.

The night was hosted by Michael Steel – also of Boehner’s staff. In attendance: Washington Examiner’s Rebecca Berg, POLITICO’s Mike Allen and Christine Delargy, ABC News’ Jonathan Karl and Jeff Zeleny, RNC’s Sean SpicerKevin Smith, Doug Heye, Rory Cooper, CBR’s Brent Swander, Yahoo News’ Olivier Knox, BuzzFeed’s John Stanton, CNN’s Brianna Keilar and Erin McPike, Kevin Sheridan, WaPo’s Paul Kane, Roll Call’s Tom Williams, Crossfire’s David Chalian, NBC News’ Frank Thorp and Shawna Thomas, CBS’s Walt Cronkite, Sue Davis, Scott Mulhauser, Kirsten Kukowski, Brad Dayspring, Laena Fallon, Juleanna Glover, and Becca Glover.

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day — State of the Union-Fugitive Edition

SOTU quotes that are fit for a Fishbowl: “I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully.” — brought to our attention by HuffPost‘s Sam Stein‘s Twitter feed. It’s an old quote from former President George W. Bush. And this: “At least there’s no smoked fish joke in this one.” — Mother JonesNick Baumann.

“The outside of the Dome on SOTU night.” Roll Call‘s Meredith Shiner with accompanying photograph.

Shut up SOTU clappers, journo wants his Zzzz’s

“Dear applauders: Please stop. I have a bedtime.” — WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza.

Importantish Q to Ponder: “So… Does Senator Menendez shake President Obama’s hand as he walks in? Awkward. #SOTU” — NRSC Strategist Brad Dayspring.

Important Q to Ponder: “So does CNN break away from the burning house to do the State of the Union.” — TPM‘s Josh Marshall.

Important Q to Ponder III: “What’s the over/under on the number of Nicorette patches John Boehner has plastered all over himself right now?” — Times of London‘s Matt Spence.

THE SPEAKER AND THE LOUDMOUTH: “Luke Russert shakes Speaker Boehner’s hand as he walks to the chamber for SOTU.” — NBC House of Representatives Producer Frank Thorp. Boehner affectionately (we think) refers to Russert as the “loudmouth.”

Rothenberg crushes the spirit of political reporters

“Political reporters always incredibly excited by SOTU. Real people not so much.” — Stu Rothenberg, who writes a column for Roll Call, a publication full of political reporters. And then, oddly, he writes, “My first SOTU inside the chamber? 1970 when I was Colby College intern in Ed Muskie’s office. AA gave me ticket.” Um, hey Stu, do real people give a sh-t about this?

Speaking of excitement…

“The hallway outside Sen. Durbin’s office smells overwhelmingly of barbecue.” — Roll Call‘s Shiner of the Illinois Democrat.

And again…

“Just spoke to Gabby Giffords for the first time since the day before she was shot. She looks amazing. Twinkle in her eye and broad smile.” — CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash.

“Senate page just said in Statuary Hall ‘Oh my God. Kelly Ayotte is rocking the mint-green!’ I am partial to Bader Ginsberg‘s red.” — Roll Call‘s Abby Livingston.

“McCain ribbing Kerry as he walks by.” — Politico‘s Manu Raju.

Rep. Terry Sewell is the most energetic greeter of the House! Urrybody gets a kiss and big laugh and a thousand watt smile.” — BuzzFeed Washington Bureau Chief John Stanton.

“Lots of schmoozing with former colleagues as Secy Kerry makes his way down the aisle.” — CBS White House radio correspondent Mark Knoller.

“Whoever said that politics is showbiz for ugly people was a master of understatement. Or just blind.” — Reason‘s Nick Gillespie.

“VP Biden has a scratched cornea, reports NBC, which is why he is wearing glasses.” — The Hill‘s Emily Goodin.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 7:43 a.m.

The Jokester Caucus

  • “Press will now begin attacking Rubio for drinking problem.” — USA Today‘s Paul Singer.
  • “I’m sure I’m going to dislike this but at least Beyonce is performing.” — Logan Dobson, before the SOTU address began.
  • “When is halftime? Where is Beyonce?” — FNC’s Greg Gutfeld.
  • “Who’s the fat lump of shit next to Mrs Obama? #SOTU.” — Anthony Cumia from the Opie and Anthony radio show.
  • “Marco! Pollo! Marco! Pollo! Fish out of water!” [Insert Rubio Joke Here] #Rubioing.” — Syndicated columnist and Bullfight Strategies’ Karl Frisch.
  • “What’s the opposite of 5-Hour Energy? Boehner’s had two of them, at least.” — Bloomberg Business Week‘s Joshua Green.

The Critics

“Really pathetic and sad reflection on media-culture that taking a drink of water can overwhelm everything else.” — Christian Heinze, founder of Prez16.com. Seconded by NRSC Spokesman Brian Walsh, who said, “Exactly.”

Oh, but wait: “Jesus… the water sip blew the whole speech. Was on board until then but he blew it. Cue SNL.” — Jason Killian Meath, President, GOP Media Firm.

“The problem with this speech is a.) we already knew what was in it and b.) little of it is new.” — Politico‘s Ben White.

“I like Rubio’s remarks thus far, dislike the dry mouth. Get the man a water. Let’s hear some solutions.” — Conservative radio host Dana Loesch.

“Was leaning off camera to get water really better than obviously needing one?” — WCP Editor Mike Madden during the GOP response of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).

“Rubio keeps grabbing at his face. What’s with that?” — Baron‘s D.C. Editor James McTague.

“Huh, Chris Matthews voted for George W. Bush. You can admit that on MSNBC and still have a job? #MSNBCAfterDark” — U.S. News & World Report‘s Robert Schlesinger at 12:19 a.m.

Gratitude is…

“SOMEBODY PLEASE GIF THAT AWKWARD WATER BOTTLE GRAB, RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!! wowowoowowowowoowowow” — WaPo Express’ Clinton Yates.

“Water grab! Thank God.” — ABC News’ Nico Hines.

“Rubio has serious case of drymouth. Thank god he just took a sip of water.” — Roll Call Senate Editor Emily Pierce.

Jeff Zucker, give this man a raise! 

“CNN has every story covered tonight. On CNN-US: SOTU coverage. On HLN, continuing live coverage of Calif. Manhunt.” — CNN Washington Bureau Chief Sam Feist.

Wardrobe Change

“I just changed into flats because it is SRO in the House press gallery. #SOTU” — TWT‘s Emily Miller.

The sharp-tongued observers… Read more

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

WaPo‘s Weingarten says female journos are hot

“Why are women journalists so attractive? I don’t know, but the phenomenon is undeniable. I think it’s smarts w/ skepticism & dry humor.” — WaPo columnist Gene Weingarten, the re-installed president of FBDC’s Fan Club Board.

Mixing pizza and politics

“As a pizzaholic who routinely falls off the wagon I must say #wethepizza makes the best pie I have had.@chefspike” — D.C. City Councilman Tommy Wells.

Journo says leave her alone during “Scandal”

“At 10pm, don’t call me, don’t text me, don’t even try to contact me because I will be watching @ScandalABC! It’s that real folks!” — NBC Desk Assistant Kiristin Garriss.

New D.C. acronym: FUKUS

“A new acronym drawing giggles at State Department briefing. FUKUS. Pravda says stands for France/UK/US working vs Russian interests in Syria.” — ABC Pentagon reporter Luis Martinez.

Real HuffPost Headline: “Woman smuggles cocaine in breast implants.”

Bloggers wear pajamas?

“What I won’t miss are the 20 people in their pajamas who go on Cleveland.com anonymously and feel that the world is just dying for their snarky, stupid comments.” — Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-Ohio) to Politico as reported by Dylan Byers.

Gretchen Carlson’s Twitter account is “NOT REAL”

“For those of u wondering, the twitter account in Gretchen Carlson’s name is NOT REAL. It is NOT ME. in New Yr, I’ll be setting up my own!” — FOX & Friends.

Congratuations to NBC’s Frank Thorp on becoming chairman of the Radio-TV Correspondents’ Assoc. “Both honored + excited,” he wrote Thursday.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“Who should Obama tap next for Sec of State? I’m going with Harry Belafonte Jay-Z” — Former “Love Connection” game show host and activist Chuck Woolery.

Peter Ogburn and Eddie Scarry contributed to this report.

A Question to Ponder and FishbowlDC’s Fan Club Board… Read more

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

HIPSTER: “Dr. Paul Pellicci my amazing surgeon, dropped by the office to take me and my new hip for a walk.” — HuffPost-AOL Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington.

Best line of the Day: “Because I have the right as a senator to have no comment and who the hell are you to tell me I can or not?” — Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) to CNN Congressional Producer Ted Barrett on why he didn’t attend the Benghazi hearing. Apparently it was an er, office scheduling error. WTF? McCain later made nice and went on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight” Thursday night. Barrett knows how to rile lawmakers. Some may recall his interaction with ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) last year at an impromptu presser on Capitol Hill in which Weiner refused to discuss his weinerous behavior. Barrett persisted and Weiner called him a “jackass.” Need a refresher? Watch hereImportant q to ponder: Would McCain have lashed out at CNN’s Dana Bash like this? Somehow we can’t imagine it.

Journo is anti-Aidan (from Sex & the City) 

“All right, time to quit hiring Aidan from Sex & the City as a voice actor. I’m used to him doing Applebee’s, now also Medicare drug plans?” — The Hill‘s Sam Baker.

Fate of Twinkies hangs in the balance

“Fox: ‘The end of Twinkies could be only hours away.’” — WaPo media opinion writer Erik Wemple.

In other mysterious life news…

“Moved furniture so the cable guy can come fix everything tomorrow. Sat down and turned on the TV and it miraculously works. #wtf” — National Journal Daily Production Editor Michelle Bloom.

It’s the little things in life.

“Krispy Kreme donuts in the office. My day just improved.” — The Hill‘s Ian Swanson.

Reporter misses print pub

“Small world problems: I don’t think I’m alone here on Capitol Hill when I say I really miss having a print edition of CQ daily.” — USA Today‘s Susan Davis.

A lawmaker is overheard, sounds like an asshole and the W Hotel is a disappointment to a certain Bloomberg reporter…Also: Find out who’s heading up our FishbowlDC Fan Club Board… Read more

NBC Names Thorp House Producer

Antoine Sanfuentes and Ken Strickland recently announced that Frank Thorp has been promoted to House producer for NBC News.  Thorp has been working with the network’s Capitol Hill team as an off-air reporter and digital journalist since this summer.  He also contributed to NBC’s coverage of the debt/deficit showdown and their “Inside Congress” special.  Prior to that, Thorp worked as a bureau desk assistant, researcher for Tom Costello, and an all-purpose producer for the network in Haiti after the earthquake there last year.   Congrats to Frank!

Toast of the Town: Corke’s Goodbye DC, Hello Miami Party

Former NBC White House correspondent Kevin Corke said adios to DC and hola to South Beach with a Latin-inspired celebration at Lima last night. He’s moving to Miami for a gig as NBC 6/WTVJ’s main anchor.

The party was hosted by Corke’s former NBC colleagues Kerri Forrest, Allison Kaminsky Putala and yours truly, Christine Delargy, and his former ESPN colleague Melissa Jacobs, who’s now blogging at TheFootballGirl.com.

A big contingency from Corke’s NBC days came out, including former NBC Washington bureau chief Wendy Wilkinson, former NBC correspondent Jeannie Ohm, former White House producer Tammy Kupperman Thorp and Sarah Irwin, who’s now at Reuters, as well as plenty of current NBC-ers like Luke Russert and prods Carl Sears and Adam Verdugo.

Some friends from the White House press corps were also in attendance: ABC’s John Hendren, Reuters’ Jon Decker, CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux and Kathleen Koch and Politico‘s Nia-Malika Henderson, as well as Tony Fratto and Stuart Siciliano from the Bush White House.

Also: Pamela Punch’s Pamela Sorensen (check out her write-up here), Neil Grace, Democratic strategist Chris Kofinis, CBS’ Kaylee Hartung and Frank Thorp, and a strong showing from Corke’s frat brothers!


Corke and party hostesses.

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So, What’s for State Dinner?

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Pic from @markknoller by CBS News’ Frank Thorp

Some of news media’s biggest names will attend tonight’s State Dinner at the White House. We told you earlier that CBS’ Katie Couric was on the guest list and TVNewser added ABC’s Robin Roberts and NBC’s Brian Williams to the mix. So, what is the White House feeding our favorite journos?

An inside source just sent us tonight’s menu. Guests will nosh on:

Potato and eggplant salad, white house arugula with onion seed vinaigrette.

Red lentil soup with fresh cheese.

Roasted potato dumplings with tomato chutney, chick peas and okra. Or
Green curry prawns and caramelized salsify with smoked collard greens and coconut aged basmati.

Pumpkin pie tart, pear tatin, whipped cream and caramel sauce.

Morning Reading List 06.01.09

Good morning FishbowlDC!

Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line.

Catching up on birthdays… Happy Birthday to Pete Seat, CBS’ Frank Thorp.

What we know and what we’re reading this Monday morning…

TV | MAGAZINES | NEWS NOTES | WEST WING REPORTAGE | JOBS

TV

CNN was launched 29 years ago today.

Daily Beast has the 7 Best Moments From Sunday Talk.

AP’s David BauderCheney, Powell interviews winners for Schieffer“: “The interviews continued a good run for “Face the Nation,” which had its largest audience in five years when Obama appeared on March 29. With an average of 2.55 million viewers each week during May, “Face the Nation” is right behind ABC’s “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos, at 2.72 million viewers. Both broadcasts are up 3 percent over May 2008, according to Nielsen Media Research.”

Brian Williams will anchor an NBC News special “Inside the Obama White House” tomorrow and Wednesday night at 9pmET/PT. Playbook reports NBC taped 150 hours at the White House- and the specials are each one-hour long. You can follow InsideObamaWH on Twitter here, check out WhiteHouse.msnbc.com and more details here.

WaPo‘s Howard Kurtz‘s Media Notes: “A tired-sounding Willliams, who covered the Clinton White House and was an intern in the Carter White House, was delighted at the level of access, which will continue with interviews tomorrow. ‘There’s stuff we’ve never seen of how the White House operates,’ he says. ‘We were pretty stunned at how much we were able to record and how natural events seemed to be.’”

TVNewser also reports NBC may have violated pool rules in the Prince Harry interview.

Campbell Brown returns to CNN tonight from maternity leave. Playbook reports her guest on “No Bias, No Bull” will be former president Jimmy Carter, who will tell her “the advice he’d give Obama before he heads to the hotbed of the Middle East.”

Friday was Jay Leno‘s last night on NBC’s The Tonight Show. Conan O’Brien takes the reins tonight and Leno moves to primetime. NYT asks will it work?

MAGAZINES

Friday was Peter Kaplan‘s last day at The Observer- a history of the “Kaplan era” here.

NEWS NOTES

AP: As global powers debate how to punish North Korea for its nuclear defiance, two American journalists seized nearly three months ago face a trial this week in Pyongyang on charges that could land them in one of the country’s notorious labor camps.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

TNR: Since the inauguration, Washington Post legend Bob Woodward has been quietly reporting a new book on the Obama White House. “I’m in the preliminary stages of working on it,” Woodward confirmed recently. “I’m working on it and making progress.”

Richard Wolffe‘s book “Renegade: The Making of a President” hits book shelves. HuffPost has an excerpt.

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JOBS after the jump…

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