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The Week Hosts Academy Awards Bash

Mary Kathryn Covert, Glenn Ballard, Michael Steel, Brianna Keilar

The Kalorama manse of lobbyist Juleanna Glover played host to The Week‘s first annual Academy Awards party last night.  Complete with Oscar-shaped cookies, popcorn and tuxedo-clad servers passing trays of Junior Mints, Milk Duds and Redvines, the event was a perfect balance of festive glitz and a casual night at the movies.

Despite the all-star lineup of party hosts (Ron Bonjean, Tammy Haddad, Juleanna Glover and Karen Finney), the fete was not over-attended, offering around 100 guests a relaxed atmosphere to mix, mingle and eat their weight in miniature grilled cheese sandwiches* (see: me).  Spotted taking in the festivities were FD’s Mary Kathryn Covert and Michael Steel, CNN’s Brianna Keilar, Sam Dealey of Qorvis, Sarah Bonjean, Janet Donovan, NRSC’s Brian WalshLynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times, soon-to-be USA Today‘s Jackie Kucinich, Doug Heye, The Hill‘s Emily Goodin, Mark Paustenbach, Glenn Ballard, Pepper Watkins, Jay Newton-Small, Jeremy Bash of the CIA, Barbara Martin, Becca Glover Watkins, Kimball Stroud, Washington Life‘s Kevin Chaffee, WaPo‘s Jonathan Capehart, Daily Caller’s Megan Mulligan,  UrbanDaddy’s Jeff Dufour and an uber-preggers Jayne Sandman.

L: Ron Bonjean and Jackie Kucinich R: Popcorn served in The Week funnels

L: Tammy Haddad with Lynn Sweet R: FishbowlDC entourage

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Washington Journos Toast Kitty Kelley

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Famed investigative biographer, Kitty Kelley, celebrated her book release at a party on Friday evening at the home of Daniel and Marina Ein. The book, Oprah: A Biography, was released on April 13th by Crown Publishers.

The event was well-attended by DC media types, business power-players and the political elite. Kelley made her rounds and spoke with guests prior to giving a thank you and toast in which she described Oprah as “the most powerful, influential person on the planet.” Kelley expressed admiration and only kind remarks about her “determined subject.” She continued by saying Oprah is “revered and idolized” throughout the world and ended with “long may she reign.”

However, this same level of admiration for Oprah was not as evident from party goers. Guests at the event traded examples of Oprah’s alleged spins, lies, and her legal and illegal indulgences discovered via Kelley’s book. A common topic among press types was the media’s blackballing of Kelley and her book because of Oprah’s intimidation factor. One guest was overheard asking a group “why hasn’t anyone in the media covered Oprah’s control of the message?” The consensus was that Oprah was likely “puppeteering” an underground PR initiative.

Spotted by FishbowlDC were The Daily Caller’s Moira Bagley, Politico’s Kiki Ryan, Newsweek’s Michael Isikoff and wife, WaPo’s Mary Anne Akers, Washington Life’s Kevin Chaffee and Donna Shor, NY Times’ Helene Cooper, Georgetown Dish’s Beth Solomon, Roll Call’s Tory Newmyer, The Daily Beast’s Lee Aitken and Mark Paustenbauch.

This post was contributed by Glenn Ballard for FishbowlDC.

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Your Daily “Suspicious Package” Post

Politico’s Kiki Ryan, CBS’ Christine Delargy, Glenn Ballard, CBS producer Rob Hendin, Quinn Gillespie’s Chris Brown, Mark Paustenbach, RNC’s Doug Heye, Daily Caller’s Moira Bagley, Ben Clark, Urban Daddy’s Jeff Dufour, Qorvis’ Seth Pietras and others gathered to listen to “Suspicious Package” at Glover Park’s Gin and Tonic on Friday night. While most of SP’s roadies called it a wrap when the band finished around 11pm, a few of these folks were caught shamelessly, solid-gold dancing at Smith Point hours later. You know who you are.

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Band: Tim Burger, Christina Sevilla, Tom Toles, Bryan Greene and Josh Meyer

Morning Reading List 11.10.09

Good morning FishbowlDC! Sesame Street is coming to DC… in celebration of the show’s 40th anniversary, Union Station will display an exhibit called “Sesame Street: The Longest Street in the World.” Kick-off party with Elmo and Telly tonight.

Happy Birthday to Glenn Ballard! And happy three-year anniversary to Pamela’s Punch! Pamela Sorensen will celebrate with friends and loyal readers tonight at Hudson Restaurant.

Zac Efron and Claire Danes are in DC for a meeting at the White House today and to promote their new film “Me and Orson Welles.”

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

NEWSPAPERS | TV | ONLINE | MAGAZINES | NEWS NOTES | WEST WING REPORTAGE | AWARDS & EVENTS

NEWSPAPERS

More today on TWT‘s shake-up.

TV

The rise of the I’ve-been-on-TV profile picture.

WaPo‘s Tom Shales on ABC’s George Stephanopoulos‘ speculated move to “GMA” mornings: Will host switch horses as ‘Week’ gains ground?

Watch: Wolf Blitzer knows marijuana when he smells it.

ONLINE

According to an internal C-Span email obtained by TPMDC, the network’s website served up 201,741 live streams of the House debate of the health care reform bill Saturday, the highest online viewership C-Span has seen since President Obama was inaugurated in January.

MAGAZINES

New York Magazine profiles Andrew Ross Sorkin.

NEWS NOTES

Meghan McCain on The Daily Beast: “…The media’s constant bullying of women leaders is scaring young women away from politics.”

WEST WING REPORTAGE

ABC has posted the full transcript of Jake Tapper‘s interview with the President yesterday.

AWARDS & EVENTS

CQ-Roll Call Group and Political Wire’s Taegan Goddard will host an “Early Election Preview” next Tuesday from 8:30am-10:30am at the Columbus Club at Union Station. Register here.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Politico

Weekend Wrap: Running and Drinking Like a Sailor

Navy 5 Miler
The Bachelor’s Andy Baldwin, Mix 107.3′s Tommy McFly, Roll Call’s Jackie Kucinich, On Tap’s Ashley Estill, Glenn Ballard and I (Matt Dornic) were all up bright and early on Sunday morning to run the Navy 5 Miler. I won’t brag but facts are facts. I ran it the fastest. Okay…I have no idea how quickly Baldwin ran it but I beat Estill, Kucinich, McFly and Ballard.

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Sou’Wester Opening
After an effortless 5 miles, FishbowlDC headed to the Mandarin Oriental for CityZen’s fifth anniversary and the birth of new restaurant Sou’Wester. Much of the night is a blur but the restaurant was beautiful. The food was fantastic. And the company…even better. We ran into Bloomberg’s Tim Burger, Politico’s Kiki Ryan, Mix 107.3′s Tommy McFly, Kelly DiNardo, Daily Candy’s Erin Hartigan, David Hagedorn, Examiner’s Jeff Dufour and Jayne Sandman.

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J.P. Felder, Erin Hartigan, David Hagedorn, Tommy McFly and Kelly DiNardo at Sou’Wester.

More pics after the jump.

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