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Washington Examiner Welcomes Editorial Director Hugo Gurdon at Morton’s

HugoGurdonWednesday night at Morton’s Steakhouse on Connecticut Avenue, MediaDC CEO Lou Ann Sabatier introduced Washington Examiner’s new editorial director Hugo Gurdon to friends and members of the advertising community.

“Under his leadership, we can complete the transition we began in 2013 to a national source for news and policy analysis,” said Sabatier. “He is bringing added depth and authority to Washington Examiner content.”

Gurdon told guests to expect a staffing increase of reporters to cover breaking news with a focus on defense and national security, energy and environment, healthcare, technology, and money.

In July, FishbowlDC reported Gurdon’s departure from The Hill, where he served as editor in chief since 2003. Read more

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Brennan Center’s Michael Waldman Celebrates ‘The Second Amendment: A Biography’

Photo courtesy Hollywood on the Potomac.

Photo courtesy Hollywood on the Potomac.

Michael Waldman, president of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, was celebrated Tuesday night at the offices of The Agenda Project in Georgetown on his recent publication The Second Amendment: A Biography by Simon & Schuster. The book explores “the life story of the most controversial, volatile, misunderstood provision of the Bill of Rights.”

“You can have gun rights. But like all rights, they’re limited,” said Waldman in conversation with Hollywood on the Potomac. “And we have limitations on all rights and the public good has to have its place too. So I think that real clarity – whatever gun rights it may be – that when the public safety is threatened by something like assault rifles, we have the ability to pass those laws.”

Click through for those in attendance and Hollywood on the Potomac’s full Q&A with Waldman on the history of the Second Amendment and where it stands today. Read more

On Taxing ‘Yogurt’ with Former DC Mayor Marion Barry, Jr.

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WJLA’s Holmes interviewing Barry; Roll Call’s Tom Williams photographing.

Friday night at LOOK, the restaurant’s Supper Club, Michael Kosmides and Janet Donovan‘s Hollywood on the Potomac hosted an on-the-record dinner with Marion Barry, Jr., the former four-term DC mayor known nationally for smoking crack cocaine on camera in a DC hotel room with a mistress, on his autobiography out last week Mayor for Life. The now DC Councilman was open to all questions from 20 press in attendance, including a FishbowlDC reader submitted question on the proposed “Yoga Tax” on yoga classes and gym memberships in the District.

Although his comments were quite hard to hear (given a very, very large happy hour crowd standing toward the entrance to the club, who were, getting extremely happy), Barry was confused by the question, confusing it with a non-existent “yogurt” tax in the District.

“Yogurt is really more healthy than some other things, as is cottage cheese…The best kind of yogurt is organic, without all these fillers and stuff…I don’t know who proposed that…I think Jack proposed that. I’m not sure. But whoever proposed it, it shouldn’t be.”

Suffice to say, Ward 2 Councilman Jack Evans has not proposed a tax on yogurt.

The former mayor re-focused on his career highlights throughout the night while being cognizant of his downfalls and encouraged guests to read his book in full before offering any criticisms.

WJLA’s Kristen Holmes sat down with the former mayor for a piece that aired Saturday night. On his legacy, Barry said, “Don’t judge me by one night, judge me by hundreds of nights, hundreds of days, hundreds of years, 31 years in DC of public service.” Barry is 78 years old.

On how he wanted to be remembered, Barry told Hollywood on the Potomac, “That I cared about people. That I did all I could [to] improve the lives of people, particularly, the poor…That I served as an inspiration, to a whole bunch of people, who needed some help.”

Dinner Tonight with DC’s Mayor for Life, Marion Barry, Jr.

Mayor for Life

Weekend plans? We’re having dinner with the Marion Barry, Jr. Normal, right?

The former four-term mayor of the Nation’s Capital known nationally for smoking crack cocaine on camera in a DC hotel room with a mistress, this week published Mayor for Life, his self-proclaimed ‘incredible story’ of his “campaigns for mayor of Washington, his ultimate rise to power, his personal struggles and downfalls, and the night of embarrassment, followed by his term in federal prison and ultimately a victorious fourth term as mayor.”

How will we even find time to eat!? Read more

Michelle Monaghan Premieres ‘Fort Bliss’ at G.I. Film Festival

Screen Shot 2014-05-27 at 10.34.00As part of the G.I. Film Festival in Alexandria this past weekend, actress Michelle Monaghan was in town for the premiere of “Fort Bliss,” the story of “a decorated Army medic and single mother [who] returns home from an extended tour in Afghanistan to discover that she must now find a way to reconcile her duties as a mother and her obligations as a soldier.”

Hollywood on the Potomac’s Janet Donovan sat down with Monaghan to discuss her experiences with and respect for the military, choices between motherhood and career, and her role in the film. Check it out, after the jump. Read more

Jefferson Book Party Toasts Arianna Huffington and Thrive

20140515_190857Last night at The Jefferson, Constance Milstein, Gail MacKinnon and Rachel Pearson hosted Arianna Huffington in celebration of her new book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder.

Huffington wrote Thrive after a fall brought on by exhaustion and a lack of sleep sent her to the hospital.

“The motivation for writing the book was my own burnout, and then looking around and seeing how many millions are burned out. And then, asking the questions that we stop asking after college, ‘What is the good life? What is success?’ And if you think about it, we define success, in search of these two metrics of money and power, and in this town, especially power. And this is like trying to sit on a two legged stool. Sooner or later you fall off. Nothing wrong with these two metrics. It’s just that you need the third leg of the stool.” Read more

Hanson on The Hill! Oh, and Also Reps. McCarthy and Pelosi…

20140402_185528Last night at The Hamilton, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) were recognized with a GRAMMYs on the Hill Award by The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation for “their support and understanding of music creators’ unique role in American life.” The evening included special performances by Lady Antebellum, Los Lonely Boys, and 90s chart toppers, Hanson. Hanson? Seriously?

The evening was a long one. Red carpet access to Lady A and Hanson began at 6, and the award ceremony and performances lasted until after 10pm.

Here’s how it went down.

5:59pm – Ushered to the 2nd floor of The Hamilton for a private red carpet and Q&A with Lady Antebellum, Hanson, high level execs from The Recording Academy and some members of Congress. Immediately notice a sea of wine glasses covering the bar. I’m talking at least 50 glasses of already poured red and white ready for the taking. I start my night with a Diet Coke.

6:20  The room quickly fills with so-not-DC folks, sporting tans we can only dream of and the bleachiest of blonde hair.

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Startupland Doc Premiers At E St Cinema

Last night was the world premier of new documentary series Startupland, by DC director Justin Gutwein (pictured third from left) at E Street Cinema in downtown DC. The series will follow five entrepreneurs from different walks of life as they attempt to get their start up businesses off the ground. For an indy production, Startupland has some pretty big names attached to it. Venture Capitalist Jonathan Perrelli is the main producer, and the pilot episode we saw featured an appearance by former AOL Chairman and CEO Steve Case and LivingSocial founder Tim O’Shaughnessy. Case walked in right as we were leaving, so we didn’t get to talk to him, but other notables in attendance were Hollywood on the Potomac’s Janet Donovan, Rebecca Cooper from WJLA, and Pamela Sorensen from Pamela’s Punch.

ICYMI: Bret Baier Has One Hell of a Poker Face and Other News…

Bret Baier tries really hard to win a charity poker match.

Stories from around the web that you might have missed.

Some poker players wear shades and ball caps to hide their tells whereas others prefer an elaborate array of facial contortions. Bret Baier is the latter. by Janet Donovan at Hollywood on the Potomac.

April is upon us and if you’re a freelance writer, you probably have no idea how to do your taxes. That’s okay. FishbowlNY does. by Aneya Fernando at FishbowlNY.

MSNBC adds Ronan Farrow and Joy Reid, shares Tamron Hall with “Today.” by Jordan Chariton and Merrill Knox at TVNewser.

There aren’t many options available for getting DC a vote in Congress. by Raphaella Baek at WCP.

Facebook email accounts are no more. This will upset one, maybe two people. by Ken Yeung at TheNextWeb.

ICYMI: Steamed Congressmen, Sad Tweets, and Sleepy Bidens

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