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The First Toast

From L to R: Budding Fashion Reporters Jocelyn Luddy and Reilly Folsom.

WHCA President David Jackson (USA Today) and NYT’s Mark Leibovich

What’s a party with Washington’s media elite without bourbon, beer, wine, Food Truck quality mac ‘n cheese and 11-year-old fashionistas to put guests in the hot seat?

The view from the American Gas Association offered guests a perfect shot of the Capitol. The crowd at last night’s WHCD party thrown by QGA and FD blended White House correspondents like CNN’s Ed Henry, Ebony‘s Kevin Chappell, The Hill‘s Sam Youngman and USA Today‘s David Jackson , USA Radio Network’s Connie Lawn, and Politico’s Julie Mason with Fortune‘s Tory Newmyer, Politico‘s Amie Parnes, RealClearPoliticsErin McPike, Roll Call‘s John Stanton and NYT‘s Carl Hulse. Let’s just get one thing straight: NYT‘s Mark Leibovich has heard all the “bcc” jokes out there. And yours will not be special. Welcome to the first party leading into WHCD weekend.

The food was catered by D.C. food trucks of lore CapMac and Sauca and guests were dying over the mac ‘n cheese. Dessert was Good Humor ice cream bars from a cart complete with an umbrella. One partygoer remarked that the party could have been held on an outside corner. But a party outside wouldn’t have allowed for the two-station open bar, where bartenders made unsolicited repeat drinks for many of the journos. One guest called one of the bartenders “the motherf*cking man.”

Other guests in the crowd: QGA’s Jack Quinn and wife, Susanna, FD’s Jackson Dunn, Stacey Bowlin, Jared Allen and Mary Kathryn Cover, Terry McAuliffe, QGA and FBDC’s Matt DornicWaPo‘s Amy Argetsinger, SELF’s Marc Adelman, Pamela Sorensen of Pamela’s Punch, The Hill‘s Christina Wilkie and Emily Goodin, CNN Publicist Edie Emery and Megan Grant and TWT’s Emily Miller.

Miller said WHCD week makes her feel like an awkward teenager. “It brings out the worst 16-year-old in me,” Miller said, explaining that her worries go like this: ‘”Why wasn’t I invited to that party?’ or ‘Was I too fat for this dress?’” She adds, “At least I was invited to the pre-pre-pre-pre-pre party.”

The fashionistas at the party were Jocelyn Luddy (daughter to Jack and Susanna) and her friend, Reilly Folsom, who were testing out their journalistic skills by interviewing female party guests and Adelman. They’re trying out for a fashion blog out of San Fran called StyleBistro.com. They asked their subjects questions about what uniform they’d want for work if they had to have one and what styles they missed and didn’t.

The girls in flowered skirts and white T-shirts weren’t amateurs. They had practiced their questions for days. They cajoled by saying funny things like, “Come on, I want all the deets.” As the pair interviewed USA Today‘s Jackie Kucinich, the whole scene became so focused that photographers like Roll Call‘s Tom Williams began snapping pictures of the interview. Afterwards, Kucinich and Argetsinger (also interviewed by the girls) second-guessed their answers that involved Pappagallo purses and culottes.

Alec Jacob contributed to this report.

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TIME Unveils Swampland 2.0 and Battleland Blogs

Managing Editor of TIME.com Jim Frederick and Rick Stengel, the managing editor of TIME, announced today the re-launch of their popular Swampland blog.  In addition, TIME.com welcomed to the blogosphere “Battleland.” Led by Pentagon and defense correspondent Mark Thompson, Battleland will serve as TIME.com’s desitination for U.S. military and defense issues. Additional contributors will include Eben Harrell, Massimo Calabresi, Mark Benjamin, Ishaan Tharoor, and Dave Deptula.

To check out Swampland’s new and improved design, longer enterprise stories, photo galleries, Twitter streams and viewpoints, click here.  And catch up on national security headlines and issues via Battleland here.

Memo from Stengel and Frederick after the jump.

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CNN and Time Host GOP Freshman Roundtable

Last night at the Capitol Hill Visitor’s Center, CNN’s Brianna Keilar and TIME’s Jay Newton-Small hosted a joint roundtable with four GOP Freshman: Ann Marie Buerkle from New York, Georgia’s Tom Graves, Paul Gosar of Arizona and Raul Labrador from western Idaho. During the panel, all four said they will support Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget while offering some interesting perspectives and analogies about the nation’s growing deficit.

Responding to a question about the debt ceiling, Rep. Buerkle explained to Newton-Small and Keilar, “If we just vote to raise the debt ceiling with no changes and no cuts, it’s like saying to an alcoholic: ‘Here is a bottle of whiskey and then tomorrow we’ll talk about your alcohol problem.’ We can’t be enablers. The time has come where we have to take a stand.”

You can catch this and other remarks from the panel on CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer starting at 5pm ET today and in Jay’s latest piece for TIME available here.

Roll Call’s Beckwith at one with Gilligan’s Mary Ann

Roll Call‘s acting Feature Editor Ryan Beckwith doesn’t look a thing like Mary Ann from “Gilligan’s Island.” But he sure felt like her in Manhattan this past weekend where he went to be part of an “elite” panel at Columbia’s J-School alumni weekend.

The pamphlet the school handed out said the discussion was being moderated by HuffPost Political Editor Tom Edsall and featured CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux, TIME‘s Jay Newton-Small, pollster Doug Schoen, McClatchy‘s James Rosen “and others.”

Beckwith was overheard saying he felt like Mary Ann, who was listed as “and the rest” in the original theme song.

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Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers

QUOTES of the DAY


And the Worst-Sounding Breakfast Award goes to…

“Easy Sunday breakfast: Cook and drain some frozen peas. Thickly slice and cook bacon. Toss together with lots of salt and pepper. Done.” — Chef Ezra Klein in a Sunday tweet. Professor. Doctor. Blogger. What’s next? We’re not Food Network experts or anything, but this doesn’t sound so good, Ezzy. Maybe add fresh figs? (FYI: Klein moonlights for a food blog called the Internet Food Association. Last year he revealed that he was adding fresh figs to his diet.)

White House correspondent en route to Paris

“Woke up mid-flight to discover a napkin on my lap on which was scrawled “Kentucky 76-69″ Awesome!!!” — The Hill‘s White House Correspondent Sam Youngman in a weekend tweet on a flight to Paris.

Heads up GQ‘s Ana Marie Cox: Drinking Game Alert

“Libya drinking game. If Pres O says, “let me be clear,” turn off the tv and drink half-bottle of Jack.” — National Review Online‘s Greg Pollowitz in a Monday morning tweet. President Obama is scheduled to give an address on Libya tonight.

The Critic

“Missing from the NYT profile of Astoria, OR: It was the backdrop for Kindergarten Cop” — Politico Deputy Politics Editor Sara Libby in a Monday morning tweet. Most necessary part: “h/t Jonathan Martin.”  Libby links to the piece here. (We h/t Libby of course…)

Journo loses her mother

“Still, in the wake of my mother’s death- rain feels more like tears than luck. So I went inside.” — TIME‘s Jay Newton-Small in a weekend tweet on the passing of her mother. She also wrote: “Guess it’s lucky. My father proposed to my mother during the monsoon. And I was born in a thunderstorm.” Our condolences to her.

Now this is dedication…

“Ha! I’ve used TBD so much in tweets that my iPhone corrected a typo to tbd. (Was trying to write “the.” Looks like I thumbed “tbe.”)” — TBD Community Engagement Director Steve Buttry in a Monday tweet.

Ever the observer…

“With the recession technically over, the New Yorker profiles Christian Louboutin. It’s a fun piece. Loubi practically profiles himself.” — The Daily Caller‘s “Daily Baller” Mike Riggs in a Monday morning tweet. (We thank Riggs for the excuse to run a photograph of beautiful shoes and note his expertise and ease with Loubi lingo.)

Fake Jim V.  wants to know what the hell happened…

“Juicebox Mafia? James Hohmann still drinks Capri Sun totally non-ironically. Where’s our trend piece?” — FakeJimVandeHei in a Sunday tweet. To return to a dead PoliticoMouse is truly awful. Thank God FakeJimV is alive. Here he (or she) is referring to Politico‘s young whippersnapper James Hohmann, a former WaPo intern, in reaction to NYT‘s incredibly softball Sunday Style section piece on Boy Banders WaPo’s Klein, Slate‘s Dave Weigel etc… (More on the death of PoliticoMouse and that NYT Style story later…)

Why Gibbs shouldn’t take Facebook job….

While the rest of D.C. is commenting on former White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs‘ potential move to Facebook, WUSA’s Angie Goff throws a wet towel on the idea with this Monday morning tweet: “Researchers say Facebook could cause depression.” Goff’s story link hails from Fox News’s website, which runs an AP story today about how Facebook presents a “skewed view” about what’s really going on. Oh the irony…

Slate‘s Shafer makes a request

“Please subscribe to the NYT so I’ll have it to kick around.” — Slate media writer Jack Shafer in a weekend tweet.

D.C. journo mentality

“Actually having a weekend = long Sunday night of work. :( ” — WaPo Social Media Producer Katie Rogers in a weekend tweet.

NPR’s Inskeep in Disneyland karaoke hell

“At Disneyland: 6yr old too terrified to visit Haunted Mansion, so we stand in New Orleans hearing jazz band play Back Home Again in Indiana.” — NPR’s Steve Inskeep in a weekend tweet from Disneyland. He continues: “You haven’t lived until you step into House of Blues, adjacent to Disneyland, & discover it’s a karaoke bar with $18 drinks.” And this: “p.s. Karaoke singer now belting out “Dancing with Myself”- it may take between $36 and $54 to make this right.”

F&@# Smoking!

“I quit smoking almost exactly three years ago. It remains one of the best things I’ve done. Ever. Seriously, fuck smoking.” — Journalist, author, and media critic Craig Silverman in a weekend tweet. He writes the “Regret the Error” website and works for PBS Media Shift.

Mika learns a thing or two from “Playbook”

“Thanks to Politico for the reminder that it’s my father’s birthday.” — MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinksi this morning on “Morning Joe” in a silent shout-out to Mike Allen, who included it in this morning’s “Playbook.” Mika’s father, who often appears on the program, is Zbigniew Brzezinksi, former U.S. National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter.

In Memoriam: Sue Newton Small

Time‘s Jay Newton Small, an incredible reporter and friend of FishbowlDC, lost her mother suddenly on March 13, 2011.

“She was in her element, hosting a dinner party for 14 when a massive aneurism hit. She felt no pain and had time for no fear. She died in the arms of her friends. In death she gave the gift of life to three others through organ donations and helped another 300 people in need with her tissue and bones,” Jay explained in an email.

Friends and family will celebrate Sue Newton Small‘s life at a memorial service on Friday, March 25, 2011 at Naples United Church of Christ in Naples, FL. To learn more about the woman responsible for raising one of Washington’s finest journalists, read her obituary in Naples Daily News here.  Our hearts and prayers go out to Jay and her family.

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QUOTES of the DAY

Dear Readers: We’re still digging our way out from the weekend and the Oscars, so bear with us.

Happy Birthday to Human Events Senior Editor Emily Miller, whose birthday party was Sunday.

Charlie Sheen… in the Fishbowl?

“They all started putting me in a Fishbowl. Every Friday night turned into the whisper dialogue about my condition. … It was a really hard situation to work in. It felt kind of weird, it felt creepy, it felt like an intrusion.”  — Actor Charlie Sheen in an interview Monday night on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight.” Sheen said it was unnerving for him to have execs discussing him being too thin, too white and too bloated. He joked about getting a “mental tan.”

Fineman prefers not to be pork chop

“It’s true. I did call Howard “Arianna Huffington‘s pork chop in the window.” He laughed but said he would prefer to be another kind of meat.” — Q & A Cafe Host Carol Joynt commenting on her Friday interview with HuffPost’s Howard Fineman. The reference involved Huffington’s hiring Fineman away from Newsweek.

Ambling into puffery

“Nice day to go for a walk and puff on the pipe…” — Comcast/MNSBC/XM Political Analyst Robert Traynham in a weekend tweet. He’s also a professor at George Washington University and a columnist for the Philadelphia Tribune.

A good day to braise?

“Today is a good day to braise.” — Liberal blogger Matt Yglesias in a weekend tweet. (Was Boy Band pal WaPo’s Ezra Klein cooking? What, we weren’t invited? FYI: Braising is a cooking method that encompasses moist and dry heat.)

TIME’s Small remarks on CNN Yellin’s Party

“Love the disappointed Eurotrash coming out of L2, which is closed for @YellinCNN ‘s birthday: closed, what do you mean, private party??” – TIME‘s Jay Newton-Small in a weekend tweet commenting on Jessica Yellin‘s birthday party Friday night.

Journo snoozes in taxi

“May be officially too old for Friday night happy hours, at least on Friday nights after ludicrous weeks like this one. Half asleep in cab.” — WCP‘s Managing Editor Mike Madden in a weekend tweet.

Necessary Tweet of the Day

“Cavin’s taking me out for suit shopping and dinner. So I can buy a suit then get too fat for it.” — MetroWeekly Co-Publisher Sean Bugg in a weekend tweet. (Hmmm necessary? Maybe not. But we enjoyed Bugg’s honesty about the possible weight gain.)

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

Hey, Isn’t That…

Kathy Griffin?  The kooky comic was spotted  at L2 on Friday night.  Griffin, who had just wrapped a performance at the Kennedy Center,  made a surprise appearance at the Georgetown club to wish CNN’s Jessica Yellin a happy 40th birthday and hang with her pals and parents-to-be, CNN’s John King and Dana Bash.  Other guests at Yellin’s birthday bash included NYT’s Jeff Zeleny, TIME’s Jay Newton-Small, Doug Heye, NRSC’s Brian Walsh, Jack and Susanna Quinn, Mark Cuban, Kimball Stroud, Treasury spokesman Mark Paustenbach, CNN’s Brianna Keilar, NYT’s Carl Hulse, HuffPo’s Peter Cherukuri and SKDK’s Emily Lenzner, NBC’s Savannah Guthrie and GPG’s Mike Feldman, NYT’s Mark Leibovich, NBC’s Betsy Fischer and Politico’s Jonathan Martin, W.H. Dep. Social Secretary Ebs Burnough and Wolf Blitzer who graciously posed for pictures with a posse of L2 cocktails waitresses.

Palin Sends Nasty E-mail to Time

Last week, US Weekly reported that Sarah Palin had called in to Fox News host Sean Hannity‘s radio show following Christina Aguilera‘s National Anthem Superbowl flub and called the singer an “airhead.” What US weekly hadn’t bothered to check was whether the story was even real.

It wasn’t.

The comment was made up by a satirical “news” site, Super Tuesday News. US Weekly has removed the post from their website.

Time magazine, meanwhile used the same satirical source to cite a quote in their blog post, claiming that Palin had said she wanted Aguilera deported. Glynnis MacNicol at Business Insider chronicles the whole saga.

Palin e-mailed Time‘s Jay Newton-Small for a correction:

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