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A Vodka-Laced Book Party

photo-27Freelance journalist and Stateless Media founder Peter Savodnik opened his up his sleek, spartan Columbia Heights apartment to a number of journalists this weekend to celebrate the release of his new book, The Interloper: Lee Harvey Oswald Inside the Soviet Union (Basic Books). The book hits the shelves Tuesday.

The party, sponsored by Top of the Hill Distillery in Chapel Hill, N.C. and Heritage Distilling Co. in Gig Harbor, Wash., grew more spirited as bottles and bottles of Topo and Heritage Vodka disappeared.

Freelancer James Kirchick, now back in Washington from Berlin, attended the festivities and promptly dropped his glass of vodka on the floor setting off a splash that reached all of my toes. He won’t soon hear the end of this.

A description of the book from the publicity department of Basic Books: “In this book Savodnik brings to light one of the most important, and perhaps the last-to-be-explored, dimensions of the Kennedy assassination— Lee Harvey Oswald himself. In order to do so Savodnik drew on new research and conducted in-depth and exclusive interviews with Oswald’s Russian associates, such as his ex-girlfriend, friends, and co-workers. Focusing on the almost three years he spent in Russia, Savodnik shows how Oswald’s original plan to abandon materialistic America for the promise of a country supposedly based on collectivism and camaraderie fell so short of his expectations and ultimately led to his return to home—and to Dallas.”

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Quotes of the Day

NBC newsmanTom Brokaw on Day 1 of the Washington Ideas Forum co-sponsored by The Atlantic and the Aspen Institute. Photo credit: Max Taylor

RIP Steve Jobs

“I learned BASIC on Apple II, made fake IDs on a Centris, sold Macs in college, wrote 1st article on PowerBook, typing this on iPhone. #RIPSteve” — The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza. Correction: Politico‘s Byron Tau did not write this as we stated earlier. He RT’ed the quote.

“Got home at 10:15. Roommates thought I was out getting drinks. Nope. #Palin #RIPSteveJobs #PartyLikeAJournalist” — NJ online editor Ethan Klapper.

Ezzy confused for Cillizza

Sure, they both have two z’s in their name, and they’re both male. But twins? WaPo‘s Ezra Klein writes, “Walking out of my hotel today, bellman stops me. “Mr. Cillizza, I love your work!” The lead Boybander is of course referring to colleague Chris Cillizza.

Blech…

“Wtf? Just saw a guy put honey in his coffee. Nasty.” — Lachlan Markay, investigative reporter for the Heritage Foundation. The incident occurred at Ebenezers coffeehouse on Capitol  Hill.

Terrible tourist behavior

“There should be more effort to tell tourists who obsess between getting off train at Metro Center or Gallery, its only a 3 block difference.” — WaPo‘s Tim Craig.

A journalist worries

“Why is it that every time I go to the doctor, I learn about some new horrible disease I might have?” — The Atlantic‘s Megan McArdle.

Premature sweater vesting

“I admit it: I prematurely sweater-vested.” — The Hill‘s Sam Youngman. But the real question: Is Bloomberg‘s Jim Snyder still wearing sweater vests?

The upside of Palin not running

“So does this mean the Palin staff will return our calls now?” — Times of London‘s Matt Spence.

Fake Jim’s Take on Politico Primary

“Terry Francona, Demi Lovato, my neighbor’s parakeet, David Gergen #POLITICOprimary” — Fake Jim VandeHei on Politico‘s fake presidential election. Others candidates he chose: “Carrot Top, Samuel Jackson, Paul Ryan, Ryan Gosling, Larry Sabato.”

 

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QUOTES of the DAY

Weekend Sighting: Bloomberg’s Jim Snyder and The Hill’s Alex Bolton at Standard, a beer garden on 14th Street NW, drinking German beer and eating soft pretzels.

NBC’s Luke Russert: “The pug is not impressed by his new pillow.”

What comes around goes around

“Trips me out when folks write me a snarkly tweet, then get an attitude when I return the favor. Like they can only do it.” — Washington Watch’s Roland Martin in a weekend tweet.

More Weiner fallout

“As a former Weiner myself, that’s my maiden name, I definitely sympathize with him.” — CBS’s Nancy Cordes on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” on Sunday.

Father of the Year material, right?

“Promised to take daughter off wife’s hands today. Promised daughter adventure. Thinking B’More aquarium.” — National Review Online‘s Jonah Goldberg in a weekend tweet. Perhaps at some point private matters can be kept at his house so the daughter isn’t perceived as a bother.

Alter gives Abramson the nod

“I’ve known new NY Times editor Abramson since college. She’ll be terrific and she worships right thing—reporting.” — Bloomberg Review writer and NBC News Contributor Jonathan Alter in a weekend tweet.

Journo has message for Senate Chief of Staff

“Note to Senate Chief of Staff who left their @nationaljournal mag at gym: you want to rip off address label before you leave it on the bike.” — Roll Call‘s Shira Toeplitz in a weekend tweet.

Finally a message from Washingtonian‘s Garrett Graff that’s relevant, not pompous or otherwise unnecessary: “Metro is doing bag searches in Woodley Park. It’s an even dumber policy when you see it in action.”

The modern alarm clock

“I love my iPhone with a new, profound depth. Four — count em — four alarm apps got me out of bed today.”  — WaPo‘s Social Media Producer Katie Rogers in a Monday morning tweet.

The Critic

Will the Washington Post ever get tired of photographing and quoting perpetual protester Medea Benjamin? — Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) Speechwriter and Political Advisor Amanda Carpenter in a weekend tweet.  Benjamin is co-founder of Code Pink.

BGov Takes Tiron from The Hill

Bloomberg Government has hired The Hill‘s Roxana Tiron. Roxana will join BGOV as a defense reporter on the US Government team which covers the White House, Congress, State Defense and Justice Departments, the Supreme Court, FTC, etc. Specifically she will be reporting on defense policy from legislative, regulatory and business perspectives, ranging from Capitol Hill to federal agencies.

Tiron will join her former colleagues from The Hill: Jeff Young, Jim Snyder and Silla Brush at Bloomberg immediately after the new year.

Two Scribes Leave The Hill

Two reporters are leaving The Hill. One is Walter Alarkon, whose last day is today. The other is Silla Brush, who moves to Bloomberg News next month. Earlier this year, The Hill lost two other reporters to Bloomberg NewsJim Snyder and Jeff Young.

The Hill says ‘Is that it?’ to Snyder Tonight at 18th Street Lounge

The Hill toasts longtime Business and Lobbying Editor Jim Snyder tonight at the 18th Street Lounge. Snyder is well known for employing the phrase, “Is that it?” whenever anyone leaves for the day. Now he’s leaving for Bloomberg, as we recently reported. Tonight is his goodbye party.

Here’s the internal invitation that floated around the newsroom:

“As the ambassador for all social engagements at The Hill, I would like to invite all of you to come and raise a glass in honor of Jim (or as I like to call him, boss). He will be leaving the paper this Friday, after seven breezy years. The party will be at 18th Street Lounge–it’s Jim’s choice because he is so refined. The party will start most likely on the later side say around 6:30 or so unless Jim can corral you to leave work earlier on a deadline day.”

Snyder remarked to FishbowlDC: “I’ll miss the people, of course, particularly the ones I don’t know. There are a bunch of new faces over here and they all seem smart and nice and willing to work really odd hours and have no memory of me at The Hill Christmas parties.

Seriously, everyone has been great. I owe a lot to Hugo [Gurdon] and Bob [Cusack], both for giving me the opportunity to work here and for greatly improving the paper over the past seven years. Roxana [Tiron], Kevin [Bogardus] and Silla [Brush] have carried me for months. They’ve been terrific to work with, particularly those times when they weren’t yelling at me.”

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The Hill’s Snyder Goes to Bloomberg

The Hill loses another reporter to Bloomberg. Just recently, reporter Jeff Young left the publication for Bloomberg. Now, it’s Business and Lobbying Editor Jim Snyder who has accepted a position with Bloomberg.

An internal memo from Editor Hugo Gurdon announces the news:

After seven years at The Hill, the great Jim Snyder has decided to move to pastures new – or anyway, to take on a new challenge. He has accepted a job offer from Bloomberg and will be leaving us in a couple of weeks. Jim is a fine reporter, a sardonic wit and a consistently calm presence in the newsroom. I am sorry to see him go, as I know you will be, too, but I am also grateful for his many years of work here. He has helped build our policy coverage and our Business & Lobbying section into the best in Washington. We will give him a good send-off. Thanks, Hugo

The Hill’s Jeff Young Bids Farewell and Prepares for Bloomberg

Celebration-Drinks-600.jpg Scribes and friends gathered Tuesday night at Post Pub for The Hill’s health care guru Jeff Young‘s going away party.

A list of those who turned up last night: Young’s brother, Tim, his girlfriend, Sommer Mathis (who writes the DCist). Only co-workers and former co-workers were invited. (Full Disclosure: I worked with Young for many years and was invited to the soiree. So this post is going to be free of snark because I don’t have a bad thing to say about the guy.)

Jim Snyder, Roxana Tiron, Ian Swanson, Alex Bolton, JT Rushing, Jordan Fabian, Kevin Bogardus, Walter Alarkon, Kim Hart, Sean Miller, Emily Goodin, Sam Youngman, and Silla Brush. Representing The Hill’s alumni were Greenwire’s Mike Soraghan and The Atlantic’s Chris Good. Remarked Young: “My once-and-future colleague Patrick O’Connor broke my heart — not for the first time — by failing to show up and there’s a special place reserved in hell for Jared Allen, who brushed it off to go play sports or something.”

Young reflected on his time at the newspaper.
“It’s been a hell of a ride these past five years, capped off the a year-plus of health care reform insanity,” he wrote to FishbowlDC. “Mostly, there are some people I’m going to miss when I’m gone. (On a smaller scale, I’m really going to miss my Mac and will have to suffer Windows for the first time in years.)

“At the same time, there are only two people left in this news room, not counting Hugo [Gurdon] and Bob [Cusack], who’ve been here longer than I have. That alone might be a sign that it’s time to try something new. I’m also very excited about what we’ve got cooking at Bloomberg and I can’t wait to get started.”

We wish Young the best in his new job.

The Hill Launches E2 Wire Blog

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The Hill has launched E2 Wire, a new blog that focuses on energy and environmental politics and policy. It’s run by Business & Lobbying editor, Jim Snyder, and staff writer Ben Geman.

According to Hugo Gurdon, E2 Wire was designed to offer fast, complete coverage of an area of debate, legislation and regulation that is moving to the top of the political agenda.

A FishbowlDC Salute to The Hill‘s Jared Allen

Riddle Me This? How did The Hill manage to get a story about The Hill wrong… er, incomplete?

The Hill receives nine journalism awards
By The Hill Staff
Posted: 06/10/09

The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) presented The Hill newspaper with nine journalism awards at the National Press Club on Tuesday night.

The Hill’s Roxana Tiron received first place in the weekly category of business/financial reporting with her article on how Boeing and its congressional supporters used a classified CIA briefing on questionable business practices to discredit a rival.

The Hill’s Kevin Bogardus, who received three awards, nabbed first place in the spot news category for his article on the indictment of former Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska). Bogardus and Business and Lobbying Editor Jim Snyder won first place in the general news category for their report titled, “Bailout Hurts Charities.”

Others at The Hill who were honored for their 2008 articles included Alexander Bolton, Bob Cusack, Jeffrey Young and Sam Youngman.

In 2008, The Hill also received nine SPJ awards.

Okay, let’s tally.

Tiron – 1 award
Bogardus – 2 awards
Bogardus/Snyder – 1 award
Cusack – 1 award
Bolton – 1 award
Young – 1 award
Youngman – 1 award
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Total = 8

The headline claiming “nine awards” is accurate however, The Hill managed to overlook their own Jared Allen in the coverage.

That’s why today, FishbowlDC salutes Jared Allen! Jared, you may not be feelin’ the love at work but there’s always a place for you in the fishbowl. We suggest that Hugo and Bob begin planning a cupcake party in your honor.

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