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Gay Republican Amps Up Yoga Routine for WHCD Weekend

On again-off again Washington journalist and owner of Bikram Yoga Capitol Liz Glover says she’s seen an increase in attendance at her yoga classes ahead of White House Correspondents’ Dinner weekend. “Folks have been sweating at Bikram Yoga Capitol all week in preparation for WHCD festivities,” she tweeted Thursday.

Well, those gowns and tuxes aren’t getting any looser, are they?

“We’ve had some ladies come in to get their sweat on in anticipation of donning evening dresses for the big night,” Glover told FishbowlDC. She said among her clients getting in some extra downward-dog time is Jimmy LaSalvia, co-founder of the Gay Republican group GOProud.

LaSalvia told us that as a “homocon,” (“Washington’s ultimate outsider”) he won’t be going to the actual dinner but that he has… Read more

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Jilted Conservatives Host Party Ahead of CPAC

When you feel like you’ve been spurned by the largest annual gathering of conservatives, host your own. That’s what Townhall and Breitbart NewsLisa De Pasquale, along with a few other former organizers of the Conservative Political Action Conference, did for the second year in a row Monday night.

De Pasquale, a board member of the gay conservative group GOProud and director of CPAC from 2006-2011, doesn’t attend the conference anymore; not after other sponsors complained about GOProud’s official involvement in 2010 and 2011. She was dismissed by CPAC organizers. Instead, she convenes a happy hour in Washington for friends coming to town for CPAC. This year, she called it “Don’t Say C—!” It was hosted at PJ Clarke’s Sidecar bar.

Former assistants to De Pasquale help host the event and she says they also will not be going to CPAC. In attendance at the happy hour was GOProud’s Executive Director Jimmy LaSalvia, who told FishbowlDC that he also won’t be attending CPAC.

De Pasquale said she holds a lot of “grudges” with current CPAC organizers but… Read more

Conservatives Side With Chris Hayes

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes has found himself in the most unusual company of late. And no, we don’t mean No. 1 Hayes fan Tommy Christopher hovering over Hayes while he sleeps at night.

On Saturday Hayes leaped to the defense of the gay Republican group GOProud, which was banned from participating in this year’s CPAC. Hayes had previously been secured by organizers of CPAC, the annual mega gathering for conservatives and Republicans, to speak on a discussion panel.

“My initial reaction was, ‘Of course I’ll go!’” Hayes, an outspoken liberal, said on his show Up! “As someone who attempts to convene discussions across various ideological boundaries, I have a special appreciation for CPAC’s willingness to invite someone with my politics to speak to the attendees.” He said he opted not to attend once GOProud was banned from participating as a group. “It’s not okay to ban organizations for reasons of pure bigotry,” he said.

GOProud was also banned from speaking at CPAC last year after other conservative groups boycotted the event, citing GOProud’s inclusion as the reason.

Jimmy LaSalvia, GOProud’s executive director, commended Hayes. Though CPAC organizers have invited GOProud members and supporters to attend as individuals, LaSalvia told FishbowlDC in an email that he won’t be going. As for calling for a boycott of the event: “I think boycotts are stupid.  I’m sure that there will be plenty of people there who will show their support for GOProud.” Read more

BuzzFeed Brews: ‘It’s Like a First Date’

Asked to describe the idea behind “BuzzFeed Brews,” John Stanton says, “It’s like a first date. Get them a little drunk and relaxed so they can talk about things people don’t normally hear them talk about.”

Stanton is the Washington Bureau Chief for BuzzFeed and last night was the launch of the website’s new series wherein newsmakers are invited to sit before an audience and answer questions. And there’s free beer.

It’s essentially the same thing as Politico‘s Playbook Breakfast, “minus the stale bagels, plus the beer,” cracked BuzzFeed‘s Politics Editor McKay Coppins to FishbowlDC. (The site’s publicist Ashley McCollum boasts that she came up with that description.)

The first guest: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). For roughly 45 minutes Rubio answered questions from BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith about immigration, gay marriage and the future of the Republican Party. Of course, lengthy segments here and there were spent on why Rubio prefers Tupac over Biggie Smalls (“His lyrics are more insightful in my opinion.”) and whether he had to “think long and hard” before letting his son play recreational football. Stanton said that’s another thing distinguishing the Brews series from Playbook Breakfast, whose audience may not be interested in those things. Read more

Coulter on Alter: ‘Is he considered a journalist?’

Conservative author Ann Coulter showed up to her book signing at the Americans for Tax Reform headquarters 30 minutes late. “I blame it all on Human Events,” she announced when she arrived.

Coulter was interviewed by Human Events prior to the signing and it ran long. Thomas Winter, the paper’s editor, told FishbowlDC Coulter alerted him she was going to return to her hotel to change clothes before heading to ATR. “Having a wife… I know what it’s like when a woman says she’s going to be somewhere as soon as she can,” he said.

Some 70 people showed up at the event to have Coulter sign copies of her new book Mugged. She signed all of them before heading to the “First Friday” monthly gathering of young conservatives near Capitol Hill.

On CSPAN Friday morning, Coulter, known for attacking the news media, said “the entire mainstream media is pretending” her new book “doesn’t exist.” On her way out we asked her to name the most fair national reporter. “[Fox News'] Brit Hume,” she said without skipping a beat. When asked to name the least fair reporter, she said “Everyone on MSNBC.” How about one specific reporter? She named former Newsweek editor Jonathan Alter. “Is he considered a journalist? Probably not,” she said.

With that, Coulter exited the building, cup of wine in hand.

Alter responded to Coulter’s comments in an email to FBDC. He said she named him “because we appeared on television many times together before she was famous and she insisted on going on alone, and each time I owned her.”

Coulter must have struck a chord. Alter sent another email immediate after: “P.S: Does she even know what the word ‘fair’ means?” he said. “We know that if she does, she doesn’t consider it a compliment.  That means she must be saying something nice about me. Thanks, Ann!”

Notables: TWT‘s Kerry Picket; GOProud Co-Founder Jimmy LaSalvia; Town Hall‘s Derek Hunter; Human Event‘s Cathy Taylor, Neil W. McCabe and Audrey Hudson; and WMAL’s Chris Plante.

Quotable: “So we had to sit there in the cab right next to each other in complete silence.”– Picket, describing her latest troubles flying into D.C. from Denver, Colo. at 2 a.m. She said the line to hail a cab outside of Reagan National Airport was long and when she finally flagged one down, a woman jumped the line to hop in. “I guess the New York in me came out,” Picket said. The two females argued over who was going to take the cab before the driver told them he could take them both. The last time we saw Picket at a book-related event, she sported a black and blue banged up leg — the result of a mountain biking accident.

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QUOTES of the DAY


“Pink Lily of the Valley in my garden #gardendc #gardening” — Washington Gardener magazine Editor Kathy Jentz in a weekend tweet accompanied by the above photograph.

The emotional and hungry twists of  Easter and Passover

“Judge not lest ye be judged.” Matthew 7:1 — MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Co-host Joe Scarborough in a weekend tweet.

“So after not eating meat for 40 days, my first meal back was a Big Boog’s BBQ at Camden Yards. Downed it in 1:30min” — NBC Congressional Correspondent Luke Russert in a weekend tweet.

“It’s a gorgeous and great here in our nation’s capitol. The kind of day that makes me nervous…..too perfect. hmmm it must be God.” — GOProud Co-founder and Exec. Dir. Jimmy LaSalvia in a Sunday tweet.

“Back on the bike shortly. Gonna earn that Virginia honey-glazed ham today! Happy Easter, Passover & Spring! Buh-bye Winter. #Easter #Spring” — Former NY Daily News White House reporter Ken Bazinet in a weekend tweet.

“The Good Friday service always makes me cry. Yes, Easter comes, but the re-enactment of walking the cross slowly to the altar just breaks my heart…and gratitude for His taking up the cross for us.” — Human Events Senior Editor Emily Miller in an emotional weekend tweet.

Fake Jim V. is very religious

“He Is Risen: New tracking polls show “resurrection bump” for Christ #EasterPolitico” — Fake Jim VandeHei in a series of Easter-themed tweets. Another we liked: “J-Mart on why Christ is now frontrunner for 36 AD #EasterPolitico.”

Italian men and washing machines

“Best random stat of the week from Newsweek: 95% of Italian men have never used a washing machine! Probably call their dishwashers Mamma.” — VF‘s Maureen Orth in a weekend tweet.

Anticipatory anger about the Royal Wedding

“Who the fuck is Kate Middleton?” — Gawker Politics Editor Jim Newell in a weekend tweet.

In a rare all-caps tweet from Politico‘s Patrick Gavin: “WHY IS ROBIN LEACH NOT NARRATING A WEEK’S WORTH OF ROYAL WEDDING COVERAGE?”

Is Candy the ‘Wonder Woman’ of CNN?

“@crowleyCNN has anchored 6 days in a row for 3 different #CNN programs: @CNNSOTU, @CNNSitRoom & @JohnKingUSA #wonderwoman.” — CNN Publicist Jennifer Scoggins in a weekend tweet on colleague Candy Crowley.

The sharp questioner

“I start to question people when they clearly lack a sense of humor, or a personality for that matter.” — Politico‘s Amie Parnes in a weekend tweet.

A note to Weingarten on his shitty avatar

“Have I mentioned I really hate your avatar?” — WaPo National Political Correspondent Karen Tumulty to colleague Gene Weingarten, whose avatar, as many know, is a pile of poop.

TV reporter shocked over plant thieves

“Did story on people who steal plants from yards. Really, who sees a bush and says, ‘I want it, think I’ll dig it up.’ Who are they?” — ABC7′s Stephen Tschida in a weekend tweet.

Ez looks down on WaPo‘s WHCD dinner guest

“The Washington Post invited Donald Trump as our guest to the correspondent’s dinner? That’s embarrassing.” — WaPo‘s Ezra Klein in a weekend tweet. Come on WaPo. Klein has spoken. Trump needs to be uninvited immediately.

Journo eyes pretty people elsewhere

“People are just better looking in #Chicago.” — Politico‘s Dave Catanese in a weekend tweet.

A Politician Who Knows His Sh*t: Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio)

politician_pundits_and-other_people_small.jpg There’s a snappy new political show on the landscape. It’s VBS.TV’s “Politicians, Pundits, and Other People with Eddy Morretti.”

Backgrounder: VBS.TV is the online TV channel for Vice, which has a magazine and music label. VBS.TV is backed by Viacom and has a partnership with CNN, so episodes may appear on CNN.com, as well.

Liz Glover, former TWT gossip scribe and yoga instructor, has stepped out of her yoga studio to produce it.

Though Vice is known for edgy, controversial content with a penchant toward debauchery, sex and drugs, don’t think TMZ – the first episode, at least, is more serious than that. The first guest of the show is the “perennial presidential candidate” and “peacenik conscience of the Democratic Party”: Rep. Dennis Kucinich (Ohio). Morretti, the host, wears a black top hat and what Glover calls a “short suit.” His attire truly is fantastic. All reporters should dress like this (for fun or for Halloween). She explains, the weather called for it.

So far, reviews on Kucinich’s performance are a big thumbs up. One watcher remarked, “Oh Dennis, pretty great congressman. He definitely knows his sh*t.”

The VBS.TV crew will return to D.C. regularly. Want to see what’s coming up? Future guests include…

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