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The Divas Inside Margaret Carlson’s Apartment

The scene inside Bloomberg‘s Margaret Carlson‘s picturesque Kalorama apartment last night was regal and serene as staffers at The Atlantic and National Journal gave Emily Lenzner, their new head of corporate communications, a welcome toast. Lenzner (pictured at right on the left) replaces Linda Douglass.

Bigwig journalists and other important-for-Washington people spotted around the living room included The Atlantic‘s Editor James Bennet, WJLA’s Gordon Peterson, CNN’s Hilary Rosen, Michael Steel, spokesman to House Speaker John Boehner and former ABC News producer Ian Cameron, husband to U.S. Nat. Security Advisor Susan Rice. WaPo‘s spunky “Erik Wemple Blog” was apparently there, but we must’ve been on different shifts and didn’t have the pleasure of bumping into him there.

As the mostly typical Washington cocktail party circuit sipped wine, there were homey touches like just baked chocolate chip cookies on trays as well as a large spray of sunflowers in Carlson’s kitchen. There were also servers dotting the room handing out lovely bite-sized snacks such as spinach feta flat bread squares.

The most dramatic part of the evening came when partygoers hushed long enough for Carlson and The Atlantic‘s Editor-at-Large Steve Clemons to give short speeches. “It’s great to be in Margaret’s home tonight,” Clemons began, before moving into this: “What The Atlantic does well is hire divas. I’m gay, so being a diva is high praise.” He glanced around the room and called out various “divas” such as National Journal’s newly installed Editor Tim Grieve, “the political diva” and the always charming (ha-ha) John Fox Sullivan (an “extraordinary diva”). Publisher David Bradley was named as “totally a Divo” along with Bennet and Carlson. He concluded, “Emily, I know you’re a diva as well.”

Lenzner did not demur about the “diva” comment and said she was happy to be part of the diva crew. She left it at that and encouraged guests to return to mingling.

Upon meeting Grieve (who once received a FishbowlDC award for having the worst temper in Washington) he shook my hand, exchanged niceties and said, “It’s been 30 seconds and I haven’t yelled at you.” He added, “I don’t have horns.”

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Lamp Post May Have Saved Journo’s Life

Washingtonian‘s Editor-at-Large Carol Joynt has uncovered the strangest of stories this week. To give you the basics, on Thursday night, Atlantic Media Publisher-at-Large John Fox Sullivan was walking outside the Four Seasons in Georgetown when a car swerved up onto the sidewalk.

Some 21 stitches and a lamp post later, Sullivan’s alive, but his ankle is in sad shape.

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The Atlantic’s Owner David Bradley’s House Party

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Many are already calling it the most civilized party of the weekend. And that it seemed to be, though just being Friday night, it was a tough call to make so soon into Prom weekend.

The Atlantic Media Company owner David Bradley graciously welcomed guests to his posh home last night — some for pre-dinner cocktails only and the luckier among them for a fancy “Green” dinner poolside in the backyard. The event was catered by Susan Gage Caterers; the napkins were cloth.

It was no ordinary pool. Just behind it was a sizable fire bit, flames blazing on the warm summer evening.

No flashy superstars showed, though I was told Ricky Schroder was a guest last year and sat outside by the pool because he didn’t know anyone. Just insidery Washington media types like New York Social Diary’s Carol Joynt, The Atlantic’s Editor James Bennet, Yahoo News!’s Michael Calderone, NJ’s Editor-at-Large John Fox Sullivan hanging out amidst a well-dressed crowd in the driveway of Bradley’s home sipping cocktails. In the driveway were two shiny Audi’s – one bone white SUV and a silver sedan.

Some complained that the cars were getting in the way of the party. Other guests didn’t seem to notice or mind and used the cars for drink stands. (Confession: the white wine that FishbowlDC sampled was absolutely fantastic.)

Sullivan, a charmer, explained his at-large post at NJ: “That means I used to run the company and now I’m the elder statesman,” he said, explaining that he worked for Newsweek between 1970-75 and then came on as publisher of NJ. “I went from a very big pond to a very small pond.”

He acknowledged the major changes happening at NJ, including the layoffs of columnists and eight members of the editorial staff. He said the changes were for the best. “I’m more excited about our company now than I have been in four or five years,” he said.

I grilled Bennet on what he reads on a regular basis: NYT, WSJ, WaPo — the former NYT scribe reads the NYT most thoroughly. He also checks out a variety of Web sites all day long, but not too much or, he says, he won’t get anything done. His required reading list includes: Politico, Gawker, Memorandum, Atlantic Wire, Business Insider. Tweeters he enjoys include: Reuters’s Felix Salmon, WaPo’s Dave Weigel, Slate’s John Dickerson, CBS’s Mark Knoller and NYT business columnist David Carr.

“This is by far the most civilized event of the WHCD madness,” Joynt told Bradley in the driveway. “It’s a breath of fresh air.”

A guest striding by marveled, “What a glorious night!”

Bradley tried to tell Joynt that other parties were quite popular. Joynt jokingly dismissed him, saying, “Oh, they’re all mosh pits.”

A very gracious host, Bradley worked the pre-dinner driveway cocktail circuit fluidly. “It’s probably one of the smaller parties,” he acknowledged of his upscale gathering.

Bradley remarked that he’s not really up on who the big stars are these days – he said he could have Angelina Jolie to one side of him and Motion Picture Association’s late Jack Valenti to the other, and be far more acquainted with Valenti. “I’m 57, and as I get older, I have less understanding of who the it people are,” he said.

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David Bradley in his driveway.

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Bradley’s backyard pool.

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