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Huff Post Launches New Video Series Fueled by Booze

Screen Shot 2014-06-05 at 15.18.25The new HuffPost Politics roundtable video series “Wait, Is This Thing On?” launched this afternoon and is set to explore current events, political news, and the latest issues on Capitol Hill. Quite possibly the best aspect of the program? Hosts and guests are encouraged to booze.

“Reporting and news commentary today is increasingly broken down into smaller and smaller bites,” said Sam Stein, senior political editor for The Huffington Post. “And while cable news segments and tweets certainly have their place, we kind of miss the extended conversation too.”

Stein went on to add that, ” ‘Wait, Is This Thing On?’ brings together top voices on a specific subject, sits them around a table, plies them with booze, and tapes what happens. The goal is to produce an unvarnished, enlightening, and generally fun talk about weighty and non-weighty matters. And if we don’t achieve that, well, at least we get free beer (thanks, Arianna!).” Read more

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Julie Rovner Leaving NPR for KFF

Kaiser Family Foundation announced last week that NPR  health correspondent Julie Rovner will be coming on board as a Robin Toner Distinguished Fellow.

While at NPR, Rovner has reported on health policy and politics in Washington and around the country.  Rovner has also served as NPR’s lead correspondent covering the passage and implementation of the Affordable Care Act. She is also the author of Health Care Policy and Politics A-Z, published by CQ Press.

Rovner will begin her fellowship in May and will also work as a Senior Correspondent with Kaiser Health News (KHN) and its news partners, covering health policy and politics and doing enterprise reporting for a variety of platforms.

Morning Chatter

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Things that make you go huh?

“the H is O” — CNN’s Jake Tapper. To which a follower wondered, “The W the F does that mean?” TPM”s Igor Bobic got in on it, saying, “V to the izz-A.” Which caused Politico‘s Juana Summers to remark, “Thank you for going there.”

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Washingtonians cranky?

“I think everyone in Washington needs a nap. #crankypeople.” — NPR health reporter Julie Rovner.

imagesWarning: Journo with a migraine

“This might be the worst migraine I’ve had in 3 years. #BackToBed” — WMAL and Brietbart‘s Larry O’Connor.

Incredible feats: A 93-year-old can Skype?

“My grandfather turned 93 today. He just sent me his first ever Skype message. Complete text: ‘How’” — Mother Jones‘ Managing Editor Clint Hendler.

Your day could be far worse

“Family: Man who set self on fire at the National Mall was mentally ill.” — WUSA9.

Unknown-2SHAME ON THE WHITE HOUSE MEDIA!

“Questions from WH press corps are pathetic. As of this moment, not a single tough or challenging inquiry.” — FNC’s Brit Hume. Colleague Bret Baier concurred, saying, “Agreed–Nothing at all.” Where’s Ed Henry at a time like this? Ed’s comments, at least on Twitter, after the presser: “Admin official says while President is open to a deficit panel, veto threat came b/c GOP version would only touch spending & not revenue. After President said at newser he’d accept a process like creating a new deficit panel to give GOP cover, WH issues veto threat on … panel.” And then he shot a beautiful picture of Washington. In fairness to Henry, Obama never called on him at the press conference. See his beautiful sky shot after the jump…

Reporter can’t help but wonder…

“I wonder if Capitol Police officers secretly enjoyed arrested the guys partially responsible for them not getting paid right now.” — National Journal reporter Alex Seitz-Wald.

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Morning Chatter

In other words: SHUT UP!

“My dad always said – among many other things – when you are talking you are not learning anything.” — Sen. John Cornyn (Twitter).

Arianna wants peace in her relationships

“I love the word ‘Hoʻoponopono’: an ancient Hawaiian practice of ‘making things right’ and working through differences in relationships.” — HuffPost-AOL Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington.

The Emotional Observer

“Oh God. So now Kerry is saying air strikes to degrade the capacity of a man gassing his people is not ‘an act of war.’ PLEASE” — Daily Beast Senior National Security Reporter Eli Lake.

Journo finds Netflix drama “idiotically unrealistic”

“OK, so I finished watching House of Cards this weekend. Most unrealistic of all the idiotically unrealistic things in it? The free-flowing traffic on North Capitol Street in the opening credits (BTW, I really hate my new commute)” — NPR Health Policy Correspondent Julie Rovner (Facebook).

Congrats!

“Moving on up…I am off to InTheCapital next week as a DC Lifestyle writer! So excited! This means a big torch passing. Meet Nicole Mills, Guest of a Guest DC’s new Managing Editor!” — Guest of a Guest D.C. Editor Sophie Pyle.

Oversharing Sherri wants Chicos to feature larger sizes

“Hey @Chicos …if you really have a line that makes you appear “slimmer” then don’t use a size 2 model…would love to see that line on a 16″ — ABC “The View’s” Sherri Shepherd.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 9:15 a.m.

Convo Among Journos and Amtrak

“Sen McCain apologizes to Theresa Heinz Kerry “for what I’m about to do to John.” #Syria”” — The Weekly Standard‘s Stephen Hayes.

“For once, am glad I’m on Amtrak.” — conservative radio host Laura Ingraham.

“We’re glad to hear it :) We appreciate you traveling with us!” — Amtrak.

 

Want a Friend in Washington? Get a…

Dexter von Frisch, Twitter handle: @DexterVonFrisch

As the famous saying goes, if you want a friend in Washington, get a dog. Not this dog, mind you. Status: Already taken.

Which journo has the cutest dog in Washington?

Find out who after the jump…

P.S. If you think we’re wrong and that yours is actually the cutest dog in Washingon, send in your photographs. We’d love to see. Send to FishbowlDC@mediabistro.com or to FishbowlBetsy@gmail.com.

> Update #1: Politico‘s newbee Dan Hirschhorn thinks he’s got the cutest dog. “Even though I’m new to the DC press corps (I started at POLITICO just a few weeks ago), I would not-so-humbly submit that no Beltway journalist could possibly have a cuter dog than my little Penny.” Meet Penny below.

> Update #2: We have another contender. FBDC’s Matt Dornic writes in, “Betsy, while I respect Penny and her adorableness, I must insist that you reconsider any further K-9 cuteness honors until you reacquaint yourself with Cooper aka “Smalls.”  As you know, I have three but Cooper (attached) is most certainly the cutest dog in Washington.” Meet Cooper below.

> Update #3: The Washington Examiner‘s White House correspondent Julie Mason is throwing her pooch into the ring. “This is outrageous. Who are these effete gentlemen with their tiny little poodles with sad eyes? My Australian cattle dog, Gomez, will fight those dogs (right after his nap) and win.” Meet Gomez below.

> Update #4: Amanda Carpenter, speechwriter and Communications Advisor to Sen. Jim DeMint, submits her dog Wiki. She likes to go to tea parties (the dog and maybe Carpenter, too). Meet Wiki below.

> Update #5: NPR‘s Julie Rovner brings Gromit into the contest. Meet Gromit below.

> Update #6: Qorvis’s Jessica Baer thinks her Gizmo is cutest. She says, “You can find him on the lawn of the Library of Congress and strutting all over the hill, of course in a manly way!” Meet Gizmo below.

> Update #7: Stephanie Kotuby, senior booker for CNN, says the other dogs have nothing on Piper. Meet Piper below.

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The Fishbowl Interview With Emily Heil

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Emily Heil.jpg Say hello to Emily Heil, who writes the must-read, polished Heard on the Hill gossip column with Elizabeth Brotherton for Roll Call. It’s always great to see Emily at a party and watch her hard at work. And personally, I enjoy the fact that she has the good sense to see merit in covering lawmakers’ facial hair. Speaking of hair, be sure to read her comical “Most Embarrassing Career Moment” after the jump.

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? Champagne

How often do you Google yourself? Almost never-it’s too scary.

Who is your favorite working journalist? My husband, Eric Hoover, a reporter at the Chronicle of Higher Education

Did you see “Twilight” and “New Moon?” If so, who is more your type, Edward or Jacob? I saw “Twilight” and I confess I’ve read the whole series. Neither is my “type,” but I wouldnÂ’t kick Robert Pattinson out of my coffin.

Who would you rather have dinner with – First Lady Michelle Obama or Bestselling Author and former V.P. candidate Sarah Palin? Both. Over champagne and mooseburgers.

When did you last cry and why? Yesterday. RIP, Corey Haim.

What word do you routinely misspell? Anything that’s i-before-e. I guess it’s my last name that makes me want to reverse it.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? Whatever’s the Blackberry default. Exciting, I know.

What swear word do you use most often? Fracking. Eric Massa and I have at LEAST one thing in common.

What word or phrase do you overuse? See above!

What TV show do you have to watch? Lost. Don’t bother calling me on Tuesday nights.

Where do you shop most often for your clothes? I love a bargain: eBay, Filene’s, and vintage stores.

More funny, fracking details about Heil after the jump…

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Public Broadcasting Day at WH: PBS & NPR Snag Separate Interviews

On Thursday, the First Family will escape to Hawaii for the holidays…but not before a few more interviews.

This afternoon at 1.45pm, POTUS will interview with NPR’s Julie Rovner followed 30 minutes later by PBS Jim Lehrer at 2.15pm.

Kennedy Coverage

Network specials and coverage of Ted Kennedy’s death are being announced. Here’s a rundown:

ABC News
ABC News will broadcast an hour special on the passing of Senator Ted Kennedy, anchored by Charles Gibson from Hyannis Port, MA and Diane Sawyer in New York. The ABC News Special, “Remembering Ted Kennedy,” will air at 10:00 PM tonight.

Coverage of Senator Kennedy’s passing will also be featured on “World News with Charles Gibson,” originating from Hyannis Port; “Nightline,” anchored by Cynthia McFadden; ABC News Radio, and on ABC News NOW throughout the day, as well as on tomorrow’s “Good Morning America.” ABCNEWS.com has dedicated a special section, “Ted Kennedy: A Remarkable Life” available here.

CBS News
CBS News will look back at the life and legacy of Senator Edward “Teddy” Kennedy with the primetime special “Ted Kennedy, The Last Brother,” anchored by Katie Couric tonight (8:00-9:00 PM) on the CBS Television Network. Featuring exclusive footage culled from CBS News’ archives, the program is an intimate look at Kennedy – both the public face and the private man – as told through intimate interviews and candid moments captured over the last 40 years.

CNN
Throughout the day, CNN lead political anchor Wolf Blitzer joins regular, dayside programming from Washington D.C. with interviews and reports about the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy. Guests include former Sen. Birch Bayh (D-IN), President Jimmy Carter, former Sen. Bill Frist (R-TN.), Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Sen. John McCain (R-AZ.) Theodore Sorenson, former adviser to President John F. Kennedy, former Sen. John Warner (R- Va.) and more.

Contributing to the coverage will be senior congressional correspondent Dana Bash, senior political correspondent Candy Crowley and chief national correspondent John King.

At 7pm ET, CNN will air the HBO documentary “Teddy in His Own Words,” which “chronicles Senator Kennedy’s remarkable life from his childhood through his speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.” The two-hour special will be hosted by Campbell Brown.

NPR
From 2:00PM to 3:00PM (ET), NPR congressional correspondent Andrea Seabrook will host an hour-long call-in special. Seabrook will interview guests about Kennedy’s life of service and influential career in the Senate, and invite questions from the audience. Guests include Congressman Barney Frank, former U.S. Senator John Sununu, professor and scholar Ronald Walters and Thomas Oliphant, who covered Kennedy for 40 years for the Boston Globe. Listeners may join the conversation by calling (800) 989-8255 or sending an email to talk@npr.org

Beginning at 7:00PM (ET), NPR will explore Kennedy’s life – his role as a legislative lion in the Senate; his focus on civil rights, and on fighting for the disenfranchised; and his personal life and struggles – in an hour-long program. Host Linda Wertheimer will be joined by a roundtable offering political analysis on the legacy Kennedy leaves behind, with legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg, senior news analyst Juan Williams, health policy correspondent Julie Rovner and political editor Ken Rudin.

MSNBC
MSNBC will present a first look at “The Kennedy Brothers: A Hardball Documentary,” tonight at 9 p.m. ET and tomorrow, Thursday Aug. 27, at 7 p.m. ET. “Headliners and Legends: Ted Kennedy” at 11 PM tonight.

*We’ll continue to update as we learn ‘em.