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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 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.

More pictures and guests after the jump…

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BREAKING Mice Run Wild at Allbritton’s Politico

There are mice in Politico‘s house. Not ordinary mice, either. Big fat ones. And newsroom reporters are getting vocal about it in the real world and on Twitter.

Said one scribe on condition of anonymity: “The mice situation in the newsroom is DISGUSTING. We see them now during the day: fat, happy mice sauntering around the newsroom. If you get someone to call the exterminator I’ll be thrilled.” Deputy Politics Editor Sara Libby: @lkmcgann [Laura McGann] claims that the mice @politico are now so brazen, they’re “walking around with hoodies.” She’s fled to our secret Hill office.  Ben Smith‘s Researcher Byron Tau: RT’s @RyanBeckwith: “Mouse wins the morning.” CLICK’s Karin Tanabe:  “@SaraLibby tell it like it is. One zipped right under the desk of @amieparnes yesterday. #justsaynotorodents.” The newly hired Deputy Congressional Editor McGann: “A mouse in the @politico newsroom asked me what I’m looking at. Enroute to super secret Hill bureau.”

What’s Politico management doing about the mice problem? We’ll find out…surely HariHei has something to say.

UPDATE: Editor-in-Chief John Harris tells FishbowlDC: “POLITICO’s newsroom shares a big floor with our ACC cousins—WJLA, channel 8, and TBD. ACC is in charge of administering the physical space. They would be in charge of any exterminator contract. It’s a big physical space between four different news operations–a couple football fields large–and I did hear there may be a mouse running around. I am eager for his/her timely demise.”

UPDATE #2:  An anonymous tipster writes…”On the mouse situation at POLITICO, where I work, it’s been a fairly long-running problem. Danielle Jones actually has several little memorials to mice who have been caught around the office. It sounds morbid, but it’s really not.”

Are You On the Guest List? Find Out This Week.

Coverboy Andrew Noyes of Facebook, former National Journal reporter.

It’s that time of year when the city’s  youthful so-and-sos comb carefully through Washington Life‘s latest issue in hopes of spotting their names…Yes, it’s “Young & the Guest List” season and 2011 marks the fifth anniversary of the magazine’s annual list honoring 250 of Washington’s youngest power players with a little press bump, yearlong bragging rights and access to the magazine’s exclusive and lavish YGL fete.

Out on newsstands early next week, this year’s issue recognizes 150 business leaders, 53 White House and Capitol Hill staffers, 11 restaurateurs, seven athletes and three diplomats.   Thirty-five media types round out the group of movers and shakers.

“Media is sport in Washington and the young professionals playing on the press pitch each day serve an important role in defining the city’s DNA,” Washington Life‘s Michael Clements explained to FishbowlDC.  “We set out to strike a good balance between political, social and arts outlets as well as editorial, digital and business sides of the equation,” Clements added.

Journos who made the cut this year include WaPo‘s Ezra Klein, Roll Call‘s Jackie Kucinich, Politico‘s Patrick Gavin and Karin Tanabe, The Daily’s Jon Ward, The Hill‘s Christina Wilkie, Emily Miller from Human Events, NBC’s Norah O’Donnell, Examiner‘s Katy Adams, Urban Daddy’s Jeff Dufour and Washingtonian‘s Garrett Graff.

The full feature will go live on the Web this week.  Until then, check out the YGLs of yesteryear on WL‘s website.

Inappropriate Party Thoughts

Overheard at the British Embassy book party last night for former Chief of Protocol and Amb. of Hungary Nancy Brinker’s book, Promise Me, a heartfelt rendering about her sister, Susan G. Komen, who died of breast cancer: “Would it be wrong to smoke at a cancer party?”

A small group of journos attended the event including Roll Call‘s HOH duo Elizabeth Brotherton and Ali McSherry, Politico‘s Karin Tanabe (with whom Transportation Sec. Ray LaHood said he had a “cute” interview), WTOP’s Bob Madigan and The Hill‘s gossip scribe and Washington Scene Blogger Christina Wilkie. LaHood treated some reporters to candidly entertaining thoughts on a host of topics that included White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel‘s chances at becoming Chicago mayor and whether Republicans will take the House come November.  They were, however, off the record.

An unfortunate overabundance of tiger and zebra print attire infested the room. Laura Bush arrived late in a more calming but sophisticated fuchsia top and dark gray trousers.

No one was spotted smoking at the party – even outside in the misting rain on the exquisite patio facing beautiful gardens popping with flowers. The cigarette remark was not made by a journalist.

The Daily Caller or Hedonism III? You Decide


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At The Daily Caller, life is loose.

And actions do speak louder than words. On Wednesday night editorial staff and friends of The Daily Caller partied it up with their brand new Keg-O-rater sponsored by Pilsner Urquell. The office has a coffee machine, too. But as Spokeswoman Becca Glover put it, “We don’t have rules. Tucker is 100 percent about freedom. If you can drink and do your job, that’s your decision. It’s all about freedom.”

Being responsible is a plus, but it isn’t mandatory.

What some may not know is this isn’t the first time The Daily Caller has employed unorthodox hedonism when it comes to their reporters. Back at their launch party held at the home of lobbyist Juleanna Glover, party organizers purchased six cartons of Marlboro Reds and by the night’s end, partygoers and DC staff had smoked through all the cartons.

As first reported by Politico, Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson was a no-show to the party. He was tending to journalism business – he was in Manhattan to appear on FNC’s “Hannity” Wednesday night and on ABC’s GMA the following morning. Publisher Neil Patel was on hand. So were a slew of Daily Caller reporters, such as Alex Pappas, Jonathan Strong (and his wife, Anna Beth), Chris Moody, Caroline May, and Deputy Editor Jamie Weinstein with his girlfriend, Lonnie. Daily Caller’s V.P. of Sales Alex Treadway was there and in charge of dealing with pouring beer and dealing with the Keg-O-rater (not a hard job, but an important one). Others in attendance included Politico’s Kiki Ryan and Politico Click’s newest hires Karin Tanabe and Natasha Lennard. Fox News booker Lauren Torlone was there. So were The Weekly Standard‘s Mike McCormack and Mary Katherine Ham.

Some building party moochers (they claimed they were verbally invited to the party – and okay, we believe them) were Gordon Zweig, Jose Biaou and Eric Hynek. They all work at a commercial real estate firm and were enjoying the beer.

A slightly amusing moment occurred when…

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Politico Injects New Blood Into Click

Politico is bringing new faces to Click. Earlier this week, we told you that Washington Life‘s Karin Tanabe has been hired. The second hire is Natasha Lennard, a recent Columbia Journalism School grad who has been ambitiously interning with both the NYT and this summer.

While Tanabe is a native Washingtonian, Lennard is British and hails from England. She was an ambitious intern across the pond as well, where she worked for both The Times and Daily Mail. Tanabe begins on Aug. 18; Lennard begins just after Labor Day on Sept. 7.

See the official announcement after the jump…

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Wilkie to The Hill, Tanabe Upped at WL

FishbowlDC has confirmed that Washington Life ME Christina Wilkie will be taking up residence at The Hill. Insiders tell us that she will be covering the social beat for the Cap. Hill rag. Replacing her at Washington Life is current Deputy Editor Karin Tanabe. Washington Life memo below:

Nancy Reynolds Bagley and Soroush Richard Shehabi, Editor in Chief and CEO of Washington Life magazine, are pleased to announce that Karin Tanabe, currently Deputy Editor of Washington Life, has been promoted to Managing Editor. A Washington native and a graduate of Vassar College, Karin has worked as a columnist and editor for many lifestyle publications covering society, fashion, politics, philanthropy, and high-profile personalities. She began her career as a travel writer, with articles appearing in The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Newsday, The Miami Herald, and The Houston Chronicle, among others.

FishbowlDC spoke with WL EVP Michael Clements who said that he is “very excited for Tanabe to take the reigns.” He also told us that because their existing editorial team is “very strong,” WL will likely hire a “hungry, young editor” rather than someone to take Tanabe’s current post. Time to update your resumes!