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Several Promotions at the NBC News Washington Bureau

NBC_ArtNBC News Washington bureau chief Ken Strickland and deputy bureau chief Meaghan Rady sent a note staff announcing several promotions.

They include Kristin Donnelly to the White House producing team, working with Chris Jansing, whom she worked with on “Jansing & Co.;” Frank Thorp V as Senate producer and off-air reporter; Alex Moe as House of Representatives producer; and Abigail Williams to the State Department beat.

Strickland and Rady’s memo to staff after the jump. Read more

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Kasie Hunt Named MSNBC Political Correspondent

09TDeQkWNBC News’ Kasie Hunt shared on Twitter Wednesday that in advance of the 2014 midterm elections, she will join MSNBC as a political correspondent. Hunt joined the peacock network in January 2013 as an off-air reporter and producer, appearing regularly on MSNBC as a political reporter.

Congrats to Hunt!

Members Best Bad News Babes at 6th Annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game

20140618_200438_3Wednesday night near Eastern Market, women members of Congress and the press who cover them gathered for the sixth annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game.

Highlights of the evening: A 10-5 win for the Members over the Bad News Babes, if you were rooting for those elected. $175k raised for the Young Survival Coalition. A first pitch thrown by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords alongside friends Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Gifford’s Tweet to 50 Cent saying, “bet you my first pitch will be better than yours was!” Roll Call’s Abby Livingston named MVP for the press team. House Speaker John A. Boehner, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor ‘in the house.’

Lowlights: ‘Feel like’ temperatures of 99* and 95* in the 7 and 8 pm hours last night, respectively. No air conditioning. A third inning injury for Schultz. The temperature.

After the jump is a rundown of the evening, as told on Twitter. Read more

Women Ruled Zentan for 2014 Series Launch

10001385_748690051810766_1034168253_nLast night, POLITICO, Google and the Tory Burch Foundation kicked off the “Women Rule” series for 2014 at Zentan. The cocktail reception brought together participants from last year’s series and invited them to share their aspirations for the coming year. The event also featured Zentan’s Executive Chef Jennifer Nguyen, a contestant on Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay.

The first “Women Rule” event is scheduled for late March in DC – more details are expected soon. The series will also host events in New York City and San Francisco this year, capping off with an end-of-year conference in Washington.

1904150_748690041810767_1961860382_nIn attendance: CNN’s Brianna Keilar, Gloria Borger, Erin McPikeMichelle Jaconi, and Kristen Holmes; NBC’s Betsy Fischer Martin and Kasie Hunt; MSNBC’s Karen Finney; Washington Post’s Ruth Marcus: Larry King’s producer Carrie Stevenson; WJLA’s Autria Godfrey and Jummy Olabanji; Time’s Jay Newton Small; Yahoo’s Garance Franke-Ruta; InTheCapital’s Sophie Pyle; BitchesWhoBrunch.com’s Cori Sue Morris (since it’s the weekend, wa-la, bitcheswhobrunch.com!); Emily’s List’s Marcy Stech; SKDKnickerbocker’s Jill Zuckman; Kim Oates from the House Radio-TV Gallery; Brunswick Group’s Su-Lin Nichols; the White House’s Tara McGuinness; Corcoran’s Rachel Cothran; Komen’s Kiki Ryan; Kate Bake’s Katelyn Sornik; Tracy Sefl; Gloria Dittus; and Mindy Finn.

1528463_748689968477441_335092248_nAs well as sponsors, including POLITICO’s Kim Kingsley, Lois Romano, Beth Lester Sidhu, Christine Delargy, Jessie Niewold, and Peter Cherukuri; the new head of the Tory Burch Foundation Bari Mattes (her first week in the position!); and Google’s Jesse Suskin, Sam Smith and Mistique Cano.

Photos by Rod Lamkey Jr.

Sam Youngman’s Goodbye Soirée is ‘The Other Side of This Town’

photo-25A sizable gathering of journos packed into the dimly-lit Oyster Bar of Old Ebbitt Grill last night to bid farewell to Sam Youngman, who’s headed to Lexington, Ky. to shake things up at the Kentucky-Herald Leader.

“It’s so easy to sh-t all over this town, and I will continue to do so with great relish,” Youngman told FishbowlDC by email today. “But last night was a reminder that there are so many wonderful and talented people here, and I’m fortunate to know them.”

Kevin Madden, a CNN Contributor, pointed out last night, “This is the other side of This Town.” You hear that Mark Leibovich?

The party was meticulously organized by CBS Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett, who regularly frequents Old Ebbitt and is something of a star there. (We resisted the terrible urge to give Garrett an impromptu spelling test. He assures that he can spell fairly well, just not in a Spelling Bee format.)

See who showed up. Read more

Light Trash Talking Begins Ahead of Congressional Women’s Softball Game

It’s almost time for the Congressional Women’s Softball Game. It’s the annual event that pits female lawmakers against female journalists in a softball game that benefits the “Young Survival Coalition.” It’s always a fun affair, but it’s not something that participating journalists or politicians take lightly. It’s competitive. They practice for weeks leading up to the game and play hard when it comes around.

This time, they’ve even started talking smack in the lead-up to the big game, which takes place on Wednesday, June 26. It all started with NBC’s Kasie Hunt, who tweeted a shot of herself in the batting cages, telling Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL) to “look out.”

Wasserman-Schultz responded. Read more

Memorial Day: Who Did it Well?

Washington journalists and political onlookers took to Memorial Day much as they would any other day. They flooded Twitter with the gamut of occasionally entertaining and mind-numbing commentary. Some felt some need to lecture their peers, while others had serious matters to address — in one case, a decision to quit drinking, which was later praised by MSNBC’s Al Sharpton. Here we offer 11 ways in which the writers and political types reacted to Memorial Day. Who did it well and who has major room for improvement next year?

A sicky on Memorial Day Weekend sees the glass half full: Shop till you drop!

“You know what you can do a lot of while you’re home sick in bed for 3 days? Online shopping. You can do a lot of online shopping.” — Washingtonian Fashion Editor Kate Bennett.

Troops. What troops? This is my anniversary.

“Memorial Day 2004 I made a decision that changed my life. I haven’t had a drink since.” — GOProud Co-founder Jimmy LaSalvia.

Short, sweet and just right.

“Thank you. #MemorialDay.” — NBC’s Kasie Hunt.

Who better to salute the troops than Sherri Shepherd?

“Thank you to all the veterans who have defended our freedom. And thank you to all military personnel who sacrifice daily. God bless you.” — ABC “The View’s” Co-host Sherri Shepherd, who took a brief break from oversharing to thank the troops.

Reality sets in. The weekend is not a break from murder, wildfires.

“Twelve people were shot in four days over Memorial Day weekend in Baltimore.” — The Baltimore Sun.

“Surging wildfire forced more than 1,000 people, including Memorial Day campers, to evacuate the mountains of California’s Santa Barbara.” — NBC’s Al Roker.

How thoughtful. The Lecturer.

“#MemorialDay: Enjoy the holiday, but take a moment to remember the reason behind it.” — Chicago Book Editor Beth Renaldi, who often has a thing or two to say about Washington politics and journalists. Thank God she reminded us what the day is really about.

The instigator and would-be weatherman tries to incite the progressives.

“It’s 46º (really cold) and snowing in New York on Memorial Day – tell the so-called ‘scientists’ that we want global warming right now!” — Donald Trump.

Fun in the sun!

“Having fun in Chris and April’s pool over the Memorial Day holiday with @DexterVonFrisch.” — Syndicated columnist and Bullfight Strategies’ Karl Frisch. Dexter, his dog, won FBDC’s DogBowl 2011 as the cutest dog in Washington.

But, unfortunately, it’s not all fun and swimming with adorable dogs.

“I officially live in the Ghetto, local store robbed, my pool didn’t open on memorial day and the air condition is broke, shall I name names?” — DC’s answer to paparazzi, Marky Mark, a.k.a. Celebrity photographer Mark Wilkins.

From the Dept. of Bragiculture. Clearly, I won the day.

“I spent Memorial Day with @TeamRubicon, fighting the battle of SW 7th St in Moore, Okla.” — TIME‘s Joe Klein. Read all about it here.

Rounding out Memorial Day on a gay note.

“Standout lead performances from Michael Douglas & Matt Damon in the Liberace biopic light up HBO’s #BehindtheCandelabra.” — Miami Herald feature writer Howard Cohen.

 

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

“I think we have enough beer. Maybe not?”Politico‘s Ginger Gibson.

“The logo has since been changed. Too bad the candidate can’t be changed.” — MSNBC “Hardball” host Chris Matthews on ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner’s skyline screwup on his campaign website.

Boss sends reporter directions to his office

“Boss sent me an invite on Google calendar. Invite helpfully offers me directions to his office, up 4 floors. Thanks, Google.” — National Journal “The Hotline’s” Editor-in-Chief Reid Wilson.

It is what it is…is what it is

“Phrase that should be banned: “It is what it is.” — WaPo‘s Ben Pershing, who linked to this story in WaPo in which Weiner employed the phrase in reaction to women who may come forward with more pictures.

JMart gets new handle  

“Thanks for all the love, folks. Means a lot. New handle: @jmartNYT” — Politico‘s Jonathan Martin, who, as previously reported, landed a new gig at the NYT. We do hope he’ll still be the go-to Twitter guide for 13-year-old girls.

Bad job interview memories…

“Had the most humiliating job interview of my life at ESPN. Good times.” — Mother JonesNick Baumann.

Convo Between Two Journos

NYT‘s Michael Barbaro: Weiner on Politico today: ““Actual people don’t read that”

Politico‘s Glenn Thrush: “Guess we under-covered his long list of legislative accomplishments.”

IRS Press Office is crap

“I love how all this Lerner stuff is coming from other sources, not the IRS’ utterly unhelpful press office.” – Politico‘s Byron Tau.

Editor has advice for politicians 

“#Protip for pols trying to avoid making news with an answer to a tough question. Start with ‘my position has always been…’” — BuzzFeed Political Editor McKay Coppins.

More Morning Chatter… Read more

Separated at Birth: ‘The Skipper’ and ‘Sid’

Today we’re going off the beaten path to bring you a different kind of Separated at Birth.  We have NBC News’ Kasie Hunt‘s dog, who she calls The Skipper and Sid who belongs to Chuck Holmes, the supervising editor of NPR’s “Morning Edition.”

Uncanny, right?

Ex-Politico’s Karin Tanabe: ‘I was Terrified’

Ex-Politico staffer Karin Tanabe revealed last night that there will be a sequel to her fictional book The List. “There’s got to be a sequel,” she said at a party celebrating the publication of her first book.

Though The List is a kind of fictional tell-all about Tanabe’s tenure at Politico, several current staffers still showed up to offer congratulations. Former employees showed up as well, including Kendra Marr Chaikind, who was fired from the publication in 2011.

“I wrote it really fast in secrecy,” Tanabe said in a short speech to the room of 70-ish attendees. She started it in the summer of 2011 while still working at Politico. “I was terrified,” she said.

Tanabe acknowledged other Politico “survivors” in the room (some of whom could be heard trading jokes about Politico) and said her book is about “paying homage” to reporters working in today’s new media environment. Of new media, she said, “It’s easier to make your career but also break your career.”

At one point, what appeared to be the cast of D.C. Housewives swooped in and had their photo snapped by the photographer. Among the women (and wearing all sorts of furs and leathers) were… Read more

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