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Posts Tagged ‘Kevin Cirilli’

Hey Politico: How About Giving Lauren French a Raise?

Dear Politico, it’s 6:30 p.m. on a day when President Obama has admitted that the IRS has targeted members of the Tea Party. Do you know where Lauren French is?

You should, because she’s dominating the homepage of your site with the lead story and four other stories.  Do you let her outside the newsroom? Does she eat and sleep? Has anyone checked her blood pressure lately?

French is a tax policy reporter for Politico Pro who writes Morning Tax.

It was Logan Dobson, a research analyst at The Tarrance Group, a Republican polling firm, who brought the onslaught of stories by French to our attention by way of Twitter. On Tuesday afternoon he wrote, “Currently leading POLITICO: IRS story by @laurennfrench (w/ @kelsey_snell). Beneath? 4 more stories by @laurennfrench. Give that gal a raise.”

Before Politico, French was an intern at Reuters covering national security and foreign policy. A Politico insider said French is well-liked in the newsroom and is a “hard worker, obviously.”

See the proof of French’s Tuesday. Coming in at a close second was breaking news reporter Kevin Cirilli with four stories on the homepage. Read more

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Morning Oopsy!

Two gay stories, one headline.

A story posted by Politico‘s Kevin Cirilli at 7:45 Monday morning headlined “Will Portman explains dad’s delay” had absolutely nothing to do with Will Portman or his father, Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio). Instead, the article was an aggregated item from the Los Angeles Times regarding the gay cousin of Chief Justice John Roberts, who will sit in this week on Supreme Court hearings concerning same-sex marriage.

The same story appeared elsewhere on the site under the appropriate “John Roberts’ gay cousin to attend hearing” headline.

Roughly one hour later… Read more

Paula Abdul Leaves Party After 10 Minutes

Good champagne. Upscale hors d’ oeuvres. Mannequins in the basement. A non-D.C. type of crowd and atmosphere where reporters won’t go all paparazzi on you. What more could singer Paula Abdul have wanted?

Tough to say. But Abdul left last night’s V magazine party in the bowels of Washington’s Kalorama neighborhood just 10 minutes after the party started. A petite woman dressed in black from head to toe, Abdul came, barely looked up and left so fast that even the sparse early crowd barely noticed she was there. That is, until she was gone.

In her defense, Abdul was on fairly vigorous party schedule. Before the V party, she attended The Creative Coalition’s “Night Before Dinner” at Mari Vanna DC.

Sponsored by Veuve Clicquot and Belvedere Vodka, guests at the V party enjoyed the alcohol and fare as well as peering into the indoor swimming pool inside the quirky home of D.C. Architect Arthur Keyes. Some partygoers thought it resembled “Brady Bunch” house. Later in the evening singer John Legend showed up with an attractive woman in a long red dress.

Throughout the evening a procession of important looking people walked in. “Who is that woman in the red dress?” a male partygoer asked about a different woman in a different red dress. An extremely thin woman in black lace was also the subject of many side conversations.

 

Spotted in the crowd: People‘s Sandra Sobieraj Westfall, Andrei Greenawalt from the White House Chief of Staff’s office, Politico‘s Kevin Cirilli, The Hill‘s Alexandra Jaffe, Mila Beca from Saks Jandel, The Daily Beast’s Lloyd Grove, BuzzFeed‘s Hunter Schwarz, David Shuster’s producer, Daniel Marans, D.C. publicist running the party, Dannia Hakki, SKDKnickerbocker’s Jill Zuckman.

 

ABC’s Raddatz Skips ‘ZeroDarkThirty’ Red Carpet, Examiner‘s Schwab Walks It

When we first showed up to last night’s screening of ZeroDarkThirty at the Newsuem, Politico‘s Tim Mak was persuading a press handler to let him inside the event. He had a ticket in hand but wasn’t on the list.

“There are already two others from Politico on our list,” the handler told Mak. A few minutes later, however, we spotted a happy Mak walking around with what appeared to be a glass of champagne in hand. The crisis wherein Politico would only have two reporters covering an event was averted.

Much of the news media who showed up to the screening weren’t as lucky. They (FishbowlDC included) weren’t allowed in to see the actual movie, a film about the hunt for Osama bin Laden, and were limited to red carpet coverage.

Still, there was plenty of weirdness to see.  Read more