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Friday WHC Weekend Guide – 8 Parties, One Night

Yesterday we gave you a rundown of what’s to come the Thursday before White House Correspondents’ Weekend. Now we’re back with everything taking place on Friday -a full-on cluster of eight events taking place throughout the city. Just keeping track of all of them has been a hassle!

Check out the list, after the jump.

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Morning Splash

What’s Happening
— “Farmland” screening at the National Press Club, 7 p.m.
— Diversity among White House Press Corp panel at George Washington University, 11 a.m.

The Revolving Door
Emily Miller‘s first day at Fox 5 WTTG

Birthdays
— HyperVocal’s Lee Brenner (Sunday, April, 27)

Fishbowl Fun Fact
The highest point in the state of Florida is only 345 feet above sea level.

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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

UrbanDaddy Holiday Party

WJLA’s Rebecca Cooper, Yeas & Nays Nikki Schwab and Katy Adams, HyperLocal’s Lee Brenner, HuffPo’s Peter Cherukuri, Washington Post’s Katherine Boyle and Fiona Zeblin, Express’ Sara Schwartz, Revamp’s Daniel Swartz, Pamela Sorensen, and Hot 99.5′s Samy K are just a few of the media types who joined Jeff Dufour for UrbanDaddy’s holiday party last night.  Held at AGAINN, the group was treated to specialty cocktails, small bites and a sampling of  Johnnie Walker’s entire collection of Scotch.  Party pics below.


Brenner, Sohmer Launch HyperVocal

Lee Brenner, former Senior Producer at CNN and Political Director for MySpace has partnered with former EP of Lou Dobbs Slade Sohmer for a new internet news venture.  Named HyperVocal, the site launched yesterday with the mission to “aggregate the most comprehensive summary of the hyper-frenetic news cycle for the so-called Facebook Generation.”

“With HyperVocal we’re scouring the range of media relevant to our audience based on what we are interested in ourselves and what our readers bring to our attention; we combine the rules of professional journalism with the real voice of this generation—smart yet snarky, sophisticated yet sassy, and evidently, alliterative,” said Sohmer who now serves as HyperVocal’s EIC and co-founder.

The site has already signed an eclectic mix of activist bloggers to compliment their aggregated news stream.  Their roster includes actress and co-founder of Voto Latino Rosario Dawson, Blonde Charity Mafia’s Katherine Kennedy, and Blake Skjellerup, openly-gay short-track Olympic speedskater.

HyperVocal ‘s business model includes traditional ad sales and partner-driven revenue, as well as sponsorship of the daily newsletter, site and section takeovers, sponsorship of videos and content and forthcoming mobile applications.  Check it out here.

WL’s Passport to Peru

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L: Lee Brenner and Kevin Chaffee R: Pisco Sours

Washington Life Executive Editor Michael Clements held court at the Textile Museum last night for Washington Life’s “Best of Peru” party. The event, featuring Peruvian travel destinations, alpaca fashion, native delicacies and home decor ideas was the perfect venue for a Pisco Sour Mix-off.

While seven of the area’s top mixologists created their versions of the famed Peruvian potion, media types such as Pamela’s Punch blogger Pamela Sorensen, Allison Priebe Brooks,Lee Brenner, CBS’ Christine Delargy, Washington Life’s Kevin Chaffee, QGA’s Chris Brown, Brendan Kownacki and Kimball Stroud mingled under the tent to the beat of the band.
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Heather Guay, Christine Delargy, Allison Priebe Brooks, Pamela Sorenson

Journos Mingle with Rosario Dawson

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Actress Rosario Dawson headlined an event last evening for Voto Latino, an organization she co-founded, aimed at getting the Latino population to fill out their census forms.

Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis – the first Latina Cabinet member and White House domestic policy advisor Melody Barnes also spoke on a panel organized by Voto Latino’s Maria Teresa Kumar. PBS’ Maria Hinojosa moderated.

In the crowd: Tammy Haddad, Lani Hay, Lee Brenner, Christina Sevilla, Politico’s Kiki Ryan, CBS’ Christine Delargy and Kaylee Hartung and Tim Burger – did you know that he and Rosario are BFF??

Overheard at the cocktail hour, Rosario: “Where’s Burger?” The two became chummy after a White House Correspondents Association Dinner a few years ago.

Also overheard – Secretary Solis’ nephew asking CBS producers who Rosario Dawson was…after snapping a pic with her.

Morgan Freeman in DC for “Invictus” Screening


Mediocre blackberry pic of Matthews and Freeman by yours truly.

Renowned actor Morgan Freeman graced DC last evening for a screening of “Invictus,” which hits theaters December 11th. Directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Matt Damon, it’s the story of South African President Nelson Mandela’s campaign to host the 1995 Rugby World Cup event in his first term.

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews hosted a Q&A with Freeman at National Geographic after the screening, which received a standing ovation from a nearly full theater that included the likes of Fox News’ Chris Wallace, CNN’s David Bohrman, Kevin Madden and President Obama’s right-hand man Reggie Love.

“You can’t tell Mandela’s whole story in a movie,” Freeman said of the rugby storyline he convinced Eastwood to direct. Matthews first opened questions to South Africans in the audience– “you portray Mr. Mandela very well” and “the movie was emotional,” women at the screening said to Freeman.

The “Invictus” star admits he has yet to see the film, though he will when it premieres. “I’m terrified… I’d much rather believe you when you say it’s good,” he said.

As for who should play Obama in a movie, Freeman definitively says “Denzel,” as in actor Denzel Washington.

Also in attendance: USA Today‘s Susan Page, MSNBC’s David Shuster, Bloomberg’s Julianna Goldman, ABC’s Rick Klein and David Chalian, WaPo‘s Jonathan Capehart, CNN’s Gloria Borger, Paul Begala, Sam Feist and Peter Hamby, Politico‘s Mike Allen, Jonathan Martin, Ken Vogel and Kiki Ryan, CongressDaily‘s Erin McPike, Time‘s Jay Newton Small, Roll Call‘s Shira Toeplitz, CBS’ Laura Strickler, Matthew Cooper, Karen Finney, Lee Brenner, Mark Adelman, Mark Paustenbach, Taylor Griffin and Michael Feldman, among others.

Warner Bros. and Mandela Day hosted the screening.

DC’s Women in Media Support the Rebecca Project


Juleanna Glover and Richard Wolffe with Rebecca Project’s Malika Saada-Saar and a party guest.

Juleanna Glover opened the doors of her Kalorama home Saturday night to some of DC’s most powerful women in media to benefit the Rebecca Project for Human Rights. This is a group founded by executive director Malika Saada-Saar and Autumn VandeHei to advocate for women who have survived addiction, incarceration and poverty.

Women who have benefited from the Rebecca Project, the “Mother Leaders” attended the party, sharing their stories with special hosts Carol Browner, Tammy Haddad, Betsy Fischer (who had to leave early for a “Meet the Press” pretape with Secretary Hillary Clinton), Norah O’Donnell, Amy Holmes, Robin Sproul, Sally Quinn and Jessica Yellin.

It was most certainly a ladies night… CNN’s Dana Bash and Edie Emery, WaPo‘s Liz Spayd and Ceci Connolly, Politico‘s Nia-Malika Henderson and Kiki Ryan, Politics Daily‘s Emily Miller, msnbc.com’s Carrie Dann, Congress Daily‘s Erin McPike, Time‘s Jay Newton Small, The Hill‘s A.B. Stoddard, Washington Life‘s Janet Donovan, Christina Sevilla, Miss DC 2008 Kate Marie Grinold and Katie McCormick Lelyveld from First Lady Michelle Obama’s office attended. And the Glover sisters- TWT‘s Liz Glover, Becca Glover and Kristin Glover.

These ladies were joined by Politico‘s Jim VandeHei, host Autumn’s husband, O’Donnell’s husband Chef Geoff Tracy, NYT‘s Mark Liebovich, WaPo‘s Perry Bacon, Richard Wolffe, Winston Lord, Mix 107.3′s Tommy McFly, Lee Brenner, Mark Paustenbach, Pepper Watkins, Marc Adelman, Michael Feldman and White House economic advisor Austan Goolsbee. Also Susanna Quinn and Jack Quinn, and Shanti Stanton and Matt Stanton.

In remarks at the party, Saada-Saar thanked VandeHei and the women involved, “Our organization stands on the shoulders of many people.” “We come together to honor the work of these women, to honor the work of mothers and to really recognize what happens when we as women and mothers come together across the divides of race, class, education, lived experience and honor ourselves,” she said.

The event was sponsored by Goldman Sachs’s 10,000 Women, and Brown-Forman generously donated the party’s wine and martinis. Attendees could donate online or by pledge cards.

For more on these women’s stories, check out Emily’s Post on Politics Daily, and for video of Saar’s remarks, check out Politico Click.

Photos by Emily Miller.


NPR’s Michel Martin, Autumn VandeHei and Amy Holmes.


CNN’s Dana Bash and Jessica Yellin.

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BTDubs, Keeks Bday Party Was Obvi Totes Brills

Janet Donovan hosted a birthday party for Kiki Ryan last night at Teatro Goldoni, after her first day with Politico Click where she’ll be covering “night life” (and we assure you, she’s an expert). Though we do love her, we promise this is the last post on Kiki for a while…

In attendance: Politico Click colleagues Patrick Gavin and Anne Schroeder Mullins, Yeas & Nays’ Jeff Dufour, Jayne Sandman, Bloomberg’s Tim Burger, Green & Glover’s Stephanie Green, CNN’s Edie Emery, Jessica Hoy, Lee Brenner, Chelsea Cummings, David Bass, Washington Whispers’ Nikki Schwab, msnbc.com’s Lauren Vicary, WUSA’s Angie Goff, Pamela Sorenson, Politico‘s Alex Isenstadt and Fox News’ Chad Pergram, among others.

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