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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.

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Politico’s Romano To Take Over Events in New Role

Politico’s senior political reporter Lois Romano is stepping into a new role, editor of Politico Events.

In this newly created position, she’ll help conceive, promote and plan events in conjunction with the rest of the newsroom, and serve as an events point of contact for the business side.

In a memo to the staff this morning, Politico’s John Harris says Romano, “with her extraordinary enthusiasm and wide network of Washington source relationships, is the ideal person for this job.”

She’ll continue to write, as well, he says.

The full memo, after the jump…

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Afternoon Reading List 07.18.13

That’s “Mr.” to you — Though the lede mentions the Trayvon Martin verdict, don’t worry. It’s not another opinion piece about the trial or verdict. Instead, Slate’s Katy Waldman looks at the difference in applying for a job as a man versus a woman. Specifically, she outlines the case of Australian business manager Kim O’Grady. His account of gender bias as he applied for a series of jobs in the late 1990s, titled “How I Discovered Gender Discrimination” (such a compelling title) went viral this week. In the account, O’Grady said he was “experienced in managing technical & trade supply businesses” as well as engineering and sales. He figured it should be easy to find a job. But he wasn’t contacted once in four months, and the rejection letters began to pile up. After closely examining his CV, he noticed the ambiguity of his first name. Not that he thought it would make a huge difference, but just in case, he added “Mr.” in front of his name. After the next round, he netted two interviews. A Yale study 10 years later yielded similar results. Though this has been identified as a problem, Waldman points out that there really isn’t a solution, other than giving your daughter a man’s name, which is probably not the best idea.

Why you should read it: Gender discrimination is widely talked about, Waldman provides succinct anecdotal evidence that helps illustrate just how big of a problem it can be.

Looking back at The Hill‘s Most Beautiful List — If you’ve ever heard of The Hill, chances are you’ve at least heard of, if not excitedly anticipated each year, the 50 Most Beautiful People List. For those unfamiliar with the list, it’s a reader-nominated list of the best-looking men and women on Capitol Hill. This year will be the 10th anniversary of the list, so Emily Goodin of The Hill (where else?) looked back at its start. The first list came out in 2004, and was the brainchild of one Betsy Rothstein, now the editor of FBDC and my boss. Audra Ozols Gannon was rated No. 1 on that first list, and she said recently that she was “surprised, flattered and a little bit unsure of what it was” when she found out she was on the list. Others had similar reactions and getting photos of all of them proved difficult. Rothstein, who got the idea for the list from a still-unnamed source, said sometimes, in the early days, putting the list together involved staking out hallways of office buildings and waiting for someone worthy to walk by. “We’d literally chase people down the hallway,” Rothstein said. The next year, however, was much easier. As photographer Patrick Ryan said, the difference between year one and two was “night and day,” and people began campaigning to get on the list. Each year, the list has grown in popularity to become a widely-anticipated part of summer for those on the Hill.

Why you should read it: The list is a pretty big deal around Washington, and Goodin looks back at how it got started. Plus it mentions my boss, so this is me sucking up. Editor’s note: Austin, you can take the rest of the day off! Go enjoy yourself.

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Politico Lois Romano’s Sparse Bylines

It’s coming up on Lois Romano‘s one-year anniversary as a senior political writer at Politico. Curiously, she has a grand total of 45 bylines since her move there last February from The Daily Beast.

Anyone familiar with the culture of Politico‘s newsroom knows that their writers are expected on an average day to file multiple stories, both long and short form. A search on Politico‘s website for Romano’s byline renders just over two pages of results. By comparison, a search for reporter Ben White‘s byline offers up more than 12 pages over the same time period (February 2012 to the present). In that time, White published 241 stories.

Romano’s and White’s colleague Jake Sherman published a staggering 386 items. Glenn Thrush, another Politico reporter, filed 156. Thrush also churned out three e-books he co-bylined in that time.

Lois is a well-known and respected reporter in Washington, having spent 28 years at WaPo. After that, but before joining Politico, she spent just under a year at The Daily Beast.

Why such a low number of bylines at a publication notorious for burning out reporters with its high productivity demands? We’ve requested comment from both Romano and Politico‘s Ombudsman and Editor-at-Large Bill Nichols. We also wrote Editor-in-Chief John Harris to inquire whether Romano has perhaps been on leave, whether for medical reasons or otherwise.

On average, Lois published four stories each month, peaking at nine stories in August last year.

Update: Harris got back to us… Read more

Politico Sends 8 Scribes to Long Island

Leading up to what is sure to be a nail-biter of a second presidential debate Tuesday night, Politico has sent a whopping eight scribes to be on-site at Hofstra University.

They include Alexander Burns, Edward-Isaac Dovere, Reid Epstein, Maggie Haberman, Jonathan Martin (let’s hope JMart’s teenage tweeting style improves), Lois Romano, Roger Simon and Glenn Thrush.

Live from the newsroom in Roslyn hosting Politico LIVE at 8 p.m. will be always dynamic duo of fast-talking Executive Editor Jim VandeHei and cheerful Mike Allen. Viewers will be able to watch on C-SPAN 2 and in Washington on News Channel 8.

Politico‘s ‘Special’ Veep Debate Coverage

POLITICO is promising “special coverage” of this Thursday’s vice presidential debate, including a “special” edition of “POLITICO LIVE” and a full stream of the debate.

A Look Ahead…On Thursday morning blogging duo Alexander Burns and Maggie Haberman, will host Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear, former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland and the Commission on Presidential Debates’ Frank Fahrenkopf and Mike McCurry for an in-depth conversation on what’s expected from Joe Biden and Paul Ryan that evening and how it will affect Election Day.

Doors will open at 8 a.m. ET at 401 West Main St. in Danville, Ky.

Politico Live begins at 8 p.m. with the dynamic Jim VandeHei and rarely blinking Mike Allen. They’ll be joined by reporters in Danville, plus Jonathan Allen, Editor-in-Chief John Harris and Lois Romano and “other POLITICOs joining from the POLITICO newsroom.”

They’re promising  it all — stories showcased on Politico, live blogging with Haberman and Burns, and video features from Danville. A release states the debate will be covered by VandeHei, Allen, Burns, Jennifer Epstein, Reid Epstein, Haberman, Jonathan Martin, Juana Summers, and Glenn Thrush on the ground in Danville.

NewsChannel8 will carry Politico Live starting at 8:30 p.m. C-SPAN will air Politico Live starting at 10:30 p.m.

No. of times the word “POLITICO” was used in all caps in the release: 15.

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Quotes of the Day

LOCKED OUT: WaPo’s Dana Milbank: Mayhem at #dnc2012. Hundreds of delegates, journalists locked out of arena.

Penis sighting

“So yeah. Definitely just walked in on some dude in the bathroom with his pants around his ankles staring in the mirror #dnc2012” — BuzzFeed Washington Bureau Chief John Stanton.

WTF Mars Mention of the Evening: “I always figured if Bill Clinton landed on Mars, he would know how to do it. He would know how to reproduce. He would know everything. He’d just instinctively know how to talk to people…the martians.” — MSNBC’s Chris Matthews at 12:53 a.m. opining on Clinton’s vast reproduction knowledge that extends beyond our solar system. Please, someone put Matthews to bed (no pun intended).

Bill Clinton Speech Fallout

“A significant part of this is off prompter. He is using it as notes.” — TIME‘s Michael Scherer.

“The prompter has stopped rolling as Clinton goes off book.” — BuzzFeed‘s Zeke Miller.

“Take away the TelePrompTer, bite his ankle, throw a rat down his trousers, it only raises his game.” — Editor of The New Republic Franklin Foer.

“Bill Clinton is totally ghost ridin’ the script right now.” — Jamelle Bouie, writer for The American Prospect and fellow at the Nation Institute.

“The constant camera flashes in here are going to send Bubba into a seizure #dnc2012″ — Stanton.

“Bubba’s hands are shaking.” — HuffPost‘s Jen Bendery.

“I think Bill Clinton is the gun you bring to a knife fight.” — Metro Weekly Co-publisher Sean Bugg.

“Bill Clinton looks great. @peta may be right about the benefits of a vegan diet.” — HuffPost Deputy Editor Erin Ruberry.

“Man, Clinton is happier than a pig in Arkansas you know what.” — James Oliphant, Deputy Editor, National Journal magazine.

“Clinton is the master. He makes a speech to an enormous crowd feel like a personal talk.” — LAT‘s David Horsey.

“I really don’t understand reporters who think this is too long for a politician to be trying to talk to voters about policy.” — WaPo‘s Ezra Klein.

“This speech was killing it at 15 mins. Now, it’s bordering on a hostage situation.” — Co-host of MSNBC’s The Cycle S.E. Cupp.

“This is moving from ‘greatest speech ever’ to gong territory pretty fast.” — BuzzFeed Political Editor Ben Smith.

“They’re going to need a crowbar to pry Bill away from that podium.” — NYT Op-ed Columnist Charles Blow.

“There’s no way Rahm Emanuel actually thought ‘a broken clock is right twice a day’ was that funny.” — National Review‘s Jonah Goldberg.

“This is like watching a good lawyer defending a guilty man.” — Former Clinton pollster Dick Morris.

“Poor fact checkers, now they gotta spend the night studying 52 years of employment data” — Craig Crawford.

“Same R bloggers who were touting Clinton as the ‘good’ Dem for weeks suddenly talking about sex scandal and perjury again.” — WaPo‘s Greg Sargent.

The Name Dropper

“Caroline Kennedy just walked into our booth. Interview w @DavidMuir #abcworldnews” — ABC News’ Rick Klein.

Dirty jokester

“PLEASE tell me that Sandra Fluke isn’t wearing a blue Gap dress tonight.” — NRA News’ Cameron Gray in a tweet on the night former Prez Bill Clinton is to speak.

INTO THE POOL: “Oops! A wet former treasury secretary Bob Rubin after falling into a pool at a fancy cocktail party in Charlotte.” — Politico‘s Lois Romano with accompanying photograph.

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report. Above black and white photograph by Roll Call’s Meredith Shiner.

A Soirée for Manuel Roig-Franzia

An unusual group of Washington journos is convening on June 23 at the home of Politico‘s Lois Romano and politico bigwig Sven Holmes to celebrate The Rise of Marco Rubio by WaPo‘s Manuel Roig-Franzia. Expect to sip on cocktails made with special rum from the Shapira Family Distillery. The book is scheduled for release on June 19.

Apart from Romano and Holmes, the journalists and publicist types on the host committee are: Robert Draper, a contributor to GQ and NYT Mag, WaPo “In the Loop” writer Al Kamen (who almost never makes appearances on the Washington cocktail circuit), Michael Manganiello, a partner at HCM Strategists, WaPo’s Maralee Schwartz, Ian Shapira and Peter Wallsten, and SKDKnickerbocker’s Jill Zuckman.

Please note: Sven Holmes’ title is so crazy Washington long that we’re putting it after the jump.

Correction: The invitation read Ira Shapira and has since been corrected as has our post above. Thanks to AnonymASS who alerted us by writing in this: “It’s IAN Shapira not IRA … espeically if you’re touting his family’s spirits company, you would think you’d know how to get his name correct.” — Thanks Ass, you’re right and that is just lovely.

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Politico to Hire Down?

Politico typically tries to hire up. They snag reporters from the aggressive media mindset of Manhattan. They steal people who haven’t been places long — such as the recent hire of Lois Romano from The Daily Beast. She’d been there under a year and at WaPo for nearly three decades.

But now they’re setting their sights lower and perhaps just nearby at TBD.

Ryan Kearney, who has written for a site that prides itself on writing about cupcakes and weird rubber dolls they send to the private homes of Washington reporters, is on his way out of the long failing TBD and is now interviewing at Politico. He has great experience interviewing cardboard stars like Natalie Portman and James Franco — really poorly done interviews he does (we think they are supposed to be funny) with life size cardboard versions. Is this what Politico wants? Watch out Alex Trowbridge, you could have some heavy (eye roll) competition headed your way. Whether he’ll land the job is anyone’s guess. If they’re planning to invent a new beat called “FishbowlDC” he’s a shoo in. If not, well, then they’re on their own. Maybe CLICK could use his expertise.

Top 10 Most Memorable Media Breakups

By Betsy Rothstein, Peter Ogburn, Eddie Scarry and Piranhamous

Relationships are funny. They can last nights, years, or a lifetime. That can mean an eternity of laughs and love and mutual respect. It can also mean that you get stuck in a rut where it just drags on and on and you can’t stand the way the other person fake laughs at your jokes or crunches their cereal in the morning or never actually FOLDS the laundry, they just throw it on the floor. But, breakups happen. Sometimes, it’s no one’s fault — just simple, obvious incompatibility. Other times, it’s personal. Two people united in a vile hatred for each other. Heated blowups, spitting in food, infidelity, rage-filled silence and threats of lawsuits are all common symptoms of a relationship gone south. Just in time for Valentine’s Day, today we bring you the Top 10 Most Memorable Media Breakups of recent times. Enjoy!

10. Keith Olbermann and MSNBC  — Calling Keith Olbermann a “big fish in a small pond” overstates the ratings at MSNBC. He was more like a goldfish in a cereal bowl. But still, he was MSNBC’s biggest fish. So when they split last year, it came as a shock to his fan(s). It was an abusive relationship, for sure. Tales of Olbermann’s temper tantrums are the stuff of legend. The world in which his ego lives is one in where he his popular and influential, the world in which his body lives is the real world. When Olbermann abruptly announced on January 21, 2011, that that night’s Countdown was his last, his fan(s) cried, and throngs of Americans he painted as enemies, laughed. Both knew he would be back, his ego wouldn’t allow him to keep his opinions to his favorite and most loyal audience – himself. He returned to basic cable last fall, on something called Current TV. With production values just this side of public access and an audience almost as small, Keith quickly returned to his abusive habits. After some couple’s therapy, things seem to be going more smoothly. Not audience wise, no one watches Current TV, but at least Keith isn’t abusing the staff anymore.  Winner: MSNBC. They unloaded an angry man for whom no one enjoyed working. Loser: Olbermann. He’s now in the basement (both in ratings and, from the looks of it, his set). His contract with Current TV is technically larger, but based on company stock which, if the black hole that is his ratings don’t improve, is less valuable than a plastic bag filled with chewed gum. — Piranhamous

9. Pat Buchanan and MSNBC — As the closest thing to a Republican as MSNBC will allow on its air, you’d think Pat Buchanan would’ve had some job security simply based on the network’s desire to hold on to the last thread of a plausible claim of credibility and objectivity. If you thought that you’d be wrong. Buchanan, a former Republican and Reform Party candidate for President, was suspended for having opinions that strayed from the progressive orthodoxy MSNBC has sacrificed its objectivity for. Color of Change, the race-based thought police group, with the help of other left-wing groups, paid for an Astroturf campaign against Buchanan, to which MSNBC brass was only too willing to cave. Buchanan has a long history of saying stupid things, but had comfortably settled into the role of “right-wing” dancing monkey for MSNBC’s left-wing organ grinders. When the pennies stopped flowing he was cast aside for a newer, incredibly stupid model – Meghan McCain. While Pat is smart, McCain is not. Pat would probably call it  “affirmative action,” but it’s really, like our credit rating, a downgrading. Pat could make points and use facts that would stump and contradict MSNBC hosts, Meghan confuses the words “modicum” and “emoticon.” Winner: No one. They’re like the couple that should’ve broken up years ago, but stayed together for the kids. The kids are grown now, though they still live at home, so this break-up was a long time coming. Buchanan is ready to retire, and he’d actually have a larger audience if he retired to The Villages and just gave speeches in the rec room. MSNBC now has a pure line-up of progressive mouthpieces, so their audience won’t be threatened by being exposed to opposing viewpoints. It’s win-win. Well, technically it’s lose-lose, but who’s counting? — Piranhamous

8. Eliot Spitzer and Kathleen Parker–  Almost immediately after ex-New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer and WaPo‘s Kathleen Parker were teamed up for a primetime show on CNN, there were rumors that things just were cooling between the two. The show, titled “Parker Spitzer,” started in October 2010. Ratings were terrible, usually putting the show in last place in the cable news race. Then,  just four months after its debut, Parker announced she was leaving. A report in the New York Post said that Parker often felt upstaged by Spitzer who was more adversarial in his questioning of guests. The report said Parker “stormed off the set” during one taping of the program in November. But who ever thought Parker and Spitzer, who once had a thing for prostitutes, would make good bedfellows? After Parker scrammed for good, Spitzer was back the following week flying solo with a new program, “In the Arena.” That show itself was canceled nine months later. — Eddie Scarry

7. Politico and EVERYONE – Few media outlets have broken more hearts than the behemoth that is Politico. Last year alone, we saw them lay waste to several high profile reporters. Amie Parnes left her perch as FLOTUS-ass-kisser-in-Chief to cover the White House for The Hill. Chris Frates left Politico last year and jumped to NJ. This was particularly heartbreaking, since Frates had been with Politico since the beginning. Soon enough Politico threatened with threats of a lawsuit after Frates allegedly used a reader list for his new job — a charge NJ has always denied. Nonetheless, he pulled names to appease the situation. Kendra Marr resigned after she was busted plagiarizing the work of NYT writer Susan Stellin. We could go on and on and on with all the reporters that left Politico last year, but the most notable was Ben Smith, who left to become Editor-in-Chief at BuzzFeed. Sure, he’s still associated with Politico, but let’s not kid ourselves. They’re friends with benefits at best. — Peter Ogburn

6. David Shuster and MSNBC – This one goes back to 2010. MSNBC just didn’t know WHAT to do with David Shuster. He was their utility man, filling in for Keith Olbermann and various MSNBC shows. He had his own show with Tamron Hall, but no one could decide on which time slot to put him in. All of the back and forth and non-committal behavior from MSNBC prompted Shuster to explore his options. He filmed a pilot with CNN, which is a HUGE no-no. When MSNBC boss Phil Griffin heard of the news, Shuster was “suspended indefinitely” and later, sent packing. Shuster has landed on his feet after the ordeal. Or maybe he’s just landed. He is at Current TV as the primary substitute host for Olbermann and he hosts a weekend radio show on 1480AM. He also has plans to launch an investigative journalism website. Shuster gushed about MSNBC. Think warm fuzzies. “The breakup with MSNBC was amicable,” he told FishbowlDC. “We parted on mutually respectful terms… and I continue to have many close friends there.  Furthermore, leaving MSNBC opened up some amazing doors for me — a rewarding internet venture, weekly radio gigs that are as much fun as one can have in broadcasting, and the opportunity on Current TV to deliver the kind of analysis/commentary that I’ve always desired.  So, I have no regrets and wish the best to everybody at MSNBC.” — Peter Ogburn

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