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BuzzFeed Brews: A Social Experiment

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Probably the most socially interesting part of “BuzzFeed Brews” Monday night was the pre-gathering in the upstairs bar of Jack Rose saloon, where guests were ushered before the doors downstairs opened.

In a word: awwkward.

People don’t really talk to one another anymore. They tweet, text, check their email and do anything to avoid human contact. One guy was even reading a magazine. For 10 or so torturous minutes, guests stood around in semi-tortured poses, each staring into his or her electronic devices.

A horrible commentary on life, indeed.

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Carlos Dangerously-Named Journos

Anthony Weiner admitted yesterday to using the online alias Carlos Danger to carry on a strange Internet affair with a 22-year-old woman. If you’re anything like us, that got you wondering how Weiner came up with such a great alias. Already having graced the news media by having the last name Weiner, he’s provided another amazing name to fill headlines and Twitter jokes.

But lets face it, sometimes we all need an alias, whether it’s to ghost-write a book or set up a Swedish bank account to hold mounds of embezzled money. And if you haven’t found your inner-Carlos Danger yet, don’t worry, it’s not hard at all. Yesterday afternoon, Chris Kirk of Slate posted a Carlos Danger Name Generator that figures it out for you. We of course had to figure out the alter-egos of the FBDC staff, as well as a few journos around D.C. Enjoy.

Silvestre Sly: Betsy Rothstein, FBDC

José Jeopardy: Peter Ogburn, FBDC

Pascual Death: Justin McLachlin, FBDC

Lorenzo Distress: Austin Price, FBDC

Now see the rest…

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The Atlantic’s Questionable Imitation of CNN’s ‘Crossfire’

If The Atlantic was really going to reinvent CNN’s “Crossfire” at a quasi-debate event Thursday at their Watergate HQ, they would’ve been well-advised to invite someone like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to square off against Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Instead they invited Grover Norquist.

Under normal circumstances, Grover, President of Americans for Tax Reform, is undoubtedly a great foil for Democrats. The trouble here was he and Rahm agree on mostly everything where immigration is concerned. So instead of being “Crossfire” it was more like GMA’s news family meets Hoda and Kathie Lee minus the wine. Everyone was cordial and kind. No cussing. No deep sighs. No pointing fingers at the media, unless you call The Atlantic‘s Editor-at-Large and emcee Steve Clemons insistence that The Atlantic‘s James Fallows and CNBC and NYT‘s John Harwood pose questions as finger pointing. The first time around, Fallows admitted he had no question. Later on, he came up with something. Harwood came prepared (or seemed to) with a two-parter.

Emanuel did acknowledge Chicago Sun Times White House Correspondent Lynn Sweet for attending the same high school as his mother — if that even counts for calling someone out. It was more the classic Bill Clinton technique of connecting people in an audience through vignettes. Sweet, who’s notoriously tough on Emanuel, tried to chase him out after, but a witness was unclear whether she caught him as he made a mad dash for the White House.

But no. There were no “f**k you’s” from Rahm. No tenseness between the two men. “I don’t think Rahm and Grover like each other,” Clemons told FishbowlDC in a follow-up interview Tuesday. “They aren’t going to hang out over beers — but they demonstrated an ability to be civil, humorous and maturely manage their differences and similarities quite well.”

Inexplicably in the subzero debate room was a vanilla-hued grand piano. Optics were apparently important. “Can you be a seat filler?” one official-looking woman asked another who was wearing some sort of sheer gown getup.

When asked if Grover or Rahm made any special requests or stipulations, Clemons said, “Neither asked for anything behind the scenes. I called Grover Thursday night midnight last week to ask him to do this — and he agreed with no request. The only thing Rahm mentioned to me is that first, going on with Grover was an ‘out of body experience’ for him — and acknowledged it must be for Grover too.”

Emanuel did have one request of Clemons: “He said that we’d get more out of this if he could approach my questions more from the perspective of a mayor of major city rather than former White House chief of staff,” Clemons added. “I thought he did well on that front — but I still asked him later in the questions to think about what he’d do in this process from his old role, and also humorously suggested that he might run for President one day when Grover talked about future Democratic presidential candidates.”

Clemons tells me there is a back story where this pairing is concerned. He said he considered this debate Round 2 of an encounter that occurred at Emanuel’s Inaugural party in which Clemons took Grover to Emanuel’s party at The Hamilton. Clemons got Norquist in by pretending he was a “friend of Ram’s.” It worked, despite it not being the slightest bit true.

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SiriusXM P.O.T.U.S. From Iowa

SiriusXM P.O.T.U.S., a non-partisan channel dedicated to the “Politics of the United States” hosts Tim Farley and Julie Mason, who will broadcast live coverage from the Polk County Convention Complex in Iowa throughout the day until 11 p.m., including a special edition of “The Press Pool” hosted by Mason, a veteran White House correspondent, from noon – 3 p.m. Mason will be joined on-site by Chicago Sun Times White House Correspondent Lynn Sweet, Politico‘s Mike Allen (who’s deep in the Des Moines Fishbowl) and LAT‘s James Oliphant.

Caucus results coverage will begin at 7 p.m. Farley and Mason will be joined by John Decker and Adam Belmar from the SiriusXM studios in Washington, DC. Wrap-up reports will air on January 4.

Want more SiriusXM political coverage? Try SiriusXM Patriot’s Iowa coverage, which includes a live Cam & Company from NRANews.com hosted by Cam Edwards on January 3 from 9 p.m. – midnight. NRANews.com’s Cameron Gray will report on the day’s happenings live from Iowa, with SiriusXM Patriot hosts Andrew Wilkow, David Webb and Mike Church offering analysis.

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Quotes of the Day — The Mostly Herman Cain Edition

A “kid aide” shields Cain from the media at NPC.

Cain shielded from media

“#HermanCain has kid aide, red rope blocking anyone from approaching his side of head table.” — Chicago Sun-Times Washington Bureau Chief Lynn Sweet, who snapped the above photograph.

Drudge Whores

“Drudge interested in the Cain story.” — Politico‘s Ben Smith. Politico did land top billing on Drudge:POLITICO: Two Women Accused Cain of Inappropriate Behavior…Reporter: ‘We’re Not Going To Get Into Details Of Exactly What Happened’…”

The Judge

“Nothing proclaims self-confident innocence like a refusal to answer questions.” –  David Frum.

Politico‘s Lobby is for Animal Lovers

“Puppies in the @Politico lobby!” — Politico Pro’s Dan Berman. Some may recall that there was recently a penguin in Politico‘s lobby.

Reporters treated like sh&% at AEI-Cain event?

“AEI now barring several reporters from leaving until Cain does. AEI has really had Cain’s back today.” — TPM‘s Evan McMorris-Santoro.

“Note to AEI press officials: you can’t control the subjects the press ask. & if you try you look like the Russians.” — L.A.-based HuffPost blogger Richard Grenell.

“AEI staff not letting reporters out until Cain leaves. Blocking exits.” — Yahoo! News’s Chris Moody.

Who landed Cain? Washington journos who interviewed GOP Presidential contender Herman Cain last night: FNC’s Greta Van Susteren and PBS’s Judy Woodruff. More about his TV appearances in the last 24 hours here.

While Washington spent the day obsessed with Cain, WTOP’s dirty mind went here: “Better sex, health with caveman diet, restaurant claims.” Read here.

Capehart boasts about tie to Mitchell

“Vintage Gucci, Andrea” — WaPo‘s Jonathan Capehart to NBC Chief Foreign Correspondent Andrea Mitchell after she complimented him on his orange Halloween tie on her program Monday.

Fun and Games

“I’m vaguely familiar with the Sheriff. #ButNotTheDeputy #CainSchool” — Mother Jones‘s Washington Bureau Chief David Corn couldn’t stop providing examples of “Cain School.” Pretty funny sequence of Tweets, actually.

The Media Critic

“Greta Van S on Fox News doing a good job working over Cain, giving him as much rope as he wants.” — The Guardian‘s Richard Adams on Van Susteren’s interview with Cain last night.

Hazy is the “Hot Maddow”

“New issue of Rolling Stone labels @chrislhayes the “Hot Maddow.” #okaythen” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel on fellow Boybander MSNBC’s Chris Hayes, who has slowly but surely been morphing into colleague Rachel Maddow.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“I cant decide if I should wear rollerblades to the bars tonight or not.” — Katherine Kennedy. Light bulb: Maybe Corn can help you with that and you can help him with his TV purchase.


 

 

Help! Fix Howie’s Teleprompter!

Funny, we didn’t think National Review Contributing Editor Jim Geraghty bore any clear resemblance to Newsweek‘s Eleanor Clift. But who knows? Maybe CNN “Reliable Sources” Host Howard Kurtz had spun himself around so many times that he didn’t know who was who.

On his Sunday program, Geraghty and Clift planted strange smiles on their faces as Kurtz introduced them to America as each other. Chicago Sun Times‘ Washington Bureau Chief Lynn Sweet got to play herself.

Howie’s flub: “Joining us now, Lynn Sweet wash bureau chief and columnist for the Chicago Sun Times, Eleanor Clift, contributing editor at Newsweek and The Daily Beast and a panelist on the McLaughlin Group and Jim Geraghty, contributing editor at National Review.”

Geraghty took a moment away from getting his hair cut today to talk to FishbowlDC. He said he knew the error was happening, but didn’t think it was a big deal. “Are you really going to write about this?” he asked. (Well, of course we are. What does he think I’m doing on the phone with him? I used the silent trick and waited for him to say more.) “Out of the corner of my eye it looked like they were flipped. Not much you can do about it. I’m sure it’s not the biggest snafu I’ve ever seen in cable news. I’m sure most people at home can figure it out. I look forward to this fascinating and in-depth article.”

The photographs above are Geraghty’s and Clift’s parade of awkward faces as Kurtz introduced them. In the moment, Clift seemed to take the whole thing in stride, as if to say, ‘Who cares? So I’m Geraghty today. Anyhow, Howie…’

Congressional Women’s Softball Game Tonight

CNN’s Dana Bash and Brianna Keilar, USA Today’s Jackie Kucinich, Roll Call’s Jessica Brady, ABC’s Amy Walter, and Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times are just a few of the lovely ladies who will represent the Washington press corps in the third annual Congressional Women’s Softball game tonight. Our media minxes will face off against Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R- MO), Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY), Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and other women Members of Congress in a game to benefit Young Survival Coalition (YSC), an organization focused on the issues unique to young women with breast cancer.

The game will held at Watkins Recreation Center, 420 12th Street SE, Washington, D.C. and is free for all to attend.  The first pitch will be thrown at 7.00 pm.

Full list of players after the jump.

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The Week Hosts Academy Awards Bash

Mary Kathryn Covert, Glenn Ballard, Michael Steel, Brianna Keilar

The Kalorama manse of lobbyist Juleanna Glover played host to The Week‘s first annual Academy Awards party last night.  Complete with Oscar-shaped cookies, popcorn and tuxedo-clad servers passing trays of Junior Mints, Milk Duds and Redvines, the event was a perfect balance of festive glitz and a casual night at the movies.

Despite the all-star lineup of party hosts (Ron Bonjean, Tammy Haddad, Juleanna Glover and Karen Finney), the fete was not over-attended, offering around 100 guests a relaxed atmosphere to mix, mingle and eat their weight in miniature grilled cheese sandwiches* (see: me).  Spotted taking in the festivities were FD’s Mary Kathryn Covert and Michael Steel, CNN’s Brianna Keilar, Sam Dealey of Qorvis, Sarah Bonjean, Janet Donovan, NRSC’s Brian WalshLynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times, soon-to-be USA Today‘s Jackie Kucinich, Doug Heye, The Hill‘s Emily Goodin, Mark Paustenbach, Glenn Ballard, Pepper Watkins, Jay Newton-Small, Jeremy Bash of the CIA, Barbara Martin, Becca Glover Watkins, Kimball Stroud, Washington Life‘s Kevin Chaffee, WaPo‘s Jonathan Capehart, Daily Caller’s Megan Mulligan,  UrbanDaddy’s Jeff Dufour and an uber-preggers Jayne Sandman.

L: Ron Bonjean and Jackie Kucinich R: Popcorn served in The Week funnels

L: Tammy Haddad with Lynn Sweet R: FishbowlDC entourage

Gordon Brown’s Washington Book Fete

Saturday evening, former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown kicked off his five-day book tour in the United States at an event in Washington D.C..  Hosted by Tammy Haddad and Ted Greenberg, Connie Milstein and J.C. de La Haye St. Hilaire,  the fete took place at the Jefferson Hotel and included remarks by Brown on his new book “BEYOND THE CRASH: Overcoming the First Crisis of Globalisation.”  Guests such as Glee’s Matthew Morrison, Alan Greenspan, Arianna Huffington, CNN’s Piers Morgan, Gov. Jack Markell (D-Del), Debbie and Rep. John Dingell (D-MI), Laura Capp, Bill Burton, Susan and David Axelrod, Anita McBride, Capricia Marshall and Hilary Rosen enjoyed cocktails, a beautiful buffet spread and complimentary copies of the book at the historic hotel.  On Sunday Brown appeared on ABC’s “This Week” with Christiane Amanpour.


Media types who made the invite list for the swanky book bash included CBS’s Bill PlanteSally Quinn, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, ABC’s Polson Kanneth, NYT’s Mark Leibovich, Kiki Ryan and Tim Burger, CBS’s Christine Delargy, Roll Call’s Jackie Kucinich, CNN’s Jessica Yellin, Lynn Sweet from the Chicago Sun-Times, Examiner’s Nikki Schwab, NBC’s Savannah Guthrie, Janet Donovan, The Hill’s Emily Goodin, Politics Daily’s Melinda Henneberger and Annie Groer, WaPo’s Amy Argetsinger.

Author Graham Moore’s Presidential Perks

Novelist Graham Moore with VP Joe Biden

Dealing with the spotlight from a famous mother or father can be drag.  Just ask Chelsea Clinton, Jackie Kucinich or Meghan McCain.  But as new novelist Graham Moore will tell you, having a political power parent also has its perks. While most authors receive a pat on the back after publishing their first book, Moore, the 29-year-old son of outgoing FLOTUS Chief of Staff Susan Sher, is being honored with a lineup of high-profile parties (two in the District alone).  Unfortunately for the fetes to follow, Moore’s first will be nearly impossible to top.

Hosted last night by Dr. Jill Biden and Susan Sher at the residence of the Vice President, an intimate group of  administration and media power players gathered to toast the first-time novelist and his book “The Sherlockian.” Trimmed out for the holidays, the glistening residence at One Observatory Circle welcomed a guest list that included Sec. Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, a bubbly and warm Justice Sonia Sotomayor , White House adviser Valerie Jarrett, Alan Greenspan and Ambassador Fujisaki of Japan to name just a few.

The fourth estate was represented by a number of faces from NBC – Andrea Mitchell, Norah O’Donnell with husband Geoff Tracy, Howard Fineman, Washington Bureau Chief Mark Whitaker and wife Alexis Gelber.  Glamour’s Linda Kramer Jenning, WaPo’s Amy Argetsinger, Huffington Post’s Sam Stein, SELF’s Marc Adelman, ABC News Washington Bureau Chief Robin Sproul, Tammy Haddad,  and Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times rounded out the media invitees. Author and journalist Christopher Hitchens, whose recent cancer diagnosis seemed to have little effect on his spirit, was also in attendance with his son and daughter who are visiting from London.

While joking that his publishers have been instructed to send all press clippings directly to his doting mother, Moore was interrupted by Vice President Joe Biden who walked down the steps of his home to surprise and congratulate the boyish new author.  How’s that for a first book party?

Moore’s next Washington book bash will be held at the home of Hilary Rosen on December 6, 2010.  Check out his book “The Sherlockian” here.

Tammy Haddad with Justice Sotomayor

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