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National Journal Party Has Potty Issues

By Eddie Scarry and Betsy Rothstein

National Journal‘s pre-White House Correspondents’ Dinner “Making News” party Friday could easily go down as one of this year’s nicest, most well-planned parties in the coolest warehouse space we’ve seen in awhile. And maybe it will if attendees forget that for a large portion of it, the restroom for hundreds of guests was out of order.

That’s right. There was one toilet available for the entire warehouse full of partygoers, and the top floor, which contained the toilet, was for V.I.P.’s only.

“That’s hood,” one attendee waiting outside the restroom remarked about the potty problem. “Poopgate, drink slowly,” said another, explaining that one employee advised him to pace himself. When Fox News’ Peter Doocy approached the first-floor restroom area, he was told he could not enter. “How long do you think?” he asked the woman standing guard. “Alright, I’ll let it go.” (We sincerely hope he held it in, not let it go.) Another partygoer cracked, “All these people are going to have to piss on themselves. This might be the shortest party ever.”

The attendant said she had people requesting buckets and cups.

The party took place at the two-story bar in Georgetown called The Powerhouse. It was on the bottom floor where they stationed event workers in front of the hall leading to the restroom, alerting guests from about 10 p.m., when the party started, to about 11:30, that the toilets weren’t working. Only that one VIP restroom upstairs was available. But without one of the exclusive red wristbands, how were most of the guests going to relieve themselves?

“If it gets too bad we’ll have to open up the VIP area,” said NJ Communications Director Ben Fishel at the time.

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Morning Oopsy: ABC’s Cruz Cruise

ABC News’ Michael Falcone published a story on Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) this morning with an all too appropriate lede. “The Ted Cruz headlines just won’t stop,” it said.

It’s true. “Has Ted Cruz Hit The Tipping Point? [[DO NOT PUB]],” blared the headline when it made its way our email inbox via ABC News’ RSS feed (with a link that led to a dead end). The headlines just won’t stop. Even when they’re not ready for publication.

There’s no stopping the Cruz Cruise.

Falcone’s story was fixed shortly thereafter.

Haddad Honored

Media maven Tammy Haddad was feted for her work with the Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy (CURE) last night. The event was hosted by Susan Axelrod and Connie Milstein at the Newseum where a slew of political and media leaders turned out to see Haddad receive the 2010 Friend of CURE award. Journos in attendance included NYT’s Ashley Parker, ABC’s Michael Falcone, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, ABC’s Polson Kanneth, Politico’s Roger Simon, WaPo’s Manuel Roig-Franzia, WJLA’s Gordon Peterson, HuffPo’s Howard Fineman, Politico’s Jonathan Martin, CNN’s Jessica Yellin and Jill Chappell, WaPo’s Jonathan Capehart, Roll Call’s Jackie Kucinich, Bloomberg’s Julianna Goldman and Glamour’s Linda Kramer Jenning to name just a few. *Photos courtesy of WHC Insider / Neshan Naltchayan

ABC News Snags HuffPo’s Falcone, Ups Wolf

abcnews-logo.jpg In mid September HuffPo’s Michael Falcone will join ABC News as Deputy Political Director and Political Reporter. He will also author “The Note” – ABC News’ early morning political tipsheet and blog, previously written by Rick Klein. In addition, ABC’s Zach Wolf has been promoted to Digital Political Editor and Deputy Political Director.

Before joining Huffington Post, Falcone covered national politics for Politico and served as a political blogger and reporter for The New York Times. Prior to this assignment, Wolf covered the Senate as an ABC News producer and daily contributor to ABC News.com and reporter for ABC News NOW.

For more click here. Congrats to Michael and Zach!

Courtovich Hosts Journos For Annual Gaucho


Courtovich took this pic of Gaucho decorations.

Jim Courtovich, managing partner of Kearsarge Global Advisers, hosted his annual Gaucho party Saturday night. And he delivered with a great menu (pineapple martinis and chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches were crowd pleaser), late night party (Bob Schieffer’s midnight appearance) and a stellar guest list…

Savannah Guthrie, Betsy Fischer, Jonathan Martin, Jessica Yellin, Matt Cooper, Tammy Haddad, Jeff Zeleny, Julie Mason, John Harwood, Karen Finney, Anne Kornblut, Kasie Hunt, Erin McPike, Sasha Issenberg, Kiki Ryan, Christine Delargy, Rick Klein, Mark Murray, Abby Livingston, Michael Falcone, Ashley Parker, Libby Leist, Amie Parnes, Jay Newton Small, Lizzie O’Leary, Athena Jones, Sunlen Miller and Phil Elliott were just some of the media-types in attendance.

Politico‘s Mike Allen and NYT‘s Mark Leibovich also just missed each other at the party.

Also: Austan Goolsbee, Stephanie Cutter, Juleanna Glover, Christina Sevilla, Michael Feldman, Jill Zuckman and Sasha Johnson.

Haddad White House Correspondents Brunch: “Best Yet”

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L: CNN’s Jill Chappell chats up Chase Crawford. R: Politico of past, Yahoo writer Michael Calderone with girlfriend.

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NBC Washington bureau chief Mark Whitaker and Alexis Gelber.

Everyone from the Jonas Brothers, Gayle King and Chase Crawford to FNC White House correspondent Major Garrett, Roll Call’s Jackie Kucinich and Politico’s former Michaels – Yahoo’s Michael Calderone and HuffPo’s Michael Falcone came out for Tammy Haddad’s annual White House Correspondents brunch on Saturday.

The event and the day couldn’t have been a lovelier way to celebrate causes CURE – Epilepsy and Mother’s Day Every Day. Co-hosted by Ted Greenberg, Hilary Rosen, David Adler, Jim Courtovich, Alex Castellanos, Debra Lee, Steve McMahon and Franco Nuschese, the fete was called the “best yet” by many brunch-goers.

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L: Tammy Haddad and Susan Axelrod take the stage. R: Story Partners’ Amos Snead and wife, Whitney Drew.

Journos Turn Up to Game Change Soiree

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Savannah Guthrie, Michael Feldman and Game Change authors.

On Monday night, Time and New York magazines hosted a party at the W Hotel’s P.O.V. bar to celebrate Mark Halperin and John Heilemann’s Game Change. Guests poured in, even though it was a national holiday. Some purchased a copy of the controversial book, which is said to be selling out in New York and D.C.

Halperin and Heilemann signed books throughout the night.

Attendees included Newsweek’s Jonathan Alter, Peter and Diana Beinart, Veep Biden’s Spokesman Jay Carney, ABC’s David Chalian, Shelby Coffey, FT’s Clive Crook, GQ’s Robert Draper, Time Washington Bureau Chief Michael Duffy, HuffPost’s Michael Falcone, CNN’s Ed Henry, Sam Feist, Glover Park Group’s Michael Feldman, White House advisor Austan Goolsbee, Washingtonian’s Garrett Graff, MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell and Savannah Guthrie, Aspen Institute’s Walter Isaacson, CBS’s Bill Plante, AP’s Jonathan Prince, consultant Doug Schoen, CNBC’s Steve Scully, and Daily Caller’s Jon Ward, and Politico’s VandeHarris, Mike Allen, Anne Schroeder Mullins, Bill Nichols and Patrick Gavin, to name a few.

Photographs courtesy of Julie Fischer Photography.
More party pictures after the jump…

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Politico loses Falcone to HuffPost

Michael Falcone sent this goodbye letter to his co-workers:

“Dear Colleagues, I wanted to let you know that today is my last day at Politico. I am moving on to a new position as Political Editor of the Huffington Post based in Washington. I am very proud to have been part of the Politico team and to have had the opportunity to contribute to the excellent journalism produced here. It has been a pleasure working with and getting to know all of you. I look forward to keeping in touch. You can reach me at: BLANK All the best, Michael”

Falcone was a reporter at Politico.

Is that a Blitzer in your pocket…

Or are you just happy to see me? After an evening of [John] “King Royales” and “Blitzer Spritzers,” I got creative with the Wolf bookmarks, one of the gifts in the CNN swag bags from last night’s “New Guard” cocktail party at the St. Regis Hotel. The event was hosted by CNN to help their bookers and producers meet some fresh faces — “one of the challenges in cable news,” expressed by CNN Bureau Chief David Bohrman.

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A wide range of guests turned out for the crowded cocktail. FishbowlDC bumped into Johns Hopkins’ Dr. Marty Makary and Embassy of Syria Press Secretary Ahmed Salkini as well as journalists like Reliable Source’s Amy Argetsinger, Tammy Haddad and Politico’s Kiki Ryan. While CNN producers and bookers hustled to make the rounds at the cocktail, the rest of the party hustled get a handshake or wink (Christine) in with the hunky yet humble Congressman Aaron Schock.

On-air talent like Wolf Blitzer, Jessica Yellin and Jill Dougherty were also spotted mixing and mingling in the crowd.

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Team Larry King: Eleanor Spektor McManus, Hunter Waters and Lisa Marie Thompson

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Abby Livingston, Ashley Parker and Michael Falcone

New Politico Announced

Michael Falcone joins Politico this week on the Politics team. Falcone was previously at the NYT where he reported for the Caucus blog and print edition.

An excerpt of Charles Mahtesian’s welcome email to Politico’s staff:

His desk is located at the outer edge of the POLITICO empire, not far from the glass conference room, so if you have a moment please stop by his lonely outpost and introduce yourself.