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Want to Smell Like Napoleon?

We already know there’s a number of height-challenged men in Washington with Napoleon complexes (think Reps. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.) and Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), conservative author Jason Mattera, Americans for Tax Reform Prez Grover Norquist, WaPo‘s Dana Milbank, NBC’s Michael Isikoff, Politico‘s Jake Sherman and more). And soon maybe they’ll know how to smell like him, too.

Only D.C. would attract an event where journalists and other guests get to take a whiff of the scent worn by Napoleon.

Come the fall, the International Fragrance Association North America and Christophe Laudamiel of the Academy of Perfumery and Osmothèque Conservatory will host an “interactive scent experience” presented only for the second time in the United States. The event, exclusive and limited to handpicked guests, is at a particularly fancy garden setting  near Capitol Hill.

Just who is Laudamiel?

This past April, the world renown perfumer presented a collection of legendary scents in New York of famous and centuries-old scents archived by the  Osmothèque  in Versailles. We’re told Osmothèque is the “perfume museum and conservatory of perfumes and scents.”  Several perfumers founded it in 1988 to preserve the formulas of influential perfumes that shaped trends and reconstruct the formula for perfumes that have been lost.

The joint includes the perfumes and colognes worn by Marie-Antoinette, Napoleon and other legendary perfumes such as a famous Chypre by Francois Coty.

Lucky attendees will receive perfume samples. (Shhh…I’m signing Eddie up for Napoleon’s scent.)

Note to FishbowlDC Readers: If we’ve left out any of Washington’s Napoleon complected male midgets who may be curious about his cologne, let us know at FishbowlDC@mediabistro.com or Betsy@mediabistro.com.)

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Newsweek’s Isikoff to NBC

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This just in…

Michael Isikoff is joining NBC News as National Investigative Correspondent. The announcement was made today by NBC News President Steve Capus. According to a statement, “Isikoff will report for all platforms of NBC News, including “NBC Nightly News,” “Today” and MSNBC. Isikoff will also contribute to msnbc.com in a branded destination for the web site.”

Isikoff first joined Newsweek in 1994.

Washington Journos Toast Kitty Kelley

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Famed investigative biographer, Kitty Kelley, celebrated her book release at a party on Friday evening at the home of Daniel and Marina Ein. The book, Oprah: A Biography, was released on April 13th by Crown Publishers.

The event was well-attended by DC media types, business power-players and the political elite. Kelley made her rounds and spoke with guests prior to giving a thank you and toast in which she described Oprah as “the most powerful, influential person on the planet.” Kelley expressed admiration and only kind remarks about her “determined subject.” She continued by saying Oprah is “revered and idolized” throughout the world and ended with “long may she reign.”

However, this same level of admiration for Oprah was not as evident from party goers. Guests at the event traded examples of Oprah’s alleged spins, lies, and her legal and illegal indulgences discovered via Kelley’s book. A common topic among press types was the media’s blackballing of Kelley and her book because of Oprah’s intimidation factor. One guest was overheard asking a group “why hasn’t anyone in the media covered Oprah’s control of the message?” The consensus was that Oprah was likely “puppeteering” an underground PR initiative.

Spotted by FishbowlDC were The Daily Caller’s Moira Bagley, Politico’s Kiki Ryan, Newsweek’s Michael Isikoff and wife, WaPo’s Mary Anne Akers, Washington Life’s Kevin Chaffee and Donna Shor, NY Times’ Helene Cooper, Georgetown Dish’s Beth Solomon, Roll Call’s Tory Newmyer, The Daily Beast’s Lee Aitken and Mark Paustenbauch.

This post was contributed by Glenn Ballard for FishbowlDC.

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Where’s Mary Ann?

mary ann akers.jpgWaPo blogger Mary Ann Akers took a maternity leave in late September 2009 as she and husband, Newsweek’s Michael Isikoff, welcomed son, Zach, into the world on Oct. 5. But it’s nearly five months later, and Akers remains on leave. Her last item for the website appeared on Sept. 10, 2009.

On Sept. 30 WaPo reported:

The Sleuth is Away
While the Sleuth is away, check out The Reliable Source for Inside the Beltway Gossip and Capitol Briefing for the latest Hill news. Visit 44 for the latest from Obama’s Washington, and check in with the Fix for political news and analysis.

Is it just a case of ‘Mommy Realizes Being a Mother Is –
Understandably — More Rewarding Than Gossip?’ or something else?
Unfortunately, our efforts to sleuth and ask both the Post and Akers have resulted in interesting dodges, weaves and non-responses on Akers’s part (it’s noteworthy to say here that the Post PR department is always responsive, when they know something or when they don’t). Akers did not return a FishbowlDC attempt to contact her by e-mail.

So let the countdown begin:

Will Akers return? Or is she entering a new phase in her life?

Stay tuned…

Isikoff and Akers Welcome Baby Zach!

Mary Ann Akers and Michael Isikoff just welcomed new son, Zach to Washington…

From the proud Papa:

Zachary Akers Isikoff slid safely into Sibley Hospital at 9:15 yesterday morning just in time for the playoffs. Zach, the cutest center fielder you’ve ever seen, came in at 8 lbs 10.5 oz. Mom is glowing with joy; Dad was hoping for a little Yankee but after seeing him we both agree he belongs with the Angels.

Congrats to Mary Ann and Mike and welcome to the Fishbowl, Zachary!

UPDATE: Wow, what a hallway at Sibley! Tapper’s son Jack; who amazingly has begun tweeting at the ripe age of 5-days-old says:

just met Zach Akers Isikoff – his mom @TheSleuth is across the hall! he’s one day old today. cool kid.

Book Bash: “The Emperor’s New Clothes”

At Ellen and Gerry Sigal‘s book party for 9/11 Commissioner and Mayer Brown Partner Richard Ben-Veniste, talk veered from Obama’s mission to the Middle East to Watergate (Ben-Veniste was chief prosecutor). His new book, The Emperor’s New Clothes, covers five riveting cases with which Ben-Veniste was associated and the Sigals’ living room looked like Kennedy Center Honors. From Congress, former Senators Ted Stevens and Paul Sarbanes, Congresswoman Jane Harmon and Congressman John Dingell and lobbyist wife Debbie. Media wunderkinds included Newsweek’s Michael Isikoff and Howard Fineman, Sam Donaldson, Daniel Schorr, Nina Totentenberg, Elizabeth Drew, Kim Eisler (Washingtonian) and the New York Times Neil Lewis. Lewis found plenty of time to chat with Senator Stevens’ wife Catherine – perhaps about Senator Stevens’ trial which Lewis covered for the Gray Lady.

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Sam Donaldson and Richard Ben-Veniste

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Elizabeth Drew, Michael Isikoff and Howard Fineman

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Q&A Cafe With… Drumroll Please… Spinal Tap


Photo courtesy of Carol Joynt.

Spinal Tap- David St. Hubbins (Michael McKean), Derek Smalls (Harry Shearer) and Nigel Tufnel (Christopher Guest)- rocked Carol Joynt‘s Q&A Cafe yesterday for a rare group interview.

Joynt writes on her blog: “It’s fair to say that Harry and Michael, especially Michael, did most of the talking, but Christopher was not without interesting points to make. He’s just less talkative than Harry and Michael. Maybe it’s because he sat in the middle for the interview, or its simply the dynamic of their friendship, but Michael seems like the comic center of the trio. Regardless, they play off each other very well. For every serious point that was made, there were another five points that brought laughter.”

Read more on the interview here and you can check it out tomorrow at 8pm on DC Cable-TV.

Spinal Tap also performed at the Warner Theater last night as part of their new tour “Unwigged and Unplugged.” We hear David Corn, Mary Ann Akers and Michael Isikoff were among the backstage guests.

Roll Call Goes Glam for 21 Years of HOH

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Big names gathered for last night’s uber-glam bash honoring the 21st anniversary of Roll Call’s “Heard on the Hill” and a recent refresh of the RC website. The festivities took place at swanky Coco Sala where guests noshed on an array of chocolate-themed appetizers and cocktails (who knew you could mix chocolate and mojito?).

Maybe it was the chocolate…or maybe the cocktails, but RC Publisher Peter Cherukuri managed to pull Senator John Thune, Senator Trent Lott, Juleanna Glover, Yebbie Watkins, Mike Feldman, Debbie Dingell, Christina Sevilla and Senator John Breaux to help celebrate his pub’s successes.

Representing the media were Former HOHer – The Sleuth’s Mary Ann Akers, Michael Isikoff, C-SPAN’s Greta Brawner, Bloomberg’s Tim Burger,Susan Davis of the WSJ, WaPo’s Paul Kane, MSNBC’s Bob Franken, Chad Pergram of FNC, MySpace’s Lee Brenner, NYT’s Carl Hulse, Emily Lenzner from ABC News and the Examiner’s Kiki Ryan.

Christine and I were on hand to cover it for you…not for the chocolate and cocktails.

Morning Reading List, 09.02.08

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Good morning Washington.

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We’ve got your morning mix of media Muesli after the jump…

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BREAKING: Opinion In Hatfill Case Handed Down

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In the case of Steven Hatfill v. Alberto Gonzales, et al., United States District Judge for the District of Columbia Reggie Walton issued a ruling today that will compel six reporters to “provide full and truthful responses to questions propounded to them by Dr. Hatfill’s attorneys.”

Hatfill, you’ll recall, is the scientist deemed a “person of interest” by the Justice Department in the wake of the 2001 anthrax attacks. Walton will want these reporters to reveal the names of law enforcement sources who provided details of the Hatfill investigation.

Download the full .pdf here.

In his conclusion, Walton writes:

    Based on the foregoing analysis, the plaintiff’s Motion to Compel Further Testimony from Michael Isikoff, Daniel Klaidman, Allan Lengel, Toni Locy, and James Stewart [D.E. # 157] is granted. These reporters are therefore ordered to comply with the subpoenas issued to them by Dr. Hatfill and to provide full and truthful responses to questions propounded to them by Dr. Hatfill’s attorneys. On the other hand, the motions to quash the subpoenas of ABC, The Washington Post, Newsweek, CBS, The Associated Press, the Baltimore Sun, and The New York Times are granted.

    SO ORDERED this 13th day of August, 2007.

    REGGIE B. WALTON

    United States District Judge

Klaidman and Iskioff work for Newsweek, Ross works for ABC, Lengel for the Washington Post, Stewart for CBS and Locy for USA Today.

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