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Hanson on The Hill! Oh, and Also Reps. McCarthy and Pelosi…

20140402_185528Last night at The Hamilton, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) were recognized with a GRAMMYs on the Hill Award by The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation for “their support and understanding of music creators’ unique role in American life.” The evening included special performances by Lady Antebellum, Los Lonely Boys, and 90s chart toppers, Hanson. Hanson? Seriously?

The evening was a long one. Red carpet access to Lady A and Hanson began at 6, and the award ceremony and performances lasted until after 10pm.

Here’s how it went down.

5:59pm – Ushered to the 2nd floor of The Hamilton for a private red carpet and Q&A with Lady Antebellum, Hanson, high level execs from The Recording Academy and some members of Congress. Immediately notice a sea of wine glasses covering the bar. I’m talking at least 50 glasses of already poured red and white ready for the taking. I start my night with a Diet Coke.

6:20  The room quickly fills with so-not-DC folks, sporting tans we can only dream of and the bleachiest of blonde hair.

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Nancy Pelosi: ‘I Fully Expect to Be Speaker After Midterm Elections’

Jeff Zucker, Nancy PelosiWhen Nancy Pelosi sat down for her keynote address at Women@NBCU’s annual Power of the Purse Breakfast this morning at Cipriani’s in New York, host Jeff Zucker wasted no time getting her take on the state of politics this year. Specifically, the outgoing NBC Universal CEO and president asked if Pelosi herself would still be in office in five weeks.

“I fully expect to be Speaker in five weeks,” she said. “I have big confidence in my candidates. They’re excellent; they’re battle-tested. They know what they believe, and they’re doing just fine in their districts.”

Pelosi said the biggest lesson she’s learned since taking office is that women have to seize their own power.

“Women were not going to wait another 200 years to take power in Congress,” she said. “When I first ran for leadership, the men [in Washington] said, ‘Who said she could run?’ Their attitude towards reaching women was ‘let’s find out the things women want, and then we’ll do [those things].’”

Pelosi explained that she initially entered politics because she “saw it as an extension of being a mother.” She also championed President Obama‘s health care reform strategy, saying that women and families would be the primary beneficiaries. “No longer will being a woman be a pre-existing condition,” she said.

A video excerpt of Pelosi’s address is after the jump. Read more

Landline TV Goes Rogue With Palin’s Book

Landline TV, a New York-based production company run by obnoxious 20-something liberal arts college grads, spoofs former Vice Presidential Candidate and author Sarah Palin’s Going Rogue in this video.

They literally treat Palin’s book like trash that could make someone want to vomit.

But not to worry, they are conservationists at heart.

“We only bought one copy of the book, scanned and copied the book jacket then applied it to 99 cent hard covers so we could keep costs down and not support the publishing of it,” remarked Jared Neumark of Landline TV.

Neumark claims the company isn’t overly Democrat or Republican. “Our feelings about Palin are probably pretty typical for mid-20 year olds who went to liberal arts schools,” he said in an e-mail. “But we make fun of both sides of the spectrum.”

Last year Landline spoofed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in a spoof about her having a mad crush on President Obama. Check it out after the jump.

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Politico‘s Partylicious Pool Report

Perhaps the most “unique” pool report ever was distributed by Politico‘s Nia-Malika Henderson last night from the White House State Dinner. All of the “fabulousness” is posted below.

My favorite parts? The self-pimp and “shout out” near the end.

From: Nia-Malika Henderson
Sent: Tue Nov 24 22:40:53 2009
Subject: Final Booksellers Pool…

Apologies for this delayed report.

Pooler stood patiently for two hours and saw State Dinner arrivals in booksellers area, and there was too much fabulousness to describe in detail here. So here are the greatest moments and a few broad details.

Lots of saris tonight (and probably one too many pantsuits according to some witnesses who will not be named here), and lots of people who didn’t quite get the “stand here and pose” thing down.

Best Sari goes to Semonti Stephens who wore one of the dresses from her Spring wedding. A red number with gold jewelry from Calcutta.

Best Wardrobe malfunction goes to Bob Casey whose cumberband slithered from his waist to the floor.

Best Look goes to Speaker Nancy Pelosi who when Robin Givhan asked her “Is your gown Armani?”…Pelosi shot her a disapproving stare and rolled her eyes a bit–i.e. Pelosi to Givhan: Drop Dead. (No answer to Givhan’s follow up question which was “What was that look?!”)

Biggest Celebs: Steven Spielberg, Alfre Woodard and Blair Underwood (together but not an item). Also, fyi, some stars are shorter, more wrinkled, not as hot in person. Underwood. Hotter.

Honorable mention for biggest star: Gayle King, sans bff Oprah Winfrey.

Best Dressed Billionaire: Mayor Michael Bloomberg sporting red bow tie.

Best attempt at self-deprecation goes to NBC’s Brian Williams who strolled in before movie mogul David Geffen, said “hello press,” and then: “I grew up a busboy in New Jersey so I have to resist the urge to clean up.”

Best random uttering about a guest: Oh my god, a real housewife!(See Real Housewives of DC for more info)….

Best shout out to colleague: Helene CooperTom Friedman you better stop!”

Finally a big thank you to my colleagues and honorary poolers, Amie Parnes and Kendra Marr. And shameless promotion for POLITICO..see this link for more details on the bookstore arrivals…

http://www.politico.com/click/stories/0911/obama_red_carpet.html

GQ‘s “50 Most Powerful in DC” List: One Degree of Obama


Photo from GQ.com.

Forget Kevin Bacon.

President Barack Obama and VP Joe Biden may be excluded from GQ‘s “50 Most Powerful in DC,” but looks like most of the list’s top half are one degree of separation from the West Wing.

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag, Senior Advisor David Axelrod, Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner and National Economic Council Director Larry Summers (tie), Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, former VP Dick Cheney and Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts round out the top ten. The list may be a changing-of-the-guard from the Bush administration, but it’s a DC no-brainer.

Your DC media types are represented by ABC’s George Stephanopoulos at #31, Politico‘s John Harris #43 and The New Yorker‘s Jane Mayer and NYT‘s Scott Shane tied at #27.

Politico points out White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, though #20 on the last list, did not make the cut this time around.

The mag will celebrate the list with a party tonight at 701. And though obviously overlooked for “50 Most Powerful,” FBDC will be there. Check back tomorrow for dets.

The complete list, as polled by “journalists, congressmen, lobbyists, think tankers, and influence peddlers,” can be found here.

Fortune Releases 10 Most Powerful Washington Women List

As part of Fortune‘s 50 Most Powerful Women list, which launched today, the mag created a a special new list of the 10 Most Powerful Women in Washington:

#1 Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House
#2 Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State
#3 Sheila Bair, Chair of FDIC
#4 Christina Romer, Chair of White House Council of Economic Advisers
#5 Valerie Jarrett, Senior Presidential Adviser
#6 Mary Schapiro, Chair of SEC
#7 Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, Senators
#8 Carol Browner, White House Adviser on Energy/Climate Change
#9 Christine Varney, Assistant Attorney general for Antitrust
#10 Karen Ignagni, CEO, America’s health Insurance Plans

Check out the picture gallery and the reasons each of these power playas made Fortune’s cut here.

TWT Scores Air-Time via CBS News Partnership

Yesterday was a big day for the Washington Times. First, the paper got a plug from a very unlikely source – Nancy Pelosi. Then, they scored big by partnering with CBS News on a made-for-TV version of Amanda Carpenter‘s investigative piece about Legal Services Corp.

A quick visit to CBSNews.com today offers a fresh TWT story filed under the “CBS Investigates” section of the site. Could a second day of “TWT for CBS” signal a tighter partnership than conveyed in Solomon’s staff memo about the deal?

Last night’s joint video venture below and John Solomon‘s memo to staff after the jump.


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Pelosi Plugs TWT

In today’s fact sheet, Nancy Pelosi referenced a Washington Times piece…you don’t see that every day.

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More Statements On Cronkite’s Passing From Around Town, Country

Former President George W. Bush: “Walter Cronkite was an icon of American journalism who shaped his profession in countless ways during his decades on the air. Tonight, his family is in our thoughts and prayers.”

Former President George H.W. Bush: “Barbara and I join the nation in mourning the passing of Walter Cronkite. As a pioneer in television journalism, he was a towering, respected figure. Many Americans heard it from Walter first that President Kennedy had died, or that man had walked on the moon. He is already missed.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi: “Walter Cronkite was the face and voice of American journalism for generations. A giant in his field, he set the standard for news even today: fair and thorough.

“From the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, to the war in Vietnam, to the landing on the moon 40 years ago next week, Walter Cronkite delivered the news and provided trusted commentary on the events that shaped our history. Like millions of Americans, he was a fixture in my home.

“Let us honor the legacy of Walter Cronkite by remembering the essential role that a free press plays in our democracy, and by protecting the right of journalists to report the news.”

Senator John McCain: “I’m saddened to learn of the passing of Walter Cronkite – one of the most influential newsmen of our time. I will never forget our memorable visit together to Hanoi on the 10th anniversary of the fall of Saigon.”

Statements from Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and Neil Armstrong also after the jump…

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Hail Mary: Moore Makes Press Club Appearance

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*Photo courtesy of The Washington Times

Mary Tyler Moore made an appearance at the National Press Club yesterday to discuss her battle with juvenile diabetes (Type 1). The longtime spokeswoman for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) was able to turn the room on with more than just her smile…

From TWT’s G2:
“So, who here thinks I look like Nancy Pelosi?” asked actress Mary Tyler Moore, looking like a taller, leaner version of the speaker of the House as she waded through scores of admiring fans at the VIP reception before a luncheon at the National Press Club.

From Yeas and Nays
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Moore said she was worried that people watching her act would wonder if she had some “weird” disease. So then what made her finally decide to come out, one audience member asked?

“I started being attracted to other women,” she joked, before adding it was really due to the foundation.

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