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Neda Semnani Quits Roll Call’s HOH

Roll Call HOH gossip writer Neda Semnani is leaving the publication for graduate school. It’s a writing program of sorts. No word on how her partner in crime, Warren Rojas, is coping, but we’ll ask.

Congratulations to Semnani. All the best to her on her new adventure.

We also requested comment from a CQ Roll Call publicist and Semnani.

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Reporter Has Wine-Fueled Toilet Adventure

Odd choice for a Friday night, but a functional toilet isn’t something you can just do without. CQ Roll Call‘s Neda Semnani kicked off the weekend by repairing hers.

“The toilet’s been running for months. Its just old or/or maybe poor quality,” she told FishbowlDC in an email. “I didn’t want to pay for a plumber unless I had to, so I went to the hardware store and got a kit and I followed the instructions.”

Semnani tweeted just after 9 p.m. that she was going to get wine and set out on her toilet adventure. Forty-five minutes later she returned and tweeted a photo of her tools, along with Huckleberry, her dog.

What ensued was a series of tweets in which Semnani demonstrated her lack of knowledge of all things commode-related, with her Twitter friends following along: Read more

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Quotes of the Day

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY: Mother’s Day at Nats Park w @LukeRsmom beer & dogs 1 price fixed brunch 0.

“Is this Fox News or National Inquirer?” — Rep.-elect Mark Sanford on Fox News Sunday.

Gayle King in leopard panties

“At dc gym w\ fav daughter kirby says your panties are showing I say so she says mom nobody wants to see that & they’re leopard! love kirby!” — CBS’ Gayle King.

The Observer

“Sitting at the bar. Watching a girl tweeze her eyebrows #saturdaynighthustle” — Roll Call HOH’s Neda Semnani.

Fish out of water

“At a party in Virginia with people who aren’t on the internet all week and haven’t seen all the important gifs. It’s weird. I mean a few of these people don’t even have smart phones.” — Adam Smith, communications director at Public Campaign and PC Action Fund.

Did someone say “fishbowl?

“Those who think we have to stay in the conservative fishbowl and swap ideas with only each other are KILLING this movement. #BlogCon13″ — Conservative radio host Dana Loesch.

Spotted at the 22nd St. Ritz on Saturday night….WaPo and MSNBC’s Jonathan Capehart with three undisclosed male companions headed to the bar.

A Mother’s Day warning

“Don’t burn down the house gentlemen.” — Chef Geoff Tracy, i.e. Mr. Norah O’Donnell.

And a more emotional reaction to Mother’s Day…

“Thinking about everything my mother has done for her children. yup, about to cry.” — National Journal‘s Elahe Izadi.

A question an editor asks himself: “Have I really reached a point in my life where *I’m* the (only) one who thinks playing baseball inside the house is a bad idea?” — U.S. News & World Report‘s Robert Schlesinger.

Gossip and rumors

Stephanie Cutter was rumored to be heading to #CNN but got a better job: at Bank of America helping it dodge bank regulations.” — Paul Brandus of West Wing Reports and The Week.

TV journo gets cussed out

“VMAIL of the day: ‘Hey, jerk off. I don’t appreciate what you said about Ted Cruz. F—ing loser.’ I wonder what prompted that? Hmmm” — Capehart.

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.

At one point a team of men carrying what looked like… Read more

Nancy Pelosi Helps TNR Celebrate New Digs

Three weeks after moving into 529 9th St. in Chinatown, The New Republic officially celebrated its new office space on Friday.

“The convenience of the location played a big part,” Chief Operating Officer Sloan Eddleston told FishbowlDC. The office, which sits over the International Spy Museum, features a newsroom with some 30 computers, a library for reporters seeking a quiet respite and a spacious roof deck with a view of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery (another selling point).

Eddleston said the space was renovated before the TNR crew could move in and that changes to the office were paid for by the owners of the building. He said TNR has signed a multi-year lease, but declined to say how many years.

Notably, most of the computers in the office are desktop PCs with only two or three Macs. Asked if any of the staffers gripe over who uses which computer, TNR Editor-in-Chief Franklin Foer said no. Actually, most of the computers go unused. “I think you find that most people have laptops,” Foer said, “and they’re working off Macs.”

Foer said it’s “very sweet to be in a place that is our home and will be our home for a long time.” Previously, TNR was taking up shelter in an office sublet by the American Grain Council.

The party featured two fully-stocked open bars and another bar where attendees could sample different liquors. WaPo‘s media reporter Erik Wemple was spotted taking a shot of something dark before heading out onto the deck. Catering included copious amounts of humus and cheese, veggie spreads and an assortment of chips.

Throughout the early evening, Chris Hughes, publisher of TNR, was seen… Read more

Roll Call Gossip Writer Mugged

Roll Call HOH gossip columnist Neda Semnani was mugged over the weekend. She relayed the news on Twitter Sunday morning and followers like National Journal‘s Elahe Izadi reached out to her for much of the day, relieved she came out of it unscathed. “ugggggh sorry Neda!” Izadi wrote. “Hope you’re safe boo.

Semnani reported news of the crime at 1:31 a.m., writing, “So I just got mugged, thanks D.C.” Sources tell us her cell phone was nabbed. Friends immediately began writing her to make sure she wasn’t hurt. She replied, “Fine, just super angry.”

Semnani declined to comment on the incident and has since deleted the tweets.

When Hollywood, Washington Collide

As part of the “Sidecar Conversation Series,” Capitol File  and P.J. Clarke’s are inviting a host of politicos and journalists to dinner to chat about the intersection of Hollywood and Washington.

National Journal‘s Ron Brownstein will moderate the event.

The panelists include: Roll Call “HOH” gossip columnist Neda Semnani, “Chasing the Hill” writer Brent Roske, “House of Cards” Exec. Producer Beau Willimon and President and CEO of ONE Michael Elliott.

Asked about the upcoming panel and what it will entail, Semnani told FishbowlDC: “In my opinion, Washington and Hollywood act as a mirror to the other. The interesting part is what each town reflects back at the other. In other words, how
much impact does, or should DC have on Hollywood or vice versa? Is Hollywood responsible for how it portrays Washington, politics and policy? Should it get it right? Likewise, does Washington have a responsibility over how our politicians and journalists interact with and are influenced by the cult of celebrity?”

With the White House Correspondents’ dinner coming up at the end of the month, the questions are timely.

Oddly no one from the site that epitomizes the intersection, Hollywood on the Potomac, is on the panel. No doubt there is no shortage of writers in Washington who are qualified to speak intelligently on the matter.

The dinner takes place on April 17 at Sidecar at P.J. Clarke’s.

Want an Oyster Named for You and a Free Party?

You’re a journalist.  Come on, you love to see your byline. So we have an unusually fishy idea: name an Oyster after yourself (or a coworker) and have the name immortalized forever. P.J. Clarke’s is introducing its’ own signature oyster on Tuesday, with its name to be chosen by secret ballot.

Brad Blynier, one of the owners of the War Shore Oyster Company, the company that’s harvesting the exclusive oyster for the restaurant, describes the oyster as “farm raised, premium cocktail-sized and has a robust brininess with a clean, mild and sweet finish.”

Based on the oyster’s characteristics, we’ve come up with naming suggestions but feel free to come up with your own (write us at Betsy@mediabistro.com,  fishbowldc@mediabistro.com or use our Anonymous Tips button):

The Badass Oyster: Do we even need to name the journalist who comes to work with a chain tied to his waste? That’d be BuzzFeed D.C. Bureau Chief John Stanton. The Meghan: For Meghan McCain, a tart oyster served naked of its shell; The Rose Garden: after The Daily Caller‘s Neil Munro, an oyster served live and will never shut up. The Burger Oyster: it’s cocktail-sized, after all, and has former TIME scribe and professional partygoer Tim Burger written all over it. To spice things up, we have The Rosie: sweet, tart and can cuss like a sailor for BuzzFeed‘s Rosie Gray (and we mean nothing by the tart, only that it’s a flavor that might be present in an oyster.). The Bob Schieffer, farm raised, but still clean and sweet– an undeniable D.C. institution. The Hardball Oyster: All robust and briny things should be named after MSNBC host Chris Matthews, shouldn’t they? The Pothead Oyster: all laid back and smooth, HuffPost‘s Sam Stein. The Howeeza: after mild, sweet Judy Kurtz from The Hill. The Ezzy: serious and wonky with a touch of lemon and an aroma of fresh figs for WaPo‘s favorite “f–k you” blogger Ezra Klein. The Weingarten: a little sour-aftertaste for D.C.’s ultimate curmudgeon, WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten. The Luke: for MSNBC’s Luke Russert, a very meaty oyster;  “Shorty” the Jake Sherman oyster. The Stealth Spunkster: she’s everywhere and nowhere all at once after Hollywood on the Potomac‘s Janet Donovan; and The Lady: the always well-mannered and comedy-laced Neda Semnani from Roll Call‘s HOH. The Angry Oyster: Can you guess? That’d be Tim Grieve, who just gave Politico the middle finger and bolted to National Journal. The Fresh Mouthed Oyster: Politico‘s own salty tweeter Ben White, who likes to share his crappy hotel experiences. Hey, maybe this time the Jefferson Hotel will actually hold a reservation for him or the W will give him a room that doesn’t place the bathroom in the foyer. The Potty Mouthed Oyster: Mike Elk, a brusque, sharp-flavored oyster for the labor journo who swears more than any other. The Shooter: Who else? After the gun activist journalist herself, Emily Miller of TWT. And finally, we offer The Boyle: for you-know-who, the always all blown up Matthew Boyle of Breitbart News.

Do not stop reading. We’re not kidding. Here’s the fun partRead more

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Quotes of the Day

Rome unveils a new Pope

“CNBC seems unprepared for #pope coverage. They don’t have anyone translating what he’s saying.” — WSJ‘s Victoria McGrane.

“Remember when we were all watching the chimney and waiting for the reveal of the new pope? #nostaliga” — Politico‘s David Chalian.

“So, another Pope who thinks contraceptives are evil. Good luck with that.” — Blogger and pundit Craig Crawford.

“How did the Pope name himself so fast? Do all cardinals have a papal name short list ready?” — TNR‘s Julia Ioffe.

“The House Science subcommittee hearing on energy subsidies has now been delayed for 45 minutes. I blame the Vatican.” — SNL Energy power and policy reporter Corbin Hiar.

“For the record, I yelled ‘POPE SMOKE’ in my newsroom < 1 minute before we saw the smoke. So, yeah, I’ve got some powers. – NJ‘s Elahe Izadi.

“With the pope jokes winding down, Twitter will return to its bread and butter of poop jokes.” Yahoo! Sports Big League Stew Contributor Dave Brown.

Steak: It’s what’s for dinner at midnight

“It’s absolutely silly to grill steaks at midnight, said no smart person ever.” — The Daily Caller‘s soon to be Daily Mail‘s David Martosko. (Except maybe a cardiologist?)

 

Reporter hopes Kissinger yells at her

“So, last time I spoke to Henry Kissinger he yelled at me. Fingers crossed tonight will be two for two #dreams.” — Roll Call‘s Neda Semnani who had an encounter with him at the Nixon Centennial a few months back.

Journo Love

The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball: “I hope everyone appreciates the greatness of @sarahlyall. Everything she writes is fantastic.”

NYT‘s London-based correspondent Sarah Lyall: “What an extremely nice thing to say! Thank you.”

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 7:23 a.m.

Erick Erickson trash talks MSNBC

“MSNBC shocked the new Pope is Catholic.” — FNC Contributor and RedState Editor Erick Erickson.

Quote Taken Way Out of Context

“Everything is terrible.” — BuzzFeed‘s Rebecca Berg.

Important Q to Ponder: Can we ever get enough of Marty Rudolph? Read more

Reporters Balance Contributor Status

Neda Semnani is a full-time columnist for CQ Roll Call‘s “Heard on the Hill.” Yet there she was last night with a piece about Craigslist sex ads published on BuzzFeed. Was she changing jobs?

Nope. Just working her ass off.

“You know how journalism is today,” she told FishbowlDC when we asked what was going on. “Its all a bit of a hustle, get the stories reported, written and published.”

More and more often reporters are working full-time one place and serving as contributors elsewhere (as I do here at FBDC while working at The Blaze). In many cases, they juggle between publications or they contract with a cable news outlet to serve as on-air commentators.

“It is definitely a challenge to write everyday for my job, freelance and do my own stuff,” Semnani said, “but I feel like I’m still making my bones in this business and this is all trial by fire. If this schedule is what it takes to do it, then that’s just the way it is right now.” Read more

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