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Honoring “Thought” with FP

Swarms of people with fancy accents, wearing even fancier business suits gathered at the Corcoran Gallery last night for a multifaceted event hosted by Foreign Policy.  The magazine wrapped into one night their 40th anniversary, special recognition for Richard Holbrooke (one of FP‘s original editors), the release of their 2010 “Top 100 Global Thinkers” list, a dinner and panel discussion.

FP Editor Susan Glasser

Following a packed cocktail hour on the gallery’s second floor, guests flowed downstairs for the event program.  The evening was kicked off by Don Graham who effervescently described the magazine’s growth and successes since the Washington Post Company acquired it in 2008.  Of the evening’s festivities Graham said, “This is the only event I can remember that honors thought.  Plenty honor power.”

Moderated by PBS’s Gwen Ifill and featuring Sen. John Kerry,Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu, Brazilian Foreign Minister Celso Amorim, and electric-car visionary Shai Agassi, the panel focused mainly on energy policy and conservation but Ifill managed to slip in a few questions about the headlining WikiLeaks saga.

Ifill asked Davutoglu what he thought of the leaked documents that articulated the view of Turkey’s “Rolls Royce ambitions but Rover resources.”

Davutoglu responded diplomatically by first acknowledging  “an interesting and productive meeting with Hillary [Clinton] today” and then went on to remind the room of President Obama’s trip to  Turkey where he described the country as one of the most important strategic partners for America.

“Which should I take seriously,” questioned Davatoglu.   “Obama’s address to the Turkish parliament or these statements?”  The Foreign Minister ultimately dismissed the WikiLeaks documents, describing them as personal views from diplomats rather than government positions.

The WikiLeaks conversation carried on throughout the buffet dinner and drinks that followed the panel.  On the way out of the event, guests were presented with magazines and FP logo cookies.

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  • Meet the Press: Bill Clinton. Tom Brokaw will moderate a debate between Colorado Senate candidates Mark Udall (D) and Bob Schaffer (R).

  • Face the Nation: Barack Obama.

  • This Week: John McCain, and a roundtable with former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, The Washington Post’s Steve Pearlstein, The American Prospect’s Robert Reich, and ABC News’ George Will.

  • Fox News Sunday: Sen. Lindsey Graham, (R) South Carolina/McCain Supporter
    Sen. John Kerry, (D) Massachusetts/Obama Supporter and a panel with Brit Hume, Fox News Washington Managing Editor, Mara Liasson, National Public Radio & Fox News, Bill Kristol, Weekly Standard & Fox News, Juan Williams, National Public Radio & Fox News. And the Power Player of the Week is Dr. Cristian Samper, Director of the National Museum of Natural History.

  • Late Edition: Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, New York Times’ Thomas Friedman, CNN’s Gloria Borger, CNN’s John King, CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin, GOP strategist Alex Castellanos, Dem strategist Hilary Rosen, GOP strategist Leslie Sanchez and Dem strategist Donna Brazile.

  • CN8′s Roll Call TV with Robert Traynham: Paul Waldman, Media Matters; Deborah Simmons, Washington Times; and David Drucker and Elizabeth Brotherton of Roll Call.

  • The Chris Matthews Show: David Brooks of the New York Times; Andrea Mitchell of NBC News; Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post; and Katty Kay, BBC Washington correspondent.

  • Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Former Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger and former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Richard Holbrooke.

  • Reliable Sources: Washingtonpost.com’s Chris Cillizza, ABC’s Jake Tapper, CNN’s Jessica Yellin, GOP strategist Amy Holmes, New Republic’s Michelle Cottle, New York Times’ former investigative journalist David Cay Johnston and PBS’ David Brancaccio.

  • C-SPAN’s Newsmakers: DCCC Chair Chris Van Hollen will be interviewed by AP’s Charles Babington and Wall Street Journal’s Sarah Lueck.

  • GPS: Premier Wen Jiabao of China and Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

  • Inside Washington: Nina Totenberg of NPR, Washington Post Deputy Editorial Page Editor Colby King, Newsweek Assistant Managing Editor Evan Thomas, and Syndicated Columnist Charles Krauthammer.

  • It’s the Tam Cam!

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    Newsweek’s Tammy Haddad has created one of Denver’s best gag gifts: A fan that spells out “Tam Cam” (the name of her online videos, as dubbed by Politico’s Mike Allen). Charlie Crist — a Playbook reader, by the way…as is Debbie Dingell — has already requested one.

    Haddad showed it off at a Palm dinner (where else?) with Ashley Bommer (Richard Holbrooke advisor), Nancy Kirshner Rodriguez (head of government affair to Mayor Gavin Newsom), Eve O’Toole (partner, Marc Associates), Marc Adelman (media consultant with Sen. Harry Reid), Hilary Rosen, Lee Brenner (MySpace), Debbie Dingell.

    Also there: National Journal President Suzanne Clark, Justin Waller, Tim Shannon and John Galloway.

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  • Meet the Press: Sens. John Kerry (D-MA) and Joe Lieberman (I-CT), and a roundtable with NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, NBC’s Chuck Todd and PBS’ Judy Woodruff.

  • Face the Nation: McCain Victory Chair Carly Fiorina and former Treasury Secretary Robert Rubin.

  • This Week: Speaker Nancy Pelosi and former PA Gov. Tom Ridge (R), and a roundtable with George Will, Donna Brazile, Jake Tapper and former White House adviser David Gergen.

  • Fox News Sunday: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and former Sen. Tom Daschle (D-SD). The “Power Player” is Ashley Judd.

  • Late Edition: Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy Jim Glassman, Obama economic adviser Laura Tyson, McCain economic adviser Nancy Pfotenhauer, Major General Mark Hertling, and a roundtable with CNN’s Bill Schneider, Joe Johns and Gloria Borger.

  • Chris Matthews Show: Time’s Joe Klein, Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson, New York Times’ Elisabeth Bumiller and CNN’s Gloria Borger.

  • GPS: Author Ayaan Hirsi Ali, author Jessica Stern, Wall Street Journal’s Bret Stephens, former Mexican Foreign Minister Jorge Castañeda and former U.S. Ambassador to the UN Richard Holbrooke.

  • The Post Politics Program with Ed O’Keefe and Emily Freifeld on POTUS ’08: Highlights of The Post’s Libby Copeland‘s interview with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and The Post’s David Broder.

  • C-SPAN’s Newsmakers: Minority Whip Rep. Roy Blunt (R-MO) will be interviewed by Mary Ann Akers, Washington Post, Correspondent & Sean Lengell, Washington Times, Congressional Correspondent

  • This Is America with Dennis Wholey: Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA)

  • Reliable Sources: A.B. Stoddard, associate editor, The Hill, Roger Simon, chief political columnist, The Politico, Matthew Felling, media commentator, Deroy Murdock, syndicated columnist, Scripps Howard News Service, Ana Marie Cox, Washington editor, TIME.com, Melinda Liu, Beijing bureau chief, Newsweek, Jill Dougherty, U.S. affairs editor, CNN International

  • Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Senator Jack Reed (D-RI).

  • Roll Call TV with Robert Traynham: Abe Amoros, Political and Communications Director, Pennsylvania Democratic Party; Renee Amoore, Republican Strategist and President, the Amoore Group; and David Drucker and Emily Heil of Roll Call.