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A Toast for Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Recent Publication of Off the Sidelines

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Last night at the home of Connie Milstein and J.C. de La Haye St. Hilaire, friends and Washington media gathered to toast Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on her recent publication of Off the Sidelines. Milstein introduced Sen. Gillibrand, who offered remarks and signed copies for attendees.

In attendance: CBS’s Rita Braver, MSNBC’s Andrea MitchellTIME’s Jay Newton-Small, ABC’s Polson Kanneth, CNN’s Matt Dornic, Tammy Haddad, SKDKnickerbocker’s Kelley McCormickKyle Volpe, POLITICO’s Daniel LippmanUS News’ Nikki SchwabThe Hill’s Judy Kurtz, Yahoo’s Garance Franke-Ruta, Jack and Susanna Quinn, Karen FinneyKathleen Sebelius, Gen. George Casey and wife Shelia, Bob Barnett, John Coale, Mark Ein, and Jayne Sandman.

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Washington Life’s Most Invited – Which Journos Made It?

<img alt="iStockglass cornucopia255.jpg" src="/fishbowlDC/files/original/iStockglass cornucopia255.jpg" width="250" class="alignright" hspace="3' vspace="3"/ Washington Life has released it’s “Most Invited” list and here are the Washington journalists who made the A-List. We must say, no big shockers. But one question: Where the hell is Tammy Haddad?

Haddad, a who’s who around town, is spotted at many a party and hosts her annual Garden Party, one of the most sought after soirees of the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner weekend. But she didn’t make the cut. As we reported yesterday, WL Executive Editor Michael Clements poked “fun” at Haddad’s grey hair stripe during a dinner at Blue Duck Tavern Tuesday evening by making the hair streak a place on Foursquare. We do sincerely hope her hair isn’t what kept her off the list, as it seems a rather petty, inappropriate reason to exclude her. We’re also not convinced it was that “fun” of a thing to do the other night.

We’ve asked Clements for comment on how decisions about the list were made. Stay tuned…

The List: CBS’s Rita Braver, NBC MTP Host David Gregory; BBC’s Katty Kay, VF’s Christopher Hitchens; BBC’s Katty Kay; Politico’s Mike Allen; MSNBC’s Chris Matthews; NBC’s Norah O’Donnell; WaPo’s Sally Quinn, Roxanne Roberts and Amy Argetsinger and FNC’s Chris Wallace.

> Update: Clements has replied. It’s heavy on Washington speak, but he has some points to make – like 12 of them. Check out his verryyy long quote after the jump. Many thanks to Clements for his response. In all his remarks, he had no comment on Haddad not making the list…

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Media Types Come Out for GQ‘s “Most Powerful” Party

They may not have made the list, but they made the guest list.

GQ editor Jim Nelson welcomed some of DC’s official “Most Powerful” and some of DC’s most powerful media types to 701 last night for good food, flowing wine and Orszag sightings.

In attendance: the White House’s Bill Burton, Jen Psaki, Ebs Burnough, CNN’s Ed Henry, Suzanne Malveaux, Edie Emery, Megan Grant, Kristi Slafka, ABC’s Emily Lenzner, Polson Kanneth, NBC’s Alicia Jennings, CBS’ Rita Braver, BJ D’Elia, Politico‘s Jim VandeHei, Mike Allen, Jonathan Martin, Nia-Malika Henderson, WaPo‘s Roxanne Roberts, Washingtonian‘s Garrett Graff, Newsweek‘s Howard Fineman, Holly Bailey, Bloomberg’s Tim Burger, Margaret Carlson, the Examiner‘s Nikki Schwab, Tara Palmeri, TPM‘s Christina Bellantoni, Josh Marshall, NJ‘s Erin McPike, Urban Daddy’s Jeff Dufour, Jayne Sandman, Peter Cherukuri, Ana Marie Cox, Matthew Cooper, Kevin Madden, Bill Press, Mark Ein, Elizabeth Thorp, Kevin Chaffee, Jay Newton-Small, Jessica Gibson, Pamela Sorensen, Mark Paustenbach, Mark Leibovich, Emily Goodin, the Glover sisters- Juleanna Glover, Becca Glover and Liz Glover and team Qorvis- Kelley McCormick, Chelsea Cummings and Katie Young.

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Mike Allen’s “Surprise” Birthday Party, Brought To You By Starbucks

Most of DC wakes up to him, even more of DC wonders if and when he ever sleeps, Politico’s Mike Allen never seems to stop.

So last night, co-hosts John Harris and Ann O’Hanlon, Jim and Autumn VandeHei, Mike Feldman, Betsy Fischer, Hilary Rosen, Jonathan Karl, Greta Van Susteren and John Coale thought it was about time for Mikey to let loose with a “surprise” birthday party at the home of one of DC’s best hosts Tammy Haddad.

And how do you go about surprising someone who knows everything going on in this town? Tammy and co. posed the party as a celebration of “President Obama’s 160 Days of Media.” The surprise was spoiled just a little before the party- Tammy had to fill Mike in to ensure his attendance.

Ben Bradlee and Sally Quinn, Ann Compton, John Dickerson, Rita Braver and Bob Barnett, Suzanne Malveaux, Nia-Malika Henderson, Savannah Guthrie, Judy Woodruff and Al Hunt, Debbie Dingell, Sam Feist, Steve Chaggaris, Querry Robinson, Roger Simon, Ann Schroeder Mullins, Lauren Vicary, Mark Murray, Sasha Johnson, Juleanna Glover, Janet Donovan, Edie Emery, Adam Verdugo, Carol Lee, Alex Burns, Michael Feldman, Ron Bonjean, Lynn Sweet, Bill Burton and Laura Capps, Gordon Johndroe and Austan Goolsbee, among many others, all donned “I Like Mike” campaign-ish buttons.

Harris and VandeHei each toasted their all-star, each saying that Mike had a bigger heart than any guy they’ve ever met.

Mike also gave a really gracious speech, joking that the party was sponsored by Starbucks and thanking Tammy and others for their friendship and hospitality, and God, quipping VandeHei thinks that’s a reference to him. VandeHei called him a “guy who will break more news before I’m done with this toast than I will in my career” and very appropriately, the “guy who gets up in the morning and reads all the papers so the rest of us don’t have to.”

Always the intrepid reporter, Mike even included a pool report in this morning’s Playbook:

POOL REPORT from Washington’s true bipartisan DMZ — TAMMY HADDAD’s YARD. Tammy (the one carrying two cameras, as well as throwing the party) had a few friends over to “Celebrate! President Obama’s 160 DAYS OF MEDIA, Hosted By John Harris and Ann O’Hanlon, Jim and Autumn VandeHei, Mike Feldman, Betsy Fischer, Jonathan Karl, Greta Van Susteren and John Coale, Hilary Rosen, Jonathan Martin, and Tammy Haddad.” Aided and abetted by the magic of Kim Kingsley. (hat tip: Mom)

THE CARTOON SPHYNX SAYS: Thank you for the love and amazing time, and for taking the time to appreciate and enjoy each other.

IT TURNS OUT THAT… even Michael Feldman would want to come back as Michael Feldman.


Mike’s birthday card.

More party photos after the jump. Also, find out where Mike’s friends read his Playbook, courtesy of Politico‘s Patrick Gavin. We have to agree with Margaret Carlson- “Doesn’t everybody read it in bed?”

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Taking Out the Trash

What we almost missed today…

Bloomberg’s Al Hunt presented Sen. Ted Kennedy with the John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award last night at the Senator’s 77th birthday celebration at the Kennedy Center. DC journos in attendance included Wolf Blitzer, Cokie Roberts, Rita Braver, Ed Henry, Chris Matthews and Mark Shields.

“Have the Republicans reverted to a party with so little to say that they are reduced to making feeble jabs at Michelle Obama’s biceps? Are they so afraid of the new Obama era that the First Lady’s arms are a enough of a symbol of power that they cower before them?” Bonnie Fuller responds on HuffPost to NYT’s David Brooks remarks in a Maureen Dowd column this weekend we told you about earlier today.

FamousDC wants to know, “Politico: Are You Serious?” regarding the on-going Gov. Bobby Jindal/30 Rock’s Kenneth the Page comparisons.

Morning Reading List 02.09.09

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Cheney / Braver / Barnett

We recently brought to your attention some questions being raised about a CBS “Sunday Morning” interview with Lynne Cheney (the interview was conducted by CBS’ Rita Braver, whose husband, Bob Barnett, reps Cheney’s book). Michael Petrelis and Matthew Felling have updates.