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Women Ruled Zentan for 2014 Series Launch

10001385_748690051810766_1034168253_nLast night, POLITICO, Google and the Tory Burch Foundation kicked off the “Women Rule” series for 2014 at Zentan. The cocktail reception brought together participants from last year’s series and invited them to share their aspirations for the coming year. The event also featured Zentan’s Executive Chef Jennifer Nguyen, a contestant on Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay.

The first “Women Rule” event is scheduled for late March in DC – more details are expected soon. The series will also host events in New York City and San Francisco this year, capping off with an end-of-year conference in Washington.

1904150_748690041810767_1961860382_nIn attendance: CNN’s Brianna Keilar, Gloria Borger, Erin McPikeMichelle Jaconi, and Kristen Holmes; NBC’s Betsy Fischer Martin and Kasie Hunt; MSNBC’s Karen Finney; Washington Post’s Ruth Marcus: Larry King’s producer Carrie Stevenson; WJLA’s Autria Godfrey and Jummy Olabanji; Time’s Jay Newton Small; Yahoo’s Garance Franke-Ruta; InTheCapital’s Sophie Pyle; BitchesWhoBrunch.com’s Cori Sue Morris (since it’s the weekend, wa-la, bitcheswhobrunch.com!); Emily’s List’s Marcy Stech; SKDKnickerbocker’s Jill Zuckman; Kim Oates from the House Radio-TV Gallery; Brunswick Group’s Su-Lin Nichols; the White House’s Tara McGuinness; Corcoran’s Rachel Cothran; Komen’s Kiki Ryan; Kate Bake’s Katelyn Sornik; Tracy Sefl; Gloria Dittus; and Mindy Finn.

1528463_748689968477441_335092248_nAs well as sponsors, including POLITICO’s Kim Kingsley, Lois Romano, Beth Lester Sidhu, Christine Delargy, Jessie Niewold, and Peter Cherukuri; the new head of the Tory Burch Foundation Bari Mattes (her first week in the position!); and Google’s Jesse Suskin, Sam Smith and Mistique Cano.

Photos by Rod Lamkey Jr.

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Weekend Show Preview: 1.17 – 1.19

SundayShows12Who’s on the weekend shows this week? Glad you asked:

CBS’s “Face the Nation“: Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), Intelligence Committee Chairman; Sen. Mark Udall (D-CO), Intelligence Committee; Tom Donilon, former Obama national security adviser; Mike Morell, former deputy CIA director, WaPo’s Ruth Marcus; LATimes’ Christi Parsons; and NYTimes David Sanger.

“Fox News Sunday”: Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT); Gen. Michael Hayden, former head of the CIA and NSA.

NBC’s “Meet the Press“: Congressional Intelligence Committee Chairs Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).

ABC’s “This Week“: Russian President Vladimir Putin; Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), chair, House Homeland Security Committee; James CarvilleMary Matalin; Wall Street Journal Columnist Peggy Noonan; New Yorker Editor David Remnick; and TV and radio host Tavis Smiley.

CNN’s “State of the Union“: House Intelligence Chair Mike Rogers (R-MI).

CNN’s “Reliable Sources” : ”Reliable Sources” goes to the Sundance Film Festival. A special live show will look at documentaries in the digital age and the state of the film business.

Univision’s “Al Punto” : TBA

PBS’s “McLaughlin Group” : TBA

PBS’s “Washington Week” : NYTimes’ Peter Baker; NPR’s Tom Gjelten; ABC News’ Jeff Zeleny; and Reuters’ Joan Biskupic.

BTV’s “Political Capital” : TBA

We’ll update ‘em as we get ‘em (email fishbowljames@gmail.com).

3 Press Club Events

The National Press Club has a trio of events coming up that you might find interesting. Check em out:

1) January 11 - James Carville and Mary Matalin – Love & War: 20 Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters and One Louisiana Home

WHAT: James Carville and Mary Matalin discuss their new book LOVE & WAR. Must purchase tickets online ($5.00 members/ $10.00 general).
WHO: James Carville, Mary Matalin, and the National Press Club
WHERE: The National Press Club, Ballroom, 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, Washington, DC
WHEN: Saturday, January 11, 2014; 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

2) January 13 - Ms. Quote: Why Are Women Missing From the News?

On Monday, Jan. 13, a panel at the National Press Club will explore these issues and strategies for change. Panelists include Matt Winkler, editor-in-chief Bloomberg News, Sally Buzbee, AP Washington bureau chief, Ken Strickland, NBC Washington bureau chief, Ruth Marcus, Washington Post op-ed columnist, Anna Palmer, Politico senior Washington correspondent, and Jill Zuckman, managing director SKDKnickerbocker. Linda Kramer Jenning, Georgetown University journalism instructor and Washington editor of Glamour, will moderate the panel.

WHAT: Expert panel on women in the news. Must purchase tickets online ($10.00).
WHO: Bloomberg News, AP, NBC, Washington Post, Politico, SKDKnickerbocker, Georgetown University, Glamour Magazine
WHERE: The National Press Club, Conference Rooms, 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, Washington, DC
WHEN: Monday, January 13, 2014; 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

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Separated At Birth: WaPo’s Ruth Marcus

On this Friday we match up WaPo columnist Ruth Marcus, who appeared on MSNBC. Her doppelganger: Actress Kathy Najimy, known for her roles in the films Sister Act, Sister Act II and Hocus Pocus.

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Keeping Up With the Luxxerians…From L to R: GWU’s Nick Massella, Washingtonian‘s Wedding and Style Editor Kate Bennett and psychotherapist Glennon Gordon and (in royal blue dress) Sunni from WPGC 95.5′s “Sunni and the City” posing with hairstylist Luigi Parasmo at a “Botox and Locks” event this week where guests could get discounted Botox and hair services. Sunni had a haircut and styling by Luigi and her makeup done by Flami the makeup artist. Botox was offered by Dr. Ayman Hakki of Luxxery Medical Boutique.

WaPo reporter takes issue with reader

“To the lady who called to complain about my ‘incorrect’ use of ‘quotidian’ and how we have no editors here anymore….. I’m sorry I was being, as you said, ‘obstinate.’ But you’re wrong. My use solidly within ‘usual or ordinary,’ second def in Webster’s New World. That said, a reader suggested ‘humdrum,’ which is better.” — WaPo‘s Mike DeBonis.

Blogger (jokingly?) boasts of sexual prowess

“Like Gore Vidal, I had 1000 sexual encounters by the time I was 25. Of course, I was the only one in the room for most.” — Sam Husseini, who works for the Institute of Public Accuracy and blogs for Washington Stakeout.

WaPo’s Marcus question’s media’s gaffe coverage

“So I’m not against gaffe coverage — I’m against covering only gaffes, which is where campaign reporting seems to be trending. I’m not against politicians’ seizing on opponents’ gaffes — I’m against politicians who believe, or act as if they believe, that this tactic can substitute for substantive campaign discussion.” — WaPo‘s Ruth Marcus in a column today.

When a quote shouldn’t be a quote

In a “story” Tuesday, DCist’s illustrious dweeb Ben Freed writes about The Daily Caller‘s gun contest in which he or she who catches their porn hacker wins a gun. He writes, “We know what you’re thinking. Are they for fucking real?” Then he quotes a former Daily Caller staff writer who answers his dumb rhetorical question and says, “Probably.” Hardly quotable, Freed. Might want to approach the publicist, current editor or reporter. Could be helpful. And if you’re going to quote a former reporter? At least get something worthy.

Say hello to Tschida’s puppy

“Just in case anyone is wondering how puppy is doing.” — ABC7′s Stephen Tschida. No drama today, just cuteness.

Strange reunion in the park

“Nearly running over @jmsummers in Thomas Circle Park is definitely one of the weirder things to happen to me this year.” — CBS 12 West Palm Beach Producer Robert Kessler, referring to Politico‘s infamous campaign reporter Juana Summers. We’ve checked in with Juana to make sure she’s okay. She explained that Robert is a good friend from college. “I was walking home from work through Thomas Circle and was attempting to make it across the light even though I didn’t have the right of way,” she wrote. “I looked over and he happened to be driving the car that was waiting for me to cross.  No collision, just the oddest reunion I’ve had in a while.”

In Defense of Hilary Rosen

As Washington journalists waded through the muck of self-righteousness last week, you’d have thought Hilary Rosen was a pariah for saying that “Ann Romney has never worked a day in her life.” WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza declared that she had the “Worst Week in Washington” after the White House and even President Obama denounced her remarks. And likely that’s true. But another undeniable truth is that, but for CNN, many from both sides of the aisle came rushing to the CNN Contributor’s defense.

The network never ordered or asked her to apologize — she did that on her own. But we had to sit through Wolf Blitzer scolding her like she was a stay at home child. Isn’t there something she’d like to say to the camera to Ann Romney? We also had to witness the inevitable online degenerates who took to skanky commenting on both Hilary and Ann’s physical appearance, including how Hilary smells and her sexual orientation. (Anything that goes viral typically enters a sick phase of ugliness.) Rosen, who also works for SKDKnickerbocker, ultimately declined an invitation to appear on NBC’s “Meet the Press” this past Sunday. Host David Gregory said she had planned to be on the panel, but backed out because she didn’t want to ignite another firestorm. It appears abundantly clear they will have her back. We also had to endure Breitbart.com’s Dana Loesch praising presumed GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney for the “handling” of his wife, because what woman doesn’t want to be shown the ultimate respect by being handled by her husband? Now if only he could learn how to handle the media, she also jabbed. Take that, Bret Baier.

Let’s look at the rundown of those who came to Rosen’s defense:

1. WaPo‘s Ruth Marcus called her a friend and defended her remarks while Kathleen Parker, in what was perhaps the strongest condemnation of Rosen being turned into an outcast, wrote, “Women and men should be angry, all right, but not at Ann Romney or Hilary Rosen, who are entitled to both their opinions and their choices without fear of censure or condemnation.” 2. The Daily Caller‘s Tucker Carlson personally sung her praises on a conservative radio show. 3. FNC’s Greta Van Susteren argued with former top Bush aide Karl Rove about her, saying she is “a friend” and not anti-stay at home moms. 4. HBO’s Bill Maher defended her in a sarcastic rant about how this obviously means the Democrats are anti-stay at home moms. 5. Bay Buchanan defends Rosen, calling her “savvy” and “passionate” and “loyal” to the Obama administration. “She has been too good to them for them to treat her this way,” she said on CNN. 6. TIME‘s Judith Warner who wrote, “Hilary Rosen Was Right: Ann Romney Is Out of Touch with Most Women.” 7. The Nation‘s Jessica Valenti, who wrote, “Why Hilary Rosen is Right.” 8. A variety of journos explained that Rosengate is a “manufactured controversy” including WaPo‘s left-wing blogger Greg Sargent, who wrote an essay entitled, “The Hilary Rosen Controversy is Absurd.”

Sunday Morning Panels: Only Males Need Apply

Hide the toddlers. We’re counting up the number of trouser snakes on the Sunday morning political talk show panels again this week and the picture is actually significantly hopeful. Program note: CNN’s “State of the Union” with Candy Crowley is pre-empting Howie’s “Reliable Sources” so that program will not be included in our weekly roundup. MSNBC’s Chris Matthews has a panel that’s 50 percent female as usual. Enjoy!

NBC’s “Meet the Press”: 1

This week NBC’s “MTP” is broken into three segments. The First is Herman Cain, then Gov.’s Bobby Jindal and Tim Pawlenty and finally NBC’s Chuck Todd and BBC’s Katty Kay. We’re considering the last panel as the one to most comparably count.

ABC’s “This Week”: 2

ABC’s Jonathan Karl, Ruth Marcus, WaPo, GOP pundit Mary Matalin, WaPo‘s George Will

CBS’s “Face the Nation”: 2

Norah O’Donnell, CBS News Chief White House Correspondent
John Dickerson, CBS News Political Analyst
Julianna Goldman, White House Correspondent, Bloomberg Television

(Also significant to note that Sharyl Attkisson, CBS News Investigative Correspondent, will be a guest.)

FNC’s “Fox News Sunday”: Proudly blacklisted by Fox News PR since June 2010. We’ll update this when we hunt it down.

WETA’s “Washington Week With Gwen Ifill and NJ” (Airs on Friday, repeats on Saturday): 2

Karen Tumulty, WaPo, Michael Duffy, TIME
Alexis Simendinger, RCP
James Kitfield, NJ

NBC’s “The Chris Matthews Show”: 2

Joe Klein, TIME
Major Garrett, NJ
Katty Kay, BBC
Nia-Malika Henderson, WaPo

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Quotes of the Day

Weigelicious observation: “Huh. Some caption writer screwed up the name of ‘You Know I’m No Good.’” Slate‘s Dave Weigel in a Monday morning tweet.

‘Recipe for bad reporting’

“Any rational human being would be confused listening to these guys talk. So from my point of view, it’s almost a recipe for bad reporting. You have talks going on behind closed doors in an atmosphere of everything must be tweeted immediately.” — WaPo columnist Ruth Marcus on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” on Sunday referring to deficit negotiations and the reporters covering the story.

In defense of Politico‘s Andy Barr

“Andy Barr is biased-on the side of calling sources, as opposed to fact-lessly bloviating out of an alternative orifice.” — Politico White House Correspondent Glenn Thrush in a Friday tweet in response to The Daily Caller story on Barr leaving the publication to work for the Democratic Party of Arizona. The piece raises questions about whether Barr wrote biased stories against Republicans he covered such as former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. The Hill‘s Sam Youngman also recently defended Barr, saying, “Quick defense of Andy Barr, a former colleague and close friend. He is a pro, and he has been completely unbiased as a reporter.”

The Critic

“Makes me feel a little better to see it’s everywhere: Have caught 3 copy editing errors (so far) this a.m. in the WSJ.” — WaPo Book World Editor Ron Charles in a weekend tweet.

Journo fired up about Winehouse

“Everyone tweeting I-told-you-so’s about Amy Winehouse: I’m happy you’ve never had to deal with addiction. Also, fuck you.” — Wired.com’s Spencer Ackerman in a weekend tweet in response to singer Amy Winehouse’s death.

On the other end of the political spectrum…RedState and CNN Contributor Erick Erickson remarked, “Shocked to find out Amy Winehouse was still alive until now.”

Tips From the Pool…Into the Deep End

“Strained body language suggested a school  principal’s office with a handful of sullen suspects sitting grimly downcast as the boss says: ‘OK, we’re going to sit here all day unil I find out who shot that spitball.’” — Hearst‘s Charles Lewis in a weekend White House Pool Report. The meeting he writes of included V.P. Biden, Speaker Boehner, Minority Leader Pelosi, and Senate GOP Leader McConnell.

Not so subtle heat wave request

“Seriously in need of a rooftop pool in DC today. Hello?” — Potomac Flacks blogger Matt Mackowiak in a weekend tweet.

Working the weekend

“RIP weekend off.” — TWT Opinion Page Writer Emily Miller in a weekend tweet.

“PO’edTUS” — ABC News White House Correspondent Jake Tapper in a weekend tweet in angry variation on POTUS.

“Motley lot of Hill reporters just stampeded up stairs in search of elusive Boehner after hearing noises – but just tourists.” — Roll Call House Leadership reporter Steven Dennis in a weekend tweet.

Bio of the Day

The Daily Caller‘s Jim Treacher: “I blog for the Daily Caller. I am recovering from being hit by a car. Will you be my friend?”

He left his heart in Montana?

“Back from vacation, trying to get back into the swing of things. I’d like to say I’m glad to be back, but really, I’d rather be in Montana.” — The Hill‘s Michael O’Brien in a Monday morning tweet.

French journo has GRRREAT advice for Rep. Wu

“Colleague suggests communications strategy for Rep Wu: Answer everything with ‘Theyyyyy’re GRRREAT!’” — AFP‘s Olivier Knox in a weekend tweet regarding Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.), who once dressed up in a tiger costume. News broke over the weekend that Wu allegedly had an unwanted sexual encounter with an 18-year-old woman in California last Thanksgiving. Wu has since declared that he will not seek reelection. He won’t, however, step down.

More on wacky Wu…

“It’s hot and I’m sweatier than Rep. David Wu checking his messages.” — Former Washington Examiner intern Eddie Scarry in a weekend tweet.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“Not having a pantry is a pain in the ass.” — Roll Call’s Jessica Estepa in her debut win of this feature. Metro Weekly‘s Sean Bugg watch out! She could be a serious contender.

Correction: On Friday we incorrectly reported that WaPo‘s liberal blogger Ezra Klein once wrote about marshmallows. That is incorrect. He has written about coconut sponge cake. He wrote, “It tastes like what would’ve happened if a coconut fell in love with a cloud.” We regret any harm the mistake may have caused and apologize to marshmallows everywhere.

She had me at ‘Groinward’

The D.C. media is manning up this week, or else finding its cojones.

WaPo, Politico, Politics Daily and Slate all have offerings on the topic of “manning up” being employed on the campaign trail as the go-to phrase for female candidates.

We’ve culled the best parts of these stories so you don’t have to.

Ruth Marcus, WaPo: Ladies! If we’re so tough, so confident in our toughness and so comfortable with it, what do testicles have to do with it? The breakthrough appeal of the Mama Grizzly is that she combines the ultimate feminine act — motherhood — with fierceness. Have we really come a long way if cojones equals good and lack thereof equals wimpy? Full story here.

Patrick Gavin, Politico: “I find it all kind of ridiculous,” Heimbuch told POLITICO. “The ‘man up’ charge is such a double-edged sword. You tell someone to ‘man up’ and it’s either a challenge to their bravery—like a bunch of frat brothers challenging each other to do shots—or, hey, it’s time to grow up.” Craig Heimbuch is Editor-in-Chief of Manofthehouse.com. Full story here.

Melinda Henneberger, Editor-in-Chief, Politics Daily: How can we tell our kids that both words and actions have consequences and then elect leaders who run around pointing groinward and laughing? Full story here.

John Dickerson, Slate: Anyone who has listened to any debates this year knows that political discussion has become ever more like the airport sandwich: shrink-wrapped, soggy, and without flavor. (The exception is the New York governor’s race, which resembles the airport bar) The journey of “man up” from clever rejoinder to cliché is an illustration of why our political communication is so shabby.

…When a politician uses the expression now, it is rehearsed as dinner theater. It is dreary to watch, boring to listen to, and tells us nothing about the politician or the issue he or she is talking about. Full story here.

Sunday Show Preview 02.07.10

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NBC’s Meet the Press:

CBS’ Face the Nation: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, NFL Today Analyst Shannon Sharpe, NFL on CBS Announcer Jim Nantz, NFL on CBS analyst Phil Simms

ABC’s This Week: Sec. Treasury Timothy Geithner, ABC’s George Will, Bloomberg’s Al Hunt, WaPo’s Ruth Marcus, WSJ’s Peggy Noonan, Center for American Progress CEO John Podesta

CNN’s State of the Union: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

Fox News’ Fox News Sunday: Sarah Palin, National Tea Party Spokesman Mark Skoda, Weekly Stabdard’s Bill Kristol, NPR’s Mara Liasson, FNC’s Laura Ingraham, NPR’s Juan Williams

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: HuffPo’s Arianna Huffington, syndicated talk radio host Hugh Hewitt, CNN’s James Carville

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: King Abdullah II of Jordan and John Yoo, author of “Crisis and Command”

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: NYT’s Andrew Ross Sorkin, MSNBC’s Norah O’Donnell, TIME’s Michael Duffy, WaPo’s Kathleen Parker

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: NYT’s Jackie Calmes, TIME’s Michael Duffy, ABC’s Martha Raddatz, NBC’s Pete Williams

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI), NFL Films President Steve Sabol, Margaret Carlson and Kate O’Beirne

Washington Watch with Roland Martin: National Urban League President and CEO Marc Morial, Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory, National Urban League’s Patrick Gusman, Prime Movers Media founder Dorothy Gilliam, Frank Gilliam, dean of the UCLA School of Public Affairs and professor of public policy and political science. Roundtable with former WaPo reporter Dorothy Gilliam, CBS’ Michelle Miller, and Danny Bakewell, Sr., publisher of the Los Angeles Sentinel and chairman of the National Newspapers Publishers Association.

CNN’s Amanpour: former U.S. National Security Advisory Zbigniew Brzezinski, FP’s David Rothkopf, former Chinese foreign ministry official Victor Gao, former Director for Asian Affairs at the National Security Council Victor Cha, former Mexican foreign minister Jorge Castaneda, Consul General of Mexico in New York Ruben Beltran

C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers”: David Axelrod, Senior White House Advisor to President Obama, WaPo’s Anne Kornblut and WSJ’s Gerald Seib.

We’ll update as we get ‘em.

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