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Mark Halperin Searches for Inner Journo Children

TIME Editor-at-Large Mark Halperin is nothing if not deep. Maybe it’s his relatively new fully grown facial hair that’s making him so introspective?

Halperin’s Inner Children

We like that he included a woman on here as well as a guy who tweets like a 13-year-old girl.

Andrea Mitchell: NBC Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent

Jonathan Martin: political reporter, NYT

Mike Allen: Politico‘s Chief White House Correspondent

Sasha Issenberg, reporter, Monocle, Slate

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Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

“I gotta say, between Mitt Romney’s gaffes and Kate Middleton’s tits, I’m afraid to leave the house!”Bill Maher, host of HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher.”

Congratulations. (A little…)

“Happy anniversary to my 2nd favorite morning show.” — Chris Licht, former executive producer for MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” Licht now produces CBS This Morning.

Speaking of “Morning Joe” shout-outs…

“So people watch Morning Joe just so they don’t miss it when Mika finally snaps and stabs him, right?” — host of NPR’s “Wait Wait Don’t Tell me…” Peter Sagal.

Twitter growing pains

“I’d like to go back to school and do my PhD thesis on how bad Twitter sucks.” — Politico‘s Ben White, who has been getting some push back on Twitter this week from the likes of Guardian‘s super serious Glenn Greenwald among other “whores.”

Convo Between Two Journos

This morning’s conversation is between WaPo national political reporter Philip Rucker and Monocle and Slate’s Sasha Issenberg. Sasha is referring to WaPo’s Jennifer Rubin, who has been accused of being in the tank for Mitt Romney.

Philip Rucker: Romney aides Rhoades, Gitcho, Beeson & Chen got Aug bonuses from $25,000-$37,500

Sasha Issenberg: How much did @JRubinBlogger get?

Question to Ponder: “Do political reporters do serious journalism in election season or just report gaffes?” — InTheseTimes.com labor journo Mike Elk.

Did someone say serious journalism?

“Happy Daze: Remember when Paris Hilton and Charlie Sheen dominated the news cycle? Sigh.” — Baron’s D.C. Editor James McTague.

Muckraking at its finest. Aren’t smartphones great?

“Reception for Paul Ryan on House floor a lot more tempered down since last week’s visit. Mob to talk to him not as large.” — NBC’s Luke Russert.

“Hoyer crosses House floor to shake hands with #Paulryan. Nice moment.” — Politico’s Jonathan Allen.

“Steny Hoyer just crossed house floor to shake Paul Ryan’s hand.” — Politico‘s Shermanator Jake Sherman.

Skirmish.

“What will I ever do now? Dave Weigel blocked me so I’ll never see him crying about people being mean to Obama again!! OH NOES!!” — RBPundit. To which Slate‘s Dave Weigel replied, “You’re not entitled to waste my time and Twitter feed. That’s all.”

Journo gets hives

“Ew I just got hives for the first time. And on my arm. What in the world, this is so not cool.” — Elizabeth Lauten, a.k.a. “DCGOPGirl,” who video blogged for  CNN during the summer conventions.

FishbowlDC Fan Club

1. President: WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten

2. VP of internal shady clubhouse activities: The Daily Caller‘s Executive Director David Martosko

3. Head cheerleader: WaPo‘s Ezra Klein

4. Treasure and national fundraiser: The Daily Caller‘s Matthew Boyle

5. Enthusiastic new member: HuffPost‘s Andrea Stone

Book Party Invite With Crack on Politico Playbook

WCP Managing Editor Mike Madden sent out a book party invitation last week that included a slight ribbing on Politico Mike Allen‘s Playbook. The book party for Monocle‘s North American Editor Sasha Issenberg is tonight at The Passenger (1021 7th St. NW). It’s not going to be a fancy affair with canapes as you’ll see below – cocktails and beer is more like it. Issenberg’s upcoming e-book is: Rick Perry and his Eggheads: Inside the Brainiest Political Operation in America. His first book was The Sushi Economy.

People of Washington –

If you read past the birthday announcements in this morning’s Playbook, you will have seen the news that Crown is publishing an e-book by Sasha Issenberg next week called “Rick Perry and his Eggheads: Inside the Brainiest Political Operation in America,” a chapter from The Victory Lab, his book on the use of experimentation and social science techniques in political campaigns that comes out next fall. (Apparently this Perry fellow is running for president or something; haven’t read or seen much coverage of him anywhere.)

The etiquette on e-book parties is still evolving, so rather than try to puzzle out who should host and what kind of canapés are appropriate for the occasion, Tracy Sefl and I figured we’d just invite you all to happy hour to toast Sasha. Please join us on Monday, Aug. 22, at 6:30 p.m. at The Passenger — the book comes out on Tuesday, Aug. 23, so bring your iPad along if you want to download it at the stroke of midnight. PDFs of Sasha’s signature may be available at the bar!

Feel free to invite any of the many Issenberg fans around town, in case we missed anyone.

See you Monday.

– Mike Madden

Courtovich Hosts Journos For Annual Gaucho


Courtovich took this pic of Gaucho decorations.

Jim Courtovich, managing partner of Kearsarge Global Advisers, hosted his annual Gaucho party Saturday night. And he delivered with a great menu (pineapple martinis and chocolate chip ice cream sandwiches were crowd pleaser), late night party (Bob Schieffer’s midnight appearance) and a stellar guest list…

Savannah Guthrie, Betsy Fischer, Jonathan Martin, Jessica Yellin, Matt Cooper, Tammy Haddad, Jeff Zeleny, Julie Mason, John Harwood, Karen Finney, Anne Kornblut, Kasie Hunt, Erin McPike, Sasha Issenberg, Kiki Ryan, Christine Delargy, Rick Klein, Mark Murray, Abby Livingston, Michael Falcone, Ashley Parker, Libby Leist, Amie Parnes, Jay Newton Small, Lizzie O’Leary, Athena Jones, Sunlen Miller and Phil Elliott were just some of the media-types in attendance.

Politico‘s Mike Allen and NYT‘s Mark Leibovich also just missed each other at the party.

Also: Austan Goolsbee, Stephanie Cutter, Juleanna Glover, Christina Sevilla, Michael Feldman, Jill Zuckman and Sasha Johnson.

Daily Caller Party Bursting with People — and Coats

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The Daily Caller launch party was the place to be last night for Washington D.C.’s political party crowd.

In attendance:
Former Time scribe Matt Cooper and Scooter Libby, former Chief of Staff to former V.P. Dick Cheney (in the same room)

From the Daily Caller:
Tucker Carlson, Editor-in-Chief
Moira Bagley, Opinion Editor
Becca Glover Watkins, Publicist and Booker
Jonathan Ward, senior political and White House Reporter
Matt Labash (who also writes for The Weekly Standard)

Liz Glover, former TWT columnist
Juleanna Glover, host, GOP lobbyist

Christopher Hitchens, Vanity Fair, and wife, Carol Blue
ABC’s Jake Tapper, Ann Compton, The Note’s Rick Klein
NBC’s Savannah Guthrie
UrbanDaddy’s Jeff Dufour and wife, Jayne
CBS bureau chief Chris Isham, CBS’ Christine Delargy
CNN’s Amy Holmes
Talking Points Memo’s Christina Bellantoni
Politico’s Patrick Gavin, Kiki Ryan, Michael Calderone
Meet the Press’ Joey Bell
Yeas and Nays’ Tara Palmeri
Congress Daily’s Erin McPike
Roll Call’s Jackie Kucinich, Shira Topeitz, Emily Heil
The Hill’s Bob Cusack, Jared Allen, Christina Wilkie
Monocle’s Sasha Issenberg
The Atlantic’s Marc Ambinder
Former Bloomberg scribe Tim Burger

Non-media types: Janet Donovan, Ron Bonjean, Christina Sevilla, Michael Feldman, Mark Paustenbach, Susanna Quinn, former White House press secretary Joe Lockhart.

One highlight of the party was a man dressed up in colonial wear, who, a partygoer surmised, was “what I can only assume was a “Daily Caller.” There were two French maids passing out vodka.

Fun was had by most. The only part anyone quibbled about was the coat check. One attendee remarked: “There were really long lines to get your coat to leave and just too many people to be in one house at the same time. By the time you got your coat from the coat check and your car from the valet, it was at least 15-20 minutes.”

Politico’s Gavin tweeted, “Even Joe Lockhart has to wait in line for his coat.”

Photographs courtesy of Patrick Ryan.
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Friends and Colleagues Fete Embeds’ Palin Book

Former campaign embeds Scott Conroy and Shushannah Walshe‘s book on Sarah Palin is out this week, and friends and colleagues feted the CBS reporter and former Fox reporter at last night’s DC book signing and party.

Conroy and Walshe signed books and read an excerpt to a crowd at Borders downtown. They also took about 30 minutes of questions from the audience, which will air on C-SPAN’s Book TV this weekend.

Earlier yesterday, Conroy visited his old stomping ground at Georgetown University. He had planned to do a book signing, but the campus book store was not selling his book (yet)– a funny story he shared over drinks last night’s book party at Agraria.

Steve Chaggaris, Rob Hendin, Jane Chick, Michelle Levi and Fernando Suarez were there from CBS. Sasha Issenberg, Mike Memoli, Jonathan Martin, Mike Madden, Erin McPike and Peter Hamby were also around to celebrate at Agraria in Georgetown. Attorney Ben Ginsburg, who was national counsel to the Bush-Cheney and Romney campaigns, also attended.

“Sarah From Alaska: The Sudden Rise and Brutal Education of a New Conservative Superstar” is published by Peter Osnos‘ PublicAffairs. And Chaggy, McPike and Hamby all got shout-outs in the book’s acknowledgments after the jump.

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DC’s Bravest Media Types Take Stage for “Karaoke in the Capital”

How do you get cardigans and pearls to the Rock and Roll Hotel? “Karaoke in the Capital”… DC’s bravest media types took center stage last night for charity.

Donning a cowboy hat, a “Fort Worth Star Telegram” belt buckle, a leather belt that read “Schieffer” and a new beard, CBS’ Bob Schieffer took the stage with duet partner Lauren Moses to sing “Jackson” by Johnny Cash and June Carter. Moses was Schieffer’s ringer- a professional country musician, she has a CD “Fall With Me.”

“Of all the awards I’ve won, this was the most unexpected,” Schieffer said accepting the “Best Duet” award.

The “Best Media Performance” award went to TWT‘s “Green and Glover” columnists Stephanie Green and Liz Glover who sang Madonna’s “Material Girl,” complete with tiaras. Green did an encore performance with Examiner “Yeas and Nays” columnists Nikki Schwab and Tara Palmeri.

We caught up with Politics Daily’s editor-in-chief Melinda Henneberger just as she was about to hit the stage- she said she was shocked Pat Benatar didn’t show to sing with her. Politics Daily publicist and public relations consultant Sue Bennett was there though, joining Henneberger for “Hit Me With Your Best Shot,” which won them the “Don’t Quit Your Day Job” award.

One of our favorite performances of the night was their colleague at Politic’s Daily- Lynn Sweet, who sang (and danced to) the Rolling Stones’ “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction.”

Politico‘s Jonathan Martin and Kiki Ryan weren’t on the playbill, but couldn’t resist the karaoke, doing a surprise rendition of “Summer of ’69.”

Congress Daily’s Carrie Dann, Erin McPike, Kasie Hunt and Anna Edmey closed the night with a karaoke classic, Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’.”

Other performances were by Mother Jones’ David Corn, TPM‘s Christina Bellantoni, Roll Call‘s Shira Toeplitz and Politico‘s Chris Frates.

And there were plenty there just to watch, including Emily Miller, Scott Mulhauser, Sasha Issenberg, Lizzie O’Leary and Kaylee Hartung.

“Karaoke in the Capital” was hosted by the American Association of Political Consultants (AAPC) Mid-Atlantic Chapter and proceeds benefit Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation.

For now, check out the highlight reel. We’ll have more video, including Schieffer and Sweet, up shortly.

Last Night: Book Parties & Screenings

• DC’s media types also turned out last night for a screening of HBO’s documentary “By the People: The Election of Barack Obama” at MPAA with filmmakers Amy Rice and Alicia Sams. NYT‘s Jeff Zeleny, the New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza and Chicago Sun TimesLynn Sweet were all actually in the documentary.

NBC’s Betsy Fischer and Athena Jones, MSNBC’s David Shuster, WaPo‘s Jonathan Capehart, Bloomberg’s Julianna Goldman, Time‘s Karen Tumulty, TPM‘s Christina Bellantoni, Monocle’s Sasha Issenberg, ABC’s Sunlen Miller, Tammy Haddad and Richard Wolfe attended. And from the White House: communications director Anita Dunn, her deputy Dan Pfeiffer, deputy press secretary Bill Burton, economic advisor Austan Goolsbee and Obama’s Iowa political director Mike Blake. (h/t Politico‘s Click)

Helen Thomas and Craig Crawford have teamed up to author “Listen Up, Mr. President.” NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux, Dan Lothian and Sam Feist and C-SPAN’s Howard Mortman were just some of the friends and colleagues who came out for a book party hosted by Lebanese Ambassador Antoine Chedid and held at the residence. (Photo by Alissa Krinsky for TVNewser.)

When the Embassy’s Rockin’…

Suspicious Package- WaPo‘s Tom Toles, Christina Sevilla of the U.S. Trade Representative’s office, Bloomberg’s Tim Burger, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Bryan Greene and LAT‘s Josh Meyer- performed at the Danish Embassy Friday night, across the street from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s house (she no-showed). The event was in advance of the UN’s Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen this December and the band dedicated one of its last songs The Beatles’ “Come Together” to its cause.

Adoring fans included Dick Keil, Anu Rangappa, Juleanna Glover, Kiki Ryan, Brian Walsh, Doug Heye, Mark Paustenbach, Sasha Issenberg, Wendy Gordon, Jill Collins, Lauren Vicary, Kenny Day, Adam Zagorin and Allan Lengel, among others. The after-party continued at the Darlington House on Dupont Circle… there we were joined by Matthew Cooper, Polson Kanneth and Amy Holmes, to name a few.

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Sasha’s Send Off From Print To Glossy

Last night at Poste, friends of Sasha Issenberg gathered to celebrate his move from The Boston Globe to the magazine Monocle. He starts today as a Washington correspondent.

We, unfortunately, weren’t able to make it, but hear these folks did: Peter Canellos, Lisa Wangsness and the Boston Globers, Jay Newton-Small, Jill Zuckman, Kelly O’Donnell, Athena Jones, Lisa Lerer, Bonney Kapp, Tracy Sefl, Mark Salter, Sunlen Miller, Jose Antonio Vargas, Ana Marie Cox, Juliet Eilperin, Mike Madden, Mark Paustenbach, Scott Mulhauser, Brian Weiss, Perry Bacon, Anne Dickerson, Christina Bellantoni and Jonathan Martin.

Also spotted at a nearby table… tennis’ Martina Navratilova.

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