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Google Debuts New DC Office Space

Last night’s grand opening party for Google’s new Washington offices was a sight to be seen for those who scored an invite (ours must have gotten lost in our Gmail).

Bloomberg’s Stephanie Green was there at the new ninth floor office space at 25 Massachusetts Ave. NW along with Rep. Darrell Issa and Sens. Chuck Grassley and Kay Hagan.

The new 54,000 square feet space fit for 110 employees boasts multiple dining areas, a video-game room, treadmill desks, and nap capsules.

For more on the space, Google’s lobbying efforts, the office’s display of Google Fiber, and more, click on over to Bloomberg.

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MTV’s Whitney Port Talks Michelle Obama & House of Cards Style

PortJust in time for White House Correspondents Weekend, Blo Blow Dry Bar (2126 P St. NW) has opened blocks from the Washington Hilton where the dinner takes place. And on Friday, former MTV reality star and fashion designer Whitney Port hosted its launch event with owner Maha Sharma.

What is Blo Blow Dry Bar? We asked ourselves the same question! Blo is North America’s original (and first!) blow dry bar. Think hair salon minus the scissors and dye, leaving you with a wash, dry, and style. Blo Dupont is the chain’s 38th location, including Miami, Austin, Russia, and the Philippines.

Naturally, FishbowlDC was in attendance, and we caught up with Port and Sharma on Michelle Obama’s fashion, looking your best on television, and what we can expect style-wise at this year’s White House Correspondents Dinner.

On House of Cards style…

Whitney Port: “Robin Wright’s character is very sophisticated and chic and I think she does amazing on that show.”

On Michelle Obama’s style…

WP: “I think she always looks so beautiful and sophisticated. I think she dresses herself appropriately for her figure and status…She always looks amazing.”

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Gabe Sherman Feted by Liberal Group

Party people: PFAW and friends let loose.

Party people: PFAW and friends let loose.

People for the American Way (PFAW) hosted a little office-building soiree for Gabe Sherman‘s book, The Loudest Voice in the Room, the other day. And though Gabe received his due plaudits from the left-leaning crowd, the name on everyone’s lips was Roger Ailes.

In his introduction, Sherman and PFAW President Michael Keegan both spoke of meeting the Fox News President at an event hosted by The Hollywood Reporter in New York while Sherman was working on his book. While Keegan’s interaction with Ailes was genial (with Ailes complimenting PFAW’s work), Sherman’s, only a few minutes later, wasn’t.

Ailes insisted that Sherman “stop harassing [his] wife” and eventually blustered that “you’re only able to write your book because I’ve been protecting the First Amendment!”

PFAW Pres. __ introduces the man of the hour.

PFAW Pres. Michael Keegan introduces the man of the hour.

In a Q&A later, Sherman pointed to demographic trends as an existential threat to Ailes’ network. He also speculated that Ailes and Fox News still haven’t figured out how to cover the brewing civil war in the GOP, but “if people are shooting at each other, he wants them shooting on Fox.”

Other guests included Josh Keating of Slate, Asawin Suebsaeng and Patrick Caldwell of Mother Jones, Jim Newell of The Guardian, and Stephanie Green of Bloomberg.

Morning Chatter

The “It’s not about me” line may not work for Weiner

“Dumbest line at debate- [Anthony] Weiner: ‘this is not about me or anyone else on this stage’ Yes it is, that’s the point of this debate!” — WOR Radio’s Mark Simone.

Reporter just wants “Hermes” pronounced correctly

“Hello @BravoAndy Could you please teach the Housewives how to pronounce Hermes when they stop by the clubhouse? Merci a vous!” — Bloomberg‘s Stephanie Green.


“Anytime someone says well-heeled donors I imagine a room full of feet decorated in Prada and Bruno Magli” — Pittsburgh Tribune-Review political reporter Salena Zito.

More light abortion tweeting

“Let me answer your unasked question: Am I willing to infringe on your “autonomy” to save an unborn child? Yes. Yes I am. #AllDay #prolife” — RedState‘s Ben Howe.

How MMFA’s Maloy spends his day…

“The good news is that if de Blasio’s numbers drop we can all just transition to de Blah-sio. Or de Blasé. Or de BlasiOH NO YOU DIDN’T!” — the not that funny Simon Maloy of Media Matters, who spends his days thinking up genius tweets crap like this. Don’t “journalists” like him have a certain cable news channel to destroy?

Speaking of Media Matters oddities…

“Ok, for balance’s sake i will criticize a Newsbusters headline in the next 10 days. #MyPledgeToYou” — CNN’s Jake Tapper, shortly after calling a Media Matters headline “odd.” And the exact remark: “Oddly written Media Matters headline: ‘Fox Builds Claim Of Clinton Dishonesty On Omissions And Falsehoods’”


“If you follow me then you’re probably already following @DylanByers but you can unfollow him for a sec and then follow him back right away.” — BuzzFeed’s Dorsey Shaw. Dylan Byers is a media writer for Politico.

Razzing your colleague 101

“What I would pay to figure out why @charliespiering just ran past with the worst running form of all time” — Washington Examiner‘s Justin Green.

Politico reporter shares pet peeve

“People: ‘ATM machine’ is redundant. Yes, it bugs me more than it should, but that doesn’t mean I’m wrong.” — Politico defense reporter Leigh Munsil.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 9:32 a.m.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“That pizza was really good.” — Senior Exec. Producer for Al Jazeera America, Andrea Stone. We love your enthusiasm for pizza, Andrea. But next time could you maybe let us in on the restaurant?

Ex-Politico’s Karin Tanabe: ‘I was Terrified’

Ex-Politico staffer Karin Tanabe revealed last night that there will be a sequel to her fictional book The List. “There’s got to be a sequel,” she said at a party celebrating the publication of her first book.

Though The List is a kind of fictional tell-all about Tanabe’s tenure at Politico, several current staffers still showed up to offer congratulations. Former employees showed up as well, including Kendra Marr Chaikind, who was fired from the publication in 2011.

“I wrote it really fast in secrecy,” Tanabe said in a short speech to the room of 70-ish attendees. She started it in the summer of 2011 while still working at Politico. “I was terrified,” she said.

Tanabe acknowledged other Politico “survivors” in the room (some of whom could be heard trading jokes about Politico) and said her book is about “paying homage” to reporters working in today’s new media environment. Of new media, she said, “It’s easier to make your career but also break your career.”

At one point, what appeared to be the cast of D.C. Housewives swooped in and had their photo snapped by the photographer. Among the women (and wearing all sorts of furs and leathers) were… Read more

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

“Sunrise on the Potomac at Key Bridge in Georgetown.” — NBC Washington cameraman Jim Long with the accompanying photograph.

Convo Between Two Journos

This morning’s conversation is between NYT’s Mark Leibovich and Atlantic’s Molly Ball.

Ball: “Back in the office, and there is a No Labels robocall on my voice mail.”

Leibovich: “I label that annoying…labels can be useful that way.”

Someone swipes journo’s newspaper

“Someone took my newspaper off the lawn. That’s pretty much a felony around these parts. #thissuburbanlife.” — NYT‘s media writer David Carr. (Sign of the times? Yesterday we reported that NBC News reporter Kasie Hunt‘s Advise and Consent was snatched off her doorstep.)

From the Dept. of Bragiculture I: “Congratulations to the Morning Joe team. We were the #1 cable news morning show in Washington DC in the demo. Great job!” — MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough.

The Media Observers

Pro: “Bless @rolandsmartin for bringing the funk to that ridic skeet shooting segment on @OutFrontCNN tonight.” — BuzzFeed‘s Dorsey Shaw.

Con: “Roland Martin, David Frum, and Marsha Blackburn now debating Obama going skeet shooting on Erin Burnett #wtf” — BuzzFeed‘s Zeke Miller.

Important Q to Ponder: “What if most of the outside of our bodies looked like the stuff underneath the tongue? Would we ever have sex?” — WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten. Um, Gene, are you feeling okay?

From the Dept. of Bragiculture II: “Schieffer is very much a man of talking points. He’s giving Kalb the same lines he gave me in our interview in October. For that matter, they’re all saying a lot of the same things they told me in October.” — Politico‘s Dylan Byers at an event with presidential debate moderators put on by Marvin Kalb and the George Washington Global Media Institute. He is, of course, referring to CBS “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer, who isn’t characteristically a man of talking points. A question to ask ourselves: Why bother going to events when you can just read Dylan Byers?

Journo spellbound by Shakespeare play

“I’m here @FolgerLibrary for commanding production of Henry V; can’t take my eyes of lead actor; magnetic show so far.” — Bloomberg‘s Stephanie Green.

Politico Playbook publish time: 4:48 a.m. editor rips Slate‘s Weigel for being unfunny and a GOP press aide with an occasional temper goes to work for the NRSC. Read more

4 Ways to Milk Neil Armstrong’s Death


No matter how you look at it, astronaut Neil Armstrong‘s death prompted some especially grotesque reactions this weekend from Washington journalists. Namely, they took the opportunity to milk the hero’s death for greater purposes.

In other words, they asked themselves, how can I possibly connect this to me?

We’ll start with the least offensive and conclude with the most.

4. Bloomberg‘s Stephanie Green somehow feels acquainted with Armstrong because they share a university. Not so offensive, but still, unnecessary.

3. Next up we have former Roll Call reporter Elizabeth Brotherton who writes, “Rest in Peace Neil Armstrong. He spoke at my graduation from USC (he was a Trojan!) Truly a great American.” Still seems like a stretch of a connection, but not yet so offensive.

2. “While news of Neil Armstrong’s death is sad, its comforting that another American hero, Snooki, brought a new boy into the world.” — Mediaite founder and all around “me” person Dan Abrams, who somehow finds the least compassionate way to commemorate Armstrong’s death. RIP Neil Armstrong! Wherever you are we hope you and your loved ones don’t have to read this.

1. And finally, NBC’s Luke Russert, who, as of late, has been publicly mentioning his late father more and more. Considering the number of people who think he is where he is only because of his father, maybe not the wisest of moves to keep tapping this treasure trove.

Project Fishbowl: The Hill’s 50 Most Beautiful

The Hill has released it’s annual “50 Most Beautiful People” list. It’s a doozy and we at Fishbowl just couldn’t contain ourselves. With this, we also begin a new feature called “Project Fishbowl” in which we take photographs and anything else we find worthy of analyzing and put it through severe scrutiny. Kind of like TV’s “Project Runway”, but with a fishy twist. In the future we will have guests, but for today, we begin with just us girls running the show.

#1 Max Engling, staff assistant for the House Administration Committee:

Peter: It’s nice to see that “Joseph Gordon-Levitt from the Wrong Side of the Tracks” can afford a sharkskin suit.

Eddie: Engling worked as a model before beginning his career in politics in 2011. Modeling left him feeling like his time “wasn’t necessarily going to a good cause.” Which begs the question: How much more fulfilling can Engling’s life be as a staff assistant on the Hill?

Piranhamous: I can’t help but notice the wind that is blowing his leather tie but ain’t moving his hair. Moderation on the gel, dude. Crunchy.

Betsy: If Leonardo DiCaprio had a less attractive twin brother in a boy band, his name would be Max Engling.

#2 Carolyn Amirpashaie, special assistant to Rep. Randy Forbes (R-Va.):

Eddie: “Special assistant”?

Piranhamous: Obnoxious quote: “’[My parents] pushed my sister and me to be our own people and do what we wanted,’ she says.” Are there parent s who push their kids to be someone else? ‘Honey, we’ve decided we want you to be your cousin Betty.’ P.S. if someone compares you to a Kardashian you shouldn’t take it it as a compliment. EVER.

Betsy: Is The Hill so hard up they can’t afford SOME manner of shine powder?!

#3 Kristen Callaway, legislative assistant to Rep. Steve Southerland (R-Fla.):

Peter: Looks like someone went rogue with a bedazzler.

Eddie: Phrase Callaway has never heard: “Your neck is too short.”

Piranhamous: I first thought this was Tara Reid, then I saw her arms were crossed and realized she was “for serious!”

Betsy: Looks like Kristen is hiding The Daily Caller‘s Matthew Boyle‘s nuts in her cheeks.

#7 Alyssa Dack, Rep. Mike McIntyre’s (D-N.C.) outreach coordinator:

Peter: On the left, we have comedy; on the right, we have tragedy. Life’s drama plays out on the hot list.

Eddie: In her profile, Dack says her hometown of Asheville, N.C., is responsible for her independence. “It’s all about being who you are,” she said, “if you don’t, you stick out like a sore thumb.” Asheville: Only city in America where you somehow manage to stick out by being like everyone else.

Piranhamous: Pro-tip: If you want to be taken seriously do not wear a dress short enough to require two hairdos to work. Have people learned nothing from all those pictures of Briney Spears getting out of cars?

Betsy: Alyssa on the left: Please stop smiling.

#8 Samantha Dezur, Education Finance Council’s vice president of communications:

Eddie: Hard to believe Dezur actually cares about style. She’s a self-described libertarian.

Piranhamous: She’s referred to as a “reality television star” because she “starred in the Style Network’s show “Running in Heels.” Oh, how society has lowered the bar of what constitutes someone being a “star.” It’s like saying, “My YouTube video has 138 views, I’m thinking of going on tour.”

Betsy: Pearls inspired by Bloomberg‘s Stephanie Green.


#9 Leslie Rath, scheduler for Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.):

Peter: She looks like a photo negative of Morticia Addams.

Eddie: That’s where my grandmother’s favorite doily curtains went!

Piranhamous: I hope she brings the bowl they used to cut her hair to the drive-in…when we show a movie on her gigantic forehead.

Betsy: Dishwater blond, flat, greasy, hair styled by Supercuts is never a good look. Did Leslie know she was having a photo shoot? 

#15 Yvonne Hsu, legislative assistant for Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.):

Peter: I like to call this look “The Angry Flamingo.”

Eddie: Can’t tell if I’m looking at a photo of a fringed dress collar or a live birth.

Piranhamous: This could be the ugliest dress I’ve ever seen. It looks like a giant flower is raping her neck…with pockets. And she has psycho-alert written all over her profile. Connect these dots: “she loves food” “so she took to cooking” “she doesn’t put too much effort into cooking” “she lives by the philosophy that if you’re going to try something new, you should do it all-out” “How else would you do anything?” I don’t know, maybe consistently? 

Betsy: I didn’t realize Connie Chung was making a comeback as a Capitol Hill staffer. The dress might strangle her. Maury finds this sexy?

#16 Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.)

Peter: His jawline is a weapon of mass destruction. You could sharpen a butter knife on that thing.

Eddie: The Hill makes sure we know Himes is hot. But not that hot: “He was once a model for Polo Ralph Lauren. Now, we’re not talking Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.)-level modeling.” We shall refer to Himes henceforth as Two-Bit Brown.

Piranhamous: I’ve never cared much for Members who give interviews for this list, have you nothing better to do than participate in this vanity project? Then I realize I’ve never heard of most of these Members because they’re back-benchers who don’t do much beyond what they’re told.

Betsy: There’s something utterly irritating about Jim’s jaw area, not to mention the blemish on his chin. You just know he tells crappy jokes and all the aides sit around the office and yuk it up like he’s hilarious.

#18 Mary Hiratsuka legislative assistant for Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska)

Eddie: Hiratsuka walks around with a “prized” sealskin purse, according to The Hill. Badass. That’s all.

Betsy: As Samantha from “Sex and the City” might say, “Honey, wax much?” On a good note, with eyebrows that thick, Mary no longer needs to wear a visor. Her gum-tooth ratio? Not good.

#28 Ryan Mills, development associate at government-affairs firm Berman and Co:

Peter: It’s nice to know that they let 11-year-olds work on the Hill.

Eddie: Looks nearly a Kennedy but completely a Carlson. Tucker Carlson, that is.

Piranhamous: What’s up with the little tuft of hair in front? It screams “DOUCHEBAG!” because it’s deliberate.

Betsy: Had no idea that pubic hair could grow out of a man’s forehead.

#29 Derek Khanna, professional policy staffer for the House Republican Study Committee:

Peter: “I don’t always surf the Internet, but when I do, eyebrows.”

Eddie: Fear the brow(s).

Piranhamous: Holy shit, someone should take the weed-whacker they used on his head to his eyebrow(s). I apologize if it turns out that these are just two caterpillars about to mate on his nose.

Betsy: 10 beers and an ecstasy tablet.

#34 Jennifer Fisher, lobbyist for American Dental Association.

Peter: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band meets Fashion Bug.

Eddie: Fisher knows the politics of fashion– assuming it takes place in the next installment of the Aladdin series because I’m almost certain that purple jacket was inspired by Jasmine.

Piranhamous: I think she’s wearing the rejected warm-up suit for the Olympic gymnastics team. 

Betsy: I’m scared. Will she beat my ass if I insult her? Envisioning her on a future episode of Bad Girls Club.

#35 Hayley King, legislative correspondent to Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine):

Eddie: How do you comment on someone who was tagged “The Horror”?

Piranhamous: I’m pretty sure I see the constellation Cassiopeia in freckles on her left cheek.

Betsy: Are we at a National Freckle Convention? How did that happen?

#36 Brian Bosak, legislative assistant to Rep. Joe Pitts (R-Pa.):

Peter: His tie could serve double duty as a tablecloth at a picnic.

Eddie: I like that tie, Peter.

Piranhamous: Give us the “I’m holding in a fart” look. Perfect! Got it!

Betsy: Another member of the National Freckle Convention. These people are relentless.

#38 Erik Olson, Chief of Staff to Rep. Ron Kind (D-Wis.):

Peter: If anyone wants to know how to build muscles on your forehead, I found your man.

Betsy: Billy Mays blasted his way into the 50 Most Beautiful? I thought he was dead.

Piranhamous: Dude, you’re Chief of Staff and you couldn’t bring yourself to wear a suit? And why do I have a sudden urge to buy some OxyClean?

#32 Laura Froehlich, associate director of public policy at UBS:

Peter: These are the last pictures of Froelich before a small gust of wind blew her out to sea, never to be heard from again.

Eddie: Froehlich has the best philosophy on being healthy and looking good. “Don’t be an asshole,” she said.

Piranhamous: The picture on the right is the one you see on the profile and respond to, the picture on the left is the chick who shows up and suddenly you remember that early morning meeting you have the following day.

Betsy: Seeing as I just got a perfect bill of health, I think I speak for all of us to say that Froehlich can frolic right out of this contest. Her gum-tooth ratio is bordering on questionable. But I will give her this: She has nice hair and is a very handsome woman.

#44 Regina Asante, mail carrier to offices on the second floor of the Rayburn House Office Building:

Peter: It’s nice to see that Miss Cleo landed safely after her phone psychic service folded.

Eddie: Note to self: Definitely need a shirt that comes with a shield.

Piranhamous: Are we having lobster for dinner? Ditch the bib-dress.

Betsy: Halloween in May? Interesting concept.

#46 Caleb Smith, new media director for the House Financial Services Committee:

Eddie: “The Hangover.”

Piranhamous: This is just a few years away from what a “before” picture in a hair-loss ad looks like.

Betsy: I think Current TV’s David Shuster went to Camp Yehudah with this guy. Too much Israeli dancing and late night campfires with Shuster gave him this annoying, peppy smile.

#48 Andrew Simpson, staff assistant with Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.):

Peter: “Sorry guys..  My seersucker was at the dry cleaners. You’ll have to deal with this foppish bow-tie.”

Eddie: Just curious who made the executive decision to make Simpson whiter for the close-up shot.

Piranhamous: The picture on the right is the look someone who isn’t that bright has while they’re trying to “get” a joke or doing basic math in their head.

Betsy: Dapper and stylish, he’d raise his beauty IQ by snipping off that tiny curly-q at the tip of his bang.

#49 Andrew Aronow, a staff assistant and legislative correspondent for Rep. John Dingell:

Peter: Nice try, Clark Kent. We all know you’re Superman.

Eddie: Aronow appears to be just as surprised as I was that he made the cut.

Piranhamous: He’s listed as having a girlfriend…and someday he plans to talk to her and let her know. The picture on the right looks like a guy who is seeing boobs for the first time, the picture on the left is the look that guy gives when someone points out that they don’t count as boobs if they’re on Michael Moore. Keep hope alive!

Betsy: Quick Eddie, you rip the glasses off his face and stomp on them and Peter will stuff him into a locker.

How to Make it All About Me?

Estelle Ellis Rubenstein, who launched Seventeen Magazine, dies at 92 from lung cancer. What a better time to remember your 0wn modeling stint for the magazine? We do hope Bloomberg arts and culture reporter and photog Stephanie Green wore her signature hail-sized pearls for the spread.

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Thought Bubble: Ann Romney, you are no Laura Bush

“Honor Laura Bush. She stood up for women & she puts up with the repubs.” — CNN Contributor Hilary Rosen in response to women protesting former first lady Laura Bush being given the Alice Award, for a woman who advances other women.

Father’s Day wishes (well, sort of)

“Happy father’s day — or as they call it in my family, happy brother-in-law’s day.” — Writer and human rights lawyer Ronan Farrow. Farrow is Special Adviser to the Sec. of State for Global Youth Issues. He is the only biological child of Woody Allen and Mia Farrow.

Q: Which NYT columnist follows singer/actress Katy Perry? A: David Brooks

Convo Between Two Journos

Slate‘s Matt Yglesias: “Admittedly, I found Wawa amazing when I first went. Then again I was high as a kite at the time.” InTheseTimes Magazine Labor Writer Mike Elk: “Things we both agree on.”

News You Can Use

“PSA for congressional reporters: If you forget your license, your federally issued press ID will get you thru airport security.” — USA Today‘s Susan Davis.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day: Nail Polish Alert

“A perfect summer shade thanks to @caroljoynt and @CHANEL” — Bloomberg reporter and photog Stephanie Green. (Although we must admit, the shade is pretty.)

The Appointed Media Critic

“Is there ANYTHING more painful to watch on cable TV than the 2-3 minutes transition between @BashirLive and @DylanRatigan?!” — Newsbusters’ Ken Shepherd.

Liberal analyst: Obama heckler should be stripped of press pass

“Resorting to race-baiting or pitting groups of human beings against one another is not journalism worthy of a White House press pass.” — MSNBC Analyst Karen Finney writes on The Daily Caller‘s Neil Munro‘s “Incivility” for The Hill.