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TIME Toasts “40 Under 40″

Gloria Borger, Michael Crowley, Mike Allen

Despite election distractions, TIME‘s “40 Under 40″ party brought out a surprisingly charming and interesting crowd last night.  Nearly half of the mag’s 40 featured rising stars and roughly 200 attendees joined TIME Managing Editor Richard Stengel for sushi, cocktails and conversation at Zentan restaurant in the hip Donovan House hotel.

Representing the White House were Jen Psaki, Reggie Love, Dan Pfeiffer and Macon Phillips who mingled with guests like CNN’s Gloria Borger, Yahoo’s Michael Calderone, MTP EP Betsy FischerMichael Steel, Politico‘s Mike Allen, Roll Call’s Jackie Kucinich, Brad Dayspring, Taylor Griffin, TIME‘s Jay Newton-Small, Bloomberg’s Julianna Goldman, Sarah Feinberg and Kevin Madden.  Also spotted was a gimpy Tammy Haddad on crutches.  When asked about her injury, Haddad joked, “my husband was chasing me around the house.”

In addition to an impressive list, the event offered an open bar with three specialty drinks like the popular ”Iced Tea Party” and the “Blue State Fizz” that helped lubricate party tensions while guests chattered about the upcoming midterm elections.

Honorees (idenitified by nifty “40 Under 40″ lapel pins) in attendance included:  Brendan Steinhauser, Jeremy Bash, Nathan Daschle, Jared Polis, Ben Rhodes, Cedric Richmond, Jay Webber, Carte Goodwin, Ellie Hill, Benjamin Jealous, Adam Kinzinger, Rachel Kleinfeld, Jennifer O’Malley Dillon, Stephanie Schriock.

Richard Stengel on stage.

All photographs by:  Julie Fischer McCarter for TIME  

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Morgan Freeman in DC for “Invictus” Screening


Mediocre blackberry pic of Matthews and Freeman by yours truly.

Renowned actor Morgan Freeman graced DC last evening for a screening of “Invictus,” which hits theaters December 11th. Directed by Clint Eastwood and starring Matt Damon, it’s the story of South African President Nelson Mandela’s campaign to host the 1995 Rugby World Cup event in his first term.

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews hosted a Q&A with Freeman at National Geographic after the screening, which received a standing ovation from a nearly full theater that included the likes of Fox News’ Chris Wallace, CNN’s David Bohrman, Kevin Madden and President Obama’s right-hand man Reggie Love.

“You can’t tell Mandela’s whole story in a movie,” Freeman said of the rugby storyline he convinced Eastwood to direct. Matthews first opened questions to South Africans in the audience– “you portray Mr. Mandela very well” and “the movie was emotional,” women at the screening said to Freeman.

The “Invictus” star admits he has yet to see the film, though he will when it premieres. “I’m terrified… I’d much rather believe you when you say it’s good,” he said.

As for who should play Obama in a movie, Freeman definitively says “Denzel,” as in actor Denzel Washington.

Also in attendance: USA Today‘s Susan Page, MSNBC’s David Shuster, Bloomberg’s Julianna Goldman, ABC’s Rick Klein and David Chalian, WaPo‘s Jonathan Capehart, CNN’s Gloria Borger, Paul Begala, Sam Feist and Peter Hamby, Politico‘s Mike Allen, Jonathan Martin, Ken Vogel and Kiki Ryan, CongressDaily‘s Erin McPike, Time‘s Jay Newton Small, Roll Call‘s Shira Toeplitz, CBS’ Laura Strickler, Matthew Cooper, Karen Finney, Lee Brenner, Mark Adelman, Mark Paustenbach, Taylor Griffin and Michael Feldman, among others.

Warner Bros. and Mandela Day hosted the screening.

Cap File to Fete New Holiday Issue

CF_COVER_HOL09 (2).jpg Capitol File has been silent on the party circuit since their big WHCA fete but they’re back for the holidays. The mag will be throwing a launch party for its new Holiday issue featuring cover star and local girl (Chevy Chase born and bred) Hillary Rhoda.

The new issue bears Sarah Schaffer‘s full editorial stamp, with contributions from FishbowlDC – Christine Delargy profiles Macon Phillips and a Q&A with WH Dep. Press Secretary Jen Psaki and former McCain campaign adviser Taylor Griffin in my column “Life of the Party.”

Folks such as Jack and Susanna Quinn, CNN’s Ed Henry and Edie Emery, Ali Wentworth and George Stephanopoulos, Ted Leonsis, Nancy Brinker, Peter Fenn and Heather Podesta have been invited to join Rhoda and her mom Marianne and an intimate guest list of roughly 150 people at new restaurant/gastropub Againn.

Morning Reading List 08.05.09

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Happy Birthday to Taylor Griffin! What we know and what we’re reading this Wednesday morning…

TV | ONLINE | WEST WING REPORTAGE | NEWS NOTES | IN MEMORIAM | JOBS

TV

In TV entertainment news… Paula Abdul is leaving “American Idol.” And TLC’s “Jon & Kate Plus Eight”‘s ratings have plummeted after its one month hiatus.

ONLINE

Wired reports the U.S. Marine Corps has banned Twitter, Facebook, MySpace and other social media sites from its networks, effective immediately.

Msnbc.com is being honored with the National Press Club’s Online Journalism Award for “The Elkhart Project.”

Also, according to Playbook: While in Elkhart, NBC News Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd will pose questions to President Obama from msnbc.com users and Elkhart residents.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

In honor of the President’s birthday yesterday, Mediaite conjures up what the “media elite” would wish Obama. One of our personal faves… “Happy 48th! I hope your birthday is surprising, enchanting, humbling and troubling.” -NYT‘s Jeff Zeleny.

NEWS NOTES

NYT reports today that both Clintons — the former president and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — played a role in the trip and Euna Lee and Laura Ling‘s release. The trip was a result of weeks of back-channel conversations, and the journalists’ boss, Al Gore, was among the people considered for the humanitarian mission.

WaPo additionally reports that North Korea’s official news agency had claimed Clinton had issued an apology on behalf of Lee and Ling. However, the Post emphasized that U.S. officials have denied that any apology was offered.

Health care is still dominating the headlines, according to the Pew Research Center.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, FishbowlNY, TVNewser, Politico

IN MEMORIAM and JOBS after the jump…

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