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Saturday Night Toast for Newly Appointed U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith

Photos via Haddad Media

Mikey Dickerson, Megan Smith, Hilary Rosen, Tammy Haddad, Kara Swisher, Lucky Carney

Saturday night at the home of Hilary Rosen, colleagues, friends and family gathered to toast Megan Smith, the recently appointed U.S. Chief Technology Officer and Assistant to the President.

Guests were welcomed at the door to flights of champagne and proceeded into the residence to a table of gourmet delectables and passed hors d’oeuvres.

The high level crowd included Hunter Biden and Kathleen Biden, Kara SwisherBob Barnett and CBS News’ Rita Braver, FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel and husband Mark Bailen, FLOTUS Communications Director Maria Cristina “MC” González and husband Miguel FerrerWalt Mossberg and Edie Mossberg (Walt and POLITICO’s Mike Allen both had iPhone 6s), Vicki Kennedy, NIH’s Dr. Tony Fauci, Amb. Lloyd HandJeremy Bash and Robyn Bash, Campbell Spencer, director of the White House Visitors Office Ellie Schafer, administrator of the U.S. Digital Service Mikey DickersonNYTimes’ Carl Hulse, Vanity Fair’s Maureen OrthGreta Van SusterenAl Hunt and Judy WoodruffAndrea Mitchell, and Ed Henry and Shirley Henry.

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WaPo’s Erik Wemple Snags 2014 Mirror Award

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This afternoon in New York City, Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications hosted the eighth annual 2014 Mirror Awards competition, honoring excellence in reporting on the media industry. “CBS This Morning” co-host and editor at large Gayle King emceed the event, held at Cipriani 42nd Street.

The afternoon recognized the work of several Washingtonians including The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple for Politico’s Mike Allen, native advertising pioneer in the “Best Single Article – Digital Media” category.

Also recognized, Michael Meyer of the Columbia Journalism Review for False frontsUnfinished business, and News havens in the “Best Commentary – Traditional/Legacy Media” category and CQ Researcher’s Frank Greve for “Combat Journalism” with the John M. Higgins Award for Best In-Depth/Enterprise Reporting.

Special awards were presented to Discovery Communications CEO and president David Zaslav, who received the Fred Dressler Leadership Award and Washingtonian Walt Mossberg, along with his co-executive editor of Re/code Kara Swisher, who received the i-3 award for impact, innovation and influence.

How to Make it All About Me

President Obama‘s outgoing strategist and advisor David Plouffe recently made his smashing debut on Twitter. So far, 10 tweets and thousands of immediate followers. But among those tweets, he manages to do what Washington does well, which is to inject yourself into a big news story. In this case, the story was Sen. Tom Harkin‘s (D-Iowa) announcement to retire. It’s not nearly as grotesque as others sound when they do it.

Plouffe does admit he is in need of “serious detox” from his former job. This morning he writes, “1st day post WH. Minor ice closes/delays schools. First instinct is to think if announcements on the level. Need serious detox.”

The former advisor has just 35 followers and 8,515 followers. Which journalists are among the handpicked 35? They include NYT‘s Nate Silver, Washington Bureau Chief David Leonhardt, National Political Correspondent Jeff Zeleny, Politico‘s Jonathan Martin (this could get interesting with Martin’s teenage girl tweeting style), CBS Political Director John Dickerson, NBC “MTP” host David Gregory, WSJ tech columnist Walt Mossberg, WaPo‘s Capital Weather Gang, and NBC Political Director Chuck Todd.