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Journos, Pols Prep for Fight of Their Lives

This could get ugly.

Come Sept. 18, a smattering of Washington journalists will face harrowing pressure as they partake in a spelling bee to raise money for the National Press Club’s non-profit Journalism Institute. The contest pits Washington journalists against members of Congress. The event is being organized by TIME‘s Katy Steinmetz.

“Journalists and lawmakers both have wonky tendencies that could benefit them in a spelling bee,” Steinmetz told FishbowlDC. “Anyone who understands the chained CPI probably knows about that double ‘s’ in misspell, but we’ll see for ourselves in a few weeks time. One thing I can tell you is that tubers will likely make an appearance early in the competition.”

Asked if he’s confident in his spelling skills and if he’ll be practicing, HuffPost‘s Howard Fineman wrote me by email:

Answer:

Potato
Implacable
Bourgeoisie
Resuscitate
Judgment

Tickets are $25 or $15 for students. Purchase here.

Who will play?

Politician spellers include:

Rep. Matt Cartwright
Rep. Gerry Connolly
Sen. Chris Coons
Rep. Peter DeFazio
Rep. Ted Deutch
Sen. Jeff Flake
Sen Tim Kaine
Sen. Christopher Murphy

Journalist spellers include:

Howard Fineman, HuffPost
Ed Henry, Fox News
Major Garrett, CBS News
Kate Nocera, Buzzfeed
Rebecca Sinderbrand, Politico
Meredith Shiner, Roll Call
Ashley Southall, New York Times
Karen Tumulty, WaPo
Toby Zakaria, Reuters

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