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Ticket Giveaway: Alan Dershowitz At GW

pair-o-ticketsHey y’all, the nice people over at Politics and Prose have offered two free tickets to Alan Dershowitzbook signing tonight. Hooray!

Dershowitz has been involved with a lot of craziness over the course of his career, but he has most recently become part of the team of lawyers advising Julian Assange. The first person to correctly answer the trivia question below wins the tickets, and a chance to see “the Dersh” hold forth in person on Assange, Wikileaks, and well, probably himself. Maybe mostly himself.

Entrants must be 18 or older, living in the US, and must reply by 5:00 PM today to be eligible. Event starts at 7:00 at GW’s Jack Morton Auditorium, 805 21st Street NW. More deets available here. Send answers along with your name and email address to fishbowldc@mediabistro.com.

Question: In 2012, WikiLeaks began producing an interview show featuring Julian Assange to be aired on RT. What is the show’s name and who was interviewed for the Season One finale?

Good luck!

 

Legalese: You may enter once. Multiple entries will be disqualified. Mediabistro has the right to disqualify entrants that don’t follow these guidelines or to award the book to alternative winners if winners cannot be contacted. Tickets must be accepted as awarded, are not transferable, and have no cash surrender value. List of prior winners may be obtained from Mediabistro upon request. Winner is responsible for all costs, taxes and fees, if any, related to winning. Winner grants Mediabistro the right to use the winners name and details in connection with this giveaway and promotion of future giveaways.

How Howard Fineman Spells Rhinoceros: ‘Rhinocerus’

It was at times an intense standoff last night as nine Washington journalists squared off against nine members of Congress in a Spelling Bee at the National Press Club.

Throughout the evening, Politico Deputy White House Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand (pictured here alongside Kaine) seemed to have the whole thing locked up. Calm and cool, unlike some of the other journalists, she stepped right up and spelled her words correctly, without a lot of hesitation.

That is, until the end, when, in a standoff with the unassuming Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.), she lost and he won on “nonpareil.” Read more

Guess Who Lives Here?

Which Washington journalist enjoys this lovely, lush view from his or her apartment? Send us your guesses and we’ll tell you who a little later in the day.

Send to Betsy@mediabistro.com. If you know (and obviously some of you do) try not to ruin it. Not to steal Daily Dish’s Andrew Sullivan’s feature, but for those of you who work at home, please send us a picture of your view. UPDATE: See the answer after the jump…

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NPC Spelling Bee Chooses Judges

As we’ve previously reported, on Sept. 18, the National Press Club is hosting a spelling bee that pits members of Congress against Washington reporters. Ticket sales are going well, but the event, which will donate funds to charity, still has seats to fill.

Since our last reporting, the powers that be have chosen two powerful female judges.

They are… Read more

The Battle of the Twitterati

New York Magazine’s Daily Intelligencer blog has a compelling series of charts out today on members of Congress and their preferred Twitter followers. Heavy hitters include The Hill, Politico, C-SPAN and Roll Call, which make both Democratic and Republican lists.

But this has to burn a little over at Politico: The Hill beats Politico by nearly two percentage points in the “Most Followed Overall” category. But they come back strong in the “Most Followed Journalists/Pundits” category as Politico‘s Mike Allen sails in at number 1 with a clear lead over the second most followed journalist, NBC Political Director Chuck Todd.

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Major Garrett on His Spelling Skills…

CBS Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett, of “shirty” fame, will participate in the National Press Club’s upcoming spelling bee against members of Congress. Asked about his confidence in his spelling capabilities, he told FishbowlDC that he has an unique tactic he plans to employ. Read more

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?

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Summer Superlatives 2013: Class Clown

Who’s the funniest journalist in Washington? I suppose first we must distinguish, are we laughing with them or at them? But for purely comedic purposes let’s say these are journalists who are consistently found to be amusing among their peers. This year’s lineup includes: Yahoo! NewsOlivier Knox (he was on last year’s nominee list but Sirius XM’s  Julie Mason beat him out and we’re giving him another shot), BuzzFeed‘s John Stanton (who tries unusual hangover remedies just for fun and notices a wide variety of douchebags on the streets of Washington), The Daily Caller‘s Will Rahn (the brainchild of many antics at the publication such as this; and if you haven’t seen “And the Wandering,” his dramatic reading of Politico‘s Dylan Byer‘s personal blog from when he was 19, watch here), National Journal‘s Elahe Izadi (she does standup in real life), Reason.com Editor Nick Gillespie (whose exceedingly dry humor could keep you laughing at boring Washington cocktail parties) and The Sunday Times Washington Bureau Chief Toby Harnden (who routinely says things like “gets on my tits” for gets on my nerves–he’s British, so he’s excused).

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Summer Superlatives ’13: Most Despised Flack

Today we are asking for your expertise in deciding who is the most despised flack in Washington. Is it Clintonland’s Philippe Reines, who last year told BuzzFeed‘s Michael Hastings, now deceased, to “fuck off” and “have a good life”? Under the circumstances–ouch. Or could it be White House Press Sec. Jay Carney, who manages to piss off one reporter or another on a weekly, sometimes daily basis? Or else…Brad Dayspring, the fiery flack who relatively recently returned to the NRSC. Dayspring previously worked in the press shop of House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor. He left that job after a confrontation that nearly turned physical. Forget all that though. Our absolute favorite memory of Dayspring involves those sexy ladies that used to turn up on his Twitter feed. Nah, it wasn’t illegal or even Weinerish. But it was hilarious. We also have a strange nomination in this category for Breitbart‘s Matthew Boyle. We protested, saying he is a reporter and not a flack. But as it was explained to us in the nominating process, “He’s not a flack under the tradition sense of the term, but he’s no journalist, either. I consider him to be a promoter of the GOP and far-right.”

Summer Superlatives 2013: Most Respected Journalist in Washington

This is a tough category. But today we ask you to help determine who is Washington’s most respected journalist. The lineup of contestants includes USA Today Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page, WaPo‘s Dan Balz, CNN’s Jake Tapper, WaPo‘s Paul Kane, WSJ Washington Bureau Chief Gerald Seib, CBS’ “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer and Politico‘s Maggie Haberman. A Capitol Hill aide remarked to FishbowlDC, “On the Hill, Paul Kane’s integrity is unquestioned.” Of Page and Balz, a journalist tooted their horns, saying, “I don’t know a single person — politician wise — who would say no to either one of them.” May the most respected journo win!

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