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Congratulations to…

Politico‘s Jake Sherman for finishing his first marathon in less than four hours no less. It was the Rock n’ Roll Marathon, which managed to shut down a good portion of the city on Saturday. Quite an accomplishment. And even though this post could well qualify him for the Dept. of Bragiculture, completing a first marathon in less than four hours is actually something to brag about.

Since it’s unclear what running shoes he wore for the big race, we’re taking wild guesses.


Whose Shoes? The CPAC Edition

Today we have a special edition of Whose Shoes? Our occasional chance to share a bunch of details about a Washington journalist and have you guess who it is. Send all guesses to or to We’ll provide more details as the day wears on.

You must admit, the kicks are pretty snazzy.

Clue #1: He has a particular affinity for Nicki Minaj.

Clue #2: He can be contemplative.

Clue #3: He enjoys HBO.

Clue #4: He’s from Washington, but not D.C. and not Washington State.


Is Your Dog Cuter Than Sapphire?

“My puppy at her 14 week trim.”April Ryan.

Today starts Dogbowl 2013. And it begins with American Urban Radio White House Correspondent April Ryan‘s puppy, Sapphire. Three years ago, the feature began quite innocently when we declared that Syndicated columnist Karl Frisch‘s puppy, Dexter von Frisch, was the cutest dog in Washington. At the time, he was four-months-old, weighed 12 pounds and was already reading FishbowlDC on a near daily basis. Many readers disagreed with our choice — and a new feature was born as pictures poured in from journalists all over town.

Ryan’s pooch has a certain regal air to her and who can resist those pink bows?

Think your dog has what it takes to make our list? Send us a picture and a graph telling us about the dog’s personality, likes and dislikes. We may ask to meet your pooch in person. If you’re a member of Washington’s media or a political journalist, send to or to Dogs who entered our previous contest may enter again. We’re making an exception for Washington newest dog named after a media personality, Chuck Todd. He may enter the contest if he’s not too busy parading around the dog park showing off his famous name.

Whose Hair: Revealed

On Thursday we asked you to name this spectacularly maned gentleman who showed up to The New Republic‘s relaunch party at Bibiana.

Guesses include Bloomberg‘s Al Hunt, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), former Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) and former talk show host Phil Donahue.

The correct answer is… Read more

Whose Hair?

Last night at the The New Republic bash at Bibiana, this puff of white hair jumped out at us like a big giant marshmallow.

So who is it?

Send your best guesses to or to

Who Wore the Risqué Choker?

On Monday we presented you with this woman’s choker necklace, worn by a female journalist at The Atlantic pre-inaugural party Sunday night at Publisher David Bradley‘s house. We asked for guesses on who it was, and this is what you told us:

The Atlantic‘s Scott Stossel wrote into FishbowlDC, saying, “That’s easy, I’d recognize that neck anywhere: Charles Krauthammer. I’d always pegged him for a big 50 Shades fan.”

Other guesses: Reader Vicky Shannon writes in, “My guess for the choker-wearer is Barbara Harrison.” Former White House Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers and AOL-HuffPost’s Arianna Huffington were among the other guesses.

Indeed, the correct guess is one that no one offered. It’s Washingtonian Editor-at-Large Carol Joynt (as pictured above). She says this piece of jewelry is among her favorites, but rarely wears it. She explained, “Bought it about 5 years ago at Hermes boutique in Florida as a Christmas present to myself. I’m aware women aren’t supposed to buy jewelry for themselves, but that’s like waiting for a man to open the door. By the way, there’s a heart on the lock. It’s sweet.”

Politico Reporter’s Kazoo Fails at Trivia Contest

Politico‘s Jonathan Martin had a tough night last night. After all, he had something happen that only happens at second-grade talent shows. In short, his kazoo stopped working and he lost a trivia contest.
To be fair, it wasn’t really his fault. Poor Martin’s musical instrument failed, leaving him visibly annoyed. Had it been working, who knows who would have won?
Martin appeared alongside Real Clear PoliticsErin McPike (soon-t0-be a CNN General Assignment Reporter), and Bloomberg‘s Megan Hughes on a panel of presidential experts Thursday night at Brooks Brothers – the Clothier that has dressed 39 of 44 U.S. presidents – at it’s flagship store in Georgetown.
Final score was 9(Megan) – 4 (JMart) – 3 (McPike).
The trio answered questions on presidential and inaugural history from the acting director of the National Museum of American History and former director of the National Portrait Gallery Marc Pachter. Hughes, who said she spent hours studying, came prepared to list each president in chronological order and took the prize of$1,000 to be donated to the charity of her choice, which is DC’s Central Kitchen. 
Who was there? Read more

Karen Feld’s Browning Pups Make Finals

Karen Feld, a former gossip columnist for the Washington Examiner, is best known for her fierce legal battles with her brother and for those dirty, fluffy purse dogs she’d infamously bring around with her to cocktail parties.

At one point she accused her brother of giving her brain damage by throwing her out of a family gathering honoring a dead aunt and filed a $110 million lawsuit against him. According to Daily Mail, she alleged that “she was forcefully removed by a trio of ‘large, aggressive’ bodyguards, beaten and thrown into an elevator along with her poodle.” The D.C. Court of Appeals ultimately rejected her appeal.

Obviously those two browning pups of hers, Compari and and Bellini, are nothing to sniff at, even if they aren’t the cleanest. (Please ignore the caramel spot above Compari’s nose.) After all, they made the finals of the New Yorkie Runway competition to benefit Angel on a Leash.

Feld sent out a letter about it. She clearly thinks the dogs are human and signed the letter, “Karen, Compari & Bellini.” Read more

The Atlantic Now Accepting Entries for Michael Kelly Award

Atlantic Media Company is now calling for entries for this year’s Michael Kelly Award. The deadline: February 4, 2013.

According to a release, the award “recognizes writers and editors at U.S.-based newspapers, magazines, and Web sites whose work exemplifies a quality that animated Michael Kelly’s own career: the fearless pursuit and expression of truth.” Atlantic created the award to honor Kelly, who died in 2003 while covering the war in Iraq. Kelly was editor of two Atlantic Media publications, The Atlantic and National Journal.

The prize: $25,000. Each finalist wins $3,000.

Entry guidelines can be found… Read more

Spokesmen to Go Bald on ABC’s ‘This Week’

DNC spokesman Brad Woodhouse and RNC spokesman Sean Spicer will appear on ABC News’ “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” this Sunday, November 25, where they’ll get their heads shaved for a good cause.

“This will be a first,” Spicer told FishbowlDC, explaining he has never shaved his hair off before. “Everyone at the RNC poured their heart is soul into this election so losing was tough, but knowing that something positive is coming of it makes the disappointment of election night a little easier.” Asked how his wife was feeling about the prospect of him going bald, he replied, “My wife ensured holiday photos were taken, but as a mother she is supportive of any effort that furthers research of childhood cancer.”

Host George Stephanopoulos, with the help of ABC News’ Jonathan Karl, who will be in charge of the shaving, will bring… Read more