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‘Bromancing’ Senators Cory Booker and Rand Paul Draw Laughs at Playbook Cocktails

20140709_174638Last night also at the Newseum just prior to National Journal’s Political PursuitPOLITICO hosted Playbook Cocktails with the ‘bromancing’ Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Rand Paul (R-KY) in conversation with POLITICO Chief White House Correspondent Mike Allen.

Equally substantive and funny, the due spoke on the topic of the REDEEM Act, an effort the two support to redefine the country’s criminal justice system; President Obama’s visit to Texas yesterday and whether he should visit the border; whether the duo could land a reality show; and a selfie taken on Booker’s iPhone.

In case you missed it in person or via livestream, check out the full Q&A or if you’re strapped for time, the Top 10 humorous quotes of the night, as compiled by POLITICO, after the jump. Read more

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Team ‘Press Pass’ Prevails at National Journal’s Political Pursuit

Winning team "Press Pass"

Winning team “Press Pass”

Last night at the Newseum, National Journal hosted its sixth annual Political Pursuit, a “game show” on political trivia with members of Congress, the press that cover them, and political “insiders.”

The evening was co-moderated by National Journal Editor-in-Chief and President Tim Grieve and Hotline Editor-in-Chief Scott Bland. Team “Press Pass” won the night with 290 points and consisted of Bloomberg News’s Greg Giroux, Roll Call’s Shira T. Center, The Washington Post’s Paul Kane, The New York Times’ Jonathan Martin, and Los Angeles Times’ Mike Memoli. Read more

CNN and National Journal to Host ‘Politics on Tap’ with Sen. John McCain

Screen Shot 2014-07-09 at 15.41.52Look out BuzzFeed Brews. There’s a new beer drinking news platform in town.

CNN and National Journal are joining forces to explore the midterm elections the best way possible…with a cold one in hand.

Dubbed “Politics on Tap,” the program will feature an interview by CNN’s Chief Washington Correspondent Jake Tapper and NJ’s Ron Fournier of Sen. John McCain followed by a panel discussion with CNN’s Peter Hamby NJ’s Michelle Cottle, and CNN’s Brianna Keilar on the growing divide in the Republican Party and how the changing face of the GOP and Congressional leadership may impact this November’s midterm elections.

Slated for next Thursday at Sixth Engine, the invite (which hasn’t gone out yet) is a steal in that a-the topic is definitely interesting and b-who doesn’t want to drink with this crowd. Only thing that could make it better is if Rep. Aaron Schock were involved.

We’ll be there, and hope to see you there, too!

See the invite – sans RSVP dets (sorry) – after the jump. Cheers! Read more

Site Selection Committee Recommends Cleveland as 2016 Host City for RNC

Screen Shot 2014-07-08 at 12.18.55The Republican National Committee’s Site Selection Committee today announced its support for Cleveland as the 2016 convention host city. The final running was between the Ohio city on Lake Erie and Dallas. In June, Denver and Kansas City were eliminted as possible host cities.

The RNC and Cleveland will now enter into exclusive negotiations regarding the city’s bid to host the 2016 convention. And at an August meeting in Chicago, the Site Selection Committee will present their recommendation to the RNC.

Eind Michelsen, chairwoman of the RNC Site Selection Committee, said, “Cleveland is a phenomenal city, and I can’t think of a better place to showcase our party and our nominee in 2016.”

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus added, “A Cleveland convention offers our party a great steppingstone to the White House in 2016, and I’m encouraged by the committee’s recommendation. The team from Cleveland has gone above and beyond the call of duty and I think they’re representative of a city eager to show the country all the fantastic things they have to offer.”

Cleveland also has a bid to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

That said, it’s never too early to start planning where to go out! We reached out to a friend who lives in downtown Cleveland for the lowdown on what not to miss around the Cleveland Convention Center (300 Lakeside Avenue) near East 4th, the Warehouse District, and The Flats.

See the best of the best, after the jump. Read more

#JournoPerk: Moët Ice Impérial

20140702_165150(0)Because what DC media person would ever turn down a glass of champers, let alone a bottle…

Arrive home this afternoon to find a hand-delivered bottle of Moët Ice Impérial waiting at my doorstep. Yes, please!

Just in time for your hot and humid July Fourth BBQs and parties, this little big bottle of heaven is to be enjoyed over ice in a red wine glass with mint leaves, lime, or fruit.

It just last month hit DC shelves and we’re already all about it. Where to buy: West Dupont Circle Wine & Liquor (2012 P St NW), Barrel House Liquor Store (1341 14th St NW), and Sherry’s Wine and Spirit (2627 Connecticut Ave NW) ranging in price from $59.99 – $69.99.

Now it’s just a matter of deciding which weekend festivity in which to bring it.

Best #journoperk ever? We think yes.

Washingtonian Hosts AT&T Best of Washington Happy Hour at Bethesda Row

20140701_185506_1Last night, Washingtonian magazine showed Bethesda Magazine who’s boss when it hosted the AT&T Best of Washington kick-off event at Bethesda Row. A $15 donation to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society offered guests food and drink samplings from local faves including Café Deluxe, Georgetown Cupcake, Luke’s Lobster, Mussel Bar, and Mon Ami Gabi.

The evening was held in advance of the AT&T Best of Washington blowout July 16 at the National Building Museum. Click here for tickets.

Where to Watch Tonight’s World Cup Match Near DC News Outlets

mexiconetherlandsIf you too are having a slow news Tuesday this first of July, we’ve got you covered. At 4pm today, the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team will take on Belgium in the Round of 16 match of the World Cup.

It starts just before the work day ends, so here’s where you can go to watch it, nearest to your respective news outlet.

The Washington Post and Washington Examiner: Post Pub (1422 L St NW) with happy hour specials from 3 – 8pm or Lincoln (1110 Vermont Ave NW) with happy hour specials from 4 – 7pm.

USA Today and The Hill: PJ Clarke’s (1600 K St NW).

Roll CallBoundary Road (414 H St NE).

POLITICO: Continental Pool Lounge (1911 N Fort Myer Dr). Happy hour specials from 5 – 8pm.

Daily Caller: Barcode (1101 17th St NW). Happy hour specials from 2 – 7pm.

National Journal: CIRCA at Foggy Bottom (2221 I St NW). Happy hour specials from 4 – 7pm.

Huffington Post Politics: The Exchange Saloon (1719 G St NW). Happy hour specials from 3 – 7pm.

WTOP: Report: District 2 Bar & Grille (3238 Wisconsin Ave NW). Happy hour specials from 4 – 7pm.

Silicon Valley Tech-Like Amenities in HuffPost DC Newsroom

20140619_142634Looking for a newsroom environment with a fully stocked kitchen, beers on tap, meditation room, nap room, AND yoga studio? Probably not gonna happen. Unless you work at the DC bureau of The Huffington Post!

When I first heard about The Huffington Post’s DC digs, I wanted to call their bluff. How could the home of HuffPost Politics – the number one trafficked politics site – have all the amenities of a booming Silicon Valley tech giant?

I recently had the opportunity to tour the HuffPost DC bureau to see if the rumors were true. Spoiler alert – they were. Read more

Tiësto Headlines Global Citizen and World Childhood Foundation’s Thank You Festival

Photo credit: Christopher Lazzaro for Global Citizen

Photo credit: Christopher Lazzaro for Global Citizen

Last night, Global Citizen and World Childhood Foundation held the Thank You Festival, a massive 20,000 person concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion with performances by Tiësto, Above & Beyond, Krewella, Cedric Gervais, and Alvin Risk.

In continuing their efforts to activate socially-conscious youth about the causes and consequences of extreme poverty, Thank You Festival concert-goers and fans took more than 140,000 online “actions” over the past several months to call on Dr. Raj Shah (a participant in attendance), the Administrator of USAID, to increase US aid support to help children everywhere survive and thrive.

Brennan Center’s Michael Waldman Celebrates ‘The Second Amendment: A Biography’

Photo courtesy Hollywood on the Potomac.

Photo courtesy Hollywood on the Potomac.

Michael Waldman, president of the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law, was celebrated Tuesday night at the offices of The Agenda Project in Georgetown on his recent publication The Second Amendment: A Biography by Simon & Schuster. The book explores “the life story of the most controversial, volatile, misunderstood provision of the Bill of Rights.”

“You can have gun rights. But like all rights, they’re limited,” said Waldman in conversation with Hollywood on the Potomac. “And we have limitations on all rights and the public good has to have its place too. So I think that real clarity – whatever gun rights it may be – that when the public safety is threatened by something like assault rifles, we have the ability to pass those laws.”

Click through for those in attendance and Hollywood on the Potomac’s full Q&A with Waldman on the history of the Second Amendment and where it stands today. Read more

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