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CBS News Toasts to 50 Years with Bill Plante

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As if there wasn’t enough going on in DC last night (the Congressional Women’s Softball Game, 826DC’s ‘How to Make it in This Town’ convo with CNN’s Jake Tapper and NYTimesMark Leibovich, and the Big Money book party for POLITICO’s Ken Vogel) CBS News hosted a party to celebrate White House Correspondent Bill Plante’s 50 year career at the network.

Friends and colleagues gathered at Jose Andres’ Oyamel to fete Plante, a known foodie and wine connoisseur. Highlight (for him): He was gifted with a rare 1964 Chateau Pichon Baron-Pauillac.

Guests included CBS News President David Rhodes, Chairman Jeff Fager and Washington Bureau Chief Chris Isham. as well as Nancy Cordes, Major Garrett, Bob Orr, Chip Reid, and Julianna Goldman.

Friends and Colleagues Celebrate Ken Vogel’s Big Money

photo 1Last night at Glen’s Garden Market, friends and colleagues came together to celebrate Ken Vogel‘s recent Big Money: 2.5 Billion Dollars, One Suspicious Vehicle, and a Pimp—on the Trail of the Ultra-Rich Hijacking American Politics. The evening was hosted by Mike Allen, Dan Berman, Jeanne Cummings, Ryan Grim and Elizan Garcia, Maggie Haberman, John Harris, Jonathan Martin and Betsy Fisher Martin, Laura McGann, Ben Smith, Rachel Smolkin, Liz Spavd, Howard Yoon and Victoria Lai, and Danielle Vogel.

POLITICOs from past and present were there, including CNN’s Chris Frates, WaPo’s Abby Phillip, NPR’s Juana Summers, NYT’s Bill Hamilton, WSJ’s Reid Epstein, POLITICO’s Manu Raju, Burgess Everett, Megan Chan, Marty Kady, Katie Glueck, and Byron Tau.

Highlight: Craft beers and an oyster bar. Big money, naturally.

Jake Tapper and Mark Leibovich Interview Each Other on How to Make it in This Town

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Jake Tapper. Photo credit: Janet Donovan

Wednesday night at Hogo, 826DC hosted an event on “How to Make it in This Town” with New York Times best selling authors Mark Leibovich (This Town) and Jake Tapper (The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor). The two sat down and spoke about and interviewed each other on their careers in Washington since the 1990s.

And in case the conversation wasn’t satiating enough, 826DC coordinated drink specials in honor of the evening’s guest speakers. For Tapper, there was “That Old Fashioned” – stag, vanilla syrup, and crazy bitters. Guests could also order the Leibovich, a Red Stripe tall boy, or the Full Leibovich, paired with a shot.

Prior to the evening’s formality, FishbowlDC had the chance to chat with Tapper, who offered some fodder as to how Leibovich can make it in this town after writing This Town. The CNN host joked, “Apologies. Lots and lots of apologies,” and later added, “He’s one of the best writers in modern journalism.”

Asked what it takes for anyone young to make it big, he added, “Here’s my advice for anybody, about anything. Work really hard. That’s the key to everything. Nobody wants to hear that because everybody wants to learn the trick – learn everyone’s middle name, show up ten minutes early for work – whatever. If you work really, really hard, and you’re good, and you’re constantly improving, that pays off.” Read more

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— Book Rap: Marion Barry “Mayor for Life: The Incredible Story of Marion Barry, Jr.” at the National Press Club, 6:30 p.m.

— Jazz Night at the National Press Club, 6:30 p.m.

 

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Fishbowl Fun Fact

James Madison was the shortest president in U.S. history at 5’4″,

 

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DC Media and Wonks Headline Picnic Theatre Company Performance of ‘The New York Idea

DC journos and wonks memorize their lines and don period costumes at the Picnic Theatre Company’s one-act performance of “The New York Idea.” Written in 1906 by Langdon Mitchell, the play is a turn-of-the-last century American social comedy of manners about dating, marriage, and divorce.

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Directed by 18th St. Films’ Karim Chrobog, the cast includes NPR’s Nurith Aizenman, Bloomberg’s Sandrine Rastello, USTR’s Christina Sevilla, PBS’s Daniela Kelley, Office of Rep. Alan Grayson’s Matt Stoller, Department of Defense’s John Plumb, Wiley Rein’s Nova Daly, EPA’s Charles Kovatch, and Malmaison restauranteur Omar Popal. Proceeds support Dropinthebucket.org, building wells for primary schools in Africa, the Dumbarton House, and the Phillips Collection.

The ‘party theater for charity’ kicks off tonight at the Dumbarton House gardens in Georgetown through Friday and at the Phillips Collection on June 26.

For tickets, click here (Dumbarton House) or here (Phillips Collection).

DC Magazine Celebrates Annual Nightlife Issue with Summer Soiree

20140617_194702Tuesday night at Frye in Georgetown, DC Magazine hosted a party in celebration of its annual nightlife issue. In the Modern Luxury June issue are “20 Unique Ways to Spend Your Summer Nights,” including Jay-Z and Beyonce’s On The Run tour stop in Baltimore on July 7, the summer ready U Street Penthouse Pool and Lounge, and the annual Citi Open.

The evening also featured a lucky recipient of Frye boots – Ballston BID’s Allie Krafft - chosen alongside DC senior editor Katie Bianco.

“Allie was super cute and fashionable, and she ended up picking a pair of boots I had already been drooling over earlier in the evening!” said Bianco. “I love the sexy zipper that goes up the back of the boot, but the style is also classic. She’ll be able to wear them for years.”
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Vital Voices Honors Women Leaders at 13th Annual Global Leadership Awards Gala

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Tuesday night at the Kennedy Center, Vital Voices hosted its 13th annual Global Leadership Awards, in honor of women leaders from around the world working to strengthen democracy, increase economic opportunity, and protect human rights. The evening’s honorees included Priti Patkar of India with the Human Rights Award; Claudia Paz y Paz of Guatemala with the Leadership in Public Life Award; Suaad Allami of Iraq with the Fern Holland Award, in honor of Fern Holland, an American lawyer killed in Iraq; Dr. Victoria Kisyombe of Tanzania with the Economic Empowerment Award; and Razan Zaitounch of Syria, with the Global Trailblazer Award.

Zaitounch’s award was presented by former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and accepted by Zaitounch’s sister, as the award recipient was kidnapped in Syria during December 2013 along with her husband and two colleagues.
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WaPo Live: Health Beyond Healthcare at The Washington Post, 8:30 a.m.

— Book Rap: Diana Gabaldon “Written in My Own Heart’s Blood” at the National Press Club, 6:30 p.m.

 

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Fishbowl Fun Fact

Asian camels have two humps whereas Arabian camels only have one.

 

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— US — Russia Relationships at Crossroads Live From Moscow at the National Press Club, 10 a.m.

— Whistleblowers: A Critical Anti-Corruption Tool and Challenge at the American University Washington College of Law, 11:45 a.m.

— Politico Pro Energy Happy Hour, 5:30 p.m.

 

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Fishbowl Fun Fact

William Henry Harrison was the only president who studied to be a medical doctor.

 

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NBC’s Luke Russert Remembers His Late Father Sunday at Politics & Prose

20140615_130815On Sunday – Father’s Day – NBC correspondent Luke Russert, son of the late Tim Russert – spoke to an audience at Politics & Prose on his new preface to his father’s book Big Russ and Me: Father and Son: Lessons of Life that pays tribute to Tim’s father, a World War II veteran.

In honor of the book’s 10th anniversary since its initial publication, Luke’s added introduction explores his father’s legacy and the lessons of his grandfather, Tim’s father.

“I wrote the preface in one sitting. I took 6.5 – 7 hours at my kitchen table in one night and just started going. All of these ideas flowed out, and it was a very cathartic experience and one that I’m really glad and fortunate I was able to do. It allowed me to compose my thoughts on how I felt as his son and what he meant to me, and put it into coherent terms.”

Russert went on to add how important it was that his father gave him as much time as he did. Read more

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