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What’s Happening
— Roland Martin Interview with Ben Carson on TV One’s News One Now, 9 a.m.
— Thread at Union Market, April 4 — April 6
— Get it Online: Google Glass at the National Press Club, noon.

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Birthdays
— Bloomberg’s Megan Hughes Hemmerlein

Fishbowl Fun Fact
Former President Herbert Hoover’s son had two pet alligators which were occasionally allowed to roam freely throughout the White House.

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Hanson on The Hill! Oh, and Also Reps. McCarthy and Pelosi…

20140402_185528Last night at The Hamilton, House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) were recognized with a GRAMMYs on the Hill Award by The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation for “their support and understanding of music creators’ unique role in American life.” The evening included special performances by Lady Antebellum, Los Lonely Boys, and 90s chart toppers, Hanson. Hanson? Seriously?

The evening was a long one. Red carpet access to Lady A and Hanson began at 6, and the award ceremony and performances lasted until after 10pm.

Here’s how it went down.

5:59pm – Ushered to the 2nd floor of The Hamilton for a private red carpet and Q&A with Lady Antebellum, Hanson, high level execs from The Recording Academy and some members of Congress. Immediately notice a sea of wine glasses covering the bar. I’m talking at least 50 glasses of already poured red and white ready for the taking. I start my night with a Diet Coke.

6:20  The room quickly fills with so-not-DC folks, sporting tans we can only dream of and the bleachiest of blonde hair.

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What’s Happening
— “Stringer: A Reporter’s Journey in the Congo” at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, 5:30 p.m.
— Panel: “How to Professionalize Your Freelance Business” at the National Press Club, 6:30 p.m.

The Revolving Door
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Fishbowl Fun Fact
All of China operates on Beijing Standard Time.

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George Takei, Patrick Stewart to Headline Smithsonian‘s ‘Future Is Here Festival’

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Alright nerds, get ready! 

Smithsonian magazine is holding their second annual The Future Is Here Festival May 16 – 18th on the Mall, and it’s shaping up to be the biggest collection of sci-fi geekery this side of ComiCon. The big draw this year is an advanced screening of the new X-Men movie featuring a live Q&A with the one and only Patrick Stewart. Presumably, there will be lots of actual sciency stuff too -but also Patrick Stewart! And George Takei.

Other guests include:

Brian Greene, Cosmologist, superstring and multiverse theorist, author of “The Hidden Reality”
Adam Steltzner, NASA’s “rock and roll engineer
Stewart Brand, De-extinction expert and Founder of The Long Now Foundation
Sara Seager, MIT Professor of Planetary Science and Physics
Kim Stanley Robinson, Hugo and Nebula-award winning science fiction author
The Mythbusters, (Courtesy of the Science Channel)
David Brin, Scientist and futurist: bestselling author of Earth and The Postman

To get more deets and purchase tickets, go here.

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What’s Happening

— Luncheon with US Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen at the National Press Club, 12:30 p.m.

– SESAC presents Grammys on The Hill 2014

 

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Fishbowl Fun Fact

The saying “taking the bull by its horns” comes from the Greek myth of Hercules saving Crete from a raging bull by seizing its horns.

 

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Morning Splash

What’s Happening

— RTCA Correspondents Dinner tickets go on sale, $250 each

— Elizabeth Dole Foundation press conference at the National Press Club, 11 a.m.

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Fishbowl Fun Fact

An average Los Angeles resident spends 27 gallons per year sitting in traffic.

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TOTeS Fun at Taste of the South

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Cocktail dresses, cowboy boots, bourbon, and bow ties. That was the scene Saturday night at the Washington Hilton, where Hill staffers and press from the dirty South threw down and represented their home states.

TOTS, as the kids call it, is Taste of the South – a black tie-ish, non-profit gala. This year’s fete benefited a school for at-risk youth in Kentucky – the featured state.

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A few folks in a crowd of what seemed like thousands included Buzzfeed’s boy about town – Benny Johnson and CNN’s Matt Dornic who were palling around with Andrew Kovalcin from the US Chamber of Commerce, Matthew Haller, and Chase Hieneman. Also spotted were WaPo’s Cara Kelly, Revamp’s Daniel Swartz, Judd Deere (Sen. Mike Crapo), Eric Wilson (Ed For Senate campaign), Story Partner’s Lauren Culbertson, Tom Brandt (Rep. Lynn Jenkins), Holli Heiles (Rep. Tim Griffin), Mandi Critchfield (US Senate Banking Committee), Scott Cunningham (Rep. Kenny Marchant), and Sarah Fairchild (Chairman of TOTS 2014, Senator Lamar Alexander).

Miles of BBQ, brews for days, and more bourbon than you can shake a stick at? Where do we sign up?

Giddy up!

Morning Splash

What’s Happening
— Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius talks on HuffPo Live, 10:15 a.m.
— Luncheon with Virginia State Senator Creigh Deeds at the National Press Club, 12:30 p.m.
— Cocktails with Lawrence Wright at Buck’s Fishing & Camping, 7 p.m.

The Revolving Door
— Arelis Hernandez‘s first day at WaPo
David Eldridge‘s first day at Roll Call
David Frum‘s first day at The Atlantic
Erica Pyatt‘s first day at McMurry/TMG
Ryan McCarthy starts at WaPo
Scott Havens‘ last day at The Atlantic

Fishbowl Fun Fact
Warren G. Harding bet the White House china collection in a poker game and lost it all in one hand.

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The Final (Really) Mayoral Debate

Remember when WUSA 9 called that screamy cross-talkathon they did Wednesday night the “Now or Never” Debate? Supposedly, that was because it was the last Democratic debate before the primary election. Well that may be technically true, but it wasn’t the last opportunity for the candidates -Democrat or otherwise – to make their pitch to the voters.

Last night, 6th & I hosted The Very Last Debate, moderated by WCP‘s Will Sommer, featuring Tommy Wells, Rita Jo Lewis, Vincent Orange, Andy Shallal, and Jack Evans. Cameo appearances were made by Muriel Bowser and Vince Gray, who showed up about 10 and 5 minutes before the end of things, respectively.

Your humble FishbowlDC editor was in the audience, tweetin’ away. Check out the blow-by-blow, in all its gory detail, after the jump.

(Photo: Andy Shallal speaks at 6th & I Synagogue)

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Washington Journos Read From Their Favorite Children’s Books

20140327_185301 Last night, 826DC, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting students ages 6-18 with their creative and expository writing skills, hosted “An Evening with Washington Journalists and Their Favorite Children’s Books” at Bobby Van’s Grill. Big names in DC media – CNN’s Dana Bash, POLITICO’s Glenn Thrush, SiriusXM’s Julie Mason, Yahoo’s Garance Franke-Ruta and WaPo’s Helena Andrews – sat before a crowd of adults reading their favorite children’s book. Thrilling, right?

Here’s how it went down…

5:45 - Arrive early, and I’m starving! Alas, 15 minutes until any food is presumably brought out.

6:00 - CNN’s Lauren Pratapas arrives just before food is brought out. Food or Lauren? To avoid being rude, I hold court with her for 10 minutes.

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6:10 - Abruptly end conversation with Lauren in order to get a snack. Great spread of apps including – no joke – the best nachos I’ve ever had. You know how there’s always some chips without melted cheese? Ya, that’s not the case with these. Best. Nachos. Ever.

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