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Separated at Birth: Jennifer Aniston and CNN’s Erin McPike

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As grows Americans’ dislike of Congress, so does the resemblance between one CNN correspondent and another top Hollywood actress.

Erin McPike, meet Jennifer Aniston. Jennifer, meet Erin (As if you don’t know each other already…It’s obvious you’re sisters.).

The notion came to us one afternoon when we were flipping through the channels, watching “The Lead with Jake Tapper,” covering an important and timely current event, and a rerun of “Friends” we’ve seen at least five times.

Help us cast the DC version of “Friends!” We’re looking for Separated at Birth suggestions for Monica Geller (Courteney Cox), Phoebe Buffay (Lisa Kudrow), Joey Tribbiani (Matt LeBlanc), Chandler Bing (Matthew Perry), and Dr. Ross Geller (David Schwimmer). Send yours to fishbowlnick@gmail.com.

Jefferson Book Party Toasts Arianna Huffington and Thrive

20140515_190857Last night at The Jefferson, Constance Milstein, Gail MacKinnon and Rachel Pearson hosted Arianna Huffington in celebration of her new book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder.

Huffington wrote Thrive after a fall brought on by exhaustion and a lack of sleep sent her to the hospital.

“The motivation for writing the book was my own burnout, and then looking around and seeing how many millions are burned out. And then, asking the questions that we stop asking after college, ‘What is the good life? What is success?’ And if you think about it, we define success, in search of these two metrics of money and power, and in this town, especially power. And this is like trying to sit on a two legged stool. Sooner or later you fall off. Nothing wrong with these two metrics. It’s just that you need the third leg of the stool.” Read more

Jay Carney Toasts Brendan Buck’s Move from Boehner’s Office to AHIP

brendan-buckIn celebration of his move as press secretary for Speaker Boehner to America’s Health Insurance Plans, Brendan Buck joined with friends Monday evening to toast to his new gig. We hear White House press secretary Jay Carney even stopped by, which is pretty funny given their past Twitter feuds.

The night was hosted by Michael Steel – also of Boehner’s staff. In attendance: Washington Examiner’s Rebecca Berg, POLITICO’s Mike Allen and Christine Delargy, ABC News’ Jonathan Karl and Jeff Zeleny, RNC’s Sean SpicerKevin Smith, Doug Heye, Rory Cooper, CBR’s Brent Swander, Yahoo News’ Olivier Knox, BuzzFeed’s John Stanton, CNN’s Brianna Keilar and Erin McPike, Kevin Sheridan, WaPo’s Paul Kane, Roll Call’s Tom Williams, Crossfire’s David Chalian, NBC News’ Frank Thorp and Shawna Thomas, CBS’s Walt Cronkite, Sue Davis, Scott Mulhauser, Kirsten Kukowski, Brad Dayspring, Laena Fallon, Juleanna Glover, and Becca Glover.

Women Ruled Zentan for 2014 Series Launch

10001385_748690051810766_1034168253_nLast night, POLITICO, Google and the Tory Burch Foundation kicked off the “Women Rule” series for 2014 at Zentan. The cocktail reception brought together participants from last year’s series and invited them to share their aspirations for the coming year. The event also featured Zentan’s Executive Chef Jennifer Nguyen, a contestant on Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay.

The first “Women Rule” event is scheduled for late March in DC – more details are expected soon. The series will also host events in New York City and San Francisco this year, capping off with an end-of-year conference in Washington.

1904150_748690041810767_1961860382_nIn attendance: CNN’s Brianna Keilar, Gloria Borger, Erin McPikeMichelle Jaconi, and Kristen Holmes; NBC’s Betsy Fischer Martin and Kasie Hunt; MSNBC’s Karen Finney; Washington Post’s Ruth Marcus: Larry King’s producer Carrie Stevenson; WJLA’s Autria Godfrey and Jummy Olabanji; Time’s Jay Newton Small; Yahoo’s Garance Franke-Ruta; InTheCapital’s Sophie Pyle; BitchesWhoBrunch.com’s Cori Sue Morris (since it’s the weekend, wa-la, bitcheswhobrunch.com!); Emily’s List’s Marcy Stech; SKDKnickerbocker’s Jill Zuckman; Kim Oates from the House Radio-TV Gallery; Brunswick Group’s Su-Lin Nichols; the White House’s Tara McGuinness; Corcoran’s Rachel Cothran; Komen’s Kiki Ryan; Kate Bake’s Katelyn Sornik; Tracy Sefl; Gloria Dittus; and Mindy Finn.

1528463_748689968477441_335092248_nAs well as sponsors, including POLITICO’s Kim Kingsley, Lois Romano, Beth Lester Sidhu, Christine Delargy, Jessie Niewold, and Peter Cherukuri; the new head of the Tory Burch Foundation Bari Mattes (her first week in the position!); and Google’s Jesse Suskin, Sam Smith and Mistique Cano.

Photos by Rod Lamkey Jr.

Morning Chatter

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“As the bickering continued, senior aides to rank-and-file Republicans resorted to watching the Twitter feeds of congressional reporters to learn who was demanding what.”WaPo story by Lori Montgomery and Paul Kane.

Lawmaker questions Amazing Grace song choice

“Dem Rep. Gerry Connolly amused that House GOP sang ‘Amazing Grace’ at morning meeting. ‘Isn’t that usually sung at funerals?’” — HuffPost‘s Jennifer Bendery.

Horsing around

“Adam Goldman is going to be the most talented, tenacious high school volleyball reporter the Washington Post has ever had.” — WaPo foreign policy blogger Max Fisher.

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In praise of NRO‘s Robert Costa

“Just your daily @robertcostaNRO is a great reporter tweet, because someone needed to say it.” — CNN’s Erin McPike.

“Am going to have to say, I don’t know @robertcostaNRO — and what he reports usually pisses me off — but he is well-sourced and moves quickly.” — Former Senate flack and Quinn & Gillespie associate Jim Manley.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 6:07 a.m.

Ouch!

“I tried to retweet Glenn Greenwald’s statement, but he’s blocking me on Twitter.” — TPM‘s Hunter Walker.

images-4But not so much for MSNBC’s Abby Huntsman…

“I’m thankful for Abby Huntsman having a role on MSNBC to tell me what rational conservatism really is… #LeanForward” — The Daily Caller‘s TV reporter Jeff Poor.

Journo would like to forget the news

“I swear if I didn’t love this country as much as I do, I’d move to a remote area in Montana, live like a mountain man & never read the news.” — TheBlaze‘s evening editor Jason Howerton.

Tommy Christopher: As serious as a heart attack

“You think reporting on the White House is tough, try reporting on White House reporters.” — Mediaite White House Correspondent Tommy Christopher. “Christopher” got some ink Tuesday from Politico and The Daily Caller. No doubt he didn’t mean to get media attention for himself. See Politico‘s story here. Hadas Gold quotes Christopher as saying, “I’ve been frustrated, for a long time, over the trivial way some of the White House reporters have handled this,” he said, referring to the health care debate. As some may recall, three years ago he tweeted his own heart attack and later suffered from gangrene on his appendix. To be sure, during the latter illness his yellow-hued skin tone showed just how sick he was. See The Daily Caller‘s story here. The DC‘s lede: “On Tuesday, Mediaite White House correspondent Tommy Christopher added another chapter to his ongoing self-promotional crusade masquerading as a career in journalism.”

 

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Quotes of the Day

Blogger laments overusing F-bomb (well, sort of)

“I really have an unhealthy usage of the F word. I should put a cap on it such as 48/day. Yep, that should do it.” — Javonni Brustow, editor of TheDCPundit.com and PopGlitz.com.

TV and the Mark Sanford affair

“TV today seems to be arguing today that Sanford’s affair was somehow ‘better’ than other sex scandals since he fell in love/engaged now #SC1.” –  Jessica Taylor, senior analyst and reporter at Rothenberg Political Report. Photo credit: this picture appeared in The Daily Caller.

Journo promotes his story for Autism Awareness Day

“For #Autism Awareness day, here is a story I did last year about my son, two presidents, love, guilt and parenthood.” — NJ‘s Ron Fournier on the story that he couldn’t have self-promoted any more unless he a) formally renamed himself Howard Kurtz and b) implanted Howard Kurtz‘s brain cavity inside his own. Oh and in case you somehow missed this one — and the nerve of you if you did — read here.

Sen. Manchin isn’t heartless about dead reality star 

Howeesha Kurtz (a.k.a. The Hill‘s Judy Kurtz) proves that Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) isn’t a total heartless prick this week. She sent the senator a question regarding the death of a MTV “Buckwild” reality show Manchin had denounced as trash. See what the senator had to say here.

Ezzy under “social pressure” to follow certain peeps on Twitter

“It’s kind of not great in D.C. I’ve tried to unfollow people before and they’ve gotten very mad at me.” — WaPo‘s Ezra Klein. “So it’s actually not worth unfollowing people to me, it creates a sort of social anger.” Please Ezra, let us back in to your feed! Slate‘s Dave Weigel, who has grown rather cranky as of late, we can do without. But you? We just know we’re missing out. Watch the rest of Klein and Brad Plumer‘s thoughts on Twitter usage here. Plumer’s insightful thought: He’s not sure Ezzy knows just what he wants from Twitter.

TV journo admits her desk is a mess

“OK, now I’m really admitting it: My desk is littered with old scripts, water bottles and coffee cups. Time to do something about it.” — CNN’s Erin McPike. Here’s to hoping the network newbie doesn’t wind up on a future episode of TLC’s “Hoarding: Buried Alive.”

Whoa, what?

Roll Call‘s Jonathan Strong has a freelance story on Rep. Steve Southerland (R-Fla.) in The Weekly Standard this week. Is it a one-time thing or what’s happening? Read here. Update: The piece was just freelance. Like many pubs, Strong had pre-approval from his bosses.

Anonymous ranter has thoughts on ABC and Jake Tapper… Read more

John King is Safe on CNN Survivor

CNN’s John King, long thought to be on the outs with the network after “John King USA” went belly up and personal issues marred internal relations, has had his contract renewed. In the game of CNN Survivor, under the new regime of President Jeff Zucker, King is safe.

Others  may not be as fortunate. Read more

CNN’s McPike On Metro Beside Gaseous Baby

Spotted on Metro’s green line in the direction of Greenbelt Saturday night: Erin McPike, formerly of RealClearPolitics, now with CNN.

Though covered in a bubbly jacket, McPike looked dressed to impress at 10:15 p.m. She exited at the U St. stop, a night scene with lots of bars, restaurants and live bands.

While on the train, McPike tapped away on her phone. All the while, the woman to McPike’s right repeatedly asked a baby in a stroller whether he had “passed gas.” The baby, between 1 and 2 years old, nodded his head “yes” each time.

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

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