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The Dress HAS Arrived – Pratapas and Dayspring Set to Marry

Congratulations to Lauren Pratapas, publicist to Jake Tapper and “The Lead,” who just picked up THE dress before she marries Brad Dayspring, comms director at the National Republican Senatorial Committee, this weekend. Join them for their wedding reception at hell no are we telling you!.

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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.

Friday WHC Weekend Guide – 8 Parties, One Night

Yesterday we gave you a rundown of what’s to come the Thursday before White House Correspondents’ Weekend. Now we’re back with everything taking place on Friday -a full-on cluster of eight events taking place throughout the city. Just keeping track of all of them has been a hassle!

Check out the list, after the jump.

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Tapper Takes Morgan’s Time Slot for a Test Drive

With “Piers Morgan Live” now but a distant memory, the competition for Morgan’s old slot has begun in earnest. Tonight,  Jake Tapper starts a week of double shift duty -he will host both a 4:00 pm and a 9:00 pm version of “The Lead” -in an effort to show that he can be the prime-time star Jeff Zucker is looking for.

While we hear that Tapper is the favorite for the gig, Zucker will also reportedly try out Michael SmerconishBill Weir, and Don Lemon in the hour.

After each potential host has auditioned, Zucker will then subject them all to endurance trials and a gross-out eating contest before forcing them to live together in a house for one month. Only then will Americans have the chance to vote for their favorite.

At least, we’re pretty sure that’s how it works.

Dan Savage on his HUMP! Tour, Sex in DC, and the GOP

Screen Shot 2014-03-20 at 13.24.15Earlier today, FishbowlDC had the opportunity to speak with love and sex advice columnist Dan Savage, in advance of the DC stop of his amateur adult film festival, HUMP!. The show premiers tonight and runs through Saturday at the Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company.

HUMP! films take a nuanced approach to amateur adult films by using parody, documentary themes, animation, and more to give viewers an artistic look at the genre. The festival was created in 2005 by the “Savage Love” author as a sex-positive and creative outlet for amateur pornographers.

Eight screenings are planned for its visit to DC, including Thursday, March 20 and Friday, March 21 at 8 and 10 pm and at 4, 6, 8, and 10 pm Saturday, March 22. Tickets may be purchased at http://humptour.strangertickets.com. The festival’s DC stop is presented by the Washington City Paper, which runs “Savage Love” weekly and online.

Read on for our Q&A with Savage on the origins of the tour, what we can expect, and naturally, his answers to Push/F@#k/Marry with Fox News’ Bret Baier, CNN’s Jake Tapper, and MSNBC’s Chris Matthews.

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Jake Tapper, A Better Human Than You, Adopts a Soldier

Jake Tapper and the crew at “The Lead” have adopted a soldier and are sending him a care package. Makes ya feel warm and fuzzy because there is still some good left in the world / terrible because you will not do this, probably.

The adoptee is an 18 year old (soon to be 19 year old) from Pennsylvania whose tour will be up in November. Tapper says the group Homefront Hugs asked him to adopt the soldier and they “seemed like a cool and heartfelt program” so he agreed.

 

Jake Tapper Can’t Figure Out Why Women Would Disagree With Other Women

Jake Tapper interviewed Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) on CNN’s “The Lead” today about her legislation to put sexual assault cases in the military under civilian control. What struck us about the interview, is how Tapper seemed to get stuck on the whole “women disagreeing with women” concept.

Of the 4 questions Tapper asked  the Senator, three were along the lines of, “But if you’re right, then why do other women disagree with you?’

Question 1) “But there is this independent panel, as you know, chaired by a woman with a mostly female composition that did not find evidence it would increase reporting. So is there evidence you have that taking it out of the chain of command will protect the victim, increase reporting or increase punishments?”

Question 2) “As you know, your chief rival, probably, I think that’s fair to say, in this is fellow Democratic woman, Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri.  She disagrees with you.  She has competing legislation. Why is she wrong?”

Question 3) “I believe you have 55 public supporters in the Senate for your legislation. But is it complicated at all for your cause, the fact that your chief rival in this is a — is a fellow Democratic woman senator?”

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Tapper’s Book Headed to the Big Screen

Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson, Oscar nominated screenwriters of The Fighter, have acquired the rights to The Outpost: An Untold Story of American Valor, written by CNN chief Washington correspondent and host of “The Lead,” Jake Tapper. The Outpost is an account of the  bloody events that transpired at Combat Outpost Keating on October 3, 2009, one of America’s deadliest battles in Afghanistan.

No word yet on when a screenplay might be finished or who may be interested in producing it, but Tapper says he will donate a portion of the proceeds from the project to various military related charities.

FBDC Tweeterboard: Washington Anchors

Yesterday we took a look at the social standing of the DC publications, now it’s time to turn our attention to those network anchors who call our fair city home. FishbowlDC took a look at the Twitter followers of some of DC’s biggest television personalities, and here’s what we found:

The takeaways: 1) Rankings are unchanged from last month -with the average rate of growth hovering around 2%. 2) The biggest under performer though, was Howard Kurtz, who added only 204 new followers over the course of January. 3) Top performers were Greta VanSusteren with 13,301 new followers, Bret Baier with 10,947, George Stephanopoulos with 9,634, and Chris Matthews with 8,814.

1.) George Stephanopoulos -ABC** – 1,926,327 (+0.5% month over month)
2.) David Gregory -NBC – 1,648,098 (+0.21%)
3.) Wolf Blitzer -CNN – 690,783 (+0.71%)
4.) Bret Baier -FOX – 445,511 (+2.5%)
5.) Chuck Todd -MSNBC – 409,593 (+2.0%)
6.) Greta VanSusteren -FOX – 397,724 (+3.46%)
7.) Jake Tapper -CNN – 319,961 (+2.0%)
8.) Chris Matthews -MSNBC – 232,583 (+3.9%)
9.) Brian Stelter** -CNN – 216,714 (+1.5%)
10.) Andrea Mitchell -MSNBC – 210,936 (+2.4%)
11.) Candy Crowley -CNN – 202,447 (+0.74%)
12.) Howard Kurtz -FOX – 129,247 (+0.16%)
13.) Gwen Ifill -PBS – 70,540 (+2.35%)
14.) Bob Schieffer -CBS – 52,217 (+1.8%)
15.) Judy Woodruff -PBS – 16,475 (+3.72%)
16.) Chris Wallace** -FOX – 0

Click here to see last month’s FBDC Tweeterboard for Washington Anchors.

**Brian and George are both married to New York, but cheat with DC on the weekends. Also, George is on network TV quite literally every day, which other anchors in this category are not. Chris is based in DC, but does not have a Twitter account. His show, “Fox News Sunday”, does, however, have 76,775 followers, a 3.1% increase from last month.

Weekend Shows Preview, 1.31 – 2.2

SundayShows12Who’s on the public affairs shows this weekend? Glad you asked:

CBS’s “Face the Nation“: Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), WH Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, Rudy Giuliani, Harvard’s David Gergen, Michael Gerson of WaPo, Kimberly Stassel of WSJ, and Daily Beast’s Bob Shrum

“Fox News Sunday”: Live from MetLife Stadium: NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, John Elway of the Denver Broncos, and QB Archie Manning

NBC’s “Meet the Press“: Denis McDonough, Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), Julian Assange, National Review’s Rich Lowry, Former WH Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, PBS’s Gwen Ifill, Presidential Historian Doris Kearns-Goodwin, and NBC’s Chuck Todd.

ABC’s “This Week“: Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), ABC’s Matthew Dowd, The Weekly Standard‘s Bill Kristol, Donna Brazile, Ana Navarrro, and NYT‘s Paul Krugman

PBS’s “Washington Week” John Dickerson of Slate Magazine and CBS News, Susan Davis of USA TodayChristi Parsons of Tribune Newspapers, Todd Purdum of Politico and Vanity Fair

CNN’s “State of the Union“: Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA), also Jake Tapper’s Obama interview

Univision’s “Al Punto” : Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), President Ricardo Martinelli of Panama, State Sen. Wendy Davis (D-TX), Jan Slattery and John O’Malley of the Archdiocese of Chicago

BTV’s “Political Capital” : John Podesta of the Center for American Progress

CNN’s “Reliable Sources” : TBA

 

We’ll update ‘em as we get ‘em (email fishbowlpatrick@gmail.com).

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