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Francesca Chambers Celebrates Move from Red Alert to Daily Mail

imageFrancesca Chambers threw a “good bye Red Alert, hello Daily Mail” party Friday night at Bar Code in downtown DC. Chambers had been at Red Alert for two years as editor in chief. She moves to the UK’s Daily Mail as White House correspondent and deputy bureau chief today.

In attendance: Townhall’s Kevin Glass, WaPo‘s Robert Costa, US News’ Nikki Schwab, FCC’s Neil Grace, Andrew Clark of the National Republican Congressional Committee, and the Franklin Center’s Michael Moroney.

h/t Neil Grace

Photo: Grace, Chambers, Schwab, Moroney

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Dirty Daddy Bob Saget Opens Up at P.J. Clarke’s

20140410_191649Last night at P.J. Clarke’s Sidecar, Bob Saget stopped by to discuss and answer questions about his publishing debut, Dirty Daddy: The Chronicles of a Family Man Turned Filthy Comedian. Looking as if he hasn’t aged since working on the set of Full House, Saget reminisced about his time on the show and of his own family, with some not-so-Danny-Tanner jokes and quips.

At times, Saget appeared nervous and possibly as if what he was about to say was upsetting, but everything came full circle with a dirty joke from America’s most famous dad.

“This book has opened up me wanting to just talk from my heart but that doesn’t stop me from wanting to go lower than my heart also,” said Saget, before an audience of at least 70, equally split between men and women.

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MTV’s Whitney Port Talks Michelle Obama & House of Cards Style

PortJust in time for White House Correspondents Weekend, Blo Blow Dry Bar (2126 P St. NW) has opened blocks from the Washington Hilton where the dinner takes place. And on Friday, former MTV reality star and fashion designer Whitney Port hosted its launch event with owner Maha Sharma.

What is Blo Blow Dry Bar? We asked ourselves the same question! Blo is North America’s original (and first!) blow dry bar. Think hair salon minus the scissors and dye, leaving you with a wash, dry, and style. Blo Dupont is the chain’s 38th location, including Miami, Austin, Russia, and the Philippines.

Naturally, FishbowlDC was in attendance, and we caught up with Port and Sharma on Michelle Obama’s fashion, looking your best on television, and what we can expect style-wise at this year’s White House Correspondents Dinner.

On House of Cards style…

Whitney Port: “Robin Wright’s character is very sophisticated and chic and I think she does amazing on that show.”

On Michelle Obama’s style…

WP: “I think she always looks so beautiful and sophisticated. I think she dresses herself appropriately for her figure and status…She always looks amazing.”

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Weekend Happenings

Clipart Illustration of a Bunch Of Floating Party Balloons WithHey Party People! What you got going on this weekend? U.S. News & World Report‘s Nikki Schwab is celebrating her 30th tonight and DC journo band Suspicious Package is performing two nights in a row at Art Soiree‘s 4th annual Political Cartoon Exhibit.

Schwab, who shares her birth date with First Lady Michelle Obama, is starting out at Baby Whale (1124 9th St. NW) tonight at 7:30pm. Stop on by and buy the girl a birthday drink!

Both Friday and Saturday night, Art Soiree is hosting a political cartoon exhibit by KAL (Kevin Kallaugher) at the Ritz in Georgetown with a performance by Suspicious Package. Comprised of reporters armed with their musical talent and rock star looks, band members include Pulitzer Prize-winning WashPost Editorial Cartoonist Tom Toles, senior government officials Christina Sevilla and Bryan Greene, former TIME/Bloomberg journo Tim Burger and Medill School of Journalism’s Josh Meyer.

Art Soiree’s a ticketed event. Get yours here.

Send us what else is goin’ on and we’ll add it in. See ya around!

DC “Youth” Get Hammered, Body-painted at WL‘s YGL

If you weren’t one of the hundreds of what’s-his-names and so-and-sos who rolled up to the Carnegie Library in an Uber black car last night, it could mean one of three things.

1) You are old.  We’re not talking John McLaughlin old…just over 40.

2) Your ambitious boozing and party hopping are not worthy of recognition in print.

3) You were recently arrested. (Too soon?)

Otherwise, like FishbowlDC, you were downing as many fine bourbons as your liver would allow at Washington Life’s ”Young and the Guest List” fete.  With countless bars, trippy body painting, and sequins from here to tomorrow, the historic venue played host to WL‘s fave overachievers under 40: 217 business leaders and entrepreneurs, 42 White House and Capitol Hill staffers, 29 media pros, 6 restaurateurs, 8 athletes, 5 diplomats, 10 members of Congress, and 18 artists.

Representing the Fourth Estate were CNN’s Brianna Keilar, Peter Hamby, Lauren Pratapas and Matt Dornic, WaPo’s Jackie Kucinich, Politico’s Patrick Gavin and his much better and more attractive half – Anne Gavin, Nikki Schwab from U.S. News….and others. Yes many, many others who escape our bourbon-laced memory.*

Check out the pics below!

*This post and my hangover brought to you by Washington Life, Nancy Bagley,  Soroush Shehabi, John Arundel, Kevin Chaffee and the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States.  

For What Are You Thankful?

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Here, we’ll start: We’re thankful to be in North Carolina for the holidays, where everyone has their own Chik-Fil-A branded, camo truck.

Here’s what some of our fave DC journo peeps are thankful for this holiday season:

Politico’s Mike Allen: “I’m thankful for my POLITICO bosses and colleagues, who inspire me and who are making the most of this amazing season of unlimited opportunity for innovative journalism. I’m grateful to be living in a fascinating city where it’s so easy to connect with friends on the spur of the moment, and where people are so passionate about what they do. I’m very appreciative for the Playbook audience: I learn new things from you — all day, every day.”

Michelle Jaconi of CNN: “I am thankful for good health, our great country, my amazing family, and really good milkshakemilkshakes that enhance the enjoyment of the aforementioned.”

The Hill’s Silver Fox Bob Cusack: ”"I am thankful for the First Amendment, our military men and women, political scandals, “Veep,” the Red Zone Channel, and Joyce, my best friend and wife.”

National Journal’s Ben Terris: “I’m thankful for the wackos, the over-achievers and ladder climbers, the passionate advocates for change, the geniuses and the lucky idiots who found themselves with unimaginable power, that make up a cast of characters never boring to write about in DC. And I’m thankful for a kickass wife who is killing it as a jewelry-maker, in case this whole journalism thing doesn’t work out…”

Nikki Schwab of US News: “It’s been a tumultuous year in journalism, so I’m just really thankful to have such a great gig in our field.”

BuzzFeed’s John Stanton: “First off, I’m grateful for my wife Tara and all my friends and family who put up with my particular brand of whiskey soaked insanity. Which is no easy feat, I assure you.”

New_Jameson_BottleAlso for Kate, Rosie, Evan, Jacob, Chris, Ruby, Benny, Augusta, and all my other BuzzFeed colleagues who make me look like a competent bureau chief and are easily the least in need of a throat punch bunch in the business.  And finally, I’m deeply grateful for the memories of KT, Josh, Mike, Grandpa Ed, and everyone else who’s moved on from this mortal coil in the last two years. We still love you all.”

We’ll continue updating as responses roll in…and please share yours by emailing fishbowlpatrick@gmail.com — we’ll gladly add them to the list!  

Heil Gets Served and Grilled

More than twenty media types gathered last night at LOOK to eat a course (or three) and raise a glass (or twelve) to Emily Heil’s gig as the new half of WaPo’s “Reliable Source” column.

Neither Amy Argetsinger, who is vacating the column, nor Reliable’s Roxanne Roberts were in attendance but dinner host Janet Donovan still managed to pull together an impressive and multi-generational roster of Washington gossip columnists and journos.  Among those in attendance were Annie Groer, radio hosts Bill Press and John McCaslin, Politico’s Patrick Gavin and wife Anne, Whispers columnist Nikki Schwab, USA Today’s Sue Davis, CNN’s Matt Dornic, NJ’s Ben Terris, K Street Kate Michael, Mary Bird, Washington Life’s Kevin Chaffee, The Hill‘s Emily Goodin, Roll Call‘s Warren Rojas, and LOOK owner Michael Kosmides.

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Morning Chatter

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Fish-1FishbowlDC Fan Club Board

President: WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten.

Vice President of Useless Affairs: Wonkette‘s Rebecca “Facts Never Get in the Way of My Stories” Scheinkopf

Resident know-it-all: Commentary’s John Podhoretz (a.k.a. Podwhore)

Dreams about FishbowlDC: Washingtonian‘s Ben Freed

Biggest Fan Ever: Slate‘s Dave Weigel

Sunset photo expert: Fox News’ Ed Henry

Words of #ThisTown Wisdom

“It’s the one thing you can’t do in Washington – don’t screw up and tell the truth.” — CNN Contributor Kevin Madden on “Out Front” Wednesday night.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 6:03 a.m.

images-1Important Q to Ponder

“Jon Stewart vs CNN. Is it a good thing or a bad thing? Know more by following ‘Know More’ with @dylanmatt.” — WaPo Executive Editor and expert internal memo writer Kevin Merida.

Anonymous email to FBDC: “I imagine, even tho it doesn’t launch for a few days, that you could write the John Harris “internal” memo to staff now on the Politico magazine, tho don’t know how you can top the last few. All of Washington is in awe of Politico self-congratulatory messages.”

WTF?

“Senate just passed a bill to ‘improve provisions relating to the sanctuary system for surplus chimpanzees.’” — Politico‘s Manu Raju.

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The Boy Scout

“Was going to Vine Roger Daltrey rehearsing ‘Stand by Me’ in Stat Hall but was informed no audio/visual per management.” — NBC’s Luke Russert.

Perennial words of wisdom

“A lot of reporters using a lot of time today criticizing other reporters, time that could be spent, well, you know, reporting…” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin.

UnknownJourno is anti-Flan

“Free dessert idea: If you like your flan, you can keep it.” — Politico‘s Blake Hounshell.

Convo Between Two Media Types

This morning’s conversation is between RNC Communications Director Sean Spicer and BuzzFeed Political Editor McKay Coppins.

Sean Spicer: “Hey @BuzzFeedPol how u haven’t written abt these videos youtube.com/playlist?list=… @BuzzFeedBen @mckaycoppins @BuzzFeedAndrew”

McKay Coppins: “@seanspicer weird forum for this Sean. I think you have my email.”

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Summer Superlatives: BEST BANGS

And the winner is… Breitbart News‘ and Townhall‘s Lisa DePasquale. The choices included U.S. News’ Nikki Schwab, HuffPost‘s Washington Bureau Chief Ryan Grim (who got a huge plug from his boss Arianna Huffington), NBC’s Russert, and first lady Michelle Obama. DePasquale won with 30.89 percent of the votes. Grim came in a close second with 27.34 percent. Russert’s side-swept bangs, however lovely they are, didn’t fare so well — he got just 19 votes.

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MOST DESPISED FLACK IN WASHINGTON

And the winner is… Breitbart News Matthew Boyle with 40.48 percent of the vote. In second place at 19.64 percent is NRSC Communications Director Brad Dayspring. Other options included: Clintonland’s Philippe Reines, White House Press Sec. Jay Carney.

FUNNIEST JOURNO IN WASHINGTON

And the winner is… Reason.com Editor Nick Gillespie with 313 votes. Runner up is The Daily Caller‘s Will Rahn who got 176 votes. Other options included: BuzzFeed‘s John Stanton, Yahoo! News‘ Olivier Knox, NJ‘s Elahe Izadi and The Sunday Times‘ Toby Harnden.

New ‘Yeas & Nays’ Columnist Abruptly Quits

Something fishy is going on over at Red Alert Politics.

On Sept. 10, just eight days ago, Francesca Chambers, editor of the site, wrote FishbowlDC about Nikki Schwab‘s replacement at Yeas & Nays. She said Nicholas Ballasy would be replacing Schwab, now at U.S. News & World Report.

Strangely, Ballasy, whom Chambers raved about in an enthusiastic memo, was supposed to start Sept. 13. But his work is still nowhere to be found on the site. An introductory blurb announcing his hire (pictured after the jump) is still on the site at the timing of this posting. But…BREAKING NEWS: Ballasy abruptly quit Tuesday after having “issues” with Chambers, FishbowlDC has learned.

“Nick Ballasy is the new Yeas and Nays columnist,” Chambers wrote FishbowlDC on Sept. 10. “He starts full time on Friday.” Only he never started Friday.

Ballasy was apparently traveling with his wife in Europe, hence an alleged delayed start date. His Twitter account and personal website make no mention of his new gig at Red Alert Politics. His Twitter has been on mute since Sept. 6.

Meanwhile, Ballasy takes his angst out on FishbowlDC, writing me today, saying, “I never officially signed on as the ‘Yeas & Nays’ columnist at Red Alert Politics. As usual, Fishbowl’s assertions  about me are inaccurate.” (Hey Ballasy, you may want to inform Red Alert Politics you don’t work there because there appears to be some grand confusion. See the aforementioned announcement after the jump or here.)

Email and phone requests for comment to Chambers have all gone unreturned. Read more

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