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A belated but heartfelt Happy Birthday to NRSC Spokesman Brian Walsh who, according to Politico’s Playbook, celebrated at Hill Country last night. We’re running a picture of his dog, Rudy, because any excuse in a good excuse to run this pooch sitting pretty in his faux L.L. Bean Shearling jacket. By the way, we understand Walsh was given the trendy Shake Weight as a gift. The free weight works your triceps, shoulders, even your chest. Visit here if you want to know more.

Henneberger freelancing for TIME

“Closing my first piece for TIME. And when is the last time I spent even a DAY working out of an office? (A: I don’t think my kids even remember it!)” — Former Politics Daily Editor-in-Chief Melinda Henneberger in a Wednesday Facebook update. She’s writing a few freelance stories for the magazine.

Something unusual in Washington: An all-female roundtable

“It’s a fine collection of women.” — MSNBC “Morning Joe” co-host Willie Geist in reaction to TIME‘s Rick Stengel saying he’d prefer to be in Washington this morning with the all-female roundtable of Mika Brzezinski, Norah O’Donnell, BBC’s Katty Kay and WSJ Columnist Peggy Noonan. Brzezinski was in Washington Wednesday night for a speaking engagement for her book, Knowing Your Value: Women, Money and Getting What You’re Worth.

D.C. Rule of Thumb

“Rule of Washington dinners: where two congressmen speak, one will for a few too long, God bless him.” — National Review Online’s Kathryn Lopez in a Wednesday tweet.

Journo Movie Watching

“Am at the part in “Broadcast News” where Bill Hurt is smiling as he watches himself, fake tears on his cheeks, in his own date rape newscast.” — Politico‘s Maggie Haberman in a Wednesday tweet.

The Critic

“FYI: All marital splits are a ‘long-time coming.’” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin in a recent tweet.

The Observer

“Nothing makes your day like a Capitol Police officer chastising a cabbie for barreling through the crosswalk.” — The Takeaway’s Capitol Hill radio correspondent Todd Zwillich in a Wednesday tweet.

What makes Ratigan a New Yorker?

“When the smell of urine on the sidewalk no longer bothers you.” — MSNBC Host Dylan Ratigan, who was in Washington for the WHCD last weekend, in a “21 Questions” feature for New York Magazine. Read the entire interview here.

A quick convo between two journos

Politico Media Coordinator Stefanie Christensen: “Why do female Hill staffers refuse to blowdry their hair?? have you noticed this phenomenon?”

Politico CLICK writer Karin Tanabe: “I certainly have and it is all kinds of wrong. Wet hair = only okay at the beach or during the Nirvana years.”


TIME Unveils Swampland 2.0 and Battleland Blogs

Managing Editor of Jim Frederick and Rick Stengel, the managing editor of TIME, announced today the re-launch of their popular Swampland blog.  In addition, welcomed to the blogosphere “Battleland.” Led by Pentagon and defense correspondent Mark Thompson, Battleland will serve as’s desitination for U.S. military and defense issues. Additional contributors will include Eben Harrell, Massimo Calabresi, Mark Benjamin, Ishaan Tharoor, and Dave Deptula.

To check out Swampland’s new and improved design, longer enterprise stories, photo galleries, Twitter streams and viewpoints, click here.  And catch up on national security headlines and issues via Battleland here.

Memo from Stengel and Frederick after the jump.

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Spotted: Stengel at D.C. Cafe

Spotted just moments ago at AU Park’s Le Pain Quotidien was Time Editor Richard Stengel.

Details from our stealth tipster:

Legal pad on table
Reviewing notes
Espresso cup$

UPDATE: A TIME spokesperson confirmed that Stengel is in DC to tape for an appearance on “The Chris Matthews Show.”

Can’t recall who Stengel is? See his photograph after the jump…

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TIME’s Gray Departing Detroit

Rick Stengel announced this morning that Steve Gray, TIME‘s current bureau chief of Assignment Detroit, is moving to Washington to cover politics and policy in November. Welcome back to Washington, Steve! Internal memo below:

“I’m pleased to announce that Steve Gray, who has performed superbly as the bureau chief of Assignment Detroit over the past year, will join our Washington team in November, covering politics and policy. Living at our house in Detroit, Steve has been a one-man band of journalistic and managerial roles: correspondent, spokesman, conference planner, and dinner host. His journalism, capturing the mix of hope and despair we found in the Motor City, has found multiple audiences. For TIME and, he profiled the mayor, the school administrator, the police chief and a medical-marijuana educator, among others. For FORTUNE, he wrote stories about philanthropists and entrepreneurs. One of his favorite moments in Detroit, he says, was interviewing local resident Aretha Franklin, who put her own spin on why she hasn’t been on a plane since a flight in 1982: “The flight was dipsy-doodling up and down all the way home.” Steve, a native of New Orleans who has no such reservations about travel, somehow found time in his busy year to help us cover the gulf oil spill with intrepid reporting from the scene. A graduate of Howard University and former reporter for the Wall Street Journal and Washington Post, Steve reported for TIME from Chicago before taking up residence in Detroit. Please join me in congratulating him on his new assignment.”

Time’s Stengel: the ‘Rock Star’

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As first alerted to us by Politico‘s Playbook, Time Managing Editor Rick Stengel got rock star treatment last night as he received City Year Washington D.C.’s 2010 Lifetime of Idealism Award. The award ceremony was at the Ronald Regan building. Stengel won for his “tireless commitment to expanding national service and inspiring Americans to serve.”

VP Biden’s spokesman Jay Carney (former D.C. Bureau Chief of Time) and Sonal Shah of the White House office of social innovation and social participation, showed up to show administration support.

A Time spokeswoman described the evening as “a great, energetic night led by the City Year Corps, Stengel was greeted like a rock star.” He already has a City Year red jacket (like the iconic one Sen. Edward Kennedy often wore) so they gave him a hand-painted decorative Timberland boot (part of standard issue City Year Corps uniform).

Stengel’s acceptance speech sounded presidential: “The reason I got behind the notion of national service, to invoke Ben Franklin, was basically the idea of serving others; of a nation whereby we do well for ourselves, but we also look to help others,” he said. “It’s in our DNA as Americans, it is the golden thread of the fabric of America. The framers who created this country, who created a Republic, who created a representative democracy knew that it was not a machine that would run by itself. It had to exist by people participating. Democracy only thrives when people participate.”

Crowley to Time

From Time’s Rick Stengel:

I am delighted to announce that Michael Crowley is joining TIME as a senior correspondent in our Washington bureau. Mike is one of the most talented and versatile journalists covering politics and foreign affairs today and he will also become a deputy bureau chief to Michael Duffy. He comes to us from The New Republic where he not only covered the 2008 presidential race, but has reported extensively on both domestic politics and foreign policy. Mike is a 1994 graduate of Yale and has been tracking national politics since he was a reporter at The Boston Globe, where he also covered the 2000 presidential campaign. His writing on everything from nuclear terrorism to Jack Abramoff to pop music has also appeared in The New York Times Magazine, New York, The Atlantic, GQ, Slate and many other places. He has been a regular commentator as well on CNN, MSNBC, NPR and CBS. His voice, his intelligence, his rigorous reporting and elegant writing will be a great addition to TIME. Please join me in welcoming Mike to TIME


Book Party: Time’s Romesh Ratnesar’s “Tear Down This Wall”

Stengel, Ratnesar and Isaacson.

Former chief counsel to President Obama Greg Craig made one of his first public appearances, since his announced departure, last night at a book party for Time‘s Romesh Ratnesar.

The Aspen Institute’s Walter Isaacson and his wife Cathy Isaacson threw the mag’s deputy managing editor at a party at their home to toast “Tear Down This Wall.”

Isaacson had big news of his own to celebrate– he was named by Obama to chair the Broadcast Board of Governors.

In attendance: Time managing editor Rick Stengel, Mark Whitaker, Ben Bradlee, Sally Quinn, Michelle Jaconi, Sam Feist and Tammy Haddad.

Jaconi, Isaacson, Craig, Greenspan and Feist. Photos by Julie Fischer.

Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: President Barack Obama, Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), WaPo‘s Eugene Robinson and Politico‘s Roger Simon

CBS’ Face the Nation: President Barack Obama, RNC Chairman Michael Steele

ABC’s This Week: President Barack Obama and a roundtable with Democratic political strategist Donna Brazile, Republican strategist and former Bush advisor Ed Gillespie, WSJ‘s Peggy Noonan, former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich and ABC contibutor columnist George Will

Fox News Sunday: ACORN CEO/Chief Organizer Bertha Lewis, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), FedEx Chairman and CEO Fred Smith, CISCO Chairman and CEO John Chambers, Office Depot Chairman and CEO Steve Odland and a panel with Fox News contributors senior analyst Brit Hume, NPR’s Mara Liasson, NPR’s Juan Williams and WSJ‘s Paul Gigot

CNN’s State of the Union: President Barack Obama, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), CNN contributors Republican strategist Mary Matalin and Democratic strategist James Carville and Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI)

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: Conservative commentator Amy Holmes, WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza, HLN’s Jane Velez-Mitchell and WaPo‘s Amy Argetsinger

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: Russian President Dmitry Medvedev

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: NYT‘s Helene Cooper, Time‘s Rick Stengel, NYT‘s David Brooks and WaPo‘s Kathleen Parker

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: WaPo‘s Ceci Connolly, NYT and CNBC’s John Harwood, The Economist‘s Greg Ip and ABC’s Martha Raddatz

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH)

Will update as we learn them.

The Pre-Parties: Time, Fortune, People & CNN

Pretty star-studded… Eva Longoria Parker, Jason Bateman, Jon Bon Jovi, Kal Penn, Kate Capshaw and Glenn Close.

MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann, Joe Scarborough, Mika Brzezinski and Carlos Watson, Time’s Rick Stengel, CNN’s Jonathan Klein, Dana Bash and John King, to name just some of the many jouros mingling around this party.

Time guest Steven Spielberg and Fortune guest George Lucas.

Julia Louis Dreyfus, Bradley Cooper and Jon Hamm.

Demi Moore and Tyra Banks- with Ashton Kutcher in the background. Photos above courtesy of Getty Images.

CNN’s Wolf Blitzer deep in conversation with David Axelrod.

Some Of DC’s Most Influential Party With Time‘s

Time convened some of the most influential people in the world last night at the 6th annual gala celebrating the 100 Most Influential list. The black-tie party was held at Frederick P. Rose Hall in Lincoln Center in NYC.

First Lady Michelle Obama, a Time 100 honoree, made remarks at the gala and sat at a table with Oprah Winfrey, Time managing editor Rick Stengel, Gayle King and Time Inc. Editor-in-Chief John Huey.

Attendees hailing from DC included President Obama’s speechwriter Jon Favreau, Van Jones (both TIME 100 honorees), plus White House senior advisor Valerie Jarrett and social secretary Desiree Rogers. And from the media world: Chris Matthews, Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer and Charlie Rose, to name a few.

Photo of Jon Favreau with Oprah courtesy of Wire Image