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Monday, July 30, 2012
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Wednesday, July 25, 2012
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As you know, a few Senators made cameos on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation” when the show recently filmed in D.C. Patrick Gavin asks, “But behind every politician is a great staffer, right? Avital Barnea, a Presidential Management Fellow with the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance, will also be featured on the program — the only Capitol Hill staffer to do so, she claimed. Barnea said that she responded to the “Parks and Recreation” casting call after reading about it on POLITICO. ”I initially cast it off, but upon casually mentioning the opportunity to a colleague, was encouraged to apply,” she said via email. “So, I emailed my photo and biographical information to the casting company.” Check it out at Politico.com.
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English crooner Sir Elton John sported a colorful ensemble — including a lovely lavender-hued shirt, pink plaid tie, and rose-colored glasses — during a Tuesday visit to Capitol Hill. He has been in town speaking at the International AIDS Conference. He also attended a breakfast Tuesday with Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) sponsored by UNAIDS and the Elton John Foundation. Legendary musician Sir Elton John is visiting Washington to raise awareness about AIDS. He was a keynote speaker at the International AIDS Awareness Conference on Monday, and, that night, appeared at an event with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and others. The Human Rights Campaign, the Global Equity Fund and the Elton John AIDS Foundation honored them at this event. More from The Hill.
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Lawmakers on the Hill are cheering on their hometown heroes as they prepare to compete in the 2012 London Olympics. The Hill says, "When Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings (D) tunes in to this summer's Olympic Games, he'll be cheering on a local legend, swimmer Michael Phelps. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) will be rooting for super heavyweight boxer Dominic Breazeale, who comes from Schiff's Alhambra district. Fellow California Rep. John Garamendi (D) has also reached out to several Olympians in his district. "There are about half a dozen people from my district going to the Olympics...I've been sending congratulatory letters to them, he said." More from the Hill.com.
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No more tweeting the Veep—at least not until he’s finished his conference call. Politico’s Dylan Byers reported on Tuesday that “Vice President Joe Biden would take questions from reporters on a White House press call today, and as has been the case in the past, the on-the-record conversation will be embargoed until the end of the call. The curious caveat he says “barring reporters from the beloved habit of tweeting remarks in real-time. White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest emailed: "The embargo will allow journalists to hear the entirety of the Vice President’s remarks and get the benefit of having their questions answered -- before trying to condense a 30-minute conference call about a 20-page NEC report into a 140 characters." More from Politico’s On Media.
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A congressional candidate has legally changed his name to help raise his profile in the election. Politico and Mediaite are reporting that, “The Kansas man formerly known as Jack Talbert has legally changed his name to Thomas Jefferson.” According to POLITICO, Jefferson is challenging Kansas Republican Mike Pompeo for his seat, and acknowledged that not everyone would have a positive reaction to his name change. “When people see that Thomas Jefferson’s on the ballot, half will think I’m committed to the Libertarian Party, and the other half will probably think I should be committed… But whether you think it’s crazy or not, hopefully it gets people thinking about the Founding Fathers and Thomas Jefferson in particular and whether we have that form of government still.” More from Mediaite.com.
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The child winners of First Lady Michelle Obama's Healthy Lunchtime Challenge recipe contest were announced by event co-sponsor Epicurious.com on Tuesday. Obamafoodorama says, “The 54 winners, from each US state and territories, will visit the White House on Monday, August 20th for a special 'Kids State Dinner,' which is actually a luncheon hosted by Mrs. Obama. Designed to support the Let's Move! campaign, the contest was co-sponsored the US Department of Education and the Department of Agriculture, and open to kids 8-12 years old. Epicurious.com editor Tanya Steel announced the names of the kids and their winning recipes on the website.” More from ObamaFoodorama.com.
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
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New Jersey Senator Frank Lautenburg may face a reality star in his bid for reelection in 2014. The Hill’s In the Know says, “Danielle Staub, the firecracker from the first two seasons of “Real Housewives of New Jersey," was on Capitol Hill Thursday where she told ITK about her aspirations to run for political office.“I would like to do something in the Senate,” Staub said. “I think that I can make a difference as a name and as a voice, and I’m definitely strong and can throw myself out there in many, many ways.” More from the Hill’s In the Know.
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Mitt Romney has made it into the Baseball Hall of Fame—in a roundabout sort of way. NY Mag says, “Sitting in the hallowed halls of the Cooperstown museum these days is the uniform of a theatrical protest troupe called the Tax Dodgers, a "team" that debuted along with a giant Mitt at a Donald Trump fund-raiser for Romney in April. The Times reports, “Inside a glass case was a white jersey with flowing blue lettering that reads the Tax Dodgers; the hat displayed a 1 percent logo.” That the Occupy group "have been included in the Hall of Fame Museum not because of their political content but because they reflect baseball’s prominent place in the national landscape." According to a curator, "It's a language we all speak." More from NYMag’s Daily Intel blog.
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Vogue Editor in Chief Anna Wintour’s hosting another fundraiser for the President. Page Six says, “Harvey Weinstein and Anna Wintour are teaming again to throw a fund-raiser for President Obama. The shindig will take place Aug. 6, in Greenwich, Conn. The movie mogul and the Vogue editor will co-host, sources said, while other co-chairs remain to be announced. Tickets will go for $35,800 per head. Guests at Weinstein’s fund-raiser last year included Gwyneth Paltrow, Tory Burch, Alicia Keys and Quentin Tarantino.” Find the full scoop at the New York Post’s Page Six.
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Some characters from one of President Obama’s favorite shows are raising some campaign cash on his behalf. Politico reports, “The cast of “The Wire” is getting into the political game for President Obama. A few actors from the HBO show will attend a reception benefiting Obama’s reelection campaign on Aug 15 on Martha’s Vineyard, according to an invitation posted online.” Tickets cost $500 per guest or $2,500 for host committee members. The event will be held at the Oak Bluffs home of Judy and Ron Davenport. According to the Sunlight Foundation, the President will not be attending the event. More from Politico’s Click.
Monday, July 23, 2012
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With both her bosses spending loads of time on the campaign trail, White House Executive Chef Cris Comerford has plenty of free time. ObamaFoodorama says, “Comerford is currently in Berlin, Germany for the week-long meeting of Club des Chefs des Chefs, the exclusive fraternity of chefs who work for Heads of State and Royal Families. The group annually visits a different member country to explore local cuisine and engage in culinary diplomacy. This year's confab, celebrating the group's 35th anniversary, is split between Germany and France to mark the 50th anniversary of the post-war reconciliation. Comerford, the first female White House Executive Chef, is the only woman in the world's most elite group of cuisinaires, which has about 40 members. Find more at Obamafoodorama.com.
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Wednesday, July 18, 2012
In media news, Larry King is going online. Mediaite says, “For 25 years, Larry King interviewed everyone from celebrities to world leaders on his CNN talk show. Now he’s taking his schtick to the web with an online talk show on Hulu called Larry King Now. The half-hour show debuted on the online service Monday afternoon, with King sitting down with Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane in the first episode. Instead of taking phone calls, King takes audience questions via Twitter. More from Mediaite.com.
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Mitt Romney’s sons are making another television appearance. They showed up last month on Conan O’Brien’s couch. This week, they’re featured on Rock Center in their first joint television news interview of the 2012 campaign. The boys discuss some serious concerns they had as their father decided to run for president (above). In another lighthearted moment, they defend Mitt Romney’s corny jokes on the campaign trail (below). Catch them Thursday evening on NBC’s Rock Center.
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Alicia Keys is looking for a human quality in her next president. The singer explained why she supports President Obama at a summit in Philadelphia on Monday. PoliticsPA reports: She said, “President Obama cares about the issues we care about… That’s something I know deep in my core and I think we all relate to. You see him speak, whether it’s on TV or if you get a chance to see him in person, you know that there’s a really genuine spirit that comes from him, it’s a really human spirit. That’s the spirit of a person that I’d like to see run the country – someone that’s human. Thank you! Give me someone human!” More from PoliticsPA.com.
After forcing YouTube to pull a Mitt Romney campaign ad featuring a snippet of President Obama singing Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together,” a major music publisher is yanking clips of the president’s crooning. Politico says, “Romney’s ad disappeared Monday, and the Obama clips — shot at a January fundraiser at the Apollo Theater in Harlem — began coming down Tuesday. BMG Rights Management, one of the world’s largest music publishing companies, filed a request with YouTube to pull the ad down under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. A Romney spokesman told the Huffington Post their
use of “Let’s Stay Together” qualified as
fair use, and said the campaign would work to
get the ad back up.” More from Politico.com.
Monday, July 16, 2012
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We told you a while back that Beyonce had written a letter to Michelle Obama, thanking her for being such a wonderful role model. In a new video released by the president's re-election campaign, the singer reads the open letter she previously posted on her blog (above). Obama took her daughters to Beyonce's May concert. Around the same time, Obama chose Beyonce as the one person she would want to switch places with. The dynamic duo also collaborated on "Move Your Body," a fitness video geared at getting children exercising. More from the Huffington Post.
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi was caught cutting a rug. The Boston Globe says Pelosi was burning up the dance floor over the weekend at the wedding of Barney Frank and Jim Ready in Newton, Massachusetts. In a video posted on YouTube, she’s seen dancing with co-Best Man Terry Bean, the Portland-based developer and former member of President Obama's National Finance Committee. The song: ZZ Top's "Sharp Dressed Man." Among other wedding-reception tunes Pelosi was said to have "swayed" to was "It's Raining Men." More from The Boston Globe.
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Tuesday, July 10, 2012
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For those paying close attention to the Sunlight Foundation's Politwoops site, which captures deleted tweets from the country's politicians, a particularly colorful tweet was deleted from Rep. Bill Huizenga's account on Sunday. "Zombie theme park planned for #Detroit #HellYeah," the tweet read, linking to a story about transforming a blighted section of the city into a live-action park. The congressman's communications director Brian Patrick explained to Yeas and Nays that he clicked the wrong button, and that the exuberant tweet was supposed to be sent from his personal account. "I don't think he has any comment on that," Patrick said, regarding the Michigan Republican's actual opinion on a zombie-themed park. "But I would say he would be for almost anything
that creates jobs in Michigan." More from the Examiner's Yeas and Nays blog.
Monday, July 9, 2012
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It's not just city officials in Charlotte and business leaders rolling out the red carpet for the DNC. The Observer reports, "So is the adult entertainment industry. The same thing is happening in Tampa, the site of the Republican National Convention. Strip club owners, managers, and dancers are all hoping to cash in on the excitement. David “Slim” Baucom (below) has been in the strip club business in Charlotte for almost 30 years and owns seven clubs. Clubs typically thrive during big sporting events. NASCAR race weeks are especially lucrative. But a political convention is uncharted territory. Slim is optimistic that the week of the DNC will be his most profitable of the year. Find the story at the Charlotte Observer.
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