Hollywood on the Potomac


June 5, 2014

“I would never want to reveal sources or methods,” said Valerie Plame at a joint book party for her novel “Blowback” and David Ignatius’ “The Director” hosted by The Atlantic

“And of course there was the CIA publication review board that I need to be responsible to as well,” she added regarding obligations to the agency pertaining to secrets and all. “Even if I write a cookbook it needs to go to them.”

Both are best-selling authors and US intelligence experts: Ignatius, a prize-winning columnist and author who has covered the Middle East and the CIA for more than 25 years, and Plame, author and twenty-year CIA Clandestine Service veteran.

They discussed their experiences in the world of international intelligence and the future of spycraft in a post-Snowden era, and shared anecdotes about the people and places that have inspired their writings.The Atlantic’s Editor-at-Large, Steve Clemons, moderated the conversation.

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Latifah of Journalism!

May 25, 2014

ABC correspondent Martha Raddatz shared years of admiration for Ifill professionally and as “girlfriends all the way.” She admitted to being a “61-year-old grandmother, just like Gwen’s target audience.”

Gwen Ifill, moderator and managing editor of Washington Week of which she is managing editor and co-anchors with Judy Woodruff of the daily PBS NewsHour, was honored at the 20th Annual Roast of the American News Women’s Club, held at The National Press Club.

Eleanor Clift, longtime Newsweek correspondent and now with the Daily Beast, set the tone – replaced emcee Candy Cowley who was felled by the flu – and did so with aplomb! First to the podium was Dorothy Gilliam, retired Washington Post columnist, who compared her and Gwen’s start in print journalism, noting “Ifill is one of the most successful newswomen in American history.”


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May 21, 2014

“The conservative values we share with the Asian American communities are deeply important to the growth of the Republican Party. I support ARC’s mission to increase representation and promote the diverse interests and views of all Asian Americans,” said Reince Priebus, Chairman Republican National Committee at the Newseum.  Since Washington speaks in code, we’re going to spell that out for you: Asian Republican Coalition (ARC).  The event hosted it’s “official unveiling” to announce and publicly introduce the coalition.

"It’s important to recognize that ARC is open to ALL Americans.  Although I am not Asian American I represent a large part of what ARC represents.  We are inclusive,” said Tom Britt, ARC Vice Chairman. Britt is the Chief Executive Officer of Global Equity Corporation, a financial advisory and private investment firm specializing in outbound and inbound mergers & acquisitions between China and the rest of the world. During the 2012 Presidential election cycle, he served as the Asia Finance Chairman of the Republican National Committee and is a member of the Global Advisory Board of Republicans Overseas.

His remarks proved to resonate with those attending who encompassed Mr. Britt’s remarks. Guests were men and women of all nationalities.

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