Hollywood on the Potomac

Power Breakfast

June 19, 2018

“We’ve had some changes in a very different, unique way in the Senate and that is that Tammy Duckworth became the first woman in the history of the United States Senate to give birth while in office,” said Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar at TheWrap’s Power Women Breakfast in Washington, DC who kicked off opening remarks at the W Hotel.

“She is a decorated Iraq War Veteran who lost both of her legs and is this incredible pillar of strength every single day for all of us. She had a child and then she was pregnant with a second one, at age 50. She came to me and said: ‘I already have one child and we always voted at 1:00 or 2:00 in the morning and it would be much easier if I could bring the baby with me every so often to vote.’  So I thought and I said to her: ‘No problem, oh yeah!’ I go back and I realize that they have not changed the Senate Rules for over 200 years. And the only time they changed access to the Senate floor was in 1987 when they allowed a dog on the floor. So I started working on this and I never thought I could reveal what happened except that then the day it passed, Senator Hatch actually said to the media, ‘Well, it’s okay, you know, if we had one baby at the floor, but what if we had 10 babies?’ And I said, ‘We already have 10 babies!'”


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What is Light

June 12, 2018

What is Light?  “It’s my love letter to children all over the world. Light comes in many forms. It comes from the sun. It comes from a firefly. It comes from within you and the things that you do. You alone are enough to light up a room. And if kids could just realize that early on, who knows where they’ll go with that information. And so this was really like my love letter to my son that is now in a book.”

“I don’t think I had this fairy tale childhood where everything was perfect and all of my needs were met; but I truly feel that I had something innately in me that whenever somebody tried to tell me I was less than or I wasn’t enough or I didn’t matter as much, I just never ever accepted that,” Markette Sheppard told Hollywood on the Potomac. Shepard is host of Great Day Washington on CBS in Washington DC’s WUSA9. She is also the author of the just published inspirational children’s book, What Is Light?  She has been featured on NBC’s TODAY, ABC’s Live! with Kelly and Michael and on VH1′s national morning show Big Morning Buzz Live. She’s also winner of a 2017 Telly Award and the 2016 CableFAXaward for Best Talk Show Host in the region.


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First Amendment

June 10, 2018

“I have remained involved with The First Amendment Awards since I was responsible for starting them back in 1979,” Christie Hefner told Hollywood on the Potomac just prior to the awards presented at The Newseum in Washington, DC.  “They’re now done under the auspices of the Hugh M. Hefner Foundation rather than the company. This is actually not the first time we’ve been in Washington. We’ve been in Washington at The Newseum twice before and have been in other cities – a lot in New York, Chicago some. One year we were in Texas when Molly Ivins was a winner. Then the last few years in LA where it was possible to do them in the backyard of The Playboy Mansion and [making it] possible for my father to participate. But, of course, now my father has passed away and someone else is living in the mansion. It seemed a particularly good time to come back to Washington with the focus on more than ever the imperative of an independent and free press.”


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