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Hollywood on the Potomac loves CNN: It’s like having a ‘friend with benefits’ – although not that kind. Take the CNN Grill at the conventions, for example, where drinks and food flow as freely as political gossip; or the private documentary series screenings at the Newsuem; or being the first to receive the CNN Politics Nightcap Newsletter. The latter was the case for guests who attended the launch party at SILO for the ‘nightcap’ newsletter which dutifully arrived in our inbox during the festivities.

“Welcome! You’ve been selected to receive the CNN Politics Nightcap,” it read. ” — a nearly nightly cocktail of breaking news, dispatches from the campaign trail and a splash of fun. We hope you’ll give Nightcap a shot but if you’d rather cash out, click here. Your bartender is Eric Bradner. The tip jar:”

The celebration included a viewing of S.E. Cupp’s Outside with Insiders: Shooting with Scott Walker, a kind of home on the range interview that took place at a shooting facility where both engaged in some target practice, both literally and figuratively considering the Governor has tossed his hat into the presidential race. “For this episode, I went to Waukesha, Wisconsin, just a half hour outside of Milwaukee — importantly, not to “interview” the state’s governor and Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker, but to shoot sporting clays with him,” she says of the political series. “I wore my favorite pair of boots, which have been hunting and fishing with me on four continents. There just happened to be cameras there, and we just happened to talk a little politics. We spent nearly two hours on the clays course, and in that time I learned a lot. Because when you’re trying to blast a true pair flying straight up in the air, you tend to let your guard down. And that’s the whole point of “Outside with Insiders” — to get to know political influencers in a way you never have before. It’s also to celebrate our love of hunting, fishing and shooting.”