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CNN Heads To The Bar

CNN’s first “Politics on Tap” event happens next Thursday at Sixth Engine in Washington. The Lead’s host Jake Tapper and National Journal‘s Ron Fournier (if he can tear himself away from Twitter) will interview Sen. John McCain. CNN’s Peter Hamby and Brianna Keilar, meanwhile, will host a fun rapid-fire panel that includes National Journal‘s Michelle Cottle and other CNNers. What’s an event without alcohol? Of course there will be an open bar.

The event, which is by invitation only, has filled up frightenly fast. Not likely you’ll get to go unless you’re operating through some pretty good backchannels.

CNN follows in a line of publication hosting bar events to loosen up the lawmakers they’re interviewing. Others are BuzzFeed Brews and Politico Playbook Cocktails.