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Betsy Rothstein

Hey Michael Douglas: Say Cheese!

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We sent the intern, Drey Dailey, to the Michael Douglas event at the U.S. Peace Institute last night. Among the important things he got from the experience was this selfie. “SUCH a nice dude,” he said of meeting the actor.

The point of the night was for Sec. of State John Kerry to lay out “diplomatic efforts” to ensure a safer world. Douglas was the emcee, a natural choice considering his role in “Behind the Candelabra,” the movie on Liberace in which he has quite a kissing scene with Matt Damon.

Tragically, Douglas did not dress up as Liberace for the evening.

Morning Joe Razzes Politico’s VandeHei

Unknown-2images-2It’s a real cozy relationship between MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” and Politico. This morning, the show’s co-hosts Mika Brzezinksi and Joe Scarborough continued to needle Politico President and CEO Jim VandeHei about his new title.

“I can feel the power sitting one seat away from him and I’m melting,” cooed Brzezinski.

Meanwhile, Scarborough promo-ed the segment saying they didn’t want to go to VandeHei but “Mike Allen wasn’t available.”

Ouch!

Morning Chatter

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“I wonder if he lurks on Twitter, if he has a secret Twitter account. … Does he have the BuzzFeed app?” — BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith, referencing President Obama at “BuzzFeed Brews” last night at Jack Rose Saloon in conversation with ex-Obama aides Tommy Vietor and Jon Favreau.

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Commenter abhors FLOTUS and POTUS abbreviations

“FLOTUS – POTUS – Such stupid and ugly abbreviations… Wish they’d go away forever. Please stop using them. What’s wrong with First Lady and President? Answer: Nothing.” — Rose, who remarked on this post.

In case you think you’re having a bad day…

“Man breaks into home, rants about zombies, then is shot to death, according to police” — LAT

And now, an incredibly boring parody of Politico Playbook by TNR….See here. Or don’t. But either way you’ve been warned.

Meanwhile…Slate has a magnificent photo magic show that’ll help you determine if MSNBC’s Ronan Farrow is the son of Frank Sinatra or Woody Allen. See here.

 Atlantic Wire headline on Politico’s Monday memo: “Politico Has No Time For Your Loser Attitude”

WTF?

“Would be pretty great if @Morning_Joe called itself ‘Morning Jehosephat’ for just one day.” — TNR.

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New York Mag’s Jonathan Chait: “Suzanne Somers writes an anti-Obamacare Wall Street Journal column. Her views are not as deep as you might expect.” Read here. He points out, “If your newspaper is going to publish a weekly column by Karl Rove, you have already crossed whatever conceptual boundary might stop you from publishing Suzanne Somers.”

“Anybody who criticizes Suzanne Somers has to go through me first. National treasure.” — “The Takeaway” congressional reporter Todd Zwillich.

Question to Ponder in Privacy of Your Own Home: “Dude. Why didn’t they just have the NSA design the Obamacare website?” — CNN’s Zach Wolf.

Michelle Obama in a Half Shirt?

INTO THE DEEP END, TIPS FROM THE POOL

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On Sunday, Chris Johnson, chief political and White House reporter for The Blade, was the victim of his autocorrect when he wrote that first lady Michelle Obama was wearing something called a “Purple halfway.”

Exact quote: “Accompanying him on his left was FLOTUS, wearing Purple halfway and purple skirt. Malia and Sasha are with him. Pool is following POTUS on route to church.”

Ahem, to church no less.

Of course, FLOTUS was not wearing a shirt that exposed her midriff. Read more

The Mysteriously Misspelled Word: ‘Eidtor’

Unknown-6It’s one thing to ignore a gnat buzzing around in your ear. It might even be reasonable to smack yourself in the head to rid yourself of such an irritation. But when our resident phone enthusiast, reporter Evan Gahr, took to Twitter on Friday to inform Politico‘s media duo Dylan Byers and Hadas Gold that there was a typo in the word “editor” on the blog, his peskiness was met with silence.

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This is how the error looked well after Gahr’s bender about it.

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Not one to be ignored…Gahr proceeded down another avenue. Read more

BuzzFeed Brews Books Fast

Unknown-5If you’re dying to go to “BuzzFeed Brews” tonight, where Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith will interview ex-Obama aides Tommy Vietor and Jon Favreau, you may be SOL.

The Favreau and Vietor “Brews” are at capacity already – fastest RSVPs they’ve ever seen, we’re told.

The event is first come first serve until they reach capacity.

If you thought White House Correspondents’ weekend was bad. This could be worse. Our advice: Get there early.

Politico’s VandeHei Memo: ‘Celebrate failure, Don’t Overlook Boneheaded Moves’

images-1I’m starting to get a real kick out of these Politico internal memos.

For three years I’ve been reading these things. The first 25 were revelatory. The next 25 made me cry. And recently Politico Editor-in-Chief John Harris told staff that the entire city of Washington, D.C. was in awe of them on account of their exemplary government shutdown coverage.

This morning’s 8:32 a.m. memo is from President and CEO Jim VandeHei.

Subject line: “The POLITICO Culture” (And yeah, it’s good.)

The mission statement (or whatever one calls this) is complete with bold promises to staff, encouragement for managers to praise reporters quickly and only when deserved and take them on “retreat” if necessary. One thing is abundantly clear: VandeHei detests drama. We’ll bold the important (and comical) lines to make digestion easier. Read more

Morning Chatter

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JASPER GLAMOR SHOT: “Saturday, in the park. Except it is NYC not Chicago. And October not July. But still.” — Fox News’ “The Five” Dana Perino.

The Vocabulary Police 

“Odd way for NYT 2 phrase it: ‘teenagers are now abandoning Facebook in lieu of Twitter’ [shouldn’t it be, in favor of?” — C-SPAN Communications Director Howard Mortman. He links to this story.

Confessional: breastfeeding

“Though I stopped six years ago, I spent almost six years of my life breastfeeding seven children (including twins). So, yes, I’m all for it.” — NationalReviewOnline Contributor Colette Moran.

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“I gotta say, I expected to enjoy the early bio stuff about @krauthammer on the @BretBaier special. But ended up being glued for whole thing.” — NationalReviewOnline‘s Jonah Goldberg, a member of the Fox All-Star team.

Flack encounters rudeness at Safeway

“The cashier at Safeway at 6:30 am is about as polite as you’d expect (she isn’t).” — Ellen Carmichael, GOP operative and former spokesman to presidential hopeful Herman Cain.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 9:10 a.m.

Hot Dog 02Weiner returns in theater of the absurd

“”I have heard the ‘It’s not the crime it’s the cover-up’ take on this many times; perhaps that’s right,” former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-NY.) told the NYT by email for a story published Sunday on “Domesticated,” a new play at Lincoln Center about powerful couples and infidelity. “I clearly made it worse by not being truthful, and not a day goes by that I don’t regret being honest with my wife and others. But the way that the revelations were reported, sneered at and joked about makes it obvious that they would have garnered as much attention with or without my transparency.” (Interesting take. Yes, let’s just blame it all on reporters and their sinister pursuit to uncover the man in the bulging gray shorts.)

The Atlantic Promotes Hayley Romer

Romer-Hayley-headshotThe Atlantic has promoted Hayley Romer to VP and Publisher. She will oversee the national sales and marketing teams, and lead advertising efforts. Romer joined the company in May of last year as Associate Publisher. M. Scott Havens, President of The Atlantic, announced the news today.

In her past…According to a release, prior to joining The Atlantic, Romer spent five years at the Condé Nast Media Group, most recently as Executive Director of Corporate Sales. In that role, she managed an integrated team on accounts ranging from finance to luxury to technology across titles such as The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, and Wired. Before joining Condé Nast in 2007, Romer managed the luxury account list at Forbes Media. She began her career in publishing at American Heritage magazine.

National Journal Promotes From Within

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National Journal Editor-in-Chief Tim Grieve is developing a real talent for offering compliments. And today he has promotions to announce. In a morning memo, he delivered the news that Kristin Roberts will be Managing Editor, Alissa Swango will be Director of Digital News Operations and Sarah Micheli will be Director of Digital Engagement.

Grieve says they’re prepping to “climb to even greater heights.”

See the internal memo… Read more

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