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There’s a New Ezra in Town

In happy baby news, Rebecca Gale, who writes the Hill Navigator advice column for CQ Roll Call, gave birth to a boy Wednesday.

“We are thrilled to share with everyone that Ezra Alan Margolies joined the family at 10:28 this morning, weighing in at a lean and mean 6 pounds, 6 ounces,” wrote Gale’s husband, Warren Margolies in a group email. “Mom and baby are both doing great and resting up as we speak.”

Ahem. Did he say Ezra?

“We are totally in love with him,” Gale told FBDC by email. “So happy.”

Congrats to the parents. And welcome, Ezra Alan Margolies, to the Fishbowl! With a name like that you’re bound to go far and do great things. Just please don’t block us on Twitter someday. Read more

CBS News’ O’Donnell’s ‘Typical’ Week of Work and Training

Norah O’Donnell, CBS News anchor, is training for her first half-marathon (a little over 13 miles) and today she shared a typical week of training with the readers at Self, where she’s just started blogging.

Her biggest challenge? Fitting in training time while sometimes pulling 12 and 14 hour days at work (she should probably check in with Ariana Huffington to get some life/work balance perspective). Twice in her “typical” week she had to take rest days that seemed as much about accommodating her schedule as they were an actual need for rest. Though sometimes those things go hand-in-hand.

And still, O’Donnell logged, by our count, an impressive 20-some miles and even strength training to top it all off. Not bad for such a busy anchorwoman.

Best of luck to O’Donnell. We’ll be waiting to hear the race results.

HMOW: Camera Phone Edition

Three D.C. media types were out on the town at a bar on P Street Thursday night and thankfully ran into this, our Hot Mess of the Week. Please journos, don’t try this, even while off the clock.

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Political Site Gets Syndicated

Former Politico reporter Dave Catanese, who now runs TheRun2016, has entered into his first syndicate agreement. He wouldn’t get into the exact numbers, but sufficed to say it’s a monthly contracted fee for content.

It is with YellowHammerNews, which is based in Homewood, Ala. The non-exclusive agreement transpired earlier in the month. YellowHammerNews is a conservative news and politics site founded by Cliff Sims, whose work has appeared the The Daily Caller and its sometimes arch nemesis Politico.

“I’ve received some interest from local websites and bloggers who are interested in national content and want to syndicate my content,” Catanese told FishbowlDC, explaining that more progressive and mainstream sites are also considering entering into similar agreements. “Essentially we agreed to a contract where they can syndicate TheRun2016 content on their own site.  We’re taking baby steps, but the idea is to try to expand this type of syndication agreement into other states — and am in that process right now.”

Cantanese stresses that TheRun2016 does not lean conservative.  “The content on my site will not be partisan — and I think taking even a cursory look at it bears that out,” he said. “TheRUN2016.com is dedicated to providing analysis on candidates in both parties and I don’t come from an ideological perspective.”

Reporter Tells Senators to ‘Shut Up’

Oh Twitter makes so many things happen. You can fall in love, get fired, and cuss to your hearts content. And another thing? You can tell prominent senators to shut up. See how Al-Monitor‘s Laura Rozen expressed herself this morning at 7:44 a.m. as she reacted to a tweet by CBS Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett highlighting CBS interviews with Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.). “I think it’s going to fail if it doesn’t change,” Graham said of negotiations in Egypt. Hmmm….maybe Rozen wasn’t properly caffeinated? Or maybe it’s now acceptable for a reporter to tell a few senators to SHUT UP and demand that they live by the Hippocratic Oath.

 

Politico’s Dylan Byers Raves About Daily Caller’s Rendition of his Personal Blog

The Daily Caller‘s Deputy Editor Will Rahn performed a dramatic reading of Politico media writer Dylan Byers‘ personal blog from when he was 19 years old, a time when he looked more shaggy than he does now. He kept it for about a month and talked wistfully about life, smoking weed, a woman named Lilly and wandering around Seattle’s cafe scene. And oh, the wondering. 

In famous people terms this is kind of like George Clooney appearing on the “Facts of Life.” He’d rather forget Mrs. Garrett, Blaire, Tutti and the gang. But he can’t (see after the jump). Nor can Byers escape his more youthful Politico-free existence when he could keep a personal blog and not have it performed by a news outlet that is a nemesis to his own.

Byers seemed to take The Daily Caller‘s ribbing in stride. “Yeah it was genius,” he told FishbowlDC over email. “Rahn crushed it.” When asked if he was being serious or sarcastic (it’s hard to read email tone) he replied, “No I mean it… down to the music.” When it was suggested to him that he was having a good sense of humor about the whole thing he replied, “You probably have to pity anyone who lived through the age of 19 without an overwhelming sense of wonder and self-worth.” Read more

Huma Abedin: The Clinton’s ‘Surrogate’ Daughter

Politico‘s Maggie Haberman, the queen of anonymous sourcing this week with an impressive 16 ways to express anonymity, appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” today. She spoke about the Clintonland response to he Anthony Weiner scandal, specifically their concern for the candidate’s wife, Huma Abedin.

We were struck by Haberman’s use of the phrase “surrogate daughter.” We know candidates have “surrogates” on the campaign trail. But in the political sense of the word, could anything sound more impersonal and more This Town? Haberman is right — according to news reports former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton has said, “I only have one daughter. But if I had a second daughter, it would [be] Huma.”

“The Clintons are very tired of him. …They didn’t like him since the scandal. They didn’t like that he was name dropping Bill Clinton constantly when he first got into the race. They made it really clear they weren’t getting involved. They are very worried about Huma Abedin who is, you know, like a surrogate daughter to them.”

The Hill’s 50 Most Beautiful is Out!

This morning we woke up and it’s like Christmas in July. By the crack of dawn FBDC’s Peter Ogburn had already taken a deep dive into The Hill’s annual 50 Most Beautiful list and a mildly filthy one at that. And thank God, because what would our day look like without it?

As one reader renamed it, “It’s become 50 Most Beautiful People After You’ve Had A Bottle of Whiskey.”

Two journalists who made the list are CNN’s Jake Tapper and ABC “GMA” Senior National Correspondent  Claire Shipman. Congrats! (You’ll never live this down. People will remember it for the rest of your natural lives.)

We know first-hand how incredibly hard it is to put this list together, so good job to the good people who did and the beautiful new layout.

Enjoy! We’ll have more on this later.

View the list here.

Anonymous Sourcing: Haberman Style

The more creative anonymous sourcing gets the harder it is to guess who may be doing the talking. And in Washington, it’s rampant as many sensitive spokespeople hardly ever want to go on the record about anything no matter how important or absurdly innocuous the information may be.

In Politico this morning is a whopper of an insider story by Maggie Haberman published at 4:59 a.m. on Huma Abedin, the victim-scorned wife of New York mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner. The larger point of the story is that Huma’s friends, who once had her “support,” now have their “concern.” In short: What the hell is she still doing with him? They don’t come out that boldly, but just enough to get their point across. While her friends are “concerned,” the media, writes Haberman, has gone from “sympathetic” to “savage.” The piece uses mostly anonymous sourcing outside of Clinton Camp intimate and CNN Contributor Paul Begala. Here is the impressive variety of anonymous descriptors she used:

1. “her friends.”

2. “their worry”

3. Our favorite: “The feelings about Weiner in Clintonland are unequivocal, according to one someone close to the couple: ‘Everyone’s done with him.’”

4. “Multiple sources familiar with the Clintons’ thinking”

5. “Everyone loves her to death,” said a Clinton ally who’s worked with her.

6. “sources said”

7. “Clinton insiders and allies insist they don’t believe Abedin has become a liability for the former Secretary of State…”

8. “Within Clinton-world…”

9. “’Two years ago [it was] caring about Huma, and now it’s concern for Huma,’ said a second Clinton ally, who, like almost everyone interviewed, asked not to be identified.”

10. “said one senior Democrat, who asked for anonymity”

 11. “One Clinton insider…”

12. “One source”

13. “Another source”

14. “Several other people with ties to the Clintons say…”

15. “Clinton aides say…”

16. “Several Clinton allies pointed out…”

It’s Almost Here…The Hill’s 50 Most Beautiful People is About to Pop

Extreme excitement is brewing over at The Hill offices on K Street, where editors are putting the finishing touches on their annual beauty contest, The Hill‘s 50 Most Beautiful People list.

Mark your calendars people. Those pretty (and let’s face it, some will be questionable) faces will land on our internet doorsteps on July 31. Says Emily Goodin, who courageously put this bad boy together this year, this list will have its first set of twins!

They had 500 nominations – a new record.

We can hardly wait. (And unfortunately this is what we may be reduced to waiting for this thing…)

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