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‘Vote for Rangel’ Rap Ruins Youtube

Quite possibly the worst audio clip of the day is one encouraging voters in New York’s 13th District to vote today for Charlie Rangel for Congress.

So bad. So, so bad.

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Blue Bird Down! Blue Bird Down!

Noooooooooooo! The worst has happened, y’all…

And no one can tell us why!!!!!!

Update 3:07: Okay, everything is fine now. As you were.

National Journal Website Down

FYI, NationalJournal.com is down. Don’t know why, but it is. Click here if you want to clog their servers and contribute to the problem. We’ll find out what’s happening, and report back as soon as we know more.

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Megan McArdle Shares Keys To Success After Failure

9780670026142Last night, economics, business, and public policy writer Megan McArdle spoke about her new book The Up Side of Down: Why Failing Well Is the Key to Success at Sixth & I in partnership with Politics & Prose. McArdle started out by sharing a personal experience of her 2 years of unemployment following business school.

“I really was extremely miserable,” she said. “Being unemployed is about the worst thing that can happen to you.”

Citing research from Germany, where citizens are offered lavish benefits, McArdle said that “after people are widowed, they get sad but then they habituate and five years later they are about as happy as they were before. Same with divorce. If you look at unemployment, it goes down, and just stays there. Unemployment is about the worst thing that can happen to you in a modern democracy short of death or dismemberment.”

While much of the book looks at failure outside of employment issues, McArdle argues that you have to learn how to harness the power of any failure to find success. Issues such as blame, punishment, and forgiveness are all addressed in the book. Exactly how to do so you ask? You’ll have to read it to find out!

And in case you missed it, Double X Gabfest that was initially planned for tonight has been rescheduled for Tuesday, February 25, same time and place.

TWT Staff Knows One French Thing

A TWT headline writer, as imagined by FBDC.

A TWT headline writer, as imagined by FBDC.

Looks like the headline writers at The Washington Times could stand to learn more French.

Dec 31:
Sacrebleu! French slap 75 percent tax on millionaires

Jan 29:
Sacrebleu! Damage control after France’s job czar claims the country is ‘bankrupt’

Feb 11:
Sacrebleu! At 2,500 calories, state dinner menu is triple Michelle’s ‘healthy’ lunch

The “Sacrebleu!” was scrapped for this Oct 15 story:
ATF threatens French-style firing squad for agents who leak secrets

But was captured in social media.
Sacrebleu! ATF threatens French-style firing squad for agents who leak secrets

As a reference, FBDC has compiled a list of other French exclamations TWT staffers can use for future disparaging stories about the French. After the jump!

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Wash Life‘s John Arundel Snags Handsome Pic Discussing Death of Philip Seymour Hoffman

Congratulations to Washington Life Associate Publisher John Arundel on sharing his thoughts on the death of Philip Seymour Hoffman, whom he met 3 times, yesterday on ”Good Morning America,” CNN’s “The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer,” NBC’s “Nightly News with Brian Williams,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” and on the front page of The New York Post. During a conversation with Hoffman a mere weeks ago at Sundance, Arundel recounts the actor confessing, “I’m a heroin addict.”

Some are accusing Arundel of grandstanding (see his Facebook post after the jump), a charge he denies. We think his new Facebook profile picture -snapped on set, live, from Good Morning America! -speaks for itself though. Great smile, John!

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Read John’s humblebrag Facebook post after the jump…

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Politico CLICK Is No More

Well this modest little blog post almost slipped through the cracks. Politico CLICK, the ill-fated Washington-meets-Hollywood blog that has struggled to retain talent is finally kaput:

As 2013 comes to an end, so, too, does the CLICK blog. In 2014, you will find POLITICO’s coverage of the intersection of politics and entertainment on the website’s home page. Thanks to everyone who’s been reading the blog and for your feedback as well. Happy New Year! Caitlin McDevitt

The official demise of CLICK comes more than two years after it was transformed from a slick subsection of Politico into a simple blog. At the time, management said the changes were necessary because “most people seem to prefer to consume these kinds of nuggets in blog format,” and that “[t]he leaner blog style is a bit more flexible in presentation and requires less web production,” allowing for “more time for what the CLICK team wanted, which is more reporting.”

Alas, it seems no one really wanted to consume these kinds of nuggets. But at least now, the CLICK team will have as much time as they could possibly want.

Politico Mag: Thievery or Coincidence?

Either former Congressman Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD) has got one hell of a PR team -especially for someone who lives on a mountain in the woods of West Virginia and doesn’t have a cell phone, or someone is being less than original in their reporting. How else do you explain Bartlett scoring two profiles in two major Washington publications in less than four months?

This profile of Bartlett by Washington Examiner‘s Tim Mak went up on September 20th. This one for Politico Magazine by Jason Koebler went up yesterday. They are essentially the same piece, though Mak ( who, BTW, used to work for Politico) spares some detail. In each case, the reporter goes out to Bartlett’s complex in West Virginia, notices the isolation and self-sufficiency of it all, looks at the swans in the lake, talks with the Congressman about electromagnetic pulses and working 10 – 12 hours a day, notes that the guy may seem crazy, but actually earned a degree in physiology and served as a Navy engineer. Koebler’s article explores the EMP issues a bit more and gives more consideration to the Congressman’s philosophies about living off the grid -but they are, essentially, the same story.

Koebler mentions in his piece that he visited the Congressman “this fall”, so it’s possible he could have done so before Mak’s piece went up and just sat on the story until now. OR Koebler could have gotten the idea to write the story after Mak’s piece came out, without ever reading it. OR maybe he did see Mak’s piece and just thought he could do a better job. We here at FishbowlDC don’t presume to know which scenario is the right one -Koebler hadn’t responded to our inquiries by press time.

In any event, it would seem Bartlett has pioneered a new tactic for getting Washington media to talk about your issues -move as far away from Washington as possible.

Image courtesy of Shutterstock.com.

Politico’s Glenn Thrush Skips Credit for Daily Beast’s Josh Rogin

images-4One thing that can be determined from the behavior of Politico in the last 24 hours is that they psychologically can’t handle coming in second place.

Even if that’s what they are in this instance  — second.

We’re referring to Josh Rogin‘s Daily Beast story on Jofi Joseph, the anonymous NSC tweeter, which he broke Tuesday night at 8:27 p.m.  Rogin got the Drudge link and appeared on morning shows such as NBC’s “TODAY Show” and ABC’s “GMA.”  Every outlet from NPR to WaPo and the NYT credited him.

Take a wild guess who didn’t.

UPDATE: Politico reporter responds.

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WaPo Tech Blogger’s Half Truths

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Timothy B. Lee, technology policy blogger at WaPo, recently contributed a post with the headline “Here’s why Hollywood should blame itself for its piracy problems,” which was changed to “People pirate movies they can’t get legally,” eventually settling on “Many of the most-pirated movies aren’t available for legitimate online purchase.” Why the need for such clarification in the title of the blog?

Find out why Hollywood isn’t to blame for its piracy problems…

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