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The “Shitdown” Edition

Bipartisan complimenting

“Listening to @RepLankford on #CNN @NewDay thinking: I totally disagree AND why doesn’t GOP use him on TV more? He is very good.” — CNN Contributor Hilary Rosen.

The latest in anonymous sourcing…

“Source close to last night’s talks tell me CR deal is not as close as many press reports; House Rs far from ready to move on a clean CR” — National Review‘s Washington Editor Robert Costa.

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A guy can dream, right?

“Looking for a magic Twitter filter that will let me see the tweets of people I respect without their retweets of people I don’t.” — AP Radio News morning reporter Jon Belmont.

Copy Editors Beware: “Shitdown” is not “Shutdown”

“Let he who has not accidently written about of government shitdown, sted shutdown, cast the first stone.” — Politico‘s Alex Byers.

images-2Nothing Beats Getting Weiner’s Stamp of Approval

“This guy writing most clearly about whats going on in the GOP huddle: @jonathanchait” — failed mayoral hopeful and former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.).

Important Q to Ponder: “Have we gotten to the point where Jennifer Rubin is just yelling ‘RINO’ at people on Twitter now?” — MetroWeekly‘s Jennifer Rubin.

The Observer

“Guy ahead of me in the metro turnstile had $675 on his Smart Trip card. Definition of an optimist.” — WSJ‘s Neil King.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 9:26 a.m.

Travel Bitches

“Pretty sure @SouthwestAir has lost a bunch of customers tonight. BWI operation is horrible.” — Paige Connor, designer, visual journalist.

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The Personal Edition

Unknown-3Journo is sick as a dog

“Hard to sleep when you can’t stop coughing. Anyone else got this cold?” — Politico‘s Ben White at 12:07 a.m. One follower, Maureen Kirkwood, had hugs for him all the way from Scotland. “Got it this side of the pond as well,” she wrote. “Feel better soon m’dear…*big Scottish hugs*”

WaPo copy editors save food writer’s ass

“Thank God for @washingtonpost copy editors! One just asked me if I *really* had @romenesko on a plate of leeks sauced with romesco.” — WaPo‘s Tom Seitsema.

Uh oh.

“Normally just do body weight workouts. But did free weights yesterday and I’m paralyzed. Help.”  — TheBlaze‘s Eddie Scarry.

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Goin’ dove hunting?

“Yes! Wrap the breasts in bacon and pan sear.” — CNN “Crossfire” host S.E. Cupp to a follower who asked, “Goin’ dove huntin’ tomorrow. Got any good recipes?”

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 8:33 a.m.

Confessional.

“I’ve been fixated on mortality lately, but I’m comfortable knowing my best years are ahead of me.” — TWT”s Jessica Chasmar.

Huh? “Love how emails I send myself end up in my spam.” — CQ Roll Call‘s Shira Center.

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Putting his life in his hands?

“Ok. So oysters at Newark Airport prolly wasn’t the smartest thing I’ve ever done. But…. YOLO!!!” — Jeremy Cahill, National Security Correspondent for The Nation.

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Things that make you go huh?

“the H is O” — CNN’s Jake Tapper. To which a follower wondered, “The W the F does that mean?” TPM”s Igor Bobic got in on it, saying, “V to the izz-A.” Which caused Politico‘s Juana Summers to remark, “Thank you for going there.”

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Washingtonians cranky?

“I think everyone in Washington needs a nap. #crankypeople.” — NPR health reporter Julie Rovner.

imagesWarning: Journo with a migraine

“This might be the worst migraine I’ve had in 3 years. #BackToBed” — WMAL and Brietbart‘s Larry O’Connor.

Incredible feats: A 93-year-old can Skype?

“My grandfather turned 93 today. He just sent me his first ever Skype message. Complete text: ‘How’” — Mother Jones‘ Managing Editor Clint Hendler.

Your day could be far worse

“Family: Man who set self on fire at the National Mall was mentally ill.” — WUSA9.

Unknown-2SHAME ON THE WHITE HOUSE MEDIA!

“Questions from WH press corps are pathetic. As of this moment, not a single tough or challenging inquiry.” — FNC’s Brit Hume. Colleague Bret Baier concurred, saying, “Agreed–Nothing at all.” Where’s Ed Henry at a time like this? Ed’s comments, at least on Twitter, after the presser: “Admin official says while President is open to a deficit panel, veto threat came b/c GOP version would only touch spending & not revenue. After President said at newser he’d accept a process like creating a new deficit panel to give GOP cover, WH issues veto threat on … panel.” And then he shot a beautiful picture of Washington. In fairness to Henry, Obama never called on him at the press conference. See his beautiful sky shot after the jump…

Reporter can’t help but wonder…

“I wonder if Capitol Police officers secretly enjoyed arrested the guys partially responsible for them not getting paid right now.” — National Journal reporter Alex Seitz-Wald.

New feature alert: Story we have zero desire to read… Read more

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LIVING THE GOOD LIFE: “Just some gluten-free pizza I made at @918FStreet while at work today! #thisismyjob #notkidding.” -- Liz McAvoy, editor, Living Social.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 7:24 a.m. in which Mike Allen offers birthday wishes to Ollie, a lawmakers’ office dog. There’s even a “paw tip.”

Speaking of dogs…

Maggie is a CNN business reporter; Richard is CNN International Senior Producer.

Maggie Lake: My barista called me Lassie – hope it’s not an omen my day going to the dogs! Maggie/Lassie — really?

Richard Davis: A ruff one indeed.

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Anticipatory thoughts of hate mail

“Just wrote something long about mugshots, and what should and shouldn’t be public. Looking forward to getting some hate mail over it.” — Atlantic Cities reporter Mike Riggs.

And a love note…

“@JessicaChasmar just so you know, you are my sole source for news. 1) most news sucks. 2) you’re smokin hot. I like smokin hot chick news.” — Nate9783 to TWT reporter Jessica Chasmar.

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Things are getting hairy?

“Note to self: don’t be the last customer to get a hair cut at the end of the day or the barber might shave off one sideburn & not notice.” — NPR’s Andy Carvin.

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“I’m excited for @stefcutter. Real joy happens! Congrats girl. #CNN” — CNN Contributor Hilary Rosen. As reported by WaPo‘s “The Reliable Source” Monday, Cutter, a host on CNN’s “Crossfire,”  is pregnant.

Deep thoughts with Donna Brazile

“Reminded at lunch of this great philosopher. ‘What worries you, masters you.’
John Locke” — Democratic pundit Donna Brazile.

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“Sequins is like liquor. Not before noon. (Or ever, really, the sequins) #coffeehouseobservation.” — conservative radio host Dana Loesch.

The Observer

“The @NRSC website has turned pink for breast cancer awareness month: nrsc.org #breastcancer” — BuzzFeed‘s Kate Nocera.

 

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Deep thoughts with Dana Loesch

“Objectivity is a lie in modern media climes. They get away with not having any by insisting that it still exists.” — conservative radio host Dana Loesch.

Frustration is…

“I’ve never received so many poorly written email requests to guest post on my site. Um, no.” — Kara Manos, beauty blogger for PoliticsofPretty.com.

UnknownFun times: “You know what’s fun? Leaping over a giant monster cockroach when you get home.” — The Hill‘s Rebecca Shabad.

A word on anonymous sources…

“Heading out for an eight-mile run. Interrupt if anonymous sources say the U.S. captured or killed anyone else.” — TIME‘s Andrew Katz.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 5:23 a.m.

SavannahGuthrieIn praise of Savannah

“@SavannahGuthrie was a hell of a lot better than Gregory today. Very Russert-like w GOOD followup Qs @msnbc She should be host. #thisweek” — photog Lauren Burke.

“Savannah Guthrie is tough, man. Really sharp hosting Meet The Press this morning. Terrific interviewer.” — Gary Parrish, a national columnist for CBS Sports.

“Approximate improvement in the questioning with Savannah Guthrie substituting for David Gregory on @meetthepress: 100 percent.” — NYU journalism instructor Jay Rosen.

Shots fired.

“Dear Washington Redskins, Lanny Davis’s nauseating response to Obama makes you look worse, not better.” — former White House spokesman Tommy Vietor.

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A sermon of sorts

“A clear dark night puts your relationship with God in perspective. We are tiny. He is vast and glorious.” — FNC and RedState‘s Erick Erickson.

Just on the off chance that you’ve got an annoying follower…

“Tip: If you have an annoying follower, block then unblock them and they automatically stop following you.” — BuzzFeed‘s Andrew Kaczynski.

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Journo nearly hits another’s car

“In other news, Walter Mossberg almost hit my car today. The ‘TECH WSJ’ plates tipped me off. Also the beard. Watch your lanes, Walt!” — MetroWeekly‘s Sean Bugg. When asked for comment, Bugg remarked to FBDC that the incident occurred while he was just getting onto the E Street Expressway coming into the city. “He got a little tight on me at the merge, then made a right hand pass on a bus that I passed on the left and we both moved back to the middle lane at the same time,” he explained. “While annoyed, I mostly just thought it was funny that I ID’d him through the plate on his Lexus. Nice Lexus, too. Unlike the government shutdown story, there may be two sides to this one. If you ask him he might say, ‘What? That asshole in the Camaro with the BIG BUGG plates?’” We asked Mossberg for his side of the story. He wrote by email, “I can’t recall any near miss in traffic today. But that merge is a tricky one, where one often feels as if cars are too close.”

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Left Vs. Right Warfare

WaPo‘s Ezra Klein: “Pro tip: The side that wants to shut down the government is the side demanding concessions before they consent to reopening the government.” Townhall‘s Derek Hunter reworked Klein’s tweet, writing, “Pro tip: Don’t take political advice from someone who hasn’t finished puberty & has no real world work experience.”

Poor Weigel gets “very sad” about those pesky JournoList mentions

“Man alive, no one in media hates the right like @daveweigel. Never seen anything like him. Seething hatred.” — Breitbart.com‘s John Nolte regarding Slate‘s Dave Weigel.

Townhall’s Hunter piled on, writing, “Wishes it would set itself on fire,” a reference to something Weigel said on the secret liberal listserv, JournoList, founded by his Boy Bander pal Ezra. Weigel spoke of wanting Matt Drudge to light himself on fire. His exact words? ”This would be a vastly better world to live in if Matt Drudge decided to handle his emotional problems more responsibly, and set himself on fire.”

images-2Earlier in the afternoon on Wednesday… Weigel had tweeted, “It’s adorable, and very convincing, when conservatives claim you HATE VETERANS if you think Bachmann showing up for photos is gauche.”

Weigel replied to Nolte and Hunter, saying, “It makes me very sad when people bring up JournoList and I have to remember I have a better, more lucrative job now.” Nolte argued: “I didn’t say anything about journalist. Just going off your behavior at your better, more lucrative job.”

Editor’s note: See the original breaking post on JournoList here. The story was broken by FishbowlDC, but Weigel likes to continuously claim that it was broken by Jonathan Strong who, at the time, worked for The Daily Caller. He now works for National Review. Our hearts really go out to Weigel. Why can’t the past just be the past?

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Unsolicited advice for Gov. shutdown jokesters

“The time for easy shutdown jokes is past. Any shutdown jokes after now had better be very good and original. Otherwise leave it at home.” — The Washington Examiner‘s Senior Political Columnist Timothy Carney.

imagesNews from the Ladies Room on Capitol Hill

“AoC staff cleaning/stocking ladies room as I type. Thanks to the poor staffer who is working without pay!!” — The Hill’s Features Editor Emily Goodin.

Some serious This Town namedropping

“Look forward to interviewing Pres Obama 4 pm tomorrow @CNBC at such a big moment – as Washington grapples w/shutdown/debt economic threats.” — CNBC and NYT’s John Harwood. After actress Morgan Fairchild sent him a note congratulating him on the interview, a follower wrote Harwood, saying, “Dems love you. Wonder why.” Harwood replied, “Admit it dude – you WISH Morgan Fairchild sent you a msg. Ha!”  Fairchild had written him to say, “Congrats, John! Can’t wait to see your interview.” Harwood retweeted that (of course) and wrote, “You are nice, Morgan.” Ex-White House spokesman Tommy Vietor wrote him to say “No Kanye banter please.” Harwood replied, “Jackass.”  (To put this all in some context, Fairchild has also conversed with online news junkie Marty Rudolf on Twitter.)

Anderson Cooper sympathizes with Dana Bash

“@andersoncooper to @DanaBashCNN, ‘It just doesn’t seem like anyone in Washington actually answers questions…must be frustrating for you.’” — CNN’s Kari Pricher, editorial producer for AC360.

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This could get ugly.

“Going to spend a week on an African charity hospital ship, telling people to fuck off if they don’t speak English.” — David Waldman, contributing editor, Daily Kos. He’s reacting to this remark from FNC’s Dana Perino: “Offering Obamacare in 150 languages is absurd. If someone can’t speak enough English to fill in forms, what will they explain to a doctor?”

Uh oh.

“OH: ‘I see @daveweigel’s nipples…’” — Asawin Suebsaeng, a reporter in Mother Jones Washington bureau.

Life’s little pleasures

“Ok guy riding on a bike, holding delivery, talking dirty. Thanks for that.” — Marketplace fill-in host Lizzie O’Leary.

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A lawmaker uses the word “sux?”

“Member txts from inside mtg: ‘this sux’ I respond: ‘why?’ Member doesn’t respond.” — NationalReviewOnline‘s Robert Costa.

Just wondering…

“Seriously – who are these people getting Capitol tour at 11pm??” — CNN’s Deirdre Walsh.

imagesJourno encounters alcohol-scented pols 

“About every other House lawmaker I just talked to smelled like booze. It’s only 9pm. Wheeee!” — HuffPost‘s Jennifer Bendery.

Reporter breaks the rules

“Almost got kicked out of speakers lobby for taking photo of a piece of paper #rookiemistake.” — HuffPost‘s Sam Stein.

Place to be during the shutdown: C-SPAN

“Exciting late night TV: House rules committee on @CSpan” — PBS’ Judy Woodruff.

Ezzy is old enough damn it!

“I’m old enough to remember when House GOP refused to go to conference committee  with Senate Democrats.” — WaPo‘s Ezra Klein. To which MSNBC.com’s Benjy Sarlin remarked, “You’re a day old?”

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Politico‘s Donovan Slack: “Can anyone tell what Obama’s drinking tonight in this pic?”

BloombergBNA’s Cheryl Bolen: “It’s Honest Tea, can’t tell what flavor.

Late-night observers

  • “Chuck Todd is fucking tired, man.” – BuzzFeed‘s TV-obsessed Dorsey Shaw.
  • “One day we’ll all tell our grandkids about the night the motion to go to conference on a short-term stopgap…nevermind.” — USA Today‘s Susan Davis.
  • Unknown-1“Pete Sessions seems sooooo annoyed to be there right now – and tired – I sympathize” — CQ Roll Call‘s Emily Pierce.
  • “On the upside, Clinton and Lewinsky got together during the last shutdown.” — National Journal‘s Matt Cooper.
  • “House GOP looks just plain desperate. #pathetic #yourfault #GOPshutdown” — Brad Woodhouse, President of Americans United for Change and former Communications Director for the Democratic Party.
  • “@louiseslaughter you just made the most idiotic point ever…” — Elizabeth Lauten, a.k.a. “DC GOP Girl.”
  • “At midnight Speaker John Boehner becomes a pumpkin. An orange faced, drunken, failure of a pumpkin. #GOPShutdown” — Syndicated liberal columnist Karl Frisch.
  • “All the gallows humor very much appreciated (and fun!) but Jesus Christ THIS IS FUCKED UP. Let’s just not forget that.” — The Guardian‘s Ana Marie Cox.

Important question to ponder: Which Washington journo pulled his back?

NPR reporter gets a sign from beyond?

“My TV just quit on me while watching CSPAN. Obviously a sign.” –  NPR’s Arnie Seipel at  10:15 p.m.

Eatery to lawmakers: No free pulled pork for you!

@PBBBQDelRay: “Free pulled pork sandwich for any gov employee if there is a shutdown. EXCLUDES CONGRESSMEN.”

Pre-emptive media strike

“No doubt OBJECTIVE @ABurnsPolitico, @maggiepolitico are working on piece asking y Hillary hasn’t ‘Soulja’d’ Obama for refusal to negotiate.” — Breitbart.com editor John Nolte.

 greenstripecoverfishWords to live by…

“Know what keeps me sane living in the DC area? Boasting an outsider mindset in the Beltway. Resist urge for power and remember your roots.” — conservative blogger Gabriella Hoffman. Just moments before this whopper of wisdom, she wrote, “My page is 8 likes away from 1,100. Connect with me on FB if you haven’t already.”

Editor’s brain shuts down

“You know what else has shut down? My brain. Time for bed. Will be up bright and early to cover the ongoing CR voterama. Night all.”– Red Alert Politics Editor-in-Chief Francesca Chambers at 12:10 a.m.

Confessional.

“My Dad lost a whole college trimester when the Pennsylvania government shut down and didn’t make his financial aid payments to the school.” — HuffPost‘s Jeffrey Young.

Where are Julia’s feelings? “Am I supposed to feel something right now? #shutdown” — TNR‘s Julia Ioffe at 12:06 a.m.

Could Howard Mortman be President? Read more

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Journo gets shushed…“Weird. In Jack Rose bar in DC being told to ‘Shhh’ by everyone as they watch. #BreakingBad” — The Sunday Times‘ Washington Bureau Chief Toby Harnden.

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A compliment (sort of)

“This Sen. Cruz interview on Meet The Press is mindblowingly bad.” And then: “David Gregory might not be much of a journalist, but he did better than usual with Sen. Cruz.” — TechCrunch‘s Alex Wilhem.

Breaking Bad: the fallout

“The ONLY reason I wouldn’t want Walt to die a horrible death tonight is so Vince Gilligan could write some more episodes. #BreakingBad” — conservative author and pundit Ann Coulter.

“As someone who stopped watching Breaking Bad when Walt turned down a job with healthcare, Twitter is really boring me tonight.” — SNL Energy power and policy reporter  Corbin Hiar.

“Miss it already #GoodbyeBreakingBad” — NBC News Associate Producer Ali Weinberg.

“How many of these people gushing over #breakingbad have children, or lives?” — Daily Mail‘s David Martosko.

“I think Skinny Pete summed it up best: ‘I don’t know how to feel about this, morality wise.’” — Reason‘s Peter Suderman.

And the voice of reason? “Jesus, people. Let’s save some boners for HOMELAND.” — Atlantic Cities staff writer Mike Riggs.

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“When you finally kill that mosquito who has been feasting on you for the last three nights.” — The Atlantic Wire‘s Alex Abad-Santos.

Spotted: journos at Target

“Have seen three other former and current journos in the past 10 minutes. Target is the place to be.” — Greenwire“s Jessica Estepa.

What are the chances?

“Taylor Carney and I literally ran into each other on 17th Street while texting the other to try and find each other.” — Politico‘s Jedd Rosche. Carney is a staff officer at the Defense Intelligence Agency.

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“Why do I keep having impulses to dye my hair comic villain red? Like poison ivy in the shitty bat man movie? #shouldidoit?” –Daily Beast columnist and senator’s daughter Meghan McCain.

Was this a trick question? “If I can’t finish the last season and a half of Breaking Bad by tonight, do I have to stop reading Twitter for awhile?” –former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau.

Playbook cuteness: Published at 7:34 a.m., Politico‘s must-read morning notebook addresses the shutdown by referring to a very high ranking government official, saying, “A tippy-top Democratic official tells us…”

And in case you have nothing better to do… “No matter what tweet about, use the hash-tag #EarlyStart….it’s important for ratings or something.” — CNN’s John Berman.

press hatThe uptight in D.C. award of the weekend…goes to Bill McQuillen, a former reporter for Bloomberg who declares that he is NOT a journalist. “CORRECTION: I am not a journalist,” he snapped on Twitter over the weekend. Although he was one for Bloomberg for 15 years and 5 months, he now works at JDA Frontline as VP of Public Affairs, which is apparently the gospel truth. However, he might want to have a quick look at his bio because in the second line (of the first graph) it says he’s “recognized as a top international economics, trade and labor JOURNALIST and an expert covering major aspects of politics, elections and government.” His LinkedIn profile, funny enough, lists him as a “Legal Affairs Reporer” [sic] for Bloomberg News from 2008-2010. He might want to fix that — or not. And if he really hates being referred to as a reporter he may want to look into having that reworked — or not. Whatever floats his boat. McQuillen is the newly eloped husband to WaPo‘s Amy Argetsinger who emoted on Twitter over the weekend. From the looks of it, he had no real problems with our Friday item, at least not that he could articulate.

 

 

AnonymASSES Go Wild

cartoondonkeyAs some figured out by my outgoing email earlier in the week, I did something unheard of in some Washington circles — I took a vacation. While I was away from the Fishbowl, some AnonymASSES had some funny notes for me. Despite my outgoing message indicating I’d be off email, my phone, away from pens, etc… for several days, some still feared something sinister had happened to me. I had to assure some distinctly non-AnonymASSES that no, I was really just on vacation. One journo texted, “Are you really on vacation away from your phone?” Another sweetly inquired, “Are you ok? I was worried sick when I didn’t hear back and Peter couldn’t find you. Just hope you’re ok.” (Special note to Peter Ogburn: What in the hell? You knew at least vaguely where I was.) And still another: “Betsy you okay? Texted, no word from you. Hoping all is well.”

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