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Chuck Todd Joins Stephen Colbert to Discuss Midterm Elections

Moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press” Chuck Todd was a guest on last night’s “Colbert Report” to discuss his fascination with politics, today’s midterm elections, and his forthcoming book, The Stranger: Barack Obama in the White House, on shelves next week.

Chuck explained why control of the Senate may not play out until January 2015:

Todd: “These midterms are so exciting, I know you love them so much. Not only could we have recounts — you love those, not only will it take the Iditarod to get the votes from the bush country in Alaska to find out who wins Alaska, but we’ll have runoffs in Louisiana, and a runoff in Georgia in January. So why shouldn’t these midterms last until January of 2015? They’re very exciting.”

Stephen Colbert: “Chuck, if I have to keep talking about the midterms after tomorrow night, I’m going to go to Maine and start making out with that nurse.”

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ICYMI – ‘SNL’ Mocks President Obama’s Ebola Strategy

Screen Shot 2014-10-27 at 11.03.11“Saturday Night Live” mocked President Barack Obama’s Ebola response this weekend during a mock press conference on the show, which included an appearance from “Ebola czar Rob Klein,” as portrayed by Taran Killam.

“Now, some people want to criticize the way our administration has handled this crisis. And it’s true,” said Jay Pharoah, in character as Obama. ”We made a few mistakes on the arm. And I assure you. It was no where near as bad as how we handled the ISIS situation. I mean, our various Secret Service mishaps. Or the scandals of the IRS and NSA.”

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Zach Galifianakis Recalls Trip to White House on ‘The Daily Show’

Zach Galifianakis was a guest Wednesday night on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” to promote his new film, “Birdman,” in theaters tomorrow.

In conversation with Stewart, Galifianakis comedically recalled his visit to the White House to film “Between Two Ferns” with President Barack Obama.

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Mitt Romney’s Obama Dig at Iowa Senate Campaign Event

obama-romney-debateAt a campaign event in Des Moines, Iowa for U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst on Sunday, former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney offered a bit of standup comedy for the 150 attendees.

As reported by National Journal’s Shane Goldmacher, Romney prefaced an Obama-related joke with, ”Now when you’re running for office people tell you, you shouldn’t tell jokes…But I’m not running for office, so I can tell one.”

The dig, which he said he received from a family member online went like this, via National Journal:

“President Obama went to the bank to cash a check and he didn’t have his ID. And the teller said you’ve got to prove who you are.”

“He said, ‘How should I do that?’ She said the other day Phil Mickelson came in, he didn’t have his ID but he set up a little cup on the ground, took a golf ball, putted it right into that cup so they knew it was Phil Mickelson. They cashed his check.” Read more

POLITICO All-Staff Meeting Described as ‘Cult-Like’

Hundreds of POLITICOs came together at Tuesday’s all-staff meeting at The Hamilton coined “Politico Presents: Where we are and where we’re going” and since, we’ve received mixed reactions from those in attendance. While some left energized and excited for POLITICO’s future, others described the ‘event’ as a “cult-like” experience.

The meeting, first reported by The Huffington Post’s Michael Calderone, featured insight to the outlet’s European expansion in partnership with Axel Springer from editor-in-chief John Harris, CEO Jim VandeHei, and publisher Robert Allbritton.

In true POLITICO form, VandeHei interviewed Allbritton, who connected with staff by sharing stories of what he likes to do in his spare time: fly his new private plane. He also recalled childhood play dates at the White House with the daughter of President Jimmy Carter.

Mike Allen served as emcee. COO Kim Kingsley unveiled floor plans for its new Arlington office space. And recently named editor Susan Glasser spoke about other recent newsroom hires and displayed plans for an upcoming website redesign. Before dispersing to an open bar, Glasser moderated a panel consisting of Glenn Thrush, Carrie Budoff Brown, John Bresnahan, and new hire Michael Grunwald on their predictions for 2016.

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The highlight for many though was a stylish new piece of wearable swag attendees walked away with.

We highly anticipate seeing this t-shirt worn proudly by the Kool-Aid sipping staff of the Rosslyn-based political news outlet. There’s no better way to subtly declare plans for world domination than fitting your army in a stylish new work sponsored gym shirt.

It just leaves us wondering…where can we get one?

Joe Biden Asks Harvard University Student Body VP: ‘Isn’t that a B*tch?’

Vice President Joe Biden got real with a Harvard University senior who serves as vice president of the student body yesterday, asking about his role within student government, “Isn’t that a b*tch?”

The comment, which drew laughs from the audience, was followed by several remarks from Biden declaring, “I’m joking.”

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George H. W. Bush Jokes with Former Adviser Turned Inspiration for ‘Scandal’s’ Olivia Pope

Judy Smith, co-executive producer of ”Scandal” and a former deputy press secretary to President George H. W. Bush, recalled a conversation she had with 41 before the show’s premiere at last week’s Nantucket Project when she called to give him a heads up on the storyline. The character of Olivia Pope, inspired by Smith, engages in an affair with the show’s president, a made-for-TV and fictional twist from the real life relationship between Bush and Smith.

Bush returned Smith’s call, only to reach her voicemail, and in one, said, “Love you. Want you. You left me! And by the way, this is the former leader of the free world. Call me.”

When Smith finally reached the former president, in true Olivia Pope-fashion, she recalled telling him, “You need some talking points. You need to stay on message.” But to Smith’s surprise, Bush told her he was going to “confirm the affair.”

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President Obama on Chuck Todd: ‘Now a big cheese’

After addressing the US economy, ongoing violence in Ukraine, and the threat of ISIS in Iraq and Syria during a White House statement just after 4pm today, President Obama turned to the press corps for questions.

First up: NBC News chief White House correspondent Chuck Todd.

“I’m going to start with somebody I guess is now a big cheese, he’s moved on,” Obama quipped, referring to Todd’s new role as moderator of “Meet the Press. Todd will vacate his role as the NBC White House lead when he takes over “MTP” on September 7.

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Congressman John Boehner Explains His Duties as Speaker

Ever wonder what it’s like to be Speaker of the House? Congressman John Boehner explains.

According to the Office of Speaker John A. Boehner 2013 Intern Manual, said monkey “was given to the Speaker as a birthday gift after the joke was made that [Boehner] was just wound up like a doll by his political advisors every night and he would proceed to clap his hands only to have his advisors wind him up again the next day,” as reported by Gawker in August 2013.

Where in the World is WaPo’s Erik Wemple?

world-2-2It’s been nearly two weeks since we heard from Washington Post media critic Erik Wemple and the radio silence has had us worried. Where in the world is Mr. Wemple?

Since August 8, not a post has been made to his site or tweet to his Twitter handle. Is he OK? Is he safe? Did something happen after we saw him two Fridays ago as a guest on PBS’s “Mediatwits” discussing recent accusations and instances of plagiarism in the media industry? Read more

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