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Porn Stars, Paps and Arnie Duncan

It’s always fun to see how a politico handles a Hollywood-style paparazzi ambush. Such was the case yesterday when Secretary of Education Arnie Duncan was approached by Celebrity Q & A’s Colin Drummond outside the T.C. Williams High School.  Seeking a salacious story, Drummond tried to get Duncan to comment on porn star Sasha Grey‘s new pass time: reading books to public elementary school students in California.  Arnie denied any knowledge of the “actress” or her extracurricular activities and quickly flipped the pap’s tongue slip to deliver a motivational message about literacy: “I love people reading books in school.  We’re all supposed to read books in school.”  Point Duncan.

The Jake and Chuck Show

This weekend FNC’s Ed Henry briefly turns his sights away from sunsets and ocean views and settles on his White House colleagues ABC News’ Jake Tapper and NBC’s Chuck Todd. Nice use of natural light, Ed.

Cribs: DSK Dream House Edition

Do you have a taste for the finer things?  …luscious gardens, exquisite pools, chef’s eat-in kitchens and hotel housekeepers?  If so, you’re in luck!  For a sensible $5.2 million you could live the DSK dream in Washington because Dominique Strauss-Kahn and Anne Sinclair’s Georgetown home is on the market.  Power realtor Nancy Taylor Bubes (best name ever) nabbed the 3-bedroom, 4.5 bath listing and is now hawking the house via glam, glossy postcard.  See the mailer below and more about the scandal-ridden residence here.

White House Soup of the Day

To the delicate sounds of Prince’s “Oh Sheila” we learn through MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown” that the White House Soup of the Day is…

Crawfish Corn Chowder.

Host Chuck Todd seems rather indifferent towards it today. “It’s get out of dodge Wednesday at the White House,” he says. He promised to find out what the Soup of the Day is on Air Force 1 later and report back.

White House Soup of the Day

The White House Soup of the Day, as reported by MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown” is…

Tomato.

Memo to Deep Broth: Is this some kind of f&%king joke on host Chuck Todd who is already suffering from a serious shortage of tomato soup jokes?

“The President is not there, so they know they can mail it in,” Todd said with a deadened voice. “What does that mean? Come on, Tomato.”

White House Soup of the Day

The White House Soup of the Day, as reported by MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown” is…

Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato.

“Actually I would say it’s Roasted Red Pepper and Tomahhto,” said Host Chuck Todd showing off his thick Miami accent. “Why not. I didn’t want to use my other joke about tomato soup.”

Menacing Sam Stein Picture Emerges

Each morning on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” the program concludes with each contributor and host saying what he or she learned.

Today NY Magazine’s John Heilemann brought up HuffPost‘s Sam Stein, who appeared on this morning’s program. “If you want to intimidate someone, send them a picture of Sam Stein taken by our crew,” advised Heilemann.

Joe Scarborough chimed in, “Can I ask, who is responsible for this Stam Stein picture? It had to be TJ.” Mika Brzezinksi: “I think it’s Alex.”

The crew declared the picture a collective effort with hosts throwing around terms like “jealous” and “glowering.”

 

Politico’s Minor Mistake

The Internet can be so obnoxious. Scribes have been writing us in the last several minutes about a mistake in Politico‘s story by Tim Mak. The piece is about former Defense Sec. Donald Rumsfeld nixing his subscription to the NYT on account of columnist Paul Krugman‘s Sept. 11 op-ed.

The graph in question in Politico is the second to last in the story and concerns Rumsfeld aide Dorrance Smith. Before being quickly corrected, the story named Smith as a “Close Krugman aide” as opposed to a Rumsfeld aide.

Close Rumsfeld [Krugman] aides have also had their share of criticism for the paper. In 2009, former Pentagon Assistant Secretary Dorrance Smith slammed the awarding of a Pulitzer Prize to the newspaper for a story. “Does the Pulitzer give prizes for works of fiction? Perhaps they just got the wrong category,” he said to US News and World Report.

Thankfully the mistake was fixed in a jiffy. Now readers can return to breathing.

 

Parnes Takes FLOTUS Fawning to New Heights

We’re all for spreading our wings. Today Politico‘s Amie Parnes takes her FLOTUS fever to a sweat lodge as she writes about, not first lady Michelle Obama, but her mother, Marian Robinson.

No doubt, FLOTUS’s press office is doing cartwheels right about now. They officially declined to participate in the story, and still, Parnes manages to make Marian sparkle. Was there even a worry? Unfortunately not much new news in this report — Parnes’ prose is well-written and she’s good at compiling tidbits from past reports about FGOTUS. We do get a quote from WaPo social reporter Sally Quinn who has the “dream” quote of the story that doubles as a headline. “She’s the dream grandmother,” Quinn gushes. An anonymous “longtime family friend” reveals (and we use this word to exaggerate how unrevealing it is) that “She’s having a great time.”

What makes FGOTUS such a dream?

1. She takes the first daughters to school.

2. She keeps a low profile (it must be true because this low-profile story says so.)

3. She does math and helps the first daughters with their homework (which she told NBC TODAY’s Matt Lauer last year while keeping a low profile.)

4. She’s racy. Marian hits the Vegas strip, which Obama announced last year to the press corps.

5. Last but certainly not least, she does her own laundry in the machines down the hall because she doesn’t want anyone else checking out her undergarments. Perfectly understandable. (Michelle Obama told this to Oprah BFF Gayle King in May.)

The Parnes-o-Meter score (1-10, 10 being a Kissing Festival): It’s a smoochfest at 8.75.

Read the story here.

White House Soup of the Day

The White House Soup of the Day today is…

Miso.

Substitute host for MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown” Chris Cillizza is following in host Chuck Todd‘s footsteps with his bad attitude about the soup minus the miso tired of … jokes.

“I don’t like sushi. I don’t like miso,” said Cillizza. “I don’t know. My wife would punish me for saying that.”

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