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Archives: November 2010

Politico and Ryan Part Ways

Politico Click writer Kiki Ryan and Politico are saying sayonara, FishbowlDC has learned.

For the time being, Ryan is freelancing for Politico. We’ve learned that she has been feeling out other possibilities, including working for her former employer, the Washington Examiner, but that door has closed for all concerned.

Sources told us that while Ryan’s  relationship with Politico management wasn’t acrimonious, it was clear that it wasn’t a perfect fit on both ends. The publication has given her three months to find new employment. The back story is that from the start Ryan (blond on left in black and white dress) and Politico were never a match made in heaven. She has been a constant on the nightlife party coverage scene during her time at the publication and has, like other Click reporters, interviewed a slew of celebs.

We wish Ryan the best in her future pursuits. Back in January she gave us a pretty hilarious behind the scenes account of her time in Vegas hunting the Salahis (or rather, the Salamis as they were renamed on that trip). Read it here.

Politico had no comment. Nor did Ryan.

Photo credit: D.C. blogger and Q & A Cafe Host Carol Joynt.

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Today’s Most Popular Stories 11.30.10

Every afternoon we surf your sites for the most popular stories of the day. Here are the top headlines for November 30, 2010:

Washington Post: Senate passes sweeping food safety bill

Washington Times: WikiLeaks releases State Department cables

Washington Examiner: Politically correct Portland rejected feds who saved city from terrorist attack

USA Today: Road fatalities involving animals

The Hill: Senate votes down ban on earmarks, 39-56

Politico: Strong showing in anti-earmark vote

Roll Call: New Members to Descend on Harvard for Policy-Heavy Orientation

National Journal: Gates, Citing DOD Study, Urges Repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’

Talking Points Memo: Cantor Urges ‘Open Mind’ On VA Legislature Plan To Blow Up The Constitution

Politics Daily: Leaking of Secret U.S. Cables Sparks Diplomacy Crisis

The New Republic: The “American Exceptionalism” Smear And Epistemic Closure

The Daily Caller: Sarah Palin attacks Obama administration for slow response to WikiLeaks

WaPo Inches Closer to Hiring Metro Editor

Vernon Loeb has front-runner status for WaPo Metro Editor. We hear that Loeb, who is Deputy Managing Editor at The Philadelphia Inquirer, is being brought back for a second round of interviews. He was previously California Investigations Editor for LAT and staff writer for WaPo from 1994 to 2007. He should be a shoe in.

Stay tuned…

Romance in the Woods

Romance is always more interesting when guns are involved.

FishMart (as in MTP Executive Producer Betsy Fischer and Politico‘s Jonathan Martin) romanced their way through the Thanksgiving holiday late last week by taking to the woods. With guns.

Martin deferred to his girlfriend over Twitter, saying, “Putting me to shame.” Fischer flirted back, “He says with a bit of shock! Beginner’s luck.”

Photographs first posted by FishMart.

Mitchell, Wuerker Win Press Awards

The National Press Foundation is doling out accolades.

Lucky and hardworking recipients include NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent correspondent Andrea Mitchell, who will receive the 2010 Taishoff Broadcasting Award. Another award recipient is Politico‘s Matt Wuerker, who will receive $2500 for the 2010 Berryman Award for Editorial Cartooning.

Honorable Mentions for their work will go to WaPo‘s Tom Toles; MSNBC’s Daryl Cagle and Jimmy Margulies of The Record (New Jersey). Wuerker received an Honorable Mention last year; Margulies won the award in 2005.

Awards will be given at NPF’s 28th annual awards ceremony on March 1 at the Washington Hilton Hotel. Mitchell requested that the University of Pennsylvania receive the $5,000 honorarium associated with the award.

CNNer is Hollywood Bound

Hello J-Lo. Goodbye Wolf, John, Dana and the gang. CNN’s Eric Kuhn announced today that he is leaving the network to go work in digital media for the United Talent Agency in Los Angeles. He’s apparently ready to go – he has already changed his Twitter name (from KuhnCNN to just Kuhn). His goodbye party is pizza in the Red Conference Room today in 10 minutes.

To give you a sense, along with J-Lo, the company reps Johnny Depp and Daniel Radcliffe. Congratulations to Kuhn.

Read the announcement from CNN’s Alex Wellen after the jump…

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Greta Chats Up Krazy Kardashian Sisters

Dear Greta, I was thinking about that the other day. I swear. I was like, why, like, how did this happen, like why isn’t there like another thing like this because there’s got to be lots of blended families that are crazy.

The above is an actual like real quote from Kourtney Kardashian, a guest on FNC’s  Greta Van Susteren‘s “On the Record” program last night along with sisters, Kim and Khloe. The trio came to discuss their new book, Kardashian Konfidential.

Van Susteren isn’t a newbie when it comes to the Kardashians. She got to know the Kardashian daughters’ father as a CNN legal analyst during the O.J. Simpson murder trial. Robert Kardashian was on Simpson’s defense team. Greta invited Kim to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner as her date in June, bringing all those big butt argument memories rushing back. At the time, Greta was really protective of the gossipy chatter surrounding her date at WHCD parties. She was seemingly unaware of Kim’s rise to fame, which involved a sex tape followed by more recent sexy and sultry Carl’s Jr. and Quick Trim ads.  And all that talk about her big butt.

Van Susteren keeps the interview classy. “People think they know a lot about you because of the reality show, but it’s a lot different isn’t it?” she asks. Kim: They take bits and pieces of each of our lives, and make characters of us. There is a lot more to us.

Greta doesn’t hold back. “Did you grow up spoiled?” she asks the girls.

Kourtney: Yes and no. Khloe: We’re spoiled, we’re just not brats. Kim: But it [money] wasn’t given without some kind of work to get that prize. Kourtney (again): I remember even at my Sweet 16 I remember my mom sent me an invitation to my Sweet 16 in the mail…I feel bad because don’t want a Sweet 16 and a car because my friends got one or the other and my mom was like, I want you to have both.

Greta recalled sweet WHCD memories, saying, “When Kim joined us at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, there was no big Hollywood entourage. I think everybody in Washington was surprised.” Kim concurred: “A lot of the people I hang out with are always shocked. When they invite me to come to dinner and I come by myself. They assume I would have had a big entourage. My sisters are not with me. I come by myself.”

The host then inquired about their fame. “Why you three? There are lots of sisters.”

This prompted Kourtney’s above like fantastic quote at the top.

Greta jokingly complained…

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White House Soup of the Day

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

French Onion.

Hosts Savannah and Chuck both expressed delight by the choice on this rainy day. “Well this is kind of exciting,” she said. He remarked: “Just single favorite soup hands down.” She said, “I could put cheese on bean dip and you’d it eat.” He said, “I’m sorry, melted cheese atop of a crock pot?” Voice trailing off air, she concluded, “Actually that sounds delicious.”

Political Analyst and Journo to Give Speeches to American League of Lobbyists

Hailed as the “political program of the year,” the National Press Club is the venue for this morning’s annual meeting and elections of the American League of Lobbyists.

Featured speakers are political analyst Charlie Cook (above left) and The Hill‘s Managing Editor Bob Cusack (above right), who will be the luncheon keynote speaker. In a scheduled 40-minute speech, Cusack will make predictions for the remaining days of the lame duck session.

The journalist doesn’t fear public speaking. Here’s why: “I don’t really fear public speaking any more. After college, I did some amateur stand-up in Baltimore and there is nothing scarier than that. I quickly learned that my future was not going to be in comedy.”

Speeches aside, the League plans to brag about what they hope is a revamped image amongst a tarnished lobbyist industry. To that end, they’ll unveil their lobbying video (don’t think Rihanna, Jay-Z or even former House GOP Majority Leader Tom DeLay dancing on DWTS) which, a release says, “will be used in various contexts to burnish the image of lobbyists.”  The League apparently “spent considerable time and money the past 24 months” to improve its PR image, and “this video is part of the over-all scheme of things.”

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Awkward Headline of the Day: “Friend of Children Mark Foley Looking At Running For Office Again” — Wonkette, Monday night. Story here.

Sign of the times

“Dining with a 22 year old. True quote: “I mean who even uses E-MAIL anymore?!” #TwitterWins”– NJ‘s Susan Davis in a Monday evening tweet.

WikiLeaks and buxom blond

“Let’s look on the bright side of the Wiki leaks ….. Do we REALLY think Moammar Gaddafi is upset that we exposed that his “senior Ukranian nurse” is a very buxom blond?” — Washington Business Tonight anchor Rebecca Cooper Dupin in a Monday Facebook update.

Journo weighs comforts of female Brit

“The voice in my new building’s elevator is a woman with a British accent. I am withholding a verdict right now.” — AP White House reporter Phil Elliott in a Monday tweet.

Disturbing news of night

“Toddler thrown off Tysons Corner Center parking garage, sources say.” — TBD tweet Monday night with story here.

Dreyfuss unloads on sound bite society

“The terrible thing is we’ve become used to soundbites, which do not allow for anyone to think at all … you have to rush to make no sense.” — Actor Richard Dreyfuss on this morning’s MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

WhizziLeak humor

“Can we hurry this up? I need to go take a Wiki-leak.” — the oddball, low, dragging introducer’s voice on E!’s “Chelsea Lately” program Monday night.

WikiLeak reality

“To an outsider, diplomacy sometimes looks like an exercise in smiling and being nice to people who you secretly dislike or even scorn. The trouble is, these days your real feelings may not be a secret.” — Reuters Washington Bureau Chief Simon Denyer in a his Monday “Washington Extra” newsletter referring to the current WikiLeaks. (To subscribe, email

Circus and Senate – any difference?

The Hill‘s Senate scribe J. Taylor Rushing in a Facebook message “welcomes back the circus to town… Uh, I mean the Senate.”