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Archives: October 2011

Today’s Most Popular Stories 10.31.11

Every afternoon we surf your sites for the most popular stories of the day. Here are the top headlines for October 31, 2011:

Washington Post: Advice from Slate’s ‘Dear Prudence’

Washington Times: CURL: The very angry first lady Michelle Obama

Washington Examiner: Speaking of floor leaders: Steny Hoyer’s intimate ties with lobbyists

USA Today: Kim Kardashian: ‘Sometimes things don’t work out as planned’

NPR: Visualizing How A Population Grows To 7 Billion

The Hill: Second Energy Department-backed company goes bankrupt

Politico: Herman Cain accused by two women of inappropriate behavior

Roll Call: Lindsey Graham: National Security Will Be South Carolina Issue

National Journal: Report: Cain Accused of Inappropriate Behavior While Head of Trade Group

The New Republic: For Young Women, a Horrifying Consequence of Mubarak’s Overthrow

The Daily Caller: ‘I have in my hand a list of Herman Cain accusers…’

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D.C. Photog Captures Famed Smoker

At this point GOP Presidential contender Herman Cain‘s Chief of Staff Mark Block is as famed for his smoking as he is for anything else. Today Washington photographer Patrick Ryan gets a few closeups of Block doing — what else? — SMOKING outside the National Press Club, where his boss was speaking today during a sold-out luncheon.

Block told Ryan, “You know what funniest thing is since this started? Yesterday somebody asked me to autograph their cigarette.”

See the post here.

Whoops! Cain Confused for McCain

NYT‘s “The Caucus” blog screwed up GOP Presidential contender Herman Cain‘s name today in a way that isn’t likely to bring a smile to Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) face.

Read the story, “Cain Calls Harassment Issue a ‘Witch Hunt,’” by Jeff Zeleny here.

This post has been revised to reflect the following correction:
Correction: October 31, 2011
An earlier version of this post misspelled the surname of Herman Cain as McCain.

The Root to Show Off Influential People

Coming up…The Root, The Washington Post Company’s African American news and commentary site, will host their signature “The Root 100″ event on Nov. 5 at The Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in Washington. The publication recently unveiled its list of most influential young African-Americans.

The Root 100 identifies African-American influencers 45 and under who “shape daily conversations with work that matters.”  This year for the first time, individuals who made the list have been ranked. See the list here.

In the details…MEDIA CREDENTIALS: Interested in attending to cover the event? RSVP to maurisa@spottedmp.com by Thursday Nov. 3rd.  There will be no on-site media registration.

Evening Schedule:
6:30 p.m. – Green Carpet Appearances/Guest Arrivals
7:30 p.m. – Dinner and The Root 100 Awards Presentation
9 p.m. – Post Reception/Dancing

Some of the notable honorees who plan to attend include…

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5 Things You Need to Know This Week: Halloween!

In a spooktacular, ghoulicious episode of “5 Things You Need to Know This Week,” we count down our five favorite Halloween costumes. With special appearances by Beyoncé, Blake Lively, Brian Williams, and Brian Williams.

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Separated at Birth: Cain’s COS Mark Block

GOP presidential contender Herman Cain‘s Chief of Staff Mark Block is in the hot seat this morning in Washington as he makes the media rounds starting with an interview with MSNBC’s Chuck Todd on “The Daily Rundown.”

We do hope he has enough cigs to get through the day. But more importantly, we offer you Block’s doppelgangers. They are actor Wilford Brimley and The Muppet’s Swedish Chef. And hey, if this political thing doesn’t work out, Block can always fall back on oatmeal commercials or hit up Miss Piggy for a job.

(h/t to Business Insider politics reporter Zeke Miller for the Muppet portion of this post.)

Kurtz Gets Award for Giant Flub

There are awards you want to pin up on your refrigerator. Then there are those best swept under the rug. This is one of those.

In the November issue of Washingtonian, Harry Jaffe takes his machete to Newsweek/The Daily Beast‘s Washington Bureau Chief Howard Kurtz for the idiotic episode in which he quotes House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) dinging President Obama‘s message operation. He was working off notes from another reporter and apparently his eyeballs fell out during the transcribing process. Jaffe, who called it the “2011′s most embarrassing correction” was determined to give Kurtz the award – if he didn’t earn it for getting the Speaker’s quote disastrously wrong, he was going to get it for not knowing he was talking to that scoundrel (we use this word semi-affectionately) Kurt Bardella as opposed to Congressman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.). How Kurtz could have confused Bardella’s twentysomething voice for Issa’s is still a mystery of JonBenet Ramsey proportions. Unless…was Bardella imitating the Viper car alarm voice once used by his boss? Even then, alarm bells should have erupted in Kurtz’s head.

Congratulations to Kurtz for winning Jaffe’s dunce cap.

White House Soup of the Day

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

New England Clam Chowder.

Host Chuck Todd was uncharacteristically pleased. “Perfect Monday Halloween Soup,” he gushed. “New England Clam Chowder. Chowduh!”

WaPo Unveils ‘In the Loop’ Blog

WaPo‘s “In the Loop” column is officially evolving. Today they launch the blog, an extension of Al Kamen’s column, which runs Wednesdays and Fridays. As he puts it, “Today we launch the ‘In the Loop’ blog to intensify the pain.” Along with Kamen’s usual antics, it will feature Emily Heil, who joined the publication this summer from Roll Call’s “Heard on the Hill.”

They began publishing posts just before 7 a.m.

Regular features to expect:

  • Quote of the Week from a bizarre or mangled speech
  • RSVP for a fun or strange fundraiser or other event
  • Travel and Leisure section about government officials’ junkets
  • On the Run/Revolving Door, to track who’s leaving government to cash out on K Street or to another venture.

In today’s blog launch, Kamen and Heil ask readers for a phrase that will define President Obama‘s presidency. Examples from prior presidents: “We have nothing to fear but fear itself,” or “Ask not what your country can do for you” or “I did not  have sexual relations with that woman.”

Visit the blog here.

Politico Editor Dresses Up as Fake Jim V.

Faux twitter handles, even that of a now dead mouse, may be strictly prohibited at Politico, but dressing up as a fake handle is not yet against publication law. Which is lucky for Congressional Editor Martin Kady, who dressed up as Executive Editor Jim VandeHei‘s Twitter alias, Fake Jim VandeHei, for Halloween Friday.

Politico‘s Sara Libby posted the photograph of Kady in costume . Well done, Kady! A shame you didn’t carry a sign with his bio: “Fuck you, Drudge me.”

 

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