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FishbowlDC Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance

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Fish Poll: And the Best Turkey Pardon Headline Is…

turkey pinAnd the results are in…

The Minneapolis Star Tribune earned the great honor of tying with “Other” in our Fish Poll.  However, not one of you turkeys supplied me with any witty alternatives. “I don’t care” was pithy but off topic.

Congrats MST, your “White House turns turkey pardon into Hunger Games” headline earned you 36.36% of the popular vote, yams and extra gravy.

Today’s Most Popular Stories 11.27.13


Trending topics and the headlines driving clicks around town. Here are the day’s most popular stories for Wednesday, November 27, 2013.

Washington Post: Nancy Lanza, a mother tragic and infuriating

Washington Times: Rules of engagement bind U.S. troops’ actions in Afghanistan

Washington Examiner:  Survey: Doctors rebelling against Obamacare, hospitals declining to join

Washington City Paper: Give It Up, D.C.!

USA Today: Obama pardons bird, cites ‘Hunger Games’

The Hill:  White House won’t rule out future executive action on immigration

Politico: Small businesses hit with Obamacare delay

Roll Call: New Senate Daily Press Gallery Site Chronicles Press Corruption

National Journal: Democrats Fear Obamacare Will Cost Them The Senate

Daily Caller: Poll: Christie leads potential 2016 GOP field in Iowa, tops Hilary in head-on-head match up

ABC 7: Woman robbed, assaulted in Friendship Heights alley

NBC 4: Family: We tipped server, didn’t pen anti-gay note

CBS 9: Toddler’s memory lives on through random acts of kindness sweeping the country

For What Are You Thankful?


Here, we’ll start: We’re thankful to be in North Carolina for the holidays, where everyone has their own Chik-Fil-A branded, camo truck.

Here’s what some of our fave DC journo peeps are thankful for this holiday season:

Politico’s Mike Allen: “I’m thankful for my POLITICO bosses and colleagues, who inspire me and who are making the most of this amazing season of unlimited opportunity for innovative journalism. I’m grateful to be living in a fascinating city where it’s so easy to connect with friends on the spur of the moment, and where people are so passionate about what they do. I’m very appreciative for the Playbook audience: I learn new things from you — all day, every day.”

Michelle Jaconi of CNN: “I am thankful for good health, our great country, my amazing family, and really good milkshakemilkshakes that enhance the enjoyment of the aforementioned.”

The Hill’s Silver Fox Bob Cusack: ”"I am thankful for the First Amendment, our military men and women, political scandals, “Veep,” the Red Zone Channel, and Joyce, my best friend and wife.”

National Journal’s Ben Terris: “I’m thankful for the wackos, the over-achievers and ladder climbers, the passionate advocates for change, the geniuses and the lucky idiots who found themselves with unimaginable power, that make up a cast of characters never boring to write about in DC. And I’m thankful for a kickass wife who is killing it as a jewelry-maker, in case this whole journalism thing doesn’t work out…”

Nikki Schwab of US News: “It’s been a tumultuous year in journalism, so I’m just really thankful to have such a great gig in our field.”

BuzzFeed’s John Stanton: “First off, I’m grateful for my wife Tara and all my friends and family who put up with my particular brand of whiskey soaked insanity. Which is no easy feat, I assure you.”

New_Jameson_BottleAlso for Kate, Rosie, Evan, Jacob, Chris, Ruby, Benny, Augusta, and all my other BuzzFeed colleagues who make me look like a competent bureau chief and are easily the least in need of a throat punch bunch in the business.  And finally, I’m deeply grateful for the memories of KT, Josh, Mike, Grandpa Ed, and everyone else who’s moved on from this mortal coil in the last two years. We still love you all.”

We’ll continue updating as responses roll in…and please share yours by emailing — we’ll gladly add them to the list!  

Separated At Birth?

This sedate puppy and this terrifying Russian:

Fish Poll: WTF Is Up With Turkey Pardon Headlines -Am I Right??

Hey friends, are you still alive? Is anyone left in this god-forsaken city? Do people even read the Internet the day before Thanksgiving?

You don’t have to answer, we’re too busy listening to that Chris Gaines album and drinking whiskey (an old North Carolina Thanksgiving tradition) to care much, anyhoo. But hey, how about a little polly-poll, cuz, you know, those posts write themselves.

Vote on which turkey pardon headline you like best! And feel free to suggest your own if ya got one.


FishbowlDC Newsstand: Your Morning at a Glance

Today’s Most Popular Stories 11.26.13


Trending topics and the headlines driving clicks around town. Here are the day’s most popular stories for Tuesday, November 26, 2013.

Washington Post: Black Friday: The best tech deals to look for

Washington Times: Obamas call to close Vatican embassy is ‘slap in the face’ to Roman Catholics

Washington Examiner: Supreme Court to review Obamacare contraception mandate

Washington City Paper: TCB’s Reggie “Polo” Burwell has died

USA Today: Report: Alleged trend of “Knockout Game” a myth

The Hill: Flailing Obama needs health fix

Politico: Krauthammer: Worst since Munich

Roll Call: Florida Special-Election Sprint Starts

National Journal: Cash Is Dead. Are Credit Cards Next?

Daily Caller: Federal investigators still not contacting conservative groups investigated by IRS

ABC 7: Woman victim of alleged rape, assault at D.C. pool

NBC 4: Family: We tipped server, didn’t pen anti-gay note

CBS 9: Kierra Nicole Spriggs & Sarah A Jordan arrested for abuse at Minnieland daycare center in Woodbridge

Fish Poll: And the TIME‘s 2013 Person of the Year Is…

At least according to our highly educated and astute readership here at FishbowlDC, with just over 50% of the vote, TIME‘s 2013 Person of the Year ought to be…

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