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“Chris I’ve never seen your sailor shirt before, it’s adorable. …It’s fetching.” — MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow to colleague Chris Hayes on her program last night. Hayes’ ensemble was a black blazer over a black and white striped T-shirt. Soon they will be swapping outfits.

Journo spots a star

“Just saw John Lithgow outside of Union Station. Told him I loved his read of Gingrich letter on Colbert. Very nice approachable guy.” — NBC Congressional Correspondent Luke Russert.

Reporter in hot seat over EPA story

“If I WERE wrong, I would’ve corrected story on EPA’s GhG stuff. But, I’m not. — The Daily Caller‘s Matthew Boyle. With that, he links to Executive Editor David Martosko‘s second official defense of Boyle. Mother Jones, Salon, WaPo and Politico all reported that Boyle got it wrong. Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) said he got it right.

Drudge WhoresWashington Examiner‘s Charlie Spiering promotes a Drudge hit for colleague and Online Editor Mark Hemingway. He writes, “Drudge banner for @Heminator.”

Among Vs. Amongst: The Audacity

This week an AnonymASS tipster raised hell about our using “amongst” as opposed to “among.” Another anonymous reader writes in to unload: “Just amongst us, why attack the messenger? Instead of taking the first hit that comes up on Google, wordy asses such as myself use Grammar Girl, a good source for real world usage. She says: Finally, people sometimes ask the difference between ‘among’ and ‘amongst.’ Both words mean the same thing, but amongst is the older form and is more commonly used in Britain than in the United States. It’s considered archaic and overly formal or even pretentious in American English.” Well said, Anonymous. I’m going to go discuss it amongst my friends.

Michelle Obama hits Target

“First Ladies, they are just like us – they shop at Target! Photo of Michelle Obama at Target today.” — CNBC’s Ryan Ruggiero. The AP photograph appeared in the Chicago Tribune, among other publications. It also caught FNC’s Greta Van Susteren‘s eye. She tweeted the picture and informed, “Michelle Obama showed up at a Target store in Alexandria, Va. Thursday. Her office said an Associated Press photographer happened to chance upon the first lady doing some impromptu shopping.” But most commenters on Greta’s blog weren’t so kind. One remarked, “Sympathy backtrack for all the luxuries they lavish in – a case of see I’m just like you bullchit [sic].” Another: “How much did this little photo opt trip cost the tax payers for security and transportation?” And another: “Next there will be a photo op of her and the kids parachuting from it with their lunch bags.” The favorite: “Wait, I think you guys have it wrong. I just took a closer look at the photo and I think it is Barack Obama in the dress, so he can buy a carton of cigarettes anonymously.” Read more hatred here.

A conversation I NEVER thought I’d have with FishbowlMatt

“Were your bras too small?” — FishbowlMatt to me during a debriefing phone call after I interviewed the ‘Bra Whisperer,” a woman who has outfitted Oprah and the Kardashians. I think my response, between laughter, was, “This is too weird, I cannot talk to you about this stuff…” Story to come later…

Memo to Capehart: Dude, I love your tie

“Dude, I need that purple tie. Ref?” — a follower to WaPo editorial writer and MSNBC Contributor Jonathan Capehart. Capehart’s response: “It was navy blue. By Borelli of Naples.” A sample tie by Borelli at left.

The Media Critic…NYT and CNBC’s John Harwood: “Among stranger things about TV news: producers say they’re ‘efforting’ to do something — rather than ‘trying,’ like normal English-speakers.”

Commentary: The Onion debacle

“#theonion is this some kind of social experiment? Trenchant, subtle commentary on media and government? If so, not working.” — NBC’s Mike Viqueira after Capitol Police take an Onion story on a hostage situation at the Capitol seriously.

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