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James Pindell: The FishbowlDC Interview

n757990248_3843.jpgSay hello to James Pindell, managing editor of Politicker.com.

What word do you routinely misspell? bureaucracy (read into that what you will)

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? vibrate

What time did you get up this morning? 6am

When did you last cry and why? I cried from laughing when my normally athletically challenged alma mater Drake clinched a NCAA bid winning by 30 points on a CBS a few weeks ago.

How many emails do you receive a day, roughly? 300-400

What’s your favorite letter? A — because of my wife’s name.

What single person played the biggest role / had the biggest influence on your journalism career? Two: David Yepsen and “Wally Edge”

Who is your favorite active journalist? I wish I had the mix of Mike Allen’s energy, Mark Halperin’s precision, Dan Balz’s wisdom, Jeff Zeleny’s wardrobe, Ryan Lizza’s ability to find the perfect anecdotal lead, and Steve Kornacki’s snarkiness. Oh and the AP’s expense account. All that said, C.J. Chivers is badass.

What did you have for breakfast? Generic corn flakes

Read the rest when you click below…(and see previous FishbowlDC interviews: Julie Mason, David Shuster, Joe Curl, Alex Pareene, Peter Beinart, Jonah Goldberg, Megyn Kendall, Ana Marie Cox, Jim Brady, Howard Mortman, Amy Argetsinger, Jose Antonio Vargas, Chuck Todd, Tom Gottlieb, Kelly Ann Collins, David von Drehle, David Lat, Mark Leibovich, Zain Verjee, David Plotz, Paul Kane, Karen Travers, Mark Halperin, Hugo Gurdon, Greg Kelly,Ken Rudin, John Dickerson, Anne Schroeder, Spencer Ackerman, Bret Baier, Bob Sellers, Greta van Susteren, Danielle Jones, Jonathan Salant, John McCalla, Pam Hess, Ryan Grim, Marc Ambinder, Marty Kady, Jack Shafer, Annie Lou Bayly, Jerry Zremski, Charlie Cook, Dave Hughes, Howard Fineman, Katie Tarbox, Mark Segraves, Chris Cillizza, Tom Sietsema, Bill Triplett, Robin Givhan, David Brody, Norah O’Donnell, Carl Cannon, Jordan Lieberman, David Folkenflik, Molly Henneberg, Ernesto Londono, Brody Mullins, Aaron Blake, Martha Raddatz, Andrew Sullivan, Christina Bellantoni, Shane Harris, Nora McAlvanah, Adam Nagourney, Erin McPike, Mike Memoli, Ju-Don Marshall Roberts, Arthur Delaney, Chris Mincher, Rachel Sklar, Laura Sullivan, Jeff Kosseff, Matthew Cooper, Scott McCrary, Dan Reilly, Jennifer Griffin, Ari Shapiro, Jonathan Kaplan, Rick Klein, Mike Allen, Olivier Knox, Erik Wemple, Nathan Burchfiel, Andrea Mitchell, Mike DeBonis, Anne Kornblut, April Ryan, Amy Morris, Keith Koffler, <strongMark Silva, Ann Compton, Mark Knoller, Betsy Fischer, Katherine O’Hearn, Pamela Brown, Beverly Kirk, Wendell Goler, Glenn Kessler, Susan Page, Michael Crowley, Claudia Milne, Kelly Dinardo, Bruce Becker, Michael Rogers, Paul Schur, Diana West, Eric Nuzum, Bill Adair, Jonathan Ward, Jennifer Sergent, Jeffrey Goldberg, Ken Silverstein, Dana Milbank, Mark Murray, Katherine Lewis, Joe Mathieu, Chrystia Freeland, Sam Youngman, Christopher Dorobek, Greg Mitchell, Candy Crowley, Steve Chaggaris)

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What one toiletry item could you not live without? toothbrush

If you could have one superpower, which one would it be? BS detector. Or to fly.

Red or white wine? Red. I am a cab and red zin guy.

PG-13 or R? R

Lincoln, Jefferson or Washington Memorial? I appreciate the Jefferson because I like long walks in cities. But Lincoln wins because of its history and the testament to the power of the written word inside.

Leg or breast (chicken, of course) Breast. This is an evolution from my childhood’s “leg days” at my grandparent’s farm.

Friday night or Saturday night? Saturday mornings.

“Wedding Crashers” or “Old School” The ultimate comedy is “A Christmas Story” no matter the season.

The Palm or Cafe Milano? Cap Grill.

Yankees or Red Sox? The team possessing a soul and the current World Series trophy.

Jenna or Barbara? Jenna, but I wonder if Barbara is the one who has it all figured out.

McSteamy or McDreamy? Chuck Todd

Leno or Letterman? Letterman — a native Hoosier like me.

Stewart or Colbert? Colbert

Boxers or briefs? “I don’t answer those humiliating questions. But whichever one it is, I look good in ‘em!” — Barack Obama when asked to same question by US Weekly.

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