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GREAT EXPECTATIONS: “It’s just too easy for the NY Post headline writers.”HuffPost‘s Sam Stein.

Speaking of Weiner…

“We really need to get moving on a conservative PAC to support Anthony Weiner getting back into politics. Who’s with me?” — Jazz Shaw, weekend editor at Hot Air.

Publisher wants beach body

“My current body-type is ‘zeppelin.’ So not ready for summer.” — Metro Weekly Co-Publisher Sean Bugg.

A publicist says no to pantyhose 

“If you’re wearing pantyhose with sandals you and I have a serious problem.” — Courtney Cohen, a publicist and former producer for ABC’s “This Week.”

Politico scribe to Hollywood

“I’m in Hollywood to cover the RNC Spring mtg. Invocation ahead of possibly-contentious, 5-hr Rules mtg asks God to give everyone patience.” Politico‘s James Hohmann. What he won’t be attending: “Dick Cheney will address the RNC at a closed-press lunch tomorrow afternoon here in Hollywood.” Roll Call‘s Jonathan Strong had a suggestion for Hohmann, saying, “You should go to Voyeur with some RNC people.”  Hohmann replied, “I would NOT get reimbursed for that.”

Halperin’s Words of Wisdom

“Dear colleagues: sometimes elected officials try to pass laws b/c they think those laws are right, not to gain electoral or political edge.” — TIME‘s Mark Halperin.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 6:43 a.m.

When lateness pays off

“Got off jury duty by showing up late. Weird incentive there.” — BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith.

From the Dept. of Bragiculture…

“Getting so many emails the little transparent Outlook notice in the corner of my computer just isn’t turning off anymore.” — Politico‘s Alex Guillen, who deserves a hearty congratulations for getting a lot of emails.

MSNBC journo has fun facts on cicadas and a style writer braces herself for a lot of face time at the salon… Read more

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Quotes of the Day – Happy Valentine’s Day

Journo witnesses Casanova on D.C. Metro

“Watched guy on Metro land two women’s phone numbers. Has arm around second one now. #MetroAfterDark.” — Politico‘s Alex Guillen.

Howie K. Vs. Bill O.

“Survived my showdown with Bill O’Reilly in the Fox’s lair. Tune it at 8:20 eastern to see if I have any scars.” — The Daily Beast and CNN’s Howard Kurtz.

Banana Joe: You’ve been warned

“Banana Joe, I want to scoop you up and take you home!!” — Jacqui Jeras, meterologist, WJLA-TV.

Anonymous Valentine sent in to FishbowlDC: “Hey Roll Call, you look sexy working at home in your pajamas.” (To put in context, CQ Roll Call execs are contemplating renting out space, saving cash and having their employees work remotely. Nothing has been finalized.)

Ash Wednesday presents new use for camera phone

“Texts From My Mom: ‘If you don’t send me a picture of yourself with ashes on your forehead today, you are being written out of the will.’” — BuzzFeed reporter Ellie Hall.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 8:02 a.m.

The Eavesdropper

“TSA guy to Dulles passenger: ‘Sir, your passport is not valid.” Pause. Visions of delay, or arrest. Then: “You need to sign it first.’” — NPR’s Steve Inskeep.

Reporter observes rudeness on bus

“Bus driver is saying good morning to every single rider, about 1 in 10 respond. Are bus riders turning into metro riders?? The horror.” — Roll Call‘s Amanda Becker.

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Quotes of the Day

“What up?” — Snooki upon meeting former presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich on NBC Tonight Show With Jay Leno last night. The above picture was posted by Newt’s wife, Callista, who wrote, “Enjoyed meeting Snooki at Leno today.”

Leno cries media bias

“Both of them are so ridiculously biased. It’s hard for a normal person to…” — Jay Leno on The Tonight Show last night, explaining to Gingrich why it’s so hard to watch either FNC or MSNBC. Gingrich opened up his big fat mouth and interrupted him mid-sentence.

WTF Central

@MittRomney not inviting @SarahPalinUSA to GOP convention is like @TeamCavuto not inviting @MichelleFields back to his show.‪#ReconsiderBoth — Fields’ hallucinating follower Chris Claud. One thing’s for sure, Fields worshippers are getting creepier by the day. Claud should just shhh, be quiet, but no, he continued on about his distress of Fields not appearing on FNC’s “Hannity” Wednesday night after Fields informed her followers that they should still watch the program even though she wouldn’t be on it. “@MichelleFields @SeanHannity I’ll still tune in, but Sean owes us big time. I’m thinking you as co-host for a week!‪#HannityAndFields ‪#IOU”

Donna Brazile blasts Romney at 3 a.m.

“@donnabrazile Donna, do u always tweet at 3 a.m.? Only parents of hungry babies like me awake to read them.” — Roll Call‘s Steven Dennis.  At around 3 a.m. this morning, CNN Analyst Donna Brazile fired off a series of tweets on Mitt Romney. For example, “FLASHBACK: Romney Challenged Kennedy To Release Tax Returns” and “Once more, the critics of Obama feast on fear and paranoia. SEAL Team Six Commander Launches Anti-Obama Offensive.” 

Journo down on Letterman

“OK, I’ve never watched late night TV but isn’t Letterman supposed to be funny?” — Politico Pro Energy reporter Alex Guillen.

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

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Quotes of the Day

A writer’s philosophy

“One of those days when I didn’t let the failure to write something really good keep me from writing anything at all. Slim victory, indeed.” — WaPo Book World Editor Ron Charles.

Tschida senses demon in his apartment

“Hello exorcist: attic noise wakes dog/ me. NO rodents. Stereo comes on 3 times middle of night. Come home tv blaring! WHAT’S GOIN ON?” — ABC7′s Stephen Tschida. This epitomizes why he was nominated for Drama King in our Summer Superlatives contest. We’re giving you a sage smudge stick to waft around your apartment.

Deep and Dirty Thoughts with WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten: “Profound Thought, by a friend who for some reason wishes anonymity: Bet no one could pick his/her own butthole out of a lineup.” (We’re not looking for art for this item.)

A note about Human Events Editor and Washington’s “The Situation” Jason Mattera: “Ha ha! @JasonMattera missed a book signing at because he was ‘looking at all the conservative honeys!’”

Separated at Birth Gone Wrong

Here we have an example of a wayward (but delightful) submission: MSNBC’s Ed Schultz and Fred Flintstone. (h/t Larry Kelly)

Thoughtful journo gives award to Jehovahs

“I never invite them in but I’ve got to give the persistence award to the Capitol Hill Jehovah’s Witnesses.” — Albuquerque Journal‘s Washington Bureau Chief Michael Coleman.

Drama Queen dreads iPhone

“I’m sorta dreading the iphone arrival. Spending quality time with my BB now.” — TWT‘s Senior Opinion Writer Emily Miller.


A Penguin in Politico’s Lobby?

Politico Deputy Politics Editor Sara Libby is reporting over Twitter that there’s a penguin in Politico‘s lobby. “OMG this is happening, there’s an actual penguin the lobby,” she wrote.

Her first remark: “AHHHHHH”

UPDATE: And the accusations and new Twitter handles are already flying. After Politco‘s Byron Tau (we believe jokingly) tweeted his suspect list — Alex Guillen and Jennifer Epstein — Epstein writes, “Apparently I am being accused of being @politicopenguin &, tho I wrote a book about penguins in 1st grade, I am not behind this.”

Will VandeHarris intervene? Only time will tell. As many know, @FakeJimVandeHei has disappeared without a trace. Hopefully the penguin won’t suffer the same fate.

UPDATE #2: It seems @politicopenguin the twitter handle is getting rather mouth. He (we assume it’s a he but have zero proof) writes, “Wow, these @Politico folks really like me. Any chance I can get a gig blogging Antarctic politics, or at least getting @BenPolitico coffee?” He adds, “While I’m in town, are there any White House State Dinners I can crash? I’m already dressed for the occasion.” He also makes demands: “Any chance I can get a shout-out in PlayBook, @MikeAllen? When I get home, I’m expecting to sit on an egg for a couple of months.”

UPDATE #3: For those asking, the penguin was in Politico‘s lobby because it was going to be a guest on NewsChannel8′s “Let’s talk live” TV show.


Separated at Birth: Politico’s Alex Guillen and…

Politico Web Producer Alex Guillen bears a striking resemblance to Seinfeld’s “Newman” character played by actor Wayne Knight.

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CNN Senior Photojournalist Mark Walz in a Tuesday tweet writes that he “is sitting in the White House press room thinking about what to do next.” Walz, who works out of the White House, has one of the most beautiful Twitter background’s we’ve seen. His handle is: @MaiTaiMark. Above is a photograph we found that he posted on April 11. A little over a week old — but worth it.

Distracted scribe finds comfort in fudge

“Drowning my writer’s block in fudge. #fat” — The Daily Caller‘s Alexis Levinson in a Tuesday tweet.

A Major conversation with Sheen

“So @charliesheen just asked me to tweet him my full name for tix to 2-nite’s DC show. Duh, Warlock you don’t already have it?” — NJ‘s Major Garrett in a Tuesday tweet.

The Observer

“Jessica Yellin looks tiny on the Sit Room set in wideshots.” — Mediaite TV Editor Mark Joyella in a Tuesday tweet about CNN’s National correspondent Jessica Yellin.

Web producer finds way to improve matzoh

“Found a way to make matzoh good: drown it in chocolate and caramel. L’chaim!” — Politico Pro Web Producer Alex Guillen in a Tuesday tweet. Clarification: Guillen originally wrote that @sarahkliff (a Politico reporter who covers health care policy) actually found the chocolaty matzoh goodness. Good catch Guillen! Phew.

Damn sneaky reporters

“Going thru pen & pad sign in sheets-thanks to joker who signed in as “Brad’s Mom” with the ‘Dayspring Weekly.’” — @CantorPress (official Twitter feed for House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) in a Tuesday tweet.


“Actually not on @TheLastWord tonight, but watch anyway! You’ll learn stuff.” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel in a Tuesday tweet.

Blogger relishes in book’s arrival

“It takes so long to get to this point that it’s tough to feel the way I thought I’d feel  (carthwheels and all that), but I feel something special just the same.” — Blogger and Q & A Cafe Host Carol Joynt in a Tuesday Facebook update and post on her personal website. She received her first copy of her book “Innocent Spouse” today. It’ll be in book stores May 10.

TV friendly journo commits necessary act: a hair cut

“Got my hair did. You know what that means….” — WaPo‘s Jonathan Capehart in a Tuesday Facebook update.

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David Broder: Sept. 11, 1929 – March 9, 2011

Reporters, politicians and pundits honor the passing of WaPo‘s Broder

“OF ALL THE EPITAPHS that might fit him – journalist, columnist, commentator, author, teacher, student of politics – we think our friend and colleague Dave Broder, who died Wednesday at age 81, would probably be most pleased with the one-word description we offer.” — A WaPo editorial with the headline: “David Broder: Reporter.”

“Like so many here in Washington and across the country, Michelle and I were deeply saddened to hear about the passing of a true giant of journalism, David Broder.  David filed his first story from our nation’s capital before starting as a junior political writer on the 1960 presidential election.  In the decades that followed, he built a well-deserved reputation as the most respected and incisive political commentator of his generation – winning a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of Watergate and earning the affectionate title of Dean of the Washington press corps.  Through all his success, David remained an eminently kind and gracious person, and someone we will dearly miss.  Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends in this difficult time.” — A statement from President Obama.

“What I didn’t realize until I joined The Post in 1972 was that his influence on his colleagues was even greater than his influence on his readers. He saw to it that the newest and rawest members of the national staff, of which I was one, received top assignments that resulted in Page One stories, even if that meant that he took a back seat.” — Former WaPo White House Correspondent Lou Cannon in an op-ed on Broder in WaPo this morning.

“Interviewing them, Broder once said, invariably reminded him “that the American people don’t always have all the information in their hands, but their judgment is just about always sharp. You’ll find that they don’t make a hell of a lot of mistakes.” This was not a cynical reporter.” — WaPo Associate Editor Robert Kaiser in an op-ed on Broder in WaPo this morning.

“He could laugh with us at our mock annoyance in a way that told us he didn’t share this exalted estimate of his own skills. He once told me there were “too many days” when he wasn’t David Broder either.” – Jack Germond in an op-ed for Politico.

WaPo legend David Broder has died. RIP to the man who defined what it meant to be a political journalist.” — WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza in a Wednesday tweet.

“I will never forget the first call from David Broder back in the 1984 Jackson campaign. He went beyond the process stories. Rest in peace!” — Democratic pundit and CNN Contributor Donna Brazile in a Wednesday tweet.

“Broder was on the campaign trail getting scoops and stories to the end. Never rested on his laurels.” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel in a Wednesday tweet.

News of the yes, that’s weird

“Male on Metro, approx 25 yrs old, staring at me while sucking his thumb. But that’s cool, it’s not weird.” — The Takeaway’s Capitol Hill radio correspondent Todd Zwillich in a Wednesday tweet.

Scribe has faraway hots for Walsh

“I like to pretend Joan Walsh was hot once upon a time.” — The Daily Caller‘s Jeff Poor in a Wednesday tweet regarding Salon‘s Editor-at-Large Joan Walsh who often appears on MSNBC’s “Hardball” with Chris Matthews.

Journo wishes scribes luck on frantic Wednesday coverage?

“R.I.P. David Broder – & good luck to media reporters, trying to cover his passing & Schiller resignation at NPR. Busy day on the media beat.” — Politico‘s Ken Vogel in a Wednesday tweet. Thanks Ken!

Washingtonian Editor acknowledges his dorkiness

“As a dork, I recall the 1st time I saw David Broder in person: Press room of the 1995 NGA convention in Vt. I was 14. #rip.” — Washingtonian Editor Garrett Graff in a Wednesday tweet.

Note to HariHei: Journo sarcasm

“Because god forbid Outlook go one whole day without crashing.” — Politico Pro Web Producer Alex Guillen in a Thursday morning tweet.

WaPo Book Editor seeks San Fran getaway

“San Francisco friends: I’m looking for a furnished 3 bdrm place for June-Aug. Must be in Santa Clara County. Any leads appreciated.” — WaPo Book World Editor Ron Charles in a Thursday tweet.

Blogger calls Sen. Reid ‘a clot’

“Roses are red, violets are not, but one thing’s for sure: Harry Reid is a clot.” — The Daily Caller‘s Jim Treacher in a Wednesday tweet. He links to a story about Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.) challenging Republicans who are trying to do away with federally funded cowboy poetry festivals.

Journo smacks down Newt for cheating

“So apparently #newtgingrich cheated on women because he loved america so much. #todayinwtf” — TNR‘s Deputy Online Editor Seyward Darby in a Wednesday tweet.

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Scribe’s granny is risk taker

“My grandmother has signed the zipline waiver for her cruise next week. Can’t wait for the video.” — Politico Pro Web Producer Alex Guillen in a Tuesday tweet.

Yglesias’ revelations on french fries

“People realize that ‘eat food, mostly plants’ is consistent with a diet composed entirely of french fries, right?” — Center for American Progress Fellow and liberal blogger Matt Yglesias in a Wednesday morning tweet.


“Oh, memories… “physical exhaustion” “mental breakdown” “berating” “swagger” “bluster, ego, and unremitting confidence”” — Former Politico media writer Michael Calderone reacts to the Washingtonian piece on Politico that published Tuesday that discussed the editing reputation of now Politico Pro Editor Tim Grieve. Calderone is now at Yahoo! News in Manhattan. He links to the story here.

The Critic

“I don’t mean to sound churlish. But I do not know anyone under the age of 40 who lives in Georgetown.” — Slate‘s Annie Lowry speaking out about the pilot “Georgetown” by Josh Schwartz, creator of O.C. and Gossip Girl that involves 20-somethings aspiring politicos.

Writer counts her words

Bonnie Goldstein, of Politics Daily, has written 131,342 words on 224 posts since she started publishing at Woman Up 1 year and 286 days ago. — Goldstein in a Tuesday Facebook update.

Weigel sticks up for FLOTUS

“As she should, given that she’s not stupid.” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel in a Tuesday tweet, responding to RealClearPolitics‘s Mike Memoli commenting that Michelle Obama “sidesteps criticism by Sarah Palin.”