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Journo wrongly complimented on baby bump 

“Someone just said my pregnancy bump was SO cute. Did I mention I’m not pregnant?” — Reuters labor and employment reporter Amanda Becker.

Spotted: FBDC’s “Cutest Dog in Washington” winner partaking in random acts of cuteness. Watch here.

Question to Never Ponder I: “Is the @TacoBell Doritos shell taco as good as I imagine it is?” — RedState‘s Ben Howe.

Question to Never Ponder II: “Walked four blocks on Capitol hill, seen TWO turquoise dress shirts. Dudes what’re we doin here?” — Logan Dobson, research analyst for The Tarance Group, a Republican polling firm.

Confessional.

“I am going to take a nap. Beat from tests today–they inject me with antibodies, virus to see how I do. Feel like crap. Be back later! xo” — Sophia Nelson, a motivational writer for HuffPost and Essence.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 8:33 a.m.

Twitter shame

“Darn, a tweet with a typo got RT’d already so now I feel like I can’t delete it.” — HuffPost‘s Jeffrey Young.

Reminder: Spelling Bee between journos and polls at National Press Club tonight at 8:15 p.m.

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Reuters Scribe Deals With Overnight Fraud

Reuters labor and employment reporter Amanda Becker woke to some bad news this morning.

Like any good Washington reporter, she took to Twitter to blast her angst and confront Bank of America on the matter. Read more

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LAPCHILD ALERT: “Mel Watt has a toddler on his lap, name of ‘Nico.’”Politico‘s Glenn Thrush.

“As I think Mark Twain said, trust leaves on horseback and returns on foot. … A president leads by persuasion, not command.” — Former Defense Sec. Donald Rumsfeld last night on CNN’s “Piers Morgan Live” on the current state of White House scandals and the concept of a Benghazi coverup.

Memo to world: Keep your smoke to yourself

“I AM SO SICK OF INHALING YOUR CANCER SMOKE AT BUS STOPS PEOPLE. Have some class. That is all.” — Reuters Amanda Becker.

Important Q to Ponder: “Is it technically plagiarism if they only took half a sentence? How about if they use your half sentence to buttress an incorrect assertion?” — Megan McArdle, special correspondent for Newsweek/Daily Beast.

Deep thoughts with Michael Scherer

“Ironies: Benghazi/IRS may help pass immigration reform; AP subpoena may help pass shield law.” — TIME‘s Michael Scherer.

KATIE WEIGHS IN (so to speak): “A great shot of @morningmika, Katie Couric and Diane Smith during the taping of an hour special on Mika’s book.”

TV Critics/Observers

Shep Smith is a conservative cockblock — going from red meat Obama scandal coverage to Jodi Arias.” — The Daily Caller‘s Jeff Poor.

Chris Matthews is the whitest cracker to ever come out of the Pillsbury Dough Boy’s rear end. Funny to hear him scream racism.” — RedState Editor and Fox News Contributor Erick Erickson.

“I feel Wolf Blitzer‘s pain, having to transition from WH coverage to Jodi Arias sentencing.” — NJ “The Hotline’s” Josh Kraushaar.

“Modern cable dilemma: will CNN stick w/OJ Simpson, or switch to AG Holder when Judiciary hearing starts?” — CNBC and NYT‘s John Harwood.

Deep Thinker 

“Amazing thing abt Angelina Jolie: she managed to keep quiet treatment in @nytimes, & cover Time mag. DC needs her.” — CNN’s Jonathan Wald, who runs Piers Morgan Live.

Putting it all into perspective

“Shitty day? Hey, at least you didn’t get fired by the president of the United States on national television for something you didn’t do.” — Stefan Becket, who handles social media and writes for “The Intelligencer” blog for New York magazine.

Eddie Scarry contributed to this report.

 

 

 

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MAKING AN ENTRANCE AND AN EXIT: Host of “CBS This Morning” Gayle King walked into the Washington Hilton on Saturday night in an eye-popping kelly green gown by Vicky Tiel. On Friday night, she was spotted leaving the Turkish Embassy residence where The Hill was hosting its pre-WHCD party.

“Don’t hurt yourself.” — A St. Regis employee to guests of Friday night’s TIME-People party at which partygoers, many of whom were White House correspondents, received gift bags so heavy they could give you a hernia. More on the contents later…

Humility is…

“I have been told many times I look like @MatthewPerry. I just saw him at #nerdprom. He is far better looking.” — The Hill’s Managing Editor Bob Cusack.

Editor wants WHCD weekend to be more substantive

“It kind of sickens me when you’re here for the White House Correspondents’ Weekend that there are not more substantive discussions.” — Steve Clemons, Editor-at-Large for The Atlantic, who hosted a discussion over the weekend with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and Sen. Joe Manchin (R-WVa.) at the Ritz. The banquet room was packed. Breakfast disappeared too fast. The discussion centered on American military power today. Attendees included BuzzFeed Washington Bureau Chief John Stanton, NJ‘s Brian Fung, Yahoo! NewsChris Moody, Newsweek-Daily Beast‘s Eli Lake and The Atlantic‘s Jay Lauf.

A plea for help

“Someone catch me up on the last 9 days of news.” — Politico White House Correspondent Byron Tau.

Important Q to Ponder: “In a cab going to the airport but our driver is sleepy so he has the window down – to freeze or get into an accident?” — Oversharing Sherri Shepherd, co-host of ABC’s “The View.”

HuffPost‘s Sam Stein “impressed” with Politico

ThinkProgress‘ Judd Legum: “Politico currently has 54 separate links to stories abt WHCA Dinner on its front page.”

Huffpost‘s Sam Stein: “I’m kind of impressed.”

And in Bob Schieffer, Claire Danes father-daughter news… 

“Someone asked Bob Schieffer if he was Claire Danes’ daddy.” — former White House reporter Myles Miller.

Some buzz on BuzzFeed Party

“CSPAN showing super long line for @BuzzFeed party. A lot of sad faces who can’t get in #buzzfeedbbq” — Washington Examiner‘s Charlie Spiering. And this from Roll Call HOH’s Warren Rojas: “Crowd in #BuzzFeedbbq just let out very self-satisfied collective whoop after @cspan live shot of line @JackRoseinDC #counterwhcd”

Psy or is it more like Sigh?

“Psy just walked by me. I feel somehow cooler. Or at least more relevant.” — WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza. Good thing Cillizza didn’t actually try to communicate with Psy.

Starting new pub is stressful

“Rare has oped from Jeb Bush today so big relief we can get the big names when so new. I’m on pins and needles every day.” — Rare Editor-in-Chief Brett Decker. See here. Will Jeb run or won’t he? Who knows, but his last graph sounds rather presidential. He writes, “American greatness comes from the power of individuals – not the government – to create wealth and opportunity through competition, innovation and empowerment. Not only must we pursue reform, we must do a much better job communicating how these reforms protect and promote the genius of America.”

 

More WHCD fallout…

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“More on the dinner. No word on the vegetables. From a White House official: The menu tonight includes Alaskan halibut and peach pie.”David Shepardson of the Detroit News‘ Washington Bureau in a Tuesday night White House Pool Report. Dinner was President Obama with a bipartisan group of female senators.

Online brawl narrowly averted

The would be criminals: WCP Editor Mike Madden and Daily Download Editor-in-Chief and Daily Beast Contributor Lauren Ashburn

MADDEN: “Anonymous New York Times staffers say paper’s first female editor is difficult to work with: politico.com/story/2013/04/… Gee, what a surprise.”

ASHBURN: “And a man wld be…?”

MADDEN: “That was my point.”

ASHBURN: “Got it; was piling on to fact that men seen as effective, women as beyatches.”

MADDEN: “Right.”

Speaking of NYT Editor-in-Chief Jill Abrams… “Just had a moment of affirmation when I realized no one I follow buys this ‘tempestuous, impossible woman editor’ nonsense. #TeamJill” — Greg Greene, formerly New Media Outreach Director for the DNC.

More praise for NBC’s Pete Williams (a.k.a. God)

“What sets Pete Williams apart among Washington/media figures is that when he suddenly became very famous he didn’t seem to take notice.” — Elizabeth Drew, contributor to the New York Review of Books and former Washington Correspondent of The New Yorker.

And now, an alarming tweet from the libs over at ThinkProgress: “If we want to help prevent sexual crimes, we should teach kids to accurately identify their genitalia.” Read here if you dare.

An admission…

“I’m going to admit something that’s been bothering me for awhile now: I think the Lumineers are annoying and Ho Hey makes me cringe.” — ReutersAmanda Becker.

The Observers

“So. Boston bomber suspects, apparently able to blow up a marathon & evade being IDed for 4 days. But don’t know how to carjack a guy.” — National Journal‘s Elahe Izadi.

“Seems weird that people are still debating how to question Tsarnaev, since he’s already pretty much admitted everything.” — Blake Hounshell, Managing Editor of Foreign Policy magazine.

Unimportant Question to Never Ponder: “Will @anthonyweiner be fully clothed in his mayoral ads?” — Donald Trump. Read more

CQ Roll Call Loses Two Reporters

This just in from CQ Roll Call: A memo from Roll Call Editor-in-Chief David Rapp. He writes that they are losing two of their “best reporters” are leaving. Amanda Becker is going to Reuters and Josh Miller is moving on to the Boston Globe.

See the congenial internal memo. 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.

Jonathan Challenges Jonathan On ‘A–hole’ Scoop

An “asshole” has found itself right in the thick of media things today. And no, this has nothing to do with George Will‘s prostate exams.

Yesterday evening CQ Roll Call‘s Jonathan Strong and Daniel Newhauser double bylined a story headlined “‘Obstinate’ Factor Continues to Roil GOP.” The article looks at the decision of Republican leadership in the House to recently strip four GOP congressmen from coveted committee assignments. It contains the following (emphasis ours):

“‘What I tried to explain to them was, it didn’t have anything to do with your voting record, a scorecard, your work across the street or anything else. It had to do with your ability to work within the system and to try to work. And to be, I guess, constructive in things. And I said, “I guess you could say it was an asshole factor,”‘ Westmoreland said. ‘Now I wasn’t calling any member in particular an asshole, I was just trying to describe an environment where some people that you’re trying to work with, they just don’t want to work within the system.’

“Westmoreland later expressed regret for using that language, saying, ‘Maybe I should have used ‘obstinate factor.’”

Today, 15 hours later, Politico‘s Jonathan Allen published a very similar story with very similar language… Read more

In Defense of Drinking on the Job

“AMERICA has a proud history of drinking on the job.” That’s the opening line to this piece from The Economist. It’s an interesting way to grab my attention. Who doesn’t long for the good old days of chugging a flask of gin before stepping into the office to face your asshole boss? We are told that the scenes in “Mad Men” where we see men in suits guzzling scotch in the middle of the day are closer to reality than most Americans might realize. But, wait! They bring research into the mix! They say, “Another recent paper from the journal Consciousness and Cognition by psychologists at the University of Illinois confirms what many have long suspected: a couple of drinks makes workers more creative.” It’s true. After I’ve swilled a few gin and tonics, I think I’m a creative genius. But, having more ideas doesn’t mean I’m necessarily having better ideas.

It’s hard to imagine that a respected publication makes a serious case for getting drunk at work. Yet, here is The Economist trying to make that case. It’s a bizarre cause to take up, but considering The Economist owns CQ Roll Call, there are some recently fired employees who could probably use a drink AND a job right now. In fact, former Roll Call-er Ryan Beckwith baited current RC-er Amanda Becker on Twitter, saying, “I dare you to bring a six pack to work tomorrow with a copy of that editorial and leave it on the free food counter.”

Amanda, we’re here for moral support.

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The Complainer

“Dear people writing ‘yawn’ in comments: Back button. It works.” — Slate‘s Farhad Manjoo.

CQ Roll Call reporter gets trailed

“Do-gooder just trailed me 4 a block in car honking and scaring bejesus out of me 2 say I shouldn’t use my phone or I’ll be robbed. Thanks?” — CQ Roll Call Investigations and Ethics reporter Amanda Becker.

NY Magazine Editor Dings Roll Call

“Ok, we get it Roll Call, you have an article on congressional tattoos. Please stop retweeting.” — NY Magazine Associate Editor Dan Amira. To which Roll Call‘s Ryan Teague Beckwith replied, “All right I’m done.”

The unabashed phone sneeze: Gross?

“Nothing like passing someone as they are sneezing and not covering their mouth because they’re too busy talking ion the phone.” — Accuracy in Media Chairman Don Irvine.

Drinking and writing: Do they mix?

“If reading the ‘Left Behind’ series while drinking is wrong, then I don’t want to be right” — Writer and former Yahoo! News scribe Chris Lehmann, former husband to The Guardian‘s Ana Marie Cox, who now publicly takes an anti-approach to drinking and sounding like a 12-year-old who just took his first sip of beer.

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