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Author Wants Sen. Rockefeller To Read Her Book

CQ Roll Call‘s Rebecca Gale celebrated the official launch of her new novel Trying at The Science Club last night. Though the venue was a bit cozy and broiling (i.e. perfect for a hot yoga class), plenty of Gale’s newsroom colleagues and friends showed up to offer support.

Asked if there was one journalist Gale would want to read her book, she named co-worker Neda Semnani. “She gives great book reviews,” Gale said, adding that Semnani, who co-writes the Heard on the Hill gossip column, would offer an “honest assessment” of the book.

Gale also named her former boss Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va) as someone who should read it. “He would love it,” she said. (That’s somewhat intriguing, considering the book is a love story involving government secrets. Hmm…)

There were plenty of finger foods and bevys at the soiree, much of which was unidentifiable at first glance. But the best part was the tiny cupcakes, decorated with little edible versions of Gale’s book.

The cupcakes, we’re told, were enjoyed by CQ Roll Call Publisher Peter Anthony‘s two young boys, who were told upon entering by Anthony to “stand right here” against a wall… Read more

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Diction Friction: Hemorrhage Edition

I ruffled some feathers at CQ Roll Call yesterday after referring to the newsgroup’s HR situation as a “staffing hemorrhage.”  One reader wrote in to defend the publications, saying “we’ve had more people come aboard in my last six months than I’ve seen in a while.”  Another pointed at the rag’s several recent hires and a third accused me of an alliance with Politico (insert laugh).  Although I wasn’t convinced, it made me question if I’d been too tough on CQ Roll Call.  Sure, the organization was a disaster after the merger and for a great part of this year but as one staffer claimed, “morale is as high as I’ve ever seen it and there is a sense here that we’re back.”

Wondering if I’d simply developed a subconscious bias against CQ Roll Call, I did a little research.  There is no doubt that the newsgroup has seen unprecedented hires in the last six months. But this is due to the mass exodus over the same time period.  However, the reader who initially combated the use of “hemorrhage,” claimed my take was three months out of date:

“I think there has been a shift these past 3-4 months from a company still reeling from a sale combined with some admittedly poor management decisions to a company that, if not yet fully returned to glory, is rebounding,” the reader charged.

Sticking to a two-month month window, I scanned emails and the blog to find out if I’d missed the publication’s upswing story.  What I found was at least nine resignations in the past 60 days.  Because we rarely focus on the business or ad sales, I have not included them in my tally:

1. Bennett Roth 2. Bob Benenson 3. Pradyot Rai 4. David Rothbard 5. Jamie Baylis 6. Hardian 7. Anna Palmer 8. Andrew Satter 9. Steve Peoples

In short, CQ Roll Call has seen an average of one resignation per week over the past 60 days.  Kind of an insane attrition rate, don’t you think?  Despite the friction caused by my diction, I stand behind “hemorrhage” – a rapid and uncontrollable loss or outflow.  I’m happy to write an upswing story but I’m not sure it’s fully cooked just yet.

*Update: this post was updated to reflect one additional resignation.  The original version excluded Steve Peoples.

Another CQ Departure…

It seems the staffing hemorrhage at CQ Roll Call just can’t be plugged.  We’ve lost count of how many departures have been announced in the last few months but whatever the number, add one more.  Executive Editor John Dineen told staff today that CQ‘s first video producer, Andrew Satter, is packing up his editing suite and heading to the Center for American Progress where he accepted a multimedia producer gig.

Satter joined the Politics team in November of 2007 from the Arizona Daily Star.  His last day is Friday, July 15th.  Congrats to Andrew!

CQ Roll Call’s School House Rawk-ward Video

Watch out, BGov!  You may have big budgets and a flashy corporate kitchen filled with all-you-can-eat snacks, but CQ Roll Call has…well, this, eh, er, uh interesting adaptation of the famous School House Rocks jam, “I’m Just A Bill.”  And it’s on the YouTubes.  So take that, Bloom-nerds!

Yes, this marketing plan is sure to make the Economist Group tens, if not twenties of dollars — less the cost of production and their dignity, of course.

I kid, I kid.  The below video is not an advertisement for CQ Roll Call.  At least I hope not for the sake of Senators Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) who made cameos in the uncomfortably funny production.  Apparently, the #awkward video is the brainchild of video producer Andrew Satter, who with the help of Christina Bellantoni, Emily Ethridge and Derek Knoderer, tricked their colleagues into reciting lines that were later cut up to make the below vid for a recent corporate meeting.

Date Night Roundup

A number of pubs and media outlets wrote and created off-beat videos on last night’s love fest or “prom” on Capitol Hill in which lawmakers of opposing parties pretended to cozy up to one another for an hour. We watch and read so you can only if you feel like it.

Roll Call: Some D.C. journos hailed this as best video of the night by Andrew Satter. Watch here.

Best Part: The “Perfect Strangers” music and closeups of lawmakers twiddling their thumbs repeatedly. Just the truest depiction of how awkward this whole thing really was.

MSNBC: On today’s Jansing & Co, Richard Lui breaks down the “Date of the Union” into categories. Watch here.

Funniest details: Lui goes into great, in-depth detail about male lawmakers hugging one another. Great picture of the miserable match of New York Reps. Anthony Weiner and Peter King.

WaPo: “Reliable Sources” offers a guide to the hookups. Read here.

Best quote: “This is really stretching the outer limits of civility for Weiner and I to be sitting together,” Rep. Pete King (R-N.Y.) told Politico, saying it was his wife’s idea.

CBS News‘s Katie Couric. Watch here.

Worst line: “It all started when Billy passed Susie a note in home room.”

The Daily Caller: Two journos guide us through an evening of horrible, amusing dates. Read here. The more you read the lines below the more painfully awkward they get. Please, Wyden, stop.

Most awkward date moment: Walking toward the House floor, Republican Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley looked like he’d grudgingly picked up his date, Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon, at the last minute. Wyden, however, was beaming. A reporter called out to the awkward couple, “Are you sitting together?” “WE ARE!,” replied Wyden. “Is this your date?” the reporter asked. Wyden turned around and through a mile-wide smile exclaimed again:  “WE ARE!”

Politico: Story puts “snark of spark” on display. Read here.

He said what? Must have been a late night. MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough has a quote about “Ghostbusters!” and “dogs and cats” that is a head scratcher.  “This is out of Ghostbusters!” Joe Scarborough, “Morning Joe” host (and POLITICO contributor), noted on Wednesday morning. “Dogs and cats living together!”

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Photograph by Politico‘s Meredith Shiner from University of Arizona Medical Center

Editor pledges more civility

“Had so many send me ugly words from both sides. Rather than post/defend/condemn, I pledge to be more careful in my own language” — Roll Call Associate Politics Editor Christina Bellantoni in a weekend tweet.

SOTU gallery suggestion: Giffords’ heroic aide

Daniel Hernandez, who risked his life to help Rep. Giffords, seems like a fine choice to sit in the House Gallery during State of the Union.” — @WestWingReport in a weekend tweet.

Roll Call editor knew murdered Giffords aide

“Gabe Zimmerman was aide killed. I knew Gabe well during my time in Tucson, we’d go mountain biking together.” — CQ Roll Call Group Video Journalist  Andrew Satter in a weekend tweet on Rep. Gabrielle Gifford‘s (D-Ariz.) aide who was killed in the shootings.

The Daily Baller: He’s just like us

“I’m in an airport, just hanging out, eating cinnabon, getting fat.” — The Daily Caller‘s Daily Baller Mike Riggs in a weekend tweet.

And another thing…

“Pretty sure we can all stop using Twitter to thank EVERYONE for telling you how great something you wrote/said was #youreexaggeratinganyway” — Go Patrick Gavin go. This is the second in what we hope is a series of Twitter critiques from the Politico scribe in less than a week.

Scribe feels void sans colleague

“Strange: am in the newsroom but @jameshohmann is not here. foul play suspected.” — Politico‘s Alexander Burns in a weekend tweet referring to his colleague, James Hohmann, who replied, “No fear. I’ve been working from POLITICO’s Kalorama Bureau all night. Will be at world HQ in half an hour.” Burns explained to FishbowlDC: “James’s work ethic is legendary. I was poking fun at him for not being physically in the office at 8 a.m. on Sunday because I assumed he had been working virtually nonstop since the previous afternoon. Judging from his response, it looks like that assumption was correct and he took the comment as intended.”

CNN Contributor plugs God

“Standing outside the lights on Kiawah, I can see the Milky Way. Never will understand how one can see that and deny God.” — CNN Contributor and scribe Erick Erickson in a weekend tweet from his conservative Christian retreat, Awakening, on Kiawah Island in South Carolina.

Wolf offers two cents on shooter

“We don’t know if he’s from the lunatic left or the lunatic right. We just see crazy words.” — CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in a weekend tweet regarding Giffords’ shooter.

Wonkette videographer reveres Giffords

“She’s my JFK.” — Wonkette videographer Liz Glover in a weekend tweet on Giffords.

Former Majority Leader and hooker/slut metaphor

Dick Armey denouncing the current heated political rhetoric is like a hooker condemning sluts.” – FishbowlLA Editor and Syndicated Op-ed Columnist Tina Dupuy in a weekend tweet on the thoughts of Freedom Works Chairman and former GOP Majority Leader from Texas. Armey never made a comparison to sluts, that’s all Tina. “He was just snooty about people using violent rhetoric which is bullshit since he likes to use the language of revolution to get old fat people to rally to get the gov out of medicare. Whatever…Dick,” she told FBDC.

Reporter reacts to CNN makeup artist’s mysterious firing

“Sometimes TV news is a crappy, cynical biz.” — NBC News Reporter Jim Long in response to CNN makeup artist Skip Smith getting fired and escorted out of the D.C. bureau late last week.

The ambusher’s solution to violence: a beating

“I wish I’d get 5 minutes alone with Jared Loughner. I would beat that bitch-ass so senseless. Just 5 minutes.” — Human Events Editor Jason Mattera in a Sunday night tweet.

Journos: Will They Sleep Tonight?

We posed a question to a mass of journalists, many covering the midterms, and most everyone obliged. One reporter, who will remain genderless, wished to be anonymous because of fear of his or her PR department. We thank everyone for participating, especially Mr. Weigel from Slate – no FishbowlDC roundup would be complete without him. And then Politico‘s Mike Allen, who finally sheds light on that perennial ‘Does he sleep?’ question. But there is no pecking order here. You’re all our favorites (except when we fight with you).


THE QUESTION: Will you sleep tonight and how will you stay awake and alert?

Politico‘s Mike Allen: Vandy has promised I can sleep the first three years when I’m dead.

The Hill‘s Managing Editor Bob Cusack: I hope to. I have a couple television interviews at 1 am and 7 am so the plan is to catch a power nap in between. But trying to fall asleep on Election night is like trying to fall asleep as a kid on Christmas Eve: very hard.

The Daily Caller‘s Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson: Of course not; Nicorette.

FNC’s Greta Van Susteren: Coffee and more coffee.

HuffPost‘s Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington: Even when I was a little girl in Greece, and had no idea who any of the American candidates were, I’d refuse to go to bed until the last vote was counted.  This year will be no different, which means I’ll probably be up until Veteran’s Day.  I’ll stay awake by practicing saying “Speaker Boehner,” “Senator Angle,” “Senator Rubio,” and “Senator Paul” with a Greek accent.

Slate‘s Dave Weigel: I’m in Nevada, so I’m three hours behind the east coast, allowing me to stay up into the witching hours with no problems. Next election: Fiji.

The Hill‘s White House correspondent Sam Youngman: I plan on sleeping like a NyQuil-drunk baby. I’m far more geeked up for POTUS’s presser tomorrow than tonight’s results. That said, the junkie in me will probably be glued to the TV late into the night with nothing but my nerdiness to keep me awake.

Roll Call‘s John McArdle: I brought my sleeping bag and some other camping gear in case I get a chance to grab a bit of sleep. Whether that will actually happen is still up in the air. If I start to get tired I’ve got this cued up on my computer. Watch here. (The color of the sleeping bags? “One I brought for myself is grey and orange. Brought a red one for one of my co-workers. Both from REI.”)

The Atlantic‘s Joshua Green: Yes, I intend to sleep tonight–and prefer to do so the old-fashioned way, not awake and alert, but soundly, with Ambien CR and lots of pillows.

TWT‘s Eli Lake: I am in New Orleans for a conference on geospatial intelligence. I will sleep well with the knowledge that many government agencies and defense contractors are watching.

FamousDC: Some of us are already in bed, the rest are armed with RedBull and champagne.

HuffPost‘s Ryan Grim: I will deviate from my norm and drink light beer. It’s a necessary sacrifice I make for readers.

C-SPAN’s Steve Scully: This is the night we LIVE for.  It’s a Political High, combined with a few
Triple shot venti lattes from Starbucks.

Politico‘s John Harris: I will intend to get at least a few hours sleep but past experience suggests there’s a good chance I won’t be successful. Tonight will be no problem even if I don’t. Ancient experience in college and more recent experience with three kids makes it not that hard for me to go on short sleep rations. But by Wednesday evening I’ll be a wreck.

The Daily Caller‘s Mike Riggs: Funny you should ask. I just completed the final task in my election night pre-game game plan. First, I metro’d home, then I smoked a spliff, took off all my clothes, and did three sets of jumping jacks in front of a full-length mirror. I’m putting myself down for a nap now. Around 11 p.m., I’ll head back to the office and carry on straight through to lunch tomorrow. Cigarettes, diet red bull, and a fear of sped-up dreams will keep me sharp. (Note to readers: A spliff for the uninformed is half weed, have cigarette tobacco, rolled up like a joint.)

Yahoo! News’s Michael Calderone: I’m hoping to get to sleep shortly before the Sun comes up, but we’ll see how things play out. I’m at Yahoo’s election headquarters in New York where coffee and soda are plentiful, so I think that’ll help with staying awake. Also, there’s a Foosball table nearby that may prove crucial for regaining concentration (and preventing insanity) in the early morning hours.

TBD Editor Erik Wemple: Well, primary night was a 2:30 a.m. proposition. I am hoping that general election night works harder and keeps us here much later. There’s nothing quite as fun as updating the site into the wee hours. For alertness, I rely on clean living and push-ups. Perhaps a little caffeine but not much.

The Washington Examiner‘s Julie Mason: I am so hopped up on cold medicine it’s hilarious. My editor is going to have to chug NyQuil to even make sense out of the incoherent mess I will be filing shortly. And then I plan to sleep like the dead.

WaPo‘s Paul Kane: I hope to be in bed around 3 am. I’ve got the House-race beat, so the yes-no on majority status should be known early enough and the rest is just updating the numbers. Caribou Coffee — unofficial sponsor of the late-afternoon break for all Wash Post employees — is doing its job. In ’08 I was up till at least 5 am watching the Coleman-Franken race get closer and closer and closer.

FishbowlDC and QGA’s Matt Dornic: Yes, I will sleep but for journos hoping to go all night, look no further than the supermodel 3C diet- cocaine, cigs and celery.  It’s a great way to stay up and kill a few lbs.

Politico‘s Patrick Gavin: Sleep? Sleep?!? Anyone who’s worked around puppy-kicking porn producers knows that sleep is but an unattainable dream…

NYT‘s Brian Stelter: I plan to sleep between 4 and 5am. Coffee, then sugar-free Red Bull, then then coffee, then sugar-free Red Bull.

MSNBC and NBC Producer Andy Gross: I’m playing the role of “co-pilot” for Nightly News in DC tonight…we also call it “Dr. Downstairs” because I will oversee the production process in our video editing area, which happens to be downstairs here at NBC.  Once we are clear and network Specials takes over the election night coverage, I should be heading home to Clarendon by 9:30pm.  I will however, go out for a drink and watch the returns come in.

Anonymous reporter: I’m forcing myself to take a power nap at midnight and then wake up around 3:45 a.m., drink a  sugar free Red Bull/ diet Sprite combo and do some speed reading of the latest results.

Roll Call‘s Christina Bellantoni: I am not counting on sleep tonight, but packed an overnight bag just in case, and there’s plenty of room in our newsroom to curl up in a corner with a blanket.  I’m on the early shift tomorrow so if I am able to get home for a few hours, I have to be back here at 7:30 a.m.

Al Jazeera‘s Avi Lewis: A nice Argentinean maté if things get desperate. But generally – actually, genetically – adrenaline kicks in on election night, and I never have any problem staying up. Getting to sleep, well, that’s another story. At a certain point in the evening, you just have to realize that you cannot affect the results by watching every minute of the coverage! If you can remember that and drag yourself to bed, you can read all about it as soon as you wake up.

NJ The Hotline’s Amanda Munoz-Temple: A: What is sleep? B: staying awake tonight by consuming as much caffeine as my body will allow me. On top of candy, diet coke, chips… Basically the diet of a 13 year old, to keep me happy and sane.

The Takeaway’s Capitol Hill radio reporter Todd Zwillich: Three hours if I’m lucky. I’ll stay awake by hosting The Takeaway’s live online election coverage at with with guests and analysts from all around the country, including Jay Newton Small and Studio 360′s Kurt Andersen. Otherwise I’ll exist on coffee and Diet Dr. Pepper. I may dip into my stash of Four Loko as the night goes on. Just sent the intern out for Four Loko by the way.

Human Events Editor Jason Mattera: No, I’m not sleeping tonight. I’ll stay up thanks to four locos, anything with the nickname liquid cocaine will keep me wired. Then again, its other nickname is “blackout in a can” so I may not remember the midterm election even took place.”

Human Events Senior Editor Emily Miller: Mattera needs his locos, but I’ll be wide awake on adrenaline waiting to see Harry Reid weeping like a little girl and Nancy Pelosi sneaking her gavel past Capitol Police in the dead of night.

HuffPost‘s Sam Stein: Only time will tell.

The Daily Caller‘s Executive Editor Megan Mulligan: The real question is: Am I awake now? I’m pinching myself to make sure I didn’t dream this whole thing up. When Christine O’Donnell, Jimmy McMillan and Alvin Greene go down, I’ll rest.

The Daily Caller‘s Jonathan Strong: I do plan to sleep tonight, though not much. My wife helpfully gave me a “5-hour Energy” drink to take to work this morning, so that should help.

CBS News’s Nancy Cordes: Sleep is for the weak…we wrap up our live coverage at 2 a.m. and then I start preparing for the Early Show at 7 a.m. They’ll have to prop open my eyeballs for tomorrow night’s Evening News.

Roll Call‘s Andrew Satter: Will I sleep? Depends on how much grief Final Cut Pro wants to give me tonight (2008 wasn’t pretty). How will I stay awake and alert? Well I don’t drink coffee or much caffeine, but I did live in New Orleans which is pretty much like getting a Master’s in Watching the Sun Rise.

The Disenchanted Journo‘s Christian Bourge: My plans are to start drinking around 4:30pm then go to bed early before waking to watch who is on television pontificating around 2 AM. By then the needed twists to the already established Election Day narrative should be figured out. I can then write the real story Wednesday and talk about it on my show, The Capitol Hill Blues. Either that or I will end up arrested by Joe Miller’s campaign staff.

CBS News’s Christine Delargy: “We’ll be on the web practically all night with special coverage so I’ve conditioned by actually not going to a cocktail party with Matt Dornic and Kiki Ryan last night.”‘s Keith Koffler: I will not be going to sleep tonight. I’ve trained my border collie sit by the TV and bark every time he hears the words, “we are now projecting.”

HuffPost‘s Eliot Nelson: I’m just high on the peaceful transition of power.

Politico‘s Dave Catanese: I imagine I’ll sleep at some point. Probably sometime after the cable chatter goes dark. I’m addicted to the blabber. Like potato chips after a night out, can’t put the bag down. But with all the wacky reports out of Alaska, it’s gonna be hard for me to stop reclicking on the returns from the Last Frontier. I will power through on pure adrenaline. This is it right? I can sleep Saturday, oh wait, forgot about Alaska.

NYP Page Six Reporter Tara Palmeri: I’m going to Cuomo’s election party but staying up isn’t that hard for someone who has to be out every night for their job.

Politico‘s Ben Smith: Hmm. Yes, surely, the Courtyard Rosslyn awaits. And they’ve actually added extra oxygen to the air here at POLITICO, so it won’t be hard.

Play Ball! Roll Call Sets its Baseball Game to Music


Check out Roll Call‘s Andrew Satter‘s really well done music video of the 49th annual Congressional Baseball Game from Tuesday night. Note Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.), clearly an avid bubble gum chewer. He blows bubbles too.

Watch the video here.

Crawford Questions Lamb on Black-SPAN

In the latest “D.C. Decoder” on CQ-Roll Call owned, video producer Andrew Satter films Craig Crawford interviewing C-SPAN CEO Brian Lamb. They discuss C-SPAN’s new video archives, and most importantly, how callers are screened (relevant stuff after Comedy Central host Jon Stewart’s segment on the caller who suggested C-SPAN should change its name to Black-SPAN).

Watch the video here.

Roll Call “Office Space” Series Requires Serious Scouting

brounie2.gif Among Ali McSherry’s duties as a staff writer at Roll Call is hunting for Capitol Hill offices that are visually interesting.

But it’s more than that, she explained to FishbowlDC. Videos created for the “Office Space” series (reported by McSherry and shot by video producer Andrew Satter) are vastly improved when lawmakers have entertaining stories to match the visuals.

Most recently “Office Space” took viewers on a journey of Rep. Paul Broun’s (R-Ga.) animal kingdom. Watch it here.

“Occasionally I’ll go on a scouting trip and wander the halls of Congress popping my head in to various offices,” McSherry said. “The idea for the last Office Space came from a photo that [RC photog] Tom Williams took of the lion being rolled through the hall as Broun moved into his new office. I kept the photo for months and eventually called his press secretary.

“Believe it or not a good Office Space is less about what’s on the walls and more about how chatty the member is. A combination of both is ideal, but it doesn’t always work out that way. They key is meeting with a member of Congress who is a good story teller and eager to share personal details.”

She explained Satter’s role.
“I have to admit, Andrew Satter is the brains behind making the videos look like Cribs. While I find the Member and do the interview, he does the editing.”

Other spaces the pair has visited for the series include former Sen. Ted Stevens (R-Alaska), Sen. Kit Bond (R-Mo.) and Rep. Denny Rehberg (R-Mont.).