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Politico Dylan Byers’ “sexy-ass” beard gets noticed

“@DylanByers Dylan, I saw u this AM on Bill’s show. WOW! U look better than the avatar. Nice hair, a sexy-ass beard. I luv a man w/a beard.” –unknown female named Rhonda. Byers appeared on Current TV’s Bill Press radio program Tuesday morning. Above is Dylan with and without his beard. Just like Fox News, we report, you decide. Tell us what you prefer at FishbowlDC@mediabistro.com.

Weather Blues

“Hopefully the rain will stop soon! It can make your day quite depressing.” — The Daily Caller‘s Pat McMahon. (This was yesterday, so hopefully Pat is enjoying the sunshine today.)

Baier trying to drop poundage

“Good morning – long exhausting workout this morning. Trying to drop some lbs – got to keep at it! Thoughts on the day?” — FNC’s Bret Baier.

Stop the Presses!

“@SophiaRedefined urgent call me on my cell phone right now!” –  American Urban Radio White House Correspondent April Ryan to Sophia Nelson, a columnist for NBC’s theGrio.com.

Deep Thoughts With Katherine Kennedy

“Having a bad day? I double dog dare you to compliment three people. Guaranteed to turn that frown upside down #giveback #keepinspiring.” — Katherine Kennedy, who describes herself as a “social impact investor” by day and “prevent cancer advocate” by night.

Viewer likes Michelle Fields for her brains, obviously

“My new big time crush from the political genre is @michellefields. She is such a babe.” — a PR intern in Scottsdale, Ariz. Ian Zymarakis referencing The Daily Caller‘s video journo Michelle Fields. This picture is from Michelle’s recent appearance on Fox News.

Whoa! Blogger talks to his wife

“Just spent an entire hour talking to Mrs. Other McCain. #DoesntHappenOftenEnough” — conservative blogger Robert Stacy McCain.

From the Dept. of Bragiculture…“My two-year-old likes the PBS Newshour. #nerdbrag” — Author Steve Edwards. This was RT by NewsHour.

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

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“I didn’t know men could be called Bimbo.” — Fox & Friends host Gretchen Carlson this morning while wearing a traditional Carlson short red dress that stops mid-thigh. Carlson was referring to a Newark security officer who assumed a dead man’s name for the past 20 years. Needless to say, the Nigerian man’s name isn’t his real name, which is Bimbo.

FNC Chris Wallace’s boring admission

“48 out of 52 weeks a year I have chicken.” — Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace on Fox & Friends in an appearance with his wife Lorraine for her new book, Mr. Sunday’s Saturday Night Chicken not to be confused with Lorraine’s future book, Mr. Sunday’s Eating Disorders. Wallace’s favorite chicken is apparently some sort of faux fried chicken dish.

Dicking Around

“Courtyard Marriott so confused me I had to walk outside to find my way to the front door.” — CBS Political Director John Dickerson in an unusual state of confusion.

TV reporter gripes about failed delivery

“I hate it when you make an apt w/ a company to deliver a service at your home sometime in a 2 hr window, they don’t show & no call. FIRED!” — WJLA’s Mike Conneen.

Politico scribe wants to stay in Hilary loop

“Was away last week. Did I miss any big Hilary Rosen news?” — Politico‘s Alexander Burns on the CNN Contributor who recently went viral for a tiff with Ann Romney.

Journo questions black v. gay agenda at White House

“I mean how many times has the White House said that cannot discuss a ‘black agenda’-but a ‘gay agenda’ is fine????” — NBC theGrio columnist Sophia Nelson, who has been suffering from kidney stones. On Monday she was in discussion about a black versus gay agenda with American Urban Radio White House Correspondent April Ryan.

Roland on holy roll this morning

“Dear God, you easily lifted us out of a slumber this morning. May we have the courage to lift you up today & worship you without hesitation!” — CNN Contributor and “Washington Watch” host Roland Martin.

Disturbing headline from WUSA9: “Police: Man Had Sex With Woman While She Was Sleeping” — the story, however, is unclear and doesn’t quite match the headline. She woke up with the man on top of her. He had gone with her and her boyfriend to a picnic. Doesn’t explain the sex while sleeping part. Doesn’t say where her boyfriend was. Read the story full of gaping holes here.

Pre-wedding anxiety

“Feeling. Stressed!!! Time for tea and sitting still. And some dark chocolate. #weddingpleasedontkillme” — C-SPAN Producer Lauren Torlone.

Obama on ‘The View’: Uneventful?

“Pool Report on Obama’s appearance on The View: ‘He did not appear to make any major news.’ — The Nation‘s Ari Melber. Obama on ABC’s “The View” airs this morning at 11 a.m. ET.

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

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Stop and check out the chicks: “Look what I passed on the road today. I wonder how old these little guys are” — CNN Contributor and former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer. American Urban Radio’s April Ryan remarked, “AWWW! The dad in you made you take the precious shot!”

Drudge whoring at the rental car agency

“Rental car guy: ‘Sorry brah, I get most of my news from Drudge.’ #noproblembrah” — Politico‘s Dave Catanese.

All in a day’s work

“There are days when I feel like I can’t push this rock up the mountain anymore, days when #TheRaceCardProject feels like a boulder.” — NPR’s Michele Norris.

Senator’s wife wishes hubby a happy anniversary

Connie Schultz: “My only advice for wedded bliss: Marry your hero. Happy anniversary, honey – aka Sherrod Brown.”

George Zimmerman journo humor

  • “I need all Florida helicopters to keep an eye out for any white Broncos. #IJS” — NYT‘s Charles Blow.
  • “If you happen to see Zimmerman in line ahead of you at Wendy’s, remember he still has valid permit to carry concealed weapon. So back off.” — Politico‘s Roger Simon.

Reporter talks to himself on Twitter

“@mboyle1 probably not. was just funny. I wouldn’t go out of your way though” — The Daily Caller‘s Matthew Boyle. Hey Boyle, maybe lay off the Mountain Dew and Red Bull today? He followed up by adding, “Haha. Kinda funny though. Guess I got caught talking to myself haha. Bet I end up in @fishbowldc for that one.”

Noteworthy: Politico Playbook published at one of the earliest times in recent memory this morning. Time: 4:45 am. Come on, Jim VandeHei, let Mike Allen sleep!

Hey Speechboy, speed matters

“So why do people care if Bloomberg or the Washington Post was the first to report a fact that within 2 minutes of reporting, everyone knew?” — @speechboy71. HuffPost‘s Michael Calderone has this explanation from a WaPo spokeswoman. “The draft story was not intended to be published until we confirmed that Santorum was suspending his campaign. The draft was inadvertently sent to Bloomberg, with whom The Post has a partnership, through an automated feed. It was not published on our Web site until the news had been confirmed.” Read his full story here.

In England, the sweater vest is a tank top

Politico‘s Emily Schultheis: “Best part of BBC radio interview I did just now: host calling Santorum’s sweater vest a ‘tank top’. Daily Mail Online‘s Toby Harnden, Washington’s official tank top expert, replied to Emily, saying, “It’s the only term recognised in UK! Having to wear a ‘tank top’ still a traumatic childhood memory.”

Necessary Tweet of the Day

“My mother prefers I not curse in my gchat status update ‘from now on.’ Apparently ‘the whole world’ sees that.” — DCGOPGirl.

Peter Ogburn and Eddie Scarry contributed to this report.

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Quotes of the Day

Disturbing headline of the Day: “Fallen Tree Pins Fairfax Woman to Bed” — Washington D.C. News. See story here on MyFoxDC.com. Best line: “Fire officials say this is a good time to do a quick site survey at your home to make sure your trees are stable.”

Fueling the fire

“Four words nobody at @MMFA wants to see: ‘First in a series.’” — The Daily Caller‘s Jim Treacher, referencing this story.

Washington media types react to Whitney passing

“@BravoAndy I loved to hear your favorite Whitney Houston song is I Love the LORD!! You have gained even more cool points.” — American Urban Radio White House Correspondent April Ryan to Bravo’s Andy Cohen in aftermath of Whitney Houston‘s death. In a series of emotional tweets over the weekend, Ryan expressed her sadness. A sampling: 1) My heart really wants to cry! 2) Girl this will never make sense. 3) My heart breaks for her mother especially as she loved her so much with motherly and tough love to help her family. 4) I actually wiped tears away when I heard her sing I Love The Lord Live. Didn’t we almost have it all is so meaningful.

“Deepest condolences to #Whitney Houston’s entire family, including her young daughter. “Weeping may endure for a night..” Peace out. I’m sad.” — CNN Political Analyst Donna Brazile. In Manhattan over the weekend, Brazile mentioned an outing to visit her Aunt Lu in Harlem. “What’s on your menu? A walk in Central Park and a visit to see Aunt Lu in Harlem. Weight Watchers beware of Southern cuisine up north,” she said, adding, “I plan to watch Aunt Lu cook. She’s my Dad’s last surviving sibling (number 11) and he’s number 12. Will bring my #Whitney Houston music.”

Falling is a good thing?

“Just slipped, slid and fell in the lobby of my office building. Normally, this would be a bad omen, but I just thought it was kinda funny.” — Greenwire‘s Jessica Estepa.

Bizarre promo for a story: “Man who locked himself in a toilet claiming he had a bomb arrested at Amsterdam’s busy Schiphol Airport” — CBS News. Since when can a person lock themselves in a toilet? Whatever it was, it involved a bomb and caused an entire airport to be evacuated. See the AP story here.

Boybander bleeds for budget cuts

“Gonna say the reason I cut my neck shaving & bled on my collar is to symbolize defense budget cuts.” — Wired’s Spencer Ackerman in a geeky yet gruesome thought of the day. (Note to readers: This isn’t Ackerman, but how we envision he might shave.)

From the Dept. of Bragiculture…

“.@DonnaBrazile nails it on why WH bungled contraceptive cvgs: “The outer loop couldn’t get into the inner circle.” #ThisWeek @ThisWeekABC” — Brazile retweets a compliment from ABC’s Rick Klein. Thanks Rick!

Could You Say No To This Woman?

American Urban Radio White House Correspondent April Ryan has been hitting up colleagues, administration officials, and Secret Service these days. She may have even approached a certain POTUS. But beyond that, she’s not squealing. For what, you ask?

Girl Scout cookies. In particular, addictive Thin Mints.

And few can say no. “You can’t deny Girl Scout cookies,” she says, explaining that her daughter is a Brownie. “I’m lugging them from Baltimore.” ABC White House Correspondent Jake Tapper snagged a box to help April’s little girl. He also has something of a personal interest as his wife is a consultant for the Girl Scouts of America.

Saying no? Sure, it’s possible. But not wise.

The FishbowlDC Interview with TMZ’s Harvey Levin

It’s hard for TMZ’s founder Harvey Levin to chill and stop working. At the National Press Club today to keynote a luncheon, he sat in a tan leather chair upstairs to prepare his speech and do this interview. He’s intense, but polite, friendly and not a big shot Hollywood figure who can’t be bothered. He wants to be bothered — within reason. He also wants to get his thoughts together and use the men’s room before his speech because “it would be bad form to pee in my pants,” he says, laughing. Something else that immediately jumps out: He’s smaller than he appears on TV. Throughout the day it will be the first observation people make. He’s svelte and proportional and has expensive-looking black sneakers with no laces and fashionable holes. “Are those Crocs?” asks American Urban Radio’s White House Correspondent April Ryan out of earshot at a VIP reception before the luncheon. Random but noteworthy: He’s newly vegetarian and no longer wears leather. He skips the juicy steak swimming in gravy and potatoes lunch and doesn’t opt for the vegetarian alternative — a mushroom with a thick, bubbling layer of cheese. Instead, he sips ice water. On the show, Levin stands and hangs over a newsroom wall, making it harder to tell how tall or short he is. He’s 5’7,” at least according to the driver’s license he pulled out to show me when I asked.

Before the FishbowlDC interview gets underway, first, a phone call to the office to check in. “Hey it’s me,” he says into his BlackBerry. “Are they still in the meeting? Anything I need to know? We have to talk about Scarlett Johansson. It’s the weirdest thing…” (A producer was in Paris recently and had an inappropriate interaction with Johansson, something that will not run on air. Levin’s producer tells me Harvey’s just having fun and giving the producer as hard a time as possible.)

On starting TMZ in Washington: “Yes, it’s just an issue of time. It will happen. I just need time to do it right. This is going to require me to be here for awhile.Favorite politicians?Not really. Therein lies the problem.” Does he support President Obama’s reelection? “Not going to say.”

Let’s begin.

Which GOP presidential contender is the most TMZ-worthy? Too soon to tell. (His producer chimes in, “Rick Perry. He’s bound to do the dumbest thing.” Levin’s not necessarily convinced.)

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? Orange crush.

What is the one question you get asked most frequently? What’s in your cup?

How often do you Google yourself? Almost never.

Who is your favorite working journalist and why? Anderson Cooper, because he’s honest.

What word or phrase do you overuse? “Here’s the thing.”

What’s the worst thing a stranger/heckler ever said to him? Find out…
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This afternooon American Urban Radio White House Correspondent April Ryan sat on the dais of the National Press Club during a luncheon where the keynote speaker was TMZ founder Harvey Levin. Beforehand, she attended a V.I.P. reception where she got to meet him and tell him how much she enjoys watching his show.

Please, Fishbowlers, we’d really like to see your creative captions. Send to FishbowlDC@mediabistro.com or to Betsy@mediabistro.com. Or tweet us your caption at @FishbowlDC.

“Bo may look like an ordinary dog but trust me, Harvey, he’s so much more.”

April Ryan Never Minces Her Words

American Urban Radio Host and White House Correspondent April Ryan tells an old story to Politico for their relatively new “POLITICdotes” feature about eating soul food with former President Bill Clinton — that would be before he became a vegan and before he had his heart attack. “He was melding flavors,” she said disapprovingly.

Ryan, a spicy character, is known for kicking ass, namely those of White House press secretaries who try to spin her. Earlier this year was elected to the board of the White House Correspondents’ Association.

Watch here.

The Power Inside a Power Party

Washington is known for its “important” power lists. Most publications have them. There are lists for top lobbyists like Washingtonian‘s “Hired Guns: The City’s 50 Top Lobbyists.” Both The Hill and Roll Call also boast top lobbyist lists. There are lists for important people everywhere (TIME‘s 100), for socialites (Washington Life‘s Young and the Guest List) and there’s FNC’s “Power Player of the Week.” This week The Hill presented their annual summer “50 Most Beautiful People of Capitol Hill.”

Politico‘s 50 to Watch party Thursday night at Barcode in downtown D.C. was unusual in that not even those attending knew whether they had made the list or whether they were just being invited to a party with booze and balloons.

“I had no idea. I had no clue,” remarked ABC News White House Correspondent Ann Compton on her way into the party upon discovering that she’d made the list under the category of New Deans of the White House Press Corps. “What fun!” She continued, “Having been here since I was brand new at 27, to be discovered is really cool.”

Many who didn’t make the list made jokes. NRSC Spokesman Brian Walsh told me he was unofficially #51. And Sen. John Thune‘s (R-S.D.) press secretary Kyle Downey agreed to be #53. Walsh’s illustrious dog, Rudy, slid in at #52.

HuffPost-AOL Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington showed up just to mingle. She knew she hadn’t made the list. Former Sen. Fred Thompson (R-Tenn.) made the list and few understood why with all the “formers” in his title.

The concept of a power list? “It’s very Washington,” said a GOP flack at the party who wished to remain anonymous.

A sampling of who made the list: CBS News’ Mark Knoller and Bill Plante, American Urban Radio’s April Ryan,  fundraisers like Alison Baker of Straus Baker, Paula Dukes of Rizzo Dukes Group, Joanna Brooks, a religion columnist, Greg Giroux of Bloomberg Government, David Waldman, a liberal blogger. TV Faces included Brett Baier (FNC), Sam Feist (CNN), David Gregory (NBC), Phil Griffin (MSNBC) and Norah O’Donnell (CBS).

Waiters and bartenders at the party had chiseled physiques and wore tight-fitting Politico T-shirts. “What’s not to like?” replied one waiter when asked if he liked the T-shirt. “It says Politico. And then people ask me what Politico is and I have no idea.”

Oh, look! Another White House Dean. April Ryan, a correspondent for American Urban Radio who most recently landed a seat on the WHCA board, also made the list. Like Compton, she was surprised and tickled to make the cut. “It’s amazing,” she said. “I’m thankful. It’s nice that someone recognized the work I do. I wasn’t doing anything to be recognized. I just do my job. It’s an honor.”

WaPo‘s Jonathan Capehart was in the crowd. Asked what these power lists accomplish, he replied, “The most important thing they do is they let people know quite possibly who they should be paying attention to in a serious manner rather than the folks they are already paying attention to. Most of the time the people we think are important aren’t as important as we think they are or they think they are.”

Politico‘s Mike Allen (pictured above in a photograph that makes him look like a cartoon character) had a different, POLITICO (all caps) sort of response when asked to comment on the list. “This is the next generation of newsmakers,” he said. “These are the people who are going to win the cycle.”

Some were excited about the list. “I like the lists,” said ABC’s Polson Kanneth. “Everyone loves a good list.”

As mentioned earlier, The Hill‘s “50 Most Beautiful People of Capitol Hill” came out this week. Party banter inevitably turned to it. One male who had previous been on the beauty list expressed shock over this year’s list. He looked almost embarrassed to have once been on it. Another partygoer expressed outrage, “It’s not just that they were not that attractive. It’s that some were actively ugly.”

While the bar quickly filled with political and media types who appeared to be enjoying themselves, not everyone there was so hot on the concept of power lists. An intern from Ghana perusing the 50 Politicos to Watch glossy magazine at the bar remarked on lists like this in general: “They’re all corrupt. But I have no evidence to prove that.”

And there was publicist Janet Donovan, who also doesn’t appear to think much of lists. “I hate lists,” said Donovan. Drifting into the crowd of important people and those watching them, she added, “They’re condescending.”

For more on the White House Deans, read Politico Patrick Gavin‘s story here.

Find out who else was in the crowd…

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Would You Cross This Woman?

When given the choice between loud and feisty or a big-name media outlet, the White House Press Corps went with a resounding nod for the former.

April Ryan, who works for American Urban Radio, was elected Friday to the White House Correspondents Association Board as was McLatchy‘s Senior White House Correspondent Steve Thomma. Among the choices were Ryan, Thomma, Sirius XM Radio’s Jared Rizzi and Bloomberg‘s Julianna Goldman. But the real dogfight was Ryan versus Goldman.

Word on the street is that reporters wanted a fighter. They also didn’t want to risk a Bloomberg board member just looking out for Bloomberg. “April’s tough as nails, and really knows her stuff,” said Mediaite‘s White House reporter Tommy Christopher. “She’ll do a great job. And what a great way to kick off Obama’s second term.”

Ryan is certainly no wimp. Some may recall that in December of 2009, former White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs told her to “calm down” and “take a deep breath” after she pressed him on whether then-Social Secretary Desiree Rogers had overstepped appropriate protocol in the Salahi party crashing incident. Gibbs equated the reporter’s behavior with that of his young son. April snapped back, “Don’t play with me.”

A White House reporter who spoke on the condition of anonymity gave us the lowdown on the race, saying, “April worked really hard on that race, she put a lot into it. Julianna ran a strong race, too, and as charming and well-respected she is, in the end she couldn’t overcome the Bloomberg curse. And Jared was just too new to the White House to make a serious dent in the race.”

A note on the curse: Some may recall that Bloomberg reporter Hans Nichols ran for the board last year and lost badly to then-Politico reporter Carol Lee, who now works for WSJ. At the time there was a sour taste among the Press Corps as publications such as Bloomberg, WSJ and Politico all signed up journos as White House reporters for voting purposes. Some charged dirty campaigning.

See the complete listing of officers and WHCA board members after the jump…

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