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Morning Chatter

“At the pool for the 4th”CQ Roll Call’s Rebecca Shabad. That was at 1:39 p.m. Later that night at 9:48 she had moved on to other matters: “Guys setting off fireworks illegally on my street and I yelled: ‘Hey idiots! I’ll call the police if you keep setting those off!’ It worked!”

Journo captures dramatic scene on train

“Conductor to loud, obnoxious woman in the Quiet Car: ‘If you wanna talk, go to the next car.’ Woman: ‘No one orders me around!” #happyfourth …Loud obnoxious woman, now to her kids: ‘Remember how I told you never to take shit from anyone?’” — The Hill‘s White House Correspondent Aime Parnes.

Morning Oopsy

“Oy gevalt. I just said on the air that John Paul II has been cleared for statehood. #espressosubito abcrad.io/newscast” — Steven Portnoy, radio correspondent for ABC News.

Self-appointed media critics 

“Signs it is the day after a national holiday: an NPR story about how gamers watch YouTube videos of people playing games.” — Chris Chester, web producer for WAMU.

“I just heard the f word repeatedly on @FoxNews during a home video being played. Really? Is this how you ppl wake us up? Smh” — Javonni Brustow, editor of TheDCPundit and PopGlitz.

Leibo jokes about book

“Now aking kids to see Despicable Me 2…possible name for next book??” — NYT‘s Mark “Leibo” Leibovich, who came out with some new book in the last few days called This Town in case anyone around here has heard of it. We assume he meant “taking” not “aking.” He links to this. He previously provided this other promo, saying, “If this book is going to get me run out of #ThisTown, then you might as well read it (please)…”

Um, bullsh*t?

“I’ve lived in DC ten years, and I manage to never interact with the city @MarkLeibovich describes.” — Boybander and Slate‘s Matt Yglesias in a delusional moment over the weekend. He linked to this review of This Town by Carlos Lozada in WaPo.

Stephen Tschida Miami condo update

As some followers may know, Tschida, our dramatic traveler and train rider, has been trying to buy a condo in Miami for quite sometime. Each time the contract falls through, mostly on account of his dogs from what we can tell. In the last several days, another one bit the dust.

On 6/29: “From bad to worse. condo contract dies. Now seller refuses to refund cash! hhhhhmmmm… why? Is he thinking resume negotiations?” On 7/4: “Oh forgot, lawyer says I’m not supposed to tweet about my real estate deals. what’s one little tweet? Like the %#&#?& seller follows me.”

Fun Facts

“One of my writers is allegedly skilled at competitive hot dog eating … #TrueFacts” — CNN’s Jake Tapper with what would undoubtedly make for fantastic television (hint hint).

On second thought…“I can’t watch this Nathan’s hot dog eating contest footage all day — breakfast appetite has vanished (and that’s pretty rare)” — Politico‘s Jedd Rosche.

Important Q to Ponder: “Justice for Trayvon is definitely important, but is the wall to wall breathless coverage helping? #switchingtogolfchannel” — HuffPost-AOL‘s Arianna Huffington.

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

Hello Buttercup! Harvard Prof Praises Arianna on HuffPost

A feature in which we point out how writers suck up to themselves, each other and others in a particularly buttery fashion.

This one must have been tough to decide. Hmmm….let a Harvard Psychology Professor write a bunch of complimentary things about HuffPost-AOL Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington on HuffPost or not?

Twist their arms. Fine, they’ll allow it.

In a HuffPost blog post Sunday in the Health Living section, Harvard Psychology Professor Ellen Langer wrote a post that had to make Arianna smile. She wrote: “I’m not one for mindless flattery..” — whoa, wait, really? Do we stop her here before she goes down the mindless flattery rabbit hole? –  “so it is with great sincerity that I say that Arianna is a force to be reckoned with. She’s extremely bright and incredibly effective so perhaps it’s no surprise that the event was so successful.”

Langer goes on to say… Read more

The Calendar Boys of BuffPost

 You’ve heard of The Beltway Boys — how about the BuffPost Boys? Sam Stein and the guys over at HuffPost (dubbed “BuffPost” by MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough this week) have given up shreds of dignity for charity purposes. Some of them had to know this wouldn’t end well. This is what happens when you put yourself on a calendar. Teenage girls are warned about stuff like this.

Asked if he felt like a male model, Stein told FBCD, “It’s for a really good cause. I’m glad I got to play a part in it.” Even when pushed and prodded, he refused to spice up his quote. He also caught a lot of heat during an appearance on “Morning Joe” earlier in the week. The hosts made fun of his plaid shirt. Mika Brzezinski called him “Calendar Boy” and cracked on him, saying, “I’m so distracted after seeing that calendar that I can’t take him seriously.” And then after using the word “outlandish” to describe something, Scarborough interrupted, “Outlandish? Outlandish says the man who wears a plaid shirt.” Brzezinksi soon grew serious and praised Stein for the good cause. It’s RaiseForWomen Challenge, which assists female-focused charities.

The guys apparently took their “cues” from Chippendales and NYC firefighters. But will they get naked for this thing? Washington Bureau Chief Ryan Grim remarked, “I would say that, for better or for worse, the calendar speaks pretty well for itself.”

Some observations… Read more

FNC’s Van Susteren Named 97th ‘Most Powerful’ Woman

Forbes‘ annual “100 Most Powerful Women in the World” list published Wednesday. Included on the list is Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren in the 97th slot.

The bio describes Van Susteren as “the longest serving cable news anchor on TV and the most-watched woman on cable news.” It continues, however, to note that “plunging ratings have sparked rumors that the anchor might lose her prime time slot.”

Other newswomen included on the list: Huffington Post Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington (56), NYT Executive Editor Jill Abramson (19) and CBS anchor Diane Sawyer (73).

On her Gretawire blog… Read more

HuffPost Dumps on Daily Beast Poop Story

Daily Beast‘s story about female trepidations about pooping at work is leaving a lot of track marks as yet another story emerges. Most notably there was Gawker‘s valiant attempt to guess which female TV anchor takes a 10-minute hike to poop in private. No doubt they are the feces experts — they wrote endlessly about Arianna Huffington‘s alleged pooping habits, a pig pooping and in 2011 they published their own guide to pooping at work. Next we had a male White House reporter and digital operative cracking prepubescent jokes about it. New York Magazine’s Maureen O’Connor (who once called me a skank because she’s that kind of a feminist) weighed in by becoming something of a a poop cheerleader for women in the workplace. “Go poop in your office bathrooms, everyone,” she wrote in her reaction piece. “It’s what our feminist foremothers would have wanted. Every woman deserves a poop of her own.”

And now, HuffPost‘s Emily Peck, Managing Editor of HuffPost-Business, unloads on Daily Beast for its tasteless story. Peck writes about what really happens in the women’s room – because it certainly isn’t women fearing their own bodily functions. To be sure, it’s so much more than going #2. She writes, “I met one of my closest friends in the ladies’ bathroom five years ago when I was pregnant, working for a male boss and surrounded by a team of dudes and single women who were mostly clueless about what to say to an expecting woman.”

She and the also pregnant co-worker became “soulmates” as they discussed how fat they were getting and how hard it was to buy cute clothes. Later they would bond over the office “lactation room.”

Touched? Read the full story here.

Tick Tock: WHCD 2013

By Betsy Rothstein, Peter Ogburn and Eddie Scarry

The White House Correspondents’ Dinner was a blur this year as stars, journalists, nerdy political types — and Psy — rubbed elbows. Well, not Psy, he was busy smoking. But the rest of ‘em fawned and frolicked around the Washington Hilton oohing and ahhing at one another’s evening wear. People watching was admittedly pretty phenomenal. As evidenced by the shrieks coming from young, female bystanders salivating at the mere sight of a star. Each time an actor or well-known journalist walked by, they screamed and barked things out at them like faux paparazzi. In a moment of hilarity, one journalist, who shall remain nameless, was heard biting a security employee’s head off as they kept constantly trying to herd and push a small smattering of people waiting by the door from one end to the other. “I have two tickets, I have a right to be here and I’m not moving,” the person snapped in a display of spectacular irritation. Security immediately backed right down and eased away. And the lesson is? Yelling wins! (By the way, pictured above: actress Kate Walsh.)

4:35 p.m. Betsy tells Eddie she need 15 more minutes. He replies, “Are you trying to squeeze in a size 8 dress again?”

5:42 p.m. Eddie is running slightly behind because he has no idea how to tie a bow-tie and he couldn’t get the Tucker Carlson consult. As usual, Carlson skipped out of town for the WHCD. We learned later in the evening that he’s in New Orleans riding Go Karts with Daily Caller Publisher Neil Patel.

6:13 p.m. Settling in at the lobby of the Washington Hilton for some major people watching. MC Hammer sighting. Girls screaming, “WOO HOO! WOO HOO!”

6:14 p.m. TIME‘s Zeke Miller enters in a wrinkly blazer.

6:15 p.m. DJ at Atlantic party may have Tourette’s. Ticking and chirping, etc…

6:16 p.m. Fox News Correspondent Peter Doocy sighting. This guy is too tall and everywhere this weekend.

6:17 p.m. Washington Examiner Nikki Schwab sighting. Her hair is in curls this evening. Very pleasant interaction.

6:18 p.m. Woman walks into the Hilton wearing a kimono.

6:19 p.m. It’s Kathleen Turner. The gaggle of girls in the lobby: “Kathleen we love you!!!”

6:20 p.m. Amy Poehler walks by. “Ahh ahh we love you Amy!”

6:21 p.m. CBS’ Gayle King has entered the hotel in a stunner of a kelly green gown by Vicky Tiel.

6:22 p.m. A rando woman who won’t stop yapping is saying to her friends, “I’m walking around the house going, does this match?”

6:23  p.m. The NPR greeter awaiting NPR party guests in the front of the hotel looks like he should be at the airport. He’s a vision of nerdy perfection.

6:24 p.m. Washington Examiner‘s Byron York walks into the hotel and promptly walks down the wrong set of stairs.

6: 25 p.m. It’s Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera! He’s all smiles for anyone who approaches. Up close his mustache is nothing short of thick and amazing.

6:27 p.m. A Jon Huntsman sighting. He walks in with a lovely blonde (presumably his wife) on his arm.

6:28 p.m. We get reprimanded for the second time for standing in the “wrong” place. Is there a right place? Who knows?

6:30 p.m. Holy shit. It’s Nicole Kidman. Bradley Cooper follows shortly thereafter.

6: 32 p.m. House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor is hanging out by the entrance.

6:35 p.m. Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis drawing major stares in the lobby. Wilde’s flowing chocolate brown dress is unbelievable beautiful.

6:37 p.m. A young woman walking with CBS “60 Minutes” correspondent Scott Pelley has ample cleavage.

6:40 p.m. Sightings: White House Press Sec. Jay Carney. Chicago Sun TimesClarence Page. Kathleen Sebelius. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

6:41 p.m. Dave Weigel, a big FishbowlDC fan, has been spotted. Later he’ll watch us like a hawk even though we’re not snapping his picture tonight or bothering him whatsoever.

6:45 p.m. The kid from Glee! is here. Wasn’t he at Tammy’s?

6:50 p.m. Publicist and Hollywood on the Potomac blogger Janet Donovan spotted in the bar line at the Atlantic, CBS, NJ pre-party. Janet insists this is her last year doing this. “I’ve been doing this since 1971,” she says wearily. “Enough is enough.”

6:55 p.m. Bob Schieffer holding court at the CBS party. Worlds colliding. Glee! kid spotted talking to Mother Jones Bureau Chief David Corn. WTF?

6:59 p.m. CBS news anchor and producer Julie Chen stands out in bright pink dress that may have been the second best frock of the evening. Olivia Wilde’s gown was hard to beat.

7 p.m. Andy Cohen from Bravo is here. He has some schmutz on his blazer.

7: 05 p.m. Overheard: “He’s very brave here coming with his ugly wife.”

7:06 p.m. Reince Priebus sighting. Later he’ll be a dumb joke in Conan’s monologue.

7:16 p.m. Ed Helms telling his girlfriend that people come here “for the food.”

7:17 p.m. Psy‘s handlers are a bunch of asses. “No, we did red carpet interviews. We’re not doing any more.” Regarding Psy and pictures, guest says, “This isn’t Korea. This is America.”

7:18 p.m. Peter cuts U.S. Treasury Sec. Jack Lew in a line. Way to go Peter!

7:19 p.m. CNBC’s Jim Cramer is yelling. Read more

Katrina vanden Heuvel’s Answer to Stress

HuffPost-Aol‘s Arianna Huffington is all about getting a good night’s sleep. But when times are tough and The Nation‘s Editor and Publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel is down in the dumps, she doesn’t nosedive into cupcakes, she turns to music. Not just any music, mind you.

 

 

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Quotes of the Day

BREAKFAST AT ABC’s THIS WEEK: HuffPost-AOL Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington: “French toast, home fried potatoes, sausage patties and bacon in the ABC green room. Seriously?” Host George Stephanopoulos replied, “Sorry, Arianna, I ate all the Greek yogurt.”

On Margaret Thatcher’s passing

“Margaret Thatcher was the first politician I ever met. She was a wonderful person and a great leader.” — FNC Contributor and RedState Editor Erik Erickson.

“Obviously, everyone should relate Thatcher’s death to something in American politics, and then tweet it, because that is a Good Thing to Do.” — Politico‘s Tony Romm.

“Over-under on # of people who will write interesting columns about what Thatcher meant to them: 4″ — Politico‘s Alexander Burns.

Music editor ties the knot

“En route to the church to marry my best friend, @mabinty. #weddingday.” — WCP‘s Marcus Moore, who married Mabinty Koroma.

Violent dream talk.

“I’m killing people off in my dreams right and left this week. Sorry, everyone. I don’t like it either.” — Photographer and blogger Laurie White.

Weekend TV Watching

“This episode of Cops takes place in Portland. The squad car pulls over a naked man on a bike who is ‘protesting global warming.’” — Politico’s Byron Tau.

“Watching ‘Point Break’ with Alex Pappas. It’s his favorite movie.” — The Daily Caller’s Will Rahn regarding he and his colleague, Alex Pappas.

Tschida’s exotic vacation to southeast Asia

“Long airport layover, so sign up for ‘foot massage.’ 90-year-old man comes in says please take off trouser but please leave underwear on.” — ABC7′s Stephen Tschida. And unfortunately, upon returning home, Tschida falls ill: “Back from the jungle and all day long I go from chills to sweat. Sure hope it’s the D.C. weather and not dengue fever. But with my luck?”

Editor throws caution to wind

“Went to the P St. Whole Foods after 2pm because YOLO” — Foreign Policy magazine Managing Editor Blake Hounshell.

TV anchor admits culinary weakness and a reader panics that Politico Playbook has been nixed today. Read more

Cory Booker Appears Babyish With Press

Newark Mayor and and possible Senate hopeful Cory Booker may be popular on Twitter, but he may be a bit of a baby with the media.

In a story over the weekend, Politico‘s Maggie Haberman writes,

“Booker initially agreed to be interviewed by POLITICO, rescheduled twice, then canceled 20 minutes after a reporter asked for comment on criticisms he had received from a prominent New Jersey Democrat about how he’s handled his campaign rollout.”

Booker did appear on HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher” Friday night and was presumably supposed to provide a contrast to USA Today‘s Jackie Kucinich and actress Eva Longoria, who wore her hair in a bouncy high ponytail. The show isn’t the easiest, but then again Booker kept his ramblings vanilla and did nothing to make himself stand out in any way.

Haberman, meanwhile… Read more

Who Wore the Risqué Choker?

On Monday we presented you with this woman’s choker necklace, worn by a female journalist at The Atlantic pre-inaugural party Sunday night at Publisher David Bradley‘s house. We asked for guesses on who it was, and this is what you told us:

The Atlantic‘s Scott Stossel wrote into FishbowlDC, saying, “That’s easy, I’d recognize that neck anywhere: Charles Krauthammer. I’d always pegged him for a big 50 Shades fan.”

Other guesses: Reader Vicky Shannon writes in, “My guess for the choker-wearer is Barbara Harrison.” Former White House Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers and AOL-HuffPost’s Arianna Huffington were among the other guesses.

Indeed, the correct guess is one that no one offered. It’s Washingtonian Editor-at-Large Carol Joynt (as pictured above). She says this piece of jewelry is among her favorites, but rarely wears it. She explained, “Bought it about 5 years ago at Hermes boutique in Florida as a Christmas present to myself. I’m aware women aren’t supposed to buy jewelry for themselves, but that’s like waiting for a man to open the door. By the way, there’s a heart on the lock. It’s sweet.”

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