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Quotes of the Day

From USA TODAY‘s Jackie Kucinich, who writes, “Good to know…”

Travel Taunting: “Shockingly large number of air travel rookies today. Guy from Bloomberg: ‘Do I have to take my laptop out?’” — National Review‘s Jonah Goldberg. Wino Watch: “Dulles bar near gate to Tampa uncorking vino already. Here comes the press!” — Washington Examiner “Washington Secrets” writer Paul Bedard.

Ana off the wagon?

“@ananavarro: In my mathematic formula: Should always pack more shoes than days for a convention. Same holds for bottles of wine.”#approve — The Guardian‘s Ana Marie Cox. Ana Navarro is a Republican pundit for CNN.

Deep Travel Thoughts: “Try to not point out flaws in stupid shit on airplanes right after boarding if you want your flight to take off on time. Or at all.” — House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa‘s (R-Calif.) Press Sec. Becca Glover Watkins. And from Sen. Orrin Hatch‘s (R-Utah) Comm Dir. and Senior Advisor Antonia Ferrier: “Airports on little sleep is a bad idea.”

“A quad of talent in Tampa.” — NBC Audio OP Steve Mitnick. The photograph includes NBC Correspondents Chuck Todd, Kelly O’Donnell, NBC News Senate Producer Libby Leist and NBC Producer Doug Adams.

Tampa Hair and the fight against humidity

“Getting hair and makeup done for @CNN with @crowleyCNN in an hour. Artists putting up a valiant fight against humidity.” — WaPo‘s Karen Tumulty.

“Uh oh forgot my flat iron. There is going to be some serious crazy Zito hair going on in Tampa.” — Pittsburgh Tribune-Review‘s Salena Zito.

Speaking of a good blowdry…

“I can probably put down blowdrying rain-soaked shoes as one of the few things I will not miss about living in this city.” — Former TWT White House reporter Kara Rowland, a gradate student at the London School of Economics.

What could possibly go wrong? “Renting a car for the next two weeks. Haven’t driven in something like 3 years.” — Ashley McCollum, press manager for BuzzFeed.

Tampa-wear: What should she wear?

“Packing for Tampa. Help me out, tweeps: What does one wear to a hurricane?” — BuzzFeed‘s newest scribe Rebecca Berg.

From L to R: Benjy Sarlin, Sara Libby and Evan McMorris-Santoro. “Good morning Team @TPM! #travel buddies.” — Roll Call’s Meredith Shiner.

Hurricane Watch: “Hurricane, meet Hurricane. Speaker Newt ‘I will be the nominee” Gingrich on my plane to Tampa.’” — The Hill‘s Managing Editor Bob Cusack.

Poor Howie! Alone with a bagel.

“The sad sight of Howard Kurtz eating a bagel alone in a Holiday Inn at 7am.” — The Guardian‘s Richard Adams. Meanwhile, Howiella is en route to Tampa. “On a flight to Tampa with @BobCusack and @thehill Editor-in-Chief Hugo Gurdon.#partytime” — The Hill‘s gossip scribe Judy Kurtz (a.k.a. Howiella, Howlma, Howeesha, etc..)

Huh, really?  

“If you are a political reporter, Tampa is the place to be this week. #protip” — Newsweek‘s Eli Lake.

Corn lost, pissed without MSNBC

“And this damn hotel doesn’t have MSNBC. Just Fox and CNN. Figures. We’re blowing the joint this AM.” — Mother Jones D.C. Bureau Chief and MSNBC Contributor David Corn.

WORLDS COLLIDE

“Sitting next to @BretBaier on flight to Tampa. A very nice guy. By the way, live @CNNSitRoom 6PM ET today. He’s not live today.” — CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.

Hallelujah! TBD Twitter account officially sinks. Who cares that it happened two weeks after its death?

Radio host is all ears

“I talk on the radio but most impt thing I do is listen, esp on matters of Race. And if you listen carefully you even hear what’s left unsaid.” — NPR’s Michele Norris.

The admission: “Going on CNN’s ‘Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz’ this morning to say regrettable things I will certainly try to weasel out of.” — Politico‘s Roger Simon.

Journo needs The Weather Channel

“Seems to be getting windy in Tampa this morning. What’s that about?” — CNBC and NYT‘s John Harwood.

A new airport game: Spot the Reporter

“ON WAY TO TAMPA: 20-something girls near me in airport were briefly playing ‘spot the reporter.’ Guess lack of ‘press’ hat disguised me?” — CNN’s Lisa Desjardins.

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

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The Week Hosts Academy Awards Bash

Mary Kathryn Covert, Glenn Ballard, Michael Steel, Brianna Keilar

The Kalorama manse of lobbyist Juleanna Glover played host to The Week‘s first annual Academy Awards party last night.  Complete with Oscar-shaped cookies, popcorn and tuxedo-clad servers passing trays of Junior Mints, Milk Duds and Redvines, the event was a perfect balance of festive glitz and a casual night at the movies.

Despite the all-star lineup of party hosts (Ron Bonjean, Tammy Haddad, Juleanna Glover and Karen Finney), the fete was not over-attended, offering around 100 guests a relaxed atmosphere to mix, mingle and eat their weight in miniature grilled cheese sandwiches* (see: me).  Spotted taking in the festivities were FD’s Mary Kathryn Covert and Michael Steel, CNN’s Brianna Keilar, Sam Dealey of Qorvis, Sarah Bonjean, Janet Donovan, NRSC’s Brian WalshLynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times, soon-to-be USA Today‘s Jackie Kucinich, Doug Heye, The Hill‘s Emily Goodin, Mark Paustenbach, Glenn Ballard, Pepper Watkins, Jay Newton-Small, Jeremy Bash of the CIA, Barbara Martin, Becca Glover Watkins, Kimball Stroud, Washington Life‘s Kevin Chaffee, WaPo‘s Jonathan Capehart, Daily Caller’s Megan Mulligan,  UrbanDaddy’s Jeff Dufour and an uber-preggers Jayne Sandman.

L: Ron Bonjean and Jackie Kucinich R: Popcorn served in The Week funnels

L: Tammy Haddad with Lynn Sweet R: FishbowlDC entourage

2011: A Yawner in SOTU Watch Parties

Watch parties for the President’s State of the Union address are a tradition in Washington. Everyone is supposed to get together to watch POTUS (and drink) at a local watering hole. Or so we thought.

This year, tradition is broken. No parties, just an avalanche of live-blogging.

The Daily Beast‘s Howard Kurtz will be hosting a “live chat” starting around 8:45, he tweeted last night.

No party for Politico either – instead, they also promise live-blogging. At least Patrick Gavin has compiled a few rules for drinking games.

But what about The Daily Caller, who can always be relied on for a party? They had a great one last year. But this year: “We’ll be working! We’ll be live blogging and reporting,” spokeswoman Becca Glover Watkins said in an e-mail. “No party for us this year because we just did the Capitol Hill party last week.” Fair enough.

HuffPost will be live-blogging as well. The Hill is live-blogging and live-tweeting. TWT live-blogged last year, but there’s nothing on their website to indicate they’ll do it again.

Thank God for NJ. They’re hosting a sold out reception for new members of Congress tonight at the Library of Congress to pre-game the SOTU. From 5-7 p.m., Sens. Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Mike Johanns (R-Neb.), and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) will join Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) to offer insights on the workings of Congress to the newbies.

Tomorrow, Ron Brownstein and Major Garrett (both of NJ), the Atlantic‘s Josh Green, and WaPo‘s Karen Tumulty will be joined by Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), as well as Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) to discuss the president’s address. That’s at the Gallup Building at 8 a.m.

And if there wasn’t enough live-blogging going on, don’t worry: NJ will also be blogging, analyzing, and fact-checking its way through the SOTU.

The rest of you: step it up next year, guys.

If none of this appeals to you, though, Professor Ezra Klein to the rescue, as usual. He writes that the State of the Union has only ever really affected poll numbers once. So forget all this live-blogging and instead mourn the fact that Glee is still in repeats.

> Update: Maybe this won’t be so horrible after all. Keith Olbermann will be live-tweeting.

Daily Caller Piles Into Top of the Hill

Daily Caller staffers and about a trillion (exaggerating slightly) other people piled into Top of the Hill last night at the Pour House on Capitol Hill. The reason for the party (as if the Daily Caller really ever needs a reason) was to welcome new members of Congress and their aides to Washington. Topics of conversation included how crowded the room was, Congress stuff and political musings, the fantastic open bar, and Daily Caller spokeswoman Becca Glover Watkins‘ birthday (which, as FBDC noted earlier, is today).

As is the case with any good party, people got fairly drunk. A pleasant, fun kind of drunk. Editor-in-chief Tucker Carlson took notice, and also addressed how crowded the Top of the Hill had become. “I’m not try to encourage people to drink, but there’s a lot of alcohol downstairs as well,” he said.

A number of congressmen were in attendance, but we spotted one  freshmen for sure: Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.).

Also at the party: Publisher Neil Patel, executive editor Megan Mulligan, Mary Katharine Ham, reporters Jon Ward, Chris Moody, Jonathan Strong, Jeff Winkler, and Mike Riggs (the “Daily Baller” wasn’t doing anything too crazy though), and online editors Julia McClatchy, Chad Brady, and Pat McMahon (who demanded to be mentioned “or else”); Fox News’ Shannon Bream and her husband Sheldon; ABC News’ Ann Compton, her husband, Dr. Bill Hughes, and her daughter, the Atlantic‘s Annie Hughes; Chris Bodenner, also of the Atlantic; WaPo‘s Katherine Zaleski; Washington City Paper‘s Mike Madden; Chris McGreal of The Guardian; C-SPAN’s Howard Mortman; Dan Hirschhorn of Politico; CNN’s Brianna Keilar; Washington Examiner “Yeas and Nays” columnist Nikki Schwab; Christina Wilkie and A.B. Stoddard of The Hill; Moe Tkacik; Kurt Bardella, spokesman for Rep. Darrell Issa and the bain of Daily Beast‘s Howard Kurtz‘s existence; Speaker of the House John Boehner‘s spokesman Michael SteelTony Blankley, Executive Vice President at Edelman; and NYP‘s Charlie Hurt.

Lots of love among Daily Caller staffers. Reporter Jeff Winkler goes in for a kiss with online editor Pat McMahon. Spokeswoman Becca Glover seems to enjoy it.

WCP‘s Mike Madden, however, didn’t enjoy it. (We don’t know that he was watching the kiss, but it’s entirely possible.)

Photos courtesy of Wonkette‘s Elizabeth Glover.

It’s Becca’s Birthday

A Happy Birthday wish to The Daily Caller‘s spokeswoman Becca Glover Watkins.

We hope you have the day off.

Daily Caller Prepares to Party With the Pols

The Daily Caller is ready to get acquainted with the new members of Congress, and come Jan. 20 at Top of the Hill on Capitol Hill they will do just that. The party is geared towards new members and their aides, but open to returning pols and their staffs.

As always, Daily Caller staff never needs a big excuse to party. They’ll also be there.

“We wanted to do an event most of all to welcome the large group of new members and staff to Washington but also to welcome back all the returning members,” said spokeswoman Becca Glover Watkins. “Tucker and Neil may say a few words, but otherwise The Daily Caller‘s staff hopes to enjoy the free drinks as much as any other person in the room.”

The Daily Caller Party: Even a Caveman Can Attend

The cast of characters at Monday night’s Daily Caller second official keg party was nothing short of colorful. For one thing, this wild-haired intern from Reason Magazine, Armin Rosen, showed up and life as we know it will never be the same. For another, even without the original guest of honor, GOP consultant Roger Stone, the celebration of new hire Mary Katharine Ham, turned out a jammed hallway full of journalists and guests and a keg sponsored by Miller-Coors. Stone had to be in New York to coach gubernatorial hopeful Carl Paladino. “This is how it should be,” remarked Daily Caller V.P. of Sales Alex Treadway, raving that Ham is sure to be a publication star.

The Wild Haired intern, meanwhile, was opening up. “Please don’t ruin my career,” Rosen repeatedly begged FishbowlDC throughout an evening that felt like something between a summer camp outing, a blog convention and a trip to the circus. Before fleeing the party, the intern’s boss, Matt Welch, Reason‘s Editor-in-Chief, asked me to babysit Wild Hair and make sure he didn’t do anything stupid. (Note to Editors: We’ll be glad to babysit your reporters, but a) really? b) it’s questionable FBDC policy, and c) we wouldn’t dream of stopping a journalist from partaking in any form of stupid activity he or she so desires.)

Soon enough, the intern’s clear Doppelganger emerged: the Geico caveman. He explained the simplicity of his hair upkeep. “It’s easy, I don’t comb it – ever,” he said. “All you have to do is get into a sublime state of not caring and you get this hair.”

Party banter ranged from Washington’s uptight nature and the Brett Favre sexting scandal to House GOP leaders and Twitter follower counts. “People in Washington are boring as f—k,” remarked Daily Caller’s Mike Riggs. And yet, those here could hardly be considered boring – Less Government’s Seton Motley, when Wild Hair was pointed out, pulled out a shirtless picture of himself (perhaps from the 80s) with wavy blondish hair cascading to his waist.

Riggs swore he wasn’t “on anything” Monday night except beer. We believed him (mostly) until he knelt down on one knee and bestowed solemn praise to another partygoer, The Exiled’s Mark Ames, while chanting, “Oh my f—king God. Oh my f—king God.” Washington City Paper’s Moe Tkacik, who came to the party with Ames, suggested that some in Washington might have Asperberger’s Syndrome. She’s a recent transplant to Washington and hire to WCP. (If you haven’t seen her work, it’s a must).

Others in the crowd: Daily Caller spokeswoman Becca Glover Watkins, Publisher Neil Patel, Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson, the Washington Examiner’s J.P. Freire, The Hill’s Christina Wilkie and Wonkette’s Elizabeth Glover. Also from Wonkette was the newly hired Morning Editor, Riley Waggaman, who looks like something out of a Harry Potter movie with blond hair, glasses and a bright turquoise button-down. Already partied and gone were The Weekly Standard’s John McCormack and TWT’s Eli Lake. McCormack, referring to Riggs’s recent shrooming escapade, tweeted about the party, saying he “felt a little funny after eating some Halloween candy but a purple monkey just flew in the room and told me candy is not laced.”

Many Daily Caller reporters were on hand to kick the keg. The included Alex Pappas, Jeff Winkler, Jonathan Strong, Chris Moody, Matthew Boyle, a part-timer, and a mystery staffer from a Democratic lawmaker’s office who didn’t want to be identified. (An office rule forbids office staffers from being Google-able alongside the boss’s name.) More in the crowd: TWT’s Ben Birnbaum, CNS’s Nicholas Ballasy, The Atlantic’s Chris Good and Daily Caller’s new blog consultant Klaus Marre.

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Oops! Sen. Durbin Confuses Daily Caller for Daily Cholera

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A scene from Capitol Hill on Thursday in the Senate Radio TV studio in the Capitol:

A TWT columnist was trying to ask Sen Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) about his effort to curb “swipe fees” for debit cards that banks charge retailers. The female columnist cited a story that said WalMart had put money into Illinois and that was why they were getting alleged special treatment.

She was trying to cite a story in The Daily Caller. Funny thing was, Durbin couldn’t understand: “Daily Choleral?”, he asked. He then got all jokey, citing Daily Cholera as a good source of information for reporters. Durbin claimed not to have heard of The Daily Caller. When reporters informed him that it was an online news outlet similar to HuffPost, he cracked, “Tucker…c’mon”.

(If The Daily Caller‘s Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson has a comment, we’ll bring it to you soon.)

> Update: The Daily Caller‘s spokeswoman, Becca Glover Watkins, had this to say: “I had heard that clip too. What I thought was interesting was that another reporter said ‘they’ve got some good reporters’ or something to that extent at the end of that clip. For the reporter to compliment our reporters that way enforces the idea that we’re reporting straight stories and bringing on reporters who do their jobs well.”

The Daily Caller Adds Two Reporters to Mix

The Daily Caller has hired two new scribes. Chad Brady started Tuesday as an online editor. In a complex political media web, Chad is the brother of Erin Brady who is engaged to Bill Hughes, the son of ABC News radio correspondent Ann Compton and Dr. Bill Hughes. Chris Moody is a new reporter who is coming over from The Cato Institute, a D.C. conservative think tank.

Said Daily Caller Spokeswoman Becca Glover Watkins: “We’re happy to welcome Chris Moody and Chad Brady to the Daily Caller team. We hope they’ll have as much fun here as we are! Chris will be reporting on whatever we throw at him and Chad will eventually take over our incredibly popular ‘DC Links’ morning email in addition to regular online editor duties. Chad’s hit the ground running this week and we expect Chris mid June.”

Reporter Leaves The Daily Caller to….

Aleksandra Kulczuga, a scribe for The Daily Caller, is leaving the publication to tie the knot.

She and her fiance, who is an Army Ranger, will move to gorgeous Monterrey, Calif. for his new assignment. To be sure, she won’t be twiddling her thumbs. She has won a Phillips Foundation grant to study Poland’s involvement in Afghanistan and the countries’ close relationship to the U.S. on the War on Terror.

“While we’re sad to lose her, there’s no doubt that she’s about to embark on a very exciting journey, if I’m allowed to be so trite,” said Daily Caller spokeswoman Becca Glover Watkins.

Former Defense Sec. Donald Rumsfeld gave her high praise Tuesday night at a Phillips Foundation dinner where she spoke. Rumsfeld gave her no less than a standing ovation at the end of her speech. Watch him pop up (solo!) at the end of the short YouTube clip below.

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