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Quotes of the Day

“Senator, the pornographic material has been removed from your desk.” — the note that “Veep” actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus said she left in Sen. Al Franken‘s (D-Minn.) desk on the Senate floor. She broke the news to Jon Stewart on The Daily Show last night.

Perino’s mesmerizing Pack

“The shiny backpack is memorizing [sic] to airport security. Looks great on he X-ray belt.” — Fox News Contributor Dana Perino. We’re pretty sure she meant mesmerizing. As some readers know, we’ve been having some fun with Perino’s sequined backpack this week after FNC’s Greg Gutfeld razzed her about it.

Yeah sure, Eddie

“Guy on bike actually hit me as I was running but my spidey senses kicked in and I was able to minimize the damage to my spinal cord.” — FBDC and The Blaze’s very imaginative Eddie Scarry. We’ll check for bruises later to make sure he’s okay.

Journo gets delayed by buggy, bonnet wearing woman

“Why yes, I did get delayed en route to Lancaster, PA, when I got stuck behind a horse-drawn buggy driven by a woman in a bonnet. America!” — The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball.

Leibo’s words of wisdom: ‘”Cartagena could be buzzword for wild behavior in political-roadtrip context. Usage: ‘The staff went all Cartagena at the victory party.’” — NYT’s Mark Leibovich.

Those were the days…

“Just reminiscing that when I covered the Clinton White House, it was the Secret Service that was embarassed [sic] by the president. Times change.” — CNBC’s Eamon Javers referring to members of the Secret Service purchasing prostitutes in Colombia.

Dolly Parton has a fan in the Washington Press Corps

“I’m never going to be a Meryl Streep. But then, she’ll never be a Dolly Parton either. Be true to you! :) ” — Dolly Parton. This was retweeted by Newsweek senior reporter Daniel Stone. The Hill‘s Amie Parnes then weighed in, saying, “I love that you RTed that.” Stone then felt compelled to reply: “Yep. Anyone who would apologize for RTing @Dolly_Parton aint a real fan.”

Juana attends ‘Nerd Happy Hour’

“Epitome of #nerdhappyhour w/ @ZekeJMiller, @evanmc_s and @ethanklapper.” — Politico‘s Juana Summers. As most know, Zeke Miller works for BuzzFeed, Evan McMorris Santoro for TPM and Ethan Klapper is at HuffPost.

Yesha on the phone

“My friend on the phone, ‘I’ve had sex with 3 women’..umm…thanks for that info…you’re not my type…she’s ridiculous.” — D.C. web designer and blogger Yesha Callahan, who later added, “She’s such a weirdo.”

By the way…HuffPost‘s David Wood, who won a Pulitzer, has a fan at Politico. It’s his wife, Assistant Managing Editor Beth Frerking.

Cryptic Convo Between Two Journos

Politico‘s Jonathan Martin to no one in particular: “Why won’t xxx apologize to xxx for xxx.” And this: “Xxx is saying xxx bc they don’t want to talk about xxx.”

Leibovich to Martin: “It’s a sign of desperation.”

Martin: “Mark Leibovich, it’s sad that xxx is turning to desperate negative attacks…’sad’ is good. ‘disappointing’ my fave. ‘unfortunate’ not bad.”

Leibovich: “Jonathan Martin, I’m finding all of this deeply troubling. I’m desperate to change the subject.”

Fish Poll Results: Yesterday we asked what you thought of DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz‘s (D-Fla.) new hairstyle and color. Most of you like it. In fact, 60.23 percent chose “Love it. She looks good with straight hair.” A reader named “Gussley” wrote in the Comment Section, “Hair, like chests, should be neither too big or totally flat on a woman.”

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.


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Politico Announces New Hires and Summer Interns

Politico announces new hires as well as three of five summer interns today in a memo from Beth Frerking, Assistant Managing Editor of Partnerships.

Hemal Jhaveri: Assistant Managing Editor of Digital and Social Media; Last job: Editor, producer, homepage.

Tony Romm: technology reporter; Last job: The Hill.

Meet the Interns

Emily Schultheis
School: University of Pennsylvania
Details: She sang in an a cappella group and worked in University of Pennsylvania’s rare books library and watched old episodes of “The West Wing.”

Gloria Park
School: Harvard
Details: She is editor-in-chief of Harvard International Review; she has played piano in pit bands and sings with an opera troupe on campus.

Daniel Strauss
School: Just graduated from the University of Michigan
Details: He has had past internships at Roll Call, the American Prospect and The New Yorker. He’s “obsessed” with music by Janelle Monae.

Read the full memo after the jump…

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John Harris, the Jokester

harris-5.jpeg In an internal memo to Politico staff, Editor John Harris announces, with some degree of gravity, two new hires.

At the top of the memo, he jokes that the announcement, a welcome e-mail regarding two new Politico editors, is “more serious than it sounds” in that without such an announcement, the publication could be “slapped with fines and surcharges” if Politico personnel policies are hit with an audit.

All joking aside, the new hires are Matt Negrin and Jessica Taylor. Negrin,a Boston University grad who edited the student newspaper, will report on Obama’s White House. He has worked in D.C. for the Boston Globe and New Hampshire’s Union Leader, among a host of other resume building jobs.

Taylor, meanwhile, will work on the upcoming unveiled 2010 campaign page. She was research director the 2010 edition of the “Alamanac of American Politics” and was a staff writer and online producer for Like Negrin, Taylor also edited her student newspaper at Furman University in South Carolina.

See Harris’s internal memo after the jump…

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Morning Reading List 02.09.09

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Lovely…Politico Staff Changes Posted On Series Of Tubes


From the Politico:

    Politico Staffing Changes

    Bill Nichols, the former White House and State Department correspondent for USA Today, has been named managing editor of The Politico and

    Nichols, 49, has served as deputy editor of the print and online versions of Politico for the past month. “Bill is rightly regarded as one of the smartest and steadiest political journalists in the country,” said Jim VandeHei, executive editor of Politico. “He will guide our publication, both in print and on the Web, in a time of exciting expansion for our company.”

    Barbara E. Martinez, an assistant editor, has been promoted to deputy managing editor of The Politico.

    Beth Frerking, former national correspondent at Newhouse News Service in Washington, and G. Robert Hillman, former White House correspondent for The Dallas Morning News, will serve as senior editors of The Politico and

    “The only way to provide top-notch coverage of Congress, lobbying and the 2008 election is with savvy and experienced editorial leadership,” VandeHei said. “We are delighted Beth and Bob are lending their expertise to our venture.”

    Erika Pontarelli Compart
    , former editor/reporter at Agence France-Presse, has been named copy chief.

DC Journos Pay Respect To Ivins

From Shenanigans:

    A Texas Mafia of journos gathered Friday night at the National Press Club’s Reliable Source to toast Molly Ivins, who died last week of breast cancer. Like several others present, organizer Rick Dunham, now of Business Week, worked with Ivins at the now-defunct Dallas Times Hearld in the mid-1980s. So did Washington Posties Bill Turque and Chuck Babington, Bloomberg’s Bob Drummond, and the Politico’s own Beth Frerking.

Lots more details here.