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Words of #ThisTown Wisdom

“It’s the one thing you can’t do in Washington – don’t screw up and tell the truth.” — CNN Contributor Kevin Madden on “Out Front” Wednesday night.

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“Jon Stewart vs CNN. Is it a good thing or a bad thing? Know more by following ‘Know More’ with @dylanmatt.” — WaPo Executive Editor and expert internal memo writer Kevin Merida.

Anonymous email to FBDC: “I imagine, even tho it doesn’t launch for a few days, that you could write the John Harris “internal” memo to staff now on the Politico magazine, tho don’t know how you can top the last few. All of Washington is in awe of Politico self-congratulatory messages.”

WTF?

“Senate just passed a bill to ‘improve provisions relating to the sanctuary system for surplus chimpanzees.’” — Politico‘s Manu Raju.

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The Boy Scout

“Was going to Vine Roger Daltrey rehearsing ‘Stand by Me’ in Stat Hall but was informed no audio/visual per management.” — NBC’s Luke Russert.

Perennial words of wisdom

“A lot of reporters using a lot of time today criticizing other reporters, time that could be spent, well, you know, reporting…” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin.

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“Free dessert idea: If you like your flan, you can keep it.” — Politico‘s Blake Hounshell.

Convo Between Two Media Types

This morning’s conversation is between RNC Communications Director Sean Spicer and BuzzFeed Political Editor McKay Coppins.

Sean Spicer: “Hey @BuzzFeedPol how u haven’t written abt these videos youtube.com/playlist?list=… @BuzzFeedBen @mckaycoppins @BuzzFeedAndrew”

McKay Coppins: “@seanspicer weird forum for this Sean. I think you have my email.”

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Summer Superlatives: BEST BANGS

And the winner is… Breitbart News‘ and Townhall‘s Lisa DePasquale. The choices included U.S. News’ Nikki Schwab, HuffPost‘s Washington Bureau Chief Ryan Grim (who got a huge plug from his boss Arianna Huffington), NBC’s Russert, and first lady Michelle Obama. DePasquale won with 30.89 percent of the votes. Grim came in a close second with 27.34 percent. Russert’s side-swept bangs, however lovely they are, didn’t fare so well — he got just 19 votes.

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MOST DESPISED FLACK IN WASHINGTON

And the winner is… Breitbart News Matthew Boyle with 40.48 percent of the vote. In second place at 19.64 percent is NRSC Communications Director Brad Dayspring. Other options included: Clintonland’s Philippe Reines, White House Press Sec. Jay Carney.

FUNNIEST JOURNO IN WASHINGTON

And the winner is… Reason.com Editor Nick Gillespie with 313 votes. Runner up is The Daily Caller‘s Will Rahn who got 176 votes. Other options included: BuzzFeed‘s John Stanton, Yahoo! News‘ Olivier Knox, NJ‘s Elahe Izadi and The Sunday Times‘ Toby Harnden.

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Can’t Escape Brad Dayspring

Brad Dayspring, the sometimes cantankerous press flack to House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), is truly everywhere. And this morning, he was spotted on CNN for a full five minutes with a penetrating and  pensive stare in the backdrop of his boss. He was also applauding Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.) before her formal resignation. How lucky can a lawmaker get than to have his aide control the backdrop? It was also a perfect chance for Dayspring to keep a watchful eye on his boss.

 

Cantor Flak Dance Attack

Photograph by Tom Williams of Roll Call.

In news of the absurd…FishbowlDC recently stumbled upon some photos of Megan Whittemore, deputy press secretary to House Maj. Eric Cantor (R-Va.), spreading her legs all over the Capitol grounds. But unlike Jessica Cutler (“Washingtonienne”), Whittemore’s posing provocatively in the name of art. That’s right, she’s a dancer.  Earlier this week, Roll Call highlighted Whittemore’s modern dance moves in a feature story headlined “Choreographing Her Career.”  The photos from her shoot that didn’t make the cut (though captured beautifully by Tom Williams) are hilariously superb — Whittemore hanging upside down in a short, tight green dress with elderly tourists watching on; legs spread eagle in Statuary Hall, then up a wall in a stairwell. We’re not sure who green lighted this bizarre photo shoot but we are concerned about Cantor’s press ops. If Brad Dayspring is preoccupied with soft porn tweets and Whittemore’s out  igniting tourists with her sweet interpretive dance moves, just who is manning the phones?

Maybe they could combine efforts. Are you thinking what we’re thinking, SexyTwitPics?

 

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TIME Toasts “40 Under 40″

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Despite election distractions, TIME‘s “40 Under 40″ party brought out a surprisingly charming and interesting crowd last night.  Nearly half of the mag’s 40 featured rising stars and roughly 200 attendees joined TIME Managing Editor Richard Stengel for sushi, cocktails and conversation at Zentan restaurant in the hip Donovan House hotel.

Representing the White House were Jen Psaki, Reggie Love, Dan Pfeiffer and Macon Phillips who mingled with guests like CNN’s Gloria Borger, Yahoo’s Michael Calderone, MTP EP Betsy FischerMichael Steel, Politico‘s Mike Allen, Roll Call’s Jackie Kucinich, Brad Dayspring, Taylor Griffin, TIME‘s Jay Newton-Small, Bloomberg’s Julianna Goldman, Sarah Feinberg and Kevin Madden.  Also spotted was a gimpy Tammy Haddad on crutches.  When asked about her injury, Haddad joked, “my husband was chasing me around the house.”

In addition to an impressive list, the event offered an open bar with three specialty drinks like the popular ”Iced Tea Party” and the “Blue State Fizz” that helped lubricate party tensions while guests chattered about the upcoming midterm elections.

Honorees (idenitified by nifty “40 Under 40″ lapel pins) in attendance included:  Brendan Steinhauser, Jeremy Bash, Nathan Daschle, Jared Polis, Ben Rhodes, Cedric Richmond, Jay Webber, Carte Goodwin, Ellie Hill, Benjamin Jealous, Adam Kinzinger, Rachel Kleinfeld, Jennifer O’Malley Dillon, Stephanie Schriock.

Richard Stengel on stage.

All photographs by:  Julie Fischer McCarter for TIME  

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Kickin’ It Old School with Cantor

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What big name reporter showed up for an interview with Republican Whip Eric Cantor holding this tape recorder? The amazing machine, described by Cantor’s office as being “on loan from Edward R. Murrow” was used post interview to jam to some RATT tapes.

Picture of the sexy scribe after the jump.

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Journos Flock to The Week’s Opinion Awards

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The Week held their annual Opinion Awards last night at the W Hotel. This year’s event recognized WaPo wunderkind Ezra Klein, TNR’s Jonathan Chait and The Pittsburgh Post Gazette’s Rob Rogers.

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel kicked off the night with a little humor, calling the award “the most significant thing to happen to Ezra [Klein] since his bar mitzvah last week.”

“Morning Joe” hosts and the evening’s emcees Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski showed their love with a shout out to MSNBC’s David Shuster who is currently suspended from his job for an indefinite amount of time. Shuster and wife, Bloomberg’s Julianna Goldman later dodged questions about the suspension from Examiner’s Tara Palmeri, claiming a stomach ache.

In addition to the emcees and honorees, journalists packed the house last night. FishbowlDC spotted NBC’s Savannah Guthrie and Andrea Mitchell, CNN’s Dana Bash, Ed Henry and Jessica Yellin, Politico’s Patrick Gavin, Mike Allen and Anne Schroeder Mullins, CBS’ Christine Delargy, Tammy Haddad, Bloomberg’s Margaret Carlson, WBJ’s Jen Nycz-Conner, Daily Caller’s Tucker Carlson, WaPo’s Amy Argetsinger and Jonathan Capehart, MSNBC’s Louis Burgdorf, Slate’s John Dickerson, Politics Daily’s Lynn Sweet, Yahoo’s Michael Calderone and Daily Beast’s Tina Brown and Ronnie Cho.

Also in attendance were Brad Dayspring, Hilary Rosen, Matt Cooper, Ben Bradlee, Sally Quinn, Juleanna Glover, as well as “Washington’s own George Clooney,” Kevin Madden (as described by several guests).

To wrap up the evening, The Week Editor-at-Large Sir Harold Evans moderated a panel debate between Senator Amy Klobuchar(D-MN) Governor Ed Rendell (D-PA), Rep.Eric Cantor (R-VA), and Republican strategist Steve Schmidt.

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Examiner’s Tara Palmeri, WBJ’s Jen Nycz-Conner and award recipient, editorial cartoonist Rob Rogers.

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CBS’ “Washington Unplugged” Turns 1!

CBS News’ weekly webcast, “Washington Unplugged” celebrated its one-year anniversary with a slew of media types at 14K restaurant on Wednesday evening. And though the TVs above the bar were set to CNN, the guests below were rubbing elbows with CBS-ers like Washington Bureau Chief Chris Isham, John Dickerson, Chip Reid, Bill Plante, Nancy Cordes, Marc Ambinder, Kaylee Hartung, Christine Delargy, Michelle Levi and Fernando Suarez.

Boozing with the broadcasters were Daily Caller’s Becca Glover, Roll Call’s Jackie Kucinich, Emily Miller, Tammy Haddad, Politico’s Kiki Ryan with boy toy Tim Burger, Janet Donovan, Juleanna Glover, Matt Cooper, Cantor Press Secretary Brad Dayspring, Doug Thornell from Cong. Van Hollen’s office, Examiner’s Tara Palmeri, Mark Paustenbach, Politico’s Mike Allen and WH wunderkind Ronnie Cho (wearing pants…sorry ladies).

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Photos by CBS News’ Tom Albano. More after the jump.

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Jonathan Allen: Superstar and Founding Father

Washington D.C. is aglow in Jonathan Allen, ex-Politico writer turned aide to Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.), who appeared happy as usual last night at the Capitol Lounge for The Washington Post’s Chris Cillizza‘s trivia night.

Members of the media and Capitol Hill aides were spotted swarming the new aide, who was chatting with the likes of GOP pundit Doug Heye, Politico‘s Dan Reilly, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) Spokesman Brad Dayspring, NRSC’s Ken Spain, Roll Call‘s Shira Toeplitz, WaPo‘s Paul Kane, and NRSC Spokesman Brian Walsh .

“He always seems happy,” said a Capitol Hill journalist who ran into Allen last night and chatted with him briefly.

Allen, who signed on to Politico for three months only, this week switched over to the other side of the tracks to work for Schultz.

“I think that he’s a great contribution to the team,” said Schultz’s spokesman Jonathan Beeton, already sounding the perfect spokesman for Allen and nearly casting him like a Founding Father.

“He’s obviously, you know, insightful and intelligent and has a great historical perspective on the institution. That was what the congresswoman was looking for. Jonathan Allen fits that to a T.”

Beeton said he had no concerns about Allen switching teams from the journalism to politics and neither does Schultz. “George Stephanopoulos is only one I successfully know of going the other way,” he added.