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ENGAGED! My beautiful bride to be @augstums, and me, in Aspen.” — Todd Harris, media consultant and GOP political strategist.

The Observer: Did Rich Lowry have a manicure?

“Anyone else disturbed by Rich Lowry’s nails? You think they’re always that done or did he just gussy them up for #MeetThePress?” — Miss Spot.

Self-appointed media critics

“That was the interview? Well, at least Breaking Bad is on tonight.” — WSJ‘s Neil King.

“Takeaway from 60 Minutes interview: Romney and Ryan have a clear rapport with one another. Romney less antsy than during other interviews.” — The Hill‘s Managing Editor Bob Cusack.

“The 60 Minutes interview with Romney/Ryan: Bromancing the White House.” — Syndicated op-ed columnist and Editor-in-Chief of Soapblox Tina Dupuy.

“One major problem is that Paul Ryan speaks so f—ing fast, tough to transcribe.” — HuffPost‘s Sam Stein.

“Just For Men has apparently perfected robotic hair color#Watching60MinutesAds #PiningforTivodelay” — TPM‘s Evan McMorris-Santoro.

Coming to his rescue…

“Haha, @RichLowry totally nailed @maddow on her answer. Don’t know why she pretends to be an innocent bystander in politics.” — WMAL Exec. Producer Heather Smith.

But wait, not so fast…

“If Rachel Maddow broke Rich Lowry’s nose right now, that would be the best thing NBC has aired in months.” — Chuck Sudo, a Chicago viewer.

Mom’s verbiage makes editor uncomfortable

“My mother is referring to her flip-flops as ‘thongs.’ This makes me uncomfortable.” — HuffPost Deputy Editor Erin Ruberry.

Journo gets drunk

“Haven’t had this much to drink in a long time. My brain feels fuzzy and that feeling is awesome.” — WaPo page designer Tim Wong.

And another is on his way…

“Vacation cocktail #1″ — TPM‘s Brian Beutler.

Hungover Boybander sure loves his band mates

“I’m hungover in coffee shop so you’ll have to Google the links but@ezraklein@daveweigel wrote excellent pieces on politics of Ryan pick.” — Wired.com’s Spencer Ackerman.

A date to remember

“Me and my baby boo @THERealLyndaDC enjoying a hot date@FSWashington with each other!” — Paul Wharton Style’s Paul Wharton and ex-Real Housewives of Washington star Lynda Erkletian.

Romney VP news added work for journos

“I know I said I was sleeping in today but how abt a lil Romney veep pick special w/ @wolfblitzer instead?” — CNN’s Brianna Keilar.

Reporter’s aunt was confused

“One of my liberal aunts went to a Ryan town hall last year. Left there wanting Ryan as Obama’s VP.” — The Weekly Standard‘s John McCormack.

Enthusiasm is…

“Cannot succinctly explain the adrenaline rush and stress of producing four hours of breaking news coverage. Or maybe I can: Awesome. #CNN” — Jeff Simon, Assoc. Producer for “State of the Union” With Candy Crowley. We don’t want to worry about Simon too much, but later on in the weekend, he added, “Entering delirium. I feel like I was deep in REM and someone called me and asked me to explain quantum mechanics. Need to snap out of it.”

Uh oh.

“And now I hear I am selling iPADS. My account has been hacked. What do I do about this? Anybody?” — Washington Examiner‘s Mark Tapscott.

Take Me Out To The (Soft)Ball Game

Wednesday night was the 4th annual Congressional Women’s Softball game. It’s one of the official kickoffs of summer for D.C. and it pits a gathering of female journos against a bi-partisan collection of female politicians. The journos were led by team captains Amy Walter from ABC News, Abby Livingston from Roll Call and Brianna Keilar from CNN. The captains for the Congressional team were Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R-MO) and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL).

The announcers for the game were Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell. Klobuchar acknowledged early in the game that she might have problems with all the baseball terms since she had spent “all day debating catfish and the farm bill.”

The journos, who call themselves “The Bad News Babes,” got off to an early start with AP’s Kasie Hunt getting a base hit to start the game. The cheering section for the members of Congress was mostly made up of staffers, although Speaker John Boehner and Majority Leader Eric Cantor made appearances.

It wasn’t long before relentless attention whore Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) took over the microphone to help call the game. He said that Gillibrand, who was pitching the the Congressional team, reminded him of “a young Whitey Ford.” This prompted Mitchell to tell the senator it was time for him to “go back to the stands.” Other notables in the crowd included the recently-announced D.C. Bureau Chief for Buzzfeed, John Stanton, Sec. of Labor, Hilda Solis and Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) with his wife, Elizabeth. It’s worth noting that the congressman was on the Bad News Babes side of the field to cheer on his daughter, Jackie Kucinich of USA Today.

Wednesday was the official start of summer and, right on cue, it was hot as hell. So, we can hardly fault John Harwood for guzzling one of the free purple Gatorades being handed out at the game. Also spotted was MSNBC’s Luke Russert sporting this loud pink T-shirt and a backwards Buffalo Bills hat. His buddy, Politico’s Jake Sherman, dressed himself with a little more sanity.

The Bad News Babes poured on the offense for most of the game until House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi arrived late in the game. That’s about the time that the Congressional bats opened up and made the game competitive again. In the end, the press was too much for Congress and they won 13-10. We asked Roll Call’s Meredith Shiner, who went 3-3 in the game what the key to the win was. She says, “Other than the innate killer instincts of reporting applied gracefully to a baseball diamond? My biased analysis is that we out-classed and out-sassed the other side, led by our three tireless captains, Abby, Amy and Bri. My former sports reporting analysis says the key to our win was what I like to call sports amnesia–forgetting the last play or inning and coming back stronger. I was especially impressed by Abby and our third baseman/relief pitcher Gregory Simmons, who even in times of softball duress both showed the mental grit we needed to win.”

Congratulations to the Babes on their win. The event raised awareness for breast cancer and benefited the Young Survivors Network, a group that assists women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.

D.C. TV Types to Sing Against Child Abuse

The national non-profit organization Childhelp is hosting it’s fifth annual Capitol CAREaoke event tonight. Childhelp puts on the fundraiser, which features media figures performing karaoke to raise money for child abuse prevention and treatment.

Big names include CNN’s Brianna Keilar, FNC’s Shannon Bream (photo at right) and SportsNet’s Michael Jenkins (who tweeted that he’d singing Bel Biv Devoe’s 1990 classic “poison”) are scheduled to perform. ABC7 anchor Rebecca Cooper and Washington Capitals announcer Wes Johnson will emcee the event.

Jordin Sparks is billed as a special guest and will also perform.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ) will be awarded as Congressional Champions for Children.

The event starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Ronald Reagan Building.

Journos to Sing Out Loud In Public

CBS’s Bob Schieffer. Politico‘s Dave Catanese. CNN’s Brianna Keilar and Dan Lothian. Roll Call‘s Shira Toeplitz. TWT‘s Peter Parisi.

These are some of the boldface names you’ll see on stage in two weeks when Washington’s bravest journalists take to the stage to belt out a song.

It’s the one night each year when Democratic and Republican operatives, Hill staffers, and the media who cover their diminishing bipartisanship join forces to sing badly for a good cause. Karaoke in the Capital, sponsored by the American Association of Political Consultants — with some proceeds benefiting Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation — returns to Washington D.C.’s Rock and Roll Hotel on Wednesday, October 19th. Tickets are $15 and can be purchased at KaraokeInTheCapital.com. Doors open at 7 p.m.

For those interested in singing, the slots fill up fast. Last year’s stellar performances included FNC’s Ed Henry (then at CNN) singing Katy Perry’s “Firework” and Slate’s Dave Weigel‘s unforgettable Elvis impersonation. Write budjackson@aol.com to sign up.

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QUOTES of the DAY


The Murdoch Hearings

“If you’re tired of Murdoch Michael Vick testifying to Congress on bill making it crime for adult to bring child to dogfight or be spectator.” — NBC’s Andrea Mitchell in a Tuesday tweet.

“James saying ‘I think it’s a really good question and an important question’ is like the chorus to the verses of his testimony. — Politico media writer Keach Hagey in a Tuesday tweet in regards to James Murdoch‘s testimony before Parliament.

“If you’re waiting for ‘you can’t handle the truth’ level drama from the Murdoch hearings, you haven’t watched enough CSPAN.- Politifact developer Matt Waite in a Tuesday tweet.

“Cameron going before Parliament and being shown on MoJo and American Morning is like political candy to me.” — NJ “The Hotline’s” Chris Peleo Lazar in a Wednesday tweet referring to British Prime Minister David Cameron.

“I’m loving Parliament’s reaction to PM Cameron. ‘Yeaaaaaaaaaah’ — WaPo‘s Jonathan Capehart in a Wednesday morning tweet.

“Watching House of Commons. If the gallery in the House/Senate behaved the way MPs do in Britain they would be thrown out. Can we import?” — CNN White House reporter Brianna Keilar in a Wednesday morning tweet.

Local TV reporter hates to floss

“Um ok I’m lying. I hate to floss.. and I’m married to a dentist so imagine how those night time conversations go.” — WUSA9′s Angie Goff in a Wednesday morning blog post on the importance of flossing.

TV journo hails benefits of green tea

“2:52am…and the two cups of green tea are kicking in. #bouncingoffwalls” — ABC News Correspondent Karen Travers in a middle of the night tweet Wednesday. This morning she wrote, “We have officially reached PB&J time on overnight shift.”

Bio of the Day

Roger Simon: “Chief Political Columnist for Politico: Sometimes in error, but never in doubt.”

The Observer

“In the Bachmann household gayness is ‘curable’ but all the praying in the world won’t stop a determined migraine.” — TPM‘s Brian Beutler in a Tuesday tweet. He’s referencing this story by The Daily Caller‘s Jonathan Strong on presidential hopeful Rep. Michele Bachmann‘s reportedly debilitating migraine headaches.

Bachmann statement ‘not enough’

“A two-paragraph statement where she says she’s OK is not going to fly. It’s not enough,” GOP consultant Ron Bonjean told Politico in an early morning follow-up story on Bachmann’s headaches. The story cites The Daily Caller in paragraph four for breaking the story. More Bonjean: “This is an issue that is neurological in nature, that affects consciousness and the ability to think clearly.”

 

 

Congressional Women’s Softball Game Tonight

CNN’s Dana Bash and Brianna Keilar, USA Today’s Jackie Kucinich, Roll Call’s Jessica Brady, ABC’s Amy Walter, and Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times are just a few of the lovely ladies who will represent the Washington press corps in the third annual Congressional Women’s Softball game tonight. Our media minxes will face off against Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Rep. Jo Ann Emerson (R- MO), Sen. Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY), Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and other women Members of Congress in a game to benefit Young Survival Coalition (YSC), an organization focused on the issues unique to young women with breast cancer.

The game will held at Watkins Recreation Center, 420 12th Street SE, Washington, D.C. and is free for all to attend.  The first pitch will be thrown at 7.00 pm.

Full list of players after the jump.

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Who Will Replace Ed Henry at CNN?

Yesterday we learned the stunning news that CNN’s Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry is jumping ship for the network’s competitor Fox News. The mood inside CNN is one of shock as colleagues never saw this coming. CNN says it will announce Henry’s replacement soon. The network has a solid policy of hiring from within. But that choice rests largely with Washington Bureau Chief Sam Feist.

So who are the possibilities? We lay them out here.

TOP PICK: Jessica Yellin


Why she’ll get it: As the National Political Correspondent, her work goes all over the world both for CNN and CNN International. She’s wicked smart and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard. She’s a great campaign reporter. As a national reporter, she knows how to cover both the White House and campaigns. Very personable on camera. Young and vibrant. Asks tough questions. People like her. They respect her. “When I watch her I can relax,” an industry source remarked.

Why she won’t: Does CNN really want so many women at the White House? Most of the network’s producers there are women, with Alexander Mooney as the lone male White House producer. Her off-air meticulousness (which could also be construed as a compliment) sometimes grates on colleagues.

SAFE PICK: Dan Lothian


Why he’ll get it: He’s earned it. He’s second in command on the White House beat and knows the nuts and bolts of daily coverage inside and out. He’s the safe choice and CNN has a penchant for making relatively safe choices (don’t think Eliot Spitzer, but everyone else). Lothian earned his B.A. from Tennessee Temple University and a master’s degree from American University in Washington, D.C.

Why he won’t: He lacks a certain je ne sais quoi. No pizzazz. 

THE RIGHT CHOICE: Dana Bash


Why she’ll get it: She handled the recent, topsy turvy Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) scandal with grace and skill. She knows how to cover the politics of Capitol Hill, but she could also shift easily to the presidential campaign trail. Quick on her feet. Excellent sources. Knows how to break news.

Why she won’t: Her water is about to break. “The joke is that she’s going to break her water live on air.”

UNUSUAL TWIST: Brianna Keilar


Why she’ll get it: The new kid on the White House beat, Keilar has social buzz. She attends events around town and gets mentioned in magazines. She sings. She’s unafraid. Coming from the Capitol Hill beat, she has a depth of understanding about politics.

Why she won’t: Too green to the White House beat. Others deserve it before she does.

OUTSIDE THE BOX: Jim Acosta


Why he’ll get it: People like him. He’s physically attractive. He’s covering Gov. John Huntsman‘s presidential campaign and is at ease out on the trail. Brass likes him on the trail. He’s solid. He knows his stuff.

Why he won’t: He’s in with the campaigns and that’s where he belongs. Sources tell us he’s not exactly the most energetic person.

WILD CARD: Richard Quest


Why he’ll get it: He’s funny. Really, really smart on economics and business. Not boring. He’d ask fantastic questions in the tone of The Daily Show — so bizarre, but at the same time, enticing. He’d be the entertainment choice.

Why he won’t: He’d be entertaining. So not a chance in hell. There’s also that little brush with the law. In April, 2008 he was arrested in Central Park after he’d been cruising for men with a rope around his neck that was tied to his genitals. He had a sex toy in his boot and Meth in his pocket. Need we say more?

UNCONVENTIONAL CHOICE: NYT‘s Jeff Zeleny.

Why he’ll get it: He’s at ease on TV covering national politics. He’s smart, wonky and networks have been known to steal print journalists for the bright lights. Think NBC’s Chuck Todd, lured away from NJ’s The Hotline by the late Tim Russert.

Why he won’t: Would this print journo make the leap to TV? He’s an unknown entity in a few different senses. CNN likes safe. And while Zeleny might be an interesting choice, he’s not safe.

CNN and Time Host GOP Freshman Roundtable

Last night at the Capitol Hill Visitor’s Center, CNN’s Brianna Keilar and TIME’s Jay Newton-Small hosted a joint roundtable with four GOP Freshman: Ann Marie Buerkle from New York, Georgia’s Tom Graves, Paul Gosar of Arizona and Raul Labrador from western Idaho. During the panel, all four said they will support Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget while offering some interesting perspectives and analogies about the nation’s growing deficit.

Responding to a question about the debt ceiling, Rep. Buerkle explained to Newton-Small and Keilar, “If we just vote to raise the debt ceiling with no changes and no cuts, it’s like saying to an alcoholic: ‘Here is a bottle of whiskey and then tomorrow we’ll talk about your alcohol problem.’ We can’t be enablers. The time has come where we have to take a stand.”

You can catch this and other remarks from the panel on CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer starting at 5pm ET today and in Jay’s latest piece for TIME available here.

Psst. We Hear That…

CNN is likely to choose Kate Bolduan to be the new congressional correspondent. At the moment she’s a general assignment reporter for CNN. There’s a vacancy since Brianna Keilar moved to the White House team earlier this month. Most CNNers in the bureau expect that Bolduan will be the pick.

Keilar Joins CNN’s White House Team

CNN congressional correspondent Brianna Keilar is leaving Capitol Hill later this month.  It was announced today that Keilar has been promoted to the network’s newest White House correspondent.

“Brianna is an outstanding addition to the White House team,” said Washington Bureau Chief David Bohrman in a press release this morning.  “She has distinguished herself with exceptional coverage of the 111th Congress and her new beat will better position the network for the 2012 election season.”

Prior to covering Congress, Keilar served as a general assignment correspondent for the network and a CNN Newsource correspondent, where she provided breaking news coverage and reported from the nation’s capital for approximately 800 partner stations.  She joined Newsource from CBS News where she served as an anchor, reporter and producer for a CBS newscast that aired on mtvU, MTV’s college network.

Before joining CBS, Keilar was a general assignment reporter in Yakima, Wash., for the CNN and CBS affiliate, KIMA-TV.  She began her journalism career as a production assistant and intern at KTVU-TV, a CNN and FOX affiliate in San Francisco.

Congrats to Brianna!

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