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Separated at Birth: Washington Examiner’s Nikki Schwab

Sometimes these things just come to us like flashes of lightning. Today, freelance journalist Dave Cantanese, formerly of Politico who now writes TheRun2016 blog, spoke to anxious Georgetown students about their futures in journalism. Among those students was Kendal Ciesemeir, who looks eerily like Washington Examiner gossip scribe Nikki Schwab.

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Politico Reporter Resigns, Writes Goodbye Note With Parting Shots

Quite a bit of rumbling going on in Rosslyn, Va. today over Dave Catanese‘s resignation from Politico. Check out his goodbye note from New Year’s Eve that is laced with praise and parting shots for some of his colleagues and superiors. Earlier in 2012, Catanese took a self-imposed introspective breather after getting himself into hot water on Twitter when he attempted to defend Rep. Todd Akin‘s “legitimate rape” gaffe.

We wrote to ask where he’s going. So far, no response.

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Where Oh Where is Politico‘s Dave Catanese?

Last week Politico campaign reporter Dave Cantanese got himself into a little bit of a ethical pickle when he injected himself in the story on Rep. Todd Akin‘s (R-Mo.) “legitimate rape” gaffe by defending him. “Poor phrasing, but if you watch the intv @ToddAkin meant to convey that there’s less chance of getting pregnant if raped,” he wrote on Twitter. “So perhaps some can agree that all rapes that are reported are not actually rapes? Or are we gonna really deny that for PC sake? So looks like he meant to say — ‘If a woman was REALLY raped, it’s statistically less likely for her to get pregnant.’ What’s the science?” Editors swiftly removed him from the Akin beat. Ever since, the reporter seems to have disappeared — no byline, no tweets.

Where did he go?

Sources close to Cantanese tell us he is taking a breather to personally reflect on what happened last week as well as talk to close friends and colleagues in and out of the business. The incident apparently hit him hard, but he has also found it illuminating.

Politico brass (a.k.a. VandeHarris) issued an internal memo last week saying Cantanese had “crossed lines” and especially offended Politico colleagues, but they gave no indication of any formal suspension. The reporter then went on Twitter and appeared to voice regret, saying, “Bad idea trying to have nuanced conversation on highly charged issue on here,” he wrote. “Did not intend to take a side. Lesson learned.” No doubt he’s looking to Niki Minaj‘s Superbass, which he rapped at a karaoke contest last year, to help him through these tough times.

Cantanese is likely to be back in full swing soon, though. Maybe even as soon as today. This morning he wrote a self-deprecating note on Twitter, saying, “I clearly lost the month of August, what Senate candidates join me in that column? #SenateMonthly10

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Quotes of the Day

“The @DCCC is selling shirts with a crying @SpeakerBoehner that say: ‘Weeper of the House’” — USA Today‘s Susan Davis.

Office partying gone awry

“Interesting to come back to one’s office, after entertaining one’s colleagues there for drinks, to discover someone’s belt on your desk.” — The Atlantic‘s Washington Editor James Bennet.

Huntsman daughters give up Politico

“Us girls have decided to give up for lent.” — Jon2012girls.

From the Dept. of Bad Ideas…

“I wish CPAC were on a cruise ship.” — Keder.

Journo hesitates on ‘vaginal penetration’ politics

“Old rule of politics (I think it was coined by Dirksen): if your bill can be described using words ‘vaginal penetration,’ best not to pursue.”– The New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza.

DCRTV Dave can’t distinguish his ass from his elbow

In this disturbing video, DCRTV’s Dave Hughes (i.e. Washington’s biggest thief of a blogger) gets confused by his own thoughts about FBDC’s recent party. Observes FBDC’s Peter Ogburn: “Seriously.  He can’t even keep up with his bullshit.  In the same breath, he says no one with any credibility went to the party and then talks about how great WaPo‘s Erik Wemple is.  F–k him a million times.” Peter later mumbled something about the way Dave puts on his socks at the beginning of the video. We think we heard this: “Looks like he’s just cleaning up after dismembering an underage prostitute.”

FishPoll: The Results. Was Politico Dave Cantanese‘s middle finger silver ring a hit or a miss at last week’s FishbowlDC party at Lost Society? A resounding 41.33 percent of you declared, “Yes, love it!.” A close second at 40 percent was, “No, rings should only be worn on a ring finger.”

Our resident ABC’s “The Bachelor” expert Emily Miller asks, “Did Kacie B lose the Bachelor over the dad who doesn’t drink, mother who wont let her live together before marriage or frizzy hair?” The Huntsman Daughters: “We wish we could tweet about The Bachelor right now. #nowords”

FNC’s Bret Baier lasts 48 hours minus tweeting

“Have a great weekend everyone! I am going to try to NOT tweet this wknd-let’s see if I can do it. Psyched to hang with the fam all wknd!!” — FNC’s Bret Baier, who was back on Monday to retweet moronic followers like this one: “My 4th tweet! Can I get an RT or reply so I can brag to the wife?” Bret obliged.

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 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 to sign up.

Alaska Dispatch Invites us Over

Somehow Alaska Dispatch Editor Tony Hopfinger (good, strong Alaskan name) got it in his head that we’re visiting Alaska today. Undoubtedly the From the Road feature on Politico‘s Dave Cantanese, who has been covering the Alaskan campaign trail, gave him this notion. It’s truly kind of Mr. Hopfinger to offer us the use of his newsroom. Might be a tough commute.

Here’s the Facebook message he sent me:

Subject: Welcome to Alaska
If you need a place to work, you’re welcome to swing by Alaska Dispatch’s newsroom. We’re at 2301 Merrill Field Dr. (the small-plane airport near downtown).

Tony Hopfinger

From the Road: Politico Reporter Gets Stopped by Wasilla Police for Being ‘Suspicious’

Driving out of Wasilla

View from the reporter’s Alaskan hotel room

We continue our From the Road series with Politico‘s Dave Catanese, who has been traveling around Alaska covering the races. No, he couldn’t see Russia from his hotel doorstep. But his trip hasn’t been uneventful – he explains why he got stopped by the Wasilla police below. He also shares why he feels so intensely rushed in both Anchorage and Roslyn. Photo credits: Catanese.

What are Alaskans like? Alaskans are much like people everywhere else I’ve traveled, except colder and claiming bragging rights that they live in such an exotic place.  Who ever gets intrigued if you tell someone you’re from Maryland?

What have you eaten? Give us an example of one  Alaskan meal: Stuffed Halibut.  At Simon & Seaforts in downtown Anchorage.  Recommended by our resident road food critic, JMart [Jonathan Martin].  Best damn fish I’ve eaten.

Can you see Russia from the front of your hotel? I cannot see Russia from my hotel, but I did trek north 40 miles or so to see if I could see Russia from Sarah Palin‘s house in Wasilla.  Unfortunately I just ended up getting pulled over for suspicious activity at a Fred Myer grocery store.  I was trying to help file our Daily 10 list, ranking the most competitive Senate races in the country, when the battery on my laptop died.  After purchasing a chai tea latte at the Starbucks inside, I plugged my laptop into an open outlet where they store the shopping carts to send my piece.  A man approached and asked who I was and what I was doing.  He didn’t buy my explanation and I had run out of business cards.  So he proceeded to follow me out of the store and call Wasilla police.  They pulled me over driving out of town and said the man thought I was “suspicious” and trying to siphon money out of the ATM.  The policeman couldn’t have been nicer, said he believed me, and let me go.  Thanks, but no thanks, Wasilla.

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CNN’s Ed Henry with children, Patrick and Mila – photo credit: Matt Dornic

Stiff competition: sex and cute kids

“@cbellantoni brought the sex appeal while @edhenrycnn brought his kids. I couldn’t compete with either of them.” — The Hill‘s White House correspondent Sam Youngman in reaction to competing in a charity Karaoke competition with journos last night at the Rock & Roll Hotel. He’s referencing in a tweet two fierce competitors: soon-to-be CQ-Roll Call’s Christina Bellantoni and CNN’s Senior White House correspondent Ed Henry.

Stewart SLAMS Washington!

“I’m surprised gravity works down there sometimes.” — Jon Stewart commentating on Washington, D.C. on “The Daily Show” last night, explaining details of his upcoming Rally for Sanity.

Irrational Twitter fears

“When do they take off the gloves and say: ‘Switch to the new version of Twitter or we are going to f–k you up’?” — Mikey Kaus , a journalist/pundit who unsuccessfully ran for Senate against Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) this year, in a Wednesday tweet.

Wrenching Halloween decisions

“A few of my lady friends are vigorously debating whether to be Snooki or @ChristineOD for Halloween. Tough call.” — Politico political reporter Dave Cantanese in a Wednesday tweet.

Journos visit President Clinton Avenue

“@RealClearScott and I are headed to a place on, wait for it, President Clinton Avenue.” — RealClearPolitics’s Erin McPike in a Wednesday tweet on her campaign road trip with colleague Scott Conroy. The pair had arrived in Little Rock, Ark.