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Members Best Bad News Babes at 6th Annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game

20140618_200438_3Wednesday night near Eastern Market, women members of Congress and the press who cover them gathered for the sixth annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game.

Highlights of the evening: A 10-5 win for the Members over the Bad News Babes, if you were rooting for those elected. $175k raised for the Young Survival Coalition. A first pitch thrown by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords alongside friends Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Gifford’s Tweet to 50 Cent saying, “bet you my first pitch will be better than yours was!” Roll Call’s Abby Livingston named MVP for the press team. House Speaker John A. Boehner, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor ‘in the house.’

Lowlights: ‘Feel like’ temperatures of 99* and 95* in the 7 and 8 pm hours last night, respectively. No air conditioning. A third inning injury for Schultz. The temperature.

After the jump is a rundown of the evening, as told on Twitter. Read more

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What’s Elise Foley Tweeting?

In this feature, we examine the tweeting habits of DC journalists. This week: HuffPost‘s Elise Foley.

Reading through a week’s worth of Foley’s tweets was much more fun than drudging through the Twitter feed of RedState and FNC’s Erick Erickson, who we featured last week. For starters, Foley only posted 184 tweets, compared to Erickson’s 396. While she does like to click “Retweet” a lot, most of the retweets had at least some value, and the rest her feed was mostly a pleasant mix of humor and information. Overall, we broke Foley’s tweets into six categories: Retweets, Just stories, Opinions, Funny, Quotes and Elise’s two cents.

Here are a few examples from each category. Read more

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DOG DAYS OF AUGUST: “Perfect way to end a long day.”Erin Ruberry, HuffPostBlog Managing Editor and Contributor Editor to HuffPostDC.

Confessional. 

“The guy next to me is reading a romance novel on his iPad. I can’t stop snooping and reading. #help” — Politico‘s Madeline Marshall.

Quote Taken Completely Out of Context

“This is normally the point in the cycle where someone pens a disingenuous defense of that Daily Beast prison rape story.” — Politico‘s Blake Hounshell.

“The first time I saw that scene I almost peed myself.” — Conservative author and radio host Jason Mattera (we don’t even want to know).

The Astute Observer

“What seems most strange to me about Hannah Anderson is she doesn’t seem upset about her mother and brother being murdered.” — TWT‘s Emily Miller.

Travel Bitches

“Waited for 10 taxis at DCA until one came by that accepted credit cards. Was this too much to ask?” — AP‘s Jack Gillum.

Did someone say fish?

“I can drink beer like a fish. In an aquarium of beer.” — Stefan Becket, who handles Social Media at New York magazine.

President Obama phones the tough lady 

“President today called Antoinette Tuff, the woman who was hero of Atlanta shooting, and praised her for courage #fnpolitics” — Fox News Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry.

Important Q to Ask Ourselves: “Is Speaker Newt Gingrich @Newt_Gingrich going to get eaten alive at CNN?” — Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 7:59 a.m.

The Daily Caller‘s hilarious dog story

“Hilarious bit of trolling from the Daily Caller: ‘The Obamas do not have any white dogs.’” — HuffPost‘s Elise Foley. The story‘s headline: “The Obamas got a new puppy, everyone!” The final two lines of the story…”With the addition of Sunny, the Obamas now have two black Portuguese water dogs. The Obamas do not have any white dogs.”

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SPOTTED: WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten walking in his Capitol Hill neighborhood last Thursday carrying two bottles of Milk of Magnesia. “He looked pretty unhappy,” said our Tipster. Gene, we sincerely hope you or your loved one are feeling better. One question: You ever heard of a shopping bag? Before you think about Gene on the crapper, he may not have needed it for constipation. The milky magical substance can combat acne and oil absorption, fight dandruff and relieve redness from a rash or burn. In other news about Gene that makes us shudder… he announces on Twitter, “Just got a new MacBook Pro after 4 years. Am having some page-size and no-right-side-scrollbar issues. Is this common?” No doubt he’s been hanging out at the Genius Bar.

Reporter calls cops mid-move

“Saw the guy who had parked in my moving truck spot as I was on hold with the police. He was nice. Said ‘I would have had me towed too.’” — HuffPost‘s Elise Foley.

Memo to pamphlet pushers: Leave her alone!

“People, I am here enjoying my afternoon reading on the Mall. I don’t want your pamphlets. #crankytweets” — Katie Kovach, copy and production editor for CQ Roll Call.

Eavesdrop Café

“10 -year-old to a mom at Pete’s pizza: ‘We’re waiting for daddy. He left his wedding ring at the massage place’” — HuffPost‘s Ryan Grim.

Journo unearths Filner business card

“Cleaning out my desk on my last day @nationaljournal. Wonder how long this will be useful.” — Niraj Chokshi, who is going to WaPo. “This” is a Bob Filner mayoral business card.

CNNer gets ketchup squirted on her dress

“It’s not a party till one of your friends misses the fries and squirts the ketchup on your evening dress at 3am. Lol #Life” — CNN anchor Isha Sesay at 3:30 a.m. Saturday night.

Journalism is…?

“Unable to verify details of Spitzer’s private life, Post simply asking him about it day after day, documenting inquiries as news. Thoughts?” — NYT political reporter Michael Barbaro.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 7:28 a.m. From the Birthdays section…”David Baldacci, one of John Harris’s favorite authors, is 53″

Work shame

“Bro: who is this Ruby Cramer and why does she have so many more stories than you? Me: she works a lot harder than me. Bro: seems shifty.” — BuzzFeed‘s Kate Nocera.

Did someone say “fished?”

“Just fished Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris. Very funny.” — Politico‘s Jedd Rosche.

Anthony Weiner movie title possibility…a journo writes in to suggest: “A Slow Hand and a Schlong Day”

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

Carlos Dangerously-Named Journos

Anthony Weiner admitted yesterday to using the online alias Carlos Danger to carry on a strange Internet affair with a 22-year-old woman. If you’re anything like us, that got you wondering how Weiner came up with such a great alias. Already having graced the news media by having the last name Weiner, he’s provided another amazing name to fill headlines and Twitter jokes.

But lets face it, sometimes we all need an alias, whether it’s to ghost-write a book or set up a Swedish bank account to hold mounds of embezzled money. And if you haven’t found your inner-Carlos Danger yet, don’t worry, it’s not hard at all. Yesterday afternoon, Chris Kirk of Slate posted a Carlos Danger Name Generator that figures it out for you. We of course had to figure out the alter-egos of the FBDC staff, as well as a few journos around D.C. Enjoy.

Silvestre Sly: Betsy Rothstein, FBDC

José Jeopardy: Peter Ogburn, FBDC

Pascual Death: Justin McLachlin, FBDC

Lorenzo Distress: Austin Price, FBDC

Now see the rest…

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Tucker Carlson Dubs Politico the ‘Rich Kids Camp in Meatballs’

After Politico wrote a story highlighting a 16-year-old intern from The Daily Caller posing a question at a White House briefing to White House Spokesman Jay Carney, the Washington Twittersphere went wild. And oh, the outrage that followed. Politico reporters, in particular, had condescending reactions and couldn’t fathom why The Daily Caller would allow a 16-year-old kid preposterously named Gabe Finger to be its White House reporter for the day.

In a story by Politico‘s Jennifer Epstein, she wrote that it’s “rare” for interns attending the White House briefings to ask questions and rarer still for them to be called on. Finger, who had been standing in a reserved area in the briefing room where he was not supposed to be standing, asked about George Zimmerman receiving death threats and then followed up by asking if the family was on their own. Carney snapped, “You can editorialize all you want, and I’m sure that you will, but that’s a ridiculous statement.”

Pissing off the White House Press Secretary. Score?!

“The conservative blog Daily Caller sent a high school junior to the White House briefing today,” cracked Politico congressional reporter Jake Sherman on Twitter. The Daily Caller is not a “blog” any more than Politico is a “a liberal blog based in Virginia,” which is what Daily Caller‘s Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson calls it. Politico‘s White House Correspondent Glenn Thrush also reacted to the teen’s question, writing on Twitter, “Daily Caller guy who asked @PressSec adolescent question about Zimmerman? He’s a junior in high school.” Politico‘s Ben White replied facetiously, “Yeah, but they have more traffic than us so you know.” Earlier in the week, The Daily Caller put out a statement and story declaring that they had surpassed Politico in traffic.

FishbowlDC spoke with Carlson Wednesday afternoon by phone. He referred to Politico as “the rich kids camp in Meatballs” and explained,  “They’ve spent tens of millions of dollars, they have hundreds of employees and they’re still losing. They’re looking down their noses at us and chortling, but in the end we’re going to crush them in the hot dog eating contest.”

Finger stepped in for The Daily Caller‘s usual White House reporter Neil Munro, who had someplace else to be this afternoon. “We had a good question,” said Carlson. “Here’s our journalism strategy: We try to ask questions, that’s kind of what we do. That’s our top secret strategy for reporting.” Taking a stab at Politico‘s Playbook by Mike Allen, he continued, “It’s not just about chronicling the birthdays of West Wing employees.” Read more

Light Trash Talking Begins Ahead of Congressional Women’s Softball Game

It’s almost time for the Congressional Women’s Softball Game. It’s the annual event that pits female lawmakers against female journalists in a softball game that benefits the “Young Survival Coalition.” It’s always a fun affair, but it’s not something that participating journalists or politicians take lightly. It’s competitive. They practice for weeks leading up to the game and play hard when it comes around.

This time, they’ve even started talking smack in the lead-up to the big game, which takes place on Wednesday, June 26. It all started with NBC’s Kasie Hunt, who tweeted a shot of herself in the batting cages, telling Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz (D-FL) to “look out.”

Wasserman-Schultz responded. Read more

Gene Weingarten Plays Grammar Police

We’ll take a break from examining the weekly ramblings in Gene Weingarten‘s column for WaPo to look at his Twitter feed. When we checked in on him, we were VERY upset to learn that Gene has changed his Twitter pic from a piece of poop to the picture on the right. It’s a cartoon caricature of Gene Shalit Weingarten on the cover of GQ magazine.

After recovering from the trauma of seeing a poopless Weingarten, we found that he’s using Twitter to play grammar police to fellow journalists. On Monday he went after HuffPost’s Elise Foley because of her Twitter bio. It says, “Politics and immigration reporter for HuffPost. Jessica Alba tweeted one of my articles once–it’s all been downhill from there.”

What’s wrong with that? Read more

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Quotes of the Day

Producer encounters weirdo at gym

“Gotta love it when there are 30 open machines at the gym and Creepy Guy has to pick the one right smack next to you.” — Kara Rowland, Fox News Senate Producer.

Best lead of the week? “As it turns out, there may be junk in that trunk.” — from Yahoo! News’ Chris Moody‘s story about a campaign worker charged with cyberstalking women, obtaining nude pictures of them and threatening them if they didn’t send him more naked pictures of themselves. What is this, Weiner: The Next Generation? He’s a former employee of Newt Gingrich‘s presidential campaign who volunteered to dress up as “Ellis the Elephpant,” a character in Callista Gingrich‘s children’s novels. Read the full story here.

Confessional

“I hate when shows do prom episodes. It just reminds me that I never went to one. Yeah, yeah I know they don’t live up to hype.” — Breitbart and Townhall‘s Lisa De Pasquale.

Politico Senior Political Reporter recommends the sausage

“If you’re in dallas and want some real tex bbq ck out @DallasLockhart — run by family of kreuz’s market and has their sausage” — Politico‘s Jonathan Martin. Tks JMart! See u  4 din in Tex. #JMartTweets

Apparently this is a popular spot…“Dinner tonight at Lockhart Smokehouse, in Oak Cliff neighborhood I swear did not exist a decade ago. Dallas one of best food towns in nation.” — ABC News Political Director Rick Klein.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 7:36 a.m.

Editor seeks Christian guidance for his kids (on Twitter)

“Anybody got a good book recommendation on teaching kids self control, preferably from a Christian perspective?” – RedState Editor and FNC Contributor Erick Erickson.

Anticipatory sequestration travel woes

“Just got an email from Frontier about flight delays because of sequestration…for a flight more than 2 weeks away.” — HuffPost‘s Elise Foley.

Promises Promises

“I’ll try to misspell a couple of words in each piece I write for the Washington Times, just so you know it’s me.” — Chuck Woolery, former “Love Connection” host and now a TWT columnist.

The always amazing Eddie Scarry contributed to this report.

 

 

 

 

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Quotes of the Day

Convo Between Two Journos: BFF’s discuss Adele, Chris Brown, Rihanna

NBC’s Luke Russert: “Loved how Adele didn’t even acknowledge Chris Brown before her hug to Rihanna. #Grammys”

Politico‘s Jake Sherman: “Good. Guy is scum.”

Female journos outraged over Fun’s capris pants

“So, man capris are not ok. We need a national conversation about that, for Fun.” — HuffPost‘s Elise Foley.

“After tonight, we shan’t speak of this again.” — NBC White House Producer Shawna Thomas.

NPR correspondent’s daughter succumbs to Justin Bieber

“For the first time ever, Kayleigh uttered the name Justin Bieber tonight. I pray it is the last we hear of him.” — NPR’s Andy Carvin.

Dating a woman from BuzzFeed means…

“My boyfriend who is not on Twitter: ‘Please don’t send a tweet to all your friends about this conversation.’ #doesthiscount#hellneverknow.”  — BuzzFeed Publicist Ashley McCollum.

Politico Playbook publish time: 7:53 a.m.

Guiding Sophia’s Light

“The reason we don’t stay committed today and love forever is because we analyze, think 2 much, & give up 2 quickly. #LostValentine” — theGrio and Essence’ Sophia Nelson.

Weekend party hazards

“When white girls go ‘WOOOO!’ and throw up hands it’s a eye hazard for tall bamas like me. #giantproblems #ouch” –BuzzFeed Washington Bureau Chief John Stanton.

Hooked on ‘Homeland’: NBC’s David Gregory

“Only Homeland has given me as many headaches as the Wire from watching episode after episode without a break. ‘You feel me?’” — NBC “MTP” Host David Gregory.

Editor encounters enigma of city living

“Randomly oracular statements from lightly medicated schizophrenics u pass on street is one of the curious elements of urban life.” — TPM founder Josh Marshall.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“Started Cycle with @cyclemeter at 3:30 PM, on a new route, see cyclemeter.com/74b1bad6b8971c…, Cyclemeter will speak your replies to me.” — DCist‘s Ben Freed. Speak your replies? Do our ears deceive us? We just may have to try this, because why wouldn’t we want to converse with Ben Freed while he’s “cycling” around town?

Why Gov. Christie’s heft is a plus (no pun intended)… Read more

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