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BREAKING: Journo Discovers Sunny is a Menace to Michelle Obama’s Garden

The Hill‘s Features Editor Emily Goodin went to White House Wednesday to hang out in Michelle Obama‘s garden. She wrote, “Gorgeous day in the WH garden. Lots of Halloween decorations up on South Lawn but we’ve been asked not to take pics.”

So what does she do? She takes to Michelle’s garden and snaps pictures of the supersized vegetables. Apparently Sunny the dog is a “menace” to the garden, especially the tomatoes — hence this prime example of Why Washington D.C. Gossip Sucks. Soon Elmo and Rosita were in the garden — no idea why, not really dying to know.

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Unsolicited advice for Gov. shutdown jokesters

“The time for easy shutdown jokes is past. Any shutdown jokes after now had better be very good and original. Otherwise leave it at home.” — The Washington Examiner‘s Senior Political Columnist Timothy Carney.

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“AoC staff cleaning/stocking ladies room as I type. Thanks to the poor staffer who is working without pay!!” — The Hill’s Features Editor Emily Goodin.

Some serious This Town namedropping

“Look forward to interviewing Pres Obama 4 pm tomorrow @CNBC at such a big moment – as Washington grapples w/shutdown/debt economic threats.” — CNBC and NYT’s John Harwood. After actress Morgan Fairchild sent him a note congratulating him on the interview, a follower wrote Harwood, saying, “Dems love you. Wonder why.” Harwood replied, “Admit it dude – you WISH Morgan Fairchild sent you a msg. Ha!”  Fairchild had written him to say, “Congrats, John! Can’t wait to see your interview.” Harwood retweeted that (of course) and wrote, “You are nice, Morgan.” Ex-White House spokesman Tommy Vietor wrote him to say “No Kanye banter please.” Harwood replied, “Jackass.”  (To put this all in some context, Fairchild has also conversed with online news junkie Marty Rudolf on Twitter.)

Anderson Cooper sympathizes with Dana Bash

“@andersoncooper to @DanaBashCNN, ‘It just doesn’t seem like anyone in Washington actually answers questions…must be frustrating for you.’” — CNN’s Kari Pricher, editorial producer for AC360.

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This could get ugly.

“Going to spend a week on an African charity hospital ship, telling people to fuck off if they don’t speak English.” — David Waldman, contributing editor, Daily Kos. He’s reacting to this remark from FNC’s Dana Perino: “Offering Obamacare in 150 languages is absurd. If someone can’t speak enough English to fill in forms, what will they explain to a doctor?”

Uh oh.

“OH: ‘I see @daveweigel’s nipples…’” — Asawin Suebsaeng, a reporter in Mother Jones Washington bureau.

Life’s little pleasures

“Ok guy riding on a bike, holding delivery, talking dirty. Thanks for that.” — Marketplace fill-in host Lizzie O’Leary.

CNN “Crossfire” Party Packs a Punch

“It was terr i fy ying,” said CNN “Crossfire” host Van Jones, careful to enunciate every syllable when asked about his first night on the job.

At least at the Crossfire launch party held last night at the Carnegie Library he could finally let his hair down (so to speak) and enjoy a night with friends, colleagues, booze and a band.

His co-hosts popped in the crowd — Newt Gingrich with his big, shiny helmet of white hair, S.E. Cupp in a purple leather sleeveless dress and Stephanie Cutter in power red.

Meanwhile, others mingled: Newt’s wife, Callista held her own with her perfect, shiny, white-blond bob,  former “Crossfire” host Paul Begala wished the new hosts well, as Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) and fiancé, Maria Belen Chapur, attracted flashbulbs on the red carpet while a very thin Caroline Kennedy, President Obama’s nominee for Amb. to Japan, drew stares. Others spotted around the room: WJLA’s Rebecca Cooper, conservative radio host Laura Ingraham, The Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol (who is far shorter in person than we imagined), FNC’s Greta Van Susteren and husband, John Coale, WaPo‘s Jackie Kucinich, ex-TWT Editor Sam Dealey, TWT‘s senior opinion writer Emily Miller, The Daily Caller‘s Alex Pappas, Politico‘s Dylan Byers, The Hill‘s Emily Goodin, CQ Roll Call‘s Abby Livingston, Slate‘s Dave Weigel, TIME‘s Michael Crowley, MSNBC’s Karen Finney, lefty radio host Bill Press, Speaker John Boehner‘s spokesman Michael Steel and wife, Mary Kathryn Covert, lobbyist Jack Quinn and wife, Susanna, Americans for Tax Reform Prez Grover Norquist, NRSC’s fiery Brad Dayspring, and consultant Brian Walsh.

CNNer’s spotted in the crowd: CNN President Jeff Zucker, Washington Bureau Chief Sam Feist, Jessica Yellin, Dana Bash, Brianna Keilar, Wolf Blitzer, Gloria Borger, Candy Crowley (without a shred of makeup), Wendell Goler, Matt Dornic, and Edie Emery.

Asked about Cupp, his conservative co-host, Jones said, “S.E. is the most likeable person ever born. I think they created her in a lab. She hypnotizes you and then she goes in for the kill.”

Cupp also had a thing or two to say about Jones. Read more

It’s Almost Here…The Hill’s 50 Most Beautiful People is About to Pop

Extreme excitement is brewing over at The Hill offices on K Street, where editors are putting the finishing touches on their annual beauty contest, The Hill‘s 50 Most Beautiful People list.

Mark your calendars people. Those pretty (and let’s face it, some will be questionable) faces will land on our internet doorsteps on July 31. Says Emily Goodin, who courageously put this bad boy together this year, this list will have its first set of twins!

They had 500 nominations – a new record.

We can hardly wait. (And unfortunately this is what we may be reduced to waiting for this thing…)

Afternoon Reading List 07.18.13

That’s “Mr.” to you — Though the lede mentions the Trayvon Martin verdict, don’t worry. It’s not another opinion piece about the trial or verdict. Instead, Slate’s Katy Waldman looks at the difference in applying for a job as a man versus a woman. Specifically, she outlines the case of Australian business manager Kim O’Grady. His account of gender bias as he applied for a series of jobs in the late 1990s, titled “How I Discovered Gender Discrimination” (such a compelling title) went viral this week. In the account, O’Grady said he was “experienced in managing technical & trade supply businesses” as well as engineering and sales. He figured it should be easy to find a job. But he wasn’t contacted once in four months, and the rejection letters began to pile up. After closely examining his CV, he noticed the ambiguity of his first name. Not that he thought it would make a huge difference, but just in case, he added “Mr.” in front of his name. After the next round, he netted two interviews. A Yale study 10 years later yielded similar results. Though this has been identified as a problem, Waldman points out that there really isn’t a solution, other than giving your daughter a man’s name, which is probably not the best idea.

Why you should read it: Gender discrimination is widely talked about, Waldman provides succinct anecdotal evidence that helps illustrate just how big of a problem it can be.

Looking back at The Hill‘s Most Beautiful List — If you’ve ever heard of The Hill, chances are you’ve at least heard of, if not excitedly anticipated each year, the 50 Most Beautiful People List. For those unfamiliar with the list, it’s a reader-nominated list of the best-looking men and women on Capitol Hill. This year will be the 10th anniversary of the list, so Emily Goodin of The Hill (where else?) looked back at its start. The first list came out in 2004, and was the brainchild of one Betsy Rothstein, now the editor of FBDC and my boss. Audra Ozols Gannon was rated No. 1 on that first list, and she said recently that she was “surprised, flattered and a little bit unsure of what it was” when she found out she was on the list. Others had similar reactions and getting photos of all of them proved difficult. Rothstein, who got the idea for the list from a still-unnamed source, said sometimes, in the early days, putting the list together involved staking out hallways of office buildings and waiting for someone worthy to walk by. “We’d literally chase people down the hallway,” Rothstein said. The next year, however, was much easier. As photographer Patrick Ryan said, the difference between year one and two was “night and day,” and people began campaigning to get on the list. Each year, the list has grown in popularity to become a widely-anticipated part of summer for those on the Hill.

Why you should read it: The list is a pretty big deal around Washington, and Goodin looks back at how it got started. Plus it mentions my boss, so this is me sucking up. Editor’s note: Austin, you can take the rest of the day off! Go enjoy yourself.

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Aasif Mandvi: ‘Conan Had Best Joke of Night’

The Daily Show’s Aasif Mandvi gave fellow comedian Conan O’Brien a big thumbs up today, insisting he had the best joke of the night.

“Yeah, I thought he was good,” said Mandvi. “It’s a tough gig talking to people while they’re eating and following President Obama. I thought he was very funny and had the best joke of the night — the Anderson Cooper, Rachel Maddow joke.”

The joke involved comparing Obama and House Speaker John Boehner getting together to CNN’s Anderson Cooper and MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. “Nothin’s gonna happen,” he cracked.

The highlight of Mandvi’s weekend? “I guess meeting Michelle from Downton Abbey. I’m a huge Downton Abbey fan.”

Mandvi’s impromptu review of O’Brien’s performance was told to FishbowlDC today at the Thomson-Reuters/Yahoo! News post prom night brunch at Hay Adams, where a variety of journalists were buzzing around the room.

Spotted in the mix: BuzzFeed‘s Evan McMorris-Santoro and publicist Ashley McCollum, who, while making fun of her own boat shoes, said it made her feel so good being at such a posh party. Also dotting the room was WaPo‘s Erik Wemple (from the ERIK WEMPLE BLOG) and Jack Shafer (where does he work again, Reuters?) as well as The Hill‘s Emily Goodin and Judy Kurtz (Howiella!) and Washingtonian‘s Carol Joynt. A journo who shall remain nameless and genderless somehow sneaked his or her way into the party without being on the list (yes, crashing a party, even at the opulent Hay Adams, can happen.)

Quotable: “If this wasn’t here I’d be shitting my pants.” — FBDC’s Eddie Scarry standing on the balcony of the Hay Adams, safely inside the wrought-iron railing.

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Quotes of the Day

Journo feels guilty about potty time: #1 or #2?

“Just used the bathroom and felt guilty about it. #filiblizzard #RandPaul.” — The Hill‘s Feature Editor Emily Goodin.

Senator’s filibuster alters reporter’s TV watching habits

“I don’t usually turn on C-SPAN for evening entertainment when I get home, but curiosity has gotten the best of me tonight.” — FNC’s Shannon Bream.

Speaking of the filibustering senator…

“Louie Gohmert brings Halls cough drops and a giant ass Kit Kat bar to Rand Paul on the floor.” — BuzzFeed Washington Bureau Chief John Stanton.

Uh oh.

“Could you dorks please stop telling what Rand Paul is eating? Mkay? Thanks.” — Politico‘s Ben White. (We’re not trying to start anything, but did White just call Stanton a dork?)

Incest Desk: “Congrats to my talented wife @BetsyMTP on becoming senior ep at MTP!” — Politico‘s Jonathan Martin pointing to — what a shocker — a story on Politico‘s media blog. Wonder how they got the news!

The Stakeout

“What have I been doing the last two and half hours? Standing outside across the street from Obama’s meeting with some Senate Republicans.” — Politico‘s Ginger Gibson.

Advice…“Most bosses have their ugly sides, and it’s the staffers’ role to hide that from the world.” — Roll Call’s new advice columnist Rebecca Gale tells Capitol Hill aide who works for a “yeller” that he or she should stay quiet about the boss’s temper. Read the whole saga here.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 9 a.m.

Tucker Carlson mocks “losers” on Twitter

“‘I’m not seeking their approval,’ he says of detractors. ‘Why should I care if a bunch of losers on Twitter don’t like it?” — The Daily Caller‘s Tucker Carlson in a story this week by WaPo‘s new faux ombudsman Paul Farhi, who prefaced the above, writing, “In the face of withering criticism of his site’s reporting, Carlson is unbowed.” Farhi focused his largely easygoing story on Carlson and The Daily Caller and did not interview WaPo reporters on their reporting regarding the Sen. Bob Menendez hooker debacle that went down between The Daily Caller and WaPo this week. Read the full story here.

National Review‘s Jonah Goldberg on fatherhood… Read more

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Quotes of the Day — State of the Union-Fugitive Edition

SOTU quotes that are fit for a Fishbowl: “I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully.” — brought to our attention by HuffPost‘s Sam Stein‘s Twitter feed. It’s an old quote from former President George W. Bush. And this: “At least there’s no smoked fish joke in this one.” — Mother JonesNick Baumann.

“The outside of the Dome on SOTU night.” Roll Call‘s Meredith Shiner with accompanying photograph.

Shut up SOTU clappers, journo wants his Zzzz’s

“Dear applauders: Please stop. I have a bedtime.” — WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza.

Importantish Q to Ponder: “So… Does Senator Menendez shake President Obama’s hand as he walks in? Awkward. #SOTU” — NRSC Strategist Brad Dayspring.

Important Q to Ponder: “So does CNN break away from the burning house to do the State of the Union.” — TPM‘s Josh Marshall.

Important Q to Ponder III: “What’s the over/under on the number of Nicorette patches John Boehner has plastered all over himself right now?” — Times of London‘s Matt Spence.

THE SPEAKER AND THE LOUDMOUTH: “Luke Russert shakes Speaker Boehner’s hand as he walks to the chamber for SOTU.” — NBC House of Representatives Producer Frank Thorp. Boehner affectionately (we think) refers to Russert as the “loudmouth.”

Rothenberg crushes the spirit of political reporters

“Political reporters always incredibly excited by SOTU. Real people not so much.” — Stu Rothenberg, who writes a column for Roll Call, a publication full of political reporters. And then, oddly, he writes, “My first SOTU inside the chamber? 1970 when I was Colby College intern in Ed Muskie’s office. AA gave me ticket.” Um, hey Stu, do real people give a sh-t about this?

Speaking of excitement…

“The hallway outside Sen. Durbin’s office smells overwhelmingly of barbecue.” — Roll Call‘s Shiner of the Illinois Democrat.

And again…

“Just spoke to Gabby Giffords for the first time since the day before she was shot. She looks amazing. Twinkle in her eye and broad smile.” — CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash.

“Senate page just said in Statuary Hall ‘Oh my God. Kelly Ayotte is rocking the mint-green!’ I am partial to Bader Ginsberg‘s red.” — Roll Call‘s Abby Livingston.

“McCain ribbing Kerry as he walks by.” — Politico‘s Manu Raju.

Rep. Terry Sewell is the most energetic greeter of the House! Urrybody gets a kiss and big laugh and a thousand watt smile.” — BuzzFeed Washington Bureau Chief John Stanton.

“Lots of schmoozing with former colleagues as Secy Kerry makes his way down the aisle.” — CBS White House radio correspondent Mark Knoller.

“Whoever said that politics is showbiz for ugly people was a master of understatement. Or just blind.” — Reason‘s Nick Gillespie.

“VP Biden has a scratched cornea, reports NBC, which is why he is wearing glasses.” — The Hill‘s Emily Goodin.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 7:43 a.m.

The Jokester Caucus

  • “Press will now begin attacking Rubio for drinking problem.” — USA Today‘s Paul Singer.
  • “I’m sure I’m going to dislike this but at least Beyonce is performing.” — Logan Dobson, before the SOTU address began.
  • “When is halftime? Where is Beyonce?” — FNC’s Greg Gutfeld.
  • “Who’s the fat lump of shit next to Mrs Obama? #SOTU.” — Anthony Cumia from the Opie and Anthony radio show.
  • “Marco! Pollo! Marco! Pollo! Fish out of water!” [Insert Rubio Joke Here] #Rubioing.” — Syndicated columnist and Bullfight Strategies’ Karl Frisch.
  • “What’s the opposite of 5-Hour Energy? Boehner’s had two of them, at least.” — Bloomberg Business Week‘s Joshua Green.

The Critics

“Really pathetic and sad reflection on media-culture that taking a drink of water can overwhelm everything else.” — Christian Heinze, founder of Prez16.com. Seconded by NRSC Spokesman Brian Walsh, who said, “Exactly.”

Oh, but wait: “Jesus… the water sip blew the whole speech. Was on board until then but he blew it. Cue SNL.” — Jason Killian Meath, President, GOP Media Firm.

“The problem with this speech is a.) we already knew what was in it and b.) little of it is new.” — Politico‘s Ben White.

“I like Rubio’s remarks thus far, dislike the dry mouth. Get the man a water. Let’s hear some solutions.” — Conservative radio host Dana Loesch.

“Was leaning off camera to get water really better than obviously needing one?” — WCP Editor Mike Madden during the GOP response of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).

“Rubio keeps grabbing at his face. What’s with that?” — Baron‘s D.C. Editor James McTague.

“Huh, Chris Matthews voted for George W. Bush. You can admit that on MSNBC and still have a job? #MSNBCAfterDark” — U.S. News & World Report‘s Robert Schlesinger at 12:19 a.m.

Gratitude is…

“SOMEBODY PLEASE GIF THAT AWKWARD WATER BOTTLE GRAB, RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!! wowowoowowowowoowowow” — WaPo Express’ Clinton Yates.

“Water grab! Thank God.” — ABC News’ Nico Hines.

“Rubio has serious case of drymouth. Thank god he just took a sip of water.” — Roll Call Senate Editor Emily Pierce.

Jeff Zucker, give this man a raise! 

“CNN has every story covered tonight. On CNN-US: SOTU coverage. On HLN, continuing live coverage of Calif. Manhunt.” — CNN Washington Bureau Chief Sam Feist.

Wardrobe Change

“I just changed into flats because it is SRO in the House press gallery. #SOTU” — TWT‘s Emily Miller.

The sharp-tongued observers… Read more

The Hill Names a New Features Editor

If National Journal‘s Ron Fournier had the most effusive internal memos around Washington about this staff, The Hill‘s British-born Hugo Gurdon keeps it clipped and clean and gets right to the point. No otherworldly over-the-top praise for these journalists.

In a recent internal memo, Gurdon announces newsroom moves, everything from a new Features Editor — Emily Goodin is taking over from Kris Kitto, who recently left the publication. In another big newsroom move, Niall Stanage has been promoted to Associate Editor. They’ve also hired Ben Goad for the Business & Lobbying beat. He comes to Washington from the Press Enterprise in Riverside, Calif., and will sit just outside Gurdon’s office, which means he’s in the hot seat. He can eavesdrop on everything going on inside the nerve center of the office. But also, they can keep a close eye on him.

See the memo.

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Washington’s Glitzy Debut of ‘Game Change’

HBO’s Game Change came to Washington last night, perhaps in more ways than one. Politicians, their aides and reporters came together last night at the Newseum for a star-studded evening to celebrate the now famed book by NY Mag’s John Heilemann and TIME‘s Mark Halperin. On hand was Julianne Moore, who plays former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, and producer Tom Hanks.

Also dotted in the crowd were network stars like the inseparable Mika Brzezinksi and Joe Scarborough of MSNBC (pictured above). The pair mingled at the cocktail party. Once in their seats, they rose twice — once to say hello to Bloomberg’s Margaret Carlson and then a second time. Mika returned with little slices of bread, which she shared with Joe. Then 15 minutes into the movie, they bolted for the door.

Before the screening, reporters convened on the ground level for what turned out to be one of the sanest red carpets we’ve seen in a long time thanks to SKDKnickerbocker. Check-in was smooth and drama free. Reporters appeared to quietly get the interviews they needed and none of the cameramen were shoving or stressed out. Unlike some of these celeb events, the scene never turned into a brawl. Guests received fancy chocolate on the way out.

Halperin and Heilemann were the belles of the ball last night. Halperin explained that he and Heilemann were not close before writing the book. “We sure are now,” he said. ” We had never even written a shopping list together. Now we’re joined at the hip. We debate, but our general view of journalism is simpatico.” Asked who is his favorite star in the movie, he replied, “I love all our children equally.” Both men are tall, but Heilemann towers over everyone he encounters, especially Game Change scriptwriter Danny Strong. Halperin is dark-haired and talks in soundbites. Heilemann is bald and speaks off the cuff.  While in a press gaggle, Heilemann joked that he likes to rest drinks on Danny’s head.

The Hill‘s Managing Editor Bob Cusack got quite a jolt to see himself in the film as an extra — well, he’s 98 percent certain it’s him. He’s something of a professional extra (he was also in “Clear and Present Danger”). “I was sitting right behind Woody Harrelson as a bar patron,” he told FBDC. “Spent my life preparing myself for that half a second. I think I nailed the scene.”

Heilemann and Strong

Luke Russert

Spotted in the crowd…

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