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Bipartisan Policy Center Solicits Birthday Wishes for Bob Dole (Yes, We’re Serious)

You’d think a mention in the number three slot of  the famed birthday section of Politico Mike Allen‘s Playbook would be a sufficient birthday wish for former Sen. Bob Dole (R-Kansas). But no, today the Bipartisan Policy Center, which Dole co-founded, has gotten ambitious with its birthday desires, and wants political bystanders to send in their birthday wishes to the Center’s Facebook page, Twitter account or email address. (For prime sucking up, we’ll provide all that later.) What they really want is for you to tweet a picture of yourself drinking Dole’s favorite drink – a chocolate milkshake. Well? What are you waiting for?

They write in a release, “Join us in wishing Senator Bob Dole a Happy Birthday by enjoying his favorite dessert, the classic chocolate milkshake. All are invited to submit a photo with you and your flavor of choice to participate in the birthday festivities. Post to the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Facebook Page tweet @BPC_Bipartisan (hashtag #Dole90), email press@bipartisanpolicy.org. Select milkshake photos will be chosen and included in Bob Dole’s birthday card for his 90th Birthday.”

Could you even imagine landing on Dole’s 90th birthday card sipping a chocolate milkshake? (Quick memo to NYT‘s Mark Leibovich: You thinking about a sequel?)

ABC “GMA” co-host George Stephanopoulos, NBC’s Chuck Todd and FNC’s Bret Baier all wanted in on the Dole birthday action but didn’t sip milkshakes for the cause. Instead they tweeted at him.

 

CNN Brings Stroumboulopoulos Into Fold

ABC’s George Stephanopoulos isn’t the only newsman who gets to have a distinctive surname. Now he has competition — at least in the surname department — as  CNN welcomes popular Canadian talk show host George Stroumboulopoulos to its Friday lineup.

“Stroumboulopoulos” will premiere on Sunday, June 9th at 10pm ET following the season finale of Anthony Bourdain’s “Parts Unknown.” On June 14th the show will air in its regular time slot, which is Fridays at 11pm.

Stroumboulopoulos’ first guests will be rapper Wiz Khalifa, actress Ellen Page and Walking Dead comic book author Robert Kirkman. Viewers can also expect “compelling” interviews with Keanu Reeves, Martin Short, Betty White, Bill Maher, Sharon Stone, author Eckhardt Tolle, and filmmaker Werner Herzog.

The show will tape in front of a live audience in Los Angeles.

Obama Aide Does Sunday Show Marathon

White House Senior Adviser Dan Pfeiffer didn’t take his Sunday off, instead going on a marathon of five show appearances to discuss the myriad of scandals.

During his TV tour, Pfeiffer was grilled on questions that have been raised over the past week during his tour of shows, which included ABC’s “This Week,” NBC’s “Meet the Press,” CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Fox News’ “Fox News Sunday” and CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Perhaps the most controversial remark made by Pfeiffer was made on “This Week,” when Pfeiffer called the legality of the Justice Department’s subpoena of Associated Press phone records “irrelevant.”

“I can’t speak the law — the law here, but the law is irrelevant,” Pfeiffer said.

When questioned on his comment by host George Stephanopoulos, Pfeiffer clarified that he meant the DOJ’s actions were wrong whether they were legal or not.

“What I mean is that whether it’s legal, or illegal is — is not important to the fact that it — that, the conduct as a matter. The Department of Justice said they’re looking into the legality of this,” Pfeiffer said. “The president is not going to wait for that. We have to make sure it doesn’t happen again regardless of how that turns out.”

Pfeiffer took to Twitter shortly after the interview to make sure his statement wasn’t taken out of context.

That didn’t stop a storm of Tweets questioning not only Pfeiffer’s competence, but also Obama’s decision to send him on the shows. Read more

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Quotes of the Day

IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS: “Rush Limbaugh with a porn-stache will save your Tuesday afternoon.” — BuzzFeed’s Bennie Johnson

Weinermania

This morning at 5 a.m. the NYT Magazine’s big blockbuster story on ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner and wife Huma Abedin broke. Read it here.

“Just spitballing here but why not Weiner v McConnell? Don’t let this opp pass you by DSCC.” — Executive Director of America Rising PAC Tim Miller, former aide to presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman and GOP flak.

“Weiner Wants Back In The Game- why can’t disgraced politicians find a different job?” — tennis star Martina Navratilova.

“Long read, but Weiner’s diagnosis of himself regarding his behavior could apply to many elected officials.” — NBC’s Chuck Todd.

“Will Weiner Rise Again?” — Drudge.

“Why is Weiner not wearing shoes and socks in NYT picture? Cmon man!” — Politico‘s Ben White.

Autocorrect War Stories

“Autocorrect: When ‘free cone day’ turned into ‘free clone day.’ Where do I sign??” — National Journal‘s Brian Fung.

“My spell-checker just suggested I replace ‘Coburn’ with ‘corncob.’ Not doing it, but you have to wonder.” — Daily Mail U.S. Political Editor David Martosko in regard to Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.).

WTF Central

“It’s weird how by typing these few words I can ruin your whole day: La la la la la, la la, these little lies. La la la la la, la la, these.” — Slate and NYT‘s Farhad Manjoo.

Bald dudes: Don’t let this happen to you

“Fuck I really should have put some suntan lotion in my bald spot #soooooburned.” — Mike Elk.

ABC’s Stephanopoulos plugs wife’s TV appearance

“Proud hubby time: Check out Ali on The View today.” — ABC GMA and “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos.

Something to look forward to?

“@KevinWGlass Remind me to schedule a beatdown for your ass when I’m in DC in May” — Jazz Shaw, weekend editor at Hot Air in reference to Townhall Managing Editor Kevin Glass.

Important question to consider and an interesting open invitation… Read more

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Quotes of the Day

BREAKFAST AT ABC’s THIS WEEK: HuffPost-AOL Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington: “French toast, home fried potatoes, sausage patties and bacon in the ABC green room. Seriously?” Host George Stephanopoulos replied, “Sorry, Arianna, I ate all the Greek yogurt.”

On Margaret Thatcher’s passing

“Margaret Thatcher was the first politician I ever met. She was a wonderful person and a great leader.” — FNC Contributor and RedState Editor Erik Erickson.

“Obviously, everyone should relate Thatcher’s death to something in American politics, and then tweet it, because that is a Good Thing to Do.” — Politico‘s Tony Romm.

“Over-under on # of people who will write interesting columns about what Thatcher meant to them: 4″ — Politico‘s Alexander Burns.

Music editor ties the knot

“En route to the church to marry my best friend, @mabinty. #weddingday.” — WCP‘s Marcus Moore, who married Mabinty Koroma.

Violent dream talk.

“I’m killing people off in my dreams right and left this week. Sorry, everyone. I don’t like it either.” — Photographer and blogger Laurie White.

Weekend TV Watching

“This episode of Cops takes place in Portland. The squad car pulls over a naked man on a bike who is ‘protesting global warming.’” — Politico’s Byron Tau.

“Watching ‘Point Break’ with Alex Pappas. It’s his favorite movie.” — The Daily Caller’s Will Rahn regarding he and his colleague, Alex Pappas.

Tschida’s exotic vacation to southeast Asia

“Long airport layover, so sign up for ‘foot massage.’ 90-year-old man comes in says please take off trouser but please leave underwear on.” — ABC7′s Stephen Tschida. And unfortunately, upon returning home, Tschida falls ill: “Back from the jungle and all day long I go from chills to sweat. Sure hope it’s the D.C. weather and not dengue fever. But with my luck?”

Editor throws caution to wind

“Went to the P St. Whole Foods after 2pm because YOLO” — Foreign Policy magazine Managing Editor Blake Hounshell.

TV anchor admits culinary weakness and a reader panics that Politico Playbook has been nixed today. Read more

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

TV journo hates himself?  

“Dear Toure, I just wanted you to know I hate you. Have a nice day.” — MSNBC’s Touré.

Got questions for the President? “Last call– send me your questions for President Obama. I’ll be sitting down for an exclusive interview w/him later today.” — ABC “This Week” and “GMA” host George Stephanopoulos at the crack of dawn.

Irony is…

“When I left a daylong event focused on ideas to make the world a better place, the driver ahead of me threw 2 soda cans out his car window.” — Tracy Sefl, elite media communications specialist.

Dumbass Pitches

“I may technically be a senior editor at TNR, but please stop sending me pitches about healthy tanning.” — TNR‘s Julia Ioffe.

Gone crazy?

“I’VE BEEN DRINKING 32 OZ COKES ALL NIGHT AND I FEEL FINE SO WHATEVER, BLOOMBERG” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel, whose gut is verrry angry with him today.

The Observer: “Hey TeeVee, I’m officially tired of the chyron ‘Pope & Change.’ The Catholic Church is over 2,000 years old. Plenty of time to be clever” — National Journal “The Hotline’s” Chris Peleo-Lazar.

The Observer II: “Some days, Morning Joe is like watching a couple on the verge of divorce try to keep from destroying each other.” — The Raw Story‘s Jesse Taylor, a former internet consultant to Jerry Springer’s political group and radio show.

Washington (and others) react to ABC’s “The Bachelor” Finale

“Catherine had three months to get rid of the nose ring and get a haircut. #teamlindsey #bachelor.”  — TWT senior op-ed writer and a show diehard Emily Miller.

“Emily’s lesson from #The Bachelor? If Mr. Dreamboat is making out with several other girls on nat’l TV & telling you how special u r–run.” — Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham. (She’s not referring to Emily above, but rather Emily Maynard, former Bachelorette and former contestant on “The Bachelor.”)

Important Q to Never Ponder: “Am I the only one way more interested in seeing Sean and Lindsay together on this show – than Sean and Catherine?? #bachelor” — FNC’s Shannon Bream. Commentary’s Jon Podhoretz replied, “@ShannonBream you and Lucifer.”

“Sat across the isle from Chris Harrison of The Bachelor on a plane from Austin to L.A. A very nice guy. I understand his success.” — Libertarian activist and ex-game show host Chuck Woolery.

“Thailand sucks for getting dumped. Can’t eat thai food again without breaking down in tears. #thebachelor” — FNC’s Greg Gutfeld.

“Taking off your shoes after getting dumped…power move. You’ll be fine Linds. #Bachelor.”– Media Matters Publicist Jess Levin.

A Washington photographer converses with his dog and two journos converse about uncooked pizza.  Read more

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

 

Writer dude raves about House chicken tenders

“Dude, House side chicken tenders crush Senate side any day. and more choice of dipping sauces.” — HuffPost‘s Jon Ward.

The Snowstorm That Wasn’t.

“DC such a train wreck of dysfunction even snow wants no part of it.” — ReutersSam Youngman.

“The Post should replace their weather gang with a drunken nearsighted lemur.” — BuzzFeed Washington Bureau Chief John Stanton.

“DC meteorologists – the Karl Roves of weather prediction. #snowquester” — Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.).

“As a friendly DC flack told me today, ‘this town could use a blizzard.’” — CNN’s Jim Acosta.

“Well in case the world gets snowed in tomorrow—which it won’t—I’m glad I had the foresight to buy myself fresh hydrangeas.” — Roll Call‘s Meredith Shiner.

“This is incredibly fucking dumb. I can’t believe how freaked out DC is about this “snowstorm” #MassholeTweets” — BuzzFeed‘s Rosie Gray who links to this story from Politico on the House’s plan to gavel out Wednesday afternoon.

Premature prediction: “As of tomorrow, DC will only be a faint memory, an echo of forgotten power buried under a shroud of white death.” — Politico‘s Ben White.

“I’d be more impressed with this snowstorm, which has already shut down the government, if the snow would actually stick to the ground.” — The Atlantic‘s Jeffrey Goldberg.

“The people in my feed acting smug about the awfulness of the term ‘snowquester’ are becoming FAR more annoying than the term ‘snowquester.’” — Ben Harris, Rockville-based communications professional.

“Washington deals with snow about as well as it deals with everything else.” — Reason‘s Peter Suderman.

Late-night Bad Girls Club

MSNBC’s Touré: “Now that the Menendez story has blown up in a very embarrassing way, no one ever need take the Daily Caller seriously. Not that anyone did.”

Daily Caller‘s Jeff Poor: “Dear @Toure: You should put the J.Crew catalog down and catch up on the latest on the Daily Caller-Menendez story before popping off. Thx.”

(“Popping off” is a phrase often heard on “Bad Girls Club,” as noted by trusted Bad Girls Club expert and FBDC writer Eddie Scarry.)

Journo wasn’t allowed to lunch with Lanny Davis

“Lanny Davis once invited me out to lunch after I wrote a critical piece on him but my editor wouldn’t let me go.” — InTheseTimes labor journo Mike Elk at the Lanny Davis book party last night at The Hamilton.

Vietor picks on Stephanopoulos

After ABC “This Week” and GMA host George Stephanopoulos welcomed former White House aide Tommy Vietor to Twitter this morning, Vietor replied, “Thanks! We’d like to know when you sleep since you host every show on ABC except Dancing with the Stars (next season??)”

Gawker finds a terrible, fruity headline.

The Traveler

“Flying to Winnipeg this snowy morning” — conservative writer David Frum.

Have you been Marty’d? See Marty’s reaction to our profile on him and watch WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten make fun of the humblebrag… Read more

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Weingarten Defends D.C.WaPo “humorist” Gene Weingarten uses his weekend column to defend the honor of Washington, D.C. from NYP’s Cindy Adams. Adams famously bashed Washington a few weeks ago, calling it “a sewer.” While Adams doesn’t return Weingarten’s requests for an interview, Gene tries interviewing her anyway. He writes, “Cindy, I make fun of Washington all the time, but I do it because it is the opposite of dirty. It’s as though we took a city and surgically removed all the grit. Washington is spit-shined. People are annoyingly polite and genteel. Nobody jaywalks. The homeless wear spats. You can eat off the sidewalk; indeed, many fine restaurants encourage it. Whereas — and I mean no disrespect to your city — New York smells of stale pee, with a fresh pee chaser.” Is Gene trying to start ANOTHER DC-NYC turf war? Good for Gene for taking on a tired, hack writer for a major market newspaper. Where on EARTH could he have come up with such an idea?

Ashley Judd bares it all and Diplomat Dennis RodmanRead more

Ask Piranhamous Anything

Here is this week’s installment of “Ask Piranhamous Anything.”  If you have a question you’d like “snarked to death,” send it to FishbowlDC@mediabistro.com. This isn’t an advice column. Piranhamous doesn’t know what the hell you should do with your life any more than you do — and worse, he doesn’t care. Try to keep your questions short — we want to keep this fun, simple, funny and insightful.

1. So, CNN has made its first bold move, luring Jake Tapper away from ABC. What’s your reaction? 

My reaction is “WOW!” I did not see that coming, but now that it’s happened it makes perfect sense. ABC could (and should) have done anything to keep Jake, he’s just about the only journalist universally praised and the only one I don’t put “journalist” in quotation marks when writing about. ABC could have kept him if they’d just done the smart thing in the first place and made him host of “This Week.” Considering how often George Stephanopoulos takes Sunday off, and the fact that he’s on the network five days per week already (how much Stephanopoulos could any network need?), not giving that gig to Tapper set in motion his exodus to CNN. Major pull for them.

2. Breitbart.com appears to have taking a major disliking to John Boehner as of late. What’s happening here? Translation? 

Breitbart seems to be a mess of late. Their rush to hire people who no one else is in a rush to hire is curious. That’s not to say they aren’t fine reporters, but they aren’t top-tier recruits who were much sought after. It would appear that having money dumped into your bank account causes impulse purchases at year’s end. On Boehner, the conservative media loves to be contrarian. They think they’re holding some sort of line but they end up shooting themselves in the foot (am I allowed to still make that analogy?) They’re writing for the choir, so it doesn’t matter very much. But it does matter. OK, it matters if credibility is your goal. If agenda and web traffic are your goals then they’re doing just fine.

3. Hypothetical: You are kidnapped by Syrians and forced into a solitary confinement type of prison cell by your captors. They give you three choices of the only entertainment you can have. 1. Endless DVD’s of Honey Boo-Boo episodes 2. Thousands of print copies of The Washington Post or 3. Never-ending supply of the Kathie Lee & Hoda show. Which do you choose?

I’m fairly certain this question is so torturous that it constitutes torture. The Washington Post is just awful, so that’s out. Kathie Lee & Hoda are one of the few things worse than the Post, so that’s out too. It would be like watching my mom and her best friend get drunk and no one needs that flashback! That leaves Honey Boo-Boo. Choosing Honey Boo-Boo makes the most sense because, as a prisoner, I’d want to keep in as much touch with real life as possible and, given these options, it’s the closest option to reality.

Ali Wentworth Dishes on Going Under Knife

In the January issue of Elle magazine, Ali Wentworth spices up the glossy with a candid, first-person essay about going under the knife to eliminate the satchels underneath her eyes. The wife of ABC “GMA” host George Stephanopoulos never really holds back. The essay shares the same tone as her memoir, Ali In Wonderland: And Other Tall Tales, which released earlier this year. She had her book party at the Four Seasons in Georgetown in early March.

It’s a shocker Wentworth ever made it to the operating table. She writes:

“I am not a vain person. In fact, I should care more. I don’t work out. I bite my nails till they bleed and wait until my dark roots are so grown out that I look like one of those women who hold their Big Gulp in their cleavage and mail their panties to convicts.”

What prompted her to have $7000 eye surgery, otherwise known as a blepharoplasty? Well, a variety of things. One reason involved the “haters” online who often reminded her that her undereye bags were out of control. Another is it’s hereditary; she has had them since her twenties. Her mother also had the surgery. After seeing the results of a friend’s plastic eye surgery, she wrote:

“Instantly I was aware of the fact that the skin under my eyes was starting to resemble a curled up duvet that would soon unfold and cover my face.”

Wentworth mentions her famous husband exactly twice and not by name… Read more

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