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Quotes of the Day

“So many newspaper reporters. So many interviews to turn down.”President Obama at this weekend’s Gridiron dinner.

Bureau Chief says no to mom jeans

“I’m pretty sure I’m the only person not wearing mom jeans in this Outback bar.” — BuzzFeed Washington Bureau Chief John Stanton in a series of tweets this weekend from a suburban Outback bar. He was staying at his sister’s house while his home gets repairs.

Journalist has hair issues

“That point where your hair, which was perfect length a day ago, is now suddenly out of control.” — Amy Walter, The Cook Report.

The Observer

“I sometimes read comments on news or op-ed pieces in the WaPo and am always shocked at what people say. Jerks for sure!” — Marketing writer Deborah Brody.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 6:18 a.m.

Reporter gets patriotic and speaks for the country? “Attending Gridiron dinner tonight. Am expecting the president to be funny. We could all use a good laugh. By which I mean the country.” — HuffPost Editorial Director and MSNBC Analyst Howard Fineman.

Convo Between Two Journos and more…

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Um, Congrats? MSNBC’s Chris Matthews Exalts BuzzFeed Scribe For Being On Show

Wearing a cornflower blue vest that made us ask “Where’s Abu?,” BuzzFeed‘s Andrew Kaczynski appeared on MSNBC’s “Hardball” yesterday. He was on to discuss the “secret donors” fighting against the confirmation of Chuck Hagel as Defense Secretary.

Kaczynski tells FishbowlDC it’s a Brooks Brothers vest which he had just received in the mail. He left his sports coat at home but has “no regrets” on the vest.

But more important than Kaczynski’s Prince Ali-inspired garb was the way in which show host Chris Matthews profusely thanked the reporter for appearing on his program.

NYT‘s Jim Rutenberg was also on as a guest. At the end of the segment, Matthews said, “Thank you, Jim Rutenberg, sir, a great reporter for the New York Times.” To Kaczynski… Read more

Ashley Judd Mixes, Mingles With Journos

Actress and pretend Senate hopeful Ashley Judd held court in Atlantic Publisher David Bradley‘s gorgeous kitchen last night at his pre-inaugural bash. The party, dubbed “Downton Bradley” for its hoity-toity guest list, was a who’s who of Washington D.C. where the living room was filled with everyone from TIME‘s Joe Klein, CBS Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett and CBS’s Norah O’Donnell to former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan with wife, NBC Chief Foreign Correspondent Andrea Mitchell, White House correspondent for ABC News Radio Ann Compton, WaPo and MSNBC’s Jonathan Capehart, Debbie Dingle, wife of Rep. John Dingle (D-Mich.), whose surname persistently comes out “Dungle” on the iPhone, CBS Washington Bureau Chief Chris IshamAtlantic Publisher Justin Smith, Hungarian Amb. Greg Szapry, Comcast Executive V.P. David Cohen, and AOL Co-founder Steve Case.

The dining room, meanwhile, had its own plateful of D.C. V.I.P.’s — former White House Press Sec. Joe Lockhart, former PBS’ Jim Lehrer (yawn), CNN and Newsweek/The Daily Beast‘s Howard Kurtz, BuzzFeed Bureau Chief John Stanton and reporter Rosie Gray, Roll Call HOH’s Neda Semnani and Warren Rojas, National Journal Publisher Bruce Gottlieb, NJ‘s new spokesman, Ben Fishel (former flack to ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-Penistown), Rep. Brad Sherman (D-Calif.), Media Matters), reporter Chris Frates and Atlantic Spokeswoman Natalie Raabe, NJ National Correspondent Ron Fournier, NJ‘s Ron Brownstein and Washingtonian‘s Carol Joynt, who described her recent quick bout with the flu despite having a flu shot. Also in the dining room: Lobbyist Heather Podesta.

In the foyer was a male guest with a neck beard (see pictures after the jump), Rep. Doris Matsui (D-Calif.), lobbyist Jack Quinn and wife, Susanna, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and outgoing Sec. of State Hilary Clinton‘s former Chief of Staff Melanne Verveer.

It was the kitchen, however, that was the apparent nerve center of Bradley’s house. With beautiful creamy couches and a blazing fireplace, and the surprisingly down-to-earth Bradley in the corner chatting up guests, it was there where we spied on Judd mingling with D.C. insiders such as HuffPost‘s Howard Fineman, who wore a bright pink tie and signature mane of longish silver locks, Bloomberg View‘s Margaret Carlson. Judd was accompanied by an unidentified partially balding man. Also roaming the kitchen was Fineman’s sister, Elizabeth Schroeter, in from Colorado. Asked about her brother, Schroeter said he was a “really good guy.” Judd, with a red flower in her hair, struck various poses throughout the night. Most noteworthy, however, was her stick straight posture, even when sitting, and her ability to stick her chest out when engaged in casual conversation. Let’s just say she was well aware that flashbulbs were capturing her every move.

Out on the enclosed patio were more guests to gawk at and grill.

(Pictured above left: Atlantic Publisher David Bradley)

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Quotes of the Day — the Inauguration Edition

PRIORITIES: “Obsessed with Ashley Biden’s shoes.” — BrandlinkDC’s Barbara Martin, among the organizers at the “Artists and Athletes” soireé at DC Coast Monday night.

Young girl voices what she wants from POTUS in next four years

“Um, I want him to take away the guns from other people, because for a girl like me it kind of scares me if I got killed.” — 8-year-old girl at The Dubliner bar this morning on MSNCB’s “Morning Joe.”

Flack melts down about Capitol Hill gridlock

“I’m pretty sure every cross street in DC is blocked. It’s virtually impossible to get back to Capitol Hill. No rhyme or reason.” — NRSC Spokesman Brian Walsh just after midnight Tuesday morning. And three minutes later…“Someone explain to me the security decision behind devoting 6 cops to shutting down 7th & M. There is nothing around that area at all.” More: “Understand. I’m all for security. Just seems like complete overkill.” He concludes on a bipartisan note…“To be sure, also remember it taking 3 hrs to go 12 blocks in 2001 for first GWB inauguration wknd. Should leave DC :)

Other complaints…

  • “Pro Tip: no matter how bad you think the traffic is in DC..it is 100 times worse than that.” — The Cook Report‘s Amy Walter. A follower snapped at her, saying, “Amy Walter, quit whining; u don’t live in Los Angeles. Take public transporation! [sic]“
  • “Another trip to DC where I only used Uber. Simply a brilliant service.” — RedState and CNN’s Erick Erickson.
  • “I concur with what @EWErickson just said. I’ve discovered how great uber is in DC, especially considering how shitass the cabs can be here.” — BuzzFeed‘s Rosie Gray, who recently moved to Washington from Manhattan. Everyone can congratulate Rosie on finding her new apartment — it’s in the Bloomington neighborhood of D.C.
  • “Dupont Circle on Inauguration Weekend=everything I hate. SO MANY BROS, GET ME OUTTA HERE.” — National Journal political reporter Elahe Izadi. Hmmm…so many bros?
  • “Took nearly half an hour to hail a cab. Happy inauguration!” — Greenwire‘s Jessica Estepa.
  • “Heading home. DC streets closed 5 hours earlier that supposed to. #gridlock #inaug2013 (@ In An Uber w/ 3 others)” — Poshbrood travel blogger Elizabeth Thorp.
  • “You really, really want to avoid driving w/in several blocks of WH right now. Street closures taking place. 18th St near gridlock.” — Roll Call‘s Steven Dennis.

On Michelle Obama’s new bangs: “I think the bangs are fantastic.” — Vogue‘s Andre Leon Talley, on “Morning Joe” this morning in a flamboyant black fur coat.

Washington Watch and CNN’s Roland Martin on Inauguration morning.

Actress Ashley Judd strikes a pose last night in the kitchen of Atlantic Publisher David Bradley, where she hung out for a good while, chatting up HuffPost‘s Howard Fineman, Bloomberg‘s Margaret Carlson and a swell of fine, crusty Washington D.C. men with varying amounts of ear hair. (More on the swanky Downton Bradley party later…)

TV journo marvels over empty Metro car

“Its very quiet INSIDE Capitol & amazingly Metro train car I was in was empty, completely empty. 4 years ago it was packed.” — NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell at 6:08 a.m.

Journo hopes to survive inauguration sans illness

“Last week, I thought #inauguration would be a race between me and my iPhone battery. Instead, it’s a race against my own immune system.” — WaPo‘s Maura Judkis.

How to Make it All About Me?

“I’m at Capitol South Metro Station (Washington D.C., DC)” — Syndicated columnist and Bullfight Strategies’ Karl Frisch at 6:19 a.m.

Important Question to Ponder: “It’s okay to take DayQuil with a vodka martini right?” — WaPo‘s Dan Zak.

D.C. Celebrity Watching: “Been playing ‘I know that celebrity from that scene in that movie where he looks [adjective here] but what is his name?!’ all night. Tired.” — The Hill‘s Alexandra Jaffe.

“President was sworn in today. Mon is the ceremonial event and speech. I elected to skip the party & hoopla and not attend Mon’s event.” — Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah).

ABC “The View’s” Sherri Shepherd needs help

“Ashley pooped in Jeffrey’s bed, peed on Jeffrey’s carpet, chews his socks. If you come back & help me @cesarmillan, I’ll make you dinner :O)” — Sherri Shepherd, our new favorite Twitter obsession. Only Sherri can bring “poop” and “dinner” together into one sentence.

Party banter and — gasp — an insult for Kerry Washington.

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QUOTES of the DAY

Is this war?

“The Breitbart crew’s terrible reporting on Boehner makes a great case for the value of the traditional media that the site hates.” — Politico‘s Alexander Burns.

Howard Fineman’s rant against ESPN, Luke Russert

HuffPost and MSNBC’s Howard Fineman, usually a mild-mannered Washington journalist, went on quite a tirade last night against what he believes to be the shoddy reporting of ESPN and the apparent stupidity of NBC’s Luke Russert. 1. 9:25 p.m. “Luke Russert u have no idea what you are talking about.” 2. 9:43 p.m. “Luke Russert nobody cares about ice hockey, and I say that as an alum of hockey-mad Colgate. Frozen Four gets two back page columns in NYT.” 3. 9:45 p.m. “ESPN announcers continuing to make excuses for lame Florida and trash Louisville. Also they keep misusing the word ‘disinterested.’” His rant went on after midnight. 4. 12:16 a.m. “I’m sorry. The lackadaisical, grudging ESPN coverage of Louisville’s dismantling of Florida was infuriating, at least to me.”

NYT Bureau Chief praises D.C. area Sichuan

“I remain pleasantly surprised by Sichuan quality in DC burbs.” — David Leonhardt, Washington Bureau Chief for the NYT.  Last night Leonhardt was discussing the Asian cuisine with Reuters finance blogger Felix Salmon, who wrote, “Sushi Yasuda. And NY’s Szechuan chefs move around a lot.” And added, “I went to Lan Sheng today, spectacular. And Hot Kitchen is still amazing too. Not sure if GS is a chain.” (By the way, both Sichuan and Szechuan are acceptable spellings of the word, so neither journalist got it wrong.)

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

Frustrated reporter after the jump…

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Quotes of the Day — The Debate Edition

“Someone wrote me an email and said they thought the Secret Service was going to intervene.”Politico‘s Mike Allen early this morning on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

By Far, Funniest Reaction of the Night

“Mitt shot his whole wad in the first debate.” — D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton. Whoa, Eleanor, HUH?! WaPo‘s Mike DeBonis tried to come to her defense, saying, “To defend Eleanor Norton a bit, she’s an aficionado of antique muzzle loading firearms. I hope.”

Sweet and Sour Reaction to Candy

“Candy Crowley holding the reins tight tonight…no shenanigans in her house.” — NBC’s and E!’s Ryan Seacrest.

“Best & worst moment of debate was Candy correcting Romney – she was right, but I’m not sure she should have inserted herself in that way.” — Roll Call‘s Emily Pierce.

“Righties already trying to make this about the Qs and moderator.” — Politico‘s SENIOR political reporter Jonathan Martin in what may be his first understandable tweet in awhile. Congrats JMart!

“I’m terribly disappointed in Candy. I defended her today, and I was wrong.” — Houston Chronicle political blogger and Newsbusters’ Kathleen McKinley.

“Ok Candy, you better facilitate, not follow-up!” — Conservative blogger Matt Mackowiack.

“Candy Crowley proved why these media fact checkers are toxic liars.” — Breitbart.com’s John Nolte.

“(I worked with Candy Crowley at CNN and think she’s terrific)” — CBS News investigative journo Sharyl Attkisson.

“A lot of anger on the Twitters at Crowley for challenging Mitt. You see, that isn’t supposed to happen.” — WaPo lefty blogger Greg Sargent.

“I must say that if you aren’t drinking some Jack Daniels during this debate you really are missing something.” — Roll Call Columnist and Political Analyst Stuart Rothenberg.

“Who won the debate tonight? Candy Crowley. She knew her facts and made sure she pointed them out to her opponents. She’s got my vote.” — Author Jonathan Krohn.

Debate Recap: Top Quotes

“If Sec. Clinton is responsible for the security failure in Benghazi, who is responsible for 8 days of of b.s.about what happened that day?” — FNC’s Brit Hume.

“As a woman voter, I feel very wanted tonight!” — ABC talk show host Katie Couric.

“OMG. Panelist on FOX News just said ‘BULLSHIT!’” — ABC7′s Mike Conneen.

“I was filing during that Libya exchange, but holy living fuck.” — TPM‘s Brian Beutler.

“Candy Crowley halts Romney in his tracks, calling him out live in real time on an incorrect Libya statement.” — NYT‘s Ashley Parker.

“I’m excitable – but politics is about emotion as well as reason. My view is Obama halted Mitt’s momentum in its tracks.” — The Daily Beast‘s Andrew Sullivan.

“Watching the @politicolive show again on dc newschannell 8. Forget how fun it was to watch, albeit kind of a train wreck.” — QGA and longtime Senate flack Jim Manley.

“The town hall debate format makes me feel bad about the human condition, like that “What Would You Do” hidden camera show. #sighbinder” — Digital media exec Kenny Day.

“Bottom line: Obama was far more aggressive this time, these 2 men don’t like each other and this race is still a toss-up.” — The Hill‘s Managing Editor Bob Cusack.

“No one puts baby in a binder.” — National Journal‘s Chris Frates.

“Ok, goodnight everyone. tucking myself into my binder for some shuteye.” — AtlanticWire Senior Writer Jen Doll.

“Chris Matthews is wetting his pants in joy, gibbering like a meth freak on laughing gas.” — Conservative blogger and former TWTer Robert Stacy McCain.

“Bottom bottom line: Obama shows up big timme and wins. Is it enough to reverse the polarities?” — HuffPost‘s Howard Fineman.

“MSNBC fawning. Fox News fuming. A pox on both your houses.” — WaPo‘s Dan Zak.

“Love switching channels. MSNBC says clr Obama win, CNN, eh, slight Obama edge. Fox still talking about Benghazi.” — NYT‘s Jonathan Weisman.

“Did Van Jones just call Mitt Romney a ‘DOUCHE’ on CNN – @CNNSituationRoom? Wow, didn’t think that was permitted.” — former Eric Cantor Spokesman Brad Dayspring, who now works as senior adviser to the YG Action Fund.

Greta sees hot pink and blue

“Yes, it is true…both wives in a hot pink (or at least on my monitor it looks like hot pink but faces can be bluish on my tv monitor)” — FNC’s Greta Van Susteren.

Important Q to Ponder: “Do I have time to make pierogies before this debate? Yes, yes I do!” — The Washington Examiner‘s Nikki Schwab.

Something else to Ponder: “How, in a country as powerful and dynamic as ours, could bindersfullofwomen.com not already be taken?” — WSJ‘s Neil King.

The Observer

“You keep it crazy, Bobby Jindal.” — Ronan Farrow, son of Mia and Woody Allen, reacting to post debate interviews from Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. Farrow is a writer, human rights lawyer and formerly Sec. of State Hillary Clinton‘s Special Adviser for Global Youth issues.

And another journo eats chicken…

“Chicken in pot, my debate night tradition. Thanks, Herbert Hoover!” — blogger and pundit Craig Crawford. Anonymous writes in, “That’s a sweet tradition, but his shicken looks like a dog’s dinner.”

Good rap quote from whitest guy in Washington

“Mystikal: That’s right my meat and potatoes come from my lyrical label I throw my rhymes for No Limit like Jeff George throw for the Raiders” — NBC’s Luke Russert.

Ouch!

“Joe Scarborough will suck-up to a guest, then trash-talk them 24 hours later. Tells you all you need to know…#MSNBCfail” — The Daily Caller TV Reporter Jeff Poor.

Peter Ogburn and Eddie Scarry contributed to this report.

HuffPost Turns 5

Over the weekend HuffPost‘s Washington D.C. newsroom celebrated five years of existence with a with a roof party atop their offices on Pennsylvania Avenue. As you can see by the photograph, Sam Stein (third row, sunglasses, toward the middle), Howard Fineman (gray fluffy hair, just beside Stein), Bureau Chief Ryan Grim (third guy from the right in back) and the rest of the HuffPost political team were all there to celebrate.

A few other people to point out in the mix. Front and center is FishbowlDC Fan Club member Andrea Stone. We can’t get enough of her astute thoughts. Visually she is the shortest human in the bunch. Juxtaposed with the 555-foot Washington Monument, it’s possible that she may be a Munchkin. Then, right behind her is a homeless guy who somehow sneaked into the party. Just so happens his name is Jason Linkins too! Out front in the pretty mustard yellow dress is Amanda Terkel.

Happy Anniversary HuffPost!

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Quotes of the Day

CNN Producer for Piers Morgan Tonight Brad Parks: “Passing time between live shots at the CNN Grill photo booth.”

Mrs. Ralph Reed to Convention Security: Lighten up!

“When I lived in Iran growing up & we were under martial law…security was not as bad as it is at the @GOPconvention!!! Geez…lighten up!!” — Jo Anne Reed, wife of Ralph Reed.

Taxicab Confessions: Tampa 

“My cabbie in Tampa is singing along to ‘Do That To Me One More Time’ while we sit in traffic. Kinda awkward.” — The Hill‘s Howeesha Kurtz, a.k.a. Judy Kurtz.

Uh oh. Is HuffPost‘s Arthur Delaney okay? “I’m drunk and lonely.” — HuffPost‘s Arthur Delaney. Labor journo for InTheseTimes.com Mike Elk replied, “Call me maybe?” HuffPost‘s Amanda Terkel apparently borrowed stole Delaney’s gadget and tweeted the following:  “At a wings place in a Ramada, next to a strip club. Take that, fancy parties.”

Journo gives lip to TODAY Show

“Shut up Today Show.” — The Hill‘s Alexandra Jaffe to the TODAY Show. On Monday, TODAY ran a segment on mirror fasts. This means, as they explain it, “foregoing looking at yourself in the mirror for a week, a month, even a year.”

Reporter Starstruck by NBC’s David Gregory

“Just walked by @davidgregory#StarStruck Saw that dude on TV yesterday morning.#GOP2012” — D.C. Correspondent for MedPageToday.com David Pittman, who clearly needs to have his head examined. Psst….Pittman, Gregory is not a celebrity. MedPage Today provides medical news for clinician. Is there a clinician in the house?

Questions to Ponder: “When ratings show people tuning out of politics at record levels, why do cable channels think 24-7 convention coverage is a good idea?” — Salon‘s David Sirota. And from Columbia J School’s Emily Bell: “Given there are a lot of journalists covering the #RNC who is actually producing interesting coverage? (serious question)”

Convo Between Actor Rob Lowe and CNN’s Piers Morgan

Lowe: “What does it mean, if anything, that the Fox News crawl is so much slower than CNN?”

Morgan: “Means we’re quicker, smarter.”

Ouch! “Hey @JoeNBC: Any time you want to man up and take control of your own show would be nice. #Coward” — Breitbart.com editor John Nolte, showing that it’s not just the MSM that gets whacked by the conservative media outlet.

HuffPost Howard Fineman‘s admission: “I rarely if ever get in shouting matches on TV but did on @hardball_chris just now with former GOP chm Steele about the Romney welfare ad.”

How to Win Friends and Influence People at the RNC: “Convention Coverage Rule #2115: Condescend to other reporters by not admitting to having read ‘their take’ from last night.” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin.

How to irk Politico‘s Ben White: “Whiny Tweets complaining about too many journalists covering too little news in Tampa are not wrong, they are just boring.” He later added, “How do Floridians and other swing-staters tolerate all these political ads? I’d throw my TV out the window.”

Boybander Revelations…“Thing I learned today: Reince Priebus reads the sarcastic things you write about him.” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel. And from TPM‘s Brian Beutler: “I wish politicians really would speak in dog whistles so I’d be incapable of hearing their garbage.”

Public Admiration Society: “Great line from @RonBrownstein: ‘Very patriotic convention — the floor is red, the seats are blue, and the delegates are white.’” — The New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza quoting National Journal‘s Ron Brownstein.

 

How Can I Make it About Me?

Look everybody, Rush Limbaugh mentioned me!

This is the gist of a column by HuffPost-AOL Editorial Director Howard Fineman this week, as he recounted Limbaugh calling him “nuts” and in the tank for President Obama on account of his historical rantings about the opening ceremonies of the Olympics.

We’re not sure what’s worse: the boring nature of the rantings themselves, or the rantings about Limbaugh’s rantings about Fineman, who makes a point of insisting that he’s not deserving of Limbaugh’s ire. After all, he’s a Steeler’s fan and once wrote a story about radio loudmouths that included you know fatso bigmouth who.

An excerpt:

“I am not part of any crop of Democrats or political types of any kind. I’m pretty well known for keeping an even keel ideologically and for steering clear of partisanship. I’m old-fashioned, even out of date, in this deconstructionist era, in which everyone is assumed to have an ulterior — political — motive. I don’t. I really don’t.”

Read the whole column here.

How Can I Make It About Me?

In a nauseous review of HBO’s The Newsroom, Editorial Director of AOL HuffPost Media Group Howard Fineman performs a feat for the ages and interprets the HBO series as a commentary on… his own publication!

It starts out normal enough. “To all of you media snarks out there trashing Aaron Sorkin for his HBO show The Newsroom I say: take no comfort from the fact that the show sucks,” Fineman writes on HuffPost. “His point about our business — that it needs to remember, revere and renew its commitment to its ideals — is too on-target to ignore.”

Then the magic happens. Inconspicuously placed near the end of the review, Fineman writes, “I am proud of what we are doing and trying to do at The Huffington Post… But we can do more, and we can do it better.”

What you just felt right there was whiplash. But we’ve gotta give it to Fineman. That kind of self-service is usually only seen in XXX films. Well done.

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