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“This is journalism. This is what we do. We invite discomfort.”NYT‘s Mark Leibovich on C-SPAN Sunday night in reaction to all the reaction to This Town.

Journo enters opera taxi

“My taxi driver tonight-an Ethiopian- was listening to opera! First time I’ve ever had an opera-loving cabbie.” — Baron‘s Washington Editor James McTague.

Hair truths

“My hair looks about 20 times better at the end of this day than at the start. Just my daily reminder that life’s not fair.” — Politico defense reporter Leigh Munsil.

Real Breitbart TV headline: “Romanian Princess Charged With Hosting Cockfighting”

From the Dept. of Bragiculture… “For some inexplicable reason this piece of casual trolling has been steadily getting retweets.” — Washington Examiner‘s Justin Green, who’s talking about the following from you-know-who: “Apparently it’s now a police state if you aren’t allowed to freely carry around stolen classified documents #thanksobama.”

Important Q to Ponder: “Droning is now a verb?” — Politico‘s James Hohmann.

Bo and Sunny hanging out on the South Lawn. Photograph by Pete Souza.

“Bo should be furious with his agent now that he has to share the spotlight” — WaPo‘s Reid Wilson.

“Sunny the dog is the biggest political story today. Seriously.”HuffPost Social Media Editor Ethan Klapper.

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Party spokesmen drop gloves on Twitter — Twitter often turns into a channel for digital mud-slinging, and here at FBDC, we love #TwitterFights. For this Senate election cycle, spokesmen for both parties have taken to the social network to bash each other in what Politico’s James Hohmann calls “an often juvenile game of Twitter one-upmanship.” NRSC communications director Brad Dayspring is at the front lines for the Republicans, while DSCC press secretary Justin Barasky is leading the fight for the Democrats. Though many Tweets concern Senate races or political issues, some are just personal jabs. Both sides, however, say the constant Twitter exchanges (both Dayspring and Barasky have posted to their profiles over 50 times in one day) are meant to drive a message and rally activists on their side. They’ve called each other stalkers, dogs, used insulting baseball metaphors and started pointed hashtags, along with much more. Dayspring says it’s not just about putting the other side down, but also giving an audience, however limited, a look inside the minds of Senate campaigns. It seems both sides are pretty intent to out-Tweet the other.

China’s claim of US cyberespionage gains credibility — China and the U.S. have been pointing fingers at each other over cyber attacks and network breaches of top institutions within their countries. As NJ’s Brian Fung reports, the U.S. blamed China for the hackers that breached the networks of NYT and the Wall Street Journal while a spokesperson for China’s defense ministry pointed out that 63 percent of attacks on the ministry’s websites come from U.S.-based IP addresses. China also said it had “a mountain of data” showing the U.S. is engaged in operations against Beijing that involve not just hacking but cyber espionage, a claim that as not received much traction in the U.S.  Now that the NSA’s sophisticated surveillance of Americans has been revealed, Fung points out that China’s claims are more believable. Adam Segal, an expert on cybersecurity and China, said, “there is no doubt, even before the weekend’s revelations, that NSA conducted espionage against China.”

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GREAT EXPECTATIONS: “It’s just too easy for the NY Post headline writers.”HuffPost‘s Sam Stein.

Speaking of Weiner…

“We really need to get moving on a conservative PAC to support Anthony Weiner getting back into politics. Who’s with me?” — Jazz Shaw, weekend editor at Hot Air.

Publisher wants beach body

“My current body-type is ‘zeppelin.’ So not ready for summer.” — Metro Weekly Co-Publisher Sean Bugg.

A publicist says no to pantyhose 

“If you’re wearing pantyhose with sandals you and I have a serious problem.” — Courtney Cohen, a publicist and former producer for ABC’s “This Week.”

Politico scribe to Hollywood

“I’m in Hollywood to cover the RNC Spring mtg. Invocation ahead of possibly-contentious, 5-hr Rules mtg asks God to give everyone patience.” Politico‘s James Hohmann. What he won’t be attending: “Dick Cheney will address the RNC at a closed-press lunch tomorrow afternoon here in Hollywood.” Roll Call‘s Jonathan Strong had a suggestion for Hohmann, saying, “You should go to Voyeur with some RNC people.”  Hohmann replied, “I would NOT get reimbursed for that.”

Halperin’s Words of Wisdom

“Dear colleagues: sometimes elected officials try to pass laws b/c they think those laws are right, not to gain electoral or political edge.” — TIME‘s Mark Halperin.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 6:43 a.m.

When lateness pays off

“Got off jury duty by showing up late. Weird incentive there.” — BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith.

From the Dept. of Bragiculture…

“Getting so many emails the little transparent Outlook notice in the corner of my computer just isn’t turning off anymore.” — Politico‘s Alex Guillen, who deserves a hearty congratulations for getting a lot of emails.

MSNBC journo has fun facts on cicadas and a style writer braces herself for a lot of face time at the salon… Read more

Politico’s VandeHei to ‘Morning Joe’

Turns out the rumors of the past year and a half are true.

Politico‘s Executive Editor Jim VandeHei is getting the hell outta there and heading to MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” He has wanted to make his exit for awhile and TV is where he set his sights. MSNBC took notice after seeing the video that VandeHei narrated about how he breathed the very breath of life into Politico and how it has taken the journalism world — and the world — by storm. Some may have noticed VandeHei’s extensive appearance on “Morning Joe” last Thursday while regularly hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough were on vacation.

VandeHei will slowly phase into Willie Geist‘s third-tier co-host role as Geist concentrates on the “TODAY Show.”

Politico had no comment at this time. Editor-in-Chief John Harris was heard wailing in the Politico newsroom. James Hohmann, a reporter, was spotted handing him tissues. Mike Allen, practically VandeHei’s brother, could not be found. Sources say he has fled to Argentina to drown himself in a thick, juicy steak and red wine.

Politico Publisher Robert Allbritton, when reached at his mansion… Read more

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“We’re just starting our second week and we want to hear from you. How’s my driving? Let us know what you like, what you think we need to work on. Email us at thelead@cnn.com.” — CNN’s Jake Tapper.

“We’re showing women bouncing their butts in our viewers’ faces. Can we just stop that?” — FNC’s Greg Gutfield on “The Five” Monday as the network showed endless b-roll of Spring Break women shaking their asses.

Hence the understatement of the week: “Fox News loves their Spring Break b-roll.” — Breitbart and Townhall‘s Lisa de Pasquale.

In other words: Happy Passover!

“Awright haters and @mmfa trolls, you soon have 49 hours to do your worst, since I am going offline for Passover. To the rest I say #Freedom!” — Breitbart.com Editor-in-Chief and in-house counsel Joel Pollack.

Actually, not a Happy Passover

“My mother is breaking my heart by sending all the family photos from the family seder I’m missing. Almost like I’ve been…passed. Over.” — Think ProgressAdam Peck.

TV journo tries to avoid overeating 

“If you are trying to maintain your weight don’t fly Emirates. they feed you like every 2 hours… Seriously. I finally just said stop.” — ABC7′s Stephen Tschida, our favorite traveler.

And another can’t sleep

“Wide awake hours before my alarm goes off, can’t fall back asleep. #firstworldproblems.” — Media Matters’ John Whitehouse whose Twitter handle is @existentialfish.

Attention publicists!

“Pro Tip: if you’re a publicist, don’t use ‘Comrade’ as the salutation of an unsolicited email. I won’t keep reading.” — Politico‘s James Hohmann.

Important Question to Ponder

“Why won’t the ‘Unknown’ person blowing up my phone just leave a message? #why” — WaPo and MSNBC’s Jonathan Capehart.

WTF: The Bunny and Eggs Season?

“On CA radio show, Rep. Louie Gohmert confirms his comms director is single. ‘She’s just terrific. Just absolutely terrific.’” – HuffPost‘s Jennifer Bendery. “Gohmert on Easter: ‘Some may call it ‘bunny and eggs’ season. It’s Easter.’”

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BuzzFeed’s Chris Geidner shows off  his new hoodie.

Important Reminder

“Please everyone, don’t forget to tweet pictures of yourselves with other people we recognize in the Green Room.” — NYT‘s Mark Leibovich.

Morning Bloopers: “Back at work and feeling much better after a nasty virus. But I did just call the winning team the Raisins. More coffee and aspirin, please.” — Jon Belmont, AP radio news.

Oversharing Sherri 

“Jeffrey climbs n2 bed w me & says “Mommy I want 2 talk 2 you 2 make you feel better but you have 2 turn around and cough the other way okay.” — ABC “The View’s” Sherri Shepherd.

Journo prepares to pig out

“Presumptively disgusted at how much food I’m gonna eat tomorrow.” — Dylan Scott, staff writer for Governing, prior to Super Bowl Sunday.

Huh?

“I will be on MSNBC to talk about contraception at 2:15.” — Politico‘s James Hohmann in a grandiose brag over the weekend.

Speaking of contraception…

“Bob Menendez could learn a lesson.” — FNC Contributor Erick Erickson, linking to a sex scandal story about Nebraska’s Lieutenant Gov. in which the politician resigns.

Politico Playbook publish time: 9:03 a.m.

Thrush has seen a lot of gunshot wounds

“20 people ask if I shoot skeet. Nope. Funny no one asked if I’ve seen someone with a gunshot wound. I have — a bunch. How about u guys?” — Politico White House Correspondent Glenn Thrush.

Journo harps on NYT over correction.

“Quite the correction, @nytimes: “It was a shotgun, not a rifle.” Hint: Get the basics right.” — Justin Green, Editor of David Frum‘s blog.

Roland lays out the rules

“Your always drunk cousin will officially begin rehab today. He gets no taste of the brown liquor or even a wine cooler! #RolandsRules” — CNN Contributor, Tom Joyner Show and Washington Watch’s Roland Martin on Super Bowl Sunday.

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“John Feehery, in a strange way you have a point.” — MSNBC’s Chris Matthews on Hardball Wednesday in the rare instance when he concedes anything. Feehery works at Quinn Gillespie & Associates and regularly appears on the program.

Goddamn deep thoughts with Byron Tau

“Man, it’s only been 17 days since the last goddamn fundraising deadline. Too. Goddamn. Soon.” — Politico‘s Byron Tau.

Anonymous Tips from the past 48 hours1. “Mormon men do not think of women as equals, butt [sic] subject to them, so he will never approve equal pay.” 2. “Romney puts women in binders and dogs on the roof of his car.”

The Jokester: “Binder? I hardly know her! :-) ” — Democratic blogger John Aravosis.

From the Dept. of Bragiculture…

“So I am now officially Chief Economic Correspondent for POLITICO. But you can just call me ‘chief’ or ‘dude.’” — Politico‘s Ben White. We’re just relieved he resorted to ALL CAPS for our viewing pleasure. Congratulations Ben!

Commenter to the rescue! A reader calling himself (or herself) “Coconut” under FBDC’s Peter Ogburn‘s story on anti-Candy Crowley stories dominating right wing news sites Wednesday: “Candy you did an excellent job!!! Retards get over yourselves!”

The Observer

“You could say Lance Armstrong is having a pretty bad news CYCLE –> sadtrombone.com” — ABC News reporter Matt Negrin. Get it?

Reporter survives on Guinness

“I’ve been up since since 3a.m. One Guinness, and I feel like I could go another 24.” — The Washington Examiner‘s David Freddoso.

Quote Taken Out of Context

“Ana Marie Cox, let’s put it this way– they are cork-heel orange satin slingback pumps with white polka dots. They are audacious.” — GOProud Advisory Board Member Liz Mair.

Journo hailed as “national treasure”

“‘@BresPolitico is a national treasure,” an influential reader emails.’ That was awesome.” — Politico‘s James Hohmann referring to his colleague, John Bresnahan.

Congrats to Nick Massella who has been hired by BrandLinkDC, a public relations and marketing firm that engages reporters around town. He begins his new job as Public Relations Manager on Oct. 29.

Eddie Scarry contributed to this report.

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Journo shares his squid: “This is the best crispy squid/calamari I’ve ever had.” — WaPo designer Tim Wong.

Late-night *&^%$# WH Pool Report

“Your pooler is delighted to report that the arrival was entirely uneventful. After a nighttime approach that reminded your pooler just how *&^%$# privileged he is to have this job, Marine One touched down on the South Lawn at about 9:04 pm Clustered journos got a quick wave as President Obama walked into the residence, trailed by the usual gang (Carney, Plouffe, etc)… (‘*&^%$#’ is pronounced ‘golldurn’)” — Yahoo! NewsOlivier Knox.

No fruit for Zeke?

“I just don’t understand, Zeke Miller, next to me on the plane says ‘I don’t eat fruit.’ But it’s so delicious.” — Politico‘s Ginger Gibson on Buzzfeed‘s Zeke Miller.

From the Dept. of Insanity

“Let’s face it. We’re all a little bored with the Olympics. So at 1015 tonight switch over to Fox News & see me on @gretawire’s show.” — Bloomberg TV Contributor Neil Barofsky, whose name on account of this tweet should be Barfsky.

Skittle overload

“I have that feeling I’ve eaten too many Skittles on a long car trip — about this campaign.” — NYT‘s Mark Leibovich.

Newsflash: GOP Victory Chair and possible Lt. Gov candidate Pete Snyder is officially a Fox Contributor as of this week. He says  ”I feel like I just got drafted by the New York Yankees.”

Travel encounters…

“Child in line won’t stop staring. Maybe she’s blinded by my beauty. Maybe she’s terrified by the job I did putting on mascara in the dark.” — Erica Elliott, Comm Director for House Majority Whip Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).

Journo marvels over new cab

“Just hopped in a cab, and it is literally brand new. I’m his first ride. What are the odds? Not used to good non-Uber forms of DC transport.” — Politico apparently very high James Hohmann.

Ahh…memories

“Last party at an aquarium I attended ended when an employee micturated on the penguins #tampa” — NJ‘s Jim O’Sullivan. The definition of micturate is: urinate.

Obama makes sock joke to press

“As press looked on, Pres Obama mock-boasted ‘No holes the my socks. My grandmother would be proud.’” — CBS White House radio reporter Mark Knoller. AFP‘s Stephen Collinson further explains the moment in a White House Pool Report: “When he was done, he stopped to get his shoes and sat down on the edge of the mat right in front of the pool to put his shoes on in a rather unusual photo op. CBS’s Peter Maer commented  ‘very presidential Sir.’” And Obama responded above.

 

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“Um, ABC?”WSJ‘s Jonathan Weisman on ABC report on male orgasms. Weisman was responding to this: “Karezza: Men Say Best Sex Comes Without Orgasm” Read here.

Munro stays.

“In other news, the WH Correspondents Assn says it won’t punish the Daily Caller reporter who heckled Obama at Rose Garden event last month.” — HuffPost‘s Jennifer Bendery on The Daily Caller‘s Neil Munro, who heckled President Obama during a speech.

Journo Travel Complaints

  • “What’s w/ DC power? Stuck on Acela 5 minutes from Union Station. Grrrr.” — The Daily Beast‘s Robin Givhan.
  • “Looks like I spoke too soon – Bad weather hit as we were taxiing and now my @Delta jet is sitting on the tarmac, getting rained on – #weep” — NRA News’ Cameron Gray.

Pooler writes of Second Lady’s ‘midsection’

VPOTUS Vegas Pooler Tovin Lapan, of the Las Vegas Sun, dared to write about Dr. Jill Biden‘s “midsection” in a Pool Report Tuesday, writing, “The second lady, wearing a yellow dress with a large bow around the midsection, and matching yellow jacket, also greeted everyone.” He addressed Veep Joe Biden‘s attire, saying, “Temperatures in Las Vegas surpassed 100 degrees, and Biden ditched his jacket from his navy blue suit after his speech…With his sleeves rolled up, and wearing a navy blue tie spotted with white sailboats, the vice president shook the hand of every veteran…”

Breitbart.com Editor Takes Another Whack at Buzzfeed

“Buzzfeed is the TMZ of left-wing politics: Creepy, petty, and mean. Ann Romney in erectile dysfunction ads, stalking fundraisers. My God.” — Breitbart.com’s John Nolte, who has been relentlessly hammering away at Buzzfeed backing Team Obama for several months. Smith had no comment on Nolte’s remark, but instead directed me to his piece this morning on trolls and the business of engaging them. See here. Ahh…timeliness, we love that!

Dare to dream…

“A Chinese-style high-speed train between NY and DC would take 1 hour and 40 min.” — NYT Washington Bureau Chief David Leonhardt.

Take Note: At high noon Politico‘s wild bunch of LIVE journos — With Exec. Editor Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen in charge, what could possibly go wrong? Juana Summers, Patrick Gavin, Reid Wilson, Charlie Mahtesian and First Politico Son James Hohmann will hopefully be hamming it up for today’s livestream show. Watch here.

A Rested Mike Allen Returns From Mystery Vacation

Politico‘s Mike Allen took a shell shocking five consecutive days off last week. As we’ve reported ad nauseam, it was his first time off since the summer of 2009. He apparently spent the time fishing (and we imagine his time off looked something like this fisherman to your left). We’ve been hearing strong murmurings from inside Politico that he was forced to take the time off.

Then again, we were asked a number of questions throughout this awkward expanse of time — was he sick? Hasn’t he lost a lot of weight? Well, the weight loss has been coming. He’s been dieting for awhile.

Even CELEBRITY Playbooker Editor-in-Chief John Harris felt the need to acknowledge the rumors, writing on Saturday, “Judging by my e-mails, some of you are concerned about the whereabouts of Mike Allen (and, by implication, not entirely satisfied with this week’s substitutes). My question to you: Can’t the guy be allowed to take a freakin’ vacation? …I got numerous inquiries asking if he was sick, should we send flowers, bail money, etc. Rest assured: Mike does indeed take time off, and, based on my evidence, he goes pretty damn far off the grid when he does. He is presently at a secure, undisclosed location and the other day went fishing on the Penobscot River (if you have Google the location is no longer undisclosed.) A source reports: He caught a salmon. And, in a move that locavores will applaud, he promptly ate it. He’ll be back tomorrow, well-fed and well-rested.”

But whoops that wasn’t true! Harris had jumped the gun saying Allen would return Sunday. Were their special satellite phones not working?

Throughout the week, various “guest” and “celebrity” Playbookers filled in. First there was ABC’s Jonathan Karl (a guest) and TIME‘s Michael Crowley (guest). Even those inside Politico wondered why they didn’t find in-house replacement. Brass then swapped in Harris (obviously a celebrity) and Politico right-hand man extraordinaire James Hohmann (celebrity light).

On Sunday Hohmann had to walk back Allen’s supposed Sunday return and break the news that he wouldn’t return until Monday.

The Fisherman Returns…

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