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Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Homoerotic or cute? You decide.

“Bret Baier, Hope Chunky Monkey feels better soon — and doesn’t get everyone else in your house sick in the process!” — FNC’s James Rosen. We can only hope that Rosen is referring to one of Baier’s children and not some other er, chunky monkey, in the house.

Speaking of erotic…

“It’s normal to find the words ‘woman,’ ‘her’ and ‘she’ to be erotic, right? Ok, good.” — WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten, a huge FBDC fan.

Perino reaches out to Price is Right contestant

“Will the gentleman who was on Price is Right this morning tweet me again? Loved the shout out. Need to know if you won. And watch The Five!” — FNC’s Dana Perino.

When New York Yankees center fielder Curtis Granderson throws out a question, WaPo’s ever hip Weingarten steps up to the plate and introduces himself.

Curtis Granderson: “Headed to DC for the off day, besides White House, Memorials, and Gov’t Buildings, what are some good suggestions to eat and check out?” Gene Weingarten: “Hey, Curtis. I’m a columnist for the Wa Post. Eat in Adams Morgan, a hip, funky walk-around neighborhood.”


A fan writes to The New Yorker writer and CNN Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin: “I fucking love your writing and analysis.” He replied: “Big fucking thanks!”

Sam Stein accuses TPM of being copycat

“TPM electoral scoreboard mighty similar to what we have at Huffpost” – HuffPost‘s Sam Stein.

Wendy puts the hump in hump day

“Wendy Wednesday’s really help me bust over the hump.” — FBDC reader Jason Kosakow, a quantitative analyst in Washington, D.C. (And yes, we’re bragging!)

Journo Squabble

“[Andrew Sullivan] today asked if I was living on the same planet as him. No-I’m living on the one with most people from Earth.” –  Salon‘s Glenn Greenwald on The Daily Beast‘s Andrew Sullivan. He links to this.

Eddie Scarry and Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.


Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

“Everyone in DC look up today.” — from WaPo‘s Innovations and Ideas Editor Emi Kolawole.

Life’s small pleasures

“Just had my first-ever real life opportunity to use the proper AP Style of ‘Dr Pepper.’#partylikeajournalist” — Politico web producer Leigh Munsil. (Note to readers: The trademark does not use a period in Dr.)

From the Dept. of Bragiculture

“It takes a certain amount of translation skills to translate what they are saying in the courtroom into language that is familiar to viewers who are not lawyers or constitutional experts. Its a highly stylized form of expression. You don’t have to be a genius to understand it, but you have to have learned how to understand it.” — CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin in a late Wednesday interview with Politico media writer Dylan Byers.

Journo dines on beets

“Roasting beets for dinner and listening to SCOTUS oral arguments.” — conservative TV commentator and former WMAL radio host Mary Katharine Ham.

An office puppy on Twitter: Cute or too much?

“On my way in to the office. Still kinda chilly for me. Can’t wait for the dog days of summer.” — Briar, the office dog for Rep. Dennis Ross (R-Fla.).

Driving the Day: “Woman Pleads Guilty in Butt Implants Case” — NBC4

Words of Wisdom

“When we lose our right to point out an ughly-ass wig, we lose everything.” — FBDC regular reader Larry Kelly on the “outrage” over our poll on Florida Democratic Rep. Corrine Brown‘s hairdo — or was that the world’s ugliest hoodie?

Senator treats reporter like a daughter

“Just got dad’d by a United States Senator who wanted to know if that bag of Oreos was “lunch.” #humblebrag?” — Roll Call‘s Meredith Shiner.

The downside of spring

“Ow. I hate you sinuses.” — Hillary Esquina, multi-media content producer for the National Wildlife Federation.

Only in Washington…

“Healthy lunch spots around the Supreme Court as health-care debate continues” — WaPo.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“I can’t get over how green the grass in WI is for late March. Is it always this way?” — Politico‘s Ginger Gibson. Um, we’re not sure Ginger. My we’re pretty sure Fake Jim VandeHei might have an answer for you on what the grass in VandeHomeland is like this time of year.

New Yorker Launches New Blog with Huge Pictures

If you love politics but are teetering on edge of legal blindness, the New Yorker has created a new blog for you: The Political Scene.

The blog just launched Monday and functions like a guide to the 2012 presidential election. It has brief analysis of all the Republican candidates, photo galleries and medium-length thought pieces on the primary process from the magazine’s esteemed writers, such as Jeffrey Toobin, Ryan Lizza and Jane Mayer.

There’s a lot of content but it’s got a few setbacks. First, the graphics appear to have been captured using IMAX technology. They’re massive. Of course, gigantic graphics lead to choppy display. Second, a banner with feature stories drops down and covers more than half the screen if you hover your cursor above a certain point. Lastly, scrolling itself is an odd experience. Navigation bars on the left and top of the screen remain stationary as you move up or down, but chunks of the screen run into each other then overlap to display the previous or following story. Readers may experience brief vertigo while browsing.

We’re not huge fans of the layout, but it’s a decent blog. Designers should simply keep in mind that not everyone is running on a double-screen multiprocessor computer system.

The “Heroes” of Journolist

superhero.jpg Today the bloodbath of Journolist pauses for The Daily Caller‘s superhero edition of Journolist. In this story by Jonathan Strong, certain Journolisters are praised for “integrity” and “civility.”

The “heroes” include: Journolist founder, WaPo‘s Ezra Klein, CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin, HuffPost‘s Dan Froomkin, The Guardian‘s Michael Tomasky and The New Yorker‘s James Surowieki, who isn’t a full-fledged hero, but gets an honorable mention.

Toobin, Strong, writes, “came across as one of the least caustic members of the list.”

Klein, who sliced up Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson in a post last week, calling a statement Carlson released on the Journolist “sanctimonious” and “evasive”, has by far the shortest amount of praise in the hero version. In fact, the bit on Klein amounts to two sentences, the second of which you can almost read aloud without running out of air. It’s not entirely positive, however. See the first line after the jump…

Read the full story here.

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Separated at Birth: CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin and FNC’s Neil Cavuto

CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin and FNC’s Neil Cavuto fall into the twin category.

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NBC Breaks Kagan News When Toobin Could Have Called

vert.toobin.jpg CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin missed the boat on getting the scoop on Solicitor General Elena Kagan being chosen as President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee. “I guess that makes me less than a journalist,” Toobin said on CNN late Sunday night after NBC broke the news.

Toobin explained on air that he knows Kagan personally because she was his Harvard Law School classmate, but said he chose not to use his personal connection to phone her and ask. To be sure, his tone was light-hearted, not painful regret. (He did, however, talk with about knowing her previously. Read the interview here.)

One question:
CNN: You knew her at Harvard. What is she like?
Toobin: Smart, funny, self-confident, extremely intelligent but not obnoxious about it. She’s always been a well-grounded person who brings out the best in others around her.

Behind the scenes of this breaking news story is another story of how the news was not broken. Politico‘s Mike Allen reported that the White House may give the news to AP’s Ben Feller to break “on the later side of Sunday.”

But on Sunday night, it was NBC’s Pete Williams broke the story. CNN gave proper credit to NBC during the segment with Toobin.

What’s It Like To Cover The Sotomayor Hearings?

Many of you can probably answer that question for yourself (boring), but for those of you off the Judge Sonia Sotomayor beat this week, Mediaite’s Rachel Sklar caught up with a few “legal eagles” for the down-low.

Our favorite question from Sklar to The New Yorker and CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin, Slate and NYT‘s Dahlia Lithwick, CBS’ Andrew Cohen and SCOTUSblog’s Tom Goldstein:

Is this a huge mecca for legal media? Going to any fancy lawyer parties? (oxymoron alert!)

Cohen: I have no idea about any parties. I don’t “party” when I cover something like this because I have to work 18 hour days. I have brought my 10-year-old son with me, and he’s excited to be a part of history, and when I’m off we’ll be enjoying DC. I suspect you will be hearing that same answer from most serious journalists who are covering this. It ain’t the Hamptons.

Goldstein: All of the legal media is certainly here – e.g., all of the S. Ct. press corps is here, though some have left. The legal media doesn’t have much in the way of press jockeying. Sometimes law firms or law schools will offer up their people, but that’s about it. For this, it’s the political people and interest groups who are jockeying, and they are doing it a ton. The rest of the media is here, and they make up the great majority of people. By week’s end, the non-Hispanic media will be pretty much gone.

Toobin: I don’t think it’s a huge mecca for legal media. A lot of people “cover” a confirmation hearing by watching it on TV. I am unaware of a single party. Perhaps I’m not invited.

Lithwick: If there are lots of parties I don’t know about ‘em. Yes every legal journo around is here. I am going to a book party tonight. But if its Court Nerd Sundance Festival I am not on the right lists.

Who knew “legal eagles” had such senses of humor! Read on here.

More Sotomayor Coverage Notes: CNN

Wolf Blitzer will anchor CNN’s special coverage of the confirmation hearings on Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination beginning Monday at 10am. Blitzer will be joined by CNN’s Gloria Borger, Candy Crowley, John King, Jessica Yellin, Jeffrey Toobin and CNN contributors Alex Castellanos and Maria Echaveste. Dana Bash and Brianna Keilar will report from the Hill.

And yes, King will make use of the magic wall to, according to the release, “report on Sotomayor’s relevant decisions, legal briefs and other documents from her years on the bench.” will also stream the confirmation hearings live in their entirety.

Previously Announced: C-SPAN, PBS

The New Yorker’s Love/Hate Relationship With Labash

Remember when Jeffrey Toobin, writing in the New Yorker, had to confess in June that he should have given a “shout-out” to Weekly Standard’s Matt Labash for Labash’s previous reporting on Toobin’s topic (Roger Stone)?

Well, call us a conspiracy theorist but, from the look of things, it sure looks like the New Yorker — this time in the form of Peter J. Boyer – might need to issue another shout-out to Labash.

Join us after the jump for the details.

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Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet the Press: Bill Clinton. Tom Brokaw will moderate a debate between Colorado Senate candidates Mark Udall (D) and Bob Schaffer (R).

  • Face the Nation: Barack Obama.

  • This Week: John McCain, and a roundtable with former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, The Washington Post’s Steve Pearlstein, The American Prospect’s Robert Reich, and ABC News’ George Will.

  • Fox News Sunday: Sen. Lindsey Graham, (R) South Carolina/McCain Supporter
    Sen. John Kerry, (D) Massachusetts/Obama Supporter and a panel with Brit Hume, Fox News Washington Managing Editor, Mara Liasson, National Public Radio & Fox News, Bill Kristol, Weekly Standard & Fox News, Juan Williams, National Public Radio & Fox News. And the Power Player of the Week is Dr. Cristian Samper, Director of the National Museum of Natural History.

  • Late Edition: Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari, New York Times’ Thomas Friedman, CNN’s Gloria Borger, CNN’s John King, CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin, GOP strategist Alex Castellanos, Dem strategist Hilary Rosen, GOP strategist Leslie Sanchez and Dem strategist Donna Brazile.

  • CN8′s Roll Call TV with Robert Traynham: Paul Waldman, Media Matters; Deborah Simmons, Washington Times; and David Drucker and Elizabeth Brotherton of Roll Call.

  • The Chris Matthews Show: David Brooks of the New York Times; Andrea Mitchell of NBC News; Eugene Robinson of the Washington Post; and Katty Kay, BBC Washington correspondent.

  • Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Former Secretary of State Lawrence Eagleburger and former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Richard Holbrooke.

  • Reliable Sources:’s Chris Cillizza, ABC’s Jake Tapper, CNN’s Jessica Yellin, GOP strategist Amy Holmes, New Republic’s Michelle Cottle, New York Times’ former investigative journalist David Cay Johnston and PBS’ David Brancaccio.

  • C-SPAN’s Newsmakers: DCCC Chair Chris Van Hollen will be interviewed by AP’s Charles Babington and Wall Street Journal’s Sarah Lueck.

  • GPS: Premier Wen Jiabao of China and Afghan President Hamid Karzai.

  • Inside Washington: Nina Totenberg of NPR, Washington Post Deputy Editorial Page Editor Colby King, Newsweek Assistant Managing Editor Evan Thomas, and Syndicated Columnist Charles Krauthammer.