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Duffy Buttry in shades. (The pooch belongs to JRC Employee and former TBDer Steve Buttry and wife, Mimi.)

TBD reporter longs for longer hair

“Sometimes I miss having long hair.” — TBD‘s Jeremy Binckes in a Tuesday tweet.

A WaPo columnist’s sure fire solution to nation’s problems

“Maybe divine intervention is the realistic solution to this problem,” — WaPo Columnist E.J. Dionne on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow program Tuesday night.

The Observer

“The way Jay Carney just attacked Chuck Todd for asking a very legitimate question was very Robert Gibbs-like.” — Rory Cooper, Communications Director for Heritage Foundation, in a Tuesday tweet.

The Observer II

“Wow. A really … odd guy with a megaphone outside the WH. Even weirder than the norm.” — TWT White House reporter Kara Rowland in a Tuesday tweet.

WaPo blogger critiques the critics

“The economy is about to crater, but reporters are spending time trying to discredit each other’s reporting.” — WaPo‘s Greg Sargent who writes “The Plum Line” in a Tuesday tweet.

Bio of the Day

Politico‘s Jennifer Epstein: “Her senior thesis, ‘Slaves and Slavery at Princeton’ was the first extended examination of the university’s ties to slavery and won the C.O. Joline Prize for American History.”

Journo Hate

“Aww, thin-skinned @DavidShuster blocked me, just like his boss @KeithOlbermann. The shit doesn’t fall far from the asshole, or something.” — Conservative writer and radio host Derek Hunter in a Tuesday tweet. Hunter helped found The Daily Caller.

Former WHCA dinner guest weighs in on underground acne

“#IHateItWhen You can feel a zit coming on but can’t see it yet so you don’t know where to put the acne medicine.” — The lovely Alyssa Milano in a Tuesday tweet. She attended the White House Correspondent Assoc. Dinner in late April and many of the red carpet events that went along with it.

Journo has amnesia?

“Where there’s smoke, there’s fire. Now that TWO Democrats participated in lewd sexual behavior forcing resignations, how many other dems do?” — The Daily Caller‘s Matthew Boyle in a Tuesday tweet. Of course he fails to mention the litany of R’s who’ve also been involved in sex scandals including former Sen. Larry Craig, former S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford, former Sen. John Ensign, former Speaker Newt Gingrich, former Rep. Mark Foley and the shirtless former Rep. Chris Lee, to name more than a few.

 

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Unlike Clinton’s Reines, NRSC flak drinks D.C. tap water

“Not sure its newsworthy but FWIW I like to keep it interesting and drink the DC tap water.” — NRSC Spokesman Brian Walsh in a Tuesday tweet. He’s making fun of the WaPo profile written on Sec. of State Hilary Clinton flak Philippe Reines, who, for the profile offers the writer “helpful” tips on “color” about him. One of the stupider examples is that Reines doesn’t drink D.C. tap water.

Weiner’s ‘ultimate blow

“BREAKING: In ultimate blow, Dem leadership forces Weiner to pull his self-nomination for The Hill‘s ’50 Most Beautiful’ contest.” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin in a Tuesday tweet.

Politico reporter attended same high school as Gov. Christie

“Chris Christie’s interview with Piers M. was conducted at my (his) high school. Didn’t love it there but glad to see it.” — Politico‘s Jennifer Epstein in a Tuesday tweet.

Journo love

“Things won’t be the same around here without @frates, a real gentleman who always proves that chivalry isn’t dead.” — Politico‘s Amie Parnes in a Tuesday tweet. She’s referring to Chris Frates who’s moving to NJ.

Conspiracy Theories

“First Weinergate, now Hef calls off wedding hmmm …” — CNN Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry in a Tuesday tweet.

Sklar’s charge: Few women in Page One

“I loved Page One. It was a great documentary. But it was depressing how few women made the cut, to speak, from the NYT and outside.” — Mediaite Editor-at-Large Rachel Sklar in a Tuesday tweet. Page One gets screened in D.C. tonight with a Q & A with some of the documentary’s stars.

A brief episode of The Nerdy Shore

“Looking for a good aftermarket power adapter for my two-year-old Macbook. Anyone particularly enamored by theirs?” — WaPo liberal blogger and Nerdy Shore cast member Ezra Klein in a Tuesday tweet.

Reporter falls for his soup

“I love you, Chicken Enchilada Soup from Chili’s.” — The Atlantic‘s Joshua Green in a Tuesday tweet.

Weiner humor

“I cannot get my hands around this whole Weiner story…” — Comedian Ali Wentworth in a Tuesday tweet. She’s the wife of ABC GMA Host George Stephanopoulos.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“Did not realize that patch-covered heavy-metal jean vests were called ‘battle jackets.’” — Reason Associate Editor Peter Suderman in a Tuesday tweet. Neither did we, Peter, and we still don’t care. You may think we’re insulting you, but it takes talent to win this award. Just ask Metro Weekly‘s Sean Bugg, who has filled this slot many times.

Politico’s Kady Details Internal Shuffle

Politico Congressional Editor Martin Kady details the internal shifting of some reporters. He also gives a heartfelt sendoff to Meredith Shiner, who’s going to work for Roll Call. “Meredith has a special place in POLITICO’s heart, starting off here working as Glenn Thrush’s unpaid intern,” Kady wrote, referring to one of Politico‘s White House scribes. “She not only didn’t run screaming from the confines of Thrushworld, she thrived, and quickly made her way into full time reporting.” Kady also gives her props for going to Tucson on two hours notice to cover the Gabby Giffords shooting.

Other changes: Seung Min Kim transfers from the publication’s Arena section to become a congressional reporter. Reid Epstein, a new hire from Newsday, will join Jennifer Epstein and Gregg Birnbaum on the breaking news team. By Labor Day, Reid will relocate to the Congress team. Meanwhile, Erika Lovley moves to the Arena section.

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WEINERMANIA STRIKES WASHINGTON

“You know who would be hysterical on this Congressman Weiner business? Congressman Weiner.” — Slate‘s John Dickerson in a Wednesday tweet.

“Amazing that Anthony Weiner has dislodged Sarah Palin from the cable universe. That’s one powerful Weiner.” — WSJ White House Reporter Jonathan Weisman in a Wednesday tweet.

“Couldn’t Weiner put on some gray shorts, get to the same, uh, level, and then take a photo and compare?” — Politico‘s Jennifer Epstein in a Wednesday tweet.

“75% of the things said to me today would be characterized as sexual harassment had ‘Weinergate’ not made it ‘acceptable.’ — Politico‘s Meredith Shiner in a Wednesday tweet.

“Ok, so Rep. Weiner can’t answer with certitude…what about magnitude?” — D.C. Attorney Donald Edmond in a Wednesday tweet.

“Are these your underpants?” — CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in an interview with Weiner.

Anthony Weiner made about six penis jokes while talking to reporters, standing outside the House floor. He has NO RESPECT for the office.” – TWT Opinion Writer Emily Miller in a Wednesday tweet.

“And if this latest photo controversy ends with the CIA showing pictures of Congressman Weiner‘s crotch to members of the Senate’s military and intelligence committees, we quit.” — Wednesday night edition of HuffPost Hill.

“For once, ‘boxers or briefs?’ would be relevant.” — Slate‘s Christopher Beam in a Wednesday tweet.

“Since Rep. Weiner ‘can’t say with certitude’ if that’s his junk or not, does that mean some poor sap might be Weiner’s ‘wiener doppelgänger’” — Derek Hunter, conservative writer and radio host who helped found The Daily Caller, in a Wednesday tweet.

“So will all of this mean that, once the dust settles, Rep. Anthony Weiner is going to become … a sex symbol?!?” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin in a Wednesday tweet.

“The one thing Anthony Weiner might be thankful for: SNL is off for the summer.” — MSNBC’s Courtney Hazlett in a Wednesday tweet.

“I can’t imagine a #weinergate scenario that is actually worse than what is happening for Rep. Weiner.” –  The Daily Caller‘s Jonathan Strong in a Wednesday night tweet.

Savannah prepares to say goodbye to Chuck

“Can’t believe it – only two more days w @chucktodd on @dailyrundown. We’ll see you for a packed show at 9a.” — NBC’s Savannah Guthrie in a Thursday morning tweet. She’s leaving “The Daily Rundown” with co-host Chuck Todd to move to the third hour of the “TODAY” show.

Look who’s jealous of Weiner!

“Rep. Weiner has increased his twitter followers by 11k. A pic that ‘started out’ of me in briefs will be tweeted shortly.” — Mediaite‘s Dan Abrams in a Wednesday night tweet.

Incest Desk Alert

Kurt Bardella just sent me a press release: ‘Darrell Issa to Elizabeth Warren: Clear your calendar’” — WSJ‘s Victoria McGrane in a Wednesday tweet. HuffPost Hill writes: “Feel like I fell through a worm hole.” (h/t to HuffPost Hill for this item.) In explanation: Bardella is the former and fired flack to Rep. Issa (R-Calif.).

 

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CBS News Radio’s Mark Knoller: “Pres. Obama – in white tie & tails – is escorted into State Dinner at Buckingham Palace by the Queen.

Journos react to Bibi’s speech before Congress

“The whiteness of Boehner’s fingertips is extremely distracting.” — National Review Online‘s Jonah Goldberg in a Tuesday tweet.

“Bibi playing Congress like a violin. #bibilovefest.”  — Mother Jones Washington Bureau Chief David Corn in a Tuesday tweet. He later added, “Bibi turns US Congress into a prop. End of story.”

“Bachmann seated w/ DeMint in senators’ section for Netanyahu. Better visibility.” — NJ‘s Jim O’Sullivan in a Tuesday tweet referring to Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) and Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.).

“Of all the members of Congress greeted by Netanyahu, only Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-NJ, scored a cheek kiss. #bromance.” — NJ‘s Susan Davis in a Tuesday tweet. (After the speech we saw Rep. Ileana Ros Lehtinen (R-Fla.) get a European-style double cheek kiss.)

Roland rolls over Ingraham on Guinness remarks

“Laura Ingraham is whining about Obama drinking a Guinness while in Ireland. Seriously? Get a life!” — Washington Watch’s Roland Martin in a Tuesday tweet. Read here for more.

A vital question

“@jonallendc Are you using your morning political newsletter to hit on girls again?” — Fake Jim VandeHei in a Monday tweet regarding Politico reporter Jonathan Allen.

More from London…

Hillary is sitting next to Prince Charles. Kind of think he has more in common with Bill.” — Politico‘s Jennifer Epstein in a Tuesday tweet.

“#Obama w/ Sasha/Malia tidbit. Royal carriage ride on palace grounds for First Daughters.”What I did on my spring break” essay will be easy.”– NBC Capitol Hill Correspondent Kelly O’Donnell in a Tuesday tweet.

Journo thinks outside the box

“If Dems can’t find a candidate to run against Scott Brown, they should run John Kerry‘s hair. It could get at least 30% of the vote.” — NJ‘s Susan Davis in another Tuesday tweet.

 

 

 

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An Ed Henry special. The CNN Senior White House Correspondent snapped the above picture on his approach into Dublin.

End of the World Journo Fantasies

“Wonder how many people tonite are in bed, shouting ‘oh my God/oh my God!’ believing they’re doing it for the last time.” — Mother Jones Washington Bureau Chief David Corn in a weekend tweet.

“Not even the threat of the #rapture can halt my feverish pocket-dialing.” — Politico‘s Dave Catanese in a weekend tweet.

“Wow, we’re really talking about end of days. That in and of itself is weird. In any case, I’m good to go. I went to Baylor.” — Albuquerque Journal D.C. Bureau Chief Michael Coleman in a weekend tweet.

“Doing dishes and cleaning my place. Would really suck if the rapture came and this were my last hours on Earth.” — Washington Examiner op-ed writer Philip Klein in a weekend tweet.

ABC News White House Correspondent Jake Tapper: “Morning dove and baby in tree near ABC News WH N Lawn position.”

Staying on ‘massage’ vs. ‘message’

“At Hamilton commencement. Al Gore is speaking. I’m looking forward to his massage. Oops, I mean message.” — Borowitz Report founder and comedian Andy Borowitz in a weekend tweet referencing Gore’s alleged massage scandal in Portland, Ore. in which a woman said the former Veep groped her and made unwanted sexual advances during a massage. Police never pursued the allegations citing insufficient evidence.

Incest Desk

“@jmartpolitico: RT @BetsyMTP: Paul Ryan tells #MTP that Mitch Daniels called him last night to tell him the news that he was not going to run.” — A couple known for retweeting each other: Politico‘s Jonathan Martin and “MTP” Executive Producer Betsy Fischer.

Reporter duo pulls near all-nighter

“Now, finally, it’s time to go to sleep. glad this didn’t happen on a weeknight, then I’d have to be up in another hour and 45 minutes.” — Politico‘s Jennifer Epstein in a really early Sunday morning tweet.  Epstein and colleague Maggie Haberman stayed up into the wee hours working on the Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels isn’t running for prez story.

A baiting Chuck Todd?

“Who will Bushies turn their lonely eyes to now with Daniels out? Christie? Ryan? Jeb? Or will they finally choose between Mitt and Pawlenty?” — NBC News’s Chuck Todd in a Sunday morning tweet.

ABC7′s Tschida takes action with troubling hairdo

“This high hair has me taking drastic measures. Getting the chemical treatment NOW!” — ABC7 Reporter Stephen Tschida in a weekend tweet. We reported last week that Tschida was stressing out about his locks that were apparently behaving badly in the humidity.

Why Schwarzenegger wasn’t on WaPo‘s front page

“I think there’s a squeamishness about being considered a serious paper when you do have a story that does have a tabloid feel about it.” — WaPo Reliable Source co-author Amy Argetsinger on her Sunday appearance on CNN “Reliable Sources” discussing why WaPo didn’t put the Arnold Schwarzenegger love child story on the front page. Had it been her call, Argetsinger said the story would have gone on the front page instead of inside in her column.

Overreacting journo

“To whomever made the decision to turn the Guitar Shop in Dupont Circle into a bar: Go f@ck yourself.” — TPM‘s Brian Beutler in a weekend tweet.

Editor has a headache

“Yet another half a day of tribute paid to the migraine gods.” — Reason Magazine Associate Editor Peter Suderman in a weekend tweet.

Politico Reporter Gets Enagaged

Politico‘s Kendra Marr announced her engagement on Twitter yesterday and received congratulatory notes, including a tweet from colleague Jennifer Epstein that said, “Way to win the weekend!” Another came in from Fake Jim VandeHei that could never really be representative of real H.R. policy, saying, “Congrats! No honeymoon/maternity leave until pawlenty drops out!”

Congratulations to Kendra and her fiancé, Brian.

Journos Weigh in on Daily Caller’s Newest Hire

The Interwebz are abuzz with news that the Daily Caller has hired Ginni Thomas.  The Tea Party activist, anti-health care reform lobbyist, and the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas will serve as a special correspondent for the Caller.

In a Business Wire story this morning, Daily Caller publisher Neil Patel said, “Ginni is always upbeat, she has an unbelievable amount of energy and enthusiasm and she knows our political system as well as anyone in Washington. We could not imagine a better person to take on this role.”

But others are wondering if all that energy is really enough to work as a journalist. And most are coming to the conclusion that no, it probably isn’t.

Slate‘s Dave Weigel writes about Ginni Thomas’ “misadventures” and career changes over the past year or so and says “she prefers to ignore requests and then snipe [journalists] from some safe vantage point about how unfair they are to her.”

Jennifer Epstein and Ken Vogel at Politico report: “Thomas comes to the Daily Caller job without any journalism experience, though in a speech last year she did encourage supporters to stop following traditional media and to instead turn to cable news, the Internet and her own website to find information. Blasting people with ‘an extreme point of view’ who have ‘burrowed into the media, our churches, schools and publishing houses,’ she suggested listening to conservative talkers Rush Limbaugh and Mark Levin instead.” Vogel wondered on Twitter: “Given her difficulty holding a job, how long before Ginni Thomas quits @DailyCaller” before linking to Weigel’s piece.

Salon‘s Alex Pareene headlines his post: “Tucker Carlson hires Ginni Thomas to interview people, for some reason” and refers to Thomas as a “paranoid conservative activist.” Pareene’s “not convinced she can string together coherent sentences. She’s a paranoid weirdo who seems more than slightly dumb.” No mincing of words there.

The Daily Beast joked that “even detractors are greeting her hire with an admission that she’s willing to make the tough phone calls, a skill that should hold her in good stead in journalism,” referring to an odd phone call Thomas made to Anita Hill in October, requesting an apology for sexual abuse allegations Hill made about Clarence Thomas during his Senate confirmation hearings more than 20 years ago.

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Question for area journos: Sure the downpour was heavy over the weekend, but would you ever be caught in WaPo rain boots? A FishbowlDC reader sent in this photograph after spotting them inside Union Station at Comfort One Shoes.

Reporter spots unfortunate truths about Washington

“D.C.: Where you can’t walk 20 ft without being greeted by either a clipboard or a jangling cup of coins.” — WaPo feature writer Dan Zak in a weekend tweet.

Over the mountain and through the woods…

“Driving on a mountain road to a remote village.  Really interesting. Couldn’t fly today – but we could drive!” — FNC anchor Bret Baier in a weekend tweet en route to a village called Wardack west of Kabul. He posted the picture (at right) online.

D. Shuster: The Critic

“@davidgregory Is M. Bachman really worthy of MTP? I’ll keep an open mind on assumption you grill her on her nutjob quotes. Lots of material.” — Ex-MSNBCer David Shuster in a weekend tweet questioning Rep. Michele Bachmann‘s (R-Minn.) appearance this weekend on NBC’s MTP.

Capehart employs Sheen lingo

“Saw “The King’s Speech” tonight. #WINNING” — WaPo‘s Jonathan Capehart in a weekend tweet.

Touby gets bitched out by JWoww and dirty looks from Snooki

“Who is [Snooki]? Whoever she is, she’s in the seat in front of me and a self-important bitch. She snarled at me!” — Mediabistro Founder Laurel Touby in a weekend tweet. (See full story momentarily….)

WH journo out on the town

“This is a disaster zone. How did I ever consider this appealing? #lookatyourlifelookatyourchoices.” — MetroWeekly‘s Senior Political Reporter  Chris Geidner in a weekend tweet. On the evening of this message, he was at Cobalt bar off Dupont Circle. He says this quote likely would have applied to any bar — he’s not a huge bar scene aficionado.

Where’s the outrage?

“Nice to see the Gap’s sexualizing of infants extends to boys too. This = size 3 mos.” — Politico‘s snappy observer Molly Ball in a weekend tweet. The T-shirt says: “Lock Up Your Daughters.”

Reporter is cat-friendly

“Okay off to buy kitty litter. Ah the glamour of the pundit’s life.” — NationalReviewOnline‘s Jonah Goldberg in a weekend tweet.

Politico reporter wins his birthday

“Happy birthday to a very precocious @zackpolitico who just celebrated 2-2. #winningthebirthday.” — Politico‘s Jennifer Epstein in a weekend tweet in what is one of countless variations on “Winning the Morning.” Happy Birthday to Zack Abrahamson.  The word “winning” has, of course, become a constant in the Urban Charlie Sheen Dictionary.

Surprise pairing: Knoller and Gaga?

“Sign of of the Apocalypse. Someone puts me in the same list of #FFs with @LadyGaGa.” — CBS News Radio White House Correspondent Mark Knoller in a weekend tweet.

Anticipation is…

“I’m in the middle of writing about Charlie Sheen for next week’s The Daily Beast: 3000 words and I’m not using the term #tigerblood once.” — Author Bret Easton Ellis in a weekend tweet.

Pickup line of the weekend

“Hey, there, wanna see my byline?” — MetroWeekly‘s Co-Publisher Sean Bugg in a weekend tweet.

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