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Quotes of the Day


“It is amazing how often anonymous quotes in Politico set the political agenda.” — WaPo Plumline Blogger Greg Sargent.

Congresswoman as CNN reporter?

“Hey CNN, not everyone knows who Debbie Wasserman-Schultz is. With her holding that CNN mic, she looks like a reporter.” — Yahoo! News’ Chris Moody.

Hacking is all the rage

“Our website has actually been hacked for the last 4 years. Sorry for all that bullshit.” — Fake Jim VandeHei in recent tweet.

Strange thoughts: A Santorum White House love room

“Rick Santorum would add a heterosexual love room to the White House.” — HuffPost Hill edited by Eliot Nelson answering CNN Wolf Blitzer‘s question to GOP candidates during a Monday night debate asking what they’d bring to the White House.

The Fashion Critic

“Bloomberg’s Adam Johnson should not be allowed to wear those clothes on TV. Whether anyone should is another matter.” — TIME‘s Michael Scherer.

Scribe suffers computer mishap

“Argh: splashed VERY TINY bit of coffee on mbook air, keyboard now has tourettes. Slit wrists now, turn off and leave for awhile, or what?” — Washington freelancer Moe Tkacik.

Editor faces BlackBerry annoyance

“How have two blackberry batteries died on me today? Seriously, this is why bb is inept.” — NJ “The Hotline” House Race Editor Jessica Taylor.

Debate night nachos ritual

“Stepping out for my debate night nachos ritual this evening. chili. with chips, of course.” — ABC News’ Rick Klein.

A happy belated birthday to….NJ Online Editor Ethan Klapper. His birthday was Monday. Apparently these cupcakes, made by Kiplinger‘s Caitlin Dewey, were part of the celebration. Klapper told FishbowlDC how he spent the day: “Had the day off and a bought a couch.”

For anyone who still cares… Actor Charlie Sheen will appear on “The Tonight Show With Jay Leno” on Thursday night.

Behar seeks guidance for Cheney interview today

“Dick Cheney is coming on The View tomorrow. What should I ask him?” — ABC “The View’s” Joy Behar.

Convo Between Two Internet Entities

WaPo liberal blogger and lead Boybander Ezra Klein: “Can anyone recommend a good place for a haircut in the 15th and L NW area?” Will Ez finally shave the sideburns?

Wadsworth, Ohio tweeter and FBDC regular Larry Kelly: “I thought your mom had been cutting your hair? #burn. Kelly wrote to us, “Ashamed of myself.”

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Quotes of the Day

Journo compares TV hits to sex life

“I think I’ve done more life [sic] tv and radio interviews in the last year than I have had sex.” — Labor journo Mike Elk.

The temptations of working at home

“Main problem with working at home: it’s 4 p.m., and I think that maybe it’s time for happy hour. #badidea.” — DCist’s Martin Austermuhle.

Weigel at war with Comcast

“Hey, @comcast — that’s 6 calls in a week asking me to expand my service. I’m a ‘no.’ Stop calling.” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel.

Question of the Hour: “Willie, how’s your ass?” — MSNBC “Morning Joe” Host Joe Scarborough to Co-host Willie Geist on this morning’s program. “Same as yesterday if you really want to know the truth,” Willie replied. (Whatever you’re thinking, Geist broke his tailbone.) Scarborough continued, “How long are you not going to be able to sit down?” Geist: “They say about six weeks.” Mike Barnicle chimed in, “Special underwear?”

Editor laments beloved pumpkin spice latte

“Sad I can’t enjoy a pumpkin spice latte this fall because it’s not sugar free. Hey @starbucks, you should work on that.” — NJ “The Hotline” House Race Editor Jessica Taylor. Taylor explained that sugar is off limits. “Sadly no, it’s a medical thing for now,” she said. “So Splenda it is for me.” Tuesday marked the return of the fall-themed latte. The Hill‘s Howeesha (a.k.a Judy Kurtz, daughter of infamous Howie K.) begs to differ on the allure of this pumpkin magic: “Love me some #Starbucks, but all this brouhaha about pumpkin spice lattes is nutty. Only place I prefer pumpkin is in pie form. #highonpie”

Publicist experiences raindrops as lullaby

“Is again apparently substituting thought for sleep–but the sound of the raindrops are a lovely, almost musical lullaby.” — D.C. uber-publicist Wendy Gordon in an overnight Facebook update.

A writer’s dark reaction to Italian murder

“You know what I care less about than an American convicted of murder in Italy? Because I don’t.” — Conservative writer and Contributor Derek Hunter. News outlets reported Tuesday that prosecutors may review DNA evidence in the murder case that convicted Amanda Knox of killing her British roommate Meredith Kercher.

NJ Removes Comments on Wu Story

Many sites grapple with the concept of commenters. Some journalists do too. Keep them. Lose them. Some scribes have strict self-policies to never read comments. So how much freedom is too much?

Politico has contemplated removing them, but so far hasn’t. The now defunct Politics Daily struggled with it and had a heavily moderated comment section — former Editor-in-Chief Melinda Henneberger once wondered to NPR whether publications are trading humanity for negative attention. And most recently a Capitol Hill publication was asked to remove comments beneath a post but the request was not honored.

In Tuesday’s NJ “Hotline On Call” story by Jessica Taylor on Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.), who had an allegedly “unwanted” sexual relationship with an 18-year-old daughter of a friend, commenters went to town. The conversation got so heated that one commenter, named Guest, had three comments removed. NJ makes it clear that they have the final say: “The National Journal Group has the right (but not the obligation) to monitor the comments and to remove any materials it deems inappropriate.”

Some comments that made the cut:

  • “Do the right thing and quit you sexual deviant.”
  • “A true piece of human waste.”
  • “Most of people who roots from China are not fit for any position in politic and judicial.  Generally they are very cruel with human beings. Of course, many are bright but see things and see people in a cheap and weird ways that most of Americans see and many others in Asia.  So don’t put these people in charge for anything.” [sic]

Read here.

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Major sigh of relief. Ed Henry may have switched employers moving from CNN to FNC, but they still let him take those beautiful photographs that he is wont to do: “Huge storm brewing in the sky over Washington’s Union Station,” he wrote with the accompanying picture.

Howiella nearly takes out three monks crossing K Street

“Typical DC morning: nearly ran over 3 jaywalking Buddhist monks on K Street. Whoops.” — The Hill‘s gossip scribe Judy Kurtz in a Tuesday tweet. Kurtz is the daughter to The Daily Beast’s D.C. Bureau Chief Howard Kurtz.

Bio of the Day

CBS’s new Chief White House Correspondent Norah O’Donnell: “Wife, mother of 3, CBS News Chief White House correspondent, #1 fan of @chefgeoffs.”

Modern mysteries

“.@tanabsie and I will never understand why people use the phone while using the facilities. So wrong!” — Politico‘s Amie Parnes in a Tuesday tweet. “Tanabsie” is Politico CLICK’s Karin Tanabe.

Journo dines on salmon and Seagram’s

“Salmon sandwich and Seagram’s Ginger Ale. Yeah, this is the most pretentious lunch I’ve had all week.” –  The Hill‘s Briefing Room reporter Daniel Strauss in a Tuesday tweet.

Luke Russert finds inner frat boy

“I can’t believe Semisonic has a greatest hits collection on iTunes. ‘Closing Time’ is in my top 5 of 90s song.” — NBC congressional reporter Luke Russert in a recent weekend tweet.

Weingarten: the smartass

WaPo Managing Editor Raju Narisetti wrote, “Wish people would stop saying Wow to everything they RT unless they are ‘overwhelmed with delight or amazement.’”  Weingarten had a one-word reaction: “Wow.”

Coffeemaker conks out on Hotline Editor

“Thanks, expensive Keurig coffee machine. You picked the perfect time to stop working — when I need caffeine to stay up for #CA36 returns.” — NJ The Hotline’s Jessica Taylor in a Tuesday night tweet.

A Quick Convo Between Two Jounros

Today’s conversation is between Roll Call’s John Stanton and Agence France Presse’s Olivier Knox.

Oliver Knox: Well, today *is* St Olivier’s Day on the French calendar. #threwmyselfaparty John Stanton: Ah yes, @OKnox i believe St. Olivier is patron saint of pederasts and diminutive malcontents. Olivier Knox: He ministered to the Stantons?

NJ Hotline Scribes Get Hammered at Watergate

NJ Hotline scribes who go to work at the crack of dawn have been roughing it at the Watergate these days with what appears to be severe daily hammering and drilling.

“I think the drilling is right over my head now. And it’s not helping the headache I woke up with either,” Hotline House Race Editor Jessica Taylor wrote on Twitter this morning. Her colleague, Chris Peleo-Lazar, a staff writer at The Hotline, is no less ruffled by the noise. “Alright drilling. we’re in a fight and I’m willing to commit a hate crime on you.”

The Watergate has been under construction for almost a year now, but in the past week, they’ve stepped up the early-hour hammering and drilling for two new office spaces. Reid Wilson, Editor-in-Chief of The Hotline, said he now has a bottle of Tylenol next to his ever-present giant bottle of Tums. He remarked to FishbowlDC this morning, “Been construction on various parts of the building for a few months as a few folks on other floors move around (I don’t know who, not NJ-related). The construction guys are very nice and keep the drilling/hammering etc. to non-business hours. The problem, for those of us who come in at 6am, is that non-business hours are our business hours!”

The drilling typically ceases by 9 a.m.

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“This thunderstorm smells so good from the steps of the National Gallery. Rain on stone.” — The Atlantic‘s Senior Editor Alexis Madrigal in a weekend tweet with this accompanying photograph.

Fake Jim says F–k You to Sports Tweeters

“[Insert unnecessary sports-related tweet on my twitter work account to demonstrate to people that I'm interesting]” — Fake Jim VandeHei in a weekend tweet.

Cute journo kid speaks up

“6 yr old: ‘It’s Mother’s Day, so mom doesn’t have to talk. I will speak for her.’” — NPR’s Steve Inskeep in a Sunday tweet.

Why Murphy wore Bow Tie on ‘MTP

“Re: bow-tie ?’s 1.) Yes, tied it myself 2.) Wore it in honor of my friend the late Kam Kuwata, who loved MTP, the Dem party, and bow ties.” — GOP Consultant Mike Murphy in a Sunday tweet. On Sunday morning he appeared on NBC’s “MTP” and subsequently got a variety of questions about his bow tie including a remark from host David Gregory that he was wearing it.

Just in case you need this editor…

“My phone is extremely dead while I’m out running errands so I’m on the back up. Try e-mail/facebook if you need me.” — Politico‘s Asst. Editor for “2012 Live” Jedd Rosche in a weekend tweet perhaps to fellow editors who think he may want to sleep, eat, breathe or do laundry on the weekends.

Tschida’s bus complaint

“Love being careless, but when the bus just never arrives it’s ANNOYING!” — ABC7′s Wild Train rider Stephen Tschida in a delicious weekend transportation tweet.

The perfect day: Pedicure and National Review

“Got a pedicure today and read National Review instead of Cosmo - great issue, esp on healthcare, Syria, Libya. Left mag behind for others.” — GOP Pundit and Fox News Contributor Dana Perino in a weekend tweet.

The Observer

“As a Southerner I love my hats, but the ones at the Derby this year seem crazier than usual. I blame the British.” –  NJ “The Hotline’s” Jessica Taylor in a weekend tweet.

A Boy Bander Given

“At a bar in Cleveland Park cultivating a smug sense of superiority.” — Juiceboxer Matt Yglesias, liberal blogger and Center for American Progress fellow, in a weekend tweet.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

On Thursday WUSA9′s DC Community Web Producer Simon Landau writes, “Tomorrow is Friday. After that it will be Saturday!” (Though he may be baiting us with this, we’re giving him the award anyhow. Congratulations Simon on this pointlessness.)

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day II

“It’s a beutlerful day.” — Slate‘s Chris Beam playing off — we can’t fathom why — TPM Brian Beutler‘s name.

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Reporter has insomnia

“This should be interesting. A radio interview after insomnia has kept me up since like 1 am.” — TWT‘s White House reporter Kara Rowland in a Tuesday morning tweet.

Fake Jim V.’s take on Obama speech tweeters

“No no, don’t tweet links to full speech. I’d rather read 140 characters of fragmented text at a time w/ horseshit analysis sprinkled on top.” – FakeJimVandeHei in a Monday night tweet.

Warring about the War of the Roses

TBD Community Engagement Director Steve Buttry and wife, Mimi, had some movie moments Monday with this exchange: Mimi: Watching “War of the Roses” and laughing. That always freaks @stevebuttry out. Buttry: You laugh in all the wrong places.

Phish, Pink, Britney: D.C. journos reveal varied musical preferences

“Hate repeating rumors, but hearing @phish second leg dates today.” — Politico‘s Jake Sherman in a Tuesday tweet.

“Downloaded Pink’s greatest hits before last trip — pretty good but not great.” — CNN’s Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry in a recent tweet.

“Listening to @BritneySpears’ new album #FemmeFatale while in line at DMV. It doesn’t disappoint if you like good club pop.” — Syndicated columnist and former Media Matters contributor Karl Frisch in a Tuesday morning tweet. We’re sure Britney got him through DMV hell.

A reporter copes with taxi shortage

“Is there a taxi strike today or something? Have gone 6 block and have yet to find a cab– none at either stand outside Watergate.” — NJ The Hotline’s Jessica Taylor in a Tuesday morning tweet.

What?! Jonah’s naked?

“Starting 2nd hour on 630WMAL. So far my nudity hasn’t been an issue.” — National Review Online‘s Jonah Goldberg in a Tuesday morning tweet.  [Insert body for radio joke here.]

Journo has gut feeling on Trump

“I know this is crazy, but a small part of me thinks that maybe Trump is just looking for some free publicity.” — RealClearPolitics’s Scott Conroy in a Monday tweet.

Blogger faces another doctor’s appointment

“The last time I felt this optimistic about a doctor’s appointment, I was told I’d need more surgery. Hope my gut is right this time.” — The Daily Caller‘s “Daily Trawler” blogger Jim Treacher (a.k.a. Sean Medlock) in a Tuesday morning tweet. Treach was hit by a State Department vehicle last year and has had multiple knee surgeries.

TWT scribe suggests Sheen strategy for Obama

“When people ask Obama, what’s the exit strategy? He should just say #winning.” — TWT‘s Eli Lake in a Monday night tweet.

NJ: New Year, New Hires

NJ is announcing four new hires: Tim Fernholz (above left), Jessica Taylor, Alissa Swango (above right), and Kevin Brennan.

Fernholz: Tax and Budget Correspondent

Previous job: The American Prospect

Taylor: House Race Hotline Editor for National Journal Hotline

Previous job: Politico

Swango: Asst. Digital Editor

Previous job: Chicago Tribune

Brennan: Staff reporter.

Previous job: Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism graduate student, where he wrote for the AP and AOL’s Politics Daily. Before that, he worked as an investigative analyst in New York’s District Attorney’s Office.

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Scribe loses voice

“Losing your voice is not a very good thing when it’s your job to ask questions. #lameduckcold.” — Politico‘s Shira Toeplitz in a Tuesday tweet.

TV journo refers to himself as ‘bucktooth fathead’

“Hey must confess. Don’t follow anyone cuz I just don’t know how. I’m really a simple guy. Just me and a very sick puppy.” — ABC7′s wild train rider Stephen Tschida in a Tuesday tweet, explaining why he has 623 followers but so far, follows no one. Later he shows symptoms of enthusiasm about what he’s doing, saying, “Oh, and how do I get rid of this god awful picture? Look like a bucktooth fathead! Who posted it anyway?” (Tschida needs a Twitorial and we’re willing to give it to him in exchange for an interview.)

Reporter takes stock of shoes and forks

“The number of shoes I have under my desk is astonishing. As is the number of forks I managed to hide away in my drawers.” — Politico‘s Jessica Taylor (soon to be NJ) in a Tuesday tweet. We find it nearly impossible to believe she has as many as Roll Call‘s Ali McSherry, who recently filled a huge gray tub with shoes left at the office.

CNN’s Henry Uncovers Obama’s Hawaii Arrival

“CNN obtained FAA advisory saying 10-mile no-fly zone around Honolulu Wed nite, 30 miles of “restricted” airspace starting Wed thru Jan 2.” — CNN’s Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry in a Tuesday tweet. CNN’s Sam Feist responds to that, saying, “Great reporting: @edhenrycnn figures out that Obama arrives in Hawaii Wed night b/c of quietly issued no-fly-zone there.” NBC’s Mike Viqueira weighs in on Henry’s presence in Hawaii in a Tuesday tweet, saying, “@edhenrycnn I think it would be most accurate to say that you are a slouch for being there with no POTUS in the first place. I’m jealous.”

Politics incites scissor gouging in reporter

“The Democrats endless wake for Dave Obey on the House floor is making me want to gouge my eyes out with scissors. #fb” — Human Events Senior Editor Emily Miller in a Tuesday tweet in what we assume is an expression of angst and not something she actually wants to do.

NJ Hooks Politico’s Taylor

Politico‘s Jessica Taylor is going to work for NJ to be the House Race Hotline Editor. Should the ever effusive memo from NJ Editor-in-Chief Ron Fournier come, we’ll bring it to you.

Taylor joined Politico in November 2009 as an assistant editor for the publication’s elections page. Before Politico, she was research director at the Almanac of American Politics. She was born and raised in Elizabethton, Tenn. — her bio says she maintains an affinity for sweet tea, real barbecue and Southeastern Conference football.

Politico‘s Shira Toeplitz is organizing Taylor’s goodbye party. The invitation is as follows:

Please join us Monday to say goodbye to Jessica Taylor, who is leaving POLITICO at the end of the month to take a job as House Race Hotline Editor at National Journal. Let’s say goodbye and good luck before she heads across the river for her new gig.

The Party

6:30pm to 8:30pm
Monday, Dec. 20
555 8th St NW (Chinatown/Gallery Place metro)

No RSVP necessary — just bring your awesome self to wish Jessica well. See you there!