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Politico Publishes 3-Day-Old Scarborough Blog Post

A new development in the ongoing mystery that is Joe Scarborough‘s curious relationship with Politico.

At 8:45 p.m. on Tuesday, Politico published a blog post written by the Republican commentator and MSNBC host headlined “Marco Rubio’s Risky Gamble.” It’s a four-paragraph opinion piece about the balancing act Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) is playing to avoid upsetting the conservative and moderate wings of the GOP.

The post only came three days after a separate Scarborough item, which is noteworthy considering how large swaths of time can pass between his posts. But even more noteworthy is that the Rubio item was posted already, in full, at Scarborough’s personal site three days ago (approximately 1.48 years in Politico time). Another element: Scarborough posted something new about Rep. Michele Bachmann‘s (R-Minn.) decision not to run for reelection on his personal site.

Why would Politico, a publication known for functioning in real time, post something so old? Read more

Mika Brzezinski Turns Into Weiner Police

This morning the news broke that ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) is running for Mayor of New York. Naturally the crew at MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” would discuss it.

But how? What parameters?

If you’re the show’s Co-host Mika Brzezinksi, is the best option to behave gingerly and timidly? What, no weiner jokes? No talk of penis selfies? Seems she wants to find a cautious way to cover the story, if only Joe Scarborough will play along.

“Okay, alright, she began, spreading her arms. “Let’s just, no, we’re not doing that.” No one at the roundtable had done anything — yet.

“Chuck, don’t,” she scolded before NBC Political Director Chuck Todd, in Washington, could even speak. “Don’t egg him on,” she adds, referring to Scarborough, who began by introducing Politico‘s Executive Editor Jim VandeHei to the show.

He called VandeHei “head of the Weiner beat.” The Politico editor laughed and said its telling how the show’s guests reacted while watching Weiner’s video announcing his run. “Well, I think that it’s interesting that when you played the video everybody at the table started laughing,” said Vandehei. “That’s usually not a great start to a campaign. … There’s no doubt the backdrop is going to be that embarrassing picture. And, by the way, he said there’s more, there might be more out there.”

“Alright, behave,” said Mika to no one in particular and everyone. “Stop,” she said repeatedly, even when nothing torrid was voiced.

Despite Mika’s weiner policing, the conversation eventually turns a sharp corner to those nasty naked dick pics that Weiner sent to virtual female girlfriends while in Congress.  Read more

Politico Playbook Cocktails With Joe and Mika

Next Thursday could get rough.

At 4 p.m. Mika Brzezinkzi will appear at Politics & Prose to promote her new book, Obsessed: America’s Food Addiction – and My Own. Then at 6:30 p.m. she heads to Politico Playbook cocktails at the Mayflower where she’ll be joined by Co-host Joe Scarborough. Together they’ll face the evil, formidable duo of Mike Allen and Jim VandeHei.

Watch out Mika! Maybe bow out now?

We’re joking, of course. With Politico and MSNBC increasingly solidifying an iron-strong bond with Joe writing a blog for Politico and Politico reporters appearing on their show several times a week, no doubt the interview will be as relaxed as can be as they have an “evening conversation” about politics and Mika’s new book.

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‘Top Journalist’ Mike Allen Guesses His Role In Leibovich Book

If nothing else, Politico, along with its Executive Editor Jim VandeHei and Chief White House Correspondent Mike Allen, come off completely self-aware in the latest installment of their “Behind the Curtain” series. That is, VandeHei and Allen know they’re in no small way a part of D.C.’s often narcissistic, cynical culture.

In the piece, Allen refers to himself as one of Washington’s “top journalists” and he and VandeHei speculate that Allen is the focus of “at least a chapter” in NYT Chief National Correspondent Mark Leibovich‘s forthcoming book This Town.

“We won’t love the book, either,” Allen and VandeHei write. “It is clear that POLITICO and [Allen's] Playbook are portrayed as enablers of the culture Leibovich lampoons.”

Aside from Politico‘s “Behind the Curtain” the story being largely about… Read more

Politico’s VandeHei Debuts First Tweet

This is either the start of something really great or the end of the world as we know it.

Politico‘s Executive Editor Jim VandeHei, who has had an official Twitter account for a good while but has never used it, issued his first-ever tweet just moments ago. It concerned his wife, Autumn VandeHei.

Burning questions: Will Politico‘s Exec. Editor take over for @FakeJimVandeHei, VandeHei’s alter ego mystery account, and tweak Politico reporters and WaPo? Will VandeHei turn into a relentless tweeter/retweeter (think TIME‘s Zeke Miller), hang out at Outbeak Steakhouse on the weekends and tweet whatever he sees (a la BuzzFeed‘s John Stanton) or start a war against the Twitter apostrophe (hello TPM‘s Josh Marshall)? Or will he follow a less is more strategy?

Wife of Politico Journo Gets Into Groceries

Danielle Vogel, wife of Politico’s Ken Vogel gets a big writeup in Wednesday’s WaPo Food section. She’s opening “Glen’s Garden Market” just north of Dupont Circle. According to the profile, by WaPo’s Tim Carman, every “1,100-plus items on the shelves will come from regional producers, each personally selected by Vogel.” Sounds like a grueling process, but compared to working for Jim VandeHei, it should be a cakewalk.

Sure, everyone likes “local” and “farm to table” these days, but Vogel takes this work very seriously. Carman tells the story of her tenacity over a peanut order:

“When a Virginia peanut producer told her the company was going to shift its warehouse operations to New Jersey, Vogel was ready to cancel her orders. She couldn’t stomach the thought of all that fossil fuel burned to truck Virginia peanuts to New Jersey, only to have the goods shipped right back to the District. Her stance led to a surprising result: The company agreed to package and send Vogel her orders straight from Virginia.”

It is particularly interesting that WaPo published such a high profile piece on the spouse of a Politico reporter considering the bad blood that has existed between the organizations. Have the wounds healed? Are we seeing a blossoming friendship? (Probably not. Still, good of WaPo to be above competitive squabbling and print a worthy story.)

 

CBS’s Major Garrett Plays Soccer?

Not that we’re doubting his skills or anything, but next week CBS News Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett will play in Politico‘s organized soccer event with the U.S. Soccer Foundation at Galludet University. He’s the sole journalist mentioned as a participant. No doubt he’ll be the shirtiest player there.

Players (yes, some will just be watching): Reps. Mike Doyle (D-Pa.); Joe Kennedy (D-Mass.); Daniel Lipinski (D-Ill.); Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.); Mike McIntyre (D-N.C.); Luke Messer (R-Ind.); Jim McDermott (D-Wash.); Dave Reichert (R-Wash.); Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) (she’ll watch; an aide will be designated for a penalty kick); Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.); Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Todd Young (R-Ind.).

Also participating: Jürgen Klinsmann, U.S. men’s national soccer coach; former U.S. national team players John Harkes, Cobi Jones, Eddie Pope, Claudio Reyna, Tiffany Roberts Sahaydak, Juergen Sommer; and members of D.C. United.

Speakers: According to a release from Politico, U.S. Soccer Foundation President & CEO Ed Foster-Simeon; Co-Chair of the Congressional Soccer Caucus, Rep. Chris Van Hollen; Politico Exec. Editor Jim VandeHei; Chief White House Correspondent Mike Allen; Johnson & Johnson’s Roberto Marques and Gallaudet University Provost Stephen Weiner. WTOP Radio’s Dave Johnson, who is also D.C. United’s television play-by-play voice, will emcee the event.

The event benefits Soccer for Success, the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s free soccer-based after-school program that uses soccer “as a tool to combat childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles for children in under-resourced urban communities.”

If you’re interested in playing or signing up your children for a clinic, visit here.

UPDATE: We’ll be updating the members of Congress who are actually playing soccer next week. The release was confusing and we’re getting clarity. For instance, as we added above, Slaughter will be watching only.

UPDATE 2: And now, a moment of clarity. Lawmakers who will actually play in the game are: Joe Kennedy (D-Mass.)’s wife; Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.); Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.); and Todd Young (R-Ind.). Rep. Adam Smith intended to play but now cannot make the event. We’ve changed the above to reflect that.

 

All others will participate in penalty kicks or designate a staffer to kick for them.


 

Politico BFF’s Run Cherry Blossom 10-Miler

What do you get when you cross two Politico writers with running shoes? No, this isn’t an April Fool’s joke. The answer: Executive Editor Jim VandeHei and Playbook author Mike Allen running the Cherry Blossom 10-miler on Sunday.

VandeHei’s time: Clock Time: 1:37:32 Net Time: 1:27: 57 (Gender place: 3458)

Allen’s time: Clock Time: 1:37:32 Net Time: 1:27:56 (Gender place: 3456)

VandeHei and Allen ran it with VandeHei’s brother-in-law, Dale Schuurman. The trio apparently ran together and finished simultaneously — one for all, all for one. Technically we think this means Allen beat VandeHei, although, if true, it was only by a one-second margin. Likely no long lasting resentments will arise.

Way Too Early With Politico?

Politico is taking no sleep to a new level.

At 5:50 a.m. this morning,  a roundtable of Politico Executive Editor Jim VandeHei, Mike Allen, Maggie Haberman took over MSNBC’s “Way Too Early” program to do a segment called “Politico Wake-Up Call.”

The interesting part? NO MSNBC hosts were on set. Just Politico. Last week while hosts Joe Scarborough and Mika Brezezinski were on vacation, the trio showed up on “Morning Joe” for a segment.

New show brewing?

 

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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