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But, I DID see a Wolf on my TV – “I didn’t see any deer in Deer Valley, Utah but saw six in Bethesda, Md. I did see a Moose in Deer Valley.” – CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on his recent travels.

This could be bad if it was taken out of context – “You got full-frontal nudity, dude.” Politico’s Glenn Thrush, who tweeted that comment to fellow Politico Jake Sherman. Thrush was joking that his new e-book may have been upstaged by Sherman and John Bresnahan‘s story on Congressional skinny-dipping.

Grabby isn’t the best choice of words – “Up for grabs. Michelle Fields Out at Daily Caller..” – Accuracy in Media’s Don Irvine in response to our story about Michelle Fields and the Daily Caller parting ways.

Feel the Burn – “Worked out with Paul Ryan this morning. Ok, in the same room as Paul Ryan. Stay tuned for my blog post on the subject…” – NPR’s WH Correspondent Ari Shapiro

Eddie Scarry contributed to this report.

Fmr. Politico Reporter Criticizes Politico

Coming soon: A Guide to Burning Bridges by Andy Barr.

Barr, a former Politico reporter who is now working as Communications Director for the Richard Carmona Senate campaign, has openly criticized his former employer in a seething, sarcastic tweet.A little background: In 2003 Cristina Beato was named Asst. Sec. of Health, but not without ensuing confirmation controversy. Barr is ragging on a story published today by John Bresnahan and Manu Raju. The story has Beato trashing Carmona. This is Barr’s turf and one he’s obviously protecting.

Politico’s oh so credible source couldn’t get confirmation because she “fabricated or inflated portions of her résumé”

— Andy Barr (@AndyBarr34) May 21, 2012

Update and correction: Barr left his job working for the Arizona Democratic Party four months ago to work for the Carmona campaign. We’ve corrected the above to reflect this.

ABC’s Tapper Lands A Third Merriman Smith Award

For the third year in a row the White House Correspondents’ Association is awarding ABC’s Jake Tapper with the Merriman Smith Award for Broadcast Excellence in Presidential Coverage.

Tapper is receiving the award for breaking the news in August that Standard and Poor had decided to downgrade the U.S’ credit rating.

“We don’t get to say anything at these dinners – mercifully, for the audience – but if I got a chance there are two points I’d make. (Hopefully before the orchestra starting playing),” Tapper said in an email to FishbowlDC.

“First, there’s no way I could ever even get my socks on in the morning , much less break news, were it not for my amazing and unbelievably tolerant and loving wife, and the most talented White House team a correspondent could have – ABC News’ Stephanie Smith, Mary Bruce, Barry Freeman, Devin Dwyer, Jon Garcia and Ann Compton.

“Second, no one ever thanks SOURCES, but deserving of gratitude are the anonymous officials and whistleblowers and honest-brokers who behind the scenes fundamentally respect the need of journalists to report so the public can know what’s going on beyond the rhetoric and press releases. This is an especially important group to honor given recent aggressive efforts to clamp down on government whistleblowers.”

ABC News President Ben Sherwood is, of course, ecstatic: “A modern news machine, Jake keeps newsmakers honest and his audience informed around-the-clock,” he said in a release. “We are thrilled that Jake has been recognized again for his excellence and scoops.”

WaPo‘s Scott Wilson and Politico‘s Glenn Thrush, Carrie Budoff Brown, Manu Raju and John Bresnahan were also selected as recipients of the Merriman.

The WHCA will present the awards at the annual dinner on April 28.

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Tense newsroom phone call

“From overhearing one side of @michaelschaffer’s phone call, sounds like Washington Post is unhappy about this.” –WCP‘s Mike Madden, who linked to this story about a certain detail they say WaPo blatantly missed. WaPo‘s Vernon Loeb, meanwhile, claims it was a matter of emphasis.

Whoa! Politico‘s Bresnahan joins Twitter?

“Is he aware Twitter is not a snack food?” — Roll Call‘s Paul Singer initial (joking) reaction to Politico‘s Capitol Hill warlord John Bresnahan joining Twitter. He soon added, “Kidding aside, you should follow .@brespolitico. There is no reporter in DC I respect more.” So far, Bresnahan hasn’t tweeted a single message. Stay tuned…

Politico teaches Wemple art of self-congratulation

“There’s a brighter side, however, and it relates to Politico’s clever twist of logic-in-service-of-self-congratulation. If the paper can say it’s the No. 1 preference of Washington readers among four competitors, then I can say I’m the No. 1 tennis player in the world among my closest friends. Thanks, Politico! ” — WaPo Erik Wemple‘s take on a new Politico ad in which they claim they are the most read paper on Capitol Hill among The Hill, CQ Weekly, NJ and Roll Call.

From the Road

“Restaurant next to my Jacksonville hotel called The Tilted Kilt, which hotel manager discouraged, calling it a ‘Scottish Hooters.’ Oh.”– CNN’s “Piers Morgan Tonight” Senior Digital Producer Steve Krakauer.

Investigative reporting at a glance…

“Bonus of spending time on trail: Returning to find your coffee mugs were tossed out.” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel. WaPo’s Erik Wemple: “Did you leave’em in the sink?” Weigel: “Indeed! A cleaning person who had washed them was replaced by one who did not.”

Tale of the Tape: Wu Resignation

For the past hour, news of Rep. David Wu‘s (D-Ore.) resignation from Congress amid allegations of unwanted sex with a teenager has been breaking around town and across the country. How are the publications breaking the news and who is doing it best?

Politico: Red banner alert at the top of the homepage. Time: 12:10 p.m. No story at the time of the alert. At 12:48 the red banner is gone and website’s homepage is all Wu with a full story by John Bresnahan recapping the news since Friday. This story comes with comments from Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley supporting Wu’s decision to step down immediately.

HuffPost: Wu is an afterthought on this site compared to the others. The story is the fifth one down in the middle column. Time: 12:17 p.m. They run their own generic intro with a copy of AP’s story below it.

USA TODAY: Lengthy story with previously reported news that emerged this week about Wu, including remarks that had already been reported from Wu’s friend Rep. David Larson (D-Conn.). Time: 12:22 p.m.

Fox News: A web story at 12:31 p.m. indicates that Wu announced his resignation in a statement that is running on many sites. “The time has come to hand on the privilege of high office,” he said in a statement. “I cannot care for my family the way I wish while serving in Congress and fighting these very serious allegations.”

The Hill: A web story at 12:19 p.m. Headline: “Scandal-plagued Rep. Wu to resign.” The story repeats previously reported news since Friday when The Oregonian broke the story.

Roll Call: A web story at 12:20 p.m. Short and sweet. The story is three graphs.

NPR: A web story at 12:24 p.m. that cites AP and Portland’s KGW.

WaPo: A news alert at 12:34 p.m. and an accompanying story posted at 12:25 p.m. on the homepage (yes, the story beat the alert). This story, written by The Fix’s Aaron Blake, focuses on what happens next and who might replace Wu.

KGW in Portland has the most comprehensive and interesting information about Wu and his resignation, including remarks from constituents and lawmakers on what they think the lawmaker should do. They share a news credit with AP. TIME: Update at 9:39 a.m. PST. Read here.

What in the Wu is Going on?

For starters, no one is wooed by Rep. David Wu‘s (D-Ore.) behavior as of late. Before it was tiger costumes and rantings about Klingons. Now the congressman’s strange behavior has turned sexually scandalous. And she’s 18. He’s 56.

Comments on Twitter range from the absurd to the bizarre. “Is Wu pulling a Weiner?” one reader asked. (We do hope Wu is not pulling anyone’s weiner.) Another questioned Wu’s potential antics on Capitol Hill: “When should a young DC intern hit the panic button? In the Cannon bldg if she sees man in tiger suit saying ‘Wu do you love?’”

The Media Coverage

While we won’t likely be treated to New York Post covers on Wu for days on end as we were in WeinerGate, the publication is by no means ignoring Wu. Geoff Earle in the D.C. bureau has been on top of the story. The publication has two Wu offerings today. In one, Earle credits Politico for reporting last night that Wu has no plans to resign from Congress. That was graph two. In graph three comes credit for The Oregonian, which broke the story in the first place. Late Friday night Politico’s John Bresnahan and Jonathan Allen, meanwhile, takes one graph to credit The Oregonian. Late Sunday night the same reporter duo broke the news that Wu is refusing to quit. An excerpt: “He isn’t going to be running for reelection,” a Wu adviser, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told POLITICO late Sunday night. “But he hasn’t done anything that rises to the level of requiring him to resign.” The NYP story plays the whole thing straight except for a caption in their second picture of Wu in the tiger costume today. It reads: “David Wu: Teen-sex furor.” A posting on conservative columnist Michelle Malkin‘s website has that same Wu in a tiger costume photograph. That caption reads: “Wu-hoo! Hey, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz and Nancy Pelosi, I’m over here!”

Roll Call‘s HOH offers a Top 5 Weird Wu moments this afternoon to fill in the uninformed on just how weird Wu has been acting. The Hill offers generic coverage of the scandal with a blog story that credits “media outlets” as breaking the news of Wu refusing to stop down as opposed to Politico. The Daily Caller is having a little fun with the scandal with a headline that reads: “Wu-nergate: Pelosi calls for ethics probe into Rep. Wu sex scandal.” TWT is also having a Weiner flashback with this Wu-zy on Kerry Picket‘s Water Cooler blog. Her headline: “Deja Wu- Dem congressman’s sex scandal brings back memories of Weiner.”


Separated at Birth: Politico’s John Bresnahan And…

Politico‘s Capitol Bureau Chief John Bresnahan looks strangely similar to Samuel Gates O’Connor the newborn baby boy of Bloomberg’s Patrick O’Connor.

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Politico scribe declares himself taller than Kagan

The following is a Facebook post and reaction between Politico‘s Manu Raju and John Bresnahan.

Manu Raju towers over Elena Kagan

John Bresnahan: No no, mugsy and spud could dunk on manu. we don’t want to go there. we have identified four people that Manu is taller than – Kagan, Mikulski, Boxer, and Reed – let’s just leave it there.

Solicitor General Elena Kagan is President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee; the senators include Sen. Barbara Mikulski(D-Md.) (who has compared herself with a Lilliputian from Gulliver’s Travels), Barbara Boxer(D-Calif.) and Jack Reed (D-R.I.).


Six Degrees of IWP

Forget Kevin Bacon. In DC, we can play this game with Inside Washington Publishers. Here, a look at how Inside Washington Publishers is to blame (or credit) for the state of congressional coverage in America.

IWP, as employees call it, publishes a bunch of hyper-insider newsletters on defense, environment and other policy matters. Headquartered in Crystal City, insiders say it was “niche before niche was cool.”

Today’s hill rags are loaded with IWP alums- in fact all three are run by IWP’ers. Charlie Mitchell at Roll Call, Bob Cusack at the Hill (sources tell us friends still call him “OSHA Bob” because he ran “inside OSHA”) and Politico’s Jim VandeHei, who started at New Fuels Report.

Other IWPers at the “Big Three”- Jim Snyder at The Hill, John Bresnahan at Politico, and John Stanton, Paul Singer and Keith Koffler at Roll Call.

Al Sosenko, who runs IWP, is a genius in ways we had no ability or time to appreciate in the 90s. He took a bunch of young guys, gave us tremenous freedom and demanded we write tons of insidery stories often under high pressure deadlines. Its no accident that today all of us in different ways are involved in producing, well, tons of insidery stories under tight deadlines,” VandeHei tells FBDC.

Update: The Hill’s Ian Swanson also started at IWP.

Beauty Is Only Skin Deep

Patrick O’Connor may be hot, but he’s not necessarily a great dresser. From Hotline’s Wake-Up! Call:

    “What does it say when you write a column with John Bresnahan and YOU’RE the one known as the bad dresser?” — Romney spokesperson Kevin Madden, being witty and caustic (Wake-Up Call! sources).