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Morning Chatter

OFFICE CAKE DISASTER: “Staff cake – worst cake cutting job in world” — FNC’s Greta Van Susteren

A good message for people in This Town

“Can you go a whole meal without looking at your smartphone? Your friends are more interesting when you look them in the eye.” — Blackberry.

Newspaper serves as barf bag

“Just watched a woman vomit into a newspaper on the metro. HAPPY THURSDAY EVERYONE!” — CQ Roll Call‘s Emily Cahn.

A nice display of pundit cussing

“So, what the fuck is going on with Bob McDonnell? Would like some help here.” — QGA and The Hill columnist John Feehery.

Washingtonian Publisher blisses out in Dallas

“Leaving @thejoule hotel in Dallas. #love this little treasure. Thx @DMagazine for recommending!” — Cathy Merrill Williams, president and publisher of Washingtonian Media. The hotel has a collection of modern art, Charlie Palmer Steak, a sleek pool (that they spell “poule”) and special pampering for pets that include personal food and water bowls, plush sleeping blanket, doggy waste bags and complimentary valet parking.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 7:25 a.m.

A word of advice to single men

“Single men should all adopt dogs. So many need homes & nothing more likely to get a woman’s attention. Well except maybe Alexander Skarsgard” — FNC Senate producer Kara Rowland.

Convo Between Two Journos

This morning’s conversation is between WaPo’s Carlos Lozada and NYT’s Michael Shear.

LOZADA: Poster Boy, Poster Girl, Poster Child — things we do not say.

SHEAR: But what if it’s a Farrah Fawcett and her poster?

A debate over Hillary Clinton hair coverage

“Can’t we ban this kind of sh’t?” — Politico‘s Glenn Thrush in reaction to a  Yahoo! News story on former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton‘s “glamorous new” hairdo. As reported in the piece, a commenter appeared to agree with Thrush, saying, “Dear sexist horse race media: DO NOT report on Hillary’s hairstyle at all. DO NOT Speculate what it means for 2016.” Kiplinger Assoc. Editor Ken Bazinet replied to Thrush, saying, “Perhaps we should ban Hillary hair stories, but it would be the demise of the politics desks at the 2 1/2 New York tabloids.”

Oh the horror. Marty turns Peter Ogburn down… Read more

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Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

“No one thought a congressman who was already a walking dick joke would tweet their junk.”Daily Show‘s Jessica Williams opining on what not to do on Twitter.


KIDS AND BEER: “Stop the internet right now. This is the cutest picture of all time.”Roll Call’s Meredith Shiner on Washington Examiner‘s David Drucker and his offspring at the Congressional baseball game last night.

A rare note of travel praise

“Many thanks to the folks at @DeltaAssist for being a very helpful social media customer service team. @Delta.” — Yahoo! News’ Chris Moody.

TV reporter calls Chris Matthews an “asshole”

“O’Reilly is mistaken. He attributes Chris Matthews’ incendiary rhetoric to a desire for ratings instead of Matthews just being an asshole.” — The Daily Caller‘s Jeff Poor.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 7:35 p.m.

No sugarcoating here…

“I have no earthly idea if I will follow you back or not. Just being honest.” — QGA and The Hill‘s John Feehery.

Ominous…

“Somebody up there really, really, REALLY hates me.” — FNC Senate producer Kara Rowland at 10:30 p.m. last night.

“I should never check my work e-mail this late in the evening. Now I want to jump off the balcony.” — Jazz Shaw, Weekend Editor at Hot Air at 9:37 p.m. last night.

Eavesdrop Cafe: Drunk interns on the Metro!

As chronicled by Roll Call’s Emily Cahn last night.

1. “Drunk intern on the metro: I knew my ex girlfriend sucked when I found out her favorite jelly bean was buttered popcorn. #dcinterns #lol”

2. “Drunk loud interns Also made fun of their friend who was a vegetarian but eats sausage. ‘Like, that’s literally the grossest meat’”

3. “Drunk loud interns also made fun of the nerdy intern who got off a stop before them. #metroentertainment”

Spotted this week at Boxcar Tavern: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.).

Eddie Scarry and Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

 

 

 

Um, Are Journalists a ‘Constituency’?

The Weekly Standard‘s Senior Writer Stephen Hayes quotes NBC’s Lisa Myers in a shady turn of phrase.

Now 167 retweets later, clearly the comment struck a nerve. Politico White House Correspondent Glenn Thrush asks, “What does that even mean?” QGA Communications Exec. and columnist John Feehery replied, “You know what it mean, don’t play dumb with me.” IslandSnoopy also seemed to get the inherent problem here, writing, “Therein lies the problem. The Press should be objective. NOT ‘one of the president’s most important constituencies.’”

NYT’s Carl Hulse Rocks the House

Over the weekend, The Native Makers, the rock band featuring Carl Hulse on the drums, rocked Capitol Hill in an event labeled Rock and Roll Apocalypse. Hulse, the NYT Deputy Bureau Chief, ripped through a series of cover songs at the 18th Amendment on Capitol Hill. The playlist leaned heavily on the Rolling Stones and other classic rock favorites. In a bizarre stage setup, the band was forced to play directly beneath a giant TV playing a “Rocky” movie marathon. The howls of Grateful Dead cover songs provided a very unique soundtrack to Rocky Balboa’s defeat of Clubber Lang.

Jamming in the crowd were WSJ’s Neil King with his wife, Shalaigh Murray , who is now communications director for VPOTUS. Also spotted: HuffPost’s Arthur Delaney, WaPo’s Mike DeBonis and Susan G. Komen’s Kiki Ryan with Tim Burger. Quinn Gillespie & Associates was well repped with both John Feehery and Jim Manley in attendance in a marked sign of bipartisanship.

 

#WPCF Dinner 2011

A packed ballroom in the basement of the Mandarin Oriental Hotel played host to the 67th Annual Washington Press Club Foundation’s Congressional Dinner last night.  Nearly 800 guests including Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL)  turned out to rub elbows with the Washington press corps and take in a program emceed ABC News White House Correspondent Jake Tapper who filled in for Christiane Amanpour.


Throughout the event, the always-dapper Jake Tapper took shots at Rep. Chris Lee‘s (R-NY) recent Craigslist scandal and proclaimed that Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) was “not a witch but may be a warlock.”   He was outperformed by only Coons who had the room in stitches as he mocked everyone from Vice President Joe Biden to the evening’s emcee. The freshman Senator jabbed Tapper, saying that last night wasn’t the first time he was “second choice for a job offered to Amanpour” and delighted the crowd by explaining “it’s not the size of your state, it’s how you use it.”


Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) had the tough job of following Coons’ act but she held her own.  Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for Rep. Terri “but seriously” Sewell (D-AL) who inserted the phrase “but seriously” after each of her  floundering punchlines.   On the bright side,  Sewell’s standup act drove us out to The Hill‘s after-party before reality show representative, Sean Duffy (R-WI) took the mic. We hear he bombed too.  Waaa. Waaaaa.  

Top L: A surfy, turfy entree Top R: John Feehery and Doug Heye Bottom L: The Hill‘s Christina Wilkie preparing for her close-up.  Bottom R: The glistening locks of a silver fox – Bob Cusack, The Hill‘s M.E. and resident Clooney.

Hacks. Flacks. Talkin’ Smack!

The 10th Annual Hacks vs. Flacks softball game has been scheduled for July 27th on The National Mall. Recruiting has begun. Practice bats get cracking next week. And there’s been a little bit o’ chatter coming from the dugouts.

The Hacks will be coached by WSJ‘s Brody Mullins and WaPo‘s Paul Kane. Team Flack will be led by OB-C Group principal (and flack chairman emeritus) Bob Stevenson and senior advisor to Senator Barbara Boxer, Natalie Ravitz.

Flack practices will begin next week at the H Street Country Club and will feature a mix of the best and brightest spin peeps past and present. Ravitz, Stevenson, Mike Reynard (Bunning), John Feehery (former House Majority Leader Hastert), Christina Mulka (Durbin), Kyle Downey (Thune), Brian Walsh (NRSC), Drew Cantor (former GOP Conference), Bette Phelan (Carper), Antonia Ferrier (Boehner), David Wade (former Kerry), Kevin McGrann (Boehner), Rhonda Bentz (Navigators Global, California girl and flack extraordinaire) and a apparently a few interns named “Jeter, Ortiz, Pujols, and Papelbon.”

Kane and Mullins are mum on their surprise lineup, but announcements of big bold-faced journo all-star names will be made in the coming days. Stay tuned. Anyone wishing to suit up for The Hacks should email Brody.Mullins@wsj.com.

The Rules of Battle: The Hacks are required to “blog the game while they are playing – while fielding, while hitting”. Only the Flacks are allowed to “spin” the ball. The losing team must pay for health care reform. (Which is roughly the cost of a post-game celebration at Kelly’s Irish Times).

“The hacks are on a long winning streak. Maybe five years in a row. We’ve pretty much destroyed them every year”, says Mullins. What’s the secret, you wonder? “I rack it up to recruiting”, he adds.
A challenge from Stevenson: “If the Flacks win, Paul Kane has to wear a Boston Red Sox hat to the next Phillies game. If the Hacks win, Stevenson has to wear a Phillies hat in the privacy of his office.” We await Kane’s volley.

This post was written by FBDC guest blogger Kenny Day.

Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet The Press: IL Attorney General Lisa Madigan, MI Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D), former MA Gov. Mitt Romney (R), former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, Wal-Mart Pres./CEO Lee Scott, Google CEO Eric Schmidt, and a roundtable with Chicago Sun-Times’ Mary Mitchell and NBC political director Chuck Todd.

  • Face The Nation: Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI), Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), IL Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Georgetown University’s Michael Eric Dyson.

  • Fox News Sunday: Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and a panel with Brit Hume, Washington Managing Editor of Fox News, Mara Liasson, National Public Radio & Fox News, Bill Kristol, Weekly Standard & Fox News and Juan Williams, National Public Radio & Fox News. The “Power Player” is Worcester Wreath pres. Morrill Worcester.

  • This Week: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and a roundtable with PBS’ Gwen Ifill, the New York Times’ Paul Krugman, The Wall Street Journal’s Gerald Seib, and ABC News’ George Will.

  • Late Edition: Sen. John Ensign (R-NV), Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA), former Clinton economic adviser Gene Sperling, Wall Street Journal’s Stephen Moore, Republican strategist Ed Rollins, Democratic strategist James Carville, former White House adviser David Gergen, CNN’s Dana Bash, CNN’s Bill Schneider and CNN’s John King.

  • The Post Politics Program with Ed O’Keefe and Emily Freifeld: The Post’s Chicago bureau chief Peter Slevin, Post’s Kari Lydersen, Jeff Smith and Jerry Markon and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.).

  • Chris Matthews Show: Atlantic’s Andrew Sullivan, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson and Washington Post’s Ceci Connolly.

  • After Party: New Republic’s Peter Beinart, Townhall.com’s Amanda Carpenter, Chadderdon Group’s Liz Chadderdon, Washington Times’ Brian DeBose, Feehery Group president John Feehery and Nation’s Christopher Hayes.

  • Reliable Sources: Chicago Tribune’s Clarence Page, Chicago Sun-Times’ Lynn Sweet, Chicago Tribune’s John McCormick, Hollywood Reporter’s Ray Richmond, wax-word.net’s Sharon Waxman and filmmaker Rod Lurie.

  • Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

  • GPS: Former Secretary of State Colin Powell

  • Inside Washington: NPR’s Nina Totenberg, Newsweek’s Evan Thomas and syndicated columnists Mark Shields and Charles Krauthammer.

  • Comcast Kickoff: Molly Henneberg, the FNC correspondent and lifelong Red Skins fan, will be a guest on the Comcast Kickoff show this Sunday before the Red Skins game. The show airs from 11AM to 1PM ET.