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Jay Carney Toasts Brendan Buck’s Move from Boehner’s Office to AHIP

brendan-buckIn celebration of his move as press secretary for Speaker Boehner to America’s Health Insurance Plans, Brendan Buck joined with friends Monday evening to toast to his new gig. We hear White House press secretary Jay Carney even stopped by, which is pretty funny given their past Twitter feuds.

The night was hosted by Michael Steel – also of Boehner’s staff. In attendance: Washington Examiner’s Rebecca Berg, POLITICO’s Mike Allen and Christine Delargy, ABC News’ Jonathan Karl and Jeff Zeleny, RNC’s Sean SpicerKevin Smith, Doug Heye, Rory Cooper, CBR’s Brent Swander, Yahoo News’ Olivier Knox, BuzzFeed’s John Stanton, CNN’s Brianna Keilar and Erin McPike, Kevin Sheridan, WaPo’s Paul Kane, Roll Call’s Tom Williams, Crossfire’s David Chalian, NBC News’ Frank Thorp and Shawna Thomas, CBS’s Walt Cronkite, Sue Davis, Scott Mulhauser, Kirsten Kukowski, Brad Dayspring, Laena Fallon, Juleanna Glover, and Becca Glover.

Top Tweets of CNN/ORC Poll Regarding MH370 Disappearance

Today, questions from a CNN/ORC International poll regarding the disappearance of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 were released online. Of the 1,008 adult Americans surveyed (between May 2 and 4 with a sampling error of +/- 3.5%), 19% of respondents said there was at least some likelihood that ”space aliens, time travelers, or beings from another dimension” were responsible for the missing plane.

The internet went wild. See some of the best Twitter commentary after the jump.

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BuzzFeed Pub Crawl with Nancy Pelosi and John Stanton

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D -CA) stopped by Jack Rose last night to chat a bit with BuzzFeed editor John Stanton for the BuzzFeed Brews series. The convo wasn’t nearly as salty as we expected, and the fried pickles had a curious Canola-oily aspect to them, but the drinks were free and the crowd was young and sexy. Well young anyway. And loud. So loud, in fact, that Stanton came close to hollering at everyone to shuttup several times. But since he is a respectable -if frighteningly large -man, he did not.

It thus fell upon your FishbowlDC editor to attempt to quiet the hoarde of networking interns (who knows what they were talking about. Term papers? Miley?). We, in a respectful-yet-forceful tone, suggested that everyone be quiet.

Results were mixed. Some were grateful, some were dicks. And though we were threatened by a tall, willowy, Ferguson Darling of a boy in a navy blue blazer, and had to endure his awkwardly aggressive stare for what must have been minutes, the talk ended without altercation. And we were able to get some decent quotes from the former Speaker.

And not for nothing, we were thanked profusely by a visibly peeved Stanton after the event, who lamented that he was unable to tear his clothes from his body and SMASH the terrible, disruptive youth. At least, this is what we imagine he might have done (did we mention he is quite large?). Some of the best lines and some of the most mediocre pictures from the night are posted after the jump. Click and enjoy!

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BuzzFeed Lands Pelosi for ‘Brews’ Series

pelosi-eyesCare for a Pelosi with your Peroni? Come to Jack Rose Dining Saloon next week, and you just might get one.

BuzzFeed DC Bureau Chief John Stanton will be doing body shots off interviewing House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi at the Adams Morgan watering hole on November 19th as part of the BuzzFeed Brews series. Other politicos to get sudsy with the BF crew include Marco Rubio, Anthony Weiner (bet that was fun!), and Kirsten Gillibrand.

FishbowlDC will definitely be in attendance, so keep your eye on our Twitter feed for salacious pics and salty quotes from the Minority Leader. We hear she’s an angry drunk…

BuzzFeed Brews: A Social Experiment

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Probably the most socially interesting part of “BuzzFeed Brews” Monday night was the pre-gathering in the upstairs bar of Jack Rose saloon, where guests were ushered before the doors downstairs opened.

In a word: awwkward.

People don’t really talk to one another anymore. They tweet, text, check their email and do anything to avoid human contact. One guy was even reading a magazine. For 10 or so torturous minutes, guests stood around in semi-tortured poses, each staring into his or her electronic devices.

A horrible commentary on life, indeed.

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Politico Playbook Publish Time: 6:56 a.m.

A media incentive to end the shutdown

“Incentive for GOP to take deal: media coverage is gradually shifting from shutdown to Obamacare rollout disaster. Default wd step on that!” — The New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza.

imagesvineyard-vines-sweater-352936-1Convo Between Two Journos

This morning’s conversation is by BuzzFeed Washington Bureau Chief John Stanton and BuzzFeed reporter Rosie Gray.

Stanton: “Trolling @RosieGray about her secret passion for sweater sets and vineyard vibes apparel is the reason twitter exists.”

Gray: “U suck.”

Journo looks into gargling coconut oil

“Just googled ‘gargling with coconut oil’ so even if my twenties aren’t actually over yet, I’ve basically surrendered already.” — TNR‘s pathologically fascinating and Luke Russert-loving Noreen Malone. In case you care, the process of “oil pulling” or swishing coconut oil in your mouth, reportedly removes bacteria, toxins and parasites from your throat. It’s also alleged that the practice strengthens gums and relieves congested sinuses.

The Instigator

“Oh I got Twitchyed. I see. Anyway time for bed where I will dream sweet dreams of single payer and TAKING ALL YOUR GUNS AWAY.” — The Guardian‘s Ana Marie Cox.

images-3Editors bag shutdown, chat about Beach Boys

“Watching the Beach Boys (w Brian Wilson!) on Full House singing Kokomo. Please kill me.” – Reason‘s Nick Gillespie. Gillespie later took time to practice his sarcasm, writing, “Can’t wait to hear Charles Krauthammer‘s take on the Redskins name controversy tomorrow on O’Reilly. How can I sleep?”

“I am seriously listening to weirdo Beach Boys 1973 songs while watching Yasiel Puig rock it silently on my TV. Life could be worse.” — Reason‘s Matt Welch.

Necessary Tweet of the Day

“Fun fact: ‘Chou chou’ means cabbage, a term of endearment in French. #RHOM” — Politico‘s Olivia Petersen.

Summer Superlatives 2013: Class Clown

Who’s the funniest journalist in Washington? I suppose first we must distinguish, are we laughing with them or at them? But for purely comedic purposes let’s say these are journalists who are consistently found to be amusing among their peers. This year’s lineup includes: Yahoo! NewsOlivier Knox (he was on last year’s nominee list but Sirius XM’s  Julie Mason beat him out and we’re giving him another shot), BuzzFeed‘s John Stanton (who tries unusual hangover remedies just for fun and notices a wide variety of douchebags on the streets of Washington), The Daily Caller‘s Will Rahn (the brainchild of many antics at the publication such as this; and if you haven’t seen “And the Wandering,” his dramatic reading of Politico‘s Dylan Byer‘s personal blog from when he was 19, watch here), National Journal‘s Elahe Izadi (she does standup in real life), Reason.com Editor Nick Gillespie (whose exceedingly dry humor could keep you laughing at boring Washington cocktail parties) and The Sunday Times Washington Bureau Chief Toby Harnden (who routinely says things like “gets on my tits” for gets on my nerves–he’s British, so he’s excused).

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LET SLEEPING DOG LIE: “Someone is very happy to be home and sleeping in a bed unlike those barbarians at doggy boarding.” — Politico’s Christine Delargy, who formerly wrote for FBDC

Was it really OTR?

“It was definitely on record. We’ve had two senior editors from our organization who scrutinized ever aspect of this story. There’s no question it was an on the record conversation.” — TPM‘s Hunter Walker, author of the story in which New York mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner‘s Spokeswoman Barbara Morgan called ex-campaign intern Olivia Nuzzi a series of insults that are now part of her Twitter feed, as pictured here. Walker told the above to MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell last night on his program.

Eavesdrop Cafe

“Adventures in weird first date eavesdropping: ‘you’re just not into topography enough’” — BuzzFeed D.C. Bureau Chief John Stanton. He added, “I mean, who has map reading as a relationship deal breaker? I have my orienteering merit badge but that shit ain’t a fetish.”

Please, Politico, can he do this?

“If it were socially acceptable to Tweet nothing but Seinfeld lines I’d do it. And drape myself in velvet.” — Politico‘s Ben White.

The Observer

“My Twitter feed seems drunker than usual tonight. People sprung early for the impending congressional recess?” — Garance Franke-Ruta, senior editor, The Atlantic.

AC confusion?

“Air conditioning debate rages – if one says turn it down, that can mean make it warmer (as in turn down the fan).” — Dana Perino, Co-host of FNC’s “The Five.” She explained, “Husband asks why I don’t say ‘reduce’ the air conditioning …but that also can be confusion and mean make it colder! #ack!”

Father Glenn

“Now entering the lives being destroyed phase of the Weiner crack-up. Anyone getting their jollies off of this now is pretty much a sadist,” Politico‘s Glenn Thrush, whose Twitter feed has taken a decidedly preachy turn as of late. We love his passion.

Journo has karaoke advice

“The next time you think of kareoking Jason Mraz’s ‘I’m Yours’, don’t. Leave it be.” — Political blogger Dave Catanese. As some may recall, Catanese once won the highest award at a karaoke contest so he may know what he’s talking about.

Navarro says Matthews out of line…

“I’m no fan of Cruz, but this is way over the line.” — CNN’s Ana Navarro on MSNBC’s Chris Matthews calling Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) a “political terrorist.”

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 8:29 a.m.

Coworker Love

“Why @NikkiSchwab is the best co-worker ever: She sends out all-staff emails letting us know about #FreeSmoothieDayDC tomorrow!! :D ” — Red Alert Politics News Editor Kelsey Osterman on Nikki Schwab.

Confessional.

“ICYMI: ‘Anthony Wiener is a needy little bitch.’ (Not judging, b/c so am I.)” — The Atlantic‘s Scott Stossel, linking to Sydney Elaine Leather‘s appearance on the Howard Stern show in which she calls Weiner a “needy little bitch.”

Carlos Dangerously-Named Journos

Anthony Weiner admitted yesterday to using the online alias Carlos Danger to carry on a strange Internet affair with a 22-year-old woman. If you’re anything like us, that got you wondering how Weiner came up with such a great alias. Already having graced the news media by having the last name Weiner, he’s provided another amazing name to fill headlines and Twitter jokes.

But lets face it, sometimes we all need an alias, whether it’s to ghost-write a book or set up a Swedish bank account to hold mounds of embezzled money. And if you haven’t found your inner-Carlos Danger yet, don’t worry, it’s not hard at all. Yesterday afternoon, Chris Kirk of Slate posted a Carlos Danger Name Generator that figures it out for you. We of course had to figure out the alter-egos of the FBDC staff, as well as a few journos around D.C. Enjoy.

Silvestre Sly: Betsy Rothstein, FBDC

José Jeopardy: Peter Ogburn, FBDC

Pascual Death: Justin McLachlin, FBDC

Lorenzo Distress: Austin Price, FBDC

Now see the rest…

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Quotes of the Day

“Her internship application was impressive!” — NPR Morning Edition.

On Journalism.

“In this city, talking on the record is so rare, that when someone does it on something important, we make him the story, not what he says.” — AP investigative reporter Matt Apuzzo.

“If you’re a journalist and your first instinct in the Snowden case is to attack him, maybe you should consider a different line of work.” — The New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza.

Huh? Someone get this woman a manicure. Pronto!

“I bit my nails down too far then painted them a heinous, white-out-esque color. I am scared to remove. Physical pain or sartorial pain?” — Marta, a Capitol Hill communications aide.

Attn: Publicists

“Note to PR folks: I just programmed my Outlook account to delete any message with the words ‘Interview Opp’ in the subject. kthanksbye.” — Mother JonesJosh Harkinson.

Convo Between Two Media Types

This morning’s conversation is between The Daily Caller‘s Alex Pappas and conservative blogger Matt Mackowiack. It transpired at about 4:15 a.m. this morning.

PAPPAS: “Do you ever sleep? You tweet at all hours!”

MACKOWIACK: “I’m sleeping now.”

Columnist gets “fishy” emails

“Dear @BarackObama — I’ve been getting some fishy emails about the NSA tracking my phone calls. That can’t possibly be true, right?” – Washington Examiner‘s David Freddoso.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 7:56 a.m.

Reporter runs out of gas

“To make my day even more interesting the rental car I got ran out of gas two blocks after I picked up the car.” — Pittsburgh Tribune-Review political reporter Salena Zito, who has also written for TPM.

BuzzFeed Editor tries love, peace and understanding

“:(. Our kids will be teenagers soon enough. There but for the grace of god?” — BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith to TPM‘s Josh Marshall and BuzzFeed’s John Stanton regarding the story on Sen. Jeff Flake‘s (R-Ariz.) son tweeting racial slurs against blacks and Jews.

And another.

“Glad my parents weren’t personally accountable for the crap I pulled growing up. Kids need freedom to make mistakes.” — Radley Balko, senior writer, HuffPost.

Journo TV habits

“Watching #ImHavingTheirBaby. I love @oxygen for showing tough, courageous decision to carry and put a baby up for adoption. Important.” — MSNBC’s “The Cycle” Co-host S.E. Cupp.

And Trump hates “Modern Family”

“Just tried watching Modern Family – written by a moron, really boring. Writer has the mind of a very dumb and backward child. Sorry Danny!” — America’s know-it-all Donald Trump.

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