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CNN’s New Guard Greets Fox Newsers

A peculiar welcome wagon awaited Brit Hume and Karl Rove outside Fox News’ Washington bureau on Wednesday night.  Before they could enter the studios for their respective hits, both Fox Newsers were forced to pass by some 200 guests of CNN’s New Guard fete.  Awwwwkward.

“Rove looks like he could use a drink,” remarked one party goer.  “Call him over,” suggested another.

But unfazed by the clinking of glasses and rumble of voices, neither FNC personality gave more than a glance at the crew who had congregated on the patio of Johnny’s Half Shell, right in front of Fox’s North Capitol Street headquarters.

Sipping vino and noshing the night away, under glowing CNN logos were ‘new guarders’ such as DOD’s Doug Wilson, UN Foundation’s Heather Wong, Wally Adeyemo from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, W.H. Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest, State Department new media guru Alec Ross, CIA spokeswoman Marie Harf, Doug Heye, Ayotte press secretary Jeff Grappone, Reid communications director Adam Jentleson, Jen Psaki, Thune’s Kyle Downey, Duke University’s Ronnie Chatterji, Rand Paul spokeswoman Moira Bagley and Becca Glover from Rep. Issa’s press shop.  They mixed and mingled with CNN’s Sam Feist, Wolf Blitzer, Dana Bash, Edie Emery, Megan Grant, Donna Brazile, Jill Chappell, Sarah Baker, Jen Scoggins, and media types such as The Hill’s Judy Kurtz, Kelly DiNardo, WaPo’s Amy Argetsinger, and soon-to-be Roll Call’s Abby Livingston.

At the end of the evening CNN bid their guests farewell with a gift: network-branded umbrellas, in case of rain.

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Decker Gets POTUS Radio Series

Starting this weekend, SiriusXM’s POTUS will air “White House Insider,” a new series hosted by 20-year veteran White House correspondent Jon Decker. Each week, Decker and his guests will offer listeners a behind-the-scenes look at the White House as the 2012 political cycle kicks into high gear.

The debut installment will feature in-depth interviews with Principal Deputy White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest; Caren Bohan, President of the White House Correspondents’ Association and Reuters White House Correspondent; Sam Youngman, White House correspondent for The Hill; and Major Garrett, congressional correspondent for the National Journal and former Chief White House Correspondent for Fox News.

“White House Insider” will air Saturdays at 1:00 pm ET on SiriusXM POTUS (channel 124), starting tomorrow.

Mike Allen’s Playbook Gets Punk’d

It happens to the best of journalists. Someone sends a tip that doesn’t turn out to be above board. In other words, a prankster with no real agenda in mind sees if he or she can fool the writer.

Such was the case in Politico‘s Mike Allen‘s Playbook this weekend, when a prankster (who eventually copped to the crime) wrote Allen saying it was White House Deputy Press Secretary’s Josh Earnest‘s birthday and that he had celebrated with cake, clapping and song at Carmine’s.

From Saturday’s Playbook:

BIRTHWEEK:… Josh Earnest, who celebrated at Carmine’s. The gang sang, and there was cake. Everyone in the restaurant clapped. …

Then on Sunday’s Playbook:

SORRY. Earnest’s b’day is Jan. 22. Word to the wise, who may be contemplating sending something to Playbook that’s not right: It’s only funny if we get the joke.

The Carmine’s dinner happened. The birthday, however,  did not as Earnest’s birthday is four months away as corrected above. Earnest told FishbowlDC: “Worst thing that happened to me is I got nice emails from a handful of folks I don’t hear from regularly, some confused emails from people I do and a genuine apology from the prankster. I mostly felt bad for Mike who is such a prolific yet generous documenter of all things DC – and has a well-deserved reputation for ‘getting it right’. I wasn’t at all surprised that he found a graceful way to ensure it doesn’t happen again.”

Earnest would not out the prankster,  but he assured that he or she does not work at the White House. Allen had nothing to add on the matter.

Dana Milbank Attempts a Salahi… Hilarity Ensues.

Somehow WaPo‘s Dana Milbank wasn’t invited to last night’s White House press holiday party, but he still managed to get the money shot with the President and First Lady… only at Madame Tussaud’s. Deputy funny-man Josh Earnest even suggests wearing a red sari.

Another attempt tonight, Milbank?