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Bloomberg Politics Toasts ‘With All Due Respect’

Kittner_20141007_5422Tuesday night at Teddy and the Bully Bar, Bloomberg Politics hosted a watch party for its recently launched “With All Due Respect.”

TVs in the bar aired the program, hosted by Game Change and Double Down authors John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, which almost no one paid any attention to. Rather, guests noshed on short rib tacos and fried chicken and waffle sliders and welcomed the open bar.

In attendance: Reggie Love; Burson’s Dag VegaTIME’s Jay Newton-Small and Zeke MillerNational Journal’s Jeff Cartwright and Alex Seitz-Wald; Yahoo’s Olivier Knox and Garance Franke-RutaWaPo’s Nia-Malika HendersonPaul Kane, and Ben Terris; Talking Points Memo’s Sahil Kapur; POLITICO’s Mike AllenDaniel Lippman, Lauren French, Alex Byers, and Hadas Gold; USTR’s Christina Sevilla; Alan BjergaEmma AngererNate Tibbits, Dave WeigelCraig Gordon; Meridith Webster; Pam Stevens; Josh Green; Margaret TalevIndira LakshmananLisa Lerer; and Elizabeth Chmura.

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Quotes Of The Day

JOURNO LOVE: “Political dream team – the two best campaign embeds in America hard at work in Celina, OH” They are Emily Friedman and Shushannah Walshe. — ABC’s Jonathan Karl.

The Self-Appointed Weatherman

Our resident trusty weatherman, FBDC’s Eddie Scarry, reports, “PSA: Hurricane residue in Washington today; really, REALLY rainy, high of 53F.”

Everyone‘s a weatherman, right? “Light-to-moderate rain early this morning across D.C. Some ponding on the roads, but the rain will get heavier as the morning goes on.” — NJ “The Hotline’s” Polling Editor Steven Shepard.

Baier Vomit

“Both kids 5 & 2 wanted ‘hurricane stories’ at bedtime 2nite as Sandy approaches. I have covered 14 of them but bedtime versions take finesse.” — FNC anchor Bret Baier.

Waffling Hurricane Humor

“Q: What do you call a frozen waffle in a hurricane? A: #Sandy Eggo” — Mediaite White House Correspondent Tommy Christopher. We hope he tries Knock Knock jokes as the day wears on.

Do Not Piss Ethan Off People

“It’s not funny to send false information about this storm to trick people. Grow up, Twitter.” — HuffPost Social Media Editor Ethan Klapper.

Priorities.

“Love the bangs @WeatherKim!” — NBC Washington’s Angie Goff at 4:30 a.m.

Sherri Shepherd shares hurricane anecdote we could’ve done without

“Trying to get things ready re hurricane – Filled up the bathtub w water and Jeffrey promptly took his clothes off and got ready to jump in!” — ABC “The View’s” Sherri Shepherd.

Editor teaches son to shave

“Taught my son how to shave tonight. Time really does fly. #memories” — The Hill’s Managing Editor Bob Cusack.

Journo dreams of Bobby Brown, Whitney Houston

“I had a dream last night that @FreeBeacon was purchased by Bobby Brown. Whitney was still alive and I had to explain sequestration to her.” — Free Beacon‘s Adam Kredo.

Weather Hype: OH MY GOD, it’s a Hurricane!

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Separated at Birth: Atlantic’s Green Joins Bloomberg

The Atlantic’s Anthony Michael Hall lookalike Joshua Green will join Bloomberg Businessweek as senior national correspondent in Washington, D.C.

Green (the real one is up top on far left) is a senior editor at The Atlantic. Some may recall Green’s blockbuster story in March of 2010 when he unearthed the news that former Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) had allegedly groped subordinates while serving in the Navy.

Fortunately Green’s new boss has favorable things to say about him. “Josh is a great reporter and writer. He knows how to break news and he writes about complicated issues and personalities in memorable prose,” said Bloomberg Businessweek Editor Josh Tyrangiel. “He’s a great addition to our political team and we are thrilled to have him join us.”

Some outlets like HuffPost have already reported the news on Green today.

More petty details on Green after the jump…

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Good Afternoon FishbowlDC Readers

Please excuse the tardiness today. We’ve been tending to news, lunch, questions from readers about ugly footwear on Twitter and garden variety laziness. Enjoy the weekend thoughts from some of your favorite (or least favorite) Washington journos and other random personalities.

QUOTES of the DAY

Love for Giffords

“Those new photos of Gabby Giffords are so heartwarming–the first visual evidence we’ve had of her recovery.” The Daily Beast’s Washington Bureau Chief Howard Kurtz in a weekend tweet.

More hot doggin’ with Weiner

“Anthony Weiner pressured to ‘seek treatment…to make himself WELL’ If that’s where we are then every single dude I know needs to join him.” — Author Bret Easton Ellis weighs in on WeinerGate in a weekend tweet.

“Not a good sign that Weiner asking for a rehab center with good WiFi.” — The handle @Pourmecoffee in a weekend tweet.

“Weinercare” — The Daily Caller‘s Jim Treacher in a weekend tweet. Treach also wrote, “I’m reserving judgment on the credibility of this ‘Weiner goes to rehab’ story until I get confirmation from HowardKurtz.” Treach is razzing Howie for waiting so long to get on board with Weiner story coverage. Kurtz previously excused himself from covering WeinerGate, tweeting that sometimes it pays to wait for facts. Treacher is jokingly waiting for Kurtz’s facts.

“Weiner has announced he’s going to twitter rehab and switching to a landline! #weinergate.” — The Howard Stern Show’s writer Benjy Bronk in a weekend tweet.

“I hope Weiner doesn’t reply to Pelosi and Wasserman Shultz via twitter.” — Former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer in a weekend tweet.

“There is no such thing as sex addiction!!!!!!! #Weiner” — TWT opinion writer Emily Miller in a weekend tweet.

“Facing more Dem calls for resignation, @RepWeiner takes Congressional leave to seek treatment. He needs it.” — CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in a weekend tweet. We love anything Wolf-related in regards to WeinerGate. “Are these your underpants?” is still my absolute favorite on-air question of the past two weeks.

“Ugh. Hate the rehab method of PR.” — The Times of London‘s Matt Spence in a weekend tweet.

“@RepWeiner seeking leave of absence to ‘get well.’ Just resign already you arrogant, narcissistic SOB. So sick of hearing your name. — FishbowlDC’s Matt Dornic in a weekend tweet.

“Weiner seeking treatment. Medical effort to get better? Or political effort to stall?” — Mediaite‘s Dan Abrams in a weekend tweet.

Memorable Weekend NYP Weiner headline: “PULL OUT”

“So what is Weiner actually seeking treatment *for*? Twitterosis?” –  The Atlantic‘s Josh Green in a weekend tweet. To which Atlantic Magazine’s Deputy Editor Scott Stossel replied, “He’s seeking tweatment.” Green’s response: “Ugh.”

“Analyze THIS! (whips out genitals) #weinhab” — TPM’s Brian Beutler in a weekend tweet.

“Does the fact that an occasional pol survives a sex scandal (clinton, vitter, frank) make them think they all can?” — WaPo‘s Karen Tumulty in a weekend tweet.

WARNING: Do Not Read If You Are Eating

“Actual Metro announcement: ‘Last car back will not open due to bodily fluids.’” — Walter Alarkon, former reporter for The Hill, in a weekend tweet.

Sunday morning fashion failures?

“Plethora of fashion fails this moring on Fox News Sunday. Bill Kristol‘s tie- fugly. Mara Liasson‘s necklace: wtf?” — Publicist and former This Week Producer Courtney Cohen in a Sunday tweet.

Gawker has an interesting clinic suggestion for Weiner

The New York Times, citing ‘two senior Democratic officials,’ reports that Weiner is ‘planning to check himself into a treatment center’ (perhaps The Pathways Clinic for Being a Dumbshit) and will request a leave of absence from the House of Representatives. — Gawker’s Max Read in a weekend Weiner story.

 

Last Call: Yellin Hearts Ke$ha, TheAtlantic.com Shuffles Staffers

Je$$ica Yellin?: If Jessica Yellin wasn’t CNN’s national political correspondent, she’d be either a Fortune 500 CEO or the host of Solid Gold.  At least that’s what she tells National Journal in an interview for Hotline today.  Other interesting snippets: She jams out to Ke$ha and a superior once told her, “We have a problem with your hair. It blows in the wind.”  Read the full interview with a NJ password or free trial here.

Shuffle at TheAtlantic.comJosh Green, who currently writes for both the magazine and website, will direct his attention to blogging for the Politics channel for the next 20 months.  Conor Friedersdorf, who worked for Andrew Sullivan at the Daily Dish, is not moving with his boss to the Daily Beast.  Instead he’ll join Garance Franke-Ruta and Josh Green in Politics.  Lastly, TheAtlantic.com picked Spencer Kornhaber from AOL’s Patch.com.  He’ll join Eleanor Barkhorn on the Culture channel as an associate editor.  Full memo from Bob Cohn after the jump.

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QUOTES of the DAY

Charlie and the Goddess: From @CharlieSheen’s Twitter account, which now boasts 775,225 followers.

Charlie Sheen Fever

Many reporters in and around Washington were glued to their TV sets as we watched yet another round of Sheen’s “Sober Valley Village” on ABC’s 20/20 last night. This only left reporters ravenous for more, which we got this morning on NBC’s Today Show.

“I guess I shouldn’t be laughing my ass off, but I can’t help it — watching 20/20.” — Albuquerque Journal Washington Bureau Chief Michael Coleman in a Tuesday night tweet.

“Ok, ok I swear this is the last Charlie Sheen tweet of the week for me. This is hilarious. Live the Sheen Dream.” — NBC4 reporter Craig Melvin in a Tuesday night tweet.

“Hey @charliesheen, feel free to BCC me on reporter inquiry emails.” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin in a double-edged tweet Tuesday night regarding both Sheen and the debacle between Rep. Darrell Issa‘s now fired flack Kurt Bardella and Politico and Bardella’s leaking emails to NYT’s Mark Leibovich for a book he’s writing on D.C. culture.

“Charlie Sheen has ruined Twitter.” — D.C. Attorney Kevin Reiss in a Tuesday night tweet.

Forget it. No one’s flipping the channel

“About to make an inaugural appearance on @gretawire shortly after 10:30. Tune in if you can.” — The Hill‘s Mike O’Brien pleading for people to watch him on TV Tuesday night right smack in the middle of the Sheen interview. Please.

In what may be our favorite tweet of Tuesday night…@FakeSantorum scolds former Salon Editor and now Editor-at-Large Joan Walsh for RT Sheen tweets: “@joanwalsh Is it even NECESSARY to RT Charlie Sheen tweets? Most of us are following at this point anyway.”

Waking up to Charlie, who has one speed: Go!

“Charlie Sheen said he would do no more interviews after yesterday. Now he’s back on the Today show. That lasted long.” — The Daily Beast’s Howard Kurtz in a Wednesday morning tweet.

“Charlie Sheen is up! Keep in mind it is 4:30am in Los Angeles.” — WaPo‘s Jonathan Capehart in a Wednesday morning tweet.

“Dear @abc, @cnn, @abc, @nbc, @fox: Just. Say. No. No more Sheen, please.” — National Review Online‘s Greg Pollowitz in a Wednesday morning tweet.

Journo virtual love

“@mitchellreports I wanted to congratulate you personally but got intimidated by adoring mob surrounding you — see you soon.” — ABC News’s Jake Tapper in a Tuesday night tweet complimenting NBC’s Andrea Mitchell on winning an award at the National Press Foundation dinner that night. To which she replied, “@jaketapper big virtual hug and many thanks.” (A big virtual hug? Is Washington getting weird or what?) Tapper also gives love out to CNN’s Dana Bash: “Congrats to @DanaBashCNN on her #NPF Dirksen award and even more so for her pending baby!!!” (WSJ’s Brody Mullins, CNN’s Bash and NBC’s Mitchell all won Dirksen awards at the National Press Foundation dinner.)

Scribe suggests Bardella for Newt

“Newt needs to settle on just ONE megalomaniacal spokesman to overhype his candidacy to the press. Maybe Kurt Bardella?” — The Atlantic‘s Josh Green in a Tuesday night tweet.

NJ‘s “The Hotline” praises NYT for anti-Politico story

“For many reasons, @jeffzeleny and @shearm win the night.” — NJ “The Hotline’s” Executive Editor Reid Wilson in a Tuesday night tweet.

2011: A Yawner in SOTU Watch Parties

Watch parties for the President’s State of the Union address are a tradition in Washington. Everyone is supposed to get together to watch POTUS (and drink) at a local watering hole. Or so we thought.

This year, tradition is broken. No parties, just an avalanche of live-blogging.

The Daily Beast‘s Howard Kurtz will be hosting a “live chat” starting around 8:45, he tweeted last night.

No party for Politico either – instead, they also promise live-blogging. At least Patrick Gavin has compiled a few rules for drinking games.

But what about The Daily Caller, who can always be relied on for a party? They had a great one last year. But this year: “We’ll be working! We’ll be live blogging and reporting,” spokeswoman Becca Glover Watkins said in an e-mail. “No party for us this year because we just did the Capitol Hill party last week.” Fair enough.

HuffPost will be live-blogging as well. The Hill is live-blogging and live-tweeting. TWT live-blogged last year, but there’s nothing on their website to indicate they’ll do it again.

Thank God for NJ. They’re hosting a sold out reception for new members of Congress tonight at the Library of Congress to pre-game the SOTU. From 5-7 p.m., Sens. Mark Begich (D-Alaska), Mike Johanns (R-Neb.), and Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) will join Rep. Donna Edwards (D-Md.) to offer insights on the workings of Congress to the newbies.

Tomorrow, Ron Brownstein and Major Garrett (both of NJ), the Atlantic‘s Josh Green, and WaPo‘s Karen Tumulty will be joined by Senators Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), and Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), as well as Rep. Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas) to discuss the president’s address. That’s at the Gallup Building at 8 a.m.

And if there wasn’t enough live-blogging going on, don’t worry: NJ will also be blogging, analyzing, and fact-checking its way through the SOTU.

The rest of you: step it up next year, guys.

If none of this appeals to you, though, Professor Ezra Klein to the rescue, as usual. He writes that the State of the Union has only ever really affected poll numbers once. So forget all this live-blogging and instead mourn the fact that Glee is still in repeats.

> Update: Maybe this won’t be so horrible after all. Keith Olbermann will be live-tweeting.

Atlantic and NJ to Debrief SOTU

Three U.S. senators will join a cast of well-known Atlantic and NJ reporters for a post State of the Union Briefing on Wednesday, Jan. 26. A WaPo reporter will also join the panel.

The Senators: Senator Lamar Alexander (TN); Senator Dick Durbin (IL); and Senator Lindsey Graham (SC).

The Reporters: Ron Brownstein, Political Director, NJ; Josh Green, Political Correspondent, The Atlantic; Major Garrett, Congressional Correspondent, NJ; Karen Tumulty, National Political Correspondent, WaPo.

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Labash Blowout Book Party: Marion Barry Has Arrived!

IMG_0217.jpgThe Weekly Standard/Daily Caller Matt Labash’s book, Fly Fishing With Darth Vader: And Other Adventures With Evangelical Wrestlers, Political Hitmen, And Jewish Cowboys came to life Thursday night as characters from his anthology filed in one by one to the beautiful home of Daily Caller Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson and his wife, Susie. The evening was one of fun, frolic and, of course, drinking, as the Distilled Spirits Council sponsored the party with a well-stocked Scotch-filled bar.

Characters from the book who showed up to the festivities included Democratic political strategist and former campaign aide to Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) David “Mudcat” Saunders, Vanity Fair’s Christopher Hitchens and GOP consultant Roger Stone, who famously taught Labash how to properly tie a tie (he claims Labash still needs help). Stone (in photograph above with Labash) explained that he was leaving later to catch a train to Manhattan – his policy is to never stay overnight in D.C. as the town is too awful a place to remain too long. “I hate it,” he said. “People are phony.” (Stone splits his time between New York City and Miami.)

Soon the party turned into a roast.

“Nice house, not waspy enough,” Stone cracked. “I appreciate the enormous role I have played in making Matt Labash.” Stone joked that people always ask of Labash: ‘What’s with all the Hitler memorabilia?’

Saunders, to whom Labash devoted an entire chapter, said the author was much more than a writer but a life confidant whom he still phones for advice. “He knows enough about me to get me arrested,” he said. Initially, Saunders said, he feared a story about him appearing in The Weekly Standard: “I’m a Democrat. The Weekly Standard ain’t a damn Democrat publication.”

The party was the scene of scenes for D.C. journalists. Faces in the crowd included conservative radio personality Laura Ingraham, The Weekly Standard’s Stephen Hayes and Andy Ferguson, Politico’s Anne Schroeder Mullins, Patrick Gavin, Kiki Ryan, Michael Calderone and Pia Catton. Politico’s Jonathan Martin and NBC “Meet the Press” Executive Producer Betsy Fischer arrived simultaneously. The Daily Caller was represented well with opinion editor Moira Bagley, publisher Neil Patel, V.P. of sales Alex Treadway and congressional reporter Gautham Nagesh as well as Sean “Jim Treacher” Medlock on crutches. Others in attendance: The Hill’s A.B. Stoddard, the New York Post’s Charlie Hurt, Reason’s Michael Moynihan, Edelman’s Exec. V.P. Tony Blankley, National Review’s Jonah Goldberg, D.C. media consultant David Bass, former Time scribe Tim Burger and Slate’s Editor David Plotz. The Atlantic’s Josh Green was there and spoke of the story he has been living as of late – that of Rep. Eric Massa (D-N.Y.) and the old Navy buddies who told him, among other sordid details, about the ex-congressman’s infamous Massa massage and now compelling “snorkeling”. Green joked, “I feel dirty talking about it.” More seriously, he called Massa the “Andy Dick of Congress.”

Lightening struck when former D.C. Mayor Marion Barry arrived. Late and decked out in a suit and cherry-colored tie, Barry stole the show. And for a good while, it was all guests could do but stare and snap cell phone pictures.

“It took me an hour to find this place,” Barry told the awed crowd, explaining his tardiness. “I wandered here and there and everywhere.”

Initially Labash had no idea that Barry that arrived. “No, no, I don’t publicly speak!” the author was imploring guests, unaware that his most striking character was about to weigh in.

Carlson explained to guests that The Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol was sorry he couldn’t attend – he was in Manhattan hanging out with former N.Y. Gov. Eliot Spitzer and Massa (everyone laughed). Carlson read a note from Kristol that said, in part, “When we hired Labash, we had hoped he’d become a star – we’re still hoping.”

Carlson, who wrote the introduction to Labash’s book, had solemn praise for Labash with a twist. “Matt doesn’t simply write about people,” said Carlson. “He takes them as lifelong friends – almost in a proctological way.” He said when subjects first read the stories Labash has written about them their first response is “horror.”

Then they realize that what Labash has written is true, that the author has maybe captured them more deeply than anyone ever has.

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Geithner: He’s “Practically Elfin”

As alerted to us by MSNBC’s “First Read, First Thoughts”, The Atlantic’s senior editor Josh Green describes Treasury Sec. Timothy Geithner’s looks in painstaking detail: “He lacks the fully realized public persona most government officials develop by the time they’re chosen for important Cabinet positions. He doesn’t look like a Treasury secretary. He lacks presence. He’s trim and small, practically elfin, and, at 48, young for the job (he looks even younger).”

Green writes about little people be they Democrat or Republican. In January, he described a gathering of GOP Gov. Robert McDonnell called “Mini-me McDonnell”. He wrote, “Maybe it’s the beer, but there’s something about the tiny, tiny venue and audience that strikes me as hilarious. Doll-house like. Like he’s speaking to a gathering of Lilliputians.”

Green began his journalism career as an editor at The Onion.

Read Green’s entire piece here.

The photograph below gives us a sense of Geithner’s “elfin” size as Christine Lagarde, France’s Finance Minister looms over him.

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