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Ex-Politico’s Karin Tanabe: ‘I was Terrified’

Ex-Politico staffer Karin Tanabe revealed last night that there will be a sequel to her fictional book The List. “There’s got to be a sequel,” she said at a party celebrating the publication of her first book.

Though The List is a kind of fictional tell-all about Tanabe’s tenure at Politico, several current staffers still showed up to offer congratulations. Former employees showed up as well, including Kendra Marr Chaikind, who was fired from the publication in 2011.

“I wrote it really fast in secrecy,” Tanabe said in a short speech to the room of 70-ish attendees. She started it in the summer of 2011 while still working at Politico. “I was terrified,” she said.

Tanabe acknowledged other Politico “survivors” in the room (some of whom could be heard trading jokes about Politico) and said her book is about “paying homage” to reporters working in today’s new media environment. Of new media, she said, “It’s easier to make your career but also break your career.”

At one point, what appeared to be the cast of D.C. Housewives swooped in and had their photo snapped by the photographer. Among the women (and wearing all sorts of furs and leathers) were… Read more

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Quotes of the Day — the Oscar edition

Oscar coverage, attendance

“I just used a port-a-potty while wearing a tux. #glamour#oscars” — WaPo‘s Dan Zak.

“I love that my ticket for the Oscars tonight specifies ‘formal’ attire.” — Garance Franke-Ruta, senior editor, The Atlantic, whose work in ACT UP, the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power, was made into an Oscar-nominated documentary, “How to Survive a Plague.”

Editor dreads need for reading glasses

“Getting gray hair didn’t bother me. Hitting 40 was no big deal. But new realization that reading glasses are necessary isn’t sitting well.” — The Hill‘s Managing Editor Bob Cusack.

Sighting: rapper at DCA

“SPOTTED – @2chainz at DCA Washington Reagan National Airport this morning #DMV” — Marky Mark, a.k.a. Mark Wilkins, DC Celebrity. 2 Chainz’ real name is Tauheed Epps. His previous nickname was Tity Boi.

Dana Perino: a slave to travel size products

“Very glad to have found @3floz - products to save a woman traveler’s life. Take THAT airport security lines!” — FNC’s Dana Perino.

“On our way to the Oscars.” – Former Rep. Dennis Kucinich, with wife, Elizabeth.

D.C. Oscar Observers

  • “Reese Witherspoon says she let her 13-year-old pick out her dress. It shows.” — Roll Call’s Meredith Shiner.
  • “Seacrest, you really don’t need to stoop down to talk to Little Q.” — Conservative freelancer Lisa De Pasquale.
  • “I know everyone loves her… but every time Kerry Washington opens her mouth and I’m watching, I swear I lose brain cells.” — D.C. socialite Katherine Kennedy.
  • “It is now time for me to turn off and stow electronic devices. BUT HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO SEE WHAT ANNE HATHAWAY IS WEARING? Ugh.” — The Daily Caller‘s Taylor Bigler.
  • “Somebody get a box for Ryan Seacrest to stand on.” — Paul Brandus, of West Wing Reports and a columnist for The Week.
  • “Whoever is pregnant lady in the black lace cap sleeve dress, it suits you vvery nicely. you are w/channiing tatum who suits well too. #Oscar.” — NPR’s Kitty Eisele.
  • “OMG, Beasts of the Southern Wild won’t win because it’s too good to win, too good for this world!” — NYT‘s Jonathan Weisman.
  • “John Travolta introducing the muscials tribute is pretty gay.” — BuzzFeed‘s Chris Geidner.

Splish Splash…“Just gave the one-week-old a bath. To thank me, she drenched me with urine.” — BuzzFeed Political Editor McKay Coppins.

Um, use the rear entrance

“TONIGHT: Fashion Industry Sunday Party in DC at Huxley w/sexy deep house and live sax. Open bar 8-9pm! Use rear entrance, knock twice!” — Real Housewives of D.C.’s favorite stylist Paul Wharton.

D.C. journo finds a new pet peeve and more D.C. scribes offer Oscar observations, some are even worth reading… Read more

D.C. Journalists Get VIP Status With Santa

What’s better than Santa?

Well, not much apparently. Or getting put on the Very Nice list, which is what happened for about 50 VIPs and “children of” at Tysons Corner Center.  On Saturday morning, Tysons hosted area VIPs for a party with Santa, complete with breakfast, balloon animals, facepainting, caricature artists and music (and of chats and photos with Mr. Claus).  Attendees included Washingtonian publisher Cathy Merrill Williams, Washingtonian fashion editor Kate Bennett (pictured here), K St. Kate’s Kate Michael, freelance writer and author Cathy Alter, Urban Daddy Washington editor Jeff Dufour and Vocus VP Erin McCahill. (We hear Dufour had such a long list that Mr. Claus had to move him along. He then allegedly tried to remove Santa’s beard. We can’t fathom how he got himself a spot on Santa’s VIP list.)

“She’s sure this Santa is the real deal,” said Bennett of her daughter, Tess. “He had me pretty convinced, too.”

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Quotes of the Day

Blow off work and GO SHOPPING

“Streets of Georgetown closing. Go take advantage of the insane sale – we’re hearing up to 80% off. #dresswell #thankmelater” — Washingtonian Fashion Editor Kate Bennett.

Publicist sees bright side of being sick

“Being sick didn’t stop me from putting on all my gold jewelry #arealjew” — Publicist Courtney Cohen, a former producer for ABC’s “This Week.”

NBCer gripes about closed Hill office

“Love when it’s not Christmas, New Year’s or an actual holiday and get VM from congressional office: ‘the office is currently closed.’” — NBC’s Domenico Montanaro.

Warning: this quote might make you cry

“Remarkably sad image in restaurant I’m in. Everyone sitting separate and alone looking at their phones. Irony not lost on me.” — National Journal “The Hotline”‘s Chris Peleo-Lazar.

Speaking of crying…

“Grandma(s) alert: on @Morning_Joe tmw to try to describe how much I #lovethatboy without choking up.” — National Journal‘s Ron Fournier, last night, who has been tweeting non-stop about a story he wrote about raising a son with Asperger’s Syndrome that published last Thursday. He added this morning, “Gonna try to talk to @morningmika and @Morning_Joe about how much I #lovethatboy w/out choking up.”

The Observer takes on NBC Nightly News and a crime reporter notices helicopter in vicinity of her home… Read more

Female Journos Weigh in on Drybar

It has been two weeks since Drybar, a well-known blow dry saloon in Manhattan, opened its doors in Washington. Actually, two salons — one in D.C., another in Bethesda. So we wanted to check in with female journalists, bloggers and publicists around town about their thoughts about it. Will it make their lives easier? Do they even care?

“It’s about damn time!” said Pamela Sorensen of the “Pamela’s Punch” blog. “I’ve been to the one in Studio City because of Pacific Punch a few times and am totally addicted. I met with Alli Webb last year at her Sunset Boulevard location and had a great conversation with her. She’s brilliant, down to earth, a savvy businesswoman and gets the simplicity and convenience of what women want when it comes to an easy style.”

Sorensen, who thinks Drybar is a “no-brainer” says she loves the “bar” theme from the style names, to the services, to the elements within the salon. The yellow, gray and white scheme is fun and cheery and the stylists are excellent.”

Washingtonian‘s Fashion Editor Kate Bennett, something of a blow dry connoisseur, also sings the new salon’s praises. “At the end of the day, women here are busy, but we also like to look good,” she said. “I can’t see any reason not to celebrate a one-stop blowout shop with a $40 price tag for fabulous hair. As someone who gets blowouts 2-3 times a week (yes, I do) I’m sort of waiting for Drybar like a kid waiting to open presents on Christmas morning. There, I said it.”

Her colleague, Washingtonian Editor-at-Large Carol Joynt was lukewarm on the concept, although it looks like she could wind up there every so often… Read more

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Quotes of the Day – The Debate Edition

“Is Jim Lehrer sleeping zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz?” GOP Consultant Roger Stone.

“Is that Jim Lehrer’s heart rate monitor on the bottom of the CNN screen?” — Comedian Chris Rock parody account. He also commented on the first lady’s attire, saying, “Michelle Obama is wearing sleeves. This is serious.”

Advice for Lehrer: “I think Jim Lehrer just needs to start randomly yelling “get off my lawn” when he wants to move to the next topic.” — CNN Contributor and RedState‘s Erick Erickson.

And another thing…“Jim Lehrer looks confused, almost fearful. And pale. Awfully pale.” — Bloomberglp’s Dir. of Social Media Jared Keller. And another thing…“Q: Did Jim Lehrer ask to be made up to look like Burgess Meredith?” — Author Eric Metaxas. And another thing…“We’re deep enough into this to say that Jim Lehrer is blowing this as a moderator.”MetroWeekly‘s Co-Publisher Sean Bugg.

The Word Police

“Obama uses the term ‘ironically’ to mean unfortunately. It drives me crazy when people do that.” — TWT Opinion Writer Emily Miller.

The Observer

“Journalists posting screengrabs of their TV hits is this election’s worst development.” – Politico‘s Patrick Gavin.

Ragging on the Prez

  • “Not to pile on, but there is no overstating how irritated Obama looks and sounds tonight. Not a good look for him.” — National Journal “The Hotline Senior Editor Tim Alberta.
  • “Pres Obama has really a developed a penchant for talking ….. at considerable length.” — NYT Deputy Washington Bureau Chief Carl Hulse.
  • “Obama says it is never mind.. Obama is lost, all he can he do is lie.” — WaPo‘s right-wing blogger Jennifer Rubin.
  • “Slowly the left is starting to acknowledge that Obama is losing this debate.” — WaPo‘s Aaron Blake.
  • “Obama has many talents as a politician, but debating is not one of them.” — The New Yorker staff writer David Grann.
  • “Romney more lively, O has case of slowskis – yet much of debate a ref on Mitt’s econ plan.” — Politico‘s Jonathan Martin.
  • “Obama needs some of Romney’s 5-Hour Energy.” — National Journal Deputy Editor James Oliphant.
  • “Obama’s use of a boring accent is a pander to boring people.” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel.
  • “Visuals matter. Mute your TV and what do you see? Smiling Romney and peeved, smirking Obama” — National Journal Editor-in-Chief Ron Fournier.

Question to Ponder: “Why is Obama looking down so much?” — WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza.

Something else to Ponder: “Ok, I promise I’m listening and not just focusing on the flag pins, but what is that mark on Romney’s pin?” — Washingtonian‘s Fashion Editor Kate Bennett.

Journo prefers Honey Boo Boo

“Obama, Romney, for your sakes, I hope Honey Boo Boo isn’t on. Because this is getting pretty wonky.” — National Journal’s Elahe Izadi.

A compliment for Romney from the left: “Romney’s been natural and unusually funny in this debate. It’s a very strong performance.” — WaPo‘s left-wing wonk writer Ezra Klein.

Debate Downers

“I’m not picturing the senior citizens of Boca West understanding this debate so far.” — The Atlantic‘s Jeffrey Goldberg.

“We need to minimize the maximifications of the absolute level of mumbojumbery. Or else, fiscal cliff up the ying yang!” — Reason magazine’s Nick Gillespie.

Ivanka is proud of her dad

“Wow! How many times are the candidates going to mention my father this debate?!? What an honor!” — Ivanka Trump.

What, no bathroom breaks?

“Sometimes I wish I had a catheter.” — Elizabeth Lauten, a.k.a. DCGOPGirl, who reported for CNN during the summer conventions. She added, “Seriously, they ought to have one bathroom break in the middle or something. It’s otherwise inhumane.” (Elizabeth, your catheter for the next debate is in the mail.) 

From the Dept. of Bragiculture 

“Finally hit the big time: Just got an interview request from a Danish high school paper. Some of you will be lucky to say you knew me when.” — The Daily Caller‘s Taylor Bigler.

Whose Shoes: Revealed

Yesterday we held one of our famed “Whose Shoes” contests for two female media types. The photograph was taken by ABC7′s Rebecca Cooper at a recent district sale. The shoes in question belong to BrandLink’s Barbara Martin (owner of the sandals) and Poshbrood travel blogger Elizabeth Thorp (owner of the tiger print low heels).

Several readers guessed correctly, but some thought the sandals belonged to Washingtonian‘s Kate Bennett.

Now for details on the shoes.

Barbara’s sandals: “Shoes are Pucci.  I think they were $300?  I got them at the Gilt Warehouse Sale.”

Elizabeth’s Tiger print heels: “My shoes are also from GILT can you believe it? Got them online 2 years ago and they are the Kenneth Cole G series pumps (looks like a pump feels like a sneaker kind of thing…)  I believe I got them for $250? Typically they’re around $400 or $500.”

Fishbowl Summer Superlatives – THE RESULTS Part Deux

On Thursday, we began rolling out the results of our Summer Superlatives and today, you get to meet the rest of the winners. Thanks for voting.

Today’s results kicks off with the Best Dressed category. This cage match was between Politico’s Ken Vogel and Kate Nocerra, WaPo’s Jonathan Capehart, RCP’s Erin McPike, and CNN’s Kate Balduan. This contest wasn’t even close. While we had a feeling Capehart would be the clear winner, he was a very distant second to Kate Balduan! Congrats, Kate. Your prize is a $1 gift card to Fashion Bug!

Moving right along, we asked you to name Washington’s Best Writer. Your choices were The Weekly Standard’s Matt Labash, The New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza, NJ’s Major Garrett, NYT’s Mark Leibovich, Ashley Parker and Maureen Dowd, WaPo‘s Karen Tumulty, HuffPost’s Eliot Nelson, and Washingtonian’s Luke Mullins. This one was a close one to call. It was a two-man race between Garrett and Labash, but in the end, Major Garrett came through and was voted the winner. It should be noted that today is Garrett’s birthday.

Which Washington journo is Most In Need of a Salad? We asked you to choose between Politico’s Jonathan Allen and Jonathan Martin, Slate‘s Dave Weigel, HuffPost’s Peter Cherukuri and Jason Linkins, FNC’s Bob Beckel and Bret Baier, and author and former TWTer Rich Miniter. This was another category where it wasn’t even close. The FNC team of Bob Beckel and Bret Baier were the heavy favorites and waddled walked their way to an easy victory.

Next up, we had the category that saw more votes than any other, Sexiest. Your sultry selections were AP‘s Steve Peoples, Atlantic Publisher Justin Smith, Washingtonian‘s Kate Bennett, Real Housewives of D.C.’s sassy stylist Paul Wharton, CNN’s Brianna Keilar, NBC4′s Doug Kammerer and Maynard Institute’s Richard Prince. The winner by a slim, sexy (and consenting) majority was Brianna Keilar.

On the other side of the coin, we have Who is Most In Need of a Makeover? Your choices were CQ Roll Call (the entire publication), The Daily Caller’s Matthew Boyle, TWT’s Stephen Dinan, DCRTV’s Dave Hughes and Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher. Once again, this was a two-man race between Christopher and Boyle. While Christopher just looks generally disheveled, the overall train wreck that is Matthew Boyle was voted the winner. Congrats, Matt. We hear that Paul Wharton may be available to help turn you into a beautiful swan.

Last, but certainly not least, is the Best On-Air Personality. The heavy-hitters on this list were ABC’s Jake Tapper, The Daily Caller’s Tucker Carlson, MSNBC’s Chuck Todd, CBS’s Bob Schieffer and Nancy Cordes, HuffPost‘s Sam Stein, and WaPo’s Nia-Malika Henderson. At the end of the day, the experience of Schieffer couldn’t keep up with your winner, Jake Tapper!

Congratulations to all of our winners.

 

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Keeping Up With the Luxxerians…From L to R: GWU’s Nick Massella, Washingtonian‘s Wedding and Style Editor Kate Bennett and psychotherapist Glennon Gordon and (in royal blue dress) Sunni from WPGC 95.5′s “Sunni and the City” posing with hairstylist Luigi Parasmo at a “Botox and Locks” event this week where guests could get discounted Botox and hair services. Sunni had a haircut and styling by Luigi and her makeup done by Flami the makeup artist. Botox was offered by Dr. Ayman Hakki of Luxxery Medical Boutique.

WaPo reporter takes issue with reader

“To the lady who called to complain about my ‘incorrect’ use of ‘quotidian’ and how we have no editors here anymore….. I’m sorry I was being, as you said, ‘obstinate.’ But you’re wrong. My use solidly within ‘usual or ordinary,’ second def in Webster’s New World. That said, a reader suggested ‘humdrum,’ which is better.” — WaPo‘s Mike DeBonis.

Blogger (jokingly?) boasts of sexual prowess

“Like Gore Vidal, I had 1000 sexual encounters by the time I was 25. Of course, I was the only one in the room for most.” — Sam Husseini, who works for the Institute of Public Accuracy and blogs for Washington Stakeout.

WaPo’s Marcus question’s media’s gaffe coverage

“So I’m not against gaffe coverage — I’m against covering only gaffes, which is where campaign reporting seems to be trending. I’m not against politicians’ seizing on opponents’ gaffes — I’m against politicians who believe, or act as if they believe, that this tactic can substitute for substantive campaign discussion.” — WaPo‘s Ruth Marcus in a column today.

When a quote shouldn’t be a quote

In a “story” Tuesday, DCist’s illustrious dweeb Ben Freed writes about The Daily Caller‘s gun contest in which he or she who catches their porn hacker wins a gun. He writes, “We know what you’re thinking. Are they for fucking real?” Then he quotes a former Daily Caller staff writer who answers his dumb rhetorical question and says, “Probably.” Hardly quotable, Freed. Might want to approach the publicist, current editor or reporter. Could be helpful. And if you’re going to quote a former reporter? At least get something worthy.

Say hello to Tschida’s puppy

“Just in case anyone is wondering how puppy is doing.” — ABC7′s Stephen Tschida. No drama today, just cuteness.

Strange reunion in the park

“Nearly running over @jmsummers in Thomas Circle Park is definitely one of the weirder things to happen to me this year.” — CBS 12 West Palm Beach Producer Robert Kessler, referring to Politico‘s infamous campaign reporter Juana Summers. We’ve checked in with Juana to make sure she’s okay. She explained that Robert is a good friend from college. “I was walking home from work through Thomas Circle and was attempting to make it across the light even though I didn’t have the right of way,” she wrote. “I looked over and he happened to be driving the car that was waiting for me to cross.  No collision, just the oddest reunion I’ve had in a while.”

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Quotes of the Day


Breitbart.com’s War on BuzzFeed

“If BuzzFeed Politics would just come out against the right, it would be a much better site. Seriously.” — Breitbart.com‘s John Nolte.

HuffPost reporter with broken hand pissed

“I hate everyone. I’m typing with one hand!” — HuffPost‘s Elise Foley, who broke her arm while texting and walking at the same time. As we reported previously, she’ll be in a sling for six weeks.

Poor Mr. Kim: “Mr Kim, the DC liquor store owner featured in 9 News Now reports for selling booze to underage kids, was found guilty in court today.” — News Assignment Manager at WUSA9′s Bill Starks.

Slate‘s Jack Shafer: “Can’t somebody give Joe Biden a blog? I’d read it.”

Journo prays for strength amid loudmouth train rider

“Please, Lord, make her stop talking. I beg of you. Make. Her. Stop. #auralhostage #acela” — WaPo‘s Jonathan Capehart.

Whoa! You did what? “Engrossed in my phone, literally bumped into a person coming out of Barneys @georgetowndc. Look up, it’s Jennifer Hudson. M’scuse, J-Hud.” – Washingtonian‘s Kate Bennett.

Reporter offers unusual warning

“Gird your loins, ladies and gentlemen: @JoeBiden is armed with visual aid in latest campaign speech.” — Tribune‘s Mike Memoli.

Writer fights back

“People who #hate have NO CLUE what goes on in other people’s lives beyond what you think you see. NO CLUE. To my haters YOU ARE CLUELESS!” — NBC theGrio’s Sophia Nelson, who recently had her life threatened. “Folks I am not upset with #haters they are what they are. I am disgusted by people who think they have the right to curse you out publicly.”

Reporter covering Romney tossed out of hotel

“Two very large, very serious-looking security folks just booted me from back entrance of Hyatt in midtown, where Romney is about to arrive.” — NBC News campaign embed reporter Garrett Haake.

WTF?

“Oh WTH, FYI, in case you missed it, ICYMI means ‘in case you missed it.’ — author David Limbaugh, brother of conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh. Thanks, David, for letting us in on that national secret.

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