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If you want a friend in Washington…Meet Kendall, CNN and RedState’s Erick Erickson‘s new pup. It is uncertain whether he will join the ranks of ABC News’s Jake Tapper‘s cat, Walter, and dog, Winston, with brand new Twitter accounts.

Only in Washington…

“Overheard on street corner: woman lamenting a coworker’s insufficient respect for her knowledge of the Spanish Civil War. #onlyinDC.” — The Hill‘s Niall Stanage.

Journos fall in love with George W all over again

“Laura Bush is rocking a popped collar in her official portrait. #likeaboss.” — TPM Assoc. Editor Sara Libby.

“MAN I LOVE GEORGE W. BUSH” — Wonkette/Salon/Guardian Contributor Jim Newell.

“Got a wink from W during his speech. Before he spoke of unconditional love of his dad” — American Urban Radio White House Correspondent April Ryan.

“Bush looks tan.” — The Guardian‘s Social News Editor Katie Rogers.

“President Bush 43 is on fire with these jokes. Hilarious.” — NBC’s Luke Russert.

“Just fantastic.” — MSNBC.com’s Mike O’Brien.

Forgot how quick W was to tear up…refers to his pop’s ‘unconditionally love’ [sic] and gets weepy.” — ABC News White House Correspondent Jake Tapper.

“Grace all around at WH unveiling of portraits on GWB and Laura Bush.” — CNBC and NYT‘s John Harwood.

Headline that should disturb you: “Man admits to eating roommate’s heart and part of his brain.” More here. (Thank you to blogger Jeff Quinton for alerting us to this. He remarked to FBDC, “Just worried that the dude lives so close to my wife’s brother and his family honestly.” He writes The Quinton Report. )

Journo witnesses jumper

“Well, I saw some poor guy jump off a building, and made a statement to the cops. So today took a different turn.” – Free Beacon‘s Katherine Miller.

The Matchmaker

“Attention ladies – John Edwards is available.” — Townhall and Breitbart.com‘s Derek Hunter.

In other Edwards gets away acquitted reaction…

“Let he who has never betrayed his cancer-stricken wife, fathered a child with a mistress and had his aide take the fall cast the first stone.” — New York Daily News Opinion Editor Josh Greenman.

“He is really deluded here if he thinks he has a political future.” — NBC’s Chuck Todd on this morning’s TODAY show. Todd can never really hide his dripping contempt for Edwards.

“John Edwards managed to do in court what he does best and he was the defendant this time–waste tax payer money.” — TWT‘s Kerry Picket.

Journo watchdog deals with wayward moth

“Moth has camped out at the top of our 20 foot entry ceiling. Wife has closed all the bedroom doors as a precaution.” — Accuracy in Media Chairman Don Irvine.

HuffPost Politics Reporter Laura Bassett has the moving blues: “Moving is like repeatedly stabbing yourself in the eye with a fork.”

Spoken like a true blogger

“I hate meeting new people.”– Lisa De Pasquale, an Alexandria, Va. -based blogger who writes The Lotus Blog.

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.


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NBC Washington’s Jim Long takes this morning photograph. He calls it “Sunrise over Washington.”


A new avenue for the Biden gaffe: Twitter

“Welcome to twitter Joe Biden, @VP, or at least Joe Biden’s press staff.” — TIME‘s Jay Newton-Small in a Tuesday tweet.

Journo Mysteries

“Just got third email today (4th since last week) saying someone is trying to reset my Twitter password. Freaking out a little.” — Reason Magazine’s Mike Riggs in a Tuesday tweet.

The Fashion Consultants

NJ’s Amy Harder: “Casual Tuesday? Sen. David Vitter, R-La., walks onto Senate floor in khakis and plaid shirt, no suit jacket.” She added, “And Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., is in jeans. Maybe the casual attire is a bipartisan protest of being in session this week.”

WaPo‘s new Deputy National Editor Terence Samuel: No suit jacket or no jacket? And did he have a tie?

Reporter starstruck by Politifact founder

“Saw@politifact’s Bill Adair on CNN while picking up a rental car in Chicago. I was starstruck!” –D.C. Digital Journalist Chris Montgomery in a Tuesday tweet.

Tread carefully around this journo today

“Late night headache. Kill. me. now.” — WaPo Social Media Producer Katie Rogers in an extremely early morning tweet.

Reporter flees scorching heat of her apartment

“Nothing motivates a girl to be up, out of the house and ready to work by 6:40 like having no A/C in her apt in DC in July.” — Roll Call‘s Meredith Shiner in a Wednesday morning tweet.

Breaking up with your BlackBerry is hard to do

“I need to figure out how to tell my BlackBerry at the end of this month that I want a divorce, and that I’m leaving it for a Droid or iPhone.” — The Hill‘s Michael O’Brien in a Tuesday tweet.

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Weekend Sighting: Bloomberg’s Jim Snyder and The Hill’s Alex Bolton at Standard, a beer garden on 14th Street NW, drinking German beer and eating soft pretzels.

NBC’s Luke Russert: “The pug is not impressed by his new pillow.”

What comes around goes around

“Trips me out when folks write me a snarkly tweet, then get an attitude when I return the favor. Like they can only do it.” — Washington Watch’s Roland Martin in a weekend tweet.

More Weiner fallout

“As a former Weiner myself, that’s my maiden name, I definitely sympathize with him.” — CBS’s Nancy Cordes on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” on Sunday.

Father of the Year material, right?

“Promised to take daughter off wife’s hands today. Promised daughter adventure. Thinking B’More aquarium.” — National Review Online‘s Jonah Goldberg in a weekend tweet. Perhaps at some point private matters can be kept at his house so the daughter isn’t perceived as a bother.

Alter gives Abramson the nod

“I’ve known new NY Times editor Abramson since college. She’ll be terrific and she worships right thing—reporting.” — Bloomberg Review writer and NBC News Contributor Jonathan Alter in a weekend tweet.

Journo has message for Senate Chief of Staff

“Note to Senate Chief of Staff who left their @nationaljournal mag at gym: you want to rip off address label before you leave it on the bike.” — Roll Call‘s Shira Toeplitz in a weekend tweet.

Finally a message from Washingtonian‘s Garrett Graff that’s relevant, not pompous or otherwise unnecessary: “Metro is doing bag searches in Woodley Park. It’s an even dumber policy when you see it in action.”

The modern alarm clock

“I love my iPhone with a new, profound depth. Four — count em — four alarm apps got me out of bed today.”  — WaPo‘s Social Media Producer Katie Rogers in a Monday morning tweet.

The Critic

Will the Washington Post ever get tired of photographing and quoting perpetual protester Medea Benjamin? — Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) Speechwriter and Political Advisor Amanda Carpenter in a weekend tweet.  Benjamin is co-founder of Code Pink.

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Congrats to Wolf

“Today marks exactly 21 years for me at #CNN — have loved every minute.” — CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in a Sunday tweet.

A journo’s food of the Gods

“Why do I ever eat anything other than avocado sprinkled with salt and wrapped in tortilla?” — The Atlantic‘s Alexis Madrigal in a Monday tweet.

Chef Geoff reacts to being on FBDC’s ‘Incest Desk’

“Not even sure what it means to make the @FishbowlDC ‘Incest Desk’” — Chef Geoff Tracy in a Monday tweet. We told him it’s a high honor.

Scribe spots mouse in Senate dining room

“Mouse was running around Dirksen Senate dining room. Guy stomped on it and killed it. Everyone was so grossed out.” — HuffPost Senior Political Reporter Amanda Terkel in a Monday tweet showing that Politico‘s Roslyn newsroom isn’t the only place that attracts mice.

Straight men can wear tight clothes too, reader says

“…Why can’t the man dress nicely in slim-fitting clothes and show off his body without being called gay? Plus, I’ve seen a ton of gay men who can’t dress for shit. Stop thinking that anytime someone wears a nice outfit that they’re gay.” — An FBDC reader with the handle @gaypornfanatic in response to our story on Rep. Aaron Schock (R-Ill.) appearing ripped on the cover of Men’s Health. Another reader, JeffreyM, says: “Single guy, no mention of a ‘personal life’, a ridiculous amount of time spent on his body, and some strangely anti-gay attitudes all add up to the House’s next Mark Foley or Larry Craig.” Finally, Capitol File‘s Editor-in-Chief Kate Bennett responds to the Schock story with this: “Um, can we talk about Rep. Aaron Shock‘s body for a minute?”

Quick convo between two journos on blind items

Washington Examiner Yeas & Nays intern Eddie Scarry: “Can someone tell me what the point of gossip ‘blind items’ is? Never understood.”

TWT‘s Emily Miller: “Blind items rock. You avoid perfect sourcing. Plus it’s a fun game for the readers to guess.”

 

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Metro Weekly’s White House correspondent Chris Geidner claims Thursday was Purple Paisley Tie Day. He wins our non-existent Pretty Tie of the Day award, an honor never bestowed on anyone.

Getting to know the Senator’s wife: Always a good idea

“I ran into Nancy Domenici on Cap Hill (Sen. Pete’s wife) today. She was walking home, too. What a gracious and down-to-earth woman.” — Albuquerque Journal‘s Washington Bureau Chief Michael Coleman in a Thursday tweet.

Quite a reaction to end of RHOD

“@ReliableSource will miss your columns on RHDC so desp so I may have to tie you down and force you to watch RHBH and recap for me.” — Writer and wife to lobbyist Jack Quinn, Susanna Quinn in a Thursday tweet after WaPo‘s Reliable Source (Amy Argetsinger) reported that Real Housewives of DC has been canceled.

Fake Jim V. weighs in on Planned Parenthood issue

“Like most dilemmas involving planned parenthood, we can’t do anything until the morning after.” — FakeJimVandeHei in a Thursday tweet.

Note to Chuckles: You don’t have to “lean forward” when tweeting

“POTUS seemed to lean into idea of being to announce a deal early tmro. Seems to hint that a some working deal is on the table.” — NBC’s Chuck Todd in a Thursday tweet.

Editor disappointed with ShutdownShowdown coverage

“Fox is talking birthers, MSNBC Gulf Oil spill and CNN has Eva Longoria. And all I want is budget news. #insidethebeltway.” — Politico‘s Martin Kady in a Thursday tweet. Thankfully Fox News comes through with the following, as tweeted by Kady’s colleague Jake Sherman who informed: “Bachmann bets greta an “ice cream cone” that boehner, obama reid come to a deal tomorrow.” He’s referring to Bachmann’s appearance on FNC’s Greta Van Susteren‘s “On the Record” program last night.

Really bad luck

“A Google image search result for my name turns back a lot of nonsense and the frowny face of a guy I used to date. Wonderful.” — WaPo Social Media Producer Katie Rogers in a Thursday tweet.

Boy Bander hates ‘The West Wing

“At fiancee’s request, am watching The West Wing. Am I the only liberal who fucking HATES this show?” — Wired‘s Spencer Ackerman in a Thursday tweet.

TV report explains away all-caps use

“Hugely historic #TopLine today: FULL HALF HOUR for first ever time featuring SCHUMER, HATCH, HOYER, MCCARTHY, JEFF SESSIONS, RON JOHNSON.” — ABC “World News Tonight” Senior Washington Editor Rick Klein in a Thursday morning tweet. He apologizes a moment later, saying, “Sorry about the ALL CAPS but I’m jazzed.” We’ll excuse it this time since this is, we think, a first-time infraction.

Journos get emotional about potential shutdown

“Floor speeches today just pitiful: U want our soldiers to starve! No, U do! Well U want to keep borrowing fr China so we can fund abortion!.” — Former Politics Daily Editor-in-Chief Melinda Henneberger in a Thursday tweet.

“BREAKING: Cherry Blossom parade will proceed even if there is a #shutdown. #whew.” — Mother Jones D.C. Bureau Chief David Corn in a Thursday morning tweet.

HuffPost‘s Sam Stein learns lesson amid shutdown story

“If this week has taught me anything, it’s how to write a news story about a lack of news.” — Sam Stein in a Thursday tweet. To which WCP‘s Managing Editor Mike Madden said (joked, we think) that he’s sure Stein has learned this before.

Unnecessary Tweet(s) of the Day

The procession of Washington journalists who kept reiterating that President Obama canceled today’s trip to Indianapolis, Indiana after The Hill‘s White House Correspondent Sam Youngman wrote, “WH official tells me POTUS will NOT go to Indiana tomorrow.”

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And the Worst-Sounding Breakfast Award goes to…

“Easy Sunday breakfast: Cook and drain some frozen peas. Thickly slice and cook bacon. Toss together with lots of salt and pepper. Done.” — Chef Ezra Klein in a Sunday tweet. Professor. Doctor. Blogger. What’s next? We’re not Food Network experts or anything, but this doesn’t sound so good, Ezzy. Maybe add fresh figs? (FYI: Klein moonlights for a food blog called the Internet Food Association. Last year he revealed that he was adding fresh figs to his diet.)

White House correspondent en route to Paris

“Woke up mid-flight to discover a napkin on my lap on which was scrawled “Kentucky 76-69″ Awesome!!!” — The Hill‘s White House Correspondent Sam Youngman in a weekend tweet on a flight to Paris.

Heads up GQ‘s Ana Marie Cox: Drinking Game Alert

“Libya drinking game. If Pres O says, “let me be clear,” turn off the tv and drink half-bottle of Jack.” — National Review Online‘s Greg Pollowitz in a Monday morning tweet. President Obama is scheduled to give an address on Libya tonight.

The Critic

“Missing from the NYT profile of Astoria, OR: It was the backdrop for Kindergarten Cop” — Politico Deputy Politics Editor Sara Libby in a Monday morning tweet. Most necessary part: “h/t Jonathan Martin.”  Libby links to the piece here. (We h/t Libby of course…)

Journo loses her mother

“Still, in the wake of my mother’s death- rain feels more like tears than luck. So I went inside.” — TIME‘s Jay Newton-Small in a weekend tweet on the passing of her mother. She also wrote: “Guess it’s lucky. My father proposed to my mother during the monsoon. And I was born in a thunderstorm.” Our condolences to her.

Now this is dedication…

“Ha! I’ve used TBD so much in tweets that my iPhone corrected a typo to tbd. (Was trying to write “the.” Looks like I thumbed “tbe.”)” — TBD Community Engagement Director Steve Buttry in a Monday tweet.

Ever the observer…

“With the recession technically over, the New Yorker profiles Christian Louboutin. It’s a fun piece. Loubi practically profiles himself.” — The Daily Caller‘s “Daily Baller” Mike Riggs in a Monday morning tweet. (We thank Riggs for the excuse to run a photograph of beautiful shoes and note his expertise and ease with Loubi lingo.)

Fake Jim V.  wants to know what the hell happened…

“Juicebox Mafia? James Hohmann still drinks Capri Sun totally non-ironically. Where’s our trend piece?” — FakeJimVandeHei in a Sunday tweet. To return to a dead PoliticoMouse is truly awful. Thank God FakeJimV is alive. Here he (or she) is referring to Politico‘s young whippersnapper James Hohmann, a former WaPo intern, in reaction to NYT‘s incredibly softball Sunday Style section piece on Boy Banders WaPo’s Klein, Slate‘s Dave Weigel etc… (More on the death of PoliticoMouse and that NYT Style story later…)

Why Gibbs shouldn’t take Facebook job….

While the rest of D.C. is commenting on former White House Spokesman Robert Gibbs‘ potential move to Facebook, WUSA’s Angie Goff throws a wet towel on the idea with this Monday morning tweet: “Researchers say Facebook could cause depression.” Goff’s story link hails from Fox News’s website, which runs an AP story today about how Facebook presents a “skewed view” about what’s really going on. Oh the irony…

Slate‘s Shafer makes a request

“Please subscribe to the NYT so I’ll have it to kick around.” — Slate media writer Jack Shafer in a weekend tweet.

D.C. journo mentality

“Actually having a weekend = long Sunday night of work. :( ” — WaPo Social Media Producer Katie Rogers in a weekend tweet.

NPR’s Inskeep in Disneyland karaoke hell

“At Disneyland: 6yr old too terrified to visit Haunted Mansion, so we stand in New Orleans hearing jazz band play Back Home Again in Indiana.” — NPR’s Steve Inskeep in a weekend tweet from Disneyland. He continues: “You haven’t lived until you step into House of Blues, adjacent to Disneyland, & discover it’s a karaoke bar with $18 drinks.” And this: “p.s. Karaoke singer now belting out “Dancing with Myself”- it may take between $36 and $54 to make this right.”

F&@# Smoking!

“I quit smoking almost exactly three years ago. It remains one of the best things I’ve done. Ever. Seriously, fuck smoking.” — Journalist, author, and media critic Craig Silverman in a weekend tweet. He writes the “Regret the Error” website and works for PBS Media Shift.

Mika learns a thing or two from “Playbook”

“Thanks to Politico for the reminder that it’s my father’s birthday.” — MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinksi this morning on “Morning Joe” in a silent shout-out to Mike Allen, who included it in this morning’s “Playbook.” Mika’s father, who often appears on the program, is Zbigniew Brzezinksi, former U.S. National Security Advisor to President Jimmy Carter.

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Editor has blueberry fever

“Blueberries inexplicably on massive sale at grocery store. I’m so excited about breakfast, I’ll never get to sleep tonight. #easilythrilled” — WaPo Book World Editor Ron Charles in a Wednesday tweet.

Journos want Zzz’s

“Just took two Tylenol PMs and feeling very #isthisreallife right now.” — WaPo Express News Editor Sara Schwartz in a Wednesday tweet.

“Can’t sleep. Trying to write but so bored with these same old thoughts.” — WaPo Social Media Producer Katie Rogers in a Wednesday tweet.

Birthday shout-out to our intern: He’s legal

He’s only five days in and today is the intern’s birthday.  Alec Jacobs turns 21 and apparently he’s ready for his first beer. So far so good. He has written about hair and bras. For those stories alone he already holds a special place in my heart. We wish him a very Happy Birthday and hope you enjoy covering that Daily Caller new members party tonight at Top of the Hill. Please Daily Caller scribes, do what you will with him tonight but please return him to us in one piece. Or else.

A misguided WCP’s Freed tells Politico scribe what to delete

Benjamin, I say this in the best possible spirit of our budding journo friendship. If you want tips, I’ll give them to you free of charge but stop thinking you know what “Betsy fodder” is. Politico’s Dan Hirschhorn’s tweet about updating his Wikipedia page is not “pure Betsy fodder.” No offense to Dan, and no need to advise him on what to delete. We wouldn’t have chosen that. Now, yours about Kim Kardashian’s ass? That’s a keeper. If you know the site, you know we’ve written extensively about Kardashian ass issues. For another example of what would catch my eye, read below. The author should sound familiar.

Journo won’t boob talk with his mom

“Sorry, but I’m not going to tell my mom a story involving a blog post about someone’s boobs.” – WCP Contributor Benjamin Freed in a Wednesday tweet in reaction to this story that wasn’t about “boobs” per say. It was about WaPo editorial staff reaction to a new online feature. Yes, “boobs” do arise in the story.

White House state dinner attire

“Vera Wang’s dress is amazing, dreamy and appropriate.” — Susanna Quinn in a Wednesday tweet. She’s the wife of lobbyist Jack Quinn.

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Last night…Fox News contributor and President George Bush’s Press Secretary Dana Perino filled in for FNC’s Greta Van Susteren, who said she was going  over to PR maven Tammy Haddad’s place to celebrate her birthday.

When life gets in the way of good journalism

“Now my wife’s vacuuming. So much for attempting to transcribe audio.” — Conservative blogger and former TWT’s Robert Stacy McCain in a Monday tweet.

C.S. Lewis causes Monday stir with D.C. journos

The saga concerning author C.S. Lewis started like this: Politico‘s Ben Smith: “5 yr old devastated by ending of The Silver Chair. #cslewis.” Then deep thinker extraordinaire, The Nation’s D.C. Bureau Chief Chris Hayes, jumped in, saying, “@benpolitico those books changed my life at exactly that age.” (Changed his life? Of course at five-years-old, the age when most people really try to find themselves.) The Daily Caller‘s Mike Riggs, however, jumped into the conversation in a Monday tweet to second the sadness of the books, saying, “@chrislhayes @benpolitico That series serves as a dry run for life’s more epic disappointments. Rem. asking mom if all of them were sad.”

Journo confronts the unexpected

“I have mashed potatoes in my hair. What a day.” — WashingtonPost.com Social Media Producer Katie Rogers in a Monday tweet. We love this, of course, but earlier in the day, she wrote, “Scared to leave the building.” She told FishbowlDC she was referring to the wind. She thought she left it behind when she moved here from Chicago.

Moe Tkacik and Lindsay Lohan

“I am about as rehabilitated as Lohan, and less “employable.” I keep a lower overhead, at least.” — Former WCP‘s Das Krapital writer Moe Tkacik wrote Monday when asked if she’d been rehabilitated (not in the alcoholic/drug sense, but on Robert Stacy McCain featured above).

Ezra Klein, the movie buff

“I feel like Natalie Portman did not take the lessons of Black Swan to heart.” — WaPo‘s Ezra Klein on news that the actress is engaged and pregnant.

Washington Speak in Fort Lauderdale

“The Fort Lauderdale airport terminal 4 needs an earmark.” — MSNBC Capitol Hill Correspondent Luke Russert in a geek-filled Monday tweet.

Measuring dorkiness

“Am I dork or do all people turn off a new album to catch @NPR @Wamu885news ?” — asked freelance journo Matt Laslo. To which The Takeaway’s radio scribe Todd Zwillich assured him, “That first thing.”

Speaking of, um, dorky decisions…

“I’m finally going to get serious about Google Reader. Not a New Year’s resolution though; it would never happen that way.” — WCP‘s Benjamin Freed in a Monday tweet. > Update: A sassy Freed got snappy and declared, “I don’t mind you calling me a dork, Betsy, but I wrote that tweet last Thursday.” (Fine, Freed, you wrote the tweet last Thursday. We humbly stand corrected. We didn’t, however, call you a dork. We called your decision “dorky.”)

Cream puffs or push-ups: You decide

“Roommate Ryan just did 50 straight push-ups. I watched from the couch while eating cream puffs and drinking beer.” — C-SPAN’s Jeremy Art in a Monday tweet.

F–k you Facebook for fat friend

“Old high school peer now so large I’d never be able recognize that person now. It’s only been 5 years! #FuckYouFacebook” — The Daily Caller‘s Jeff Winkler in a Monday tweet.

The critic

“Disappointed tonight’s HuffPostHill included no animal pictures. For shame!” — Roll Call‘s Christina Bellantoni on HuffPost Hill, which usually has animals sneezing, dancing and doing other oddities.