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Is Ed Henry the Reason for Mice Problem in White House Press Room?

Rumors of mice in the White House have been swirling as of late, but word on the street is that they’re just after Fox News’ Ed Henry. No firm answers yet as to why, so we can only guess at this point. Does Ed leave crumbs of food on his desk? Does his work space offer an abundance of places to hide?

Earlier today, Henry Tweeted about the debacle and it’s left us wondering.

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According to the White House Dossier’s Keith Koffler, “Suspiciously, the CNN booth, which is right next to Fox’s, has not had its defenses breached by a single mouse, prompting questions among veteran, unserious reporters about whether White House Press Secretary Jay Carney is indoctrinating mice to despise free markets and releasing them late at night in the Fox booth.”

We here in the Fishbowl are taking this matter very seriously. Please send any relevant photos (of Ed’s workspace, other spaces in the White House press room where mice have been spotted, reasons why the mice may have an affinity for Henry) to We vow to follow this micecapade until the ordeal can be swept under the rug.

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Incest Desk: Politico Contributor to Pub’s Defense

Politico‘s Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen had many journalists around town bristling last week after they slammed the NYT and WaPo for being biased against Mitt Romney and favoring President Obama in their coverage.

Over the weekend, Keith Koffler, who writes the typically unfiltered, gritty, wrote up his take on the Politico story that caused anxiety in the Washington Press Corps. His headline: “Politico Nails Mainstream Media for Liberal Bias.” In it, he has two full disclosure type announcements: 1. He personally knows these “brave” men VandeHei and Allen. He writes, “I can tell you, VandeHei and Allen – both of whom I know personally – have done a brave bit of work here and made themselves no new friends within the Washington journalism establishment.” 2. He’s a paid contributor to Politico. 3. On a good note, at least he includes the disclosures. But what’s he doing writing this type of story? He doesn’t critique them. In fact, he cozies up and takes their side, saying he hopes this will make the media be more sensitive to bias, but he doubts this will happen.

Journalists angered by Politico‘s story pointed out that the Roslyn-based pub heavily aggregated the WaPo story they knocked. As bad luck or fate would have it, on the day the story came out, the NYT had an editorial against Obama. And in a weekend column, Maureen Dowd brought Obama down a few rungs.

UPDATE: It appears Koffler is upset that we put him on the Incest Desk. He wrote me to say that I have “impugned” his character to the world. He also insists that Politico never asked him to write the favorable post, even though we never accused him of that in the first place. But so be it. Here’s what he has to say: “What a low blow. I tried to be very careful about disclosure. … The reason I wrote the piece is that I thought my readers would be interested to know that a major mainstream media publication would flag liberal, pro-Obama bias in other such publications. I thought it was a very rare and important thing. I did not think my association with Politico should be a reason to keep this story from my readers, which is why I was careful to note the association to them. Nobody at Politico – in fact, nobody at all – ever suggested or insinuated that I should write the piece I did. …I have not done anything unethical or even unusual.”

Did WaPo Get Spurned by WH Press Office?

This morning’s Keith Koffler casts the White House press office in a dark light as he writes about the “petty treatment” WaPo allegedly received for writing a story they disliked. He says White House press aides all but ensured the pub would get scooped.

Koffler points to a story WaPo published today that says President Obama didn’t fulfill his promises regarding the housing market. As a result, he writes, the press office appeared to give news of a Las Vegas jaunt today to outline borrowers refinance to “chief” WaPo competitors such as WSJ and NYT.

The incident hit home for the former longtime White House reporter, who had his own rough experiences. What happens to a reporter who crosses them? An excerpt: “I assume Post White House Reporter Zachary Goldfarb reporter, who wrote the story, got the full fusillade of profanity-laced fake fury from the White House press office, which is routinely served up to those who write articles the White House doesn’t like. The purpose of such treatment, and the denial of the housing ‘scoop’ to the Post, would be to get inside Goldfarb’s head so that he doesn’t try this again.”

Koffler told FishbowlDC that he believes White House press aides continue to bully reporters into reporting what they want. He recalled his own bad memories, saying, “Some of it was funny. One told me, ‘You’re really going to win a fucking Pulitzer Prize for this one.’ Another, less funny, remarked that my article was ‘horseshit,’ demanding to know sources.”

We requested comment from the White House Press Office. Deputy Press Secretary Joshua Earnest replied blandly, “I talked to Keith occasionally when he worked for Roll Call, but I haven’t really heard from him since he left to start his own blog a year or so ago.”

More on Koffler’s charges against the WH press office…

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POTUS’ ‘Scary’ Black Bus Tour


A White House Pool Report by WSJ‘s Laura Meckler involving a bus with black tinted windows caused some stir earlier today.

She wrote: “Air Force One touched down in St. Paul at 10:30 a.m. CT. An all-black bus with dark tinted windows awaited Potus at the bottom of the stairs. Even from the outside, the bus is not like any normal bus. The windows are so dark (except for those next to the driver) that it does not appear to have any windows at all. There is nothing painted on it whatsoever.”

West Wing Reports had this to say about it: “Standard talking points so far as President’s ‘economic bus tour’ (in a really scary looking all-black bus) gets underway in MN.”

CBS News White House radio reporter Mark Knoller has more details on the bus. For one thing, it’s as mammoth as it is to accommodate the Secret Service. For another, the $1.1 million bus is part of a new fleet.

We reached out to’s Keith Koffler about what effect he thinks the bus might have on ordinary Minnesotans. “It’s going to cause an accident,” Koffler said. “If I saw that thing, I’d drive right off the road, get out my car, and beg the Lord for mercy.” He continued, “I fully expect Obama to get off the bus and instead of kissing babies say to them, ‘Luke, I am your father.’”

On a somewhat more serious note, he said, “It would seem, you know, not to exactly be in the populist spirit of a bus tour. It looks like it was designed by some of the best political consultants over at DARPA [Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency].”



Carney Afternoon Reading List 2.16.11

Publications around town and beyond offered their takes on Jay Carney‘s first day in the briefing room as White House Press Secretary.’s Keith Koffler offered a simple live stream after two days worth of Carney stories. Here’s a brief reading list:

*Politico’s Patrick Gavin writes an amusing comparison on Carney to former press secs such as Dana Perino, the late Tony Snow, Scott McLellan, Ari Fleischer and Robert Gibbs. He compares opening statements, length of pressers, signature phrase, best one-liner, laughter and more. Read here.

*Yahoo! News’s Michael Calderone, meanwhile, took more of a thorough news story approach and at the end of the piece added tweets from CBS News’s Mark Knoller and ABC News’s Jake Tapper on their reactions to Carney. Read here.

*The Hill‘s Sam Youngman‘s piece on Carney’s debut has a more insidery feel, explaining that the new press secretary picked reporters rarely called on in the briefings. Read here.

*NJ‘s Aamer Madhani had this take on the style and tone of Carney’s first day. He wrote, “With his first turn at the White House podium, the new press secretary didn’t make any news, but he still managed to win some points with the press corps. His answers were concise.” He pointed out, “Carney did his fair share of spinning today.”

Morning Reading List: 1.25.11

* The Daily Beast‘s Lloyd Grove apparently thinks it’s stupid and unrealistic to sign on to WaPo Dana Milbank‘s call for a Sarah Palin media blackout for February. So does WaPo‘s Jonathan Capehart. Grove tells The Daily Caller‘s Jeff Winkler as much in a story published today in which the New York reporter explains his own blackout of Paris Hilton. Winkler, on this ride of elaborate addiction metaphors, writes, “Grove  – who may be the most honest journalist willing to be quoted by another journalist about his old quotes concerning journalistic dishonesty for a story regarding a current journalists’ integrity — told TheDC that he still stands by his Hilton blackout as “just a craven bid for publicity.”” Quote: “What Dana does is up to him. But this is not a case of as Dana Milbank goes, so goes the rest the lamestream media.” Read the story here.

* Aaron Barnhart of The Kansas City Star thinks he knows when the real beginning of the end began between Keith Olbermann and MSNBC. It involved another gargantuan personality at the network: Chris Matthews. He writes, “It was the summer of 2008. MSNBC thought it would be a great idea to have KO and Chris Matthews co-anchor MSNBC’s convention coverage. But…once the live cameras started to roll two things became clear: One, it was hard to adjust to KO sitting in the Tom Brokaw chair, trying to be objective and all; and two, Olbermann and Matthews should never, ever, EVER work that closely together again.” Read the story here.

* Today Keith Koffler, editor of, offers a parody of sorts of tonight’s SOTU. He warns readers it’s “so touching” and could make them weep. A mention that won’t surprise you: House Speaker John Boehner crying. And mentions that might startle you: Former Sen. Bill First performing a lobotomy on Keith Olbermann and two Supreme Court Justices “tongue kissing.” Read the full list here.

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A litmus test to bank on

“You know you’ve been staking out a certain Senator’s office a long time when Rep. Tim Johnson walks by you for the 5th time on his cell.” — Politico‘s Shira Toeplitz in a Thursday tweet. (Johnson, a disheveled congressman who usually has bed head hair, paces from the House side of the Capitol to the Senate side and back and forth and back and forth calling constituents on his cell phone.)

Thanks a lot, spell check

“Yes, I’m well aware that the headline on my story says ‘heaving against’ but should say ‘heavily against.’ Thanks, spell check. You’re fantastic. I should rely on you always.” — RealClearPolitics’s Erin McPike in a Thursday Facebook update.

Heat dude might stay forever

“No heat in the house last three nights, among the coldest of the year. Heat dude – there’s no other description for him – is back for the third day and seems flummoxed yet again. He doesn’t yet realize that he’s living here with me until the furnace is working.” —’s Keith Koffler in a Thursday Facebook update.

Blind quote from Politico holiday party at Corcoran: “These things always make me so obnoxious.” We published after midnight last night, so if you missed the party story, read the full write-up here.

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Coffee free reporter

“Day #4 of no coffee and I’m still alive? Who would have guessed?!” — Gannett Content Manager Laura Cochran in a tweet earlier this week.

Keep your eyes at eye level

“Try not to be distracted by the big zit on my chin: I am back on the all-star panel on Fox News Special Report with Bret Baier tonight. Bretski!” — The Washington Examiner‘s White House correspondent Julie Mason in a Thursday Facebook update.

New pol warned: Don’t talk to D.C. Press

“A guy gave me great advice tonight -’whatever you do don’t talk to the Press in DC while you’re here.” — Missouri GOP Congressman-elect Billy Long in a Thursday tweet. His Twitter bio claims he’s not a “career politician” while stealthily insinuating that the rest are.

Editor distracted, disappointed by infidelity

“OK, I am mostly thinking about Bobby Jindal and Chris Christie today but…if a guy can’t be faithful to Eva Longoria, what are mortal women to conclude?” — Politics Daily Editor-in-Chief Melinda Henneberger in a Thursday Facebook update.


“Ok, tonight I wish I still had the blog.” — NJ‘s Mark Ambinder about his former blog at The Atlantic in a tweet earlier this week.

Kardashian wants in on the Slurpee! Summit?

“I want to go to 7-Eleven and eat Cheetos  and a slurpee! But I’m gonna fight this urge.” — E!’s reality TV star Kim Kardashian in a tweet earlier this week. Somehow we doubt she’s referring to the Slurpee! Summit.

Uh oh. Daily Caller intern broke into the Four Loko

Starting at about 1 a.m. concluding just after 7, the escapades of Daily Caller intern Alec Jacobs are reported as follows:

Starts here: “Fine fine because it’s my last night at #GWU before my Thanksgiving break, I will begrudgingly have some FourLoko. Hope I don’t die!” Proceeds here: FOLLOW ME FUCKERS. And here: FOUR LOKOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO And finally here: This will never happen again.


“Apple releasing new, much larger version of iPad, tentatively set to be called the Maxipad.” —‘s Keith Koffler in a Thursday Facebook upate.

Reporter meets movie star

“Briefly met actress Geena Davis today in the Senate. She’s very tall, but then again everyone’s tall to me.” — The Hill‘s Senate reporter J. Taylor Rushing in a Thursday Facebook update.

Journos: Will They Sleep Tonight?

We posed a question to a mass of journalists, many covering the midterms, and most everyone obliged. One reporter, who will remain genderless, wished to be anonymous because of fear of his or her PR department. We thank everyone for participating, especially Mr. Weigel from Slate – no FishbowlDC roundup would be complete without him. And then Politico‘s Mike Allen, who finally sheds light on that perennial ‘Does he sleep?’ question. But there is no pecking order here. You’re all our favorites (except when we fight with you).


THE QUESTION: Will you sleep tonight and how will you stay awake and alert?

Politico‘s Mike Allen: Vandy has promised I can sleep the first three years when I’m dead.

The Hill‘s Managing Editor Bob Cusack: I hope to. I have a couple television interviews at 1 am and 7 am so the plan is to catch a power nap in between. But trying to fall asleep on Election night is like trying to fall asleep as a kid on Christmas Eve: very hard.

The Daily Caller‘s Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson: Of course not; Nicorette.

FNC’s Greta Van Susteren: Coffee and more coffee.

HuffPost‘s Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington: Even when I was a little girl in Greece, and had no idea who any of the American candidates were, I’d refuse to go to bed until the last vote was counted.  This year will be no different, which means I’ll probably be up until Veteran’s Day.  I’ll stay awake by practicing saying “Speaker Boehner,” “Senator Angle,” “Senator Rubio,” and “Senator Paul” with a Greek accent.

Slate‘s Dave Weigel: I’m in Nevada, so I’m three hours behind the east coast, allowing me to stay up into the witching hours with no problems. Next election: Fiji.

The Hill‘s White House correspondent Sam Youngman: I plan on sleeping like a NyQuil-drunk baby. I’m far more geeked up for POTUS’s presser tomorrow than tonight’s results. That said, the junkie in me will probably be glued to the TV late into the night with nothing but my nerdiness to keep me awake.

Roll Call‘s John McArdle: I brought my sleeping bag and some other camping gear in case I get a chance to grab a bit of sleep. Whether that will actually happen is still up in the air. If I start to get tired I’ve got this cued up on my computer. Watch here. (The color of the sleeping bags? “One I brought for myself is grey and orange. Brought a red one for one of my co-workers. Both from REI.”)

The Atlantic‘s Joshua Green: Yes, I intend to sleep tonight–and prefer to do so the old-fashioned way, not awake and alert, but soundly, with Ambien CR and lots of pillows.

TWT‘s Eli Lake: I am in New Orleans for a conference on geospatial intelligence. I will sleep well with the knowledge that many government agencies and defense contractors are watching.

FamousDC: Some of us are already in bed, the rest are armed with RedBull and champagne.

HuffPost‘s Ryan Grim: I will deviate from my norm and drink light beer. It’s a necessary sacrifice I make for readers.

C-SPAN’s Steve Scully: This is the night we LIVE for.  It’s a Political High, combined with a few
Triple shot venti lattes from Starbucks.

Politico‘s John Harris: I will intend to get at least a few hours sleep but past experience suggests there’s a good chance I won’t be successful. Tonight will be no problem even if I don’t. Ancient experience in college and more recent experience with three kids makes it not that hard for me to go on short sleep rations. But by Wednesday evening I’ll be a wreck.

The Daily Caller‘s Mike Riggs: Funny you should ask. I just completed the final task in my election night pre-game game plan. First, I metro’d home, then I smoked a spliff, took off all my clothes, and did three sets of jumping jacks in front of a full-length mirror. I’m putting myself down for a nap now. Around 11 p.m., I’ll head back to the office and carry on straight through to lunch tomorrow. Cigarettes, diet red bull, and a fear of sped-up dreams will keep me sharp. (Note to readers: A spliff for the uninformed is half weed, have cigarette tobacco, rolled up like a joint.)

Yahoo! News’s Michael Calderone: I’m hoping to get to sleep shortly before the Sun comes up, but we’ll see how things play out. I’m at Yahoo’s election headquarters in New York where coffee and soda are plentiful, so I think that’ll help with staying awake. Also, there’s a Foosball table nearby that may prove crucial for regaining concentration (and preventing insanity) in the early morning hours.

TBD Editor Erik Wemple: Well, primary night was a 2:30 a.m. proposition. I am hoping that general election night works harder and keeps us here much later. There’s nothing quite as fun as updating the site into the wee hours. For alertness, I rely on clean living and push-ups. Perhaps a little caffeine but not much.

The Washington Examiner‘s Julie Mason: I am so hopped up on cold medicine it’s hilarious. My editor is going to have to chug NyQuil to even make sense out of the incoherent mess I will be filing shortly. And then I plan to sleep like the dead.

WaPo‘s Paul Kane: I hope to be in bed around 3 am. I’ve got the House-race beat, so the yes-no on majority status should be known early enough and the rest is just updating the numbers. Caribou Coffee — unofficial sponsor of the late-afternoon break for all Wash Post employees — is doing its job. In ’08 I was up till at least 5 am watching the Coleman-Franken race get closer and closer and closer.

FishbowlDC and QGA’s Matt Dornic: Yes, I will sleep but for journos hoping to go all night, look no further than the supermodel 3C diet- cocaine, cigs and celery.  It’s a great way to stay up and kill a few lbs.

Politico‘s Patrick Gavin: Sleep? Sleep?!? Anyone who’s worked around puppy-kicking porn producers knows that sleep is but an unattainable dream…

NYT‘s Brian Stelter: I plan to sleep between 4 and 5am. Coffee, then sugar-free Red Bull, then then coffee, then sugar-free Red Bull.

MSNBC and NBC Producer Andy Gross: I’m playing the role of “co-pilot” for Nightly News in DC tonight…we also call it “Dr. Downstairs” because I will oversee the production process in our video editing area, which happens to be downstairs here at NBC.  Once we are clear and network Specials takes over the election night coverage, I should be heading home to Clarendon by 9:30pm.  I will however, go out for a drink and watch the returns come in.

Anonymous reporter: I’m forcing myself to take a power nap at midnight and then wake up around 3:45 a.m., drink a  sugar free Red Bull/ diet Sprite combo and do some speed reading of the latest results.

Roll Call‘s Christina Bellantoni: I am not counting on sleep tonight, but packed an overnight bag just in case, and there’s plenty of room in our newsroom to curl up in a corner with a blanket.  I’m on the early shift tomorrow so if I am able to get home for a few hours, I have to be back here at 7:30 a.m.

Al Jazeera‘s Avi Lewis: A nice Argentinean maté if things get desperate. But generally – actually, genetically – adrenaline kicks in on election night, and I never have any problem staying up. Getting to sleep, well, that’s another story. At a certain point in the evening, you just have to realize that you cannot affect the results by watching every minute of the coverage! If you can remember that and drag yourself to bed, you can read all about it as soon as you wake up.

NJ The Hotline’s Amanda Munoz-Temple: A: What is sleep? B: staying awake tonight by consuming as much caffeine as my body will allow me. On top of candy, diet coke, chips… Basically the diet of a 13 year old, to keep me happy and sane.

The Takeaway’s Capitol Hill radio reporter Todd Zwillich: Three hours if I’m lucky. I’ll stay awake by hosting The Takeaway’s live online election coverage at with with guests and analysts from all around the country, including Jay Newton Small and Studio 360′s Kurt Andersen. Otherwise I’ll exist on coffee and Diet Dr. Pepper. I may dip into my stash of Four Loko as the night goes on. Just sent the intern out for Four Loko by the way.

Human Events Editor Jason Mattera: No, I’m not sleeping tonight. I’ll stay up thanks to four locos, anything with the nickname liquid cocaine will keep me wired. Then again, its other nickname is “blackout in a can” so I may not remember the midterm election even took place.”

Human Events Senior Editor Emily Miller: Mattera needs his locos, but I’ll be wide awake on adrenaline waiting to see Harry Reid weeping like a little girl and Nancy Pelosi sneaking her gavel past Capitol Police in the dead of night.

HuffPost‘s Sam Stein: Only time will tell.

The Daily Caller‘s Executive Editor Megan Mulligan: The real question is: Am I awake now? I’m pinching myself to make sure I didn’t dream this whole thing up. When Christine O’Donnell, Jimmy McMillan and Alvin Greene go down, I’ll rest.

The Daily Caller‘s Jonathan Strong: I do plan to sleep tonight, though not much. My wife helpfully gave me a “5-hour Energy” drink to take to work this morning, so that should help.

CBS News’s Nancy Cordes: Sleep is for the weak…we wrap up our live coverage at 2 a.m. and then I start preparing for the Early Show at 7 a.m. They’ll have to prop open my eyeballs for tomorrow night’s Evening News.

Roll Call‘s Andrew Satter: Will I sleep? Depends on how much grief Final Cut Pro wants to give me tonight (2008 wasn’t pretty). How will I stay awake and alert? Well I don’t drink coffee or much caffeine, but I did live in New Orleans which is pretty much like getting a Master’s in Watching the Sun Rise.

The Disenchanted Journo‘s Christian Bourge: My plans are to start drinking around 4:30pm then go to bed early before waking to watch who is on television pontificating around 2 AM. By then the needed twists to the already established Election Day narrative should be figured out. I can then write the real story Wednesday and talk about it on my show, The Capitol Hill Blues. Either that or I will end up arrested by Joe Miller’s campaign staff.

CBS News’s Christine Delargy: “We’ll be on the web practically all night with special coverage so I’ve conditioned by actually not going to a cocktail party with Matt Dornic and Kiki Ryan last night.”‘s Keith Koffler: I will not be going to sleep tonight. I’ve trained my border collie sit by the TV and bark every time he hears the words, “we are now projecting.”

HuffPost‘s Eliot Nelson: I’m just high on the peaceful transition of power.

Politico‘s Dave Catanese: I imagine I’ll sleep at some point. Probably sometime after the cable chatter goes dark. I’m addicted to the blabber. Like potato chips after a night out, can’t put the bag down. But with all the wacky reports out of Alaska, it’s gonna be hard for me to stop reclicking on the returns from the Last Frontier. I will power through on pure adrenaline. This is it right? I can sleep Saturday, oh wait, forgot about Alaska.

NYP Page Six Reporter Tara Palmeri: I’m going to Cuomo’s election party but staying up isn’t that hard for someone who has to be out every night for their job.

Politico‘s Ben Smith: Hmm. Yes, surely, the Courtyard Rosslyn awaits. And they’ve actually added extra oxygen to the air here at POLITICO, so it won’t be hard.

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Blitzer plugs Millionaire Matchmaker

“Really good article in NYTimes about Millionaire Matchmaker’s Patti Stranger. Like so many of you, I like the show.” — CNN’s Wolf Blitzer in a surprising weekend tweet. Who’d have imagined he liked Stranger? Blitzer’s right — the profile is entertaining. At one point Stranger says of a female client with wild dirty blond curls, “Is it working for you, that curly hair?” Out of earshot she says, “She needs to straighten her hair, for one. She can’t get arrested with her rat’s nest.”

Scarborough sees himself as Swiss

In this Balkanized media world, “It’s kind of nice being Switzerland. I like being Switzerland.” — MSNBC Morning Joe Host Joe Scarborough on the program this morning. He also remarked, “Juan Williams was fired for one reason – he worked on Fox.”

Blogger freedom

“I know this a little off topic. This blog is about the White House. But it’s my blog, and I can do whatever the Hell I want.” —‘s Keith Koffler in a Friday story on fired NPR correspondent Juan Williams and freedom of speech.

Tapper survives Maher

“My mission was to not say anything thay would get me fired. And….accomplished.” — ABC News’s White House Correspondent Jake Tapper in a weekend tweet after appearing on HBO’s “Real Time” with Bill Maher.

Journo copes with weighty matter

“No matter how much weight you lose, your family’s always there to call you fat.” — Sean Bugg, co-publisher of Metro Weekly in a weekend tweet.

Examiner and TBD blur the lines

“@MauraJudkis and I worked out a joint custody agreement for the jar of Nutella we received tonight. #TBDNight” — Washington Examiner’s Nikki Schwab in a tweet Saturday night blurring the lines between her place of employment and that of TBD‘s Maura Judkis. The pair attended the Italian American Foundation dinner. The swag bag contained Nutella, travel size olive oil and hair gel among other items.


“PSA: I am tired, grumpy and think I may have kidney stones again… stay far far away!!” — Blonde Charity Mafia’s Katherine Kennedy in a weekend tweet. (She appears to be okay, her surrounding tweets concern a costume for a photo shoot at the W Hotel, Ugg boots and searching for a costume at Target.

Senate scribe visits Mt. Vernon

“After three years in DC, I finally made it to Mt. Vernon on a weekend when my Dad & Kaye were visiting. Saw Washington’s Tomb and strolled around. Hadn’t been there since a 7th grade field trip.” — The Hill‘s J. Taylor Rushing in a weekend Facebook update.