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ABC’s Klein has touch of midterm madness

“Midterm delusions. Could swear I just saw Alvin Greene on the metro. Thought I saw Lee Fisher this morning.” — ABC’s Rick Klein on Wednesday on Twitter. Then adds, “And now a legit crazy person ranting about who knows what on metro. Not a candidate for office, to my knowledge.”

What does she really think?

“We have a lot of female candidates this year and most of them are terrifying.” — Comedian Chelsea Handler on E!’s “Chelsea Lately” Wednesday night.

A reporter’s wish

“Wish @mikeallen would pen a “Story Behind the Story” about The Day Politico Went Without Email.” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin in a Wednesday tweet. E-mail was down at Politico all afternoon.

Weigel gets a little help from Joan Baez

“Joan Baez’s ability to make every song flat and sleep-inducing is quite extraordinary.” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel in a Wednesday tweet.

McCain deeply offended by Labash

“I found Matt Labash‘s statement to be one of the MOST SEXIST things I have ever read. But I do hope you’ll do a DC stop.” — The Daily Beast and Dirty, Sexy, Politics author Meghan McCain in a Wednesday tweet. Matt Labash is a writer for The Weekly Standard and an advice columnist for The Daily Caller. What did Labash say to Politico that set her off? Read here.

Dinner with Helen at Mama Ayesha’s

“Wonderful dinner tonight w/my old boss Helen Thomas. Great group of former & current White House reporters here tonight at Mama Ayesha’s.” — New York Daily News White House Correspondent Ken Bazinet in a Wednesday night tweet.


“I have a serious political story to write on deadline, but distracted by the sad breakup of Gossip Girl’s Blake Lively and Penn Badgley.”– Human Events senior editor Emily Miller on Wednesday on Twitter.

The FishbowlDC Interview With Politico’s Carol Lee

Carol Lee photo.jpg Politico White House correspondent Carol Lee isn’t a politician. But she had to recently turn into a politician of sorts to win the contentious at-large seat on the White House Correspondents’ Association Board. The election wasn’t “perf” as she might say – in fact, it turned downright nasty toward the end, with factions supporting and badmouthing one candidate over another. Here, we learn more about the woman who won. She grew up in Levittown, Pa. She attended NYU J-school. She isn’t afraid to cuss at an editor. And no, she doesn’t deem Politico a sweat shop as recent stories suggest. “If anything, I overwork myself,” she says.

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? Mountain Dew. The more caffeine the better.

How often do you Google yourself? Maybe once a year.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor (or vice versa)? My editor in Florida was a loud, swearing, barking newspaper guy, and I’m from Philly so we were pretty candid with each other when discussing stories. He once suggested during a staff meeting that I write a story a certain way, and I said, “That’s the stupidest f—ing idea I’ve ever heard.” It may have been too much. He seemed startled.

Who is your favorite working journalist?
Ken Bazinet of the New York Daily News seems to have things figured out.

Do you have a favorite word? No, but I don’t like the word perky.

Who would you rather have dinner with – First Lady Michelle Obama or Bestselling Author and former V.P. candidate Sarah Palin? Dinner with Sarah Palin and Michelle Obama would be interesting.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? Whatever tune is “normal” on a BlackBerry.

When did you last cry and why? When Donovan McNabb left the Eagles for the Redskins.

What word do you routinely misspell? Maintenance. In fact I misspelled it writing it here before spell check intervened.

What swear word do you use most often? I think I answered that with my editor anecdote earlier.

What word or phrase do you overuse? Perf. It’s short for perfect. I’m addicted.

What TV show do you have to watch? I really only have to watch the Sunday news shows. For fun, I’m a big fan of Modern Family.

Where do you shop most often for your clothes? Vintage, thrift and designer discount stores. Shopping is a sport, and they offer a challenge.

Find out what makes Lee angry and about her stint as a restaurant spy after the jump…

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Quote(s) of the Day

Reporter senses ghosts

“I’ve said it before: As much as I luv the gig at the WH, there’s nothin like hanging out at the US Capitol at nite. You can feel the ghosts.” – NY Daily News‘s White House reporter Ken Bazinet, in a Thursday tweet. Bazinet goes by the Twitter handle, bazmaniandevil.

Scribe boasts Barney in the House

“Barney Frank, baby.”
- NBC’s Chief White House Correspondent and Political Director Chuck Todd, who hosts MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown,” on “Morning Joe” Friday morning playing up this morning’s guest on “The Daily Rundown.”

Ellen out. Gibbs in. (Not really)

“I’m leaving after a year and a half to be a judge on American Idol.”
- White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs on Friday morning’s “Morning Joe” on his future plans which come on the heels of Ellen Degeneres abruptly leaving “American Idol” after one season. (Of course, Gibbs is joking.)


The Lives of White House Correspondents

With the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner upon us, Politico’s Amie Parnes caught up with a number of White House Correspondents and asked them to expound on their jobs.

For NBC’s Chuck Todd, it’s like being “in school.” And for Ken Bazinet, a White House correspondent for the New York Daily News, it’s “breathtaking.”


Read the full story here.

Obama’s Physical: Say No to Cigs

cigarettes_682_475870a.jpgPresident Obama’s recent physical has revealed that the President is in great health. Still, the reports from members of the White House Press Corp. and others indicate he still needs to work on “smoking cessation.”

This morning’s NYT story discusses Obama’s 30-year smoking habit. Read it here.

Read Time’s Karen Tumulty’s report here. See ABC Jake Tapper’s “Political Punch” report here.

On a different matter altogether, NBC’s Luke Russert tweets,”Does anybody else find it weird that people are so interested in Mr. Obama’s colon health?”

And New York Daily News’s Ken Bazinet: “Not a big surprise jock POTUS is declared to be in ‘excellent health.’ He’s got to avoid the fries, but work hard/play hard is lesson here.”

Who’s Front Row at Obama Presser?

(There’s actually three “front rows”…left, front, center)

…and Nedra Pickler will get the first question, we hear…

A FishbowlDC spy sends in a rough roster:

Ken Bazinet (NY Daily News), Christina Bellantoni (WaTimes), CBS, NBC, Shalaigh Murray (WaPo), Jonathan Weisman (WSJ), Kristen Jensen (Bloomberg), Nedra Pickler (AP), Geoff Earle (NYPost), Reuters, Candy Crowley (CNN), Jake Tapper (ABC), Fox News