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BNA’s Snider to Beef Up Politico’s Transpo Beat

Adam Snider is moving on from BNA where he currently covers transportation. Starting Monday, Oct. 10, he will begin working for Politico Pro where he will help launch a new transportation product and morning newsletter. Adam will be joining forces with Kendra Marr who started covering transportation for Politico a few weeks ago.

Beat Switches at Politico

This is one of those memos that’s likely far more interesting for those inside Politico than those outside it. But here you have it — four beat switches. MJ Lee moves from assistant editor on the 44 page to the breaking news team. Kendra Marr shifts to Politico Pro where she’ll probably enjoy being managed by fan favorite Tim Grieve. Abby Phillip heads to Money and Politics after a year covering the White House beat and a summer internship at Politico. And Reid Epstein moves to the Politics beat to help cover the 2012 presidential race.

Congratulations to all.

See the memo if you wish…

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Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers


NBC’s Norah O’Donnell in Ireland posing with “Pat the Baker” and fruit loafs.

Meghan McCain still can’t stand Sarah Palin

“I just really don’t want to go home to Phoenix and run into her at the grocery store.” — The Daily Beast Columnist Meghan McCain on NBC’s Tonight Show with Jay Leno last night when asked about former V.P. hopeful Sarah Palin and whether she’ll run for Prez. McCain attended the same party as Palin at MSNBC’s after party to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. “Rachel Maddow was bartending and I heard she makes like lethal drinks and she made me drink and it was like gasoline,” she said. She and Palin never came face to face at the party. “She was, we didn’t say hi,” she pointedly told Leno. (She explains her atrocious outfit in an earlier tweet, saying, My jeans were Siwy by @MichelleSiwy tonight! LOVE siwy jeans – all I wear. Top by Tucker. Bought my earrings off a street vendor in NYC.)

Obviously an avid Weigel TV watcher

“It’s @daveweigel on MSNBC — with his infamous Morse Code blinking.” — The Daily Caller‘s TV writer Jeff Poor in a Monday night tweet regarding Slate‘s Dave Weigel.

Uh oh.

“I’ve finally reached my natural position on @mediaite ‘s power grid.” — Mediaite White House Correspondent Tommy Christopher in a Monday tweet. Find out here.

CNN’s Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry in London: “On my way into Buckingham Palace (always wanted to say that).”

Journo at steak house in Des Moines

“Just ate dinner at a steakhouse with the slogan, ‘We kill it, you grill it.’ I kinda like you Des Moines.” — Politico‘s Kendra Marr in a Monday tweet.

Knoller, the handbag expert

“Even at a brief ceremony, Queen Elizabeth carries her handbag. Most women in executive positions let an aide carry their handbag.” — CBS Radio White House Correspondent Mark Knoller in a Tuesday morning tweet.

HuffPost‘s Sam Stein wants cooking advice

Stein: Help needed: Made chili tonight. But in process touched super hot pepper seeds. Now my fingers and forehead are on fire. what shld i do? (Backstory: Stein recently sliced off the top of his index finger and wound up in the ER; Understandably, journos weren’t dying to advise him.)

Stein: Milk not working to calm violent sting/burn from the chili peppers. Yikes. What’s plan B? Do I dare follow [WaPo Eugene Robinson's] advice?”

ABC News’s White House Correspondent Jake Tapper replied, “Stop cooking, you are a hazard in the kitchen.”

And Robinson: “Uh, don’t amputate.”


Politico Reporter Gets Enagaged

Politico‘s Kendra Marr announced her engagement on Twitter yesterday and received congratulatory notes, including a tweet from colleague Jennifer Epstein that said, “Way to win the weekend!” Another came in from Fake Jim VandeHei that could never really be representative of real H.R. policy, saying, “Congrats! No honeymoon/maternity leave until pawlenty drops out!”

Congratulations to Kendra and her fiancé, Brian.

NYT Madly in Love With Politico

The NYT this weekend profiled Politico‘s new project, 2012 Live, and they really, really like it. But they don’t just like it. They “like like” it.

The profile of 2012 Live quotes Politico‘s executive editor and co-founder Jim VandeHei, who says that in the 2008 election, the site was “a garage band..riffing on the fly.” Now, the staff numbers 200 (triple the number they had in 2008).

2012 Live will feature candidate schedules, “biographies in micro-detail” (the NYT‘s words) a map of candidate travel since 2008, and “tons and tons of stories,” according to VandeHei. “There probably is in theory a point where that’s too much…But we certainly haven’t discovered it,” he said.

2012 Live staffers were thrilled with the story. Reporter Kendra Marr, assigned to the Tim Pawlenty beat, was featured prominently in the article, and got a whole slew of Twitter-congratulations. Deputy 2012 editor Dan Hirschhorn tweeted: “…thanks as well to @jwpetersNYT for a nice story about the @POLITICO2012 launch.”

Good Afternoon FishbowlDC Readers


CNN Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry never ceases to amaze when it comes to Hawaiian sunset photographs. Merry Christmas Ed, you lucky __, for getting to spend all that time in Hawaii.

Weird fact of the day that you should forget immediately: Salon‘s Alex Pareene owns a cat named Stephen Meow-kmus. Like Stephen Malkmus, the lead singer of Pavement (and Portland resident).

Tschidapalooza Continues…

“Don’t worry macho people, no tears. Maybe a fist through the wall, YAH! Better?” — ABC7′s Stephen Tschida in a tweet earlier this week (yes, I’m officially obsessed with this guy and it’s not going to end anytime soon. We’re proud to be one of the chosen 11 people he’s following on Twitter.). But then he appears to defy what he wrote and added this tear jerker: “Thinking of mom, dad, so many gone. Sadness is part of the holidays. But ya know what, the more I think of them… the more I smile.”

In other Tschida news… he tweeted the following and his unamused boss told him in so many words to cut this sh-t out. He agrees he has to, and has since hit the delete button on this one. We support him in staying out of trouble (too much, anyway): “Got something stuck in my teeth. Asked the photographer I’m working with to use his tongue to get it out.   gave me strange look.”

What does this even mean?

“Browser averaging 60 seconds of color wheel grind for every four minutes of work. Telling me to go home, isn’t it?” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel in a particularly Weigelicious tweet some 22 hours ago.

Scrooge-free zone

“It is impossible to Scrooge it up when baking cookies in a house whose soundtrack is an 11-month-old niece and a mediocre Messiah recording.” — AP‘s Phil Elliott in a Thursday tweet.

Dripping with jealousy of Ed Henry

“I’m surrounded by adolescent Justin Beiber fans at Phillips Arena and @EdHenryCNN is surrounded by sand and waves. Boooo.” — CNN Contributor Erik Erickson in a Thursday tweet. (It’s not often that one sees Justin Beiber and CNN Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry in the same sentence, but it works well.)

Gossip Girl goes home

“Pittsburgh, you look so glorious.” — Washington Examiner‘s Nikki Schwab in a Thursday tweet.

Journo eggnog suggestion

“Nice thing about making home made eggnog is if you mess up recipe, add cheese, pour into skillet on medium heat & eggnog becomes egg omelet.” — New York Daily News White House Correspondent Ken Bazinet in a Thursday tweet.

Scribe confronts height issues

“Just got my White House holiday photo … which reinforces just how short I am.” — Politico‘s Kendra Marr in a tweet earlier this week.

Another attack on Ed Henry, of course

“A moment of silence, please, for sacrifices by White House reporters who have to work all of Xmas week…in Hawaii.” — The Daily Beast‘s D.C. Bureau Chief Howard Kurtz in a Friday tweet.

Hayes’s obvious fan club prez

A watcher from Texas named Ashley Hord tweets, “Chris Hayes has got to be the most annoying guest host ever!! No more @msnbc. Can’t even watch Countdown.” To which Hayes retweets her and replies, “Merry Christmas.” Apparently she feels a little tug of regret but not that much (thank God) and replies, “Merry Christmas! Nothing personal, just my preference. You obviously have a ton of fans, no need to worry about me.”

TV journo says: Please join my fan page

“Don’t forget to tune in tomorrow night for the SR All -Panel Christmas Eve show! And …please head over to Facebook and check out my new fan page, Bret Baier…this is the official fan page, but for now we are also keeping our Special Report fan page.” — FNC’s Bret Baier in a pre-Xmas message on the Fox News blog.

We want to work here…

“Morning meeting included many good ideas for the stories. Also, the phrase “donkey gang rape.” Twice. #LoveMyJob” — The Daily Caller‘s Jeff Winkler in a tweet earlier this week.

Politico‘s E-mail Debacle

Few Politico reporters understand what went down Wednesday when, for much of the afternoon, the e-mail system was malfunctioning. Michelle Levi, a Politico media manager, e-mailed out at 2:41 p.m. time, saying, “Hi Guys – We are having some email problems this afternoon at POLITICO.  Please email [BLANK] for the next few hours with any TV/Radio requests.   Thank you!.” Other reporters e-mailed out notes with instructions to use their gmail and not their Politico accounts.

Largely, reporters were in the dark about what happened. And still are. The day wasn’t completely shot – some found ways to enjoy the sudden blackness.

“From a technological perspective, I actually have absolutely no idea what happened,” said one reporter. “I can tell you that it was down from about 1.30p until about 6p. I can also tell you that the newsroom felt sort of like a snow day or the last day of school.”

NBC’s Luke Russert (and other outlets such as @FishbowlDC on Twitter) spared no time cracking wise about it, saying, “Roll Call, The Hill, CQ, National Journal…please break something big while Politico’s email is down. I want to see @JakeSherman sweat.” Later Russert added, “Politico‘s @KasieHunt on the email system being down: “It’s like my right arm is gone.”

Another Politico reporter added,  “Wasn’t that big of a deal. We lost email access for a couple hours but it came back and didn’t lose any our emails, a technical glitch that seems to happen almost anywhere these days.”

But Politico reporter Kendra Marr, hinted of deeper troubles in this Wednesday tweet: “the great email outage of 2010 continues … IT emails about “urgent mailbox moves” tonite.”

Politico PR had no comment.

Libit Bids Farewell to Colleagues at Local 16


Politico reporters came together Saturday night at Local 16 to say goodbye to colleague Daniel Libit. A wonderful sendoff, we’re sure.

But a note to Politico partygoers: Politico reporter Manu Raju is not Italian. In the list the tipster sent to Fishbowl, Manu’s surname (as shown below) renamed him after a Spaghetti sauce. Perhaps it was the liquor talking – the time was 3:07 a.m. when the note was sent. Or maybe Raju has a nickname in the works.

Regardless, those in attendance, said an e-mail, included: “Tim Alberta, Josh Kraushaar, Tim Grieve, Andy Barr, Erica Lovely, Meagan Bond, Sydelle Moore, Michael Calderone, Paige Connor, Kendra Marr, Meredith Shriner, Glenn Thrush, Martin Kady, Andie Collier, Matt Wuerker, Manu Ragu [STET], Ken Vogel, Kim Kingsley, Jmart.”

Best wishes to Libit in the Windy City, wherever he lands. (At last mention, he said his resume was under review at a number of Starbucks).

> Update: A crime has been committed against FishbowlDC — most likely a reporting while intoxicated (RWI) crime. To be sure, this is a lesson to me not to trust some a–hole writing us at 3 a.m. inventing some party in his or her head. Actual partygoers (with their correct spellings) include: Tim Grieve, Manu Raju, Josh Kraushaar, Andie Coller, Erika Lovley, Tim Alberta, Kendra Marr, Sydelle Moore, Meagan Bond and Andy Barr. Memo to VandeHarris: This is your “Winning the Dawn?” A thank you to Libit for setting the record straight. Libit, by the way, found this whole thing “HILLLLLARIOUS.”

Happy Birthday To…

WaPo travel reporter Nancy Trejos!

She celebrated with a cocktail birthday party recently hosted by Elham and Erik Lipton. Partiers included: Marko Cimbaljevich, Jade Nester, Lucile Maladain, Zach Goldfarb, Kendra Marr, Matthew Cooper, Jay Newton-Small, Lizzie O’Leary, Neil Irwinn, Christina Sevilla, Binya Appelbaum, Amanda Rivkin, Tim Burger and Josh Meyer.

WaPo‘s Marr To Politico

FBDC hears that Kendra Marr is leaving WaPo, where she covers financial and business issues, and moving over to Politico. She started at WaPo in 2006 and lately has been focusing on the automotive bailout and Detroit’s economic woes. At Politico, we hear Marr will do research and some of her own reporting.