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Quotes of the Day — The Mindmeld Edition: A melding of everything worthy, weird and otherwise from the past four days.

Journo’s cat sets her alarm clock

“The cat stepped on my iPhone dock alarm clock last night and set it to go off at 7 a.m. Which it did. Which was wonderful. #gah” — WaPo Express‘s Sara Schwartz in a tweet that Politico‘s resident cat lover Patrick Gavin might appreciate. We’re sure Gavin’s cats don’t have tricks like that.

White House scribe details Michelle O’s attire down to thighs

“The top of the first lady’s dress was a bright orange racerback; from mid-torso to mid-thigh it has a green and white jungle-like print; the final piece that fell to the knee was a grayish pattern.” — Politico‘s Jennifer Epstein in a Sunday Pool Report from Hawaii.

Corn on Bachmann on God

“Short version of Bachmann campaign event: God, God, God, God, God, God.” — Mother Jones‘ Washington Bureau Chief David Corn.

Necessary Tweet of the Day

“Here’s to a new year in which cell phone and Twitter users learn the value of an unexpressed thought.” — AP Radio News’ Jon Belmont.

Reporter does what it takes

“This crazy Iowa wind blew the address I need out of hand & across the parking lot. I literally parkoured [sic] over a fence to get it. #nprlife” — NPR White House Correspondent Ari Shapiro.

Journo loses cologne to TSA

“Leaving my new Christmas gift (cologne) in SC because it was .2oz too much. Thanks TSA.” — FBDC’s and The Blaze‘s Eddie Scarry, who explained that the cologne, Cool Water by Davidoff, was a sentimental re-gift from his father.

Not surprisingly, Walsh criticizes an R

Leslie Stahl admitted that interview was part of a Cantor push to soften and humanize his richly deserved awful image. Ick.” — Salon Editor-at-Large Joan Walsh of Sunday’s “60 Minutes” interview with House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor.

Ahh…the warmth of the holidays

“Nice to see the TSA in ATL not give a hard time to the 3 yo with the toy gun who refused to let it leave his hand.” — RedState.com Editor-in-Chief and CNN Contributor Erick Erickson.

Um, Happy New Year?

“Ooh. Time for another round of my favorite neighborhood game: Fireworks or Gunshot?” — Reason Magazine Associate Editor Peter Suderman.

Words to live by…“Don’t forget: Resolutions are for quitters.” — Capitol File Editor-in-Chief Kate Bennett.

Birth Week: Nibbles Knox, son of AFP‘s Olivier Knox. A note from Roll Call‘s Meredith Shiner: “Happy birthday to the famous Nibbles Knox! May this year be filled with all the legos your little heart ever could desire @OKnox” — (quote by and h/t to Shiner. h/t to Politico‘s Mike Allen for the phrase h/t.) HAPPY BIRTHDAY NIBBLES!

Things are getting weird in Iowa

“Local reporter, desperate for people to interview, asks Jeff Zeleny if he’s media or voter. #blending” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel on NYT‘s Zeleny.

“Lady sitting next to me at Atlantic, Iowa, diner, on being a campaign reporter: ‘I think that would be a terrible job.’” — Politico‘s Reid Epstein.

“Went to the lobby to get coffee. When the desk clerk saw my bed head I thought he might offer me medical treatment.” — CBS Political Director John Dickerson.

Funky Convo Between Two Journos

TPM‘s Evan McMorris-Santoro: “Happy Des Moines time new year to the crew @TPM, best support staff a road warrior’s ever had.” HuffPost‘s Elise Foley: “#puke.”

Travel writer starts new year on funereal note

“And…my first day of the year starts w a funeral. Sort of nice, though. #perspective.” — National Geographic Traveler Contributing Editor Carl Hoffman.

A given…“Sorry in advance for all the irresponsible things I’m going to do to 2012.” — HuffPost’s left-wing media reporter Jason Linkins.

Editor salutes his Beagle

“Smartest living being in the house today: Fred the Beagle, who laid his head on the remote during the Jets game and changed the channel.” — Digital First Media Editor-in-Chief and former TBD GM Jim Brady.

Just who is Ben Smith?

“@benpolitico Someone from buzzfeed’s at this Santorum event trying 2 explain who u r to Iowan lady of certain age. She seems mystified alas.” — The Hill‘s Niall Stanage.

ME ME ME ME ME

“@danielabrams: dan abrams” — Mediaite founder Dan Abrams. To which Weigel replied simply, “#fail.” (To Abrams we give Tigi’s Bed Head line of conditioner called Self Absorbed for his lux locks.)

Is he SERIOUS?

“Is it New Years Eve 2011 or New Years Eve 2012? I get confused every year.” — Cheoff Geoff Tracy, husband to CBS Chief White House Correspondent Norah O’Donnell.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“If you’re tracking, tonight’s Santorum Sweater Vest Color is navy blue. Or black. On CNN live now.” — Digital Producer for CNN Erin Burnett‘s “Out Front” Mark Joyella.

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Cantor Dims Pen & Pad Amid Chaotic Complaining. But First, a Visit from CBS “60 Minutes’” Lesley Stahl.

Politico‘s Jake Sherman reports today that House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor is considering nixing his weekly pen-and-pad for reporters and choosing select journalists for “smaller interviews.” He writes that the possibility comes after a multitude of complaints on what Cantor’s office is calling “mundane issues” from reporters, meaning media complaints about one another. He quotes a female aide, Laena Fallon, who Sherman peculiarly refers to as a “Cantor spokesman.”

All the complaining may end up doing all reporters who cover GOP Leadership a disservice. They range from print reporters arguing with TV reporters, TV reporters arguing amongst themselves, and radio arguing with periodical. This week, the Radio/TV Executive Committee pleaded with Cantor’s office to end the pen and pads and move them to the Gallery. They feel that the pen-and-pad is biased against their medium.

But even before all this formal griping, reporters have been noticing a diminishing of the weekly pen-and-pads for about a month. Cantor used to host briefings for reporters every week. Then three to four weeks ago, he suddenly stopped. Which was odd and noticeable, say Capitol Hill reporters who regularly cover him. This week, however, he resurrected the pen and pad on Monday, the very day that Lesley Stahl from CBS “60 Minutes” shadowed him. “Guess he wants to show her that he interacts with press,” cracked one reporter. Scribes noticed something peculiar about the Stahl visit. While Cantor’s office typically sends out the notice for the briefing one to two days  in advance, this time they issued the alert that morning with just a few hours notice. “Seems someone in his office thought it would look good to have Leslie see him talking to reporters but didn’t think to do it until that day,” said the above scribe.

Another Capitol Hill reporter remarked that Cantor was “more jovial than usual” the day Stahl showed up.

The weather change has reporters talking and wondering what’s happening with the House Majority Leader. For example, is Cantor in the dog house again? Is he trying to hide something? The last time Cantor stopped having the pressers was this summer when he walked out of negotiations with the White House on debt ceiling.

FishbowlDC sought comment from Cantor’s Communications Director Brad Dayspring on the potential shutdown of the pen-and-pads and asked the following: “Why are the reporters’ complaints considered ‘mundane’ as stated by Fallon? And isn’t it showing favoritism or exclusivity by choosing ‘select’ reporters for meetings with House Maj. Leader Cantor?”

Dayspring replied to FishbowlDC: “We are weighing the criticisms and critiques of all of the various journalistic mediums and will work to find an appropriate path forward that best benefits all. A decision has not yet been made. The Leader will continue to participate in weekly press conferences when the House is in session and have regular interaction with the media. I don’t think many reporters on Capitol Hill would or could make the case that the Majority Leader has not been among the most open and accessible among his colleagues in the House or Senate.”

UPDATE: Reporters who asked were informed that Cantor missed two pen-and-pads — one to vote in the Virginia elections, the other because he was traveling and not in Washington on the first day back in time to do it. Those who inquired were also told that the next briefing would be held on the 14th. Not that they shared the news, but CBS was prepared to shoot the pen-and-pad for a month. The reasoning why some reporters didn’t learn about Monday’s presser until Monday: Fallon was out on Friday.