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Morning Wondering: Something to watch over your breakfast of coffee and weed. Politico‘s Dylan Byers may want to look at this – or not.

WaPo sale fallout

“What’s most interesting about Don Graham is how personally interested he is in tech. Unusual both for a newspaperman and a 68-year-old” — Slate‘s Farhad Manjoo.

“Just had a weird experience being interviewed by a Post reporter about the sale; neither of us really seem to know What It All Means.” — WCP Editor Mike Madden waxing philosophical coupled with a little Marty Rudolph capitalizing technique.

“I know this is against the principles of journalism, but can everyone just take a deep breath and relax. Most of us don’t know squat yet.” — WaPo‘s Tim Carman.

“Not sure how head of Amazon turns around an aging newspaper, but Bezos knows a bit about the web. Maybe he just subsidizes good journalism” — Fox News’ Howard Kurtz (still so strange to write that).

“The sale of the Washington Post is probably a good reminder that nobody/nothing is untouchable.” — WTOP’s Neal Augenstein.

“In his letter to the Washington Post, Bezos said that our coverage of restaurant openings is important! I switched beats at the right time.” — WaPo‘s Maura Judkis.

“Based on your previous purchases, Jeff Bezos, you might also like: The Los Angeles Times, The Orlando Sentinel, Newsweek.” — Defense One‘s Marc Ambinder.

Dramatically untrue

“Antigua. Where love goes to die.” — Washingtonian Editor Garrett Graff, who is apparently a big watcher of “The Bachelorette.” But actually Des ends up with Chris. So technically Graff is a bit off.

Convo Between Two Journos

This morning’s conversation is between The Nation’s Katrina vanden Heuvel and NPR’s Kitty Eisele.

vanden HEUVEL: @nprkitty My father– knew Kay and Phil Graham well– reminded me this aft.I call him whenever there are changes I have hard time coping w/

EISELE: @KatrinaNation sounds like our dads would have good chat … there is always change … who knows could be a big lift. someone has to invest

EISELE: @KatrinaNation parents still have moon landing, nixon resignation hard copy issues in attic. I will miss newsprint so much if it goes.

 

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Atlantic Media’s Defense One Launches

It’s finally here. Atlantic Media‘s much-anticipated new site Defense One launched today, with executive editor Kevin Baron at the helm.

Other editorial staff include associate editor/senior reporter Stephanie Gaskell and reporter Kedar Pavgi along with contributors Marc Ambinder, (previously White House Correspondent for Atlantic Media’s National Journal) James Kitfield and Joshua Foust.

Defense verticals seem to be all the rage these days, with competitors like Roll Call and USA Today rushing products out on the heels of Atlantic Media’s Defense One announcement earlier this year and their all-star hiring spree. Of course, USA Today’s offeringMilitary Intelligence—is a blog that seems designed to showcase content already in the paper more than original, deep dives and Roll Call thought it was smart to turn over its military coverage to a defense contractor while expecting us to believe this “sponsored content” was as good for its readers as it was for the paper’s bottom line (and the sponsor’s profile).

So, how is Defense One now that they’ve raised the curtain? Let’s have a look…

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Morning Chatter

Favorite line from Rachel Jeantel to opposing lawyer  in testimony of George Zimmerman trial: “That’s retarded, sir.”

J-school prof gets “benign” diagnosis

“Just heard the best word in the English language: benign. (And I don’t need to see that doctor again for five years.)” — Jeff Jarvis, BuzzMachine blogger and J-school prof.

Huh?

“Dinner at 3 a.m. #yolo” — Mother JonesAsawin Suebsaeng.

Subject line of an email we opened and shouldn’t have: “Dirty Little Secret.” And it had zero to do with backstabbing Jodi Arias and everything to do with the boring Illinois Policy Institute.

Reporter sticks up for Rachel Jeantel

“I’m appalled by media scrutiny of #RachelJeantel… This is how the mainstream treats people who do not abide by white cultural norms.” — Independent journo based in Northern Va. Rania Khalek.

Real HuffPost headline: “The Worst Jelly Belly Flavors: A HuffPost Deathmatch”

Spotted at the Nats game Wednesday night carrying approximately nine hotdogs: TPM‘s slim Igor Bobic.

Important Q to Ponder: “Why do I feel, deep down, that Tommy Christopher is overcompensating for some bad things he said/did when he was younger?” — Conservative fundraiser Nathan Wurtzel.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 9:38 a.m.

Editor gets emotional about gun violence

“These stories, which happen every day, make me physically sick and oh so enraged.” — Mother Jones Co-Editor Clara Jeffries on stories such as a 12-year-old boy who accidentally shoots his 9-year-old brother.

Sen. Schumer a press whore, really?

“Schumer on floor: ‘It might surprise you, Mr. President, to learn that I have a very good press team.’ #notreally” — WaPo’s Aaron Blake. Weirdly, when you look up “press whore” in Google images — who comes up? Sen. Schumer, second row.  In other interesting Blake thoughts“I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: It should be illegal to pop popcorn in a workplace.”

Uh oh.

“That thing of where your cool story pitch meets an implacable abyss of total silence.” — Politico‘s Ben White.

Congrats to… Marc Ambinder for never being able to stay away from a David Bradley-owned publication. He’s going to work for Defense One. It’s unclear whether he’ll still write for The Week — they have no idea and he didn’t answer an email.

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

 

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

A TRIBUTE TO MICHAEL HASTINGS: “Michael Hastings was really only interested in writing stories someone didn’t want him to write — often his subjects; occasionally his editor. While there is no template for a great reporter, he was one for reasons that were intrinsic to who he was: ambitious, skeptical of power and conventional wisdom, and incredibly brave. And he was warm and honest in a way that left him many unlikely friends among people you’d expect to hate him.” — BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith. More… “We fought, first, over the adjectives in his stories — ‘discredited’ was a favorite — and then over his theories, which were typically the opposite of whatever I was hearing from my Washington sources. In the meantime I marveled at his talent and at the thing I hadn’t particularly expected: his generosity.” Read the full story here.

“I am no Michael Hastings and I probably never will be. My temperament and orientation is different. I approach my subjects from a different angle and I ask different questions. I do pretty well for myself. But when I’m in the arena with people like Hastings, I’m always forced to check myself.” — The Week’s Marc Ambinder. Read his full post here.


Confessional.

“I got the IRS chiefs mixed up. So audit me! Sorry about that. They’re all blending together.” — FNC’s Dana Perino.

In a twist on the usual 9-month pregnancy, NBC Luke Russert’s 20-month gaffe

“House now voting on bill by Rep Trent Franks’s (R-AZ) restricting abortions after 20-months.” — NBC Luke Russert on the bill that passed the House Tuesday. About a minute later, after some razzing, he wrote, “Correction to my last tweet. Bills would restrict abortion after 20 WEEKS not months.” Phew!

Hello Buttercup! Martin smooches NYT colleague

“Do yourself a favor: pre-order @peterbakernyt book DAYS OF FIRE now. A history of Bush-Cheney admin > http://www.amazon.com/Days-Fire-Cheney-White-House/dp/0385525184/ref=pd_sim_b_3/184-3921963-1609821″ — NYT‘s Jonathan Martin regarding Peter Baker‘s upcoming book.

NBC’s Chuck Todd from Berlin: “Btw, TOBBS (twitter on black berry sucks)”

Anonymous email to FishbowlDC: “My brother works for a local NPR station and he says the amount of money the big wigs at NPR lavish upon themselves is sickening. It makes him wonder what would happen if donors saw the gluttony. But, he needs the job so he keeps his mouth shut.”

Weighty reaction to Mika Brzezinksi

“Dear Mika, Arsenic is a poison. Soda is not. Bleach is a poison. Sugar is not. You are a ridiculous lunatic.” — Rare‘s Content Editor Mike Cover to the MSNBC “Morning Joe” host who wrote Obsessed, a confessional book about food addiction, her own and others. He added, “There are few things that make my skin crawl more than the nanny-state busybodies lecturing other folks about what to eat or how to live.”

Marc Ambinder On Fed’s ‘Secrecy Industry’

Deep State: Inside the Government Secrecy Industry seems all but made for the Syfy channel. “The authors explain how the increased exposure of secrets affects everything from budgets to Area 51 (and what really goes on there) to Congress to Seal Team Six, Delta Force, the FBI, CIA, NSA, and organizations that remain official secrets,” reads the book’s jacket.

One of the authors sharing all these secrets is Marc Ambinder, a columnist for The Week who once took a photo of himself in the mirror while wearing a mask. Naturally we had questions.

FishbowlDC: It sounds like it’s sort of a government conspiracy book. Is that a fair assessment without having read it?

Ambinder: Gosh. I hope so. That would persuade a lot of the conspiracy folks to buy the book, and I’m all for upping the sales. Alex Jones! I’ll go on your show. Coast-to-Coast a.m? I’m there! Actually, the book looks at how secrecy often leads to conspiracy theories, and so we generally tend to take issue with the whole lot of them.

FBDC: Should people be scared that there’s a whole government world going on with all these sensitive secrets being passed around? Read more

Authors Enter ‘Deep State’ of Government Secrecy

The Week is hosting a book party tomorrow night for Marc Ambinder and D.B. Grady for their new book, Deep State: Inside the Government Secrecy Industry. Ambinder is editor-at-large for The Week, and a contributing editor for GQ and The Atlantic; Grady is a correspondent for The Atlantic.

The event includes cocktails and conversation with the authors at the National Press Club that includes a talk moderated by The Week‘s Paul Brandus, who writes West Wing Reports.

An excerpt of the book’s description on Amazon reads like an episode of ABC’s “Scandal.”

“The government secrecy industry speaks in a private language of codes and acronyms, and follows an arcane set of rules and customs designed to perpetuate itself, repel penetration, and deflect oversight. It justifies itself with the assertion that the American values worth preserving are often best sustained by subterfuge and deception. There are indications that this deep state is crumbling. Necessary secrets are often impossible to keep, while frivolous secrets are kept forever. The entire system has fallen prey to political manipulation, with leaks carefully timed to advance agendas, and over-classification given to indefensible government activities.”

Morning Oopsy: The Week’s Ambinder Keeps Readers Hanging

Throughout the night Twitter was ablaze with reaction to The Daily Caller Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson‘s response to women being integrated into combat posts. In case you were actually, well, sleeping — a rarity in Washington — he wrote on Twitter, “The latest feminist victory: the right to get your limbs blown off in war.” At 1:30 a.m. The Week‘s Marc Ambinder whipped up a post on the “5 silliest reactions to women in combat.” Number one on the list was Carlson’s. Only Ambinder never finishes his thought and leaves us hanging with this sentence:

“Society protects the vulnerable not”

Come on The Week — did your proofers knock off early? Let’s hope the powers that be let Ambinder finish his thought sometime today.

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Quotes of the Day

BIRTHDAY GIRL: “Bom dia Rio. Thanks sun for coming out today on my birthday eve.”USA Today travel writer Nancy Trejos.

Ouch!

“Maybe if Holly Petraeus spent a little less time at the CPFB…….” — Free Beacon‘s Michael Goldfarb.

Right-wing writer concedes one nice thing about Obama

“The one — ONE — thing I agree with Barack Obama on is that Homeland is the best show on TV.” — TWT senior ppinion writer Emily Miller.

From a very nerdy Dept. of Bragiculture…

“Cool moment. Ran into Sen. Leahy just now at DCA. We talked about Phish. He said his son knows Trey. He’s a Dead guy but loves Phish, too.” — National Review Online‘s Robert Costa.

Reporter makes desperate plea for coffee

“One million preteen kids just boarded my metro car. Save me. #havenothadenufcoffeeforthis” — WSJ bank reg reporter Victoria McGrane.

The Ass Kisser

“Very interesting piece here by @DylanBiers.” — Commentary‘s John Podhoretz. (Last week the pair was bickering until PodWhore realized Byers wasn’t actually insulting him. Now they’re in love. )

Scribe says other woman’s hubby is alleged douchebag

“You’re a pretentious douchebag if Dear Abby isn’t good enough for your problems and you have to seek out the NY Times ‘Ethicist’ columnist.” — The Daily Caller TV writer Jeff Poor. (The Ethicist received a letter frighteningly similar to the situation swirling around Paula Broadwell, alleged mistress to General David Petraeus.)

And this from a facetious Politico reporter… “Dear Ethicist: I work in an information security-related field but am considering writing explicit and career-destroying emails. Help me?” — Politico‘s Alexander Burns.

The Complimenter

“The 2013 Calendar sent out to all its print subscribers reminds me of what an amazing photographer team @washingtonpost has on its rolls.” — WSJ‘s Raju Narisetti, formerly of WaPo.

NPR’s Andy Carvin works on final edit of his book in Istanbul, a publicist weighs in on latest sex scandal to rock D.C., a CNN Contributor has a problem with his hip flexor and two straight journos have a gay convo… Read more

Masked Man: Revealed

Our masked journalists from earlier today is none other than The Week‘s extremely chiseled Marc Ambinder. This is the picture he uses for his personal Twitter account.

Guesses we received included author and ex-Human Events Editor Jason Matterra and FBDC’s Eddie Scarry, ex-TIME scribe Tim Burger and a final, exasperated guess of myself in drag. The correct answer, offered by conservative writer Lisa De Pasquale, who writes, “He’s looking good these days!”

Happy Halloween, Ambinder!

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day: The V.P. Debate Edition

“Biden is better than Viagra for senior citizens #vpdebate” — ABC’s “The View” and Current TV’s Joy Behar.

Praise for Martha!

“Martha Raddatz already won this debate.” — lawyer and CNN Contributor Rachel Sklar.

“Can we have Martha do the debates at Hofstra and Boca, too?” — New York magazine’s John Heilemann.

“Hold Ryan’s feet to the fire Martha! That’s right!” — D.C. Councilman and former Mayor Marion Barry.

“Asking Martha Raddatz to moderate my Thanksgiving dinner.” — JRC’s Ryan Beckwith.

“Have we mentioned in the past 3 minutes what a great #VPdebate Martha Raddatz is running? Yep.” — Mother Jones.

“Martha Raddatz is doing a great job. Substantive and also maintaining control.” — NBC’s David Gregory.

“Holy smokes does @MarthaRaddatz know her facts or what?” — Photographer Lauren Burke.

Down with Martha!

It seems like whenever @PaulRyanVP is getting on a roll, Martha ‘Obama attended my wedding’ Raddatz cuts him off.” — The Daily Caller‘s Matthew Boyle, who added, “Martha ‘Obama attended my wedding’ Raddatz shouldn’t be allowed to moderate any more debates in future. She’s failed.”

“THE MARTHA AND JOE TAGTEAM INTERRUPTING RYAN.” — Conservative blogger Robert Stacy McCain.

“I’m sorry, after tonight I cannot support the Lehrer-Raddatz ticket.” — National Review‘s Jim Geraghty.

A compliment and an insult for Martha

“The thing about @MarthaRaddatz is she’s a reporter, not an anchor.” — Slate‘s Farhad Manjoo.

Debate fallout: Top Thoughts 

“Crossfire: VEEP edition.” — NYT‘s Nick Confessore.

“Old guys acting like a jerk ain’t cool. Think Romney’s jeans-wearing is also silly, for what it’s worth.” — Washington Examiner‘s Paul Bedard.

“Biden translation: I’ve been boys with Bibi since you were in diapers little buddy.” — CBS’s Kaylee Hartung.

“Biden is noticeably more loose. More folksy. Ryan has been solid..and his little interjection just now showed some life.” — NationalReviewOnline‘s Robert Costa.

“There is a real hair-product gap between the Obama-Biden and Romney-Ryan tickets.” — The New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza.

“Biden is seriously annoying. Shut up dude.” — The Daily Caller‘s Paul Conner.

“Biden basically uncorking every line liberals wanted Obama to use.” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel.

“Fair to say Biden is speaking with details and Ryan in broad platitudes. Reflects their backgrounds on this subject matter.” — HuffPost‘s Sam Stein.

“This is better than Jerry Springer!” — Reason magazine’s Peter Suderman.

“I think Biden thinks he had his Lloyd Bentsen ‘you’re no Jack Kennedy’ moment with his “you’re kennedy now?” line. He didn’t.” — NationalReviewOnline‘s Jonah Goldberg.

“It is frightening right now how much Joe Biden reminds me of my dad (also from Scranton)” — NYT‘s Ashley Parker.

“Amazing Ryan is keeping his cool. I’m not onstage and Biden is starting to piss me off.” — The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball.

“Biden is going full-Biden tonight.” — RealClearPolitics reporter Scott Conroy.

“Seriously, Biden is just schooling young Ryan…fun to watch tho” — Media MattersEric Boehlert.

“What’s weird: Biden a little too loose, Ryan a little too tight.” — WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza.

“Biden fueled up for debate last few days on M&Ms, animal crackers & Gatorade. Sugar high appeared to kick in around 8:59 ET”  — West Wing Report‘s Paul Brandus.

“You have to admit, Biden is on fire.” — UVA Political Science Prof Larry Sabato.

“The Biden smile. its like a thousand snarky hate daggers” — BuzzFeed Washington Bureau Chief John Stanton.

“I think they tightened @JoeBiden’s hair plugs a little too much tonight.” — TownHall‘s Derek Hunter.

“Biden has mastered the art of answering the subject (and not the question), which is very effective in debates.” — The Week.com‘s Marc Ambinder.

“I’m 47 and not rich. I’m going to need Social Security, fuckers.” — WashingtonStakeOut.com  blogger Sam Husseini, who is also Comm. Director for the Institute for Public Accuracy.

“This debate is terrible. It is not a matter of who wins. It is a matter of this is just the kind of politics people hate.” — GOP Pollster Dick Morris.

“How this debate differs from fish: It takes three days for a fish to start stinking.” — Reason magazine’s Nick Gillespie.

And now, Chris Cillizza for the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte

“The pumpkin spice latte is the Raul Ibanez of coffee drinks. It’s not always around but when it is, it’s very, very good.” — WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza.

Photo Credit: A parade of compliments poured in for the above Reuters photograph of Joe Biden and Paul Ryan. 

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