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Politico’s VandeHei to ‘Morning Joe’

Turns out the rumors of the past year and a half are true.

Politico‘s Executive Editor Jim VandeHei is getting the hell outta there and heading to MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” He has wanted to make his exit for awhile and TV is where he set his sights. MSNBC took notice after seeing the video that VandeHei narrated about how he breathed the very breath of life into Politico and how it has taken the journalism world — and the world — by storm. Some may have noticed VandeHei’s extensive appearance on “Morning Joe” last Thursday while regularly hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough were on vacation.

VandeHei will slowly phase into Willie Geist‘s third-tier co-host role as Geist concentrates on the “TODAY Show.”

Politico had no comment at this time. Editor-in-Chief John Harris was heard wailing in the Politico newsroom. James Hohmann, a reporter, was spotted handing him tissues. Mike Allen, practically VandeHei’s brother, could not be found. Sources say he has fled to Argentina to drown himself in a thick, juicy steak and red wine.

Politico Publisher Robert Allbritton, when reached at his mansion… Read more

Separated at Birth: The Mika Brzezinski Edition

If you’re like MOST of Washington, D.C., you’ve already finished the entire season of Netflix’s drama, House of Cards. While Kevin Spacey plays Frank Underwood, Democratic Congressman from SC and Majority Whip, his wife, Claire, is played by Robin Wright Penn. In her role, she sports a tight, short hairstyle that is reminiscent of MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski. Hell, she even cozies up to a Southern Congressman every morning in the form of Joe Scarborough. He used to represent Florida’s 1st District.

Huntsman, Manchin Take Besties Photos

After dropping out of the presidential election and a two season-long Republican bashing media tour, Jon Huntsman is ready to lead along with Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.). The pair, along with Republican Strategist Mark McKinnon, are founders of “No Labels” a project aimed at fostering bipartisanship in Congress.

Huntsman and Republicans haven’t seemed to mesh since he ran for president. In April, Huntsman curiously compared the party to communist China. And as someone who saw him deliver an obviously scripted “unscripted” speech at George Washington University, I can say he’s not that inspiring.

On Sunday Huntsman and Manchin traveled to New York City to announce No Labels’ initiative to recruit 75 members of Congress as “problem solvers.” Some of the worst doughy, white, male, political photos surfaced along the way… Read more

Scarborough Makes 3 Roker ‘Poop’ Jokes

On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” today Joe Scarborough couldn’t nearly get his fill of Roker-White House “poop” references.

Discussing his book on the “Dateline” last week, morning weatherman Al Roker recalled a time he accidentally shit himself while trying to “pass a little gas” on his way to the White House press room. “I pooped my pants,” Roker said.

It was an admission that took on a life of its own last week and Scarborough wasn’t ready to put the skids on.

While talking about beauty pageants and a thing called “butt glue” this morning, Scarborough said “butt glue would have come in handy for Al Roker when he went to the White House.”

Joke No. 2 came when Scarborough apologized to co-host Mika Brzezinski for heatedly yelling at her last week. Scarborough said he had three New Year’s resolutions: Don’t angrily yell at Brzezinski again, interrupt her on the show less and “not to poop my pants next time I visit the White House.”

The third reference to Roker’s bowels came just three minutes later… Read more

Sargent Not Sold on Axe’s Clean Upper Lip

On Friday morning, David Axelrod appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” program and had his mustache shaved off. This all stems from an electoral bet between Axe and host Joe Scarborough. While Axelrod WON the bet, he agreed to shave the ‘stache anyway since Joe and Mika Brzezinski helped raise a million dollars for his charity. It’s the first time that Axelrod has had a hairless upper lip in 40 years.

Sure, it was a little hokey to see it all play out, but a million dollars for a charity is a BFD, so we can live with it.

Apparently, it’s too much for some people. One of them is WaPo’s liberal blogger, Greg SargentRead more

Morning Oopsy: Mika Butchers Congresswoman’s Name

This morning GOP Conference Chairwoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” to discuss the fiscal cliff. Host Mika Brzezinski appeared ecstatic to talk with her and have her on the program. When it came time to say goodbye, Mika grew flustered. So much so that it’s difficult to write out precisely how she butchered the congresswoman’s name, but it was something like this.

“Congressman Cathy mmmmcrkmmm McMorris Russell…WOW!” she said.

McMorris Rodgers smiled and didn’t try to correct the host.

But actually her last name is Rodgers. Full name: Cathy McMorris Rodgers. And she’s a congresswoman, not a congressman. But seeing as the GOP struggles to bring women into positions of committee leadership, maybe that slip was understandable.

We reached out to McMorris Rodgers’ press office for comment.

Poor Lindsay Lohan: Sharp-tongued Journos Watch ‘Liz And Dick’ and Give it Sour Reviews

Lindsay Lohan‘s unanticipated return to acting, assuming the role of Elizabeth Taylor, played out on the small screen last night. It was Lifetime’s movie of the week: Liz and Dick. As the network chants, “Your life. You’re time.” The consensus among media types who took the time to watch was that the movie wasn’t just bad, but horrific, which came through in their biting critiques on Twitter.

“I’m not sure but I think Lindsay Lohan just trolled us all,” BuzzFeed editor Stacy Lambe wrote. And New York mag’s Dan Amira: “The hashtag #lizanddick may look a lot like #lizarddick, but don’t get your hopes up, it’s #lizanddick.”

Fox News and Commentary Radio Host Todd Starnes advised, “I think it helps if you’re drinking wine.”

On MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” today, Co-Host Mika Brzezinski said the movie was “the worst thing I’ve ever seen. … That was insanely terrible.”

“Even on Lifetime it’s the worst thing,” concurred Bloomberg NewsMargaret Carlson, a guest on “Morning Joe.” NBC’s White House Correspondent Chuck Todd echoed the sentiment, comparing it to a Saturday Night Live skit. “We’re going to find out that was all really comedy,” he said. “It’s a dark comedy. It’s hilarious if you look at it that way.”

More reaction… Read more

New Female Lawmakers Mingle With Cosmo

Gov. Maggie Hassan (NH), Reps. Tulsi Gabbard (Hawaii), Elizabeth Esty (Conn.), and Grace Meng (N.Y.) attended ‘The Cosmo 100′ luncheon at Michael’s restaurant in Manhattan. Cosmopolitan’s new Editor-in-Chief Joanna Coles hosted the luncheon for New York’s 100 most influential women including Sarah Jessica Parker, CBS’ Gayle King, Lara Spencer, Deborah Roberts, MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski, Ali Wentworth, comedian, author and wife to ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, Diana von Furstenburg, Lisa Caputo, Sallie Krawcheck, Pat Mitchell, Pat Fili-Krushel, Gillian Flynn, Jessica Seinfeld, Lauren Bush Lauren and more.

A few fun facts: Gabbard will be the youngest and first Hindu member of Congress; Meng will be the first Asian-American to rep New York in Congress.

Pictured above (L to R): Tulsi Gabbard and Elizabeth Esty.

Mika Smushed Little Girl’s Face to Protect Her

This morning on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Mika Brzezinski shed light on her bizarre obsession earlier in the week with yanking babies and children onto the set in Boca Raton, Fla.

Particularly illuminating was when Mika explained why she felt the need to smash 9-year-old Annabell‘s face into her bosom. As co-host Joe Scarborough playfully mocked her, Mika explained that poor Annabell (not pictured here, that’s happy Harper) was getting booed and screamed at for voicing her presidential pick of Mitt Romney.

“You don’t understand…you didn’t hear it as much watching at home,” Mika said. “The guy behind was boo to this poor little girl, and I told him off.”

Viewers seemed to get a kick out of Mika’s affinity for the little dumplings and offered their babies for her to hold. One fan begged on Twitter… Read more

Gov. Christie Gives Weighty Headline Light Touch

This morning on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Co-host Mika Brzezinski, a stickler for healthy eating, expressed her disgust at the New York Post‘s recent “Fat Chance” headline on Gov. Chris Christie. The New Jersey governor will keynote the Republican National Convention tonight.

“It’s just cruel,” Mika said. “It’s not funny, it’s like cancer, it’s not a joke, and yet it’s still a headline like this.”

Christie’s wife, Mary Pat, also on the program with the physique of a toothpick, remarked, “We just can’t let it bother us. We can’t.”

Christie, however, had another take, reminding Mika of his thick skin. “The way I look at it is, if I went and lost 80 pounds in the next year, they’d have something else to pick on me about,” he said. “They’d have some other kind of snarky headline whether it’s the Post or any other publication. When you’re in public life that’s what you’ve got to expect. And if it isn’t this it would be my hair, and if it isn’t my hair, it would be my nose or my eyes or whatever. What I say to myself, I know who I am, that’s why this stuff doesn’t bother me all that much. When I was younger it would bother me more, but I’m going to be 50 in two weeks. You grow a much thicker skin at that point…I don’t want to be a reactor. I want to be a proactive person.”

Hair? Eyes? Hmmm, yes, right. Meanwhile, Mary Pat, please be careful.

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