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Team ‘Press Pass’ Prevails at National Journal’s Political Pursuit

Winning team "Press Pass"

Winning team “Press Pass”

Last night at the Newseum, National Journal hosted its sixth annual Political Pursuit, a “game show” on political trivia with members of Congress, the press that cover them, and political “insiders.”

The evening was co-moderated by National Journal Editor-in-Chief and President Tim Grieve and Hotline Editor-in-Chief Scott Bland. Team “Press Pass” won the night with 290 points and consisted of Bloomberg News’s Greg Giroux, Roll Call’s Shira T. Center, The Washington Post’s Paul Kane, The New York Times’ Jonathan Martin, and Los Angeles Times’ Mike Memoli. Read more

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National Journal Hotline Hosts Sixth Annual Political Pursuit

Screen Shot 2014-06-26 at 15.46.49National Journal Hotline’s Political Pursuit is back for the sixth year with a line up sure to be entertaining.

The “game show” will be hosted by NJ editor in chief Tim Grieve and Hotline editor Scott Bland and features a slew of members, press, and insiders well-known throughout town. Teams compete against each other and by the end of the night, one will prevail as the political expert among the competition.

Until this year, the game was held in April as a kick-off to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner weekend but is now slated for July 9 at the Newseum. Tickets are free, but will go fast. So if you’d like to be there, get yours now (here) before they’re gone.

The contestants:

Members – Rep. Donna Edwards (D-MD), Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY), Deloitte’s Hon. Tom Davis, Rep. Richard Hudson (R-NC), and Rep. Loretta Sanchez (D-CA).

Press – Bloomberg News’ Greg Giroux, NYTimes’ Jonathan MartinRoll Call’s Shira T. CenterWaPo’s Paul Kane, and LATimes’ Mike Memoli.

Hotline Insiders – The Polling Company’s Kellyanne Conway, IMPACT Strategies’ Angela Rye, Republican pollster Kristen Soltis Anderson, Purple Strategies’ Margie Omero, and SKDKnickerbocker’s Doug Thornell.

The event is underwritten by the Beer Institute and Volkswagon of America.

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

WTF? Save Politico‘s Byron Tau, from himself

(Igor Bobic, an assistant editor at Talking Points Memo was as shocked as we were with Tau’s tweet. He wrote, “Is this DM?” Then he added, “Anyone want to join me in TPing @ByronTau‘s house sometime this month? A little bird gave me his address.Hey Byron, our resident paparazzo Eddie will be over to your house later to snap some pictures. To provide context, Tau was reacting to the online outrage of Gawker and Journal News publishing gun owner names and addresses.)

Morning Oopsy!

“Correction on huffpost - ‘earlier version said West Wales is located in England. In fact, it is located in Wales’” — Katherine Faulkner, Asst. News Editor at Daily Mail. The correction was on a story about a McDonald’s employee who was fired for being rambunctious with the chocolate sprinkles on a coworker’s McFlurry. She sued the company and won $5,000. Correction: An earlier version of this story mistakenly said that West Wales is located in England. In fact, it is located in Wales.”

Reporter puts RGIII in his prayers

“Saying a prayer for @RGIII. He has brought DC together in a way very, very few have in a very, very short time.” — Roll Call White House reporter Steven Dennis. Also see NYT’s Maureen Dowd‘s columnon the subject. She begins, “Everyone told me not to fall in love so quickly, that I’d get my heart broken. But I couldn’t help it. Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris, the stellar Redskins rookies, were such appealing palliatives to our ugly, nihilistic politics and our cascade of lurid sports scandals.”

Today at the White House

“[Today] at the WH: ‘The President will host cast and crew members of the television show 1600 Penn for a screening at the White House.’” — Tribune‘s Mike Memoli.

Convo Between Two Journos

This morning’s conversation between NBC’s Chuck Todd and NYT’s Mark Leibovich concerns the late Richard Ben Cramer. Leibovich is referring to his upcoming book on Washington culture that has the working and likely title, This Town. The book will be available in April.

Todd: “@MarkLeibovich friend sent note about how he asked RBC why there no index, RBC’s reply: ‘sick and tired of seeing DC people’ read via index”

Leibovich: “@chucktodd totally agree… I’m contemplating no index myself”

Local meteorologist shivers in workplace

“Freezing in the office this morning, but a mild afternoon ahead. Partly cloudy with highs in the mid-upper 50s in D.C. today!!!” — WJLA’s Jacqui Jeras. Come on, WJLA! Turn up the heat already. Your METEOROLOGIST is freezing.

Peter Ogburn and Eddie Scarry contributed to this report.

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day


Breitbart.com’s War on BuzzFeed

“If BuzzFeed Politics would just come out against the right, it would be a much better site. Seriously.” — Breitbart.com‘s John Nolte.

HuffPost reporter with broken hand pissed

“I hate everyone. I’m typing with one hand!” — HuffPost‘s Elise Foley, who broke her arm while texting and walking at the same time. As we reported previously, she’ll be in a sling for six weeks.

Poor Mr. Kim: “Mr Kim, the DC liquor store owner featured in 9 News Now reports for selling booze to underage kids, was found guilty in court today.” — News Assignment Manager at WUSA9′s Bill Starks.

Slate‘s Jack Shafer: “Can’t somebody give Joe Biden a blog? I’d read it.”

Journo prays for strength amid loudmouth train rider

“Please, Lord, make her stop talking. I beg of you. Make. Her. Stop. #auralhostage #acela” — WaPo‘s Jonathan Capehart.

Whoa! You did what? “Engrossed in my phone, literally bumped into a person coming out of Barneys @georgetowndc. Look up, it’s Jennifer Hudson. M’scuse, J-Hud.” – Washingtonian‘s Kate Bennett.

Reporter offers unusual warning

“Gird your loins, ladies and gentlemen: @JoeBiden is armed with visual aid in latest campaign speech.” — Tribune‘s Mike Memoli.

Writer fights back

“People who #hate have NO CLUE what goes on in other people’s lives beyond what you think you see. NO CLUE. To my haters YOU ARE CLUELESS!” — NBC theGrio’s Sophia Nelson, who recently had her life threatened. “Folks I am not upset with #haters they are what they are. I am disgusted by people who think they have the right to curse you out publicly.”

Reporter covering Romney tossed out of hotel

“Two very large, very serious-looking security folks just booted me from back entrance of Hyatt in midtown, where Romney is about to arrive.” — NBC News campaign embed reporter Garrett Haake.

WTF?

“Oh WTH, FYI, in case you missed it, ICYMI means ‘in case you missed it.’ — author David Limbaugh, brother of conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh. Thanks, David, for letting us in on that national secret.

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day — Behind the Curtain in Des Moines


The Rachels: RealClearPoliticsScott Conroy says on Twitter, “What they’re watching at Santorum’s party #iacaucus.” The Rachels tortured us early Wednesday morning with a very special episode of “Up With Chris Hayes” at 1 a.m.

Fishbowl Des Moines (Adios, Mike Allen, we’re taking back the night.)

Luntz’s puffy coat

“Frank Luntz on Fox News has the biggest, puffiest down jacket I have ever seen in my life.” — Zach Wolf, ABC News Political Unit. (Photo credit: Yahoo! News’s Chris Moody.)

Confusion on the campaign trail

“Ron Paul staffer gets confused thinks I work ‘the times’ instead of ‘in these times’ asks if I want to speak to the Congressman.” — Labor journo Mike Elk.

Journo loses his belt; disaster averted

“At the lovely Capitol in Des Moines to join @BretBaier. Fortunately we’ll be seated so my lost belt shouldn’t result in YouTube hilarity.” — ReutersSam Youngman.

Birthdays: “Happy 1st birthday to Wee-Bey, the dog. The one year old goldendoodle will be celebrating by licking his balls.” — FBDC’s Peter Ogburn. (h/t Ogburn and h/t Mike Allen for h/t) Asked about presents, Peter remarked, “I did get Wee-Bey a present. The exciting new E-Book from Politico, The Right Fights Back.”

The Beauty Experts

Sarah Palin‘s half-beehive is back!” — Politico media writer Keach Hagey. (Photo credit: Business Insider’s Glynnis MacNicol.)

“Loser or not, Michelle Bachmann looks fabulous.” — HuffPost‘s Christina Wilkie. Wilkie also observed Ron Paul‘s wife, saying, “Carol Paul is rocking a fur collared coat. A big one. Indoors. At a campaign event. Thoughts? #iacaucus.”

“First time a presidential candidate’s on-stage surrogate has EVER has a neck tattoo. #iacaucus” — WaPo‘s Aaron Blake.

Lizza lets loose

“Can we all agree the Iowa Straw Paul is f*cking stupid now?” — The New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza, who also wrote, “I picked a terrible night to be on deadline for a 10,000 word piece not about GOP politics.” But our favorite Lizza from the night is by far this: “What’s on Marcus’s lips?” (In reference to Michelle Bachmann’s hubby, Marcus.) On another note entirely, what the f$%# was Marcus doing buying their dog, Boomer, sunglasses in Iowa?

Tapper pays Busey a compliment (wink! wink!)

“I cannot understate the importance of the Gary Busey endorsement, then withdrawal of said endorsement, of @NewtGingrich.” — ABC News Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper.

Spotted: Journos being  journos

“Spotted in Des Moines, midnight Central: A bunch of reporters who thought they would be drunk and/or in bed right now.” — The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball.

Watch out. Harwood’s caffeinated.

“Modern media life: Up 4 am in Iowa. 19 hours of live shots. Charter flight to NH. Arrive hotel. Now, coffee…then more live shots.” — CNBC’s and NYT‘s John Harwood.

Arianna cracks on CNN’s John King

“Waiting for John King to get sucked into his Touch Screen Map, Poltergeist-style.” — HuffPost/AOL Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington.

And back in Washington…

The weather outside is frightful

“NEVER GOING OUTSIDE AGAIN and also other irrational things because it’s just so so cold.” WaPo‘s Lindsay Apple.

An evening in

“Leftover palak paneer? Check. Bottomless iced tea? Check. Power outlet? Check. Bring it on, Iowa. #caucus” — NPR’s Andy Carvin.

The TV Critics

“Fox News discussion hours before the caucuses: Are reporters who tweet full of themselves?” — Tribune‘s Mike Memoli.

Bret Baier back on this ‘guy in a truck’ thing…what the hell? Enough already.” — The Times of London‘s Matt Spence.

“I thought it was odd when Sanford signed off his Fox News interview with, ‘Tienes los ojos más bonitos del mundo.’ — National Review Online‘s Jim Geraghty on former S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford‘s punditry appearance on FNC last night.

“Gingrich translated: ‘If the truth hurts, fuck you.’” — Metro Weekly Co-Publisher Sean Bugg.

Marcus Bachmann would have made a lovely first lady. #iacaucus” — Crooks & Liars’ Tina Dupuy.

“As Ron Paul speaks, Rand is standing behind him looking like he’s at a funeral.” — The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball.

“I think we can all agree that Boomer Bachmann getting new sunglasses was more interesting than this speech.” — FNC Democratic political analyst and Daily Beast columnist Kirsten Powers.

Teeth brushing or Romney speech? That’s easy.

“How captivated was I by Romney’s stump/victory speech? Half-way through, I ran to brush my teeth.” – Roll Call’s Shira Toeplitz.

Why Santorum? Well, for one thing…

“I am rooting for Santorum to win because, as far as I am aware, he has not strapped a dog to his car while driving long distances.” — Activist and former DCist writer Dave Stroup.

Hawaiian Pool Duty comes to a close

“Just checked out of my room in Hawaii. The president’s vacation is over for him and now for me too. I’m relieved.” — Politico‘s Jennifer Epstein.

Makeup lady on Roland Martin

“Doing @rolandsmartin makeup. He’s bringing some soul to the makeup room!” –  Stevie Martin.

Boybander pledges quality

“My pledge to you: writing on a short deadline does not give me license to mix metaphors. Danger Room: Where Quality Is Job #1.” — Wired‘s Spencer Ackerman.

Tracy gets racy

“No, I will not be CAUCUSING tonight. Sounds a bit perverse.” — Cheoff Geoff Tracy, husband to CBS Chief White House Correspondent Norah O’Donnell.

Holy S#%t! Tschida’s got rats

“So exterminator confirms I have very SMART rats. They dodge the traps and gorge on bananas. Just realized… I’d prefer ghosts.” — ABC7 reporter Stephen Tschida.

Convo Between Two Journos

The Guardian‘s Ana Marie Cox: “Fox News turning out to be a really good source for news about the bottom four candidates.” Lizza: “Future on-air talent.”

MUST CREDIT BUZZFEED. Or else!

“I won’t do a ‘Must Credit BuzzFeed.’ But please do credit BuzzFeed. We’re a fragile young thing.” — BuzzFeed Editor Ben Smith on their exclusive that Sen. McCain plans to endorse Romney today.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“I hate politicians who say they aren’t politicians. Even if they’re wearing a super-cute blue blazer.” — Metro Weekly‘s Mr. Bugg. Congrats Bugg! You’ve won back your crown.

 

Morning Whammy: Guess Who’s Back?

Major sigh of relief here at FishbowlDC. Praise Jesus, Allah, Buddha or whoever made this happen.

“Don’t call it a comeback,” pleaded FakeJimVandehei in a late night tweet. And with that, at about 11:14 p.m. he (we’re presuming it’s a he) added, “The Obama campaign’s willingness to flout POLITICO is yet another sign of an arrogant operation that’s out-of-touch with political reality.”

Fake Jim, who disappeared from Twitter without a trace in July, explained to FishbowlDC, “For a while there I thought maybe I’d exhausted the satirical material I had to work with. I quickly realized that was completely false.”

He’s starting from scratch. So far he has two followers and we’re one of them. He’s following 17 people, mostly Politico reporters such as Ben Smith, Jake Sherman, Molly Ball and Alex Isenstadt. But in the mix is also HuffPost‘s Sam Stein and Tribune‘s Mike Memoli.

There you have it. Most definitely a comeback.

Separated at Birth: The Rick Perry Edition

Tribune‘s Mike Memoli has come up with a brilliant Separated at Birth idea for GOP presidential hopeful Rick Perry. He pairs Perry with West Wing GOP nominee Rob Ritchie. We’re also throwing in actor Josh Brolin to play Perry’s much hotter double on the trail. See Perry below – at top left and bottom right.

 

‘Bidenisms’ and Dog Named ‘Melon’ Turn Up in International Pool Report

TIPS FROM THE POOL…INTO THE DEEP END


While you slept, Tribune White House Correspondent Mike Memoli attended press events with V.P. Biden in Sendai, Japan, the city most closely affected by the March earthquake and tsunami (see before and after pictures above).

Thankfully Biden is hardly ever boring.

They made what Memoli curiously called two “OTR” stops, but the reporter thoroughly reported each neighborhood stop. There were “Bidenisms,” an elderly woman the VP took a fancy to and a dog named Melon.

“The VP used the best and brightest of his Bidenisms, including but not limited to, ‘If I had hair like you I’d be president,’ and to the parent of a young girl, ‘No boys until she’s 30 years old.’ He gave one of the people in the group one of his ‘caps,’ with the VP seal on it.”

Another striking moment was Biden chatting up an 89-year-old woman. He called her “mother,” Memoli reported, and kissed her hand.

“‘You have a smile that lights up the whole parking lot!‘” he announces. (That’s a good thing). He says she reminds him of his own mother. ‘She has the same beautiful smile and smae beautiful eyes. When I looked at my mother’s eyes it made me feel good.’ She says to the VP that it’s the greatest gift to meet a senior American official. ‘I want a hug,’ Biden says back, ‘Would you come home with me?‘”

Memoli came across a dog named “Melon.” He’s no Bo, but he’ll do.

“We moved on to a second group, which included a little dog named Melon. Melon’s backstory: she was locked in a car for more than a week after the tsunami swept the car inland. Self-defense forces located the dog and she was reunited with her owners at the airport. Melon was yapping as the VP approached. He talked about his own dog, a German shepherd Champ, a much bigger dog.”

 

 

Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers

Quotes of the Day


Beauty and the Guido: “Colorado’s rocked so far! At the Steamboat Institute now and hung out with @michellemalkin yesterday.” — Washington’s version of “The Situation” Jason Mattera, Editor of Human Events, in a Friday tweet with the accompanying photograph. We prefer Mattera’s usual wife beater tank to this shapeless snow-patterned purplish T. It looks like he found the elusive Michael Stars – Grimace collection. They tried it once in the mid-90′s but never spoke of it again.

Media elitism

“I go to Whole Foods, other people go to Walmart. There’s a difference.” — The Daily Caller media writer Matt Lewis on media elitism and what it means on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” on Sunday in response to Texas GOP Gov. and presidential hopeful Rick Perry getting “pounded by the press.” Lewis remarked that this cultural bias is even more prevalent than a liberal bias. Later he opined that President Obama going to “hoity-toity” Martha’s Vineyard doesn’t make for good optics.

Astute observation

“CONNOISSEURS of Sunday-morning TV noticed that ‘This Week’ today revived the more urgent, David Brinkley-era opening music.” — Politico‘s Mike Allen in a weekend Playbook observation.

What is not journalism

“How sad that campaign ‘journalism’ has now devolved into, Is so-and-so going to run?? #thatsnotjournalism” — Media MattersEric Boehlert in a weekend tweet.

And this…

“This is par for the course for Politico. I brought this up on another story and they said they had it first but were just waiting to ‘report out the details.’ Politico, waiting to break news?” — Anonymous Tipster in response to our story, “Politico Behaves Unprofessionally.”

Hairless in D.C.

“There’s a laser hair removal Groupon for the Washington area twice a week, at least. At this rate, #DC should be hairless by 2013.” WaPo Express News Editor Sara Schwartz in a weekend tweet.

Future weatherman

“It’s raining it’s ass off in suburban MD/DC… yeesh!” — Washington Business Journal designer Tim Wong in a Sunday tweet.

En route to Mongolia

“You’ll next hear from us from Ulan Bator, something pooler never thought he’d have the chance to say just a few weeks ago.” — LAT‘s Mike Memoli in a Sunday night VPOTUS Pool Report from China. Ulan Bator is the capital of Mongolia.

Journo Love

“Whole lotta Twitter love for @SavannahGuthrie’s first time filling in on @MeetThePress today.” — NYT Brian Stelter in a Sunday tweet.

Where does Bret Baier shop?

A follower asks FNC’s Bret Baier: “Where do you purchase majority of your shirts/ties from? Good looking combos.” Baier replied, “Most are Brooks Brothers.”

Arianna tweaks Weiner

“And on the pretty geeky side of the news ledger, it was announced that ‘retweet’ and ‘sexting’ have been added to the Oxford English Dictionary. No word on whether @RepWeiner feels validated.” – HuffPost/AOL Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington in her “Sunday Roundup.”

Seeing the glass half full…

“So the only good thing about waiting 20 minutes for a train is that I finally got to read about Kim kardashian’s over the top wedding.” — Netcentric editor and writer Elizabeth Brotherton in a weekend tweet. She was formerly an HOH writer for Roll Call.

The media critic

“Peggy Noonan’s wrong that Obama doesn’t have a solid base of people who ‘love’ him. Cheap shot w no data to back up” — NBC’s Domenico Montanaro in a Sunday tweet on WSJ Columnist Peggy Noonan, who appeared on NBC’s “MTP” on Sunday.

Shoving Match Involving Press Breaks Out in China

TIPS FROM THE POOL…INTO THE DEEP END


LAT‘s Mike Memoli reports from China that a “nasty shoving match” broke out between officials and members of the press pool in Bejing’s Great Hall of the People. Officials attempted to remove reporters who were trying to listen to V.P. Biden‘s speech. The V.P.’s staff came to their defense.

He wrote: “At this point the Chinese officials attempted to begin clearing press out of the room. Press and the VP’s staff argued to keep us in the room, since we had heard Xi’s full statement and had to hear Biden’s full statement.” … “As Biden was wrapping up, your pooler was in a shoving match with a larger Chinese official attempting to clear press from the room. Officials said Biden was going on too long, though he at that point had not spoken for more than 5-6 minutes, including the consecutive translation. Despite occasionally successful efforts at holding our ground, poolers were continually pushed further toward the exit. Once it was clear that Biden was concluding we departed. A number of fellow reporters and staff said they hadn’t seen quite that level of aggressive force attempting to remove us from such an event. Thanks to the VP staff for making their best efforts to keep us in as long as were.”

Later in an afternoon meeting in the Great Hall’s Fujian room…reporters were again treated strangely. Memoli writes, “As VPOTUS was winding down but not yet finished, Chinese officials again tried to dismiss reporters from the room. No physical pushing as there was this morning, but again an unwelcome move to both press and VP staff.”

A Bidenesque remark from a previous Pool Report… “After being introduced to one member of the Chinese delegation, Biden remarked: ‘Remember what I told you last time: if I had hair like yours I’d be president.’”

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