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Stenographer gets religious over bill passage

“‘Praise be to GOD!’ House stenographer Diane Reidy is rushed off the floor and into an elevator…” — Todd Zwillich, Washington, D.C. radio correspondent for The Takeaway. Politico‘s Jake Sherman explained further, “An official house court stenographer took to the microphone & was screaming ab God. She was saying in the hall you can’t serve two masters.” Politico‘s Byron Tau added, “What I thought happened but no one tweeted about it so I thought I hallucinated.” And BuzzFeed‘s Kate Nocera: “The stenographer who started yelling was named Holly, she was taken off the floor. Members really shaken up by it.”

images-2Shutdown: Over!

“More traffic on the road, the grinding sound of leaf blowers on the White House grounds…the federal govt has reopened, lots of work to do.” — Joy Lin, Fox News White House producer.

“So the shutdown ends, but will we be right back in the soup come January?” — ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.

“My DC cabbie is sad that there is traffic again after three weeks of respite.” — Josh Barro, politics editor, Business Insider.

Question to never ponder: “Do we think any woman in the world actually goes by ‘Blondie’?” — WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten.

ringingphoneNYT‘s Dean Baquet scolds persistent reporter

“Evan, no news organization in America would report on every discrimination lawsuit filed in every court in every medium-sized city. Even when the author of the story chooses to try to use cheap tricks to goad people into covering his obsessions. good luck.” — NYT Managing Editor Dean Baquet in an email Wednesday to our resident phone enthusiast and investigative freelancer Evan Gahr. He explained to FBDC, “I sent him two other emails about this and also left two messages. And I hung up on his secretary one time when she answered the phone.” Gahr quickly snarked back at Baquet by email, saying: “Wait. Washington DC is simply a ‘medium-sized city’ as you call it. I thought it was actually our nation’s capital. Silly me. As for ‘obsessions’ the New York Times is normally obsessed with alleged race discrimination–except, of course, when the alleged perpetrators are fellow members of your liberal coven.”

Good Question: “So, do eight car trains return on Metro tomorrow?” — C-SPAN’s Jeremy Art.

Editor pissed about shutdown

“On behalf of America (in Cruz sense) I want to thank the Tea Party for this epic shitshow that damaged economy, wasted money for nothing.” — TPM‘s Josh Marshall.

floatinggoldfishThe Announcer

“America, your federal government is back, and open for business. (Well, soon at least.)” — NBC’s Mike O’Brien.

The Observer

“And the bill passes. Congratulations.  Now the House can get back to passing nothing the Senate will agree to.” — NBC News Deputy Political Editor Domenico Montanaro.

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Sam Youngman’s Goodbye Soirée is ‘The Other Side of This Town’

photo-25A sizable gathering of journos packed into the dimly-lit Oyster Bar of Old Ebbitt Grill last night to bid farewell to Sam Youngman, who’s headed to Lexington, Ky. to shake things up at the Kentucky-Herald Leader.

“It’s so easy to sh-t all over this town, and I will continue to do so with great relish,” Youngman told FishbowlDC by email today. “But last night was a reminder that there are so many wonderful and talented people here, and I’m fortunate to know them.”

Kevin Madden, a CNN Contributor, pointed out last night, “This is the other side of This Town.” You hear that Mark Leibovich?

The party was meticulously organized by CBS Chief White House Correspondent Major Garrett, who regularly frequents Old Ebbitt and is something of a star there. (We resisted the terrible urge to give Garrett an impromptu spelling test. He assures that he can spell fairly well, just not in a Spelling Bee format.)

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WaPo‘s Weingarten says female journos are hot

“Why are women journalists so attractive? I don’t know, but the phenomenon is undeniable. I think it’s smarts w/ skepticism & dry humor.” — WaPo columnist Gene Weingarten, the re-installed president of FBDC’s Fan Club Board.

Mixing pizza and politics

“As a pizzaholic who routinely falls off the wagon I must say #wethepizza makes the best pie I have had.@chefspike” — D.C. City Councilman Tommy Wells.

Journo says leave her alone during “Scandal”

“At 10pm, don’t call me, don’t text me, don’t even try to contact me because I will be watching @ScandalABC! It’s that real folks!” — NBC Desk Assistant Kiristin Garriss.

New D.C. acronym: FUKUS

“A new acronym drawing giggles at State Department briefing. FUKUS. Pravda says stands for France/UK/US working vs Russian interests in Syria.” — ABC Pentagon reporter Luis Martinez.

Real HuffPost Headline: “Woman smuggles cocaine in breast implants.”

Bloggers wear pajamas?

“What I won’t miss are the 20 people in their pajamas who go on Cleveland.com anonymously and feel that the world is just dying for their snarky, stupid comments.” — Rep. Steve LaTourette (R-Ohio) to Politico as reported by Dylan Byers.

Gretchen Carlson’s Twitter account is “NOT REAL”

“For those of u wondering, the twitter account in Gretchen Carlson’s name is NOT REAL. It is NOT ME. in New Yr, I’ll be setting up my own!” — FOX & Friends.

Congratuations to NBC’s Frank Thorp on becoming chairman of the Radio-TV Correspondents’ Assoc. “Both honored + excited,” he wrote Thursday.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“Who should Obama tap next for Sec of State? I’m going with Harry Belafonte Jay-Z” — Former “Love Connection” game show host and activist Chuck Woolery.

Peter Ogburn and Eddie Scarry contributed to this report.

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If you want a friend in Washington…Meet Kendall, CNN and RedState’s Erick Erickson‘s new pup. It is uncertain whether he will join the ranks of ABC News’s Jake Tapper‘s cat, Walter, and dog, Winston, with brand new Twitter accounts.

Only in Washington…

“Overheard on street corner: woman lamenting a coworker’s insufficient respect for her knowledge of the Spanish Civil War. #onlyinDC.” — The Hill‘s Niall Stanage.

Journos fall in love with George W all over again

“Laura Bush is rocking a popped collar in her official portrait. #likeaboss.” — TPM Assoc. Editor Sara Libby.

“MAN I LOVE GEORGE W. BUSH” — Wonkette/Salon/Guardian Contributor Jim Newell.

“Got a wink from W during his speech. Before he spoke of unconditional love of his dad” — American Urban Radio White House Correspondent April Ryan.

“Bush looks tan.” — The Guardian‘s Social News Editor Katie Rogers.

“President Bush 43 is on fire with these jokes. Hilarious.” — NBC’s Luke Russert.

“Just fantastic.” — MSNBC.com’s Mike O’Brien.

Forgot how quick W was to tear up…refers to his pop’s ‘unconditionally love’ [sic] and gets weepy.” — ABC News White House Correspondent Jake Tapper.

“Grace all around at WH unveiling of portraits on GWB and Laura Bush.” — CNBC and NYT‘s John Harwood.

Headline that should disturb you: “Man admits to eating roommate’s heart and part of his brain.” More here. (Thank you to blogger Jeff Quinton for alerting us to this. He remarked to FBDC, “Just worried that the dude lives so close to my wife’s brother and his family honestly.” He writes The Quinton Report. )

Journo witnesses jumper

“Well, I saw some poor guy jump off a building, and made a statement to the cops. So today took a different turn.” – Free Beacon‘s Katherine Miller.

The Matchmaker

“Attention ladies – John Edwards is available.” — Townhall and Breitbart.com‘s Derek Hunter.

In other Edwards gets away acquitted reaction…

“Let he who has never betrayed his cancer-stricken wife, fathered a child with a mistress and had his aide take the fall cast the first stone.” — New York Daily News Opinion Editor Josh Greenman.

“He is really deluded here if he thinks he has a political future.” — NBC’s Chuck Todd on this morning’s TODAY show. Todd can never really hide his dripping contempt for Edwards.

“John Edwards managed to do in court what he does best and he was the defendant this time–waste tax payer money.” — TWT‘s Kerry Picket.

Journo watchdog deals with wayward moth

“Moth has camped out at the top of our 20 foot entry ceiling. Wife has closed all the bedroom doors as a precaution.” — Accuracy in Media Chairman Don Irvine.

HuffPost Politics Reporter Laura Bassett has the moving blues: “Moving is like repeatedly stabbing yourself in the eye with a fork.”

Spoken like a true blogger

“I hate meeting new people.”– Lisa De Pasquale, an Alexandria, Va. -based blogger who writes The Lotus Blog.

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.


From the Dept. of Bragiculture

“Had a great time helping paint this at Burrville Elementary as part of Hands On Greater DC Cares Servathon today!” — MSNBC.com’s Mike O’Brien showing off his exemplary do-gooder weekend activity. Congratulations Mike!

The Hill Snags Roll Call Feature Writer

The Hill has dipped into Roll Call‘s feature section to find their replacement for their Briefing Room blogger, a position recently vacated by Mike O’Brien. The new hire is the debonair and mustachioed Jonathan Easley.

O’Brien recently left the publication for MSNBC.com. Before Roll Call, Easley, a newbie to the journalism profession after working in corporate finance, was previously an editorial fellow at Salon.com.

Congratulations to Easley. He begins Monday.

UPDATE: We failed to note that Easley has been a Roll Call intern. He remarked, “Yeah, feature writing intern, my bad, wasn’t trying to deceive. I have Feature Writer on my Twitter because 33-year-old manterns are rarely called debonair.”

The Hill’s O’Brien Moves On to MSNBC.com

Today is The Hill‘s Mike O’Brien‘s last day at the publication. O’Brien, who runs the Blog Briefing Room, has taken a job with MSNBC.com.

Associate Editor Ian Swanson remarked on Twiter, “True story: @MPOthehill showed me how to use Twitter. Today is his last day at The Hill. #nostaligia”

If you feel like hearing O’Brien’s voice, listen here.

Congratulations to O’Brien.

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Charlie and the Goddess: From @CharlieSheen’s Twitter account, which now boasts 775,225 followers.

Charlie Sheen Fever

Many reporters in and around Washington were glued to their TV sets as we watched yet another round of Sheen’s “Sober Valley Village” on ABC’s 20/20 last night. This only left reporters ravenous for more, which we got this morning on NBC’s Today Show.

“I guess I shouldn’t be laughing my ass off, but I can’t help it — watching 20/20.” — Albuquerque Journal Washington Bureau Chief Michael Coleman in a Tuesday night tweet.

“Ok, ok I swear this is the last Charlie Sheen tweet of the week for me. This is hilarious. Live the Sheen Dream.” — NBC4 reporter Craig Melvin in a Tuesday night tweet.

“Hey @charliesheen, feel free to BCC me on reporter inquiry emails.” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin in a double-edged tweet Tuesday night regarding both Sheen and the debacle between Rep. Darrell Issa‘s now fired flack Kurt Bardella and Politico and Bardella’s leaking emails to NYT’s Mark Leibovich for a book he’s writing on D.C. culture.

“Charlie Sheen has ruined Twitter.” — D.C. Attorney Kevin Reiss in a Tuesday night tweet.

Forget it. No one’s flipping the channel

“About to make an inaugural appearance on @gretawire shortly after 10:30. Tune in if you can.” — The Hill‘s Mike O’Brien pleading for people to watch him on TV Tuesday night right smack in the middle of the Sheen interview. Please.

In what may be our favorite tweet of Tuesday night…@FakeSantorum scolds former Salon Editor and now Editor-at-Large Joan Walsh for RT Sheen tweets: “@joanwalsh Is it even NECESSARY to RT Charlie Sheen tweets? Most of us are following at this point anyway.”

Waking up to Charlie, who has one speed: Go!

“Charlie Sheen said he would do no more interviews after yesterday. Now he’s back on the Today show. That lasted long.” — The Daily Beast’s Howard Kurtz in a Wednesday morning tweet.

“Charlie Sheen is up! Keep in mind it is 4:30am in Los Angeles.” — WaPo‘s Jonathan Capehart in a Wednesday morning tweet.

“Dear @abc, @cnn, @abc, @nbc, @fox: Just. Say. No. No more Sheen, please.” — National Review Online‘s Greg Pollowitz in a Wednesday morning tweet.

Journo virtual love

“@mitchellreports I wanted to congratulate you personally but got intimidated by adoring mob surrounding you — see you soon.” — ABC News’s Jake Tapper in a Tuesday night tweet complimenting NBC’s Andrea Mitchell on winning an award at the National Press Foundation dinner that night. To which she replied, “@jaketapper big virtual hug and many thanks.” (A big virtual hug? Is Washington getting weird or what?) Tapper also gives love out to CNN’s Dana Bash: “Congrats to @DanaBashCNN on her #NPF Dirksen award and even more so for her pending baby!!!” (WSJ’s Brody Mullins, CNN’s Bash and NBC’s Mitchell all won Dirksen awards at the National Press Foundation dinner.)

Scribe suggests Bardella for Newt

“Newt needs to settle on just ONE megalomaniacal spokesman to overhype his candidacy to the press. Maybe Kurt Bardella?” — The Atlantic‘s Josh Green in a Tuesday night tweet.

NJ‘s “The Hotline” praises NYT for anti-Politico story

“For many reasons, @jeffzeleny and @shearm win the night.” — NJ “The Hotline’s” Executive Editor Reid Wilson in a Tuesday night tweet.

The Hill Loses Blogger to a Job Outside World of Journalism

ericzimmermann.jpg Eric Zimmermann, a blogger for The Hill‘s Briefing Room Blog, is leaving the publication to go to work for the The Benenson Strategy Group as an analyst. Zimmermann has been with the publication just shy of a year and a half. His last day is Friday.

“I’ve really enjoyed my time at The Hill and have learned a lot,” Zimmermann wrote to FishbowlDC. “I just decided journalism wasn’t for me right now. I’m very excited about the opportunity to work at Benenson Strategy Group.”

Since Zimmermann is not leaving for a competing publication, he was not asked to forgo his two-weeks notice and pack up his things within 20 minutes like the last blogger, Tony Romm, who left The Hill for a job at Politico.

Bloggers Mike O’Brien, Jordan Fabian, and Elise Viebeck will pick up the slack and carry on with the Briefing Room blog. Zimmermann has been one of four scribes who write for the blog.