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Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Sequester ruins FOB’s son’s summer plans

“DoD just cancelled a summer intern program my son was going to apply to. #sequester. …And my friend’s son was just told his Capitol Hill internship would now be unpaid.” — Steve Rattner, MSNBC “Morning Joe” Contributor and former head of Obama Auto Task Force.

Journo smells pot outside the office

“Group of couriers congregating outside my office smell strongly of weed. It’s Monday afternoon guys. Save some for the weekend.” — The Times of London‘s Matt Spence.

A Metro rider did what?

“Delays on Red Line b/c a rider threw two suitcases onto the tracks.” — Washington Examiner Transportation Reporter Liz Essley.

 

Best Washington reaction to a national story

“This reminds me: if you left your penis in the 3rd floor men’s room@thewatergate this afternoon, pls call Lee Mayer.” — The Atlantic magazine Editor Scott Stossel in reaction to this story in HuffPost Business about an Orlando man who got his penis chopped off at work.

D–king around with JD

“When you put dishes on which you’ve eaten eggs in the dishwasher it makes the lot smell like wet dog when the cycle is done. #newsyoucanuse” — CBS Political Director John Dickerson.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 8:10 a.m.

Thayer admits he’s a “Twitter Virgin”

“I’ve spent a few years as a journo, but am a Twitter virgin. Forgive me in advance #mucked up.” — Freelancer Nate Thayer, who freaked out on The Atlantic when they asked him to write for free and for the great exposure. Follow him, by the way, at

Reporter envisions a Rome where Snoop Lion is Pope

“If the white smoke just keeps pouring out of there, we will know to congratulate Pope Snoop Lion I” — ReutersSam Youngman.

Blogger Confessional

“Appreciate: readers offering corrections. Don’t appreciate: people being assholes about it.” — Dave Brown, Contributor to Yahoo! Sports‘ Big League Stew.

Congratulations to Jason Roe for…his political consulting firm, REVOLVIS,  opening a new San Diego office in the heart of the Gaslamp District, just 2 blocks from City Hall. In addition to San Diego, REVOLVIS has offices in Sacramento, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.

They met in a bar…

In this week’s “Hill Navigator,” Roll Call‘s advice column, they address the topic of finding love across the aisle. In one instance, a woman meets a “handsome man” at a Capitol Hill bar, but later learns he works for a member she hates. The advice? Hey, many of us have worked for horrible people: “I think the term for these kinds of experiences is character building.” Read the full column here.

8 Words We Never Thought We’d See: “The Bachelor is on HuffPost Live right now.”

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Jordin Sparks Has Lipstick Flub at Journo Charity

Jordin Sparks

At Childhelp’s “Capitol CAREaoke” charity event last night, the Fox News crew narrowly beat CNN’s team in most money raised.

FNC’s Shannon Bream, Jennifer Griffin, Jake Serwer, Lanna Britt and Fox Business’ Rich Edson were joined by local Fox reporter Melanie Alnwick to sing “Don’t Stop Believing.”

CNN’s Dana Bash, Lisa Desjardins, Lisa Sylvester, Jill Chappel, Gloria Borger, Peter Morris and Athena Jones performed a sloshy rendition of “Sweet Caroline.”

As Glittarazzi‘s Greg Blakey put it: “Fox did a good ass job.”

ABC 7′s Rebecca Cooper founded the event and told FBDC she started the fundraiser five years ago as an alternative to the usual stuffy black-tie events in Washington. She said they intended for members of Congress to be the performers, but the ones who agreed to sing got cold feet. “So at the last minute I had to recruit all my friends in journalism,” Cooper said. She told us Chris Matthews and his wife Kathleen have been two of the events’ “worst singers.”

Before the karaoke started, R&B singer Jordin Sparks, a celebrity ambassador to Childhelp, posed for pictures and took questions from the media. During the photo op a friend nearby alerted her that she had lipstick on her teeth. STOP THE PRESSES. “Everyone, Photoshop the lipstick off my teeth!” Sparks instructed after clearing it off.

Sen. Jon Kyl

Some attendees participated in a silent auction, which featured two tickets to a Madonna concert and two porcelain miniature lions (valued at $900), among other items.

Fresh FM’s Tommy McFly, Kelly Collis and Jen Richer performed “Love Shack” and thought it would be a good idea to toss frisbees into the audience, which was full of wine glasses and dinner plates. Can you say DUNCE?

The event drew in a total of $310,000 in donations.

Notables

ABC 7′s Kendis Gibson, Natasha Barrett, Kris Van Cleave and Pamela Brown; WRQX’s Aly Jacobs, Brooke Ryan and Chilli Amar; D.C. Councilman Jack Evans; NASCAR’s Paulie Harraka; Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.); LushClick‘s Elizabeth Manressa; Pamela’s PunchPamela Sorensen; Kate Michael of “K Street Kate”; and former Politico reporter Kiki Ryan, now with “Komen for the Cure.”

Quotable

“$18 million for charity at 10 years old? That’s fuckin’ insane.” — Random attendee remarking on child prodigy and violinist Brianna Kahane who performed at the event and has raised that much money for charity.