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The ‘C’ in Politico CLICK Stands for Caitlin

And then there was one.

Politico‘s Karin Tanabe has left CLICK, rumored to take a job elsewhere. Her Facebook page is filled with wishes of “good luck” from colleagues.

So that just leaves Caitlin McDevitt (pictured at right) holding down the fort. People who have left under Caitlin’s tenure: Kiki Ryan, Amie Parnes, Patrick Gavin, Natasha Lennard, and now Karin. Not the most impressive managerial resume. Before CLICK, McDevitt worked at Slate’s spinoff The Big Money. She also interned at Washingtonpost.com and Newsweek. She graduated from Georgetown.

We attempted to reach Tanabe, but her email address no longer works.

Take a hint, Jim & John?

 

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Who’s the Interviewer?

Last night MSNBC “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough returned to the clubby enclaves of Congress to chum around with his old pals for the State of the Union address. This time he was accompanied by co-host Mika Brzezinksi. We hear they were loitering outside the GOP cloakroom off the House floor during the speech.  Afterward, Scarborough, much like his old lawmaker self, granted interviews.

Who was this interviewer? Capitol Hill journos must know. Or you, the interviewer could reveal yourself. Write us at FishbowlDC@mediabistro.com and tell us, or send in your guesses. We hope to reveal the mystery male questioner by the end of the day.

> Update: We’ve figured out who the interviewer is with a small degree of confusion and an alternative guess. But now some want to know who is the brunette to the right? She’s a reporter. Update #2: We’re being told from a source who was inside the Chamber in Section 9 and two rows back from the MSNBC power duo that Mika actually spent “80 percent” of the speech inside the Chamber minus Joe.

> Update #3: The big reveal. So the reporter who is interviewing Scarborough is The Daily Caller‘s Jeff Winkler. Another guess that came in before a slew of his colleagues informed me was a reporter who thought that I should obviously know that it was “Robert Draper…come on.” Draper is a correspondent for GQ. As for the brunette, my source is still annoyingly holding out on me and making me play guessing games. The woman in the picture allegedly works for Politico. > Update #4: Last update on this. Thankfully. It’s Natasha Lennard of Politico “Click.”

Brave Journos Get Competitive Over Karaoke

NBC’s Luke Russert and CNN’s Brianna Keilar won “Best Duet” for Livin’ on a Prayer

(All photos taken by FishbowlDC’s Matt Dornic.)

Milling about in a darkened upstairs barroom last night at the Rock & Roll Hotel, the mood amongst journalists was a low buzz of excitement. Some of Washington D.C. ‘s nerviest participants in the charity competition were there having pre-Karaoke drinks. They showed not even a trace of anxiety.

One such performer was CBS “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer, all decked in cowboy attire and accompanied by a CBS reporter and correspondent, Kaylee Hartung. Schieffer was moments away from performing with his band, Honky Tonk Confidential. Asked if he was nervous, he laughed and replied, “I’m so bad I’m so past that. Anyone with as little talent as me is beyond being embarrassed.”

Peter Parisi, a TWT copy editor, was particularly chipper in his red gingham button-down and blue jeans. He told me he had performed Karaoke dozens of times and was more than ready for his performance. “Sonny and Cher. I Got You Babe,” he said, when asked what he’d form. “Cher had a previous engagement so I’m going to have to do this alone.”

Journalists soon moved downstairs to the stage area. In the crowd, but not performing was NJ “The Hotline’s” Executive Editor Reid Wilson, Politico‘s Natasha Lennard, The Hill‘s Tricia Barba , Susan Crabtree and Christina Wilkie, QGA and FishbowlDC’s Matt Dornic, Chicago Sun Times D.C. Bureau Chief and Politics Daily Flotus columnist Lynn Sweet, Washington Examiner’s Julie Mason, NJ‘s Matt Cooper and Major Garrett, CBS News’s Christine Delargy and CNN’s Abby Livingston. Upcoming performers included NBC’s Luke Russert (who knew he could sing?), Politico’s Shira Toeplitz, Slate‘s Dave Weigel (who knew he could, er, dance?), CNN’s Brianna Keilar, HuffPost contributor Stephanie Green (lovely voice), Washington Life‘s Michael Clements (borrowed Green’s long fur tiger print coat for the performance; one journo said he wears coats like that only to funerals) and TPM (but soon-to-be CQ-Roll Call‘s) Christina Bellantoni.

CNN Senior White House correspondent and “Dynamite” performer Ed Henry was spotted by the bar horsing around with his backup singer children, Patrick and Mila, prepping them for the big event. He admitted to some pre-performance jitters. “Covering the White House is easy compared to this,” he confided. “This is sink or swim.” But Henry persevered and won “Best in Show.” (See a complete list of performances, more photographs and award winners after the jump.)

Nerves or not, a decent-sized roster of journos soon took to the stage.

Amongst White House scribes, the competition grew tense over Twitter with lots of smack talk. One of those talkers was The Hill‘s White House correspondent Sam Youngman. Once on stage, the lights beamed on him and he looked utterly relieved.  “This is awesome, I can’t see any of you,” he told the crowd. He had planned to sing three short verses of “Lawyers, Guns and Money,” by Warren Zevon, but during the performance appeared surprised when the song seemed to stretch on so long. Still, he held his own, sang in tune and thankfully, unlike some of the other performers, didn’t try to hit any high notes.

Jaws dropped when…

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Good Morning FishbowlDC

QUOTES of the DAY

Rain and fave movies

“With all the rain I ask this question: what’s your favorite movie to watch on a rainy day? Mine? Casablanca. (@ C-SPAN 6th floor)” – C-SPAN Digital and Media Specialist Jeremy Art in a Thursday morning tweet.

Late night, Chinese food

“U know its gonna be a late night when a huge chinese food order on a cart makes its way into the capitol. Senate staying late 2 leave 2nite.” — CNN’s Dana Bash in a Wednesday tweet.

Twitter peer pressure

“Trying to get my colleague @natashalennard to tweet some more. She seems skeptical. #mustapplysomeclassicpeerpressure.” — Politico‘s Amie Parnes in a Wednesday tweet referencing her new Click coworker Natasha Lennard.

Oprah and Beck – an Aha! moment

“That’s where the Winfrey comparison falls apart. You could never imagine her joking about poisoning the speaker of the house or talking about choking the life out of a filmmaker or fantasizing about beating a congressman “to death with a shovel” (as Beck did for Nancy Pelosi, Michael Moore and Charles Rangel, respectively). Beck is divisive.” — an excerpt from NYT‘s Mark Leibovich‘s Wednesday profile on FNC’s Glenn Beck.  The story appears in print Sunday in the NYT Magazine.

The Daily Caller or Hedonism III? You Decide

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At The Daily Caller, life is loose.

And actions do speak louder than words. On Wednesday night editorial staff and friends of The Daily Caller partied it up with their brand new Keg-O-rater sponsored by Pilsner Urquell. The office has a coffee machine, too. But as Spokeswoman Becca Glover put it, “We don’t have rules. Tucker is 100 percent about freedom. If you can drink and do your job, that’s your decision. It’s all about freedom.”

Being responsible is a plus, but it isn’t mandatory.

What some may not know is this isn’t the first time The Daily Caller has employed unorthodox hedonism when it comes to their reporters. Back at their launch party held at the home of lobbyist Juleanna Glover, party organizers purchased six cartons of Marlboro Reds and by the night’s end, partygoers and DC staff had smoked through all the cartons.

As first reported by Politico, Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson was a no-show to the party. He was tending to journalism business – he was in Manhattan to appear on FNC’s “Hannity” Wednesday night and on ABC’s GMA the following morning. Publisher Neil Patel was on hand. So were a slew of Daily Caller reporters, such as Alex Pappas, Jonathan Strong (and his wife, Anna Beth), Chris Moody, Caroline May, and Deputy Editor Jamie Weinstein with his girlfriend, Lonnie. Daily Caller’s V.P. of Sales Alex Treadway was there and in charge of dealing with pouring beer and dealing with the Keg-O-rater (not a hard job, but an important one). Others in attendance included Politico’s Kiki Ryan and Politico Click’s newest hires Karin Tanabe and Natasha Lennard. Fox News booker Lauren Torlone was there. So were The Weekly Standard‘s Mike McCormack and Mary Katherine Ham.

Some building party moochers (they claimed they were verbally invited to the party – and okay, we believe them) were Gordon Zweig, Jose Biaou and Eric Hynek. They all work at a commercial real estate firm and were enjoying the beer.

A slightly amusing moment occurred when…

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Politico Injects New Blood Into Click

Politico is bringing new faces to Click. Earlier this week, we told you that Washington Life‘s Karin Tanabe has been hired. The second hire is Natasha Lennard, a recent Columbia Journalism School grad who has been ambitiously interning with both the NYT and Salon.com this summer.

While Tanabe is a native Washingtonian, Lennard is British and hails from England. She was an ambitious intern across the pond as well, where she worked for both The Times and Daily Mail. Tanabe begins on Aug. 18; Lennard begins just after Labor Day on Sept. 7.

See the official announcement after the jump…

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