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Red Alert Politics Gets New ‘Serious’ Gossip Writer

Last week we reported that Red Alert Politics “Yeas & Nays” writer Nikki Schwab was moving over to U.S. News & World Report to write the “Washington Whispers” column. Replacing her at “Yeas & Nays: is Nicholas Ballasy, who was fired from The Daily Caller back in March. He was their senior video reporter.

At the time, he told FishbowlDC: “I’m flattered that FishbowlDC and the person who gave you this news tip find me more fascinating than the stories I report. While I enjoyed my time at TheDC, we have parted company. As for my future endeavors, stay tuned. Like any good story, there is more to come.”

Foreshadowing! We love that.

Just a fun fact…when Schwab needed a new co-writer when Yeas & Nays was still at the Washington Examiner, Ballasy applied for the job but didn’t end up taking it. As we reported at the time in 2010, Editor Steve Smith tried to hire Ballasy away from Cybercast News Service but the young reporter apparently said he wanted to continue to do more “serious” journalism (to which some at the Examiner rolled their eyes in response). In January of 2013, he was in talks for the job at “Yeas and Nays” once again, but we hear he didn’t want to take orders from Schwab and the position went to Alicia Cohn. Apparently Ballasy is ready to do less “serious” journalism. He also won’t be taking orders from Schwab. We can hardly wait to see what he does with it.

Shhh…Nikki Schwab to U.S. News & World Report’s Whispers Column

Gossip isn’t entirely dead in Washington. It’s just moving around.

Nikki Schwab is jumping off the good ship Red Alert Politics to assume the byline on the “Washington Whispers” column at U.S. News & Word Report. She will be an Associate Editor. The Washington Examiner, where Schwab formerly wrote “Yeas & Nays” gossip column, and Red Alert Politics are owned by the same parent company, MediaDC. “Washington Whispers” was the longtime column of Paul Bedard, before he moved over to the Washington Examiner where he writes the “Secrets” column.

Apparently Schwab is the third former U.S. News staffer to return to the “Mother Ship” in the past few months. “Washington Whispers” has appeared in the pub since 1933, as they put it, “offering a fun take at the scene inside Washington.”

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Morning Chatter

LET SLEEPING DOG LIE: “Someone is very happy to be home and sleeping in a bed unlike those barbarians at doggy boarding.” — Politico’s Christine Delargy, who formerly wrote for FBDC

Was it really OTR?

“It was definitely on record. We’ve had two senior editors from our organization who scrutinized ever aspect of this story. There’s no question it was an on the record conversation.” — TPM‘s Hunter Walker, author of the story in which New York mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner‘s Spokeswoman Barbara Morgan called ex-campaign intern Olivia Nuzzi a series of insults that are now part of her Twitter feed, as pictured here. Walker told the above to MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell last night on his program.

Eavesdrop Cafe

“Adventures in weird first date eavesdropping: ‘you’re just not into topography enough’” — BuzzFeed D.C. Bureau Chief John Stanton. He added, “I mean, who has map reading as a relationship deal breaker? I have my orienteering merit badge but that shit ain’t a fetish.”

Please, Politico, can he do this?

“If it were socially acceptable to Tweet nothing but Seinfeld lines I’d do it. And drape myself in velvet.” — Politico‘s Ben White.

The Observer

“My Twitter feed seems drunker than usual tonight. People sprung early for the impending congressional recess?” — Garance Franke-Ruta, senior editor, The Atlantic.

AC confusion?

“Air conditioning debate rages – if one says turn it down, that can mean make it warmer (as in turn down the fan).” — Dana Perino, Co-host of FNC’s “The Five.” She explained, “Husband asks why I don’t say ‘reduce’ the air conditioning …but that also can be confusion and mean make it colder! #ack!”

Father Glenn

“Now entering the lives being destroyed phase of the Weiner crack-up. Anyone getting their jollies off of this now is pretty much a sadist,” Politico‘s Glenn Thrush, whose Twitter feed has taken a decidedly preachy turn as of late. We love his passion.

Journo has karaoke advice

“The next time you think of kareoking Jason Mraz’s ‘I’m Yours’, don’t. Leave it be.” — Political blogger Dave Catanese. As some may recall, Catanese once won the highest award at a karaoke contest so he may know what he’s talking about.

Navarro says Matthews out of line…

“I’m no fan of Cruz, but this is way over the line.” — CNN’s Ana Navarro on MSNBC’s Chris Matthews calling Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) a “political terrorist.”

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 8:29 a.m.

Coworker Love

“Why @NikkiSchwab is the best co-worker ever: She sends out all-staff emails letting us know about #FreeSmoothieDayDC tomorrow!! :D ” — Red Alert Politics News Editor Kelsey Osterman on Nikki Schwab.

Confessional.

“ICYMI: ‘Anthony Wiener is a needy little bitch.’ (Not judging, b/c so am I.)” — The Atlantic‘s Scott Stossel, linking to Sydney Elaine Leather‘s appearance on the Howard Stern show in which she calls Weiner a “needy little bitch.”

Summer Superlatives 2013: Best Bangs

Today we begin our 2013 Summer Superlatives contest with a late entry to the race: Best Bangs. If you hadn’t noticed, we like hair items and bangs are not always a good look. Whoever can pull them off is a rare individual worthy of many compliments. But who deserves the praise?

Our nominees include Red Alert‘s Nikki SchwabBreitbart News and Townhall’s Lisa de Pasquale, HuffPost‘s Washington Bureau Chief Ryan Grim and NBC’s Luke Russert. We’re throwing in Michelle Obama just for the hell of it. She does appear to be responsible for this year’s bang craze.

Wrote one tipster, “Nikki Schwab’s are awesome. Her ‘do is simply perfect for her face frame and she pulls them off beautifully! Not everyone can like she does. Obligatory corresponding photo attached.”

Let the voting begin.

Graphics by Austin Price

The Atlantic’s Questionable Imitation of CNN’s ‘Crossfire’

If The Atlantic was really going to reinvent CNN’s “Crossfire” at a quasi-debate event Thursday at their Watergate HQ, they would’ve been well-advised to invite someone like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to square off against Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Instead they invited Grover Norquist.

Under normal circumstances, Grover, President of Americans for Tax Reform, is undoubtedly a great foil for Democrats. The trouble here was he and Rahm agree on mostly everything where immigration is concerned. So instead of being “Crossfire” it was more like GMA’s news family meets Hoda and Kathie Lee minus the wine. Everyone was cordial and kind. No cussing. No deep sighs. No pointing fingers at the media, unless you call The Atlantic‘s Editor-at-Large and emcee Steve Clemons insistence that The Atlantic‘s James Fallows and CNBC and NYT‘s John Harwood pose questions as finger pointing. The first time around, Fallows admitted he had no question. Later on, he came up with something. Harwood came prepared (or seemed to) with a two-parter.

Emanuel did acknowledge Chicago Sun Times White House Correspondent Lynn Sweet for attending the same high school as his mother — if that even counts for calling someone out. It was more the classic Bill Clinton technique of connecting people in an audience through vignettes. Sweet, who’s notoriously tough on Emanuel, tried to chase him out after, but a witness was unclear whether she caught him as he made a mad dash for the White House.

But no. There were no “f**k you’s” from Rahm. No tenseness between the two men. “I don’t think Rahm and Grover like each other,” Clemons told FishbowlDC in a follow-up interview Tuesday. “They aren’t going to hang out over beers — but they demonstrated an ability to be civil, humorous and maturely manage their differences and similarities quite well.”

Inexplicably in the subzero debate room was a vanilla-hued grand piano. Optics were apparently important. “Can you be a seat filler?” one official-looking woman asked another who was wearing some sort of sheer gown getup.

When asked if Grover or Rahm made any special requests or stipulations, Clemons said, “Neither asked for anything behind the scenes. I called Grover Thursday night midnight last week to ask him to do this — and he agreed with no request. The only thing Rahm mentioned to me is that first, going on with Grover was an ‘out of body experience’ for him — and acknowledged it must be for Grover too.”

Emanuel did have one request of Clemons: “He said that we’d get more out of this if he could approach my questions more from the perspective of a mayor of major city rather than former White House chief of staff,” Clemons added. “I thought he did well on that front — but I still asked him later in the questions to think about what he’d do in this process from his old role, and also humorously suggested that he might run for President one day when Grover talked about future Democratic presidential candidates.”

Clemons tells me there is a back story where this pairing is concerned. He said he considered this debate Round 2 of an encounter that occurred at Emanuel’s Inaugural party in which Clemons took Grover to Emanuel’s party at The Hamilton. Clemons got Norquist in by pretending he was a “friend of Ram’s.” It worked, despite it not being the slightest bit true.

See who was there and what they said…

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Morning Chatter

Famous last words? “I don’t know what a sharknado is, but I wish it would get out of my timeline.” — George Scoville.

Dylan Byers blasted for daring to deflate Glenn Greenwald

Kade: “Bet @DylanByers feels dumb about saying @ggreenwald didn’t have anymore big stories. How exciting on all fronts!” To which D.C. freelancer Sam Knight replied, “No, Kade. You’re wrong. If @DylanByers felt dumb about being wrong, he would have stopped trafficking wrong a long time ago.” All of this bluster stems from a single line in a Thursday post from Politico‘s Dylan Byers, in which he said he thought the wind was coming out of Guardian‘s Glenn Greenwald‘s sails. More specifically, “Greenwald doesn’t appear to have any more big revelations up his sleeve.”And with that, let the d**k swinging contest begin! You’d have thought Byers said Greenwald had some sort of erectile dysfunction disorder by the way that geeky know-it-all prof and blogger Jay Rosen and Greenwald reacted. Then again, Byers isn’t exactly great at reading crystal balls – anyone recall what he said about NYT‘s Nate Silver? Nonetheless, Byers shot back at Rosen and Greenwald, who made fun of him and challenged his comment, writing, “Both of you willingly misread and are misrepresenting what I wrote.” He added, “Read this one and please try to troll less.” (Read here.) In conclusion, we’re taking Byers’ side here, but only because Rosen and Greenwald sound like a couple of whiny babies.

Newly elected WHCA board member expresses gratitude

“Thrilled and a little nervous about representing my colleagues on the White House Correspondents Association board. Thank you.” – Yahoo! News’ Olivier Knox. Others who won: WSJ‘s Carol Lee as Prez; CBS’ Major Garrett as a board member. Congrats to all. Read more about this here.

Pregnant gossip writer has pickle cravings

“I’ve eaten five pickles in less than 24 hours, thereby officially becoming a cliché. #preggoproblems” — Howiella Kurtz (a.k.a. The Hill‘s Judy Kurtz).

Thursday boldness

“OK, I’m going to say it – Britney’s new song sucks” — Nikki Schwab, who links to the song.

Important Q to Ponder: “What the fuck is going on in downtown DC? Why are 8 blocks cordoned off?” — WSJ video reporter Neil Hickey.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 9:18 a.m.

Sexy for Washington talk

“Hot Mitch McConnell on Harry Reid action right now.” — Politico‘s Blake Hounshell.

 

Travel Bitches

“May not take @DCCirculator anymore if they can’t let passengers debark during 15 mns & counting of gridlocked traffic. Bus #1131.” — Crisis consultant and former journo Tim Burger.

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Washington Examiner’s Yeas and Nays Is Back From the Dead

Last month, Washington Examiner shut down its daily publication, laid off a bulk of the newsroom and said it would switch to a weekly political magazine format to compete with Roll Call and The Hill.

Yeas and Nays’ Nikki Schwab and Alicia Cohn were among those who we’d heard had lost their jobs, so we assumed the column was tragically gone forever—until we noticed that Schwab was still running the Yeas and Neas Twitter account. There were three posts yesterday and a smattering since July 2.

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Washington Examiner Gossip Columnist Begins Transition

Nearly two months ago Washington Examiner “Yeas and Nays” gossip columnist Nikki Schwab was notified that as part of the publication’s restructuring, she would be one of many staffers let go. We hear she has until early June at the Examiner, but she’s already on the move.

At the start of May, Schwab began posting at The Daily Download, the web media site run by Lauren Ashburn and publicized by Howard Kurtz. Schwab has written four posts to-date on topics like new YouTube and LinkedIn features and a smartphone application that allows users to mimic Michelle Obama‘s fashion.

Schwab is with Daily Download on a freelance basis. She will also be freelancing for Washington Life. “Yes, just doing some freelance, trying to figure out what’s next for me,” she told FishbowlDC.

Tick Tock: WHCD 2013

By Betsy Rothstein, Peter Ogburn and Eddie Scarry

The White House Correspondents’ Dinner was a blur this year as stars, journalists, nerdy political types — and Psy — rubbed elbows. Well, not Psy, he was busy smoking. But the rest of ‘em fawned and frolicked around the Washington Hilton oohing and ahhing at one another’s evening wear. People watching was admittedly pretty phenomenal. As evidenced by the shrieks coming from young, female bystanders salivating at the mere sight of a star. Each time an actor or well-known journalist walked by, they screamed and barked things out at them like faux paparazzi. In a moment of hilarity, one journalist, who shall remain nameless, was heard biting a security employee’s head off as they kept constantly trying to herd and push a small smattering of people waiting by the door from one end to the other. “I have two tickets, I have a right to be here and I’m not moving,” the person snapped in a display of spectacular irritation. Security immediately backed right down and eased away. And the lesson is? Yelling wins! (By the way, pictured above: actress Kate Walsh.)

4:35 p.m. Betsy tells Eddie she need 15 more minutes. He replies, “Are you trying to squeeze in a size 8 dress again?”

5:42 p.m. Eddie is running slightly behind because he has no idea how to tie a bow-tie and he couldn’t get the Tucker Carlson consult. As usual, Carlson skipped out of town for the WHCD. We learned later in the evening that he’s in New Orleans riding Go Karts with Daily Caller Publisher Neil Patel.

6:13 p.m. Settling in at the lobby of the Washington Hilton for some major people watching. MC Hammer sighting. Girls screaming, “WOO HOO! WOO HOO!”

6:14 p.m. TIME‘s Zeke Miller enters in a wrinkly blazer.

6:15 p.m. DJ at Atlantic party may have Tourette’s. Ticking and chirping, etc…

6:16 p.m. Fox News Correspondent Peter Doocy sighting. This guy is too tall and everywhere this weekend.

6:17 p.m. Washington Examiner Nikki Schwab sighting. Her hair is in curls this evening. Very pleasant interaction.

6:18 p.m. Woman walks into the Hilton wearing a kimono.

6:19 p.m. It’s Kathleen Turner. The gaggle of girls in the lobby: “Kathleen we love you!!!”

6:20 p.m. Amy Poehler walks by. “Ahh ahh we love you Amy!”

6:21 p.m. CBS’ Gayle King has entered the hotel in a stunner of a kelly green gown by Vicky Tiel.

6:22 p.m. A rando woman who won’t stop yapping is saying to her friends, “I’m walking around the house going, does this match?”

6:23  p.m. The NPR greeter awaiting NPR party guests in the front of the hotel looks like he should be at the airport. He’s a vision of nerdy perfection.

6:24 p.m. Washington Examiner‘s Byron York walks into the hotel and promptly walks down the wrong set of stairs.

6: 25 p.m. It’s Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera! He’s all smiles for anyone who approaches. Up close his mustache is nothing short of thick and amazing.

6:27 p.m. A Jon Huntsman sighting. He walks in with a lovely blonde (presumably his wife) on his arm.

6:28 p.m. We get reprimanded for the second time for standing in the “wrong” place. Is there a right place? Who knows?

6:30 p.m. Holy shit. It’s Nicole Kidman. Bradley Cooper follows shortly thereafter.

6: 32 p.m. House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor is hanging out by the entrance.

6:35 p.m. Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis drawing major stares in the lobby. Wilde’s flowing chocolate brown dress is unbelievable beautiful.

6:37 p.m. A young woman walking with CBS “60 Minutes” correspondent Scott Pelley has ample cleavage.

6:40 p.m. Sightings: White House Press Sec. Jay Carney. Chicago Sun TimesClarence Page. Kathleen Sebelius. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

6:41 p.m. Dave Weigel, a big FishbowlDC fan, has been spotted. Later he’ll watch us like a hawk even though we’re not snapping his picture tonight or bothering him whatsoever.

6:45 p.m. The kid from Glee! is here. Wasn’t he at Tammy’s?

6:50 p.m. Publicist and Hollywood on the Potomac blogger Janet Donovan spotted in the bar line at the Atlantic, CBS, NJ pre-party. Janet insists this is her last year doing this. “I’ve been doing this since 1971,” she says wearily. “Enough is enough.”

6:55 p.m. Bob Schieffer holding court at the CBS party. Worlds colliding. Glee! kid spotted talking to Mother Jones Bureau Chief David Corn. WTF?

6:59 p.m. CBS news anchor and producer Julie Chen stands out in bright pink dress that may have been the second best frock of the evening. Olivia Wilde’s gown was hard to beat.

7 p.m. Andy Cohen from Bravo is here. He has some schmutz on his blazer.

7: 05 p.m. Overheard: “He’s very brave here coming with his ugly wife.”

7:06 p.m. Reince Priebus sighting. Later he’ll be a dumb joke in Conan’s monologue.

7:16 p.m. Ed Helms telling his girlfriend that people come here “for the food.”

7:17 p.m. Psy‘s handlers are a bunch of asses. “No, we did red carpet interviews. We’re not doing any more.” Regarding Psy and pictures, guest says, “This isn’t Korea. This is America.”

7:18 p.m. Peter cuts U.S. Treasury Sec. Jack Lew in a line. Way to go Peter!

7:19 p.m. CNBC’s Jim Cramer is yelling. Read more

Separated at Birth: Washington Examiner’s Nikki Schwab

Sometimes these things just come to us like flashes of lightning. Today, freelance journalist Dave Cantanese, formerly of Politico who now writes TheRun2016 blog, spoke to anxious Georgetown students about their futures in journalism. Among those students was Kendal Ciesemeir, who looks eerily like Washington Examiner gossip scribe Nikki Schwab.

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