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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.

Jay Carney Toasts Brendan Buck’s Move from Boehner’s Office to AHIP

brendan-buckIn celebration of his move as press secretary for Speaker Boehner to America’s Health Insurance Plans, Brendan Buck joined with friends Monday evening to toast to his new gig. We hear White House press secretary Jay Carney even stopped by, which is pretty funny given their past Twitter feuds.

The night was hosted by Michael Steel – also of Boehner’s staff. In attendance: Washington Examiner’s Rebecca Berg, POLITICO’s Mike Allen and Christine Delargy, ABC News’ Jonathan Karl and Jeff Zeleny, RNC’s Sean SpicerKevin Smith, Doug Heye, Rory Cooper, CBR’s Brent Swander, Yahoo News’ Olivier Knox, BuzzFeed’s John Stanton, CNN’s Brianna Keilar and Erin McPike, Kevin Sheridan, WaPo’s Paul Kane, Roll Call’s Tom Williams, Crossfire’s David Chalian, NBC News’ Frank Thorp and Shawna Thomas, CBS’s Walt Cronkite, Sue Davis, Scott Mulhauser, Kirsten Kukowski, Brad Dayspring, Laena Fallon, Juleanna Glover, and Becca Glover.

Morning Chatter

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“As the bickering continued, senior aides to rank-and-file Republicans resorted to watching the Twitter feeds of congressional reporters to learn who was demanding what.”WaPo story by Lori Montgomery and Paul Kane.

Lawmaker questions Amazing Grace song choice

“Dem Rep. Gerry Connolly amused that House GOP sang ‘Amazing Grace’ at morning meeting. ‘Isn’t that usually sung at funerals?’” — HuffPost‘s Jennifer Bendery.

Horsing around

“Adam Goldman is going to be the most talented, tenacious high school volleyball reporter the Washington Post has ever had.” — WaPo foreign policy blogger Max Fisher.

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In praise of NRO‘s Robert Costa

“Just your daily @robertcostaNRO is a great reporter tweet, because someone needed to say it.” — CNN’s Erin McPike.

“Am going to have to say, I don’t know @robertcostaNRO — and what he reports usually pisses me off — but he is well-sourced and moves quickly.” — Former Senate flack and Quinn & Gillespie associate Jim Manley.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 6:07 a.m.

Ouch!

“I tried to retweet Glenn Greenwald’s statement, but he’s blocking me on Twitter.” — TPM‘s Hunter Walker.

images-4But not so much for MSNBC’s Abby Huntsman…

“I’m thankful for Abby Huntsman having a role on MSNBC to tell me what rational conservatism really is… #LeanForward” — The Daily Caller‘s TV reporter Jeff Poor.

Journo would like to forget the news

“I swear if I didn’t love this country as much as I do, I’d move to a remote area in Montana, live like a mountain man & never read the news.” — TheBlaze‘s evening editor Jason Howerton.

Tommy Christopher: As serious as a heart attack

“You think reporting on the White House is tough, try reporting on White House reporters.” — Mediaite White House Correspondent Tommy Christopher. “Christopher” got some ink Tuesday from Politico and The Daily Caller. No doubt he didn’t mean to get media attention for himself. See Politico‘s story here. Hadas Gold quotes Christopher as saying, “I’ve been frustrated, for a long time, over the trivial way some of the White House reporters have handled this,” he said, referring to the health care debate. As some may recall, three years ago he tweeted his own heart attack and later suffered from gangrene on his appendix. To be sure, during the latter illness his yellow-hued skin tone showed just how sick he was. See The Daily Caller‘s story here. The DC‘s lede: “On Tuesday, Mediaite White House correspondent Tommy Christopher added another chapter to his ongoing self-promotional crusade masquerading as a career in journalism.”

 

Jeff Bezos Watch Continues, Day 11

We were keeping track of the number of stories about WaPo’s sale to Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, but lost count somewhere around 17 billion. Is it safe yet to call a state-of-emergency over the level of journalistically-induced hysteria this has caused? If we don’t reach the peak coverage soon, This Town might just implode in on itself.

Here are a few of the latest pieces:

Tim Carmondy, for Neiman Lab: Talk about some foresight, Carmody is already looking to Bezos’ death in this piece: “The Washington Post offers Bezos the chance to reinvent a newspaper during turbulent times, and in the process leave something to his family beyond Amazon.” Because the $25 billion he was already leaving them wasn’t enough?

WaPo’s Chris Cillizza and Paul Kane: Yesterday Cillizza published what he said were real emails between himself and Kane, though they’ve been edited for grammar. Side Note: if this is how they generally email, maybe they’re doing it wrong? It seems so… staged? Can we please have some filthy cussing in the next series? Anyway, Cillizza makes at least one good point: “Local newspapers were struggling long before the Bezoses of the world decided to get into the journalism industry.” And Kane: “…if this experiment ends well, does it mean the ‘Benevolent Billionaire’ is the only path to success for newspapers and their successors?” If the answer is yes, then that is bad, bad news folks.
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Summer Superlatives 2013: Most Respected Journalist in Washington

This is a tough category. But today we ask you to help determine who is Washington’s most respected journalist. The lineup of contestants includes USA Today Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page, WaPo‘s Dan Balz, CNN’s Jake Tapper, WaPo‘s Paul Kane, WSJ Washington Bureau Chief Gerald Seib, CBS’ “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer and Politico‘s Maggie Haberman. A Capitol Hill aide remarked to FishbowlDC, “On the Hill, Paul Kane’s integrity is unquestioned.” Of Page and Balz, a journalist tooted their horns, saying, “I don’t know a single person — politician wise — who would say no to either one of them.” May the most respected journo win!

Journos Win NJ’s Big Trivia Night

Last night National Journal‘s “The Hotline” hosted its annual Political Pursuit trivia contest in which members of Congress, journalists and consultants comprise teams and show their smarts for the big win.

“You can’t study for this,” said SKDknickerbocker’s Doug Thornell, who played on the Hotline Insiders team. “I actually think I’m really good at [trivia].” His brother showed up, as did his parents, who assured FishbowlDC that he was a very smart boy growing up. (See the Thornell fam pictured below.)

In a stunning victory, Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.), clearly the most impressive player in the room last night, and his team came in second place. The journalists, who in the first four rounds, didn’t seem like they were faring so well, shot back up to win. They included WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza, who made a funny Weiner joke, and Paul Kane, The Cook Report’s Amy Walter, Roll Call‘s Shira Toeplitz, and NYT‘s Carl Hulse.

Which member of Congress had a unit of measure named after him? Cillizza’s guess: former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.). The room broke into hysterics. Another hard question: How many calories does a fried stick of butter contain? This was what Mitt Romney ate during the campaign at a fair. The answer shocked everyone: It’s only 400 calories.

All the journalists walked home with Genius Trophies after earning an astounding 285 points. The Hotline Insiders team wasn’t far behind with 260, and the Members Only team came in third with 173 points.

The Hotline’s Editor-in-Chief Reid Wilson played Alex Trebek along with Quinn McCord, who wrote the evening’s incredibly tough questions. Read more

Morning Chatter

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Reflection on WHCD’s past

“You know you are old if you can remember when the White House Correspondents Dinner was just a dinner in a hotel basement.” — WaPo‘s Karen Tumulty.

A polite and impolite view of Politico‘s Leibo piece

“Not a reflexive @politico hater by any means but the Allen/Vandehei piece on @MarkLeibovich sure bears out his thesis of DC’s awfulness.” — The Hill‘s Associate Editor Niall Stanage. Then there’s Michael Cohen, a columnist for The Guardian, who wasn’t so kind. He wrote, “Dear Washington DC: This article is kind of the reason people don’t like you.” Read the Politico piece here.

Number of Weiner jokes made National Journal‘s Political Pursuit game last night at the Newseum: At least 2. One was made by an unknown member of the audience; the other by WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza, who was on the winning team of journliasts that included WaPo‘s Paul Kane, NYT‘s Carl Hulse, Roll Call‘s Shira Toeplitz and The Cook Report’s Amy Walter. More on the event later…

And now a note from our Spiritual Counselor Sophia Nelson, of theGrio.com and Essence: “We are spiritual beings having an earthly experience. Protect your spirit. Feed your spirit. Guard your spirit. Bless your spirit.”

If you can’t beat ‘em, leave the country

“Out of the city and country for the White House Correspondents’ Dinner. Totally unplanned. Tears of unbridled joy. Alhamdullilah.” — Washington freelancer Sam Knight, who writes for Salon and Washington Monthly.

NPR has rep to uphold

“*sigh* If I had a nickel for every time I’ve thought this… ” –NPR’s Audie Cornish, host of “All Things Considered” in response to this: “@GeeDee215: okay. i’mma stop. This is NPR, etc.”

Yeah, riiiight: “It’s definitely smaller this year.” — SKDknickerbocker’s Doug Thornell on this year’s Garden Brunch hosted by Tammy Haddad, SKD’s Hilary Rosen and others.

AnonymASS Tipster of the Week: “Hey Peter Ogburn. While you humiliate some person who no one knows, same question can be asked of you: who the hell are you? Or who should care about the mostly puerile things you write? Advice? Find something else to do with your life.” Dear ASS: He is Peter Ogburn, THAT’s who. Who are you? Oh, right, the person who is too cowardly to attach your name to your note.

Journo Love

“Follow by the far the funniest @politico: @LucyConstance.” — Politico‘s Alexander Burns.

And finally, a morning Bible lesson from FNC’s Brit Hume‘s wife, Kim Hume: “A sound heart is life to the body, But envy is rottenness to the bones. Proverbs 14:30 (NKJV)”

Politico Playbook Puts WaPo’s Ass on Blast

In Politico Playbook today, Chief White House Correspondent Mike Allen took stabs at what he clearly viewed to be an aging and achingly familiar lede in WaPo‘s story regarding “fiscal cliff” negotiations.

From Playbook:

SOUND FAMILIAR? Lead sentence of lead story of today’s WashPost: “The contours of a deal to avert the year-end ‘fiscal cliff’ are becoming increasingly clear.”

–FLASHBACK – POLITICO lead story, Nov. 29: “[T]he contours of a deal – including the size of tax hikes and spending cuts it will most likely contain – are starting to take shape.”

The stories in question are this one by Allen and Executive Editor Jim VandeHei and this one by WaPo‘s Lori Montgomery and Paul Kane. Both pieces address the inner workings of Congress on a deal to avoid automatic tax increases and spending cuts. (The awkward factor here is medium high: VandeHei and Kane both previously worked at Roll Call. Notes Kane: “We are good friends as our Mike and I.”)

Asked about the similarity of language in both stories, FishbowlDC received a response from Kane that could only be described as touchy… Read more

Sen. Baucus is Tying Knot: Who Wrote it Best?

It’s wedding bells for Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and his former aide, Melodee Hanes, this weekend and Washington’s gossip writers took to the news in a variety of vanilla ways. As it often happens, best to read several items on the same topic to get all the basics.

WaPo‘s The Reliable Source: June 30, 9 p.m. Per usual, later than the rest, but at least they got an interesting tidbit from WaPo political reporter Paul Kane who spoke directly with the senator about the honeymoon being off because Sen. Maj. Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) canceled the recess.

Roll Call‘s HOH: June 30, 4:52 p.m. This item wins the prize. Not only did they run the story the story first, but we learn that the wedding will be a low-key “boots and jeans” kind of affair. We also find out the couple will get over the fact that they’re Reid is destroying their honeymoon by hiking in in August in Glacier National Park. Also included here is the special added detail about the senator’s brother.

Politico CLICK: June 30, 7:20 p.m. This item focuses on the scrutiny of the couple’s romance when Baucus nominated his girlfriend for U.S. Attorney. The post is missing the flair and description of the others. It’s also not clear that the writer spoke to anyone about it considering it starts out saying “it looks like” they’re getting married. This presents doubt when there is none, which we learn in the next graph. They do have news and a photograph of the couple recently dancing on the White House lawn.

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