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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.

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Morning Chatter

“Good Morning! No wacky personal stories today. I promise. I’d just like to say NyQuil-zzzz is my new best friend.  I took a shot last night and promptly fell asleep at 8:00. That never happens. I’m a little groggy this morning so the show should be really interesting. Or it could be really, really, really interesting.” — CNN’s Carol Costello on Facebook.

Journo encounters strange yoga class

“To the couple kissing in my yoga class: no.” — NPR freelancer Lizzie O’Leary, who is in Los Angeles.

Welcome back Olbermann!

“He’s baccccccccccccccck.” — NBC’s Luke Russert in reaction to Keith Olbermann debut at ESPN.

Meghan McCain gets a pink bun (yes, really)

“Sometimes a girl just wants to put some pink in her hair!” — The Daily Beast columnist and BLANK Meghan McCain.

Important Q to Ponder: “The real question is, why doesn’t Miley Cyrus ever close her mouth?” –
Reason summer intern Zenon Evans.

Uh oh.

“Total nightmare: Lost two hours-worth of emails today when my work acct was erroneously deactivated. If I might’ve missed yours, pls resend.” — Washington Examiner‘s Rebecca Berg.

More Miley fallout

“There is a big difference between sexy and trashy. That Miley Cyrus VMA performance was just trashy. Total trash.” — GOPProud’s Jimmy LaSalvia.

“The universe is telling me I must watch Miley Cyrus twerking to be informed today. I am ignoring you, universe.” — Mediaite editor Noah Rothman.

“All this stuff I’m seeing about Miley Cyrus makes me feel reeeally good about my anti-cable stance. Except for the no-Breaking-Bad part.” — Nathan Hager, morning anchor at WNEW.

“I watched Miley Cyrus perform on the VMA’s. The running commentary in my brain: Wow, she has a long tongue.” — CNN’s Carol Costello.

“Whatever a twerk is, I’m pretty sure my fetal son is doing it to my internal organs right now. #ow” — D.C. literary agent Anna Sproul-Latimer.

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NO DIGGING FOR GOLD: “My friend Angela spotted me on the CNN feed in her newsroom in Rochester! Glad I wasn’t picking my nose! :-) — ABC12′s Ted Fioraliso.

This Town fallout?

“That hardhitting report based on my eavesdropping on a staff conversation. #partylikeajournalist” — Dylan Scott, staff writer for GOVERNING.

And our Anonymous Ranter has more to say: “This Town”: Unlike most Wash gossip that aspires to wisdom and world-weariness, this one pulls it off with good writing. But I confirm my view that there is no news in the book, by which I mean something that constitutes scandalous behavior, which confirms the penumbra of suspicion of corruption that the book has cast. Andrea Mitchell went to parties but apparently never had a conflict of interest. People worship and fear the Clintons. Most public figures are egotistical. Some of the small details are nice and underplayed (e.g. Duberstein tried to run McCain’s transition planning then endorsed Obama) but nothing really newsy and Nothing but nothing that seems surprising.

Important Q to Ponder: “If a magazine can’t risk being irresponsible, what’s the point?” – Reuters‘ media writer Jack Shafer.

Morning Oopsy: ” One of Politico’s three “DC Hipsters,” Audrey Gelman, lives in New York.” — Washington Examiner‘s Rebecca Berg. See the list here.

Advice to Eliot Spitzer: Stay away from CNN’s “The Lead”

“Watched @jaketapper interview Spitzer. Ouch! Why Spitzer doing ntl tv, beats me. Advice: if caught screwing around, don’t do Jakes’s show.” — CNN Contributor Ana Navarro. Spitzer appeared on the show Thursday.

Email nightmares

“7 am when I haven’t had coffee yet wasn’t the time to be confronted by yet another gmail redesign” — Jessica Taylor, digital reporter for MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown” and NBC Politics.

Sometimes it pays to find out what your coworkers will wear to work

“Clash of the anchor patterns on #TODAY Stripes? Check. Checks? Check. Plaid? Check. More plaid. Check and check.” — NBC TODAY Show co-host Savannah Guthrie.

Convo Between Two Journos

This morning’s conversation is between NBC Politics’ Mike O’Brien and BuzzFeed’s Evan McMorris-Santoro.

O’BRIEN: You’re missing my point. I’m not talking about today’s filing, which is basically the last five notes of a 3-hour symphony.

MCMORRIS-SANTORO: I don’t think I’m missing your point. I think you’re missing my point, which is better than your point, haha.

 

Journos React to ‘This Town’ in Good and Cozy Ways

Mark Leibovich‘s new book, This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral-Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking!-in America’s Gilded Capital, has caused quite a stir inside the beltway.

As an inside look into Washington’s culture, many politicians, journalists and anyone remotely involved in politics has been nervous and excited to see how — or worse, if — they are portrayed in the book. Many Washington journalists, as well as some outside the Beltway, have taken a look at the book, and we’ve compiled those reviews that stand out, for better or for worse.

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BuzzFeed’s Rebecca Berg to Washington Examiner (and Other Recent Hires)

The new political and policy-minded Washington Examiner won’t be heavily promoting its new product until September. But in the meantime, they have some new hires. The most recent of which is Rebecca Berg, formerly of BuzzFeed and before that, an intern for The New Yorker and NYT. Berg went to work for BuzzFeed less than a year ago.

By the way, they’ve dropped italicized “The” from their logo, so they’re now simply the Washington Examiner.

Berg starts Monday as a political correspondent. She joins an interesting cast of new hires and staff of 40 that includes TWT‘s Luke Rosiak, Susan Crabtree and Sean Lengell as well as CQ Roll Call‘s David Drucker, Politico‘s Tim Mak, RealClearPoliticsJoseph Lawler, Heritage Foundation’s Ashe Schow, and Daily Beast‘s Justin Green. There are three reporters from the Examiner newspaper: Chief Congressional Correspondent Susan Ferrechio, White House correspondent Brian Hughes and congressional correspondent Steve Contorno. Others: designers Karen Lomax (Lomax Creative) and Chris Henderson (YourHealth Magazine); videographer Lisa Ruhl (Discovery Studios); and web producer Meghana Kurup (Stars and Stripes).

Congratulations to all.

Berg ‘Bittersweet’ About Leaving BuzzFeed

This afternoon we learn via Twitter that Rebecca Berg is leaving BuzzFeed. She broke the news herself.

Her relatively new colleague, Evan McMorris-Santoro, who replaced Zeke Miller, now at TIME, remarked on Twitter,  “Good luck and Godspeed.”

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Quotes of the Day

Rome unveils a new Pope

“CNBC seems unprepared for #pope coverage. They don’t have anyone translating what he’s saying.” — WSJ‘s Victoria McGrane.

“Remember when we were all watching the chimney and waiting for the reveal of the new pope? #nostaliga” — Politico‘s David Chalian.

“So, another Pope who thinks contraceptives are evil. Good luck with that.” — Blogger and pundit Craig Crawford.

“How did the Pope name himself so fast? Do all cardinals have a papal name short list ready?” — TNR‘s Julia Ioffe.

“The House Science subcommittee hearing on energy subsidies has now been delayed for 45 minutes. I blame the Vatican.” — SNL Energy power and policy reporter Corbin Hiar.

“For the record, I yelled ‘POPE SMOKE’ in my newsroom < 1 minute before we saw the smoke. So, yeah, I’ve got some powers. – NJ‘s Elahe Izadi.

“With the pope jokes winding down, Twitter will return to its bread and butter of poop jokes.” Yahoo! Sports Big League Stew Contributor Dave Brown.

Steak: It’s what’s for dinner at midnight

“It’s absolutely silly to grill steaks at midnight, said no smart person ever.” — The Daily Caller‘s soon to be Daily Mail‘s David Martosko. (Except maybe a cardiologist?)

 

Reporter hopes Kissinger yells at her

“So, last time I spoke to Henry Kissinger he yelled at me. Fingers crossed tonight will be two for two #dreams.” — Roll Call‘s Neda Semnani who had an encounter with him at the Nixon Centennial a few months back.

Journo Love

The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball: “I hope everyone appreciates the greatness of @sarahlyall. Everything she writes is fantastic.”

NYT‘s London-based correspondent Sarah Lyall: “What an extremely nice thing to say! Thank you.”

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 7:23 a.m.

Erick Erickson trash talks MSNBC

“MSNBC shocked the new Pope is Catholic.” — FNC Contributor and RedState Editor Erick Erickson.

Quote Taken Way Out of Context

“Everything is terrible.” — BuzzFeed‘s Rebecca Berg.

Important Q to Ponder: Can we ever get enough of Marty Rudolph? Read more

BuzzFeed Brews: ‘It’s Like a First Date’

Asked to describe the idea behind “BuzzFeed Brews,” John Stanton says, “It’s like a first date. Get them a little drunk and relaxed so they can talk about things people don’t normally hear them talk about.”

Stanton is the Washington Bureau Chief for BuzzFeed and last night was the launch of the website’s new series wherein newsmakers are invited to sit before an audience and answer questions. And there’s free beer.

It’s essentially the same thing as Politico‘s Playbook Breakfast, “minus the stale bagels, plus the beer,” cracked BuzzFeed‘s Politics Editor McKay Coppins to FishbowlDC. (The site’s publicist Ashley McCollum boasts that she came up with that description.)

The first guest: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.). For roughly 45 minutes Rubio answered questions from BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith about immigration, gay marriage and the future of the Republican Party. Of course, lengthy segments here and there were spent on why Rubio prefers Tupac over Biggie Smalls (“His lyrics are more insightful in my opinion.”) and whether he had to “think long and hard” before letting his son play recreational football. Stanton said that’s another thing distinguishing the Brews series from Playbook Breakfast, whose audience may not be interested in those things. Read more

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Quotes of the Day — Happy New Year!

Travel Bitches

“If an airplane itself could have influenza, I’m on it.” — Politico‘s Dave Levinthal.

“Guy behind me on plane whacks me w/ suitcase as putting it in overhead. ‘Oh, sorry, I didn’t see you.’ Cuz I’m REALLY tiny #HappyNewYear.” — Joanne Bamberger, mommy blogger, former news anchor and author of “Mothers of Intention.”

And a travel apology…“Off to Paris for a bit. Nice to see you again, turkish air. Please carry me safely to my destination and sorry for any anxiety exhibited.” — Seyward Darby, freelancer, former online editor at TNR.

Press aide tells everyone to calm down

“Folks out there w/ crazy theories about what’s going on in House. All ridiculous. Just figuring out best path forward. Stay calm, carry on.” — House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor aide Rory Cooper during fiscal cliff negotiations.

For a gay old time…

“Two tickets for @GayPimp‘s #GayestWeekendOfAllTime this March in Florida? Yes, please.” — Syndicated columnist and Bullfight Strategies’ Karl Frisch.

Loesch takes a breather from laptop

“I’ve not opened my laptop since December 21st. Rare. Christmas vacation was lovely, but am ready to roll up the sleeves again.” — Ex-Breitbart.com’s Dana Loesch, who is now suing her former employer. Considering the backlash she received after the Sandy Hook shootings, in which she accused President Obama of playing politics with the deaths of children, this may have been a welcome relief.

Breitbart newbie on first-name basis with U.S. leaders

“In case anyone didn’t notice, we have now officially jumped off the fiscal cliff. Thanks John , Barry and Harry!” — Breitbart.com‘s Matthew Boyle, who hopes to one day fill the shoes of the late Andrew Breitbart.

A rare nod to CNN

“CNN is the only big cable news network doing fiscal cliff coverage right now. (I mean, if you’re a geek.)” — The Daily Caller and The Week‘s Matt Lewis on New Year’s Day.

And now, a New Year’s Eve observation on facial hair: “Back on CNN with the bearded ones–Wolf Blitzer and Robert Reich–at 8:30. All agree. No taxation of facial hair.” — Americans for Tax Reform Prez Grover Norquist.

The Self-Appointed Media Critic…

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Quotes of the Day

CAT LOVER: HuffPost Blog Managing Editor Erin Ruberry — “Just got home from work. Someone really wants some TLC.”

No News Alert!

“Sorry folks, a woman leaving the hospital is not breaking news, even if that woman is the Duchess of Cambridge.” — Marketing writer and consultant Deborah Brody.

Jakes knew jack about call

“POTUS and Boehner spoke today. No further information being provided.” — Politico‘s Jake Sherman.

“POTUS + Speaker Boehner spoke on the phone this afternoon. *End of Transmission*” – ABC News Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper.

Analysis: “Never a good sign when it’s actually news that the president and House speaker spoke on the phone.” — HuffPost‘s Ethan Klapper.

Awe!!!

“Today was my last day at HuffPost; I’m leaving to focus on a new accountability journalism project. More deets later.” — HuffPost‘s Dan Froomkin.

Mining for Gold

“Gossip Girl reference in a Club For Growth email. Drink, day’s over, etc.” — BuzzFeed‘s Rebecca Berg.

Dumbass Pitches

“Somehow I don’t think you’re personally following up with me, PR person promoting tap dancing kitchen appliances.” — TPM‘s Benjy Sarlin.

Convo Between Two Journos

Hunter Walker of the New York Observer: Bill de Blasio’s wife met her first female lover when they bonded over wishing they had a joint as college freshmen

Feliz Salmon of Reuters: Hunter, genuinely interested: what did your parents think of this article?

Party time.

“My office is full of Christmas music and Twinkies. It’s a good afternoon.” — Jimmy LaSalvia, founder GOProud. Oh, did he mean the snack cake or something else?

What, no one punched him in the nose?

“In 1967 I fought off muggers 35 stitches. Since then, no crimes. Today, my bike was stolen. I’ll hunt it down.” — FNC’s Geraldo Rivera.

Convo Between Two Egomaniacs With Hair Issues

Mediate founder Dan Abrams: I did say you are widely covered b/c you understand media as well as anyone, but it wasn’t really a compliment.

Abrams: So regardless of whether I agree with you, I do appreciate how well stories on you do on my site and elsewhere.

Donald Trump: Dan, of course stories on me do well. Glad you have found a medium you can actual do well on. TV was not your forte.

 

 

 

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