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This morning we’re pairing WaPo‘s Mike DeBonis, who covers the District of Columbia, with Jason Furman, Principal Deputy Director of the National Economic Council.

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Quotes of the Day

Campaign trail transport: the golf buggy

“Oh my. Have arrived for Gingrich rally at The Villages. It’s a retirement town, main mode of transport: the golf buggy.” — The Times of London‘s Nico Hines with the accompanying photograph.

Ron Paul doesn’t want granny naked at airport

“It’s a bureaucratic monster…prodding and probing without permission. They trap us into it. There’s no way you can travel if you don’t do it. When you look at some of these pictures of probing groin areas and breast areas and old women having to take their clothes off, it doesn’t make us safe, it undermines our liberties. That is totally unacceptable in my viewpoint.” — GOP Presidential hopeful Ron Paul to CNN’s Candy Crowley Sunday.

Journo spots dusty child at museum

“Dear @airandspace museum, please vacuum under Skylab. A 3-yr-old got covered in dust crawling underneath.” — The Guardian‘s Richard Anderson.

Scribe inundated by Jon Ward

“Every time my phone blinks with new email, I momentarily think it’s a person before discovering again that it’s just a new @jonward11 story.” — Roll Call‘s Meredith Shiner in reference to HuffPost‘s Jon Ward.

Goofy humor

“Gingrich says insinuating he isn’t a true conservative is ‘goofy’ – breaking: Goofy asks Gingrich to apologize #disneyjokesbcweareinorlando.” — USA Today‘s Jackie Kucinich.

Hazy has spoken.

“Every time there is an allegation of rape or sexual assault in the press, I am further convinced that the media has no idea how handle it.” — D.C. -turned N.Y. Boybander and MSNBC host Chris Hayes.

Campaign reporter promises to glitter bomb himself

“Some people call you pornbots. I call you my base #nearing5000followers.” — ReutersSam Youngman. And then: “Just passed 5K. Gonna glitter bomb myself. Thanks much, y’all. We’re just getting started.”

From the Road

“There don’t seem to be any chick fil a’s on the Florida Turnpike. #dashedlunchplans” — The New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza, who later appeared to be lost when he wrote, “May have taken a wrong turn.” The accompanying picture had the big sparkling sign that read: Disney World. (The aforementioned quote is dedicated to CNN’s Matt Dornic.)


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Congressman employs skinny dipping metaphor

“I said it many times. This is like skinny dipping. Somebody has to be the first one in the pool and it’s real lonely when you’re the only one in the pool. Paul Ryan is in the pool. We want the rest of the town to come along.”  — Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) on MSNBC’s “Hardball” Thursday afternoon discussing the idea that Republicans and Democrats should come together and negotiate on Medicare. Matthews laughed all the way through the metaphor.

A plea for a Baby Bjorn

“Long shot but worth a try: Does anyone have a Baby Bjorn Babysitter 1-2-3 they don’t need?” — The Guardian‘s Richard Adams in a Thursday tweet. (If anyone has one, get in touch at and we’ll connect you.)

Journo spends day building sandcastles

“Spent nearly three hours at the beach with the kids today. Kayleigh kept building sandcastles and Sean kept knocking them down.” — NPR’s Andy Carvin in a Thursday tweet.

Slut humor

“Now waiting for Dan Aykroyd to apologize to Jane Curtain. Just kidding, folks.” — The Hill‘s White House Correspondent Sam Youngman in a Thursday tweet referencing MSNBC’s Ed Schultz calling Conservative Commentator Laura Ingraham a slut earlier in the week on his radio program.

Flack gets inside scribes’ heads

“Reporters are saying to themselves, ‘Did Portman’s press shop fall asleep for a few hrs, wake up + finally hit send on 5 releases in 5 mins?’” — Sen. Rob Portman‘s (R-Ohio) Spokesman Jeff Sadosky in a Thursday tweet. Update: He must have been really busy because he just got back to us, saying, he wasn’t really napping yesterday. He “just had a bunch of things waiting for votes and/or approval.”

A Spot of Tea and The FishbowlDC Interview With the Guardian’s Richard Adams

Say hello to the Guardian‘s Richard Adams, who blogs on U.S. politics and culture from the publication’s Washington bureau. “I’ll just get some tea,” he says politely in his British clip when we met recently at a tea house by the White House. He carries a Financial Times under his arm — his kind of rag since he started out there “after University” covering currencies and bond markets. The Brits can claim Adams as one of their own. At the Guardian since 2001, he is officially a British citizen, though he hails from New Zealand where he was born and raised. Adams shares his name Richard Adams, author of the children’s novel Watership Down, which wrecks havoc on his self Google searches. “He’s really old, really nah-sty,” Adams quips. “He has this thing where animals are pure and good whereas people are horrible.” Adams rather likes people – some people. “I watched the Brady Bunch growing up,” he says. “Completely weird. I didn’t understand a lot.” He says he most identified with Alice, the maid.

He isn’t a huge fan of Washington. “It’s rather clean and well organized,” he says, noting his move here in 2006. “But it’s also a very transient place. It’s a one-industry town and that industry is bullshit.” But he calls it “paradise” for reporters: “It’s a good place to be a journalist. For some reason it’s a bad place to be a human being.” I ask about the Royal Wedding. “I’m not the least bit excited about it,” he says. “We think the monarchy should be abolished. [By "we" he means The Guardian.] I really don’t give a shit about the Royal Wedding.”

Moving on. What’s his daily reading diet? It’s Twitter, he says sheepishly. “I know that makes me sound like a 15-year-old.” From there he moves to the NYT, but says a person can’t escape Politico, which he claims is embarrassingly eating WaPo‘s lunch. “They mug you,” he deadpans, rolling his eyes. He dabbles in WSJ and The Economist. On Sunday he flocks to the NYT wedding section.

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? Beer

How often do you Google yourself? Never. There’s a novelist named Richard Adams, who wrote Watership Down, and he has the first 10,000 entries on Google. Occasionally I get sweet emails from schoolchildren saying how much they like the book.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor? I once slagged off my news editor to a colleague on the tube in London, unaware he was sitting beside us reading a newspaper. He took it rather well. The walk from the station to the office was awkward. [Translation of slag is: to be rude.]

Who is your favorite working journalist? I wish I could write like Michael Kinsley. Otherwise, Edith Zimmerman.

Who would you rather have dinner with – First Lady Michelle Obama or Bestselling Author and former V.P. candidate Sarah Palin? Sarah Palin. Of course.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? “Alert”

What word do you routinely misspell? Washignton

What swear word do you use most often? You’re asking a British journalist?

What word or phrase do you overuse? Awesome

What’s your dream job? Six months as Editor of the Washington Post. I’d turn it around.

What TV show do you have to watch? Project Runway. It’s awesome. (He also likes The Office, 30 Rock, Law & Order UK on BBC America, Al Jazeera, and Japanese NHK.)

Where do you shop most often for your clothes? In theory, Jil Sander. In practice, J Crew.

Whom do you prefer for daytime talk, Dr. Phil, Ellen, Oprah, Tyra or the women of The View? The View. I think it’s a really clever format. [Who’s his favorite female host?] “It’s not Elizabeth Hasselbeck, he says. “Barbara Walters presides over it with a regal presence, which I quite like.”

Pick one: Leno, Letterman or Conan? They’re all rubbish.

If you were trapped on a deserted island, which public official would you want to be trapped with and why? Chris Christie. Because if things went badly wrong, I could eat him.

What’s the best advice you ever received in the course of your career? Always be nice to people over the phone, because you never know. That was from Robert Thomson, when he was at the FT.

Find out Adams’ most embarrassing moment after the jump. It involves blood…

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