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Media to Honor Kotb at Komen Gala

This Friday at the Kennedy Center Susan G. Komen will host its annual “Honoring the Promise” gala.  In addition to the swanky affair, the organization’s Women in Media Committee will hold a special VIP reception to honor NBC Today co-host  Hoda Kotb.  Now in its second year, the reception highlights a woman in the media who has courageously and publicly shared her personal battle with breast cancer by recognizing her with the Rebecca Lipkin Award – named in honor of the late ABC News producer who lost her battle with breast cancer in 2009.

This year’s committee is chaired by Jen Griffin of Fox News and includes  CNN foreign affairs correspondent Jill Dougherty, political commentator Laura Ingraham, ABC’s Robin Roberts, Reuters correspondent Deborah Thomas, NBC’s Anne Thompson, NBC News’ Andrea Mitchell and  W*USA-TV news anchor Andrea Roane.  The reception will take place in the Kennedy Center’s Jazz Club from 6.30-7.30 pm.

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QUOTES of the DAY

The happy couple?

Examiner writer weighs in on John and Reille

“Alls I’m saying that the Edwards Family Thanksgiving 2011 is going to be a little more awkward this year.” — The Washington Examiner‘s J.P. Freire in a Thursday tweet. The Daily Beast and HuffPost both are reporting that former North Carolina Democratic Sen. John Edwards has proposed to Reille Hunter.

Reality check

GMA’s Robin Roberts to George Stephanopoulos on Thursday morning in prep for interviewing the cast of MTV’s “Jersey Shore”: “Do you even know what GTL is?” Stephanopoulos replied, “I do. Gym. Tan. Laundry.”

Journo declares his presidential candidacy

“BREAKING NEWS: I am going to run for president in #2012. Want to increase my profile/value of my personal brand.” — The Daily Caller‘s Daily Baller Mike Riggs in a Friday morning announcement on Twitter. (We can only assume this means shrooming will become mandatory for all Americans.) In a better quote that nearly escaped us, the Daily Baller wrote this morning: “”If you love me as much as you say, you’ll start the fucking shower.” –the gf is in a sassy mood!”

Scribe wrestles with spelling issue

“Spelling problem of this hour: mausoleum” — NationalReviewOnline‘s Kathryn Lopez in a Friday morning tweet.

Hayes gets honest

“Really looking forward to *watching* rather than *hosting* @maddow tonight. The former is a million times easier. (at least)” — The Nation‘s Washington D.C. Bureau Chief Chris Hayes in a Thursday tweet.

Opinionated Weigel

“Celebrating the life and career of @TimFernholz, sellout” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel in a Thursday tweet. Fernholz is a new hire at NJ. His previous job was at The American Prospect. Weigel’s work has appeared in The American Prospect. (We reached out to Weigel to let him explain what he meant by the above quote. We’ll bring it to you should he respond.)

Lawmaker misses train, journo sees all

“Congresswomen, they’re just like us! Rep. McMorris Rodger just sprinted by me, thru the gate to catch a metro train. Too bad she missed it.” — Roll Call‘s HOH Writer Ali McSherry in a Thursday tweet.

A reporter gets introspective

“When I was a House Page, we would raise our right hand and take the oath too – was I really a Congressman?” — Cox Radio Congressional Reporter Jamie Dupree in a Thursday tweet.

A quote a certain Politico reporter is going to love

“There’s no turning back now – I have a cool new job. A press release says so, so it must be true.” — Publisher of Nationals Daily News Ian Koski in a Thursday tweet. He adds, “Finally cleaning off my old work laptop – feels a lot like ending a relationship. So sad!” Find out what the new job is after the jump… (See why Patrick Gavin is going to adore the quote here.)

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WHCD: ABC’s Guest List Rocks My World

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I am not star-crazy but consider this your warning, ABC News: “I may act the fool when I see two of your WHCA Dinner guests – Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell from my favorite show, ABC’s Modern Family.”

If you don’t watch Modern Family, you should. Okay, enough of my PSA…on to the rest of ABC’s WHCD guest list.

J.J. Abrams and Katie McGrath will attend with George Stephanopoulos and Ali Wentworth. Additionally, ABC has “Hurt Locker” director Kathryn Bigelow and “Hurt Locker” screenwriter and producer, Mark Boal.

For Washington guests, ABC snagged Scott Brown, Leon Panetta, Julianna Smoot, Peter Orszag, Michelle Rhee and Kevin Johnson. Talent attending includes Diane Sawyer, Robin Roberts, Cynthia McFadden, Martin Bashir, Terry Moran and Merriman Smith Award recipient Jake Tapper.

Stewart to Stephanopoulos: “Go Home George!”

george.jpgComedy Central’s Jon Stewart razzes ABC’s GMA host George Stephanopoulos over his omnipresence on the network. “Is George Stephanopoulos now on every show on ABC? I wake up at 6 a.m. and he’s there, I go to bed at midnight — he’s still there!” Stewart grumbled on his show last night. “Go home George!”

This morning’s segment had co-host Robin Roberts and Bianna Golodryga laughing on the couch beside Stephanopoulos. The trio, a little while later after some news, moved into a segment on dog tricks, complete with dogs jumping high into the air to catch Frisbees on set. “I just want to say hello over here,” said Stephanopoulos to one of the jumping pooches. “She’s a sweetie.”

Stephanopoulos joked that he’d soon appear on “Lost,” but first remarked on Stewart’s assessment, saying, “Ali would agree with that.” (That would be Ali Wentworth, Stephanopoulos’s wife.)

Watch a GMA video clip here.

Carlos Allen, Actually

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Memo to Carlos “A.K.A. Third Party Crasher” Allen: Get a new word. Please.

GMA’s Robin Roberts held Allen’s feet to the fire this morning in an interview. She asked, “Did you receive an invitation?”

This is when Allen began his actual tirade of “actual” and “actually” that became seriously, actually, annoying.

“I was invited. I got a national invite in the mail.
I have the actual invite. The actual invite that I received, Secret Service took it from me.”

Roberts said sharply, “I have to say, Carlos, it doesn’t have your name on it.”

Carlos continued, actually.

“That’s the only thing that I received in the actual mail so that’s what I used as the actual information that I took to the actual White House to get to be an invitee at the actual White House.

“I received a national invite in the mail and went to the White House to actually be a guest at the actual state dinner. I used that invitation to get in. …They actually checked me. They checked me at the actual Willard Hotel.

“Initially when I got to the hotel across from the actual Willard hotel [and then] I went over the actual Willard Hotel… it was cold, it was raining. I had a cold. So I walked over to the W Hotel to get out of the actual cold.”

Roberts (more sharply): How did you end up on a bus with the Indian delegation?

Actually, there’s more.

Allen: “I wanted to actually make sure everyone understands how I got there. I went to the W Hotel to actually see if I saw anyone I knew because I hang out at the W Hotel. So I decided to leave there and go to the actual Willard Hotel.

“I started seeing a lot of people in the hallway. Everyone was looking good. I was looking good because I was going to the State Dinner. I went to the actual bathroom and once I went to the bathroom I came out of the bathroom and there was a bunch of folks in the hallway. At that point I got in line with everybody else. I went up to actual Secret Service individual. He basically wanded me, checked me to make sure that I had nothing wrong that was going to actually affect anyone … and I got in the actual van.

“When the Salahi stuff all broke out, at that time again, I thought I was an actual guest at the White House.

Allen said he posted it on his website, on his “actual” website. “I got an email from someone saying, ‘You’re not a guest, you’re in trouble.’

“I didn’t know what was going on, so I took everything down.

“I did not want to embarrass my president. I did not want to embarrass my administration.. I did not want to embarrass my country if there was some issue the actual Secret Service made a mistake with.”

More actual questions. More actual use of the word, actually.

Actually… lets retrace when I actually got the White House.

“I walked into the Secret Service office without an actual attorney. … They told me I was lying and that I didn’t go to the actual White House. …As far as I know, I had an actual invite.”

Final stunning tally of actually’s or any variant: 28

George S. Razzed About Potential Interview With Snuffleupagus

snuffleupagus.jpgABC’s GMA Host George Stephanopoulos has a tough last name. D.C. journalists have long struggled with the spelling of it — many still do, checking and rechecking it.

“Took me years to master it,” remarked Politico’s Patrick Gavin. Seconded another Capitol Hill reporter by e-mail: “I’m glad I don’t have to spell it often. In my head, I pronounce it “snuffalupagus”:) — which also proves to be a tricky word as it’s spelled “snuffleupagus.”

Last night late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel joked about a new feature on the Google iPhone in which you can say a name and it comes up. Only when you say Stephanopoulos, what emerges is the “Sesame Street” animal, Mr. Snuffleupagus.

Stephanopoulos, chuckling about it early this morning, told co-host Robin Roberts that he once “got to meet” with Mr. Snuffleupagus at the White House.

Roberts then threatened to bring the “animal” on the show. “Wouldn’t that be great?” she asked.

“Yeah, that’d be great,” replied a not-so-enthused Stephanopoulos.

The Couple that GMAs Together, Stays Together

Actress and wife of George Stephanopoulos, Ali Wentworth made an appearance on “Good Morning America” (her hubby’s new show) this morning to discuss her film “It’s Complicated.”

Interviewed by Robin Roberts, our resident comedienne discussed what it was like to work with Meryl Streep and addressed some more personal topics – how she and George met and life at home with their two daughters among other things.

So, where was George? He was co-anchoring from DC after his exclusive interview with Sec. Geithner yesterday afternoon.

Inquiring minds? Ali was booked for GMA before George took the reigns of ABC’s A.M. show.

ABC News Announces Steph as “GMA” Host

George Stephanopoulos has been named the new anchor of “Good Morning America,” ABC News President David Westin announced today.

Stephanopoulos will anchor the broadcast with Robin Roberts and replaces Diane Sawyer, who will become the new anchor of “World News” beginning Dec. 21. Juju Chang has been named the news anchor for “Good Morning America” and Chris Cuomo has been promoted to co-anchor of “20/20″ alongside Elizabeth Vargas. Cuomo has also been named ABC News’ chief law and justice correspondent, reporting for all broadcasts and platforms across the news division. Sam Champion will remain the weather anchor on the morning show.

George will take on the role of chief political correspondent and continue to anchor “This Week” until a replacement is named.

The Guest List is Out…

So Oprah‘s not going, but Gayle King is. Tonight’s State Dinner guest list has been released by the White House!

We told you earlier about Katie Couric, Brian Williams, Robin Roberts and Dr. Sanjay Gupta. Other notable media-types that we didn’t catch wind of earlier… CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, WaPo‘s Rajiv Chandrasekaran, NYT‘s Thomas Friedman, and author Deepak Chopra, who FBDC actually met earlier this month.

And ladies… Jon Favreau doesn’t appear to be bringing a date… I’m just saying.

So, What’s for State Dinner?

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Pic from @markknoller by CBS News’ Frank Thorp

Some of news media’s biggest names will attend tonight’s State Dinner at the White House. We told you earlier that CBS’ Katie Couric was on the guest list and TVNewser added ABC’s Robin Roberts and NBC’s Brian Williams to the mix. So, what is the White House feeding our favorite journos?

An inside source just sent us tonight’s menu. Guests will nosh on:

Potato and eggplant salad, white house arugula with onion seed vinaigrette.

Red lentil soup with fresh cheese.

Roasted potato dumplings with tomato chutney, chick peas and okra. Or
Green curry prawns and caramelized salsify with smoked collard greens and coconut aged basmati.

Pumpkin pie tart, pear tatin, whipped cream and caramel sauce.

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