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Afternoon Reading List 06.04.13.

Government not helping relationship with AP — The US government and the AP haven’t been on the best terms recently. But The Atlantic Wire’s Connor Simpson reported that the rocky relationship didn’t stop the Labor Department from attempting to bill the news organization more than $1 million for a FOIA request. The AP filed the request for secret email addresses of appointed administration officials. Because of the amount of work it took (50 people working for almost a month) to compile the email addresses, the Labor Department asked the news org to cover the cost. The alternate email accounts were being used to keep the employees’ inboxes from being flooded with “unwanted messages.” The addresses were requested after an EPA administrator admitted to using separate accounts for work. Alternate email addresses for 11 government agencies were finally surrendered to the AP, which did not pay $1 million or any amount for them. HHS initially refused to give up the secret addresses for Sec. Kathleen Sebelius, but ultimately obliged and requested that AP not disclose her private account. Not surprisingly, the AP gave HHS the middle finger and did just that. Sebelius’ previously secret account, by the way, is KGS2 [at]

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Afternoon Chatter

Quotes of the Day


“Note from earlier: On the way to tonight’s fundraiser, the press van spotted a New Yorker giving the motorcade his middle finger. Unclear whether it was for the president, the press, the traffic jam or something else entirely.” — Politico‘s Jennifer Epstein in a Monday night Pool Report.

Politico reporter disses The Donald and O’Reilly

Donald Trump sitting next to Bill O’Reilly at #yankees game. People sitting close to them: I’m so sorry.” – Politico‘s Morning Money dude Ben White. So much for Politico reporters ever mending ties with Fox News, who doesn’t generally deem them worthy of being on their shows.

Blogger wonders about showering

“I’m not sure if I should shower tonight or tomorrow morning at 4:30. I have fear of stubborn bedhead at that hour. #tvappearancewoes” — Lisa Rowan, Vintage blogger and social media consultant.

Inside info…

“LaTourette had complained so loudly about GOP highway bill that Boehner told him ‘Quit being an asshole’ and talk to comm. chairman.” — The Hill‘s Russell Berman on the retirement announcement of Steve LaTourette (R-Ohio).

Compassion is…

“Ugh…poor Jim Acosta of CNN..his luggage is missing…not loaded in Tel Aviv? Stuck in the charter plane some place?” — FNC’s Greta Van Susteren.

A note to Puffington Host: This is your new name until you can get ours right. It’s not “FishBowl DC.” According to most modern dictionaries, fishbowl (that clear thing that fish swim around in) can be written as such or “fish bowl.” But since it’s our name, we’ve chosen the former and then you add on the DC — and voila! — you have our name, FishbowlDC. Even under the most straining of circumstances it’s never written “FishBowl” with a weird capitalized “B.” Immature of us? Of course. But why can’t you get our name right Puffers?

Eddie Scarry contributed to this report.

Newbies Get Warned About Self Importance

Avoid sleeping around. Don’t forget your family exists.

These were some of the bolder messages that came out of a reception hosted by The Hill last night at the L’Enfant Plaza Hotel for new members of Congress and their soon to be pissed off spouses who rarely see them, and when they do, they’ll be surrounded by 20-something know-it-all geekoids in suits and ties who don’t let them in on the office schedule.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz urged new members and their spouses to “avoid temptations” that lurk in the nation’s capital. Rep. Tom Price (R-Ga.) reminded them to take time for their family. Wasserman Schultz didn’t elaborate on specific “temptations” new members of Congress ought to avoid, but her warning triggered knowing laughs. Wasserman smartly instructed them to surround themselves with at least one person who will tell you that, “You’re not so great.”

Rep. Michele Bachmann‘s (R-Minn.) speech was similar to the rest. She advised newbies to bring someone from your home district to work with them on Capitol Hill. Bachmann also appeared to defy Wasserman’s advice on not being self-centered, noting she was one of only 13 House Republicans who won in 2006.

Spotted in the crowd: Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) and his wife, Elizabeth, Chuck Conconi of Qorvis Communications, C-SPAN’s Bill Scanlan and Howard Mortman. Christina Robbins and Stephanie Livingston of Fox News and The Hill’s Russell Berman, Molly Hooper and Mike O’Brien.

Beer and wine were served along with the usual reception fare of crab cakes and other finger foods.

The Hill Gains One, Loses Another

This just in…from The Hill’s Editor Hugo Gurdon:

I wanted to let you know about a few changes in the newsroom.

Russell Berman, who was previously at AOL News and The New York Sun
(after internships at Newsday and the Los Angeles Times), will join
us on April 2 as a staff writer covering the House Democrats.

Erika Niedowski, who has been Moscow correspondent for the Baltimore
Sun, Washington bureau chief for the National, and assistant managing
editor of the Washington City Paper, will become an assistant editor
at The Hill on April 19.

I am delighted by these two arrivals. There is also one departure.
Jeff Young has decided to take a new direction in his career and is
leaving us to join Bloomberg. He has been at The Hill five years
covering healthcare for the Business & Lobbying section. He has been
in the thick of the news reporting healthcare reform for the past
year and I am very grateful to him for the long hours he has spent
making sure our coverage stood out. I am sure that you join me in
wishing Jeff all the best in the future.

Thanks, Hugo