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Friends and Colleagues Celebrate Ken Vogel’s Big Money

photo 1Last night at Glen’s Garden Market, friends and colleagues came together to celebrate Ken Vogel‘s recent Big Money: 2.5 Billion Dollars, One Suspicious Vehicle, and a Pimp—on the Trail of the Ultra-Rich Hijacking American Politics. The evening was hosted by Mike Allen, Dan Berman, Jeanne Cummings, Ryan Grim and Elizan Garcia, Maggie Haberman, John Harris, Jonathan Martin and Betsy Fisher Martin, Laura McGann, Ben Smith, Rachel Smolkin, Liz Spavd, Howard Yoon and Victoria Lai, and Danielle Vogel.

POLITICOs from past and present were there, including CNN’s Chris Frates, WaPo’s Abby Phillip, NPR’s Juana Summers, NYT’s Bill Hamilton, WSJ’s Reid Epstein, POLITICO’s Manu Raju, Burgess Everett, Megan Chan, Marty Kady, Katie Glueck, and Byron Tau.

Highlight: Craft beers and an oyster bar. Big money, naturally.

Jefferson Book Party Toasts Arianna Huffington and Thrive

20140515_190857Last night at The Jefferson, Constance Milstein, Gail MacKinnon and Rachel Pearson hosted Arianna Huffington in celebration of her new book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder.

Huffington wrote Thrive after a fall brought on by exhaustion and a lack of sleep sent her to the hospital.

“The motivation for writing the book was my own burnout, and then looking around and seeing how many millions are burned out. And then, asking the questions that we stop asking after college, ‘What is the good life? What is success?’ And if you think about it, we define success, in search of these two metrics of money and power, and in this town, especially power. And this is like trying to sit on a two legged stool. Sooner or later you fall off. Nothing wrong with these two metrics. It’s just that you need the third leg of the stool.” Read more

TPM’s Bobic Picked Up By HuffPo

Igor Bobic of Talking Points Memo will be joining the Huffington Post Politics team as an associate editor, FBDC has learned. Bobic has worked for the past three years at TPM, most recently as an assistant editor. His first day will be April 30th.

UPDATE: 11:55 AM: Here’s the full announcement from HuffPo DC Bureau Chief Ryan Grim:

Some awesome news to share: TPM Assistant Editor Igor Bobic will be joining our team as Associate Editor, reporting to Paige.   He’ll be working on the politics page and breaking news.

Igor joined TPM in 2011 as an intern and was quickly promoted to Assistant Editor.  At TPM, he was in charge of the breaking news team.  He’s originally from San Diego, loves the beach and tries to get to the ocean whenever he can.  He came to the United States when he was 7 during the Bosnian war.

He’ll be starting April 30th.   When he starts, stop by and say hello…not just on gmail! 

DC Journos to Fete Compelling People

Can’t get in to Washington Life‘s Young and the Guest List party next Wednesday? Well no worries, there’s another big bash competing for attention that night. Several big DC names are hosting a book party / holiday soiree for Matt Kohut and John Neffinger’s new book, Compelling People, which was just named one of Amazon’s Best Books of 2013.

Hosts include: David Brock, Karen Finney, Ryan Grim, Elizabeth Glover, and Kimball Stroud. The party is from 6-8 PM at Baby Wale and features beats spun by DJ KC.

 

 

Morning Chatter

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President: WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten.

Vice President of Useless Affairs: Wonkette‘s Rebecca “Facts Never Get in the Way of My Stories” Scheinkopf

Resident know-it-all: Commentary’s John Podhoretz (a.k.a. Podwhore)

Dreams about FishbowlDC: Washingtonian‘s Ben Freed

Biggest Fan Ever: Slate‘s Dave Weigel

Sunset photo expert: Fox News’ Ed Henry

Words of #ThisTown Wisdom

“It’s the one thing you can’t do in Washington – don’t screw up and tell the truth.” — CNN Contributor Kevin Madden on “Out Front” Wednesday night.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 6:03 a.m.

images-1Important Q to Ponder

“Jon Stewart vs CNN. Is it a good thing or a bad thing? Know more by following ‘Know More’ with @dylanmatt.” — WaPo Executive Editor and expert internal memo writer Kevin Merida.

Anonymous email to FBDC: “I imagine, even tho it doesn’t launch for a few days, that you could write the John Harris “internal” memo to staff now on the Politico magazine, tho don’t know how you can top the last few. All of Washington is in awe of Politico self-congratulatory messages.”

WTF?

“Senate just passed a bill to ‘improve provisions relating to the sanctuary system for surplus chimpanzees.’” — Politico‘s Manu Raju.

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The Boy Scout

“Was going to Vine Roger Daltrey rehearsing ‘Stand by Me’ in Stat Hall but was informed no audio/visual per management.” — NBC’s Luke Russert.

Perennial words of wisdom

“A lot of reporters using a lot of time today criticizing other reporters, time that could be spent, well, you know, reporting…” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin.

UnknownJourno is anti-Flan

“Free dessert idea: If you like your flan, you can keep it.” — Politico‘s Blake Hounshell.

Convo Between Two Media Types

This morning’s conversation is between RNC Communications Director Sean Spicer and BuzzFeed Political Editor McKay Coppins.

Sean Spicer: “Hey @BuzzFeedPol how u haven’t written abt these videos youtube.com/playlist?list=… @BuzzFeedBen @mckaycoppins @BuzzFeedAndrew”

McKay Coppins: “@seanspicer weird forum for this Sean. I think you have my email.”

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Summer Superlatives: BEST BANGS

And the winner is… Breitbart News‘ and Townhall‘s Lisa DePasquale. The choices included U.S. News’ Nikki Schwab, HuffPost‘s Washington Bureau Chief Ryan Grim (who got a huge plug from his boss Arianna Huffington), NBC’s Russert, and first lady Michelle Obama. DePasquale won with 30.89 percent of the votes. Grim came in a close second with 27.34 percent. Russert’s side-swept bangs, however lovely they are, didn’t fare so well — he got just 19 votes.

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MOST DESPISED FLACK IN WASHINGTON

And the winner is… Breitbart News Matthew Boyle with 40.48 percent of the vote. In second place at 19.64 percent is NRSC Communications Director Brad Dayspring. Other options included: Clintonland’s Philippe Reines, White House Press Sec. Jay Carney.

FUNNIEST JOURNO IN WASHINGTON

And the winner is… Reason.com Editor Nick Gillespie with 313 votes. Runner up is The Daily Caller‘s Will Rahn who got 176 votes. Other options included: BuzzFeed‘s John Stanton, Yahoo! News‘ Olivier Knox, NJ‘s Elahe Izadi and The Sunday Times‘ Toby Harnden.

Morning Chatter

Inside Mother Jones D.C. HQ…

“Bottom animal cracker is clearly a hippo. But wtf is the top one?” — Mother JonesNick Baumann, who also writes for The Economist. We’re pretty sure it’s in the Cheetah family.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 6:27 a.m.

Convo Between a Journo and a Weiner

NY Observer’s ROSS BARKAN: “@anthonyweiner absolutely melts down at voter in Boro Park. Story coming.”

ANTHONY WEINER: “@RossBarkan if by melt down you mean stood up to a heckler. Yep. Did that. That’s what Mayors have to do sometimes.”

Uh oh.

“Hey somebody at @HuffingtonPost should get back to @tressiemcphd about using her blog post w/o permission. cc @ryangrim @ariannahuff” – Mother Jones Co-editor Clara Jeffrey. D.C. Bureau Chief Ryan Grim got right back to her, saying, “Flagging it for the blog editors.”

Bezos convenes with Posties

“Post’s new owner Jeff Bezos: ‘Should it be as easy to buy the Washington Post as it is to buy diapers on Amazon? I think it should.’” — WaPo reporter Carol Leonnig.

Double the fun?

“Occasional memo: follow @johndickerson for links to my articles and appearances. Remain on this line for everyhting [sic] else.” — CBS Political Director and Slate‘s John Dickerson.

Attempted weed sale

“My neighbor’s kid just tried to sell me weed while I was taking the trash out. Good night, everyone!” — FBDC and BP Show’s Peter Ogburn.

Excellent advice for Washington journalists

“Reporters should follow @anthonyweiner around *after* the mayoral race because you know that’s when it’s really going to get good.” — CNBC Contributor Tony Fratto, a former U.S. Treasury and White House official.

Say hello to the President of Eli Lake’s fan club 

“I’m serious. @EliLake has helped cause more evil, suffering, and death than all the serial murderers of the past century combined.” — I’m a Monkey Mom. (as RT by Daily Beast-Newsweek‘s Eli Lake)

MoJo Smacks Down Examiner Writer ‘Investigating’ Michael Hastings’ Death

A Mother Jones story today by Gavin Aronsen comes out swinging at Kimberly Dvorak—the so-called journalist “investigating” Michael Hastings death—and for good reason.

Dvorak has been pushing unsourced and, in some cases, debunked conspiracy theories about Hastings’ death at Examiner.com (most notably that he was assassinated, but she’s also open to the idea that he could’ve faked his death, too). Being that we’re talking about Examiner.com, this would make her only mildly annoying. Except that now, a San Diego TV station has started giving her airtime. That’s only led to papers like Britain’s Independent, Fox News (of course), Reason.com and others citing her work.

When asked for comment by Mother Jones, she says, “I’m going out on a limb reporting this. Journalists are becoming so irrelevant right now.” San Diego’s TV station refused to comment for the story.

An excerpt from Mother Jones:

“Dvorak’s reporting—and mainstream media outlets’ embrace of it—is ongoing. On Monday, Dvorak reported that she had ‘confirmed’ a claim made last week by Hastings’ widow, Elise Jordan, that Hastings was working on a profile of CIA Director John Brennan at the time of his death. (The news that Hastings had been investigating Brennan first appeared in the Los Angeles Times the day after Hastings’ death in June.) ‘It’s curious how his wife came out and talked about [Hastings' death] and kind of had a smile on her face and didn’t seem like a grieving widow,’ Dvorak says.”

This isn’t the first time someone has taken issue with Dvorak. Huffington Post writers Jason Linkins and Ryan Grim pointed out way back in 2010 that not only had she fabricated a story about the Mexican Los Zetas gang seizing ranches in Texas (Dvorak claims border security as one of her areas of expertise), but also ripped off a legitimate story about an Immigration and Customs Enforcement informant who played both sides of the drug war.

So why do legit outlets keep giving Dvorak a pedestal to shout from? Maybe they just don’t have time to use Google to check her bona fides, or lack thereof?

Morning Chatter

SPOTTED: WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten walking in his Capitol Hill neighborhood last Thursday carrying two bottles of Milk of Magnesia. “He looked pretty unhappy,” said our Tipster. Gene, we sincerely hope you or your loved one are feeling better. One question: You ever heard of a shopping bag? Before you think about Gene on the crapper, he may not have needed it for constipation. The milky magical substance can combat acne and oil absorption, fight dandruff and relieve redness from a rash or burn. In other news about Gene that makes us shudder… he announces on Twitter, “Just got a new MacBook Pro after 4 years. Am having some page-size and no-right-side-scrollbar issues. Is this common?” No doubt he’s been hanging out at the Genius Bar.

Reporter calls cops mid-move

“Saw the guy who had parked in my moving truck spot as I was on hold with the police. He was nice. Said ‘I would have had me towed too.’” — HuffPost‘s Elise Foley.

Memo to pamphlet pushers: Leave her alone!

“People, I am here enjoying my afternoon reading on the Mall. I don’t want your pamphlets. #crankytweets” — Katie Kovach, copy and production editor for CQ Roll Call.

Eavesdrop Café

“10 -year-old to a mom at Pete’s pizza: ‘We’re waiting for daddy. He left his wedding ring at the massage place’” — HuffPost‘s Ryan Grim.

Journo unearths Filner business card

“Cleaning out my desk on my last day @nationaljournal. Wonder how long this will be useful.” — Niraj Chokshi, who is going to WaPo. “This” is a Bob Filner mayoral business card.

CNNer gets ketchup squirted on her dress

“It’s not a party till one of your friends misses the fries and squirts the ketchup on your evening dress at 3am. Lol #Life” — CNN anchor Isha Sesay at 3:30 a.m. Saturday night.

Journalism is…?

“Unable to verify details of Spitzer’s private life, Post simply asking him about it day after day, documenting inquiries as news. Thoughts?” — NYT political reporter Michael Barbaro.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 7:28 a.m. From the Birthdays section…”David Baldacci, one of John Harris’s favorite authors, is 53″

Work shame

“Bro: who is this Ruby Cramer and why does she have so many more stories than you? Me: she works a lot harder than me. Bro: seems shifty.” — BuzzFeed‘s Kate Nocera.

Did someone say “fished?”

“Just fished Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris. Very funny.” — Politico‘s Jedd Rosche.

Anthony Weiner movie title possibility…a journo writes in to suggest: “A Slow Hand and a Schlong Day”

Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

Summer Superlatives 2013: Best Bangs

Today we begin our 2013 Summer Superlatives contest with a late entry to the race: Best Bangs. If you hadn’t noticed, we like hair items and bangs are not always a good look. Whoever can pull them off is a rare individual worthy of many compliments. But who deserves the praise?

Our nominees include Red Alert‘s Nikki SchwabBreitbart News and Townhall’s Lisa de Pasquale, HuffPost‘s Washington Bureau Chief Ryan Grim and NBC’s Luke Russert. We’re throwing in Michelle Obama just for the hell of it. She does appear to be responsible for this year’s bang craze.

Wrote one tipster, “Nikki Schwab’s are awesome. Her ‘do is simply perfect for her face frame and she pulls them off beautifully! Not everyone can like she does. Obligatory corresponding photo attached.”

Let the voting begin.

Graphics by Austin Price

Morning Reading List 06.20.13

Michael Hastings’ wife confronts NY Times — Since Michael Hasting’s tragic death was reported Tuesday, numerous friends, coworkers and journalists have published remembrances and obituaries, most sticking to a pretty obvious guideline of, say, not questioning Hastings’ most well-known and praised piece of journalism, “The Runaway General,” which was featured in Rolling Stone. HuffPost‘s Ryan Grim and Jason Linkins reported that the NY Times, however, did just that, and Hastings’ wife, Elise Jordan, wasn’t happy about it. So Jordan emailed Times editor Jill Abramson after she read Margalit Fox’s obit that was published on the Times’ website Wednesday evening to ask Abramson to correct it before printing it the following day. Jordan quoted parts of the Defense Department Inspector General’s report in a response to the obit suggesting that Hastings’ reporting had been disproven. Abramson sent the email to Bill McDonald, obituaries editor, who wrote back to Jordan to say, basically, that she was wrong and that the obituary was correct, making it clear that he wasn’t going to change it before it printed.

Rich Lowry on Rand PaulPolitico published a column by National Review editor Rich Lowry in which he examined Rand Paul’s chance of a 2016 presidential bid. So far, Lowry said, his chances look good, thanks in large part to recent headlines, the NSA surveillance leak being the most recent and helpful to Paul’s case. Lowry runs through a checklist of Paul’s ideals touched on by the secret surveillance program: “ [The NSA] meta-data program couldn’t be better fashioned to play into fears of the government. Is it vast? Yes. Was it secret? Check. Does it arguably run outside the normal checks and balances of government? Uh-huh. Does it raise profound questions about privacy? Roger.” And this leak comes just after the disclosure of the IRS targeting of Tea Party groups and the seizure of the AP’s phone records by the Justice Department. Lowry points out that pretty much all of the headlines are catering to Paul and giving him ammo as he vies to be the Republican front-runner in a crowded field of candidates. It also helps, Lowry explains, that Paul is somewhat of an anomaly in the GOP: he’s interesting. Lowry also makes sure to point out that he’s no “Rand Paul-tie,” but he sees the establishment’s ideals aligning more and more with the unique libertarian conservative from Kentucky.

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