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Top Tweets on SCOTUS Rulings

On Monday, the Supreme Court issued two final rulings in its term, in the cases of Harris v. Quinn and Burwell v. Hobby Lobby.

A 5 – 4 decision in favor of Hobby Lobby, the Court ruled that closely held for-profit corporation can’t be required by the government to provide contraception coverage. Also in a 5 – 4 vote, the Court limits power by states to compel public employee contributions to unions.

Some of the morning’s most interesting Tweets on the rulings.

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Afternoon Chatter

Ultimate claim to fame?

“Have not seen it yet- but I have been told that I have a quote in today’s NY Post right next to a pic of Weiner’s umm weiner.” — QGA and former Senate flack Jim Manley.

Sign of the times

“Just emailed a WH aide a question about sequestration; got an auto reply saying he’s on furlough due to sequestration.” — TPM‘s Sahil Kapur.

Flack doesn’t suck at strength training after all

“I am now headed to the gym for strength training with my trainer. I barely feel like I could lift a pencil, let alone a weight. Didn’t suck as bad as I thought I was going to! (@ Vida Fitness w/ 4 others)” — Marta, a Capitol Hill communicator.

WTF With The Week’s Matt Lewis

“Let’s be honest: If it weren’t for sex, a lot of successful men would have little incentive to show up at work, invent something, run for office — you name it. (Please don’t be mad at me for saying this. I didn’t create this truth. But it’s true nonetheless.)” — an excerpt from a new column in The Week by writer Matt Lewis, who also writers for The Daily Caller. He says that a desire to be desired in perfectly natural. Riiiight. Weiner is a perfectly natural piece of meat found in most deli departments. We couldn’t agree more (eye roll). Read the column here.

Advice from E!’s Joan Rivers: “It’s time Anthony Weiner used the talents that he’s known for, and pull himself out of the race.”

For any of you “Bachelorette” fans out there…

This is is the blog for you. It’s called Think It and it’s written by @someguyinaustin, who happens to be a funny writer whose writeups we wait for each week as does TWT‘s Emily Miller, who cracks the whip and acts like his editor if he gets lazy and forgets to write. An excerpt: “We finally introduce the guys. What’s always surprising to me is how many of these guys I literally can’t remember even though they’ve been annoying me for weeks at a time. Brandon? He apparently stole Drew’s haircut (and hair gel) and Zak looked so orange I thought he might have jaundice. ”

Terrible spam with particularly atrocious spelling

“Hello, I’m writing to you to tell that I’m interesed in what the lady who wants to get a hunband for 10 000 $ says, I don’t want money, I just have the same ideas about what she thinks. My name is Walid, I’m 23 years old, I’m a student. Just tell me if you want some pictures of me, or any other informations. Cordially.”

Uncle Mikey in Disney World

Politico‘s Playbook takes a particularly zen outlook today as Mike Allen takes us to Lake Buena Vista. “We’re feeding the mouse,” he jokes. Which is actually kind of funny since the building his home office in Rosslyn has a mice problem that they haven’t seemed to be able to get a handle on since last year. Anyhow, nephew Evan is doing wonderfully — Mike says he played his best game ever yesterday in some championship lacrosse tourney. “…Maybe it’s because we’ve spent the week in the cotton-candy capital of the world that we’re more appreciative than ever of meaty journalism that hits pause on the dizzying news merry-go-round: If you run the country or the world, what should you be reading?” He goes on to list a bunch of things that have nothing to do with Anthony Weiner, sexting, Huma or Sydney Elaine Leathers naked butt. In fact, “Today’s Tabloids” don’t come until much further down the page near the Birthday Section, which comes last but certainly not least in This Town.

NJ’s Fung: Why’d You Miss Your Party?

The gang from R to L: WSJ’s Danny Yadron and Andrew Grossman, Sahil Kapur from TPM, Politico‘s Tim Mak and Emily Schultheis, and Asawin Suebsaeng from Mother Jones and his girlfriend.

Earlier this week, friends of National Journal‘s new tech reporter, Brian Fung, former an associate editor for The Atlantic, drank to his success at Shaw Tavern while he was markedly absent.

Dinner apparently ran late, causing him to miss the festivities. But friends kindly toasted to him anyhow. “Congrats to @b_fung on your new job,” cracked Politico‘s Byron Tau on Twitter. “Wish you could have made it to your own party!”

We asked Fung about missing out. He replied, “I had a bit of an accidental scheduling conflict that evening. Serves me right — you live by the meme, you die by the meme.”

 

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the DayElection Banter

“Holy. Cow. The magic wall… Is ON THE FLOOR” — The Atlantic Associate Editor Brian Fung.

Green Eggs and Ham — why not?

“Mic check guy just read ‘Green Eggs & Ham,’ in its entirety, at Obama election night HQ. Now reading the Constitution.” — HuffPost‘s Jennifer Bendery.

All in a day’s work

“2 stories & 2,600 words already written today, the last 1,000 drunk will be tougher.” — InTheseTimes labor journo Mike Elk.

5:51 p.m. Famous Last Words

“CONFIDENCE: Romney tells the traveling press he FEELS like a win is coming. He’s written only one speech so far: a victory speech.” — NBC News’ Garrett Haake.

Foreshadowing….5:51 p.m.

“Some rare, non spin on twitter –> RT @jmartpolitico: A senior GOPer w close ties to Romneyland emails a single word: ‘worried.’” — HuffPost‘s Sam Stein.

In response to that… “So people in Romney camp sending out nervous messages to liberal reporters? Really? Wonder how big the camp is.” — Commentary‘s PodWhore (a.k.a. John Podhoretz.)

Reporters and Romney staff clap: the end is near

“Applause on Romney plane — from reporters and staff — as we land in Boston. Final flight of Romney 2012 campaign is over.” — AP‘s Steve Peoples.

Oops! Flack gets ahead of herself: 6:03 p.m.

“I’m not saying this to get ahead of myself, but is Obama capable of giving a graceful concession speech? I’m not sure.” — Amanda Carpenter, speechwriter for Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.).

Channeling Carville

“Carville (paraphrase): If Romney loses Virginia he’s in more trouble than a three-legged, cross-eyed gator on a freeway. #election2012″ — National Journal mag Deputy Editor James Oliphant on Democratic pundit James Carville.

And another thing on Carville…“For god’s sake someone either tighten Carville’s tie or unbutton his top button.” — TPM‘s Evan McMorris-Santoro. And this…“On CNN, James Carville is so excited he seems to have removed his exoskeleton.” — Vanity Fair.

Unraveling…7:17 p.m.

“It’s 7:20 and my nerves are already shot. #ElectionDay2012 #TeamRomney” — MSNBC and The Daily Beast‘s Meghan McCain.

Watch your words around the kiddies, journo warns

“Careful y’all: Your kids are learning a lot about how to win and lose graciously by how you act today.” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin.

Attack on Trump minus his name

“Is there anyone who punches further below their weight than rich guys who dabble in politics?” — BuzzFeed Political Editor Ben Smith.

From the Road…“AT THIS POINT: crowd at Dem HQ is ready to cheer for nearly anything. Just screamed like Obama being up in Minnesota is 1980 gold. #openbar” — CNN’s Lisa Desjardins.

 ’Saucy’ Meghan Kelly

“Meghan Kelly is serving #curlytopsaucy tonight on Fox.” — Bravo’s Andy Cohen.

Politico reporters: Relax? Forget it!

“To all the road-weary reporters who just want a break: Congrats! You’ll be sitting in the Senate press gallery for the next 9 months.” — Fake Jim VandeHei, faux Twitter account to Politico Executive Editor Jim VandeHei.

Important, Embarrassing Question to Ponder: “So Megyn Kelly had to get white men in suits to confirm that Obama would go to Ohio. (Because her audience wouldn’t believe her?)” — Reuter‘s Megan McCarthy.

 In praise of Nate Silver’s ass

“I think Nate Silver deserves a ‘tell me how my ass tastes’ moment, right?” — HuffPost‘s Jason Linkins.

Journos react to FNC Karl Rove’s TV breakdown

  • “Karl Rove looks like a kid who just learned there’s no Santa Claus.” — TPM‘s Sahil Kapur.
  • “Fox is gone full bananaspants.” — The Guardian‘s Ana Marie Cox.
  • “Barone explaining to Rove why Obama gonna win OH like watching someone explain to little kid that his dog died.” — Bloomberg‘s Joshua Green, referencing The Washington Examiner‘s Michael Barone.
  •  ”Email from big GOP donor: ‘Karl looks like a fool.’” — Politico‘s Ken Vogel.
  • “Bret Baier is now trying to figure out how to balance Karl Rove’s petulance and the FNC ‘decision desk.’ Train wreck.” — ClearChannel’s Colby Hall.
  • “Rove has basically bullied the Fox hosts into backing off from their call of the election. Amazing TV.” — The New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza.
  • “Fox thinks it’s up to them who wins. It’s not up to them. It’s over guys. (But please keep this up, this is amazing TV.” — HuffPost‘s Ryan Grim.

And Greta tries to inject a dollop of sanity…

“Fox News says President Obama re-elected.” — FNC anchor Greta Van Susteren at 11:34 p.m.

Speaking of delusional…“I’m neither naive nor optimistic. Just saying I refuse to give up. R some of u telling me ur going to throw in the towel? I don’t think so.” — David Limbaugh, author and brother to conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh, after Obama won Ohio.

Depression is…

“Gay marriage, pot, an elated media, and Obama… Yeah, I’ve had better nights.” — Breitbart.com editor John Nolte.

Plouffe Daddy!

“Congrats on a ground game well-played, Plouffe Daddy.” — Freelance video journo for Wonkette and other outlets Liz Glover, referencing Obama campaign advisor David Plouffe.

Uh oh…where’s Romney? 12:11 a.m. 

“Danger for Romney is that if he delays concession too long he’ll look like a sore loser.12:11 still no concession.” — The Daily Mail‘s Toby Harnden, nearly one hour after NBC called the race for Obama.

Outside the White House: 12:33 a.m.

“People are climbing the trees outside of the White House. Total mayhem.” — BuzzFeed’s Rebecca Berg.

Find some inspiration with ex-Love Connection host Chuck Woolery and take notice of a few R’s who handled the loss with maturity…. Read more