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Sam Youngman Leaves Reuters

Political reporter  Sam Youngman has left his job at Reuters or parted ways with the company (however you want to put it). No word on where he’ll land next, but we’re sure it’ll be something interesting.

“Goodbyes are always weird,” Youngman told FishbowlDC this afternoon. “Some awesome, hard-working folks in that newsroom. But I’m excited to be a little more me. So for now, second star to the right and straight on ’til morning.”

Youngman left his job as a White House Correspondent for The Hill in November of 2011 to go to work as a campaign reporter for Reuters.

He soon added guidance:

Marty’d: The Sam Youngman Edition

“Are people getting Tweets I’m trying to send on here?” That question and many more are posed daily by one of the most curious men on Twitter, Marty Rudolf. Rudolf approaches journalists on Twitter looking for new friends to chat with him. Thankfully for us, some people write back.

Today, it’s ReutersSam Youngman. Youngman makes no bones about his allegiance to the Wildcats of the University of Kentucky. While their basketball team typically dominates, they had a bit of a rough year. Their best player from last season, Anthony Davis, now plays for the New Orleans Hornets in the NBA. So, when Marty asks Youngman what he thought of Louisville winning the National Championship, Sam bristled. He tweeted, “Marty, you trolling me, buddy? I thought it proved there is some weird deal where God and Satan alternate who will win each year.” Once that door is open with Marty, there is no closing it. He will continue to pepper you with questions, as Youngman found out.

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IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS: “Rush Limbaugh with a porn-stache will save your Tuesday afternoon.” — BuzzFeed’s Bennie Johnson

Weinermania

This morning at 5 a.m. the NYT Magazine’s big blockbuster story on ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner and wife Huma Abedin broke. Read it here.

“Just spitballing here but why not Weiner v McConnell? Don’t let this opp pass you by DSCC.” — Executive Director of America Rising PAC Tim Miller, former aide to presidential hopeful Jon Huntsman and GOP flak.

“Weiner Wants Back In The Game- why can’t disgraced politicians find a different job?” — tennis star Martina Navratilova.

“Long read, but Weiner’s diagnosis of himself regarding his behavior could apply to many elected officials.” — NBC’s Chuck Todd.

“Will Weiner Rise Again?” — Drudge.

“Why is Weiner not wearing shoes and socks in NYT picture? Cmon man!” — Politico‘s Ben White.

Autocorrect War Stories

“Autocorrect: When ‘free cone day’ turned into ‘free clone day.’ Where do I sign??” — National Journal‘s Brian Fung.

“My spell-checker just suggested I replace ‘Coburn’ with ‘corncob.’ Not doing it, but you have to wonder.” — Daily Mail U.S. Political Editor David Martosko in regard to Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.).

WTF Central

“It’s weird how by typing these few words I can ruin your whole day: La la la la la, la la, these little lies. La la la la la, la la, these.” — Slate and NYT‘s Farhad Manjoo.

Bald dudes: Don’t let this happen to you

“Fuck I really should have put some suntan lotion in my bald spot #soooooburned.” — Mike Elk.

ABC’s Stephanopoulos plugs wife’s TV appearance

“Proud hubby time: Check out Ali on The View today.” — ABC GMA and “This Week” host George Stephanopoulos.

Something to look forward to?

“@KevinWGlass Remind me to schedule a beatdown for your ass when I’m in DC in May” — Jazz Shaw, weekend editor at Hot Air in reference to Townhall Managing Editor Kevin Glass.

Important question to consider and an interesting open invitation… Read more

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Sequester ruins FOB’s son’s summer plans

“DoD just cancelled a summer intern program my son was going to apply to. #sequester. …And my friend’s son was just told his Capitol Hill internship would now be unpaid.” — Steve Rattner, MSNBC “Morning Joe” Contributor and former head of Obama Auto Task Force.

Journo smells pot outside the office

“Group of couriers congregating outside my office smell strongly of weed. It’s Monday afternoon guys. Save some for the weekend.” — The Times of London‘s Matt Spence.

A Metro rider did what?

“Delays on Red Line b/c a rider threw two suitcases onto the tracks.” — Washington Examiner Transportation Reporter Liz Essley.

 

Best Washington reaction to a national story

“This reminds me: if you left your penis in the 3rd floor men’s room@thewatergate this afternoon, pls call Lee Mayer.” — The Atlantic magazine Editor Scott Stossel in reaction to this story in HuffPost Business about an Orlando man who got his penis chopped off at work.

D–king around with JD

“When you put dishes on which you’ve eaten eggs in the dishwasher it makes the lot smell like wet dog when the cycle is done. #newsyoucanuse” — CBS Political Director John Dickerson.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 8:10 a.m.

Thayer admits he’s a “Twitter Virgin”

“I’ve spent a few years as a journo, but am a Twitter virgin. Forgive me in advance #mucked up.” — Freelancer Nate Thayer, who freaked out on The Atlantic when they asked him to write for free and for the great exposure. Follow him, by the way, at

Reporter envisions a Rome where Snoop Lion is Pope

“If the white smoke just keeps pouring out of there, we will know to congratulate Pope Snoop Lion I” — ReutersSam Youngman.

Blogger Confessional

“Appreciate: readers offering corrections. Don’t appreciate: people being assholes about it.” — Dave Brown, Contributor to Yahoo! Sports‘ Big League Stew.

Congratulations to Jason Roe for…his political consulting firm, REVOLVIS,  opening a new San Diego office in the heart of the Gaslamp District, just 2 blocks from City Hall. In addition to San Diego, REVOLVIS has offices in Sacramento, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.

They met in a bar…

In this week’s “Hill Navigator,” Roll Call‘s advice column, they address the topic of finding love across the aisle. In one instance, a woman meets a “handsome man” at a Capitol Hill bar, but later learns he works for a member she hates. The advice? Hey, many of us have worked for horrible people: “I think the term for these kinds of experiences is character building.” Read the full column here.

8 Words We Never Thought We’d See: “The Bachelor is on HuffPost Live right now.”

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Writer dude raves about House chicken tenders

“Dude, House side chicken tenders crush Senate side any day. and more choice of dipping sauces.” — HuffPost‘s Jon Ward.

The Snowstorm That Wasn’t.

“DC such a train wreck of dysfunction even snow wants no part of it.” — ReutersSam Youngman.

“The Post should replace their weather gang with a drunken nearsighted lemur.” — BuzzFeed Washington Bureau Chief John Stanton.

“DC meteorologists – the Karl Roves of weather prediction. #snowquester” — Rep. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.).

“As a friendly DC flack told me today, ‘this town could use a blizzard.’” — CNN’s Jim Acosta.

“Well in case the world gets snowed in tomorrow—which it won’t—I’m glad I had the foresight to buy myself fresh hydrangeas.” — Roll Call‘s Meredith Shiner.

“This is incredibly fucking dumb. I can’t believe how freaked out DC is about this “snowstorm” #MassholeTweets” — BuzzFeed‘s Rosie Gray who links to this story from Politico on the House’s plan to gavel out Wednesday afternoon.

Premature prediction: “As of tomorrow, DC will only be a faint memory, an echo of forgotten power buried under a shroud of white death.” — Politico‘s Ben White.

“I’d be more impressed with this snowstorm, which has already shut down the government, if the snow would actually stick to the ground.” — The Atlantic‘s Jeffrey Goldberg.

“The people in my feed acting smug about the awfulness of the term ‘snowquester’ are becoming FAR more annoying than the term ‘snowquester.’” — Ben Harris, Rockville-based communications professional.

“Washington deals with snow about as well as it deals with everything else.” — Reason‘s Peter Suderman.

Late-night Bad Girls Club

MSNBC’s Touré: “Now that the Menendez story has blown up in a very embarrassing way, no one ever need take the Daily Caller seriously. Not that anyone did.”

Daily Caller‘s Jeff Poor: “Dear @Toure: You should put the J.Crew catalog down and catch up on the latest on the Daily Caller-Menendez story before popping off. Thx.”

(“Popping off” is a phrase often heard on “Bad Girls Club,” as noted by trusted Bad Girls Club expert and FBDC writer Eddie Scarry.)

Journo wasn’t allowed to lunch with Lanny Davis

“Lanny Davis once invited me out to lunch after I wrote a critical piece on him but my editor wouldn’t let me go.” — InTheseTimes labor journo Mike Elk at the Lanny Davis book party last night at The Hamilton.

Vietor picks on Stephanopoulos

After ABC “This Week” and GMA host George Stephanopoulos welcomed former White House aide Tommy Vietor to Twitter this morning, Vietor replied, “Thanks! We’d like to know when you sleep since you host every show on ABC except Dancing with the Stars (next season??)”

Gawker finds a terrible, fruity headline.

The Traveler

“Flying to Winnipeg this snowy morning” — conservative writer David Frum.

Have you been Marty’d? See Marty’s reaction to our profile on him and watch WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten make fun of the humblebrag… Read more

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Quotes of the Day - the Oprah-Lance Armstrong edition.

From the Dept. of Bragiculture…

“WE BEAT GAWKER BY 25 MIN ON BANGS STORY!” — WaPo‘s Reliable Source on finally getting a story within spitting distance of another gossip outlet. The item concerned first lady Michelle Obama’s new hairstyle, which involves bangs.

The Media Observer

“Favorite line from inaug committee warning abt Metro: ‘You will have to stand in close proximity to several thousand people’” — NYT‘s Washington Deputy Bureau Chief Carl Hulse.

Editor wants Christian Mingle to leave him alone

“Dear Christian Mingle, stop sending me emails.” — Eboné Bell, Managing Editor of Tagg magazine, Hip Hop Cardio Instructor, & Founder of Capital Queer Prom.

Oprah’s masterful interview skills

“Oprah rules. She is REALLY good at this. Just a master interviewer.” — WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza. Also: “Lance is the least sympathetic apologizer possible. I feel ZERO empathy with him.”

“Oprah is a hell of a good interviewer.”– CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin.

“This is as much am exercise in journalism as confession. The packages Oprahs guys are dropping in help people who are new to the story.” — NYT‘s David Carr.

“I’m not feeling Lance but I’m loving Oprah. She is a first class interviewer.” — Washingtonian Publisher Cathy Merrill Williams.

“I love Oprahshe just goes straight in! #BOOM” — Essence and theGrio columnist Sophia Nelson.

The Best of… on Oprah & Lance

“Oprah tells crowd to look under their chairs where they discover rotten vegetables to throw at Lance. That interview I would watch.” — ReutersSam Youngman.

“Every asshole should get to do an interview with Oprah.” — New York Daily NewsJosh Greenman.

“Mike Wallace would have filleted Lance Armstrong like a fish.” — Politico‘s Roger Simon.

(Fake Oprah Question): “Did you ever have sex with a dead wizard’s body for magical powers?” “Yes” — The Guardian and Salon freelancer Jim Newell during the “yes or no” only portion of the interview.

“For the judging media, remember the ‘culture’ that allows for enhancements that help your job (whisky, Adderoll, whisky).” — FNC’s Greg Gutfeld.

“I read his book, I supported LiveStrong- so awful to watch him tonight – he seems mostly sorry he got caught!” — NBC4′s  Doreen Gentzler.

“So Lance’s drug use was real and Manti’s gf was fake. Got it.” — USA Today’s Jackie Kucinich.

“I feel like this is a public therapy session.” — CNN AC360′s Devna Shuka.

“If I’ve learned anything from this Lance Armstrong interview, it’s he’s a high school girl. Stab you in the back without breaking a sweat.” — Social Media Editor for NBC Washington Cheryl Thompson.

“If Lance Armstrong cared about ratings, he would have done interview on 60 Min. Not a cable network nobody watches.” — Alex Conant, U.S. GOP Sen. Marco Rubio‘s press secretary.

“You did not just make a fat joke to Oprah.” — Lizzie O’Leary, whose Twitter bio says simply, “apsiring Hildy Johnson.”

“When does Oprah roll out the wagon of fat?” — ClearChannel‘s Colby Hall. Also: “First clue that I am not on one of my regular viewing channels: seeing ads referencing transvaginal mesh.”

“Fun continuity game: watch water levels in Lance & Oprah water glasses for edit jumping. Straws are an odd touch, too.” — Politico‘s Steve Friess.

Daily Caller reporter takes nasty swipe at CNN’s Piers Morgan...

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Startling Monday headline

“Woman killed by Orange Line train” — story by the Washington Examiner‘s transportation reporter  Kytja Weir.  Read here. Weir reported that a woman jumped in front of an Orange Line train at 11:29 a.m. Monday at the Ballston Metro stop and died.

Speaking of orange…GOP Consultant Roger Stone had a few choice words for CNN’s Roland Martin for rooting for Texas AM aggies: “Roland Martin Dumbfuck–your avi photos shows you wearing ORANGE.”

NYT‘s Leibovich’s book release on the horizon

“Leibo book on DC, This Town, is avail for pre-order (ships 4/23)” — GOP Conulstant Matt Mackowiack. Purchase NYT‘s Mark Leibovich‘s much anticipated Washington culture book here. The book can also be purchased at Amazon for $17.71 for the hardcover or the kindle version for $14.99.  At the Barnes & Noble website, the book also costs $17.71, marked down $from $27.95. At Penguin.com, the hardcover costs $27.95.

Important Q to Ponder: “Is Downtown Abbey the thing with Honey Boo Boo?” — ReutersSam Youngman. And this: “How I feel about Twitter during Downton Abbey = how my non-sports fan friends must feel about Twitter during playoffs.” — Politico‘s Juana Summers.

Anonymous wisdom to FishbowlDC: “Come on, Twitter fights with [Breitbart.com's] Matthew Boyle are like drunkenly walking into a light pole, and then getting pissed off at it for being in your way. Totally fun, but do you really want to give the light pole any relevance?”

Convo Between Two Journos

This morning’s conversation is between The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball and The Atlantic Associate Editor covering business and politics Matt O’Brien.

Molly Ball: “The American people are a bunch of lily-livered wusses who can’t handle a little bit of legislative hardball.” She links to this story on GallupPolitics which says that 77 percent of Americans believe that Washington politics is harmful to the U.S.

Matt O’Brien: “That’s underplaying how destructive it is to hold the debt ceiling hostage.”

Molly Ball: “Aww, so worried about your pwecious widdle economy. Adorable.”

A beloved journalist dies and an insult for TIME‘s Mark Halperin unfolds… Read more

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Bus driver caught reading while driving

“Metrobus driver caught driving bus while reading newspaper.” — ABC7. The original video appeared on the classy-named Unsuck DC Metro. Read more here. Horribly, maybe this is proof that print isn’t going out of style. But more importantly, which NEWSPAPER was it?!

Scribe brings mom to WH Xmas party

“Was so proud to take my mom to the White House Christmas party tonight. About 50 more of ‘em should make up for all the trouble I caused.” — ReutersSam Youngman earlier this week.

Febreze makes a sudden, inexplicable comeback

“The person who invented Febreze is a genius.” — MetroWeekly‘s Randy Shulman.

COS will dedicate special 3,000th tweet to deceased mother

“66 tweets to go to 3,000. I hope to make the 3000th on Dec 28 a tribute to my mother who passed away Dec 28 2006. Got any ideas? Thanks all.”  — Jim Sciutto, Chief of Staff to U.S. Emb. Bejing (and the Dept. of WTF?).

Monkeys on meth: How do they behave?

“Brief conversation with a US senator just now re monkeys on meth. Conclusion: They act crazy.” — Todd Zwillich, Washington correspondent for The Takeaway from Public Radio International.

Reporter wants to gorge on chocolate

“I love advent calendars. Is it too late to start one? I could just eat all the chocolate up to today in a day.” — The Hill’s Alexandra Jaffe.

Peter Ogburn and Eddie Scarry contributed to this report.

See who made the FishbowlDC Fan Club Board… Read more

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Writer questions Facebook friend advice

“OK, Facebook, I’ll bite: WHY do you think Tipper Gore and I should be friends (or, you know, ‘friends’)?” — Former Yahoo! News’ Deputy Editor and author Chris Lehman.

TV reporter has potentially psycho cleaning lady 

“Ok, my cleaning lady is GASLIGHTING ME! tell her not to do laundry. come home … SHE”S DOING LAUNDRY… with a big smile on her face.” — ABC7 reporter Stephen Tschida.

From the Dept. of Bragiculture…

“I think I may be the only tweeter that intersperses tweets about poop apps and the UN recognizing Palestine. I’m diverse that way.” — Kathleen McKinley, Houston Chronicle political blogger.

Wrap your head around this strange anonymous tip: “Too bad the editor isn’t named Buzz instead of Ben.   Then it could be called FeedBuzz.”

WTOP caller gets the axe

“Unhinged person. Not taking them.” — WTOP’s Debbie Feinstein regarding a caller who wanted to question Dr. Drew Pinksy about how gay people created HIV-AIDS in their Thursday morning “Ask Dr. Drew” segment.

Real HuffPost headline: “What’s the sweetest thing your child has said to you since the divorce? Share your story!” Good times HuffPost!

Obama/Romney lunch aftermath

“Romney and Obama had lunch together today. And you thought your Thanksgiving meal was awkward.” — Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert.

“I just assume these meetings between a potus and the man who ran to defeat him are extremely vulgar and profanity-laced.” — ReutersSam Youngman.

Convo Between Two Journos

Today’s conversation is between HuffPost’s Elise Foley and TNR’s Julia Loffe.

Loffe: “Does ANYONE speak on the record in Washington?”

Foley: “I request anonymity to speak freely, but no.”

Eddie Scarry contributed to this report.

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What Happens When VPOTUS Goes to Costco?

It was a momentous occasion in Washington, D.C. The District’s first Costco opened. The location is in Fort Lincoln and it brought quite a draw for it’s first day: namely, VPOTUS Joe Biden. According to pool reports, Biden walked up, flashed his Costco card and strolled through the store enjoying samples and shopping for items like children’s books, fire logs, a TV and an apple pie. God bless America. One enterprising salesman at the store even tried to sell Biden some tires! According to the pool report, Biden said, “”Hey man I don’t need tires,” he said “I don’t drive anymore.”

Naturally, Twitter had a field day. ReutersSam Youngman was thoroughly impressed with the tire salesman. He tweeted, “I have finally decided on my vote for Time’s Man of the Year: The Costco employee who tried to upsell Biden some tires.”

Plenty of others weighed in…. Read more

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