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Kate Upton, regarding Syria – Taylor Bigler, the Entertainment Editor at the Daily Caller, was recently able to sit down and clairvoyantly connect with world renowned super-hottie Kate Upton, whose appearance in the 2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition, as you may already know, actually earned her Nobel Prizes in both Bathing Suits and Peace back in 2012. Using Bigler’s finely honed telepathic abilities, the 2016 Vice Presidential hopeful (for both of the major parties) weighs in on the developing situation in Syria through a slideshow of her old photographs, captioned with the thought provoking insights that have made her all but entirely a shoe-in for at least four more Nobel Prizes for this young laureate.
Why you should read/watch: Because its Kate freaking Upton, that’s why. Also, it’s pretty funny.
Bros for Obamacare: The latest edition of Health Reform Watch, which is WaPo‘s regular health policy column written by reporter Sarah Kliff, illustrates an unexpected trend that is becoming more prevalent among young adults in America. Research shows that young adults are more concerned about their health coverage needs and less on the cost than might’ve previously been assumed.
Why you should read: After reading the headline, I was instantly under Kliff’s clever guise. I thought this article would lead me to learn about sort of frat-boy buffoonery clause written deep in the fine-print of Obamacare that could affect my health care cost… err… ehmm…I mean, their healthcare costs. Instead, I found a detailed explanation for why the administration is setting its sights on convincing young adults to sign up for Obamacare. Those who also happen to be in that age group should give it a read and see why they’re so desired. Also, there’s a picture of a fat guy jumping into a pool.
Chalk it up to the often sick, sad world we live in.
The bomb smoke had barely cleared in Boston when some in the media strapped on their red and blue helmets and took partisan pot shots.
New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof was the first national media figure to bring out the guns. “Explosion is a reminder that ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) needs a director,” he tweeted Monday just after two bombs had exploded at the Boston Marathon. “Shame on Senate Republicans for blocking appointment.” Accompanying Kristof’s tweet was a link to a WaPo story on the ATF’s ongoing status without a full-time director. He has since deleted the tweet and said that he “take[s] it back.”
On CNN, National Security Analyst Peter Bergen said that the attack may have been executed by al-Qaeda or “another kind of right-wing extremism.”
On MSNBC, Chris Matthews said that “normally, domestic terrorists, people tend to be on the far right.” He immediately amended his language to “just extremists.”
Esquire‘s Politics writer Charles Pierce cautioned readers against “jumping to conclusions” that the attack may have been executed by foreigners. But, noting that Monday was Patriots Day, he took a trip back in time to remember that it was “waterer of the liberty tree” Timothy McVeigh who bombed a federal building in Oklahoma City.
Across the aisle… Read more
(A Sprinkling of Things we Think you Ought to Know…)
These people are all insane – A story in the WSJ tells us tales of “well-heeled dogs” and how they are are eating better than most humans at some of the nation’s finest restaurants. There’s a trend in upscale restaurants to offer full menus for diners with pups to order something special for the pet. One of the restaurants happens to be right here in Washington. At Art & Soul, you can sit outside on their “pooch patio” and order such delicacies as “Bowser beer” and an $8 steak…. FOR YOUR DOG. Dogs lick their balls. They eat garbage. If you think that your dog wants steak, you shouldn’t be allowed to have a dog.
Ingraham Angered Over Toy – Talk show host Laura Ingraham is faux-angry about the news that a deal that would bring a singing Lady Gaga doll might not be happening. In reaction to this story, Ingraham tweeted, “I am so upset abt this!! What on earth am I going to get my daughter for Xmas now?! Lady GaGa say it isn’t so!” Keep hope alive, Laura! Maybe by Christmas, they’ll finally have released the Lindsay Lohan doll for Laura’s little one.
Best Headline Ever? – You be the judge. WaPo’s Sarah Kliff tweeted a link to this piece, saying, “My favorite headline I have ever written ever.” Hopefully she was being sarcastic, because the headline is “Sounds like nobody has a case of the Mondays.” It’s a straight-faced piece on a study that shows that people aren’t necessarily in worse moods on Mondays than other days of the week. Her headline is nothing special. Although, her item does provide a great opportunity to play this video clip.
From the Dept. of Bragiculture…On Thursday amid the flurry of Supreme Court coverage looks like WaPo‘s Sarah Kliff got a little excited on Facebook about being cited in the Supreme Court opinion on the Affordable Care Act. Granted, this is amazing and we don’t want to take away from a genuinely impressive achievement. But…take a look.
“Take a breath babe, respect the king’s English,” a reader wrote in.
Later in the day, her post was deleted, never to be seen again. Her friends, however, continued on with their praise.
Quotes of the Day
Annie and Ezra’s honeymoon breakdown
“To welcome US tourists, hotel in Hanoi is serving pancakes with corn syrup and playing Jack Johnson.” — Slate‘s (soon to be NYT) Annie Lowrey succumbs to the addictive lure of Twitter during her honeymoon with WaPo‘s Ezzy Klein, who at least retweets her. While Annie at least wrote about the trip. Klein, meanwhile, tweeted about the Eurodeal piece by Sarah Kliff, who writes for his Wonkbook Blog. How romantic.
Tschida continues quest to get rid of House demons
As we already know, ABC7 reporter Stephen Tschida‘s household gadgets keep turning on by themselves. An update: “Another technician here to find out why TV’s keep coming on in middle of night. Shook his head and just asked about the history of house!”
HuffPost‘s Sam Stein gets blitzed
“Guess what i did last night? i ‘boozed up’ some sources… in addition to boozing up myself. BUSTED.” (Take that James O’Keefe.)
A “new” idea from “Politico”
“Tomorrow we launch our newest email newsletter! It tracks the latest news in the timber & logging industry; we’re calling it ‘Morning Wood.’” — FakeJimVandeHei.
An Amtrak ticket agent recently said this to NYT‘s Matt Bai: ‘If you had any common sense, you’d have heard me the first time.” If you missed the story earlier in the week by Politico‘s Patrick Gavin on why D.C. journos/pundits can’t stand the Acela, read here.
Unnecessary Tweet of the Day
“I want an adorably tiny pet. Example: teacup pig. Or a hedgehog.” — Roll Call feature writer Jessica Estepa.
Khimm joins WaPo from Mother Jones, where she covered Congress, politics and domestic policy. Previously a staff member at The New Republic, she has also contributed to the Economist, Newsweek, Slate, Foreign Policy, The Wall Street Journal Asia, the Christian Science Monitor and Los Angeles Times.
Kliff is leaving Politico to shack up with Ezzy and friends. At Politico she covered how federal regulation, Congress and lobbying affect the implementation of health care reform. She also was an author of Politico Pulse, a daily health policy briefing. Prior to Politico, Sarah was a staff writer at Newsweek, reporting on issues at the intersection of health policy and politics.
And last but not least is Brad Plumer, previously an associate editor at The New Republic, where he reported on the environment and energy issues and wrote TNR’s green blog, The Vine, for three years. Before that, he was an assistant Web editor at Mother Jones.
Only time will tell if four’s really a crowd. Until then, congrats to Suzy, Sarah and Brad. They begin later this month.
QUOTES of the DAY
MEAN MEN: Chris Matthews and Bill Maher are fat joke connoisseurs.
Maher makes Christie fat joke
“Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, you know who I’m talking about, Governor Lard?” — HBO Real Time Host Bill Maher on MSNBC’s “Hardball” with Chris Matthews from Los Angeles Tuesday. He was discussing New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (pictured at right). Matthews also has a great affinity for Christie weight jokes. At an appearance last December at the Ritz in Georgetown, Matthews wondered how Christie was going to balance the budget — what was he going to do, start with, supper?
R Blogger Down on Matthews
“Chris Matthews doesn’t have a monopoly on stupid, but he certainly is in a position of market dominance.” — Conservative blogger Robert Stacy McCain in a Tuesday tweet.
A nice blend of weirdness
“Quick glance at Twitter tells me Schwarzenegger got the D.C. panda pregnant. Also, the panda just left @TBD for a job at Huffpo.” – Joshua Hatch, adjunct professor at American University, in a Tuesday tweet.
Airport reading diet
“Hour 5 at LAX. Inevitable mag buying binge has occured, financed by delta food voucher. #priorities.” — Politico health care reporter Sarah Kliff in a Tuesday tweet with the accompanying photograph.
“Washington DC is a city full of young, neatly dressed people who actuate their ambition through deference.” — Former NYT scribe Jennife 8. Lee in recent tweet.
“I just confused some lost Italian tourists in Adams Morgan by using the Latin ‘Quo vadis?’ thinking they would easily understand.” — WCP Asst. Managing Editor Michael Grass in a Tuesday tweet. The phrase means “Where are you going” or the more commonly used, “Whither goest thou?”
DSK sex scandal banter continues…
“DSK spends $3000 a night on a hotel room. What so many could do w/ that kind of money. Like pay for my dental surgery!” — NPR Ombudsman Alicia Shepard in a Tuesday tweet.
“We checked for a ‘Washington Post MasterClass’ on how to revive a dying news publication but, alas, nothing.” — A line in the Tuesday evening edition of HuffPost Hill. WaPo is offering new classes in everything from digital photography to Inside China to The Wines of Bordeaux.
An aide’s compassion for pols
“Even when politicians screw up, I can’t help but feel a little sorry for them when pundits openly mock, laugh, and ridicule them mercilessly.” — Sen. Jim DeMint’s (R-S.C.) Communications Advisor Amanda Carpenter in a Wednesday morning tweet.
Schwarzenneger sex scandal joke…
“Maria Shriver announces plans to cut off Arnold’s ‘Gang of Two.’” — Congress Matters and Daily Kos Contributing Editor David Waldman in a Tuesday tweet.
“Cocaine’s a helluva drug” — Human Events Editor Jason Mattera in a Tuesday tweet.
“The kind of insight you look to WaPo for.” — TBD Community Engagement Director Steve Buttry in a Tuesday tweet in reaction to this: @washingtonpost Arnold and Maria aren’t the first political breakup, & they won’t be the last.
Scribe gets clean shot of Sen. Reid’s black eye
“Harry Reid arrives at presser with gnarly shiner on left eye. From a spill he took last week.” — The Daily Caller‘s Chris Moody in a Tuesday tweet with the accompanying photograph.
The Good Son
“Heading over to the nursing home to make sure mom eats something, then on to a Republican get-together.” — Chairman of Accuracy in Media Don Irvine in a Tuesday tweet.
If the genders were reversed this would be an unfortunately worded exchange: ABC’s Rick Klein: “Just provided smart soundbite service to @karentravers. So yell at her later if I don’t wind up in her package.”
Question to ponder
“What’s the limit on saying, ‘You’ve got to be f****ing joking” in one day?’ — Washington Post Express News Editor Sara Schwartz in a Tuesday Facebook update.
“I just became the mayor of Majority Leader Eric Cantor Office on @foursquare!” — TWT‘s Emily Miller in a Tuesday tweet.
Journo on verge of something bad
“The rage I’m feeling at my broken Blackberry roller ball = very, very high.” — Politico Pro health care reporter Sarah Kliff in a Tuesday tweet.
Today we try an unconventional interview with Politico Mouse, the rodent who opened a Twitter account from Politico‘s newsroom and writes about his daily escapades foraging for food in Allbritton’s mice-infested offices in Arlington, Va. He has been under Mike Allen‘s desk and says it’s fruitful. He’s a go-getter. He puts in time in meetings searching for morsels. A few things he has told us: He is a male reporter who works for Politico. His colleagues can’t figure out who he is (and some don’t care to).
In short, we take this with a comical grain of salt and so should you.
Arranging the interview wasn’t easy as Politico Mouse has excuses: “Sorry it takes me so long to respond; Mike Allen finally moved his office and some crumbs that I hid in there got lost.” And this one: “Fair warning: there’s a catered meeting going on right now and I plan to be busy afterward.”
Let’s get started…
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