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Mustache Mania: “IMF and World Bank now both headed by men with fantastic mustaches.” – Slate‘s Annie Lowry in a Monday tweet with the accompanying photographs above. From L to R: Robert Zoellick and John Lipsky.

Journo has keen eye for actor playing Levi Johnston

“Does the world already know that the guy playing Levi in Game Change used to date Miley Cyrus? This seems important.” — RealClearPoliticsScott Conroy in a Monday tweet. Underwear model Justin Gaston is playing Johnston.

Rikers in Francais changes tout (Franglish for Rikers in French changes everything)

“Even Rikers seems prettier in French?” — Politico‘s Meredith Shiner in reaction to AFP‘s Stephane Jordain who wrote: “DSK emprisonné à Rikers Island, au large du Queens (AFP).”

AP Style touts cuisine

“The @APStylebook updates are making me hungry: amuse-bouche, Beaujolais, couscous, kielbasa, sashimi, tzatziki.” — CQ Roll Call‘s David Meyers in a Monday tweet regarding AP Stylebook’s brand new Food Guidelines section.

And the DSK jokes begin…

“Euro Zone endorses Draghi as head of the European Central Bank. No word on if he chases maids down the hall.” — RedState Editor and CNN Contributor Erick Erickson in a Monday tweet in reference to Italy’s Mario Draghi. The not quite so funny part is that IMF Director Dominique Strauss-Kahn is being held without bail on rape charges.

Journo suffers asthma attack

“First asthma attack of the year. Dammit. Can think of better ways of starting the morning.” — NPR Online Producer Andy Carvin in a Tuesday morning tweet.

A new day, a new political sex scandal

“So basically, this is a bad week in men.” — Bloomberg TV’s Lizzie O’Leary in a Tuesday morning tweet in reaction to former Cali Gov. Arnold Schrwarzenegger fathering a love child with a member of the couple’s household staff a decade ago. Causing NJ‘s Susan Davis to say: “Hasta la visa baby!”

D.C. journo compliments Grenier

“Just watched Teenage Paparazzo–damn good documentary, nice work, I’m impressed.” — The Daily Caller‘s Alex Pappas in a Monday tweet to actor Adrian Grenier. Oh….by the way? Pappas is back at The Daily Caller after about five months away at The Washington Examiner.

D.C. Royal Fever: The Morning Edition

A mild obsession has arisen amongst Washington journalists over the Royal Wedding this morning. This is a best in show of commentary.

So wrong…

“So ‘QILF’ is now a thing, huh?” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin in a Friday morning tweet.

Reluctant journo gives in and watches anyway

“OK, fine. I’m watching…and I kind of like it.” — RealClearPoliticsScott Conroy in a Friday morning tweet.

Anti-Royal Wedding

Is it safe to turn the TV on? So glad of the time difference w/England. Don’t give a flip about royal wedding. Glad I slept right through it. — Washington Watch’s Roland Martin in a Friday morning tweet.

“Disappointed in myself for getting up for this.” — The Daily Caller‘s Media scribe Jeff Poor in a Friday morning tweet.

In awe…

“Kate looks outstanding.” — NBC’s Luke Russert in a Friday morning tweet.

“Woke up at 5:58. Prepared to work out. Saw Kate Middleton. Stopped in my tracks. Beautiful.” — WaPo‘s Jonathan Capehart in a Friday morning tweet.

Lip reading

“Woke up at 5:58. Prepared to work out. Saw Kate Middleton. Stopped in my tracks. Beautiful.” — ABC News White House Repoter Karen Travers in a Friday morning tweet.

“We need a lip reader! Did William say ‘you look beautiful?’” — TWT‘s Emily Miller in a Friday morning tweet.

Fit for Weiner TV

“Just catching up here. So she wore a Steve McQeen dress? #TheOneHeWoreInBullitt” — Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) in a Friday morning tweet.

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D.C. Journos react to POTUS and The Donald reality show

“Hey, I read stuff that you people write.” -Trump to reporters in NH. (“So, we do have readers after all.”) — Roll Call‘s David Drucker in a Wednesday tweet.

“What birth certificate? Don’t think there is any piece of paper in existence that will make people believe what they don’t want to believe.” — Former Politics Daily Editor-in-Chief Melinda Henneberger in a Wednesday Facebook update.

“Eager to hear what Gary Busey and Meatloaf think about all of this. #celebrityapprentice” — RealClearPolitics’ Scott Conroy in a Wednesday tweet.

“Note to birthers: certificate does not list height or weight at birth. POTUS might be invisible or some sort of amorphous blob.” — The Hill’s Sam Youngman in a Wednesday tweet.

“Of course, the citizens of Kenya are a little bit bummed out today.” –Politico‘s Patrick Gavin in a Wednesday tweet.

“I’d also like to take credit for making Obama release his birth certificate.” — Politico‘s Byron Tau in a Wednesday tweet with this link to a story co-written by him and his superior Ben Smith. Read here.

“Can we send Trump to Afghanistan so everyone pays some fricking attention to the wars we’re waging?” — The Nation‘s emotional Mexican jumping bean Chris Hayes in a Wednesday tweet.

“Okay, Obama, fine. Now SHOW US THE PLACENTA” — Slate‘s resident Juiceboxer Dave Weigel in a Wednesday tweet.


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Reporter has insomnia

“This should be interesting. A radio interview after insomnia has kept me up since like 1 am.” — TWT‘s White House reporter Kara Rowland in a Tuesday morning tweet.

Fake Jim V.’s take on Obama speech tweeters

“No no, don’t tweet links to full speech. I’d rather read 140 characters of fragmented text at a time w/ horseshit analysis sprinkled on top.” – FakeJimVandeHei in a Monday night tweet.

Warring about the War of the Roses

TBD Community Engagement Director Steve Buttry and wife, Mimi, had some movie moments Monday with this exchange: Mimi: Watching “War of the Roses” and laughing. That always freaks @stevebuttry out. Buttry: You laugh in all the wrong places.

Phish, Pink, Britney: D.C. journos reveal varied musical preferences

“Hate repeating rumors, but hearing @phish second leg dates today.” — Politico‘s Jake Sherman in a Tuesday tweet.

“Downloaded Pink’s greatest hits before last trip — pretty good but not great.” — CNN’s Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry in a recent tweet.

“Listening to @BritneySpears’ new album #FemmeFatale while in line at DMV. It doesn’t disappoint if you like good club pop.” — Syndicated columnist and former Media Matters contributor Karl Frisch in a Tuesday morning tweet. We’re sure Britney got him through DMV hell.

A reporter copes with taxi shortage

“Is there a taxi strike today or something? Have gone 6 block and have yet to find a cab– none at either stand outside Watergate.” — NJ The Hotline’s Jessica Taylor in a Tuesday morning tweet.

What?! Jonah’s naked?

“Starting 2nd hour on 630WMAL. So far my nudity hasn’t been an issue.” — National Review Online‘s Jonah Goldberg in a Tuesday morning tweet.  [Insert body for radio joke here.]

Journo has gut feeling on Trump

“I know this is crazy, but a small part of me thinks that maybe Trump is just looking for some free publicity.” — RealClearPolitics’s Scott Conroy in a Monday tweet.

Blogger faces another doctor’s appointment

“The last time I felt this optimistic about a doctor’s appointment, I was told I’d need more surgery. Hope my gut is right this time.” — The Daily Caller‘s “Daily Trawler” blogger Jim Treacher (a.k.a. Sean Medlock) in a Tuesday morning tweet. Treach was hit by a State Department vehicle last year and has had multiple knee surgeries.

TWT scribe suggests Sheen strategy for Obama

“When people ask Obama, what’s the exit strategy? He should just say #winning.” — TWT‘s Eli Lake in a Monday night tweet.

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“Sen Scott Brown opens up about sexual & physical abuse as a child.” — CNN’s Wolf Blitzer takes a number in talking to Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) about his sexual abuse. He first talked about it in his book, Against All Odds, and on CBS’s “60 Minutes.” See Blitzer’s segment here in which he presses Brown on the eight pages of sexual abuse in the book. “I didn’t want it to be a typical political book,” Brown told Blitzer. (That, it’s not.)

Announcement: Happy Birthday to S.E. Cupp, Conservative commentator and columnist at The Daily Caller. We thank her for opening up on other, darker, matters (that you’ll see a little later) on her birthday of all days.

Washington Roots for Rahm

“Rahm Emanuel is the f-in mayor-elect of Chicago.” — NJ “The Hotline’s” Executive Editor Reid Wilson in a Tuesday tweet.

“Mayor F-Bomb” — NJ Editor-in-Chief Ron Fournier in a Tuesday tweet.

“And as the race ends, fake Rahm @MayorEmanuel has 32,905 Twitter followers to the real @RahmEmanuel’s 8,897.” – The Atlantic‘s Garance Franke-Ruta in a Tuesday night tweet.

“Is @MayorEmanuel going to vanish into the vortex and we’ll never know who it was? Fun.” — Reuters’ Patricia Zengerle in a Tuesday night tweet.

“CNN FUCKING CALLS IT, BITCHES.” — @MayorEmanuel in a Tuesday night tweet.

Mr. February

“Shout out to February. You may be the worst month, but at least you have the decency to be surprisingly short each year.” — RealClearPolitics’ Scott Conroy in a Tuesday tweet.

Zak handles Glee coverage

“Glee covering Ke$ha. Welcome to the event horizon of a pop culture black hole.” — WaPo‘s Dan Zak in a Tuesday night tweet after apparently watching the “Glee” episode in which the students get drunk, peform Ke$ha and yak during the school performance. Fortunately the principal thinks it’s special effects.

TV journos are just like us: They talk trash

“Russert talking trash but @danbashcnn, Borger, Keillar, and Team CNN will crush him.” — CNN’s Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry in a Tuesday night tweet. Henry attended a Capitol Karaoke fundraiser in which MNBC’s Luke Russert performed an impressive “Born to Run.” Russert’s quote: “Fox News and CNN will not touch this.” #capitolcareaoke To which CNN’s John King said, “Russert belts out Bruce. He’ll keep his day job.”

Boy Banders get pumped for Maddow

“Talking Wisconsin tonight with @chrislhayes on the Rachel @maddow show.” — WaPo‘s Ezra Klein in a Tuesday tweet about he and his friend, The Nation’s Chris Hayes, as they prepare for duo appearance on MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. This is about as exciting as it gets, we can’t lie.

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Palmeri breaks bread with Spitzer

“My night has been so random — first a dinner hosted by Eliot Spitzer, next Paris Hilton‘s bday party #pagesix.” — NYP and ex-Examiner scribe Tara Palmeri in a Thursday tweet.

A scribe boasts of 10,000th tweet

“Seems fitting that my 10,000th tweet had the word “Hitler” in it.” — TPM‘s Brian Beutler in a Thursday tweet.

Fake Jim lashes back against news of semi-secret newsroom

“@mollyesque @kasie @jeneps so they found the capitol hill bureau. bfd. They’ll never locate the Politicave #newscycleman.” — @FakeJimVandeHei in a Thursday tweet referencing the FBDC report of Politico‘s “clandestine” newsroom at 101 Constitution Ave.

Mediaite‘s Christopher embarrassed by commenters

“I am embarrassed by the comments on the Lara Logan story,” Mediaite‘s White House reporter Tommy Christopher in a tweet earlier in the week. He also wrote, “I’m not handling moderation on that post. I stopped reading at the first page.”

Journo enjoys premature spring weather

“The guy blasting Bob Marley and playing a bongo drum in Dupont Circle has the right idea. Delusions of spring.” — RealClearPolitics’ Scott Conroy in a Thursday tweet.

Necessary Tweet of the Day

“I’m kind of thinking maybe we need legislation to ban the all-caps key.” — Metro Weekly Co-Publisher Sean Bugg in a Thursday tweet. This is a shocking FishbowlDC first for Bugg, who typically occupies the slot of “Unnecessary Tweet of the Day.”

I’m a writer Goddammit

“Almost exactly five years ago, amidst the NYC transit workers strike I wrote this essay about #solidarity.” — The Nation‘s Chris Hayes in a Thursday tweet. He links to this piece he wrote for In These Times Magazine.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“Fact: on a 3-plus hour drive from DC to Newport News, you can hear ‘No Hands’ 5 times.” — Wired‘s Spencer Ackerman in a Thursday tweet.

CNN’s Kuhn Invites Partygoers to Lunch in LA

CNN’s Eric Kuhn and Peter Hamby at The Mayflower Hotel

Partygoers: CNN’s Ed Hornick and QGA and FBDC’s Matt Dornic

Outgoing CNNer Eric Kuhn turned out a good bunch last night at elegant Mayflower Hotel to send him off  with good vibes for his star quest out to Los Angeles, where he has taken a job with United Talent Agency. CNN’s Eliot Spitzer did not make a cameo at the party — many were deeply saddened as Spitzer has fond memories of the hotel.

Media mogul David All, who played party host along with Maegan Caberry, warmly greeted FishbowlDC upon arrival but quickly yanked my co-writer Matt Dornic aside for a little talking to about an item he had written. I was going to stick around and rough up the former press sec to Rep. Jack Kingston (R-Ga.) if need be, but I had to get Dornic back because at a previous party my Fishbowl Husband told some guy in a camouflage jacket that my role at the party was to hit on the male guests. (So I left him on his own for that one. He came away from All virtually unscathed.)

Kuhn was in good spirits. He said he had already gone out to LA to find new digs, and accomplished the task in three days — it was the last apartment he viewed, but he said he knew immediately that it was the one. One aspect to the trip he wasn’t anticipating: driving. A native New Yorker, Kuhn – no kidding – doesn’t really know how to drive and hasn’t since he was 16. While in LA, some woman in a neighboring car pointed out that his car was smoking. Kuhn had forgotten about the hand break.

Throughout the evening, Kuhn continuously invited guests to come out to LA to lunch with him — to haunts where movie stars like Matt Damon might convene like the Ivy and such. The Ivy was immediately dismissed as trash.

CNNers who turned out for the party included political producer Peter Hamby, CNN Situation Room producer Eric Weisbrod and political reporter Ed Hornick.

Find out who else showed up after the jump…

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From the Road with McPike: Got Milk?

Today we feature the last in our From the Road interviews during the Midterm election coverage. The interview is with RealClearPolitics‘s Erin McPike, who has spent the past few months crisscrossing the country with her colleague Scott Conroy. McPike was in Portland when we checked up on her. She moved on to Seattle where she spent election night and stayed at a hotel near the water.

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What is your biggest impression of the campaign trail? You know how people say Washington is out of touch – no matter who is in charge? The Beltway IS a bubble. Joe Klein took a similar road trip and wrote about it in his cover story for TIME; he said his personal Beltway Bubble “turns out to be more a state of mind and a set of habits than an actual place.” He’s right.

Describe your stay in Portland. It’s a lot bigger than expected. Coffee shops, nice people, outdoorsy, rainy, full of character. On Saturday we asked a hotel clerk how long it was supposed to rain, and her good-natured response was, “Probably till May.”

How have the campaign staffs treated you? In Oregon, they’re all delightful. Campaign staffs in most areas we’ve been are generally very helpful. Talking to staff in person is always better than on the phone.

What have you been eating/drinking there? We’ve been in wine country for several days, which is fine with me. Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir have never been favorites of mine, though, but they are big up here in the Pacific Northwest and pretty good here. My colleague, Scott Conroy, makes fun of me because my favorite beverage is milk, and I can’t get enough of it. Scott drinks IPA almost exclusively. We’ve eaten a lot of oysters and a lot of junk.

Is McPike looking forward to returning to “real life”? Find out…

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Stench reminds reporter of D.C.

“Should have added that the dominant smell in this capital is of cattle excrement, but that would have evoked comparisons to D.C.” — McClatchy’s Shashank Bengali in a Facebook update Monday from Juba, in southern Sudan. Bengali was among our “Fishbowl Finest” list of 2010 beautiful journalists.

Juan: good NPR: bad

“Juan Williams handled the NPR crisis beautifully. NPR didn’t.” — The Weekly Standard‘s Executive Editor Fred Barnes in a Monday tweet.

LA conflicted

“There seem to be so many things that are really fantastic and really terrible about Los Angeles.” — RealClearPolitics’s Scott Conroy who’s covering the trail in Los Angeles on Monday on Twitter.

Hiking in San Fran

“Climbed up a MASSIVE hill to get here (in wedges!) And now behold The Fairmont.” –Politico reporter Amie Parnes, who largely covers FLOTUS’s every move, climbing Monday to the site of a First Lady Michelle Obama, Second Lady Jill Biden and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) fundraiser. Parnes added, “My hotel in San Fran is called The Vertigo. And there’s a reason: parts of the movie were shot here.”

From the Road

Today we debut a new feature at FishbowlDC called “From the Road” in which we interview reporters who are on the campaign trail. We’ll find out all the vital, red-hot and unnecessary details we can. Questions may vary each time. Have someone you’d like us to feature? Tell us about it at or write me at

We debut with RealClearPolitics‘s Scott Conroy. The photograph (above) is Conroy’s hotel room at the Luxor in Las Vegas where he’s covering the heated race between Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) and Sharron Angle (R). Today he’s still in Vegas. Tonight he’s off to LA. He’s traveling with RealClearPolitics colleague Erin McPike.

How long have you been on the road? We left DC on Sept. 26, so it’s been almost a month.

How many states have you been to? 17, if you consider Missouri a state (I don’t even know what that means).

Are you sleep deprived? I’m not one of those superhumans (liars) who claim they can function properly on four hours of sleep, so I try to get a reasonable amount
every night. But I have developed a case of what I call the Campaign Trail Scurvy. It was worse for me in 2008, but there’s only so much gas station-bought Smartfood and Mambas a man can eat for lunch before it starts to take a toll on the old immune system.

Do you ever wake up forgetting where you are? Not yet, but I am in Vegas at the moment, so time will tell.

What have you learned on the trail? Erin McPike and I were both embedded with the Romney campaign in ’08, so I was aware going into this that she knew a lot about politics. But I didn’t know that she knew THAT much. Most of the time when we’re interviewing a candidate or staffer, it becomes abundantly clear that she knows more about the dynamics of their own campaign than they do. It’s pretty impressive.

What has surprised you? I’m surprised by the extent to which most of the candidates we’ve spoken to are genuinely well-intentioned. They get caught up in the silliness like most everyone else in politics, and we rightfully mock them. But in general, they’re running–at least in part–because they believe in certain principles. I don’t understand why anyone would want to run for office. The scrutiny these people are under is incredible and the day-to-day grind must be mind-numbing.

What has annoyed you? It’s always deeply upsetting whenever McPike tries to change the satellite car radio station to “Hair Nation” when I’m trying to listen to “Backspin” or “The Grateful Dead Channel.”

Most amusing moment so far…

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