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Ex-Politico staffer Karin Tanabe revealed last night that there will be a sequel to her fictional book The List. “There’s got to be a sequel,” she said at a party celebrating the publication of her first book.
Though The List is a kind of fictional tell-all about Tanabe’s tenure at Politico, several current staffers still showed up to offer congratulations. Former employees showed up as well, including Kendra Marr Chaikind, who was fired from the publication in 2011.
“I wrote it really fast in secrecy,” Tanabe said in a short speech to the room of 70-ish attendees. She started it in the summer of 2011 while still working at Politico. “I was terrified,” she said.
Tanabe acknowledged other Politico “survivors” in the room (some of whom could be heard trading jokes about Politico) and said her book is about “paying homage” to reporters working in today’s new media environment. Of new media, she said, “It’s easier to make your career but also break your career.”
At one point, what appeared to be the cast of D.C. Housewives swooped in and had their photo snapped by the photographer. Among the women (and wearing all sorts of furs and leathers) were… Read more
Quotes of the Day
AUNTIE OF THE CENTURY: “This is what 100 years old looks like on my amazing great aunt, Helen Forbrich. Happy birthday, Auntie Helen!” — WaPo‘s Karen Tumulty.
Baier’s son to get heart tests
“Good morning! Paul’s getting some tests on his heart this morning at @childrenshealth & he’s into “Wreck it Ralph”!” — FNC’s Bret Baier with accompanying photograph.
Reporter hates talking points requests
“Least fav tweets are pols asking followers to retweet the talking points they’ve already tweeted 1,000 times before.” — CQ Roll Call White House reporter Steven Dennis.
This is how rumors get started
“Norm Coleman on CNN right now…Wonder if Zucker is trying him out as a regular contributor? Talking with Hilary Rosen about #Oscars.” — Jennifer Moire, public affairs and media consultant.
A boiling hot idea for next year’s Oscars
“Next year they should just have Satan host the Oscars.” — Politico‘s Ben White.
Journos face rough start to week
“Yep, please start my Monday morning with construction knocking out the water pipes … Again.” — Politico‘s Seung Min Kim.
“Apparently I slept on a mouse. True, it was a stuffed toy mouse, but the sight still jolted me as I got out of bed. #helloMonday” — Metro Weekly‘s Randy Shulman.
Politico Playbook Publish Time: 9:29 a.m.
Editor feels pulled in different directions…
Quotes of the Day
A real HuffPost headline: “This kitten is unstoppable at ping pong”
Looks like Wolf’s nickname is sticking
“Sen. Ayotte called Wolf Blitzer “Blitz” on @AC360 just now.” — Former Herman Cain spokeswoman Ellen Carmichael. As everyone can recall, it was Cain who first slipped up and called CNN’s Wolf Blitzer “Blitz.”
Journo witnesses real life in-flight episode of Intervention
“This girl strung out on something just turned my entire flight experience into an episode of Intervention.” — Politico Pro producer Caitlin Emma, en route to D.C. from Boston. She continued, “They let this girl board the plane even though she was so high she was incapacitated! Crazy. Made it to DC though!”
Phillipe Cousteau: Engaged. The D.C. bachelor (and son of Jacque) is reportedly off the market. So far the bride-to-be is a mystery, with Facebook observers referring to her as “mermaid” and “lucky lady.”
Reporters complain of ugly nude protestors
“Dear naked protestors, please take lessons from PETA and at least make us want to stare at your naked hot protestor super models.” — CNN Contributor and RedState‘s Erick Erickson in reference to a nude AIDS activists who showed up to House Speaker John Boehner’s office Tuesday. Yes they were arrested. Yes, the cameras kept rolling. See pictures here.
At least PETA hires hotties when it has nude protests. — FBDC and TheBlaze‘s Eddie Scarry.
A quick memo… from Fake Jim VandeHei to National Journal Editor-in-Chief Ron Fournier, who is stepping down and becoming a national correspondent: “Ron Fournier, some of us write AND edit.” Taking a more glass half full approach, former Politico reporter and current White House correspondent for The Hill Amie Parnes sails in with this: “Ron Fournier, writing is so much better than editing. welcome back!”
A note from a congressional reporter turned fashion critic… Read more
Quotes of the Day — The Gratitude Edition
Happy Thanksgiving fishies. We’ve gathered some of our favorites this morning for your reading pleasure. We’ll see you back here next week unless WaPo‘s Ezra Klein grows a mustache, Politico‘s Ben White gets in another fight with a hotel desk clerk, Mother Jones Washington Bureau Chief David Corn goes bald or something else unseemly happens.
Elderly woman grabs journo’s thigh
Important Question to Ponder: “In the age of smartphones, why are there still people yelling out their cars windows asking me for directions?” — TWT‘s Emily Miller.
Ode to ex-boyfriends
“Dear all ex-boyfriends: WHY COULDN’T YOU FUCKING TURDS BE HERE GETTING KILLED BY STRAY CRANES RIGHT NOW.” — Daskrap.com‘s Moe Tkacik.
Important Question to Ponder II: “Pundit friends is it kosher to ask TV chauffeurs to roll down the windows & blast biggie smalls on their way to TV hits?” — InTheseTimes labor journo Mike Elk in an Al Jazeera ordered Lincoln Town Car.
Bureau Chief defends Christmas
“I get it’s hip to hate on Christmas. but that’s like hating grandmas. I mean, grandma has some crazy ass ideas, but she’s STILL GRANDMA.” — BuzzFeed Bureau Chief John Stanton.
A journo’s dark thoughts: He wants to scare the presidential pardoned turkey
“Shouldn’t the president maintain at least a little suspense with the turkey pardon and enter the room with a large knife or neck wringer?” — WSJ‘s Neil King. Nice idea, Neil!
Fake Jim V. weighs in on military sex scandal
Necessary Tweet of the Day: Pre-Thanksgiving fatness
“Put on my suit and saw how ungodly fat I’ve gotten. Took a Xanax so now I don’t care so much.” — MetroWeekly co-publisher Sean Bugg.
How to Make it All About Me… See if you can guess who is being all self-centered right before Thanksgiving. Plus, a convo between two journos…
Quotes of the Day
NBC Washington meteorologist Tom Kierein: “Piercing sunrise over the Potomac in a clear sky this chilly Friday morning as seen by NBC4 HD City Cam at 6:05am”
“I need a drink.” — Politico Congressional reporter Seung Min Kim.
“Drudge just linked up my retrospective of O’s high school experiences.” — Breitbart.com’s Ben Shapiro.
Roland Martin is addicted to ‘Scandal’
“If you aren’t hooked on @ScandalABC, you’re brain dead. Catch up watching @kerrywashington on abc.com.” — CNN Contributor and “Washington Watch” host Roland Martin.
Depression is… “Twitter says I’ve tweeted 11,000 times. That’s about 183 hours I’ll never get back. #twitterblackhole” — NYT‘s Weekend Washington Editor David Joachim.
National butter warning
“Note to self: do not put pats of butter in pocket of fleece while carrying lunch back to office and then forget about them.” — Erika Niedowksi, formerly with The Hill and now with the AP in Providence, R.I.
Quote Taken out of Context
“And now I realize why in the past 20 minutes why I’ve had hundreds of Google hits about Lisa Turtle to my site..damnn..” — Blogger Yesha Callahan on the “Saved by the Bell” star. Some may better know Turtle, whose real name is Lark Voohries.
Journo makes a huge admission
“Guilty pleasure — judge away #NowPlaying I Want It That Way by Backstreet Boys on #Spotify” — WTOP’s Neal Augenstein.
Words to Live By
“If your Twitter name is @Obamamamadingdo it might be time to look in mirror.” — BuzzFeed’s Andrew Kaczynski.
Politico Congressional Editor Martin Kady details the internal shifting of some reporters. He also gives a heartfelt sendoff to Meredith Shiner, who’s going to work for Roll Call. “Meredith has a special place in POLITICO’s heart, starting off here working as Glenn Thrush’s unpaid intern,” Kady wrote, referring to one of Politico‘s White House scribes. “She not only didn’t run screaming from the confines of Thrushworld, she thrived, and quickly made her way into full time reporting.” Kady also gives her props for going to Tucson on two hours notice to cover the Gabby Giffords shooting.
Other changes: Seung Min Kim transfers from the publication’s Arena section to become a congressional reporter. Reid Epstein, a new hire from Newsday, will join Jennifer Epstein and Gregg Birnbaum on the breaking news team. By Labor Day, Reid will relocate to the Congress team. Meanwhile, Erika Lovley moves to the Arena section.
See the lengthy memo from Kady…
There are more D.C. journalist/political types who share President Obama’s birthday today.
Here’s the roundup:
Former White House reporter Helen Thomas
The Hill’s Managing Editor Bob Cusack
Washington City Paper’s Managing Editor Mike Madden
John Edgell, former COS and press secretary for Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio)
Ohio Democratic Gov. Ted Strickland
Rep. Rob Andrews (D-N.J.)
FNC’s Bret Baier
Politico‘s Seung Min Kim
Valerie McCabe – White House reporter for NHK-Japanese Broadcasting
(h/t Politico‘s Mike Allen for the last three.)
Politico sent out an internal memo to staff early this morning announcing new hires and changes at the publication.
In a nutshell:
Hillary Frey: New media and style editor. Formerly of the New York Observer.
Maggie Haberman: Joins political team. Formerly of the New York Post.
Kim Hart: Policy and technology reporting. Formerly of The Hill.
Scott Wong: Joins congressional team. Formerly of The Arizona Republic.
Read the full internal memo from VandeHarris after the jump. More change ahead as Chris Frates resumes being a lead lobbying reporter. •Two former interns hired. •The publication is looking to hire more editors to “lighten the load of core editors.” Read on…