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Mitt Romney’s Obama Dig at Iowa Senate Campaign Event

obama-romney-debateAt a campaign event in Des Moines, Iowa for U.S. Senate candidate Joni Ernst on Sunday, former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney offered a bit of standup comedy for the 150 attendees.

As reported by National Journal’s Shane Goldmacher, Romney prefaced an Obama-related joke with, ”Now when you’re running for office people tell you, you shouldn’t tell jokes…But I’m not running for office, so I can tell one.”

The dig, which he said he received from a family member online went like this, via National Journal:

“President Obama went to the bank to cash a check and he didn’t have his ID. And the teller said you’ve got to prove who you are.”

“He said, ‘How should I do that?’ She said the other day Phil Mickelson came in, he didn’t have his ID but he set up a little cup on the ground, took a golf ball, putted it right into that cup so they knew it was Phil Mickelson. They cashed his check.” Read more

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National Journal Explores Fake NRCC ‘News Sites’

The National Journal’s Shane Goldmacher recently detailed efforts by the National Republican Congressional Committee to attack Democratic challengers and incumbents using fake “news sites,” promoted through advertising.

Goldmacher writes:

“The NRCC’s single-page sites are designed to appear to be a local news portal, with logos like ‘North County Update’ or ‘Central Valley Update.’ The articles begin in the impartial voice of a political fact-checking site, hoping to lure in readers. ‘We’ll take a look at her record and let you decide,’ starts one. Then they gradually morph into more biting language.”

Read the full story here.

National Journal Asks Why Washington Women Leaders Make Less

natjoDays after President Obama spoke on narrowing the gender pay gap, National Journal issued its 2014 Salary Survey, asking “Why Do Washington’s Women Leaders Make Less?

“Yet even as the government takes steps to reduce the pay disparity nationwide, the gender gap remains a reality at the highest-paying jobs at Washington’s top trade associations, professional societies, think tanks, labor unions, and public-interest groups,” writes National Journal Congressional Correspondent Shane Goldmacher in the cover story. “Men overwhelmingly hold more of the top jobs—and they’re better paid for their efforts.”

Out of 644 CEOs at not for profits with a Washington presence, only 22% were women, who were typically paid less than their male counterparts. The survey also states that, “No women were among the 25 highest-paid executives on the list; only five women landed in the top 50; and just 13 women were in the top 100.”

Read the article in its entirety here.

This Week’s WTF Moments In The News

Every once in a while, you guys write stories so crazy we can barely believe what we’re reading. Here’s a round up of a few WTF moments from this week.

National Journal, Nearly One in Five Members of Congress Gets Paid Twice

The Story: Congressmen get paid, and some also collect pensions—lucrative pensions

WTF: This story may or may not be a big deal to you, depending where you fall on the political spectrum. Seems, though, if you work a job that promises you a pension and you put in your years of service—usually a lot of them, there’s not much of an argument for not collecting that pension. Unless, of course, you don’t actually put in your years of service. National Journal mentions Tea Party Rep. Trey Gowdy in South Carolina. There, if you’re a judge or state lawmaker, you can buy your years of service. Buy. It seems like that’s just what Gowdy did, but no one from Gowdy’s office had the balls to step up and actually admit it. “So, in 2011, the year after he rode the tea-party wave into Congress promising to slash government spending, he reported $88,432 in pension income—one of the 10 largest in Congress,” Congressional reporter Shane Goldmacher wrote.


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NJ Hires Golden LAT Reporter

NJ is excited to announce another outside the Beltway hire. It’s LAT‘s lead state budget reporter Shane Goldmacher, who they discovered in last summer’s nationwide talent search (a little like American Idol, but slightly more wonky). He will be a new Congressional correspondent. We’re already lining up Separated at Birth possibilities, but they are under wraps for now.

Welcome to the Fishbowl Shane!

See NJ Editor-in-Chief Ron Fournier‘s remarks that include a ringing endorsement of their new hire from WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza

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