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As of July 16, Shawna Thomas will join Meet the Press as senior editor responsible for leading its digital strategy. Thomas joins “Meet” having been with the network since 2006, serving as White House producer and Capitol Hill producer as well as a news associate, political assignment editor, and digital associate producer.
Also out of NBC News today, Erika Masonhall has been promoted to Vice President of Communications.
Wednesday night near Eastern Market, women members of Congress and the press who cover them gathered for the sixth annual Congressional Women’s Softball Game.
Highlights of the evening: A 10-5 win for the Members over the Bad News Babes, if you were rooting for those elected. $175k raised for the Young Survival Coalition. A first pitch thrown by former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords alongside friends Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Gifford’s Tweet to 50 Cent saying, “bet you my first pitch will be better than yours was!” Roll Call’s Abby Livingston named MVP for the press team. House Speaker John A. Boehner, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor ‘in the house.’
Lowlights: ‘Feel like’ temperatures of 99* and 95* in the 7 and 8 pm hours last night, respectively. No air conditioning. A third inning injury for Schultz. The temperature.
After the jump is a rundown of the evening, as told on Twitter. Read more
In celebration of his move as press secretary for Speaker Boehner to America’s Health Insurance Plans, Brendan Buck joined with friends Monday evening to toast to his new gig. We hear White House press secretary Jay Carney even stopped by, which is pretty funny given their past Twitter feuds.
The night was hosted by Michael Steel – also of Boehner’s staff. In attendance: Washington Examiner’s Rebecca Berg, POLITICO’s Mike Allen and Christine Delargy, ABC News’ Jonathan Karl and Jeff Zeleny, RNC’s Sean Spicer, Kevin Smith, Doug Heye, Rory Cooper, CBR’s Brent Swander, Yahoo News’ Olivier Knox, BuzzFeed’s John Stanton, CNN’s Brianna Keilar and Erin McPike, Kevin Sheridan, WaPo’s Paul Kane, Roll Call’s Tom Williams, Crossfire’s David Chalian, NBC News’ Frank Thorp and Shawna Thomas, CBS’s Walt Cronkite, Sue Davis, Scott Mulhauser, Kirsten Kukowski, Brad Dayspring, Laena Fallon, Juleanna Glover, and Becca Glover.
Quotes of the Day
“Is he about anything other than himself?” — MSNBC “The Cycle’s” Krystal Ball on Lawrence O’Donnell‘s program last night on potential voter trust issues with ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner‘s (D-N.Y.) mayoral bid.
You know your life is out of control when…
“Not remembering whether you’ve said something to public on Twitter, to friends on Facebook, or to self in lipstick on bathroom mirror.” — WaPo feature writer Dan Zak.
“I’m a cynical, grouchy old coot, but I reliably get something in my eye whenever I hear a ‘hero teacher protects kids’ story.” — Yahoo! News’ Olivier Knox.
Larry King is on fire
“Back in #Washington – been away a long time – can’t believe how hot it is today but I love this city” — Former CNNer Larry King.
Leaning in (or something?)
“Well-behaved women rarely make history but they do make deadline. Sometimes.” — WaPo arts reporter Katherine Boyle, whose Twitter background color could blind you if you stare too long.
See more Morning Chatter… Read more
Quotes of the Day
RAINING IN THE ROSE GARDEN: “Overheard: ‘Melt the Press.’ @MarkLandler of NYT pops out a Georgetown umbrella.” — NPR White House Correspondent Ari Shapiro with the accompanying photograph. And NBC’s Luke Russert: “The #Marines holding the umbrellas at this presser are unbelievably cool, had no idea there’s military protocol for umbrella holding.”
“In my first job as a sports reporter, my editor had me hold the umbrella over him & his camera on the sidelines. Good times.” — HotAir’s Mary Katharine Ham.
Politico Playbook Publish Time: 5:48 a.m.
From the Dept. of Bragiculture…
“So much happening-impt stuff must be slipping by for bandwidth lack. Just in my niche, turned in 7 stories in past 4 days & 8th mostly done.” — NYT‘s Charlie Savage.
ABC “Scandal” finale fallout
“So Fitz is porking a black woman to bring diversity to the Republican Party? Wow. #StartedFromATwerkNowWereHere” — Javonni Brustow, Washington editor of The DC Pundit.
“Oh damn Fitz just went rogue! And quotes Dillon Thomas to boot!” — Essence and theGrio.com‘s Sophia Nelson.
“Damn, Fitz just went Bulworth on Mellie! @ScandalABC #Gladiators” — Washington Watch and Tom Joyner Show regular Roland Martin.
“When @tonygoldwyn saw this two page monologue for the first time at the table read, he gasped. Then he dove in.” — Scandal creator and writer Shonda Rhimes.
“Mellie is going to fuck everybody. #Scandal” — @emokidsloveme.
“Liv. #shutitdown and call a locksmith.” — Avid “Scandal” watcher Shawna Thomas of NBC News as Olivia Pope nearly gets killed. And later, after Fitz sees a video in which Olivia, his mistress, has sex with another man, she writes, “OK Fitz. She is not a virgin nor your wife and she didn’t know that guy was charged w/ bedding/protecting her. STOP BEING A CHILD.”
“Can’t even type. This ending kills me! #scandalfinale” — Actress Kerry Washington, who plays Olivia Pope.
“Lemme get this straight, the season finale of Scandal is on during #ScandalWeek? THIS TOWN” — TPM Assistant Editor Igor Bobic.
Brian’s Stelter’s walk on the moon
“I vividly remember my first time watching ‘The Office.’ It was May 2005, on my laptop, on a train from Baltimore to NY.” — NYT‘s Brian Stelter. And were you simultaneously monitoring your Tumblr account, Facebooking, and checking your MySpace?
The power of ass kissing
Journo annoyed by mouth breather
“This kid who is mouth breathing next to me really needs to get off the train. Can’t deal. #imsoannoying” — Roll Call‘s Emily Cahn.
Unnecessary Tweet of the Day
“Intrigued by Cool Ranch tacos tho I’m normally not a Taco Bell fan & hearing cool ranch flavor gets overwhelmed by filling. Anybody tried?” — Washington Examiner‘s Philip Klein.
See more exciting Morning Chatter… Read more
Quotes of the Day
Convo Between Two Journos: BFF’s discuss Adele, Chris Brown, Rihanna
NBC’s Luke Russert: “Loved how Adele didn’t even acknowledge Chris Brown before her hug to Rihanna. #Grammys”
Politico‘s Jake Sherman: “Good. Guy is scum.”
Female journos outraged over Fun’s capris pants
“So, man capris are not ok. We need a national conversation about that, for Fun.” — HuffPost‘s Elise Foley.
“After tonight, we shan’t speak of this again.” — NBC White House Producer Shawna Thomas.
NPR correspondent’s daughter succumbs to Justin Bieber
“For the first time ever, Kayleigh uttered the name Justin Bieber tonight. I pray it is the last we hear of him.” — NPR’s Andy Carvin.
Dating a woman from BuzzFeed means…
“My boyfriend who is not on Twitter: ‘Please don’t send a tweet to all your friends about this conversation.’ #doesthiscount#hellneverknow.” — BuzzFeed Publicist Ashley McCollum.
Politico Playbook publish time: 7:53 a.m.
Guiding Sophia’s Light
“The reason we don’t stay committed today and love forever is because we analyze, think 2 much, & give up 2 quickly. #LostValentine” — theGrio and Essence’ Sophia Nelson.
Weekend party hazards
“When white girls go ‘WOOOO!’ and throw up hands it’s a eye hazard for tall bamas like me. #giantproblems #ouch” –BuzzFeed Washington Bureau Chief John Stanton.
Hooked on ‘Homeland’: NBC’s David Gregory
“Only Homeland has given me as many headaches as the Wire from watching episode after episode without a break. ‘You feel me?’” — NBC “MTP” Host David Gregory.
Editor encounters enigma of city living
“Randomly oracular statements from lightly medicated schizophrenics u pass on street is one of the curious elements of urban life.” — TPM founder Josh Marshall.
Unnecessary Tweet of the Day
“Started Cycle with @cyclemeter at 3:30 PM, on a new route, see cyclemeter.com/74b1bad6b8971c…
Why Gov. Christie’s heft is a plus (no pun intended)… Read more
Quotes of the Day
“I tried to watch it. I obviously had to have a couple of glasses of champagne.” — E! late-night talk show host Chelsea Handler on Lifetime’s Liz and Dick starring Lindsay Lohan. Both Chelsea and Lindsay have graced the White House Correspondents’ Dinner.
“Live from Capitol Hill, @AlexanderTrow prepares for #politicolive.” — Politico‘s Jake Sherman. It’s a miracle! Sherman finally has a decent photo that doesn’t involve a bland sign with an arrow from the Capitol. Rather, it’s of his colleague, Alexander Trowbridge and even includes morning sunlight.
Post election status
“Many of those with whom I promised to ‘check in after the election’ have now graduated to ‘check in after the holidays’ status.” — NYT magazine’s Chief National Correspondent Mark Leibovich.
Journo gets ripped for book
“I wouldn’t wipe my ass with your NY Times Bestseller. Nice cover though. #ObamaZombies” — Tracee Kapree to author and former Human Events Editor Jason Mattera, who wrote Obama Zombies.
“Swedish Fish are relieved, I’m sure–esp. the red ones.” — Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham on a story in The Daily Caller regarding a Swedish Toys R Us franchise going gender neutral in its Christmas catalog.
Open letter to actor Angus Jones
“Dear Angus T Jones, If u are morally against appearing on Two & a Half Men, but contractually obligated, donate paychecks to a good cause.” — NBC News’ Shawna Thomas.
Howiella gives herself gift of Lifetime’s Liz and Dick
“My reward for churning out tomorrow’s ITK column: watching Liz and Dick on DVR. Be jealous.” — Howiella (a.k.a. The Hill‘s Judy Kurtz) on Monday night. The movie premiered on Sunday.
Can you imagine Mother Jones‘ David Corn driving a Maserati? Yeah, neither can we. And ABC’s Amy Walter has an important question… Read more
Quotes of the Day: Hurricane-Cyclone Sandy Edition
“DC, take it from Coco Pebbles Chanel: it never hurts to be prepared.” — The Hill’s Howlma Kurtz, a.k.a. Judy Kurtz with accompanying picture.
Mixed feelings: “TWIITTER, I HATE YOU…. OK, I LOVE YOU” — HuffPost‘s Sam Stein. NYT‘s Jonathan Weisman was less confused: “TV seems dull compared to Twitter. Reading my feed I eagerly turned on cable and … Meh.” And Assoc. Editor of The Atlantic Brian Fung slammed the medium: “Glad to know that even in the midst of a hurricane, the Internet is still capable of kicking up monstrously dumb debates. Whew.”
Dork in the Storm
“My wife just remembered we had a bunch of small airline-style bottles of booze squirreled away. #yesplease.” — MSNBC host Chris Hayes.
“Protip: Tweets that make political jokes about storm that’s killed at least five people are maybe not worth sending.” — Politico‘s Maggie Haberman.
“Twitter is great and all but it’s proving tonight why journalism with real reporting and sourcing is essential.” — The Hill‘s White House Correspondent and resident Michelle Obama Fan Club Prez Amie Parnes.
“My wife gave birth to our three children at NYU. Horrifying to think of what’s going on there now. Horrifying.” — Conservative writer and professional Twitter fighter John Podhoretz, affectionately known as PodWhore.
“Has the storm past DC and we are through the worst of it? Swear I can’t tell from the coverage.” — CNN Democratic Analyst Hilary Rosen.
“Lights out here in McLean, Virginia” — The Daily Mail’s Toby Harnden, who will join the UK Sunday Times in January. He posted the accompanying photo.
“NoVa storm update: Power out. Water in basement. Reading Cat in the Hat to 3-year-old by flashlight.” — The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball.
“Feeling stir crazy so went to neighborhood Izakaya place. Returned home to find cable + Internet down.” — The Atlantic‘s Garance Franke-Ruta.
“First electricity flicker. 4:32 p.m.” — HotAir‘s Mary Katharine Ham.
“Afraid for your power? Both the Gtown and West End Ritzs are offering $229 ‘Sandy’ rates for locals. Beats a night in the cold dark!” — Washingtonian Editor Garrett Graff, who likes to appreciate the finer things in life such as Scotch and beautiful hotels.
“And my power just went out here in North Bethesda Maryland. It was a good run folks.” — The Daily Caller‘s Matthew Boyle.
Journo upset about stew and other random complainers
“Sandy is whistling here in my neighborhood. Not as loud as a train coming through the alley or dump truck moving down the street. But loud!” — Democratic Strategist Donna Brazile.
“Afraid the storm-related low pressure is causing my stew to tenderize freakishly slowly.” — Slate economics reporter Matt Yglesias.
“Suddenly, insisting on having a top floor apartment seems like a bad idea. Sounds like debris is hitting my roof!” — The Daily Caller‘s Publicist Nicole Roeberg.
“The wind outside my window has very quickly gone from interesting to extremely troubling.” — MetroWeekly‘s Randy Shulman.
“Flying debris now showing like a fast-motion movie through my back window.” — WaPo‘s Erik Wemple.
“El Chucko de Schumer esta hoggingo el microphoño! Que learno to shareo!” — Miguel Bloombito, expressing the media whore tendencies of Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.). If you’re not following him, you must: @ElBloombito.
“Anderson Cooper is doing a phoner on CNN so I have no idea how tight his shirt is. Therefore I have no idea how bad things are.” — NBC News’ Shawna Thomas, who later claimed to borrow a variation of a joke from SNL’s Seth Meyers.
“Sexual CNN Headlines.” — NYT comm asst. Jordan Cohen with accompanying picture.
“Watching CNN coverage of Sandy giving me PTSD. Just put on my CNN windbreaker and started interviewing neighbors w/a plastic microphone.” — former CNN anchor Miles O’Brien.
See which blogger feared the storm might make her pregnant and what advice could MSNBC Contributor Meghan McCain possibly have?
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