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Quintessential fluffy cloud White House photograph by FNC’s Ed Henry who was spotted milling about the Meridien Ball Friday night with his wife, Shirley Hung Henry.

“Funereal.” — Word used over the weekend to describe the mood inside Politico‘s newsroom on Friday, the day after Kendra Marr was forced to resign for seven instances of plagiarism.

A Suggestion for FishbowlDC

“No need to be uncordial. Perhaps your bowl needs it’s water changed – oxygen helps one think more critically.” — A reader named @MouthWiredShut, whom we scolded after he wrote something unnecessarily crass about Politico‘s Marr. This was his response to the scolding, which involved telling him that he may want to revisit wiring his mouth shut.

Reporter encounters cranky cabbie

“Cab driver looked at me incredulously when I asked him to take me to #dedicatemlk. ‘I came out here so I could avoid traffic from that.’” — Roll Call‘s Jessica Estepa.

The irony

“Left the White House at 12:32, drove past the Washington Monument area of the Mall, where crowds are milling about for the Al Sharpton-endorsed March on Washington for Jobs and Justice, which is meant to show support for the president’s jobs bill, and the offshoot DC voting rights march. It’s a gorgeous fall day, temperature around 65 with light winds. Not unexpectedly, the president has decided to spend it playing golf at Joint Base Andrews.” — Politico White House Reporter Jennifer Epstein in a weekend Pool Report.

Ezzy is headed to Hong Kong

“Headed to Hanoi, Hong Kong, and Singapore in a week. Anyone have restaurant/restaurant guide suggestions?” — WaPo‘s liberal blogger and lead Boybander Ezra Klein. We will miss you Ez. Please, if you could dispatch restaurant reviews we’d love it. Hope you’re at least doing MSNBC hits from the Far East.

Convo Between Two Journos

Today’s conversation is between MSNBC “Morning Joe” Host Mika Brzezinksi and Politico’s Patrick Gavin. Gavin once interviewed Mika for a Game Changer video in which they ran up the Exorcist steps in Georgetown.

Mika: “Cmon patrick!!! lets do some steps…. you can bring your cat.”

Gavin: “@morningmika I don’t wanna brag, but I’ve made some serious fitness gains. You. Me. Stadium runs. Name it.”

Mika: “Oh please meeeow Patrick MEEEOW.” With that, she linked to this.

What does Levi think?

“I was a big Obama supporter and kinda, like, believed everything he said he was gonna do, they were all lies ! he’s just another puppet.” — Bristol Palin‘s ex Levi Johnston.

Journo spots a star

Jon Bon Jovi is on my Acela. He is butterscotch-colored, including his hair. Nobody has asked him for an autograph.” — Slate‘s (soon to be NYT) Annie Lowrey.

Scribe regrets idea

“Trying to get to the DMV today in Georgetown is perhaps the worst idea I’ve ever had. #EmoSOSTweets.” — Roll Call‘s Meredith Shiner.

Spotted: Cain’s expanding entourage

“Herman Cain had an entourage of 6 or 7 guys today, as he entered NBC for Meet the Press this morning… staffing up?” — The Daily Caller‘s Alex Pappas.

Tragedy Strikes: Boybander sleeps through Hazy’s show

“Awww, crap. Slept thru Up with Chris Hayes!” — TPM‘s Brian Beutler. Thankfully second-tier Boybander Spencer Ackerman came through and BIG. “If you missed Up W @chrislhayes just now, you missed the most sophisticated discussion of MLK, Obama & institutional politics ever televised,” wrote the Wired reporter.

Unnecessary Tweet(s) of the Day

Ladies and gentleman, it’s a FishbowlDC first. We have a tie.

“Baking pie. Oh so much pie.” – Roll Call‘s Estepa.

“So I bought myself flowers to match my office.” — Metro Weekly Co-Publisher Sean Bugg.

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Quotes of the Day

Runs in the Family…

“Self promo alert! Catch me tomorrow on FOX 5/WTTG at top of 8a hour dishing on Salahis. And on FOX News at 10:40a tomorrow!” — Howiella (i.e. Howeesha, Howlma, Howeena, Howdy Judy) or The Hill‘s gossip columnist Judy Kurtz is taking a page out of pop’s self-pimping playbook. For anyone who hasn’t gathered, she’s the daughter of The Daily Beasts‘s Sexiest Beast Howard Kurtz.

WaPo‘s Ned Martel: the Anti-Hipster’s Hipster

“I cannot say with certainty, of course, whether Maddow’s are ‘dead-stock Bausch & Lombs’ or modern replicas. But I get the feeling that Martel would know better than anyone.” — TBD‘s Ryan Kearney in a Friday piece ripping WaPo‘s Ned Martel (now on the campaign trail after brass kicked him off Style but strangely writing about glasses) for putting down hipster glasses while owning them. Read the tale of hypocrisy here.

WaPo reporter goes motorbiking in a dress

“Happy to have survived my first motorbike ride in Beijing. In a dress no less. All limbs intact.” — WaPo travel writer Nancy Trejos.

There’s no place like home (well, sort of)

“On South Beach, like I never left. Easy to hate, harder to love. But Miami is special.” –  James Oliphant, D.C. writer for LAT and Chicago Tribune.

Boybanders unite around MSNBC’s Chris Hayes

“Weren’t up in time for today’s premiere of Up With @ChrisLHayes? Watch it here!” — WaPo‘s Ezra Klein, President of FishbowlDC’s Fan Club. See Hazy here. Wired.com‘s Spencer Ackerman (a lower-tiered Boybander) apparently did not have that problem: “Amazing 1st show #UpWithChrisHayes #winthefuture.”

NPR’s Carvin bizarrely attacked for something

“Why so angry?” — NPR’s Andy Carvin in response to Hong Kong (alleged) potter Andrew Mountford, who remarked, “@acarvin Life is about risk, you judge what risks you are prepared to take. Otherwise live in a padded cell. Grow up.”

Reporter explains wrath against his publication

“I think some people hate The Daily Caller for the same reason Orioles’ fans hate the NY Yankees and other nations hate America. #winning” — The Daily Caller‘s media writer Matt Lewis channels Charlie Sheen.

A Convo Between Two Journos

Today’s conversation is between Salon Editor-at-Large Joan Walsh, who often appears on MSNBC’s “Hardball” and Washington Watch’s Roland Martin.

Walsh: True dog park story: Man says: Saw a woman who looked like you on Bill Maher! I smile, yeah it was me! He didn’t believe me. Martin: I crack up when someone says, ‘You are him, right?’ I laugh and say, ‘Yep, I’m him.’ LOL Walsh: Lesson: must step up the hair and makeup for the dog park, I guess. #dogparklightingfail

 

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Quotes of the Day


Sight for sore eyes: I flee for three days and Wired.com’s Spencer Ackerman (not one of the more well-known Boybanders) is caught “spooning” a tiger? That is how he described it. It’s more like careful petting, we’d say. Hey, at least he’s not dressed up like a banana.

Time for a post Irene nap

“Heading home after three days of constant coverage and countless live shots. Feeling very proud to part of the @wusa9 family. #Irene2011″ — WUSA9′s Kristen Fisher in a Monday morning note. Fisher won our “Sexiest” superlative this year.

Tschida returns from Italy sans travel trauma

It was touch and go this week for our traveling drama king ABC7′s Stephen Tschida. “Why I’m travel trauma king: volcanic ash stranded me in Morocco, airport fire kept me in Miami, now hurricane may delay me in Florence!” But angels are singing. Tschida made it home. The only thing out of place was his dog, who wasn’t there to greet him upon arrival. His dog sitter took Henry to the mountains to wait out the storm. “Only problem: got home no puppy! sitter took him to the mountains to wait out the storm. hoping they are back soon.”

Chuck T’s first tweet back

“So was gone for 10 days and missed a hurricane, an earthquake and the Pataki for prez boomlet? Were all 3 related?” — NBC’s Chuck Todd on Monday morning.

Coulter cool on Bloomberg

“Of course NY residents are ignoring Mayor Bloomberg. He gets hysterical about salt.” — Conservative author and pundit Ann Coulter on Bloomberg’s storm warnings. She was more hot for BigGovernment’s Andrew Breitbart whom she met up with over the weekend in San Francisco for the California Young Republican Federation convention. Coulter is referring to Bloomberg’s quest to lose sodium in food. In January he called on the food industry to decrease the nation’s salt intake by 25 percent over five years.

Tapper gets nod from The Maternal Optimist

“@GovChristie : Nice job with @Jaketapper today. Just grateful you got interviewed by him and not that Amanpour woman. #littlebreaks” — Ruth Ann Adams in a weekend tweet. Adams is, among other things, a blogger who writes about marriage and motherwood on her “Maternal Optimist” blog, a Mary Kay consultant since 1993, and a former JAG attorney.

A TV reporter covered in sea foam… This video makes the rounds amongst D.C. journos. Watch here.

 

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Quotes of the Day — the Earthquake Hits D.C. Edition

One Cool Cat: WaPo‘s Ezra Klein during the Earthquake.

The Observer

“The Capitol is now open. Walking through the Rotunda we are seeing lots of paint chips covering the floor.” — NBC News Senate Producer Libby Leist in a Tuesday tweet.

A journo’s long ride home

“Here comes hell commute on the dc metro… trains and platforms sardined as trains creep along at 15 mph.” — NYT Washington reporter Charlie Savage in a Tuesday afternoon tweet.

At 2:13 p.m. an Anonymous Tipster writes in… 5.6 Earth Quake and most of DC in the Streets

The Media Critic I

“The earthquake seems to have made CNN extra vapid.” Wired.com’s Spencer Ackerman in a Tuesday tweet. We’re just glad Ack didn’t feel any need to dress up like a banana today. That wouldn’t be vapid, but strange in its own right.

The Media Critic II

“And am I the only one who thinks Ira Glass from NPR’s This American Life sounds incredibly bored with himself?” — A self-described “political geek” named Brian Perry.

Priorities….

“Please, remember the real victims: Pundits whose TV segments were bumped for #earthquake coverage.” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel in a Tuesday tweet.

Erickson Razzes Kristol

“That was no earthquake. It was just Bill Kristol learning yet another of his pipe dream candidates is not actually running for President.” — CNN Contributor and Red State’s Erick Erickson in a Tuesday tweet.

Reporter thanks Verizon for functioning

“Verizon, thanks for not crapping out today. AT&T, so weak, so weak. #dcearthquake” — HuffPost’s White House Correspondent Jennifer Bendery in a Tuesday tweet.

And Corn’s point is?

“Okay, back to work. Send me a tweet if there’s another one. Calls still aren’t coming through. #EarthTwake” — Mother Jones’ David Corn in a Tuesday tweet.

Kurtz’s unusual spelling of Gaddafi

“When I walked out, the Khadafy compound was under siege. Now it’s all #earthquake all the time. I guess local trumps everything.” — The Daily Beast’s Washington Bureau Chief Howard Kurtz in a Tuesday tweet. Though it looks unusual, technically Kurtz is not wrong. This is an acceptable way to refer to Muammar Gaddafi, which has a wide variety of spellings out there from G’s to Q’s to Qu to Qa and so forth.

Reporter offers campaign advice

“I know it’s tempting, GOP campaign flacks. But no earthquake-themed Obama jokes. Don’t do it. For the love of good comedy!” — RealClearPolitics’ Scott Conroy in a Tuesday tweet.

Local watering hole addresses the quake

“Yes – we are open. Accepting nominations for quake specials.” — CapLounge in a Tuesday tweet.

Necessary Tweet of the Day

“I complain TOO much, I know. Becoming the travel trauma king. TWO car accidents so far. I was NOT driving. no injuries but poor car.” — ABC7′s Stephen Tschida in a Tuesday message to FishbowlDC. To which we say, we love you Stephen and your dramatic travel habits. Don’t go changing, to try and please us. And enjoy the rest of your vacation.

If you missed the late-night story on The Daily Caller‘s Kurt Bardella returning to Rep. Darrell Issa‘s (R-Calif.) office, read it here.

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Quotes of the Day

Weigelicious observation: “Huh. Some caption writer screwed up the name of ‘You Know I’m No Good.’” Slate‘s Dave Weigel in a Monday morning tweet.

‘Recipe for bad reporting’

“Any rational human being would be confused listening to these guys talk. So from my point of view, it’s almost a recipe for bad reporting. You have talks going on behind closed doors in an atmosphere of everything must be tweeted immediately.” — WaPo columnist Ruth Marcus on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” on Sunday referring to deficit negotiations and the reporters covering the story.

In defense of Politico‘s Andy Barr

“Andy Barr is biased-on the side of calling sources, as opposed to fact-lessly bloviating out of an alternative orifice.” — Politico White House Correspondent Glenn Thrush in a Friday tweet in response to The Daily Caller story on Barr leaving the publication to work for the Democratic Party of Arizona. The piece raises questions about whether Barr wrote biased stories against Republicans he covered such as former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin. The Hill‘s Sam Youngman also recently defended Barr, saying, “Quick defense of Andy Barr, a former colleague and close friend. He is a pro, and he has been completely unbiased as a reporter.”

The Critic

“Makes me feel a little better to see it’s everywhere: Have caught 3 copy editing errors (so far) this a.m. in the WSJ.” — WaPo Book World Editor Ron Charles in a weekend tweet.

Journo fired up about Winehouse

“Everyone tweeting I-told-you-so’s about Amy Winehouse: I’m happy you’ve never had to deal with addiction. Also, fuck you.” — Wired.com’s Spencer Ackerman in a weekend tweet in response to singer Amy Winehouse’s death.

On the other end of the political spectrum…RedState and CNN Contributor Erick Erickson remarked, “Shocked to find out Amy Winehouse was still alive until now.”

Tips From the Pool…Into the Deep End

“Strained body language suggested a school  principal’s office with a handful of sullen suspects sitting grimly downcast as the boss says: ‘OK, we’re going to sit here all day unil I find out who shot that spitball.’” — Hearst‘s Charles Lewis in a weekend White House Pool Report. The meeting he writes of included V.P. Biden, Speaker Boehner, Minority Leader Pelosi, and Senate GOP Leader McConnell.

Not so subtle heat wave request

“Seriously in need of a rooftop pool in DC today. Hello?” — Potomac Flacks blogger Matt Mackowiak in a weekend tweet.

Working the weekend

“RIP weekend off.” — TWT Opinion Page Writer Emily Miller in a weekend tweet.

“PO’edTUS” — ABC News White House Correspondent Jake Tapper in a weekend tweet in angry variation on POTUS.

“Motley lot of Hill reporters just stampeded up stairs in search of elusive Boehner after hearing noises – but just tourists.” — Roll Call House Leadership reporter Steven Dennis in a weekend tweet.

Bio of the Day

The Daily Caller‘s Jim Treacher: “I blog for the Daily Caller. I am recovering from being hit by a car. Will you be my friend?”

He left his heart in Montana?

“Back from vacation, trying to get back into the swing of things. I’d like to say I’m glad to be back, but really, I’d rather be in Montana.” — The Hill‘s Michael O’Brien in a Monday morning tweet.

French journo has GRRREAT advice for Rep. Wu

“Colleague suggests communications strategy for Rep Wu: Answer everything with ‘Theyyyyy’re GRRREAT!’” — AFP‘s Olivier Knox in a weekend tweet regarding Rep. David Wu (D-Ore.), who once dressed up in a tiger costume. News broke over the weekend that Wu allegedly had an unwanted sexual encounter with an 18-year-old woman in California last Thanksgiving. Wu has since declared that he will not seek reelection. He won’t, however, step down.

More on wacky Wu…

“It’s hot and I’m sweatier than Rep. David Wu checking his messages.” — Former Washington Examiner intern Eddie Scarry in a weekend tweet.

Unnecessary Tweet of the Day

“Not having a pantry is a pain in the ass.” — Roll Call’s Jessica Estepa in her debut win of this feature. Metro Weekly‘s Sean Bugg watch out! She could be a serious contender.

Correction: On Friday we incorrectly reported that WaPo‘s liberal blogger Ezra Klein once wrote about marshmallows. That is incorrect. He has written about coconut sponge cake. He wrote, “It tastes like what would’ve happened if a coconut fell in love with a cloud.” We regret any harm the mistake may have caused and apologize to marshmallows everywhere.

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QUOTES of the DAY

ARMS CROSSED: Look closely around House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor‘s (R-Va.)  boardroom table and you see TWT‘s Senior Editor for the Opinion Page Emily Miller two people to the left of Cantor. Politico‘s Jon Allen called her out for this picture that appeared in Politico Monday. Allen wrote, “You’re in the center of the top photo on politico.com, arms crossed in annoyance? skepticism? chilliness?” Miller replied, “LOL…I am bored.” The photograph accompanied a story by Allen and colleague Jake Sherman with the headline, “Cantor ascends as GOP voice.”

The Observer

“The crickets and or cicadas have somehow perfected the mid-90s New York car alarm tonight.” –  Slate‘s John Dickerson in a Monday tweet.

Michelle gets flack for being at the Shack

“Uh, yes … I’ll have the usual. << Michelle Obama at the super-healthy Shake Shack.” — Politico‘s Matt Negrin in a Monday tweet after Politico CLICK reported that the first lady was spotted at Shake Shack in Dupont Circle. Read here.

Journo is clear Friday Night Lights fan

“Tomorrow, ESPN will air the first 2 episodes (best pilot ever) of Friday Night Lights so people can fall in love w it for 1st time or again.” Human Events Tony Lee in a Monday tweet. What Lee may not know is that he shares his strong feelings for the show with Slate’s online Magazine Editor David Plotz, who has already fallen in love with the show. It’s his must-see TV as he informed in a previous FishbowlDC interview.

Roll Call editorial asst. has a crush on who?

“Hey look, Edward Cullen is in #HarryPotter. I really did find him attractive pre-Twilight. #hpmarathon” — Roll Call‘s Jessica Estepa in a Monday tweet about Edward Cullin, the character in “Twilight” played by teen heart throb Robert Pattinson.

Bachelor’s ex says paparazzi helped destroy her relationship

“Chris needs to ask Emily to be the next Bachelorette before she leaves the set. — TWT‘s Emily Miller on Monday night during ABC’s “The Bachelorette.” During this especially candid episode, Emily Maynard, the blonde chosen by previous bachelor Brad Womack, came on and shook with tears about their recent breakup. She also complained that the paparazzi followed her to the grocery store and helped destroy their relationship. Miller added, knowingly, “If Brad can’t make it work with perfect Emily, he will never get married.” (Above, the couple in happier times.)

Boybander gives kudos to Good Magazine

“Respect to @GOOD for paying contributors before publication. Never had that happen to me before.” — Wired.com‘s Spencer Ackerman in a Monday tweet.

Self-Promotion Washington Style Part II

Here’s another stab at self-promotion. Not quite as impressive as fellow Juiceboxer Matt Yglesias from earlier today, but Wired.com‘s Spencer Ackerman gets at least a D+ for effort for running a picture of himself eating soybeans. Perhaps he should stick to dressing up like a banana (if you missed that spectacle, see here.)

“Mmmmmm fermented soybeans,” he writes.

Journo Dresses Up Like a Banana For Love (or Something…)

Wired.com’s Spencer Ackerman apparently thinks its Halloween. He has a fetish. Or else he finds banana costumes sexy.

Any way you slice it, we’re disturbed.

Coming off three weeks straight of WeinerGate, day in and day out of weiners, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer saying the word “underpants” and body parts bobbing, the timing couldn’t be better. This week CapitolRomance.com brought us the engagement shoot of Ackerman and his girlfriend Mandy prancing around the Dupont Circle farmer’s market — well, maybe prancing isn’t the perfect word, but it’s the one we’re using to depict two adults who dress up like fruit and go out in public. He’s wearing a banana. She’s wearing regular clothing.

See them kiss, hold hands, hold apples over their eyes and not at all embarrass themselves in the name of love and fruit — who does this?

Their wedding is next month. We wish them well and many Happy Halloweens.

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QUOTES of the DAY

The BEST Person in the WOOORLD is BACK! Ex-MSNBCer Keith Olbermann debuted on Current TV last night. It’s apparently the ex-MSNBCer club. When he can’t make it in, David Shuster will.

Journo got V-curious

“Just had to Google ‘vajazzling.’ Kinda wish I hadn’t. #mustbegettingold” — The Daily Telegraph‘s Toby Harnden in a Monday tweet.

Bio of the Day

Journalist: Politico‘s Molly Ball. Twitter handle: @mollyesque Part of bio that intrigued us: “Molly’s accomplishments include being awarded the Knight-Wallace journalism fellowship at the University of Michigan and winning $100,000 on ‘Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.’”

The Daily Show’s Weiner segment name from Monday night: The Schlong Goodbye; Underneath his photograph: “Weiner Resigns, Unhappy Ending”

Scandal Surprise

“A good Queens law firm: Weiner, Lee, Massa, Spitzer and Fosella.” — NJ Managing Editor Terence Samuel in a June 6 tweet. Yes, late, but we think still worthy of a mention.

Angry Sports Talk

“What the fucking shit is happening in Boston? A ten-run 7th??” — Wired.com‘s Spencer Ackerman in a Monday night tweet.

Blogger tries headstand

“Yoga teacher made us attempt headstand tonight. There are so many words to describe how poorly that went.” — Vintage thrift blogger Lisa Rowan in a Monday tweet. Correction: Previously I called her a “conservative” blogger. That was incorrect. She writes a site called www.quarterlife202.com. My apologies for any harm or heartache that may have caused.

A picture of Sen. Rand Paul (R-Really?), a.k.a the D.C. tourist, is worth at least 1000 words: Visit here.

 

 

 

The Nerdy Shore: Casting Call

The debut cast of The Nerdy Shore: From L to R: Beutler, Weigel, Klein, and Yglesias.

Slate‘s Dave Weigel kept his hands off Weinergate this weekend. Instead, he was busy with some light beach reading: “The sun sets in OBX [Outer Banks] as I read about Alexander Hamilton,” he informed on Twitter.

Weigel, we love it that you took a break from comic books and showed off your intellectual side in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, where, incidentally, WaPo‘s Ezra Klein was also vacationing this weekend. A coincidence? We think not. Which sprouted an idea: The Nerdy Shore, a reality show about Boy Banders that encompasses The Real World, Jersey Shore, Revenge of the Nerds and The Rachel Maddow Show all rolled into one. It would be the shittiest reality show ever (and I’m fully aware of the entirety of Bravo’s prime-time line-up). But life is about chances. The boys will swim in the surf and do live shots while Ed Schultz screams pejoratives at women in skimpy bikinis who refuse to “know who he is.” They’ll make outrageously gourmet dinners of vegetarian goulash and figs and do live shots while Weigel and Cenk collect turtles and prep for their 90-minute Bloggerheads.tv taping. The video will replace waterboarding in enhanced interrogation techniques of terror suspects. After 20 minutes of that, ANYONE would talk. They’ll argue about the debt ceiling and do live shots as they all gather ’round and watch Klein draw charts in the sand. You get the idea. And don’t be surprised if there’s not a cameo or two by former MSNBCer Keith Olbermann, who’s like a fake father to these young men, much like Darth Vader was a father to Luke Skywalker.

Obviously TPM‘s Brian Beutler, lefty blogger Matt Yglesias, Wired‘s Spencer Ackerman and The Nation‘s Chris Hayes have fairly secure spots on The Nerdy Shore. But who else should only be so lucky to live in his summer nerd house? This is where you come in dear readers. What other Juicebox Mafioso members are in your ideal cast, what themes should they try and who should get to visit? Write us and let us know at FishbowlDC@mediabistro.com or FishbowlBetsy@gmail.com.

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