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Mike Rogers is Leaving, What Will Sunday Show Bookers Do Now?

Roll Call‘s Steven Dennis points out that Mike Rogers’ retirement is going to be a loss not just for the Republican caucus, but also for the Sunday show circuit. There will certainly be a lot of free air-time to fill once Rogers is out of the picture:

Rogers, who will become a radio talk show host, had become in some ways the face of the intelligence community on television, racking up more Sunday show appearances than any other member of Congress each of the last two years. The telegenic former FBI agent repeatedly defended the National Security Agency against attacks following the avalanche of leaks by Edward Snowden, often taking a harder line than the White House.

According to Roll Call‘s Face Time feature, which tallies the Sunday show appearances of Members of Congress, Rogers took to the Sunday airwaves 26 times last year -mostly on CBS and CNN. That was once more than even John McCain managed that year. McCain was the most visible lawmaker of 2012, and the runner up in 2013.

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Morning Reading List 9.30.13

morningreadinglistresizedTV ain’t always not easy: On Sunday, Slate‘s Geoff Pullum took CNN’s Dana Bash to task for the way in which she expressed news of a possible, impending government shutdown. In it, he slowly dissects phrasing she used to articulate what she gathered by speaking to lawmakers on Capitol Hill.

Why you should read it: It’s not often that an author gets so affected by something that he has to put a damp cloth over his eyes. Read here.

If you’re not already miserable, give it time: CQ Roll Call‘s Steven Dennis offers this uplifting take on the situation on Capitol Hill. He writes about how the dysfunction on the Hill is apt to bring about a depressing holiday season. So forget joy. He even has congressmen who are so frustrated they’ve taken up chopping wood to relieve stress. “It’s not just frustrating, it’s maddening,” said Tennessee Rep. Jim Cooper, a Blue Dog Democrat who has long pushed for a grand bargain on the debt. “I’ve started chopping wood just to relieve the frustration,” he said.

Why you should read it: The story offers a more emotional side to how lawmakers are experiencing the potential shutdown. Read here.

Who thought Breaking Bad fizzled?

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A question we must all ask ourselves

“‘Is it possible to die from constipation?’” — C-SPAN Producer William Gray. Please note, Gray is presumably quoting someone else. Who that is remains a mystery.

A voice of reason amid perverts

“So shallow of everyone to lump Spitzer and Weiner together. They are TOTALLY DIFFERENT attention-seeking perverts, guys.” — The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball upon the news that that Eliot Spitzer is running for New York comptroller.

And a suggestion...”Obvious Spitzer slogan ‘he’s not as bad as Weiner’” — GOP consultant and blogger Roger Stone.

And another pervert… “Spitzer Swallows #ohmyGodIamsosorry” — Commentary‘s John Podhoretz.

The Instigator

“From now on, if the Washington media crowd wants a political candidate, I don’t. It means they do too many cocktail parties. #ScratchMyBack” — FNC media critic Richard Grenell.

Journo unsettled by tot beauties

“Tot beauty pageant contestants staying at my hotel in NC. Very ‘Little Miss Sunshine’-y here in the lobby, unsettling for a mom of 2 sons.” — WaPo‘s Karen Tumulty.

Random piece of wisdom

“It’s too early for all these tweets everybody shut up and go back to bed.” — BuzzFeed Senior Editor Matt Bellassai on Sunday at 12:26 p.m.

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White House Correspondent Gets Tall Order

House and Senate Leadership Editor and White House Correspondent?

A tall order, but this is what CQ Roll Call is doing with White House Correspondent Steven Dennis. They’re promoting him to Leadership Editor and making him perform his regular White House duties.

Does he plan on sleeping?

Dennis will report to Deputy Editor Emily Pierce. He started at CQ eight years ago and moved over to Roll Call in 2007. In 2011 he became a Senate reporter and later that year was promoted to White House Correspondent.

“Roll Call has always been known for its incisive coverage of congressional leadership, and I am thrilled to take on this new challenge leading our team while continuing to cover the White House,” Dennis said in a release.

WHCA Limits CQ Roll Call Dinner Tickets; Patricia Arquette Will Be Their Guest

Somewhere, someplace is an archery range with FNC Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry‘s face as the bull’s-eye.

CQ Roll Call White House Correspondent Steven Dennis let his White House Correspondents’ Association membership lapse. He renewed it, but decisions had been made. The publication isn’t getting all the seats it wants this year. It’s a better deal than some pubs, which got shut out entirely. Still, this year there will be one table for CQ Roll Call. No extra tickets possible. Pretty strange considering CQ Roll Call has purchased tables at the WHCD for the past 20 years. A recent exchange between the publication and Henry, this year’s president of the WHCA and once the HOH writer for Roll Call, made it clear that the answer was no and that the seats had sold out.

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Newsflash to Five Roll Call Scribes: Say Hello to Your New Boss

Five Roll Call reporters  received word Wednesday that they now have a new boss. Instead of Editor David Rapp, they’ll now report to a different editor. What’s more: Their work will now be behind a paywall as it appears on CQ.com.

The big switch is part of a plan to realign resources and inject them into the overall digital operation. As sources inside the publication explained to FishbowlDC, the move allows the company to lower Roll Call‘s operating costs while they avoid laying off employees. Hypothetically speaking, insiders explain the shift could help if The Economist Group decides to sell or close Roll Call (athough they have not indicated there is no plan to do either).

Despite the fact that the two newsrooms are now fully integrated, confusion among readers still exists as some Roll Call reporters are still resisting the idea of having CQ invade their Roll Call. But they’ll have to adjust. Stories bylined by these reporters will still appear in the Roll Call print edition. If you’re a CQ.com subscriber, all Roll Call stories appear on CQ.com. In turn,  CQ stories pertaining to policy news of the day appear on RollCall.com and the Roll Call print edition.

CQ Roll Call sources tell us tensions are high as some of the affected reporters were less than enthused by the initial news. Some of those called on to make the switch include White House Correspondent Steven Dennis, who is switching bosses but will continue to maintain his regular beat as a CQ Roll Call reporter, House Leadership reporter Daniel Newhauser and Humberto Sanchez, who covers the Senate. Others affected include Adriel Bettelheim, who will write a new CQ Morning Briefing newsletter that starts Monday, Kate Ackley, and Eliza Carney.

CQ Roll Call brass considers the move to be positive. In a memo dispatched to staff Thursday from Susan Benkelman

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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…

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Quotes of the Day — the Inauguration Edition

PRIORITIES: “Obsessed with Ashley Biden’s shoes.” — BrandlinkDC’s Barbara Martin, among the organizers at the “Artists and Athletes” soireé at DC Coast Monday night.

Young girl voices what she wants from POTUS in next four years

“Um, I want him to take away the guns from other people, because for a girl like me it kind of scares me if I got killed.” — 8-year-old girl at The Dubliner bar this morning on MSNCB’s “Morning Joe.”

Flack melts down about Capitol Hill gridlock

“I’m pretty sure every cross street in DC is blocked. It’s virtually impossible to get back to Capitol Hill. No rhyme or reason.” — NRSC Spokesman Brian Walsh just after midnight Tuesday morning. And three minutes later…“Someone explain to me the security decision behind devoting 6 cops to shutting down 7th & M. There is nothing around that area at all.” More: “Understand. I’m all for security. Just seems like complete overkill.” He concludes on a bipartisan note…“To be sure, also remember it taking 3 hrs to go 12 blocks in 2001 for first GWB inauguration wknd. Should leave DC :)

Other complaints…

  • “Pro Tip: no matter how bad you think the traffic is in DC..it is 100 times worse than that.” — The Cook Report‘s Amy Walter. A follower snapped at her, saying, “Amy Walter, quit whining; u don’t live in Los Angeles. Take public transporation! [sic]“
  • “Another trip to DC where I only used Uber. Simply a brilliant service.” — RedState and CNN’s Erick Erickson.
  • “I concur with what @EWErickson just said. I’ve discovered how great uber is in DC, especially considering how shitass the cabs can be here.” — BuzzFeed‘s Rosie Gray, who recently moved to Washington from Manhattan. Everyone can congratulate Rosie on finding her new apartment — it’s in the Bloomington neighborhood of D.C.
  • “Dupont Circle on Inauguration Weekend=everything I hate. SO MANY BROS, GET ME OUTTA HERE.” — National Journal political reporter Elahe Izadi. Hmmm…so many bros?
  • “Took nearly half an hour to hail a cab. Happy inauguration!” — Greenwire‘s Jessica Estepa.
  • “Heading home. DC streets closed 5 hours earlier that supposed to. #gridlock #inaug2013 (@ In An Uber w/ 3 others)” — Poshbrood travel blogger Elizabeth Thorp.
  • “You really, really want to avoid driving w/in several blocks of WH right now. Street closures taking place. 18th St near gridlock.” — Roll Call‘s Steven Dennis.

On Michelle Obama’s new bangs: “I think the bangs are fantastic.” — Vogue‘s Andre Leon Talley, on “Morning Joe” this morning in a flamboyant black fur coat.

Washington Watch and CNN’s Roland Martin on Inauguration morning.

Actress Ashley Judd strikes a pose last night in the kitchen of Atlantic Publisher David Bradley, where she hung out for a good while, chatting up HuffPost‘s Howard Fineman, Bloomberg‘s Margaret Carlson and a swell of fine, crusty Washington D.C. men with varying amounts of ear hair. (More on the swanky Downton Bradley party later…)

TV journo marvels over empty Metro car

“Its very quiet INSIDE Capitol & amazingly Metro train car I was in was empty, completely empty. 4 years ago it was packed.” — NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell at 6:08 a.m.

Journo hopes to survive inauguration sans illness

“Last week, I thought #inauguration would be a race between me and my iPhone battery. Instead, it’s a race against my own immune system.” — WaPo‘s Maura Judkis.

How to Make it All About Me?

“I’m at Capitol South Metro Station (Washington D.C., DC)” — Syndicated columnist and Bullfight Strategies’ Karl Frisch at 6:19 a.m.

Important Question to Ponder: “It’s okay to take DayQuil with a vodka martini right?” — WaPo‘s Dan Zak.

D.C. Celebrity Watching: “Been playing ‘I know that celebrity from that scene in that movie where he looks [adjective here] but what is his name?!’ all night. Tired.” — The Hill‘s Alexandra Jaffe.

“President was sworn in today. Mon is the ceremonial event and speech. I elected to skip the party & hoopla and not attend Mon’s event.” — Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah).

ABC “The View’s” Sherri Shepherd needs help

“Ashley pooped in Jeffrey’s bed, peed on Jeffrey’s carpet, chews his socks. If you come back & help me @cesarmillan, I’ll make you dinner :O)” — Sherri Shepherd, our new favorite Twitter obsession. Only Sherri can bring “poop” and “dinner” together into one sentence.

Party banter and — gasp — an insult for Kerry Washington.

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Quotes of the Day

WTF? Save Politico‘s Byron Tau, from himself

(Igor Bobic, an assistant editor at Talking Points Memo was as shocked as we were with Tau’s tweet. He wrote, “Is this DM?” Then he added, “Anyone want to join me in TPing @ByronTau‘s house sometime this month? A little bird gave me his address.Hey Byron, our resident paparazzo Eddie will be over to your house later to snap some pictures. To provide context, Tau was reacting to the online outrage of Gawker and Journal News publishing gun owner names and addresses.)

Morning Oopsy!

“Correction on huffpost - ‘earlier version said West Wales is located in England. In fact, it is located in Wales’” — Katherine Faulkner, Asst. News Editor at Daily Mail. The correction was on a story about a McDonald’s employee who was fired for being rambunctious with the chocolate sprinkles on a coworker’s McFlurry. She sued the company and won $5,000. Correction: An earlier version of this story mistakenly said that West Wales is located in England. In fact, it is located in Wales.”

Reporter puts RGIII in his prayers

“Saying a prayer for @RGIII. He has brought DC together in a way very, very few have in a very, very short time.” — Roll Call White House reporter Steven Dennis. Also see NYT’s Maureen Dowd‘s columnon the subject. She begins, “Everyone told me not to fall in love so quickly, that I’d get my heart broken. But I couldn’t help it. Robert Griffin III and Alfred Morris, the stellar Redskins rookies, were such appealing palliatives to our ugly, nihilistic politics and our cascade of lurid sports scandals.”

Today at the White House

“[Today] at the WH: ‘The President will host cast and crew members of the television show 1600 Penn for a screening at the White House.’” — Tribune‘s Mike Memoli.

Convo Between Two Journos

This morning’s conversation between NBC’s Chuck Todd and NYT’s Mark Leibovich concerns the late Richard Ben Cramer. Leibovich is referring to his upcoming book on Washington culture that has the working and likely title, This Town. The book will be available in April.

Todd: “@MarkLeibovich friend sent note about how he asked RBC why there no index, RBC’s reply: ‘sick and tired of seeing DC people’ read via index”

Leibovich: “@chucktodd totally agree… I’m contemplating no index myself”

Local meteorologist shivers in workplace

“Freezing in the office this morning, but a mild afternoon ahead. Partly cloudy with highs in the mid-upper 50s in D.C. today!!!” — WJLA’s Jacqui Jeras. Come on, WJLA! Turn up the heat already. Your METEOROLOGIST is freezing.

Peter Ogburn and Eddie Scarry contributed to this report.

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Quotes of the Day

“No White House photos from family meetings. But the family of Emilie Parker, who was 6, released this on their own.”Paul Brandus of West Wing Reports.

TIPS FROM THE POOL, INTO THE DEEP END: “Deep female sobs were heard from several sections of the audience, as the president started to read the names of the teachers who were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary school. …The president is speaking without a teleprompter and he carried his remarks in a dark folder. ” — A White House Pool Report by AFP’s Stephen Collinson on President Obama‘s speech in Newtown, Conn. last night.

Confessional: “I keep having this one horrible thought: I am lying when I tell my children there’s no such thing as monsters.” — ABC News Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper in starkly shifting roles over the weekend between reporter and private citizen. He received a lot of praise but some complaints.

Journo pushes gun control laws

“If we as a nation got serious about keeping guns away from the mentally disturbed, Louie Gohmert *would* have reason to be concerned.” — Mother Jones Engagement Editor and former Survivor: Baghdad contestant Adam Weinstein on Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), who went on Fox News Sunday this weekend and announced that more guns are the answer to mass killings such as the one at Sandy Hook.

A mayor, former White House COS changes his mind on guns

“President Clinton and I fought to pass the assault weapons ban. It’s time to renew and strengthen it. An easy vote.” — Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. But wait, The New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza points out the mayor’s incredible hypocrisy…Read here.

And an editor addresses what evil is not

“Evil has nothing to do with Autism, Asperger’s, or being goth.” — CNN Contributor and Breitbart.com‘s Dana Loesch.

A moment of tweeting silence?

“I won’t be tweeting during President’s remarks. I think we should all listen carefully.” — Politico‘s Roger Simon.

Whoa, what?! “Friend of mine joined NRA this morning. Sleeper mole trying to change org from inside. Will they support more limitations and licensing?” — Washingtonian Publisher Cathy Merrill Williams.

A compliment for CNN: “CNN is doing a segment on comfort dogs being brought to Newtown to help people cope. It’s actually comforting just watching them on TV.” — HuffPost‘s Sam Stein.

Journalistic outrage

“Yesterday’s orgy of erroneous & at times repulsively awful reporting on #Newtown should be a wakeup call for journalists everywhere.” — Roll Call White House reporter Steven Dennis.

“You see journalists saying ‘this is so awful, why does this keep happening’ while rabidly posting links to the killer’s social media.” — Justin Green, editor of David Frum’s blog.

“Not the best day for my trade.” — TIME White House correspondent Michael Scherer with a link to a story on outlets that botched the Connecticut shooting story.

Congratulations to… FNC’s Greta Van Susteren and hubby John Coale on 33 years of marriage. They celebrated on Sunday.

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