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Atlantic Journo Recalls Her Recent Brunch with Olivia Nuzzi

Garance Franke-Ruta is a senior editor with The Atlantic, covering national politics. She had brunch a couple of weeks ago in New York with Slate’s Dave Weigel.

But in light of certain recent NYC events, it’s the other member of her brunch party that makes the meal 20/20 notable. To Franke-Ruta’s surprise, Weigel had also asked Olivia Nuzzi to join them. The former Weiner campaign intern who would go on to make a big splash via her NSFWCORP blog entries and this past Tuesday’s NYDN cover. Writes Franke-Ruta:

I was impressed by the way Nuzzi coupled a kind of self-conscious sexpot appearance with an unexpectedly deep knowledge of New York and New Jersey politics. She friended me on Facebook shortly thereafter…

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Exclusive: Andrew Breitbart Causes Melee At Netroots Nation*

Sources tell us that Andrew Breitbart just caused a huge scene at the annual liberal Netroots Nation conference. Breitbart apparently showed up unaccredited with a camera crew in tow and tried to gain entrance. We’re told Breitbart did manage to get inside and was eventually escorted out by security. But not before scores of liberal bloggers angrily surrounded him. One apparently jammed a camera phone in his face and demanded to know if he’d ever had sex with a gay prostitute.

“Every conference has to have a Breitbart moment,” Slate’s Dave Weigel tells FishbowlLA. “The last one that didn’t was CPAC 2009.”

More updates to come.

*TPM reports Breitbart was denied credentials because he’s “not media.” Haha. Organizers said he was welcome to enter if he paid $100 for a ticket.

Trump Twitter Roundup: Media Reacts to The Donald’s Decision Not to Run for President

Donald Trump announced at an NBC event on Monday that he wouldn’t run for president after all. Of course, in true-Trump style, he first explained that if he had decided to run, “I would be able to win the primary and ultimately, the general election.”

Here is his statement:

This decision does not come easily or without regret; especially when my potential candidacy continues to be validated by ranking at the top of the Republican contenders in polls across the country,” he added. “I maintain the strong conviction that if I were to run, I would be able to win the primary and ultimately, the general election. I have spent the past several months unofficially campaigning and recognize that running for public office cannot be done half heartedly. Ultimately, however, business is my greatest passion and I am not ready to leave the private sector.

TVNewser reports that Trump’s announcement was greeted by “lots of cheers and applause.” And based on Twitter, that was the media’s reaction as well. Comedian and Trump-roaster Seth Meyers tweeted: “Our short national nightmare is over #Trump12.”

Slate political reporter Dave Weigel tweeted: “I’m sure the remaining black viewers of ‘The Apprentice’ are happy. Yes, both of them.” And ABC World News editor Rick Klein has learned his lesson: “so now, when Trump says he’s definitely serious about running for president in 2024, I will have been chastened and won’t buy it.”

But what will we do now? Nation correspondent Ari Melber tweeted: “Narrative: With Trump gone, now the GOP can turn to Idea Candidates instead of race-baiters. Like Newt “Food Stamp” Gingrich.”

Still, some people expressed regret. Piers Morgan tweeted: “Am I the only one crushingly dejected that @realDonaldTrump isn’t running for President? #wouldhavebeensomuchfun”

Oh well. We’ve had a good run of things, haven’t we? We guess it’s time to say goodbye.

Most Negative Campaign Season Ever?

In fairness, Thomas Jefferson didn’t sound like that. He had a severe lisp. Which is why he didn’t like speaking. He preferred to write and knock up his slaves.

Hat tip Dave Weigel