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Secret Service Agent Saw White House Staff Dancing Like Seinfeld’s Elaine

dan-bongino_thumb-1As you might imagine, ex-Secret Service agent Dan Bongino is not warming the hearts of his former bosses these days. He’s also not on the best of terms with his own brother, a Secret Service agent whose team was entwined in the Colombia prostitute scandal last year.

“It has strained our family pretty badly,” Bongino told FishbowlDC in an phone interview this week.

He won’t expand on his brother too much except to say, “You’d think I’d have some inside knowledge but I don’t.” He says his brother has moved to New York. “We talk, but it’s not how it was. The relationship is OK. I’ll leave it at that.”

Forget about his brother for a moment. It’s White House staff that he exposes in a new tell-all called Life Inside The Bubble: Why a Top-Ranked Secret Service Agent Walked Away From it All. Read more

Arianna Hufffington is Now a Tulip Tree

2013-10-22-ariannastree-thumbAt this point nothing that HuffPost runs in its online beast of a publication is that surprising. Not even today’s blog posting in which some people in Hawaii name a tree after the media behemoth Arianna Huffington.

We can hear it now — “Time to water Arianna!” Or, on a bad day, “Who in the hell forgot to water Arianna this morning?”

In a HuffPost Hawaii blog posting from Richard Ha, a farmer on the Big Island, he goes on and on (and on and on) about Arianna’s recent visit to the farm with eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. The two got laid (meaning, of course, beautiful flowers adorn their necks).

Ha (how great a name is that?) reports that Arianna enjoyed eating longan, a small brown fruit that is apparently really messy. So much so they had to ensure she had wipes. We hope they were Wet Ones.

But forget all that. The real clincher of the exquisitely incoherent piece full of unabashed praise for Arianna comes at the end when Ha reveals that they’ve named a tree after her. He writes, “Arianna admired this African tulip tree, and so we have decided to name it after her. I’m referring to the one on the right. It’s the Arianna Tree.”

See “Arianna” above.

Politico’s Harris Introduces Berke to Staff

imagesIn an internal memo, Politico Editor-in-Chief John Harris introduces his new right hand man, Rick Berke, to staff.

Shall we call them Rarris or Herke? We’ll mull it over.

In the meantime, see the lengthy memo in which Harris says they internally discussed needing a “Rick Berke-type.” Hey, why not the real thing? “This is a big deal,” he writes.

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Big Get: NYT’s Berke To Politico

berke100This just in…

NYT‘s Rick Berke joins Politico as Executive Editor, which was Jim VandeHei‘s old position before he got the fancier title of President and CEO.

See the sentimental memo NYT‘s Jill Abramson via Politico‘s Dylan Byers here.

Morning Chatter

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Something heartening…

“Awaiting my oldest friend — we were 3 when we met — as he makes DC stop on his 1st family trip to the US. #psyched” — Yahoo! News‘ D.C. Bureau Chief Olivier Knox.

Important Q to Ponder: “Skakel was an adult in charge of his own defense. Why would he deserve a new trial based on ineffectiveness of his own lawyer?” — Commentary‘s John Podhoretz.

Uh oh.

“4:42am and it’s already ‘one of those days.’” — ABC7′s Sara Van Aernum.

images-3SHOTS FIRED!

“Yo, @CarlosLozadaWP read your paper’s Jofi Joseph tick-tock today. Search the words ‘Daily Beast’ or ‘Rogin.’ Speak truth to power!” — Politico‘s Glenn Thrush to WaPo Outlook Editor Carlos Lozada. This was in response to Lozada’s recent assertion that Thrush had failed to give Daily Beast‘s Josh Rogin his deserved credit for breaking the anonymous NSC tweeter  story. Lozada didn’t respond to Thrush’s Twitter water balloon, but he did what any self-respecting journalist would do — he retweeted it. For a backgrounder, see our writeup on this situation.

Journo has stress dream

“Woke up from 5 am stress dream that I was going on @FBNStossel unprepared to precisely explain Medicare funding mechanisms.” – Reason Editor-in-Chief Matt Welch.

Journo Asks: Can I Wear Undies to the Gym?

images-1This week we featured a remark from Politico‘s Roger Simon declaring that he had underwear older than a guy who just turned 30. NRSC Strategist Brad Dayspring was particularly grossed out by this. Well, today we have another underwear situation on our hands.

It’s New York Mag’s D.C. reporter Jonathan Chait, who apparently wants to wear his boxers to the hotel gym because he forgot to pack workout attire.

Chait got a number of surprising pieces of advice, one of which was to double up on his boxers and head to the gym. “Intriguing,” Chait said on Twitter. “Can I get a ruling on this?” Read more

Politico’s Glenn Thrush Skips Credit for Daily Beast’s Josh Rogin

images-4One thing that can be determined from the behavior of Politico in the last 24 hours is that they psychologically can’t handle coming in second place.

Even if that’s what they are in this instance  — second.

We’re referring to Josh Rogin‘s Daily Beast story on Jofi Joseph, the anonymous NSC tweeter, which he broke Tuesday night at 8:27 p.m.  Rogin got the Drudge link and appeared on morning shows such as NBC’s “TODAY Show” and ABC’s “GMA.”  Every outlet from NPR to WaPo and the NYT credited him.

Take a wild guess who didn’t.

UPDATE: Politico reporter responds.

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At Last! A Soirée for D.C.’s Party Hostess

Lobbyist Heather Podesta will host a party for lobbyist and well-known party host Juleanna Glover for a job move to Teneo.

A note to NYT Mark Leibovich: There will be valet parking.

And potential crashers… definitely not the kind of party one shows up to uninvited.

See the invite… Read more

A Modern Day Riddle: Why is David Bass Toasting With the Prez?

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In a rare moment of DC bipartisanship, President Obama and a suited man who looks distinctly like Raptor executive David Bass raise a toast. The balding mustachioed white-haired gent who resembles Qorvis VP and former Washingtonian columnist and editor Chuck Conconi looks on, albeit confusedly.

Who is that toasting man? Read more

Assoc. Producer Bugged by Paint Smell

images-1Dan Henning, the longtime associate producer of “The Bill Press Show,” is clearly having some issues this morning in the Eastern Market office space that houses the show.

Henning recently resigned to move on to Sirius XM. In the meantime, dude, maybe get a nose plug? Read more

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