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Rep. Blumenauer Goes Full Nerd

Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon) changed out of his usual bow-tie this morning for a complete nerd ensemble for Current TV’s “Full Court Press.”

Seriously. A member of Congress shows up for TV in a dorky “Back to the Future” T-shirt and running shorts? “F–king gold,” one observer remarked to us.

Reporter’s Phone Stalker Suggests He Sleeps With His Mom: ‘Yeah, She’s all Charm.’

It’s not easy being on TV, on Twitter and in the newspaper. At least in the sense of the weird stuff that happens by way of fans and critics. WaPo opinion columnist and MSNBC Contirbutor Jonathan Capehart speaks freely of a “phone stalker” who calls him and other reporters such as WaPo‘s Karen Tumulty and eats up countless space in their mail boxes.

On Twitter Wednesday Capehart wrote, “Great, the (212) 988-……phone stalker has rediscovered my number.” Some Capehart followers encouraged him to release the number so his fan club can retaliate. “I say u tweet the whole phone number and let us at him/her!! #fightfirewithfire,” wrote Tiffany, clearly on Team Capehart.

When asked about it, he explained to FishbowlDC, “Oh it’s some dame with a delightfully thick New Yawk accent who has been calling me (and others, including Karen Tumulty) for years. She runs out the voicemail with either Rush Limbaugh’s radio show or her ranting about how I’m finished, how I’m a black bigot who hates white people, or, how I hate women but sleep with my mother. Yeah, she’s all charm. “

Guests Leave BuzzFeed Party In a Huff

Rules are rules and BuzzFeed‘s Senior Press Director Ashley McCollum isn’t one to mess with on that front. Some TV network employees now know that.

As has been documented, after failing to secure a table at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, BuzzFeed hosted its own highly-attended party Saturday just a couple blocks away at Jack Rose whiskey bar. It seemed that anyone who didn’t make it into the dinner was at the BF party and those who were late were stuck waiting in long lines to get in.

We were told that night that a gaggle of network employees tried jumping ahead of the lines to enter the party but were told by McCollum they’d have to wait. With a slight air of entitlement, they tried talking their way in but McCollum wasn’t having it. She stood firm. After all, the party had reached an uncomfortable level of fullness with party goers nearly on top of one another at the bar, sweating like Newt Gingrich at a Zumba class.

Sensing their defeat, they stormed off.

“When she’s on, she’s on,” McCollum’s colleague Evan McMorris-Santoro, BF‘s White House correspondent, would later tell FishbowlDC. McMorris-Santoro had also tried having some of his friends skip to the front of the line Friday. He told us that McCollum didn’t let that happen either.

ABC’s Ann Compton in Ann Hand Jewelry

ABC News Radio White House Correspondent Ann Compton is seen here in Ann Hand jewelry she said she needed to get restrung for the White House Correspondents’ Dinner weekend. She was spotted at the National Journal “Making the News” party Friday night at The Powerhouse bar in Georgetown.

Of course, Compton was seen in the V.I.P. section upstairs.

Tick Tock: WHCD 2013

By Betsy Rothstein, Peter Ogburn and Eddie Scarry

The White House Correspondents’ Dinner was a blur this year as stars, journalists, nerdy political types — and Psy — rubbed elbows. Well, not Psy, he was busy smoking. But the rest of ‘em fawned and frolicked around the Washington Hilton oohing and ahhing at one another’s evening wear. People watching was admittedly pretty phenomenal. As evidenced by the shrieks coming from young, female bystanders salivating at the mere sight of a star. Each time an actor or well-known journalist walked by, they screamed and barked things out at them like faux paparazzi. In a moment of hilarity, one journalist, who shall remain nameless, was heard biting a security employee’s head off as they kept constantly trying to herd and push a small smattering of people waiting by the door from one end to the other. “I have two tickets, I have a right to be here and I’m not moving,” the person snapped in a display of spectacular irritation. Security immediately backed right down and eased away. And the lesson is? Yelling wins! (By the way, pictured above: actress Kate Walsh.)

4:35 p.m. Betsy tells Eddie she need 15 more minutes. He replies, “Are you trying to squeeze in a size 8 dress again?”

5:42 p.m. Eddie is running slightly behind because he has no idea how to tie a bow-tie and he couldn’t get the Tucker Carlson consult. As usual, Carlson skipped out of town for the WHCD. We learned later in the evening that he’s in New Orleans riding Go Karts with Daily Caller Publisher Neil Patel.

6:13 p.m. Settling in at the lobby of the Washington Hilton for some major people watching. MC Hammer sighting. Girls screaming, “WOO HOO! WOO HOO!”

6:14 p.m. TIME‘s Zeke Miller enters in a wrinkly blazer.

6:15 p.m. DJ at Atlantic party may have Tourette’s. Ticking and chirping, etc…

6:16 p.m. Fox News Correspondent Peter Doocy sighting. This guy is too tall and everywhere this weekend.

6:17 p.m. Washington Examiner Nikki Schwab sighting. Her hair is in curls this evening. Very pleasant interaction.

6:18 p.m. Woman walks into the Hilton wearing a kimono.

6:19 p.m. It’s Kathleen Turner. The gaggle of girls in the lobby: “Kathleen we love you!!!”

6:20 p.m. Amy Poehler walks by. “Ahh ahh we love you Amy!”

6:21 p.m. CBS’ Gayle King has entered the hotel in a stunner of a kelly green gown by Vicky Tiel.

6:22 p.m. A rando woman who won’t stop yapping is saying to her friends, “I’m walking around the house going, does this match?”

6:23  p.m. The NPR greeter awaiting NPR party guests in the front of the hotel looks like he should be at the airport. He’s a vision of nerdy perfection.

6:24 p.m. Washington Examiner‘s Byron York walks into the hotel and promptly walks down the wrong set of stairs.

6: 25 p.m. It’s Fox News’ Geraldo Rivera! He’s all smiles for anyone who approaches. Up close his mustache is nothing short of thick and amazing.

6:27 p.m. A Jon Huntsman sighting. He walks in with a lovely blonde (presumably his wife) on his arm.

6:28 p.m. We get reprimanded for the second time for standing in the “wrong” place. Is there a right place? Who knows?

6:30 p.m. Holy shit. It’s Nicole Kidman. Bradley Cooper follows shortly thereafter.

6: 32 p.m. House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor is hanging out by the entrance.

6:35 p.m. Olivia Wilde and Jason Sudeikis drawing major stares in the lobby. Wilde’s flowing chocolate brown dress is unbelievable beautiful.

6:37 p.m. A young woman walking with CBS “60 Minutes” correspondent Scott Pelley has ample cleavage.

6:40 p.m. Sightings: White House Press Sec. Jay Carney. Chicago Sun TimesClarence Page. Kathleen Sebelius. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

6:41 p.m. Dave Weigel, a big FishbowlDC fan, has been spotted. Later he’ll watch us like a hawk even though we’re not snapping his picture tonight or bothering him whatsoever.

6:45 p.m. The kid from Glee! is here. Wasn’t he at Tammy’s?

6:50 p.m. Publicist and Hollywood on the Potomac blogger Janet Donovan spotted in the bar line at the Atlantic, CBS, NJ pre-party. Janet insists this is her last year doing this. “I’ve been doing this since 1971,” she says wearily. “Enough is enough.”

6:55 p.m. Bob Schieffer holding court at the CBS party. Worlds colliding. Glee! kid spotted talking to Mother Jones Bureau Chief David Corn. WTF?

6:59 p.m. CBS news anchor and producer Julie Chen stands out in bright pink dress that may have been the second best frock of the evening. Olivia Wilde’s gown was hard to beat.

7 p.m. Andy Cohen from Bravo is here. He has some schmutz on his blazer.

7: 05 p.m. Overheard: “He’s very brave here coming with his ugly wife.”

7:06 p.m. Reince Priebus sighting. Later he’ll be a dumb joke in Conan’s monologue.

7:16 p.m. Ed Helms telling his girlfriend that people come here “for the food.”

7:17 p.m. Psy‘s handlers are a bunch of asses. “No, we did red carpet interviews. We’re not doing any more.” Regarding Psy and pictures, guest says, “This isn’t Korea. This is America.”

7:18 p.m. Peter cuts U.S. Treasury Sec. Jack Lew in a line. Way to go Peter!

7:19 p.m. CNBC’s Jim Cramer is yelling. Read more

The Dirty Politics Behind Tammy Haddad’s White House Correspondents’ Brunch

Some people are feeling the sting of Tammy Haddad‘s mobster-like tactics this year as emails go unreturned and guests who’ve been attending her White House Correspondents’ Garden Brunch for years are getting the cold shoulder. As the invitation says, the party supports CURE Epilepsy and the Miss America Foundation — no doubt, incredibly worthy causes, especially the first one.

“I’ve been to every one of her parties and I’ve written a check for every one of her fucking charities,” groused one ignored journalist who wasn’t invited this year after being a steadfast guest at the annual party for many years. No explanation offered.

The party, like many in Washington, is a cozy mix of politicians, aides, operatives socialites and journalists. Speaking of charity, last year President Obama‘s then-aide David Axelrod, now an MSNBC Contributor, and his wife, Susan, came to the party. (The Axelrod’s have a daughter who has epilepsy.) Actress Lindsay Lohan, who gets arrested every once in awhile, was there, as was supermodel Elle Macpherson.

“I dropped out of the whole thing when Obama got elected and I began to despise the whole Politico-MSNBC nexus,” said a guest who has attended Tammy’s soirée over the years. “Too ass kissy for me. And the sucking up to Axelrod’s wife? Made me want to puke. I honestly can’t even stand being around it, especially when I think of all the people I genuinely like who I never get to see because I have no time. And I’m hanging out with tools instead? No way.” Read more

Politico’s VandeHei Debuts First Tweet

This is either the start of something really great or the end of the world as we know it.

Politico‘s Executive Editor Jim VandeHei, who has had an official Twitter account for a good while but has never used it, issued his first-ever tweet just moments ago. It concerned his wife, Autumn VandeHei.

Burning questions: Will Politico‘s Exec. Editor take over for @FakeJimVandeHei, VandeHei’s alter ego mystery account, and tweak Politico reporters and WaPo? Will VandeHei turn into a relentless tweeter/retweeter (think TIME‘s Zeke Miller), hang out at Outbeak Steakhouse on the weekends and tweet whatever he sees (a la BuzzFeed‘s John Stanton) or start a war against the Twitter apostrophe (hello TPM‘s Josh Marshall)? Or will he follow a less is more strategy?

Fmr. TWT Editor Blasts TWT, Breitbart

Anneke Green, a senior director at the White House Writers Group and a contributor to Cox Media Group’s Rare, does not tiptoe through Washington. Some may remember how she left her job as Deputy Editor of Op-eds at TWT. In her resignation note, she blasted the organization and those who run it, calling them unprofessional and dishonest.

Here she goes again.

This time, in a complimentary piece on Cox Media Group’s Rare, like a bull in a china shop, she comes crashing down on TWT and Breitbart.com in an op-ed on U.S. News & World Report‘s opinion blog.

“The spring quarter has been a bad one for the conservative message,” she writes. “… “The Washington Times is known to be circling the bowl with layoffs in January and more rumored to be on the way. (Disclosure: I was deputy editor for op-eds until leaving in December.) Breitbart’s bid to become a legitimate outlet has been stymied by a seemingly institutional refusal to follow standard news practices.”

Later in the post, she has another disclaimer. Read more

Boots on the Ground: What’s Joey Boots Tweeting?

Ever since he stalked and filmed FNC and Daily Caller Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson fly fishing in Central Park, we’re hooked on Joey Boots, the videographer with a YouTube Channel and Howard Stern Show contributor. He had us at, “Do you catch your own flies?” And, “Oh, I’m a dumbass.”

This morning, he provides comic relief amid the serious news of the Boston bombing suspects. To the powers that be, can we please trade WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten for Boots and bring him to Washington where he belongs?

1. Boots began his day by walking Gulliver, whom he describes as “The Fart Machine.”

2. Next up: Boots gets fortified for the long day of terrorist TV watching ahead with a hearty Irish breakfast that includes baked beans. He writes, “Going all out Irish for my breakfast- eggs, a couple sweet bangers, grilled tomato & Baked Beans as I’m tied to the unfolding drama.”

3. Then, naturally, he moves on to post-breakfast Porta-Potties.

4. Boots is fascinated with all the crime aspects of what is happening in Watertown. He writes, Listening to the Boston pd scanner is one of the most incredible things I have ever heard – incredible!”

5. He’s also quite the media observer. “CNN putting live video on delay to not compromise security in case suspect watching & to not air anything violent as snipers take to roofs.”

 

TIME’s 100 Skips Journalists

Today TIME releases the 100 Most Influential People in the World. And there’s not a single journalist on it. Thank God. Could you imagine the fat head this person would have?

Nonetheless, there are some D.C. big shots who made the list, including President Obama, his aide, Valerie Jarrett, VP Joe Biden, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.), Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) and more. Others: Shonda Rimes (creator of ABC’s “Scandal”), Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel.

Noteworthy: Fmr. Sec. of State Hillary Clinton writes the profile on Obama, Sarah Palin writes the profile on Paul; Ted Nugent writes the profile on NRA’s Wayne LaPierre and Oprah writes the profile on Rimes. Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Conner is also among the profile writers.

The only writer on the list is George Saunders, a prof at Syracuse University who has written short stories and won a slew of awards.

The feature includes seven different covers. See the complete list here.

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