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Afternoon Reading List 11.05.13

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Press secretary spars with reporter: HuffPost reported yesterday that during a heated White House briefing, reporter Jon Karl of ABC News pressured White House press secretary Jay Carney pretty hard for answers regarding the trail of Obamacare applications that are not submitted through the online system. After Carney has had enough, he actually sounds like a fed up middle school substitute teacher when he retorts with, ”Jon, I get it!” as he mockingly copycats Karl’s aggressive finger-pointing and incessant badgering.

Why you should read/watch it: Watch Carney get flustered. It’s hilarious. He takes it with stride, as any professional in his position would, and the back and forth is worth catching. Read/watch more here.

MSNBC host gets sassy: BuzzFeed’s Dorsey Shaw posted a clip yesterday of Abby Huntsman, co-host of “The Cycle” on MSNBC, as she responds to Mark Halperin and John Heilemann‘s gossipy “Double Down,” and its portrayal of her family in the 2012 presidential race (Huntsman’s father, Jon Huntsman Jr., was a candidate vying for the GOP nod). She drops a sass bomb on the authors, but still half-way recommends the book for its bubblegum appeal, because it’s the flavor D.C.’s media loves to chew.

Why you should watch it: Huntsman’s voracious rebuttal is one long insult directed towards Heilemann and Halperin, and she’s sprinkled it with some pleasant imagery as well. Watch more here.

Whose biblical insight gave Glenn Beck a run for his money?

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Politico’s Mike Allen Recalls Boy Scout Days

UnknownPolitico‘s Mike Allen made the MSNBC “Morning Joe” crew erupt into laughter this morning as he recalled his days as a Boy Scout.

The nearly all-male panel, consisting of New York Magazines John Heilemann, Willie Geist, Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinksi, began discussing a story from the San Francisco Examiner about an 18 -foot sea creature found off the California coast.

Just when they were moving onto the next topic, Allen piped up and said…

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Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

SO FORGET ABOUT INTERVIEWING BOB WOODWARD? “I’ve never really understood the people who get a nasty phone call and get on TV and talk about it. It’s part of the job. You do a story that they don’t like, you’re going to get yelled at, you listen to them or you yell back and then you move on.” — CNN’s Jake Tapper, whose show, “The Lead,” debuts today at 4 p.m.

Journalist encounters swarm of ladybugs

“I like/admire ladybugs, but why do I suddenly have 500 of them swarming inside one of my windows? One use for a leafblower: shoo ‘em out.” — The Atlantic‘s James Fallows.

Liberal profanity at CPAC

“CPAC 2013 Unfiltered: ‘what a piece of shit’; ‘he’s a douche’; ‘she can blow me’; ‘no fucking way’ #liberaluseofprofanity” — Roll Call HOH writer Warren Rojas.

Journo watchdog complains about CPAC shuttle

“How many people have been stranded by the horrid CPAC 2013 shuttle service? Must have been set up by a liberal.” — Accuracy in Media’s Don Irvine.

Martin strikes out at Levin over Lil Wayne

“I see TMZ’s Harvey Levin deleted his tweet saying Lil Wayne was being given his ‘last rites.’ Talk about poor sourcing. Unbelievable!” — CNN and Washington Watch’s Roland Martin.

 

And a WaPo Express columnist defends TMZ

“Anyways, I hope Wayne is fine, obviously. But acting like TMZ doesn’t break news with regularity is pretty illogical.” — WaPo ExpressClinton Yates.

The Observer

“Interesting what the CPAC pols are getting defensive about: being crazy, being bigoted, being out of touch. Too close to home?” — Marketing writer Deborah Brody.

Oversharing Sherri

“Was so excited to get a great bra fit from Molly Hopkins & Cynthia Richards of @DoubleDivasTV that I went & ordered 6 bras 38Fheaven” — ABC “The View’s” Sherri Shepherd.

News after our own hearts

“Good news: Fish populations in the U.S. have been rebounding since 1996.” — WaPo‘s Brad Plumer with a link to this story.

“Just got news that my brother-in-law changed his name to Goldfish. GOLDFISH.” — @mastodfow.

Important Q to Ponder: “OK all you Rhodes scholars, I get it. I misspelled CYPRUS. Should I gouge out my eyeballs?” — Politico‘s Ben WhitePlease, Ben, no. This is disturbing.

And speaking of gouged eyeballs… “Actual thing said at Saturday night party: ‘That was so kind of you to like my picture on Facebook.’ – Politico‘s Patrick Gavin.

High hopes

“Reactions to learning of tonight’s dinner plans: 1. I should wear some real clothes. 2. I should comb my hair.” — Vintage blogger Lisa Rowan.

 

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Hoover-Avlon the Next Gen of Bipartisan Coupling?

Looks like superpundits James Carville and Mary Matalin have some competition for the new face of bipartisanship with the likes of John Avlon and Margaret Hoover.  Or maybe this could just be the start of a new reality TV series, “The Battle of Bipartisan Coupling.” As we’ve reported, CNN has tried them out in a pilot — who knows if they’ll get a gig.

Either way, the political-duo seemed at home in the hometown of  Carville and Matalin for the Bipartisan Policy Center’s 4th Annual Political Summit last night in New Orleans.  The annual event… Read more

Morning Weirdness: Mika’s Baby Obsession

For the past few days MSNBC “Morning Joe” Co-host Mika Brzezinksi has been grasping onto babies and toddlers in Boca Raton, Fla., the site of the show for the final presidential debate. Yesterday she and Joe Scarborough each clutched an African American baby girl in their laps at various points in the show. The cuteness faded fast and seemed to degenerate into heated competition between the hosts — who did the baby like more? At different points you could hear the baby in the peach dress wailing.

Is anyone else finding this as dumb as we are?

See the parade of half pints…

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Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day: The V.P. Debate Edition

“Biden is better than Viagra for senior citizens #vpdebate” — ABC’s “The View” and Current TV’s Joy Behar.

Praise for Martha!

“Martha Raddatz already won this debate.” — lawyer and CNN Contributor Rachel Sklar.

“Can we have Martha do the debates at Hofstra and Boca, too?” — New York magazine’s John Heilemann.

“Hold Ryan’s feet to the fire Martha! That’s right!” — D.C. Councilman and former Mayor Marion Barry.

“Asking Martha Raddatz to moderate my Thanksgiving dinner.” — JRC’s Ryan Beckwith.

“Have we mentioned in the past 3 minutes what a great #VPdebate Martha Raddatz is running? Yep.” — Mother Jones.

“Martha Raddatz is doing a great job. Substantive and also maintaining control.” — NBC’s David Gregory.

“Holy smokes does @MarthaRaddatz know her facts or what?” — Photographer Lauren Burke.

Down with Martha!

It seems like whenever @PaulRyanVP is getting on a roll, Martha ‘Obama attended my wedding’ Raddatz cuts him off.” — The Daily Caller‘s Matthew Boyle, who added, “Martha ‘Obama attended my wedding’ Raddatz shouldn’t be allowed to moderate any more debates in future. She’s failed.”

“THE MARTHA AND JOE TAGTEAM INTERRUPTING RYAN.” — Conservative blogger Robert Stacy McCain.

“I’m sorry, after tonight I cannot support the Lehrer-Raddatz ticket.” — National Review‘s Jim Geraghty.

A compliment and an insult for Martha

“The thing about @MarthaRaddatz is she’s a reporter, not an anchor.” — Slate‘s Farhad Manjoo.

Debate fallout: Top Thoughts 

“Crossfire: VEEP edition.” — NYT‘s Nick Confessore.

“Old guys acting like a jerk ain’t cool. Think Romney’s jeans-wearing is also silly, for what it’s worth.” — Washington Examiner‘s Paul Bedard.

“Biden translation: I’ve been boys with Bibi since you were in diapers little buddy.” — CBS’s Kaylee Hartung.

“Biden is noticeably more loose. More folksy. Ryan has been solid..and his little interjection just now showed some life.” — NationalReviewOnline‘s Robert Costa.

“There is a real hair-product gap between the Obama-Biden and Romney-Ryan tickets.” — The New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza.

“Biden is seriously annoying. Shut up dude.” — The Daily Caller‘s Paul Conner.

“Biden basically uncorking every line liberals wanted Obama to use.” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel.

“Fair to say Biden is speaking with details and Ryan in broad platitudes. Reflects their backgrounds on this subject matter.” — HuffPost‘s Sam Stein.

“This is better than Jerry Springer!” — Reason magazine’s Peter Suderman.

“I think Biden thinks he had his Lloyd Bentsen ‘you’re no Jack Kennedy’ moment with his “you’re kennedy now?” line. He didn’t.” — NationalReviewOnline‘s Jonah Goldberg.

“It is frightening right now how much Joe Biden reminds me of my dad (also from Scranton)” — NYT‘s Ashley Parker.

“Amazing Ryan is keeping his cool. I’m not onstage and Biden is starting to piss me off.” — The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball.

“Biden is going full-Biden tonight.” — RealClearPolitics reporter Scott Conroy.

“Seriously, Biden is just schooling young Ryan…fun to watch tho” — Media MattersEric Boehlert.

“What’s weird: Biden a little too loose, Ryan a little too tight.” — WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza.

“Biden fueled up for debate last few days on M&Ms, animal crackers & Gatorade. Sugar high appeared to kick in around 8:59 ET”  — West Wing Report‘s Paul Brandus.

“You have to admit, Biden is on fire.” — UVA Political Science Prof Larry Sabato.

“The Biden smile. its like a thousand snarky hate daggers” — BuzzFeed Washington Bureau Chief John Stanton.

“I think they tightened @JoeBiden’s hair plugs a little too much tonight.” — TownHall‘s Derek Hunter.

“Biden has mastered the art of answering the subject (and not the question), which is very effective in debates.” — The Week.com‘s Marc Ambinder.

“I’m 47 and not rich. I’m going to need Social Security, fuckers.” — WashingtonStakeOut.com  blogger Sam Husseini, who is also Comm. Director for the Institute for Public Accuracy.

“This debate is terrible. It is not a matter of who wins. It is a matter of this is just the kind of politics people hate.” — GOP Pollster Dick Morris.

“How this debate differs from fish: It takes three days for a fish to start stinking.” — Reason magazine’s Nick Gillespie.

And now, Chris Cillizza for the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte

“The pumpkin spice latte is the Raul Ibanez of coffee drinks. It’s not always around but when it is, it’s very, very good.” — WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza.

Photo Credit: A parade of compliments poured in for the above Reuters photograph of Joe Biden and Paul Ryan. 

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

 

“He’ll be insufferable now.” — MSNBC “Morning Joe” Contributor Mike Barnicle reacting to TIME‘s Mark Halperin role in “Game Change” winning four Emmys last night. Halperin wrote the 2010 book that later became a movie with New York magazine’s John Heilemann.

Luke says Dad is among the ghosts

“.@brainsalsa Great shot. He’s there with the ghosts Bruce mentions.” — NBC’s Luke Russert, in reference to a picture from a Bruce Springsteen concert. After Salsa wrote and told him he’s in the front row of a Springsteen concert and misses Luke’s dad “a ton,” Luke tells his new acquaintance that Tim Russert is among the ghosts. Um, creepy?

Arianna says buon giorno to HuffPost Italy 

“Arrived in Rome for the launch of L’Huffington Post Italia.” — AOL-HuffPost Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington.

Important Q’s to Ponder: “Why am I sitting in traffic in LA at 7:30 on a Saturday? Don’t people have somewhere to be already?” — Politico‘s Ginger Gibson.

Scribe notices peculiar blend of hotel guests

“Interesting vibe in my hotel. 3 conventions going on: funeral directors, financial planners, Rwandans” — WaPo‘s Karen Tumulty.

Dowd dismisses Stuart Stevens

“You get the sense that the strategist considers himself cooler than the candidate, that he’s too hip to walk through fire for Mitt and that he lacks confidence that Romney could be a better campaigner. He treats Mitt like a cardboard cutout, never asking him to risk anything or pushing him to be big, bold and inspirational.” — NYT Columnist Maureen Dowd in reference to Mitt Romney‘s Campaign Strategist Stuart Stevens in her Sunday column.

Reporters get shaft on Romney plane

“In the 2 hours the press was off Romney plane in SD, a new curtain has been installed to separate the reporters from the staff section.” — NBC News’ Garrett Haake.

Ana Marie unveils her weekend plans

“Boyfriend has mysterious journey planned for bday: ‘wear comfortable clothes, bring toiletries, and something nice for later.’” — The Guardian‘s Ana Marie Cox.

Speaking of the weekend…

“Rihanna, thanks for being the song in my head. Cheers to the freakin’ weekend… I drink to that, yeahh yeahhh.” — Politico Publicist Olivia Petersen.

Preacher Sophia gets prayed up  

“Boy do I have a whole LOT to say-God is doing some stuff in and for me. It’s kinda scary, crazy, wonderful. When I get back 2 VA will share!” — Essence and theGrio.com columnist Sophia Nelson.

Self-appointed media critic

“This MTP roundtable is really good. @JoeNBC vs.Bay Buchanan is exquisite.” — Politico Capitol Hill reporter Jake Sherman temporarily parts with his Phish obsession to watch MTP.

Noteworthy: AP‘s Kasie Hunt appeared on the Fox News Sunday panel for the first time this weekend.

 

 

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

CRAPPY CAR SIGHTING: “Sen. Richard Burr’s (R-N.C.) car is a sight to behold (it’s called ‘The Thing’)” — WaPo’s Aaron Blake. The senator explained, “It’ll take more than a fire to stop the Thing. Back on the rd. Alive, well, running like a dream.”

Creepy stalker fanboy says hi to Molly Ringwald

“@secupp PLEASE tell Molly Ringwald I said ‘hi’ #NotACreepyStalkerFanBoyOrAnythingLikeThat” — Conservative blogger and former TWTer Robert Stacy McCain. Ringwald appeared on MSNBC’s The Cycle Thursday.

Breitbart.com editor turns Ben Smith into a verb

“MY LATEST –> Hilariously bad journalism here –> #BenSmithing Paul Ryan: BuzzFeed Story Undermines Its Own Headline.” — Breitbart.com editor John Nolte on arch enemy BuzzFeed Political Editor Ben Smith. The story is hereWhat flattery! Who doesn’t want to be turned into a verb?

The Defender

“Sorry to see conservatives piling on @JanCBS. I’m a big fan of hers.” — RedState Editor and CNN Contributor Erick Erickson in reference to Jan Crawford.

Journo to attend little sis’ wedding

“The blushing bride is running about two hours late to pick me up at the airport. I’m not saying a word.#dangerzone.” — ReutersSam Youngman upon arrival in Kentucky, where wifi connection will be sparse. The voyage there was potentially iffy. “When people pronounce Louisville correctly (Lulvull), I assume they’re either locals or drunk. Hope my pilot was a native.”

Speaking of weddings…

“I’ll start typing political nonsense again next week… For now I am focusing on not fucking up my best friend’s wedding.” — The Guardian and Salon‘s journo vagabond Jim Newell. What could possibly go wrong?

It’s not you, it’s me.

“If I could generalize about the stuff that’s said and written about him, it’s that it’s usually much more of a reflection of the person who’s doing the writing than it is about him. So it’s possible John Heilemann doesn’t like people. That’s possible. It’s weird.” — Vanity Fair Contributor Michael Lewis on his profile of President Obama to Bloomberg.

OMG: Springsteen Bound!

“Before the ‘OMG I’m a cool kid bc I am at Springsteen’ tweets start tnight, let it be known I liked him when it wasn’t cool back in Texas.” — Roll Call‘s Abby Livingston.

 

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

“Nations Triathlon done in 3:08 (Olympic). Now, about that milkshake…” — Politico‘s Patrick Gavin, who completed Sunday’s triathlon. Our own Peter Ogburn also finished the race. His time was six minutes ahead of Gavin’s.

Journo declares she’s not pregnant!

“Tornado has passed. Thank the Lord. I am headed to grocery store. I am nesting (did I just say that). I’ll explain later. NO not Preggers!” — Essence and theGrio columnist Sophia Nelson.

Editor gets socked in face by dog

“Playing with Fergus just now, he punched me in the face. Lesson: Great Danes have a hell of a right cross. Also, #shiner.” — New York magazine’s National Affairs Editor John Heilemann.

Reading between the lines

“Whenever a newspaper announces a major redesign sell its stock short. Redesign is the last refuge of a desperate management.” — Barron‘s Washington Editor James McTague.

The “optics” of Mitt and Ann on MTP

“I am sorry, but this thing about Ann Romney joining Mitt on MTP is just plain weird.” — The optics are horrible- makes him look weak.” — Quinn & Gillespie’s Jim Manley, a former longtime Democratic Senate aide. “Wasn’t it just ystd that Ann Romney was refusing to answer tough political questions? I hope to god mtp won’t let her get away with that.” A follower agreed, asking,”Why can’t the chickenshit go on MTP by himself to actually answer some substantive policy questions? Uses Ann for protection.” MTP Executive Producer Betsy Fischer Martin tried to make it sound all nicey nice, and replied directly to Manley: “We had a long sitdown with Mitt solo this morning. Mrs. Romney joined for a short convo Friday on the Bus! Glad they did it.”

Pundit faces disappointing donut issue at airport

“Seriously, who eats cold donuts? It’s 5:21 am! I can’t stand cold donuts. Don’t know why donut joints at airports don’t have microwaves.” — CNN Contributor Roland Martin over the weekend.

And other traveling journos see glass half empty

“They forced me to check my bag. I assume they’ll lose it. I don’t really need those clothes anyway.” — The Washington Examiner‘s David Freddoso.

“That brief moment of disappointment when you step off the moving walkway and you’re slow again.” – The Takeaway‘s Washington radio correspondent Todd Zwillich.

Homeward Bound

“I miss my kids so much that I can’t wait till I hear them whine.#thatwontlast” — The Hill‘s Managing Editor Bob Cusack after two weeks of convention coverage.

VandeHei on Maher

“Politico’s VandeHei claims Dems just as big liars as Repubs–classic Politico–and Maher and Katrina call bullshit.” — The Nation‘s Greg Mitchell in reference to Politico Exec. Editor Jim VandeHei’s Friday evening appearance on HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher.”

The Birthday Boy

“Yeah, so I’m 25 years old today. Weird. I feel old.” — The Daily Caller‘s Matthew Boyle on Sunday. Happy Birthday Boyle!

Boybander refers to self as “libtard”

“Typical of libtard MSM to expect Team Romney to be able to explain their guy’s pre-existing conditions plan before bragging about it on TV.” — Slate‘s economics writer Matt Yglesias in a moment of liberal irony.

A new ridiculous Twitter vocabulary word from JMART

“So how many more sports bars will chicago send obama to tween now and elex day? Thinking 1x per wk.” — Politico‘s Senior Political Reporter Jonathan Martin whose apparently tween a rock and hard place when it comes to writing on Twitter.

A long and stormy night complete with sewage

  • “On Adams Mill Road during storm, water, presumably sewage, was shooting into the air from under a displaced manhole cover labeled ‘sewer.’” — National Journal Senate reporter Dan Friedman. A storm blew through D.C. Saturday afternoon, leaving many without electricity.
  • “Effing bloody hell. I’ve been through earthquakes forest fires urban riots. #Enough w these#incompetence-driven disasters #OrganizingNow” — Chronicle of Higher Education and author Amy Alexander.
  • “CRAZY WEATHER:Traffic signs, cones blown across Rt. 110. HEAVY downpours. STRONG winds.” — TV reporter Mike Conneen.

 Peter Ogburn contributed to this report.

Mika Bristle’s at Major’s Anti-’Forward’ Opinion

If you were watching MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” this morning, you were bound to feel minor bouts of anxiety as things grew more than a little awkward when National Journal‘s Major Garrett came on the set. Major isn’t an incessant regular on the morning program, so what could have been an intriguing exchange instead of the typical Mark Halperin-John Heilemann Game Change punditry turned into Mika Brzezinksi leading the pack against Major.

All over the word “forward” he wrote about in a Tuesday column.

Mika bristled over the column in which Major dismissed President Obama‘s “forward” campaign slogan. According to the reporter’s sources, Democrats aren’t necessarily thrilled about the one-word slogan. Major found it lacking to say the least. He’s the President, he can say whatever he wants, he argued. Outsiders can have one-word slogans. But the President? He should have more. “Does the Obama campaign feel trapped in the branding of the 2008 campaign?” Major asked on “Morning Joe.”

Though it seemed to be an odd thing to get so incensed over, Mika stood her ground (we’re not sure what planet the ground was on, but nonetheless, her ground) and flat out disagreed with Major, who thought using the word “forward” was pretty pointless if not “vacuous” when what he said Obama needs to do is reassure voters in the present tense. “What are Republicans supposed to do, clap?” asked Mika with a bite in her voice. “No,” replied Major. Mika soon replied, “I’m not trying to be mean, but I don’t get it.”

Could it be that Major hit too close to the nerve center of MSNBC’s pollyanna “Lean Forward” campaign? Whatever he said, she disagreed with it. So did HalperHeile, who said it saves printing costs for the add campaign. HalperHeile dismissed Major’s point, saying all slogans are one to three words.

Watch the awkward exchange here. See the pictures above and notice the growing non-smile spread across Major’s face.

Major declined to comment on this morning’s “Morning Joe” appearance.

 

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