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Morning Chatter

DOG DAYS OF AUGUST: “Perfect way to end a long day.”Erin Ruberry, HuffPostBlog Managing Editor and Contributor Editor to HuffPostDC.

Confessional. 

“The guy next to me is reading a romance novel on his iPad. I can’t stop snooping and reading. #help” — Politico‘s Madeline Marshall.

Quote Taken Completely Out of Context

“This is normally the point in the cycle where someone pens a disingenuous defense of that Daily Beast prison rape story.” — Politico‘s Blake Hounshell.

“The first time I saw that scene I almost peed myself.” — Conservative author and radio host Jason Mattera (we don’t even want to know).

The Astute Observer

“What seems most strange to me about Hannah Anderson is she doesn’t seem upset about her mother and brother being murdered.” — TWT‘s Emily Miller.

Travel Bitches

“Waited for 10 taxis at DCA until one came by that accepted credit cards. Was this too much to ask?” — AP‘s Jack Gillum.

Did someone say fish?

“I can drink beer like a fish. In an aquarium of beer.” — Stefan Becket, who handles Social Media at New York magazine.

President Obama phones the tough lady 

“President today called Antoinette Tuff, the woman who was hero of Atlanta shooting, and praised her for courage #fnpolitics” — Fox News Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry.

Important Q to Ask Ourselves: “Is Speaker Newt Gingrich @Newt_Gingrich going to get eaten alive at CNN?” — Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 7:59 a.m.

The Daily Caller‘s hilarious dog story

“Hilarious bit of trolling from the Daily Caller: ‘The Obamas do not have any white dogs.’” — HuffPost‘s Elise Foley. The story‘s headline: “The Obamas got a new puppy, everyone!” The final two lines of the story…”With the addition of Sunny, the Obamas now have two black Portuguese water dogs. The Obamas do not have any white dogs.”

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Layoffs at Politico? HuffPost, Please.

When HuffPost‘s Michael Calderone left in Politico in March of 2010, no love was lost on either end. The whys of that are hard to decipher — he broke news and worked at a feverish pace as most reporters there do — but the fit was never a good one. Which may help explain his rollout of anti-Politico stories in recent months, the latest of which has Politico laying people off, even though the decisions appear to be nothing of the kind. In June of last year, Calderone wrote a lengthy insiders piece on his former employer. In it, he reported on the “stressful, hamster wheel” environment in which a “handful of reporters receive preferential treatment from company leadership, while the majority are left drifting in a far off galaxy.”

In his most recent story on Politico, Calderone reported that two people have been let go in recent days — Photo Editor Jay Westcott, who opted to go public with the news on Facebook and Twitter and Jess Kamen, a technology reporter. These things are usually quiet matters. But there’s nothing quiet about Westcott, who also went public last September about his split from his fiancé, Madeline Marshall, also a Politico employee, and told his Facebook pals about his heartbreak. After she changed her status to “single”, Westcott snapped, “I took that picture. Take it down.” Eventually he seemed to come to his senses when he wrote, “I am devastated. I have to get off Facebook.”

So two people were shown the door. As Politico’s Editor-in-Chief John Harris eventually told Calderone for his story, Publisher Robert Allbritton has given them the green light to expand and bring on 30 new hires in 2013 — does this sound like a season of layoffs? To be sure, the word “layoff” is a loaded one and HuffPost, a Politico competitor, was sure to use it in their headline. The word, like it or not, denotes a company that’s struggling. On Sunday, WaPo media writer Erik Wemple also questioned Calderone’s use of the word. “Here’s one instance in which terminology matters a great deal,’ he wrote. “‘Layoffs,’ after all, sends a signal that the organization is shrinking, unable to meet its budgets with current staffing levels. If that’s the case here, it’s a giant story…” If not, he added, it’s a “far less consequential story.”

But Politico, struggling? WaPo recently made big offers to Alexander Burns and Maggie Haberman. Both rejected them to stay.

In Wemple’s story we learn that Politicos such as Harris, Jim VandeHei, Mike Allen, Haberman, Danielle Jones and Kim Kingsley have all signed multi-year contracts, crushing any impression that an exodus is underway. “He got played by bad sources because a few junior people left,” a media observer explained. “Politico has people come and go every week, so some variation of his dumb and naïve story could run most months.”

Asked to comment on whether he holds any ill will against his former employer and whether “layoffs” was a proper word to use, Calderone remarked to FishbowlDC… Read more

Morning Chatter

Quotes Of The Day

JOURNO LOVE: “Political dream team – the two best campaign embeds in America hard at work in Celina, OH” They are Emily Friedman and Shushannah Walshe. — ABC’s Jonathan Karl.

The Self-Appointed Weatherman

Our resident trusty weatherman, FBDC’s Eddie Scarry, reports, “PSA: Hurricane residue in Washington today; really, REALLY rainy, high of 53F.”

Everyone‘s a weatherman, right? “Light-to-moderate rain early this morning across D.C. Some ponding on the roads, but the rain will get heavier as the morning goes on.” — NJ “The Hotline’s” Polling Editor Steven Shepard.

Baier Vomit

“Both kids 5 & 2 wanted ‘hurricane stories’ at bedtime 2nite as Sandy approaches. I have covered 14 of them but bedtime versions take finesse.” — FNC anchor Bret Baier.

Waffling Hurricane Humor

“Q: What do you call a frozen waffle in a hurricane? A: #Sandy Eggo” — Mediaite White House Correspondent Tommy Christopher. We hope he tries Knock Knock jokes as the day wears on.

Do Not Piss Ethan Off People

“It’s not funny to send false information about this storm to trick people. Grow up, Twitter.” — HuffPost Social Media Editor Ethan Klapper.

Priorities.

“Love the bangs @WeatherKim!” — NBC Washington’s Angie Goff at 4:30 a.m.

Sherri Shepherd shares hurricane anecdote we could’ve done without

“Trying to get things ready re hurricane – Filled up the bathtub w water and Jeffrey promptly took his clothes off and got ready to jump in!” — ABC “The View’s” Sherri Shepherd.

Editor teaches son to shave

“Taught my son how to shave tonight. Time really does fly. #memories” — The Hill’s Managing Editor Bob Cusack.

Journo dreams of Bobby Brown, Whitney Houston

“I had a dream last night that @FreeBeacon was purchased by Bobby Brown. Whitney was still alive and I had to explain sequestration to her.” — Free Beacon‘s Adam Kredo.

Weather Hype: OH MY GOD, it’s a Hurricane!

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Politico Photog Strips Facebook of Wedding Woes

Over the weekend Politico colleagues Jay Westcott, a staff photographer, and Madeline Marshall, a web producer, revealed their breakup in the most public of ways: Facebook. The couple, who became engaged in June, called it quits over the weekend. Westcott, in particular, took to Facebook to reveal how upset he was and friends reached out to him in sympathy. It was the kind of thing that made you wince reading it.

Since Sunday, however, Westcott has stripped his Facebook account of all mentions of the split. It’s unclear whether he was ordered to do this by Politico management, or whether he chose to return the contents of his private life to some semblance of privacy all on his own.

We reached out to Politico Editor-in-Chief John Harris and Westcott for comment. Harris said he preferred not to weigh in on the personal matters of employees. We are learned, however, that behind the scenes Politico did not instruct Westcott to alter his Facebook page.

Trouble in Paradise: It’s Splitsville for Politico Couple

Politico‘s famously engaged couple called off their wedding over the weekend in a very public breakup on Facebook. The ordeal was so shocking that one of our tipsters got confused and thought the whole thing was a joke.

But no joke.

Jay Westcott, a staff photographer, and Madeline Marshall, a video producer, became engaged in June after dating for two years. At the time, the newsroom was all gushing sentiment for the couple. But over the weekend news of their breakup spread like wildfire as Marshall changed her Facebook status from “engaged” to “single.”

That’s when things got ugly.

After Marshall changed her status, Westcott commented: “That was easy for you.” She also changed her profile picture and Westcott remarked: “I took that. Take it down.”

Eventually Westcott seemed to regain his composure and declared, “I am devastated. I have to get off Facebook.”

But Facebook soon became an outpouring of sympathy, with friends telling him they’d be there for him for whatever he needs. Well, how about a car? He mentioned that he no longer has one since the couple shared it. He’s also stuck in an apartment 10 minutes from the Politico newsroom where he got down on one knee and proposed. “Stuck in the apartment we called home,” Westcott wrote.

One thing friends won’t be able to help with is returning the ring. Too late. “Wouldn’t you know it, I’m outside the return period to return the ring. #fml,” Westcott added.

Damn. So much for Mike Allen officiating the nuptials.

See the rest of the visuals…you don’t want to miss this.

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Politico Spruces Up Video, Media Teams

Politico is making changes to its video and media teams. Key points: 1. Carrie Stevenson, a 20-year veteran of CNN, has been hired as executive producer of their live shows at the summer presidential conventions. 2. Lauren Pulte has been promoted to Video Manager and Producer. 3. Olivia Petersen has been promoted to Media Relations Manager. 4. They’ve hired Jacqueline Corba as their New Media Coordinator. They plucked her from GWU, where she was until last week. 5. Alexander Trowbridge (or “Trow” as they like to call him in the wilds of Rosslyn) will now be a Video Reporter. 6. Julio Negron has been promoted to Senior Video Producer. 6. Madeline Marshall is their “newest” video producer, whose recent claim to fame is being proposed to in the newsroom. She’s engaged to Photo Editor Jay Westcott.

See the memo…

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Politico Photog Pops Question in Newsroom

Maybe you’ve been blissfully hiding under a rock today and didn’t hear the news? A Politico couple got engaged this afternoon in the thick of deadlines in a hamlet called Rosslyn. It’s a first for the newsroom. As one reader put it, “What a romantic story….  Engaged in the swampiest journalism hole there is.”

But seriously…congratulations to the happy couple, photog Jay Westcott and video producer Madeline Marshall, on POLITICO’s first wedding proposal, a publicist wrote us. In Politico humor, they have officially WON THE AFTERNOON. And if you don’t believe us, you’ll see it proclaimed in Politico Playbook in the morning just after 5 a.m. if a certain author keeps to his regular schedule. Here, we’ll give him a head start.

SHOT: The couple has been together for two years. Jay was a guest speaker in the Madeline’s photography business class at Corcoran College of Art + Design, where she earned her BFA in photojournalism. CHASER: This afternoon she thought they were prepping for a video shoot.

The first blip we noticed about the engagement came from Politico livestream superstar Ginger Gibson who cracked the news on Twitter,  saying, “Well, that was a break from the normal day, there was just a proposal in the middle of the POLITICO newsroom.” To which CNN’s Lizzie O’Leary quickly asked, “What?! Who?!”

To the happy couple: We hope VandeHarris lets you take off for your honeymoon. And Jay, please don’t contemplate reading Marco Rubio books on your honeymoon like  a certain colleague (cough, cough Jonathan Martin). On a positive note, we do hope you’ll let Mike Allen officiate the nuptials.