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Michael Steele Joins theGrio.com

In the “Shameless Plugs” portion of MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown, MSNBC Political Analyst Michael Steele announced that he will begin writing for theGrio.com.

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The Return of Queen Levine

Just when it looked like liberal radio host Mark Levine had faded into the night, he makes a comeback on Current TV’s Say Anything with Joy Behar.

Levine — or, as we’ve come to know and love him, her majesty Queen Levine for his demanding demeanor — was on the show last night with former RNC Chairman Michael Steele talking about conservative author Ann Coulter‘s recent “retard” tweet.

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Cy-Fi: Michael Steele Booey Bombed at DNC

Today  we begin a new feature in which we pull any newsworthy bits from Fox News’ The Five and its MSNBC counterpart, The Cycle and analyze the relationships and personalities of the opposing shows. In short, we watch so you don’t have to.

Former Republican National Committee chairman Michael Steele may be the most disciplined TV news contributor. Nothing throws him off track; not even random shouts of “HOWARD STERN’S PENIS!”

Steele appeared Wednesday as a guest on MSNBC’s The Cycle from the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte. They asked him to compare and contrast the Republican Convention from last week and the first day in Charlotte. While Steele described the atmosphere in Charlotte in front of a live crowd outside the convention hall, a man started yelling “BA BA BOOEY! BA BA BOOEY! HOWARD STERN’S PENIS! BA BA BOOEY!” Steele continued unperturbed.

The “Booey Bomb,” as this incident is commonly referred to, is a prank played by onlookers of a live radio or TV broadcast. It originated on The Howard Stern Show.

Following the Booey Bomb, Steele was what we’ll call “baby bombed.” In the middle of his commentary on the speeches that had taken place at the convention, a baby was held up in the background for no less than 10 seconds. It was a complete distraction from Steele’s words. He pressed on.

Finally, at the tail end of his segment, the entire crowd got in on the fun of disrupting Steele. “FOUR MORE YEARS! FOUR MORE YEARS!” they chanted. Steele seemed to cave. As the The Cycle‘s hosts thanked him for being on the program, an exasperated Steele said, “Eight more weeks. Eight more weeks.”

Bill Maher: Mike who?

Politico‘s Mike Allen has been featured on the cover of New York Times magazine, WaPo and HuffPost. Most everyone working in D.C political news media reads his “Playbook” and knows who he is. And yet, somehow his existence escaped HBO’s Bill Maher, who had no idea until Friday. And he still might not know.

Makes a person want to scream in Maher’s face: What kind of an idiot are you?

Republican strategist Michael Steele was a guest on the panel during Friday’s edition of “Real Time with Bill Maher.” While talking about the fast-changing media landscape Steele said, “You find that bloggers actually are directing the news on any given day. The first thing in the morning, someone like Mike Allen and his political profile. How we start the day…”

Who?,” Maher interrupted. “Mike Allen, he’s a big blogger out of Washington, D.C,” Steele explained.

We see two potential problems here. First, Allen is the chief White House correspondent for Politico, not a blogger. Second, why doesn’t Maher, a pretty savvy political commentator not know who Allen is? Quick, get him on the Playbook listserve!

Allen hasn’t responded to our request for comment.

Spotted: Michael Steele in the Fox News Newsroom

Since he just signed on as an MSNBC Political Analyst pretty weird that former RNC Chairman Michael Steele, who has been all over the MSNBC airwaves in the past 24 hours, was spotted in the Fox News’s Washington newsroom as of 10:48 this morning. He was seen chatting with people in the newsroom.

One spy remarked, “All very bizarre. Fox is so competitive I’m shocked they let him in the building.”

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(A Sprinkling of Things We Think You Ought to Know…)

Tucker’s Green Suede Shoes: Today Politico‘s Patrick Gavin brings us a peculiar story from the website Racked, which has a feature about items people regret buying. The site posed the question to The Daily Caller Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson. His answer involved an ugly green suede shoe purchase in LA for a costume party (riiiight, a costume party). “It’s possible I had a fever,” he told Racked about the purchase. Read the full item here. We took liberties with a shoe visual since he tossed the originals in the trash.

In Case You Missed It…Along with his new column in The Root, former RNC Chairman Michael Steele will now be a political analyst on MSNBC.

Salter takes a sledgehammer to WaPo blogger: Mark Salter, senior adviser to Sen. John McCain‘s (R-Ariz.) presidential campaign, takes WaPo‘s conservative blogger Jennifer Rubin to task in Real Clear Politics this morning for her harsh treatment of Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels, who dropped out of the presidential race this week. Salter, who laments the fact that Daniels isn’t running, calls her “a prolific enthusiast of the disrespect and bombast that characterize much of our politics,” and said she doesn’t really speak for “key blocs of the Republican Party.”

The Daily Caller or Hedonism III? You Decide

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At The Daily Caller, life is loose.

And actions do speak louder than words. On Wednesday night editorial staff and friends of The Daily Caller partied it up with their brand new Keg-O-rater sponsored by Pilsner Urquell. The office has a coffee machine, too. But as Spokeswoman Becca Glover put it, “We don’t have rules. Tucker is 100 percent about freedom. If you can drink and do your job, that’s your decision. It’s all about freedom.”

Being responsible is a plus, but it isn’t mandatory.

What some may not know is this isn’t the first time The Daily Caller has employed unorthodox hedonism when it comes to their reporters. Back at their launch party held at the home of lobbyist Juleanna Glover, party organizers purchased six cartons of Marlboro Reds and by the night’s end, partygoers and DC staff had smoked through all the cartons.

As first reported by Politico, Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson was a no-show to the party. He was tending to journalism business – he was in Manhattan to appear on FNC’s “Hannity” Wednesday night and on ABC’s GMA the following morning. Publisher Neil Patel was on hand. So were a slew of Daily Caller reporters, such as Alex Pappas, Jonathan Strong (and his wife, Anna Beth), Chris Moody, Caroline May, and Deputy Editor Jamie Weinstein with his girlfriend, Lonnie. Daily Caller’s V.P. of Sales Alex Treadway was there and in charge of dealing with pouring beer and dealing with the Keg-O-rater (not a hard job, but an important one). Others in attendance included Politico’s Kiki Ryan and Politico Click’s newest hires Karin Tanabe and Natasha Lennard. Fox News booker Lauren Torlone was there. So were The Weekly Standard‘s Mike McCormack and Mary Katherine Ham.

Some building party moochers (they claimed they were verbally invited to the party – and okay, we believe them) were Gordon Zweig, Jose Biaou and Eric Hynek. They all work at a commercial real estate firm and were enjoying the beer.

A slightly amusing moment occurred when…

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RTCA Dinner Wrap-Up

We think the President said it best- “The jokes may not be as good, but neither is the guest list.”

There were no TomKat or Ashton and Demi sightings. The biggest star (and highest dress slit) in the room was former Miss California Carrie Prejean, followed in star power by actor Tate Donovan and Angelina Jolie‘s brother James Haven.

But the 2009 RTCA dinner did light up the Washington Convention Center with DC journo star power- those attending included Andrea Mitchell, Chris Matthews, Lara Logan, Chip Reid, Major Garrett (check him out with Prejean in a photo after the jump), Chuck Todd, Jonathan Karl, Bill Plante, Savannah Guthrie, Ed Henry, Bill Press, Contessa Brewer, Luke Russert, Maureen Orth, Willie Geist, Mika and Joe, Judy Woodruff, Lawrence O’Donnell (and Norah and Kelly), Nancy Cordes, Steve Capus, David Bohrman, Robin Sproul, Heidi Collins, Carl Cameron, John Harwood, Mike Allen and Mark Whitaker to name a few.

As well as Robert Gibbs, Bill Burton and Laura Capps, Michael Steele (actually seated at a CBS table with Burton), Dana Perino, Samantha Powers, Ken Salazar (donning a cowboy hat), Austan Goolsbee, Gordon Johndroe, David Axelrod, Eric Holder, Sen. Susan Collins, Rep. Chris Van Hollen, Leon Panetta and Rep. Glenn Nye.

The dinner was a little unconventional than most. Before dinner was served, there were various performances by JibJab, the Onion News Network and Sweet Honey on the Rocks (a favorite of Michelle Obama, though she did not attend). RTCA chair and the evening’s emcee Heather Dahl introduced President Obama, who left soon after this remarks. The date of the dinner actually changed a few times to accommodate the President’s schedule.

The Joan S. Barone Award was presented by CBS’ Bill Plante to NBC congressional correspondent Mike Viqueira for his coverage of the bailout story on the Hill. Viqueira dedicated his award to Mary Dorman, the NBC Washington bureau’s longtime assignment desk manager who died early this year of cancer. The Bloom daughters also presented an award in their father David Bloom‘s memory. BBC’s Rome Hartman accepted on behalf of Orla Guerin. A video tribute to Bill Headline, Tony Snow and Tim Russert, all who passed this year, was also shown.

More photos after the jump…

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More RTCA Dets: CBS Pre-Parties, Maddow Guest Bartends At MSNBC After-Party, Gibbs To Play MC Rove

Ok, we’re kidding about Robert Gibbs playing this year’s MC Rove, but we have learned of a few more legitimate details to share with you about tomorrow evening’s RTCA dinner…

• CBS News is hosting a pre-party on the second floor of the convention center. There will be a live band and expected CBS guests include RNC Chairman Michael Steele, WH Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton and Rep. Chris Van Hollen, also CBS-ers Lara Logan, Chip Reid and Nancy Cordes, among others.

• Those sitting at the dinner’s head table include President Obama and his Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, Congressional leaders Steny Hoyer, James Clyburn and Louise Slaughter. RTCA dinner chair Heather Dahl will emcee the night and there are, of course, two awards given at this dinner- the David Bloom and Joan Barone Awards.

• If you were lucky enough to score an “absolutely non-transferable” invitation to Phil Griffin‘s MSNBC after-party at the Historical Society of Washington, you might also be lucky enough to get served a drink by guest bartender Rachel Maddow. We hear she’ll be mixing drinks at a special upstairs bar. You can also get a preview of her bartending skills after the jump.

• And just who’s on the guest list for this exclusive after-party? We hear David Axelrod, Valerie Jarrett, Sen. Susan Collins, Eric Holder, Larry Summers, Rep. Aaron Schock and Ken Salazar- all guests of NBC and MSNBC- may make appearances post-dinner.

And NBC and MSNBC-ers Steve Capus, Mark Whitaker, Contessa Brewer, Mika Brzezinski, Savannah Guthrie, Willie Geist, Tamron Hall, Chris Matthews, Andrea Mitchell, Luke Russert, Joe Scarborough, Ed Schultz, Carlos Watson, Chuck Todd and more.

• While we’re sure NBC snagged plenty of tables for that guest list above, a few other shops in town have really cut back. Tammy Haddad‘s blog White House Correspondents Weekend Insider reports PBS is down to two tables (from 15 in years past) and ABC News just one. PBS was still able to land Gen. Jim Jones as a guest- he’ll be sitting with Judy Woodruff and PBS President CEO Paula Kerger. George Stephanopoulos can’t make it so Jonathan Karl will hold court at RTCA for ABC.

• Didn’t score a ticket, but dying to hear what jokes the other guy from the Mac commercials cracks? Don’t worry- C-SPAN will have live coverage.

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President Obama To WHCD Crowd: “All Of You Voted For Me” (Except Fox)


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President Barack Obama was certainly a hit last night, opening with a teleprompter joke and cracking himself up. Here are some highlights:

On his Secretary of State Hillary Clinton: “Arlen, you know what I always say, ‘If you can’t beat ‘em join ‘em.” And he joked Clinton sent him down to Mexico just in time for swine flu- “She pulled me into a hug and gave me a big kiss and told me I should get down there.”

You can also apparently look for “How to Shoot Friends and Interrogate People” by former Vice President Dick Cheney on bookshelves soon.

The best line of the night was by far: “Most of you covered me. All of you voted for me,” turning to apologize to the Fox table, where Glenn Beck was reportedly pumping his fists.

First Lady Michelle Obama- in a pink sleeveless dress, of course- has “the right to bear arms,” according to the President. And today’s a tough day for Rahm Emanuel because “he’s not used to saying the word day after mother.” And apparently both the President and Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) are people of color- his words!

On RNC chairman Michael Steele- he’s “in the house tonight. Or as he would say, ‘In the heezy.’”

He said he’s so good that he’ll complete the next 100 days in 72- “and on the 72nd day, I’ll rest.”

“I must confess I really didn’t want to be here tonight. But I had to come. That’s one more problem I inherited from George Bush.”

He did make a serious note about the state of journalism: “A government without newspapers, a government without a tough and vibrant media of all sorts is not an option for the United States of America.”

You can watch Obama after the jump…


WHCA board member CNN’s Ed Henry, NBC’s Brian Williams and WHCA Treasurer Politico’s Mike Allen.

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