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CQ Roll Call Mourns Loss of Arnie Thomas

Rebecca Gale pens an obit for former senior vice president at CQ Roll Call, Arnie Thomas. Thomas was also a former director of LEGI-SLATE at The Washington Post, president of the A Thomas Group, and a mentor to many. He died of a heart attack on April 12.

From the obituary:

But Thomas was most effusive about mentoring others. “I often encourage my clients to mentor others,” he wrote in Everyday Mentor. “Mentoring not only helps the mentee to grow personally and professionally but it also creates an opportunity for the mentor to gain fulfillment through the development of others, personal rejuvenation, a larger support community and an opportunity of greater self-awareness. Plus, frankly it just feels good!”

“I worked with him for 23 years,” said Lisa McAvoy, a product development manager at CQ Roll Call.” I saw him through so many professional and personal highs and lows. He never lost his integrity or his zest for living. He took people for where they were and moved them forward. It was a remarkable gift. He was the youngest 66 I ever met.”

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There’s a New Ezra in Town

In happy baby news, Rebecca Gale, who writes the Hill Navigator advice column for CQ Roll Call, gave birth to a boy Wednesday.

“We are thrilled to share with everyone that Ezra Alan Margolies joined the family at 10:28 this morning, weighing in at a lean and mean 6 pounds, 6 ounces,” wrote Gale’s husband, Warren Margolies in a group email. “Mom and baby are both doing great and resting up as we speak.”

Ahem. Did he say Ezra?

“We are totally in love with him,” Gale told FBDC by email. “So happy.”

Congrats to the parents. And welcome, Ezra Alan Margolies, to the Fishbowl! With a name like that you’re bound to go far and do great things. Just please don’t block us on Twitter someday. Read more

Afternoon Reading List 07.29.13.

Who would star in the Weiner movie? — Movies are often made based on significant events throughout history. And sometimes, films are ripped from the headlines. After Edward Snowden leaked secret NSA documents, for instance, it didn’t take long for a short film called Verax (named after Snowden’s codename) to appear on YouTube. So with Anthony Weiner’s sequel of political career and sex scandals, it seems like a perfect time to make a film about the former congressman who can’t seem to stop himself from sexting women other than his wife. HuffPost’s Ross Luippold agrees and listed his picks for who should star in the movie when the story “inevitably turns into a $100 million cinematic experience.” Luippold got the ball rolling with a fitting choice for who would play Weiner’s sex-crazed alter-ego Carlos Danger: Antonio Banderas in 2002. This may be difficult considering that the 2002 version of Banderas hasn’t been seen in 11 years, but we’ll let him have it. After this pick, however, Luippold seemed to literally pull his ideas out of his pop culture ass. Some picks include Butt-Head playing Weiner, Angelina Jolie playing Huma Abedin, Vanessa Hudgens playing Sydney Leather, Christopher Meloni playing Eliot Spitzer and Rick Scott playing Weiner’s penis. Yeah, Luppold really included that last one.

Why you should read it: The idea of an Anthony Weiner movie is great, and though the cast that Luippold picks is pretty dull, it can get you thinking of your own list.

Some advice for expectant mothers — Do you have a baby on the way? If you do, keep reading, if you don’t, you might as well keep reading anyway because Roll Call’s Rebecca Gale offered some advice on her “Hill Navigator” blog for soon-to-be mothers. The words of wisdom mostly concern paid and unpaid leave and the FMLA (Family and Medical Leave Act). Answering a list of questions, Gale says time off varies greatly from office to office, so the best thing you can do is talk to yours and see which options are available. Do this early so you’re not learning at the last minute that you have no paid leave and won’t be guaranteed a job after taking time off for your new bundle of joy. Gale also mentions FBDC in her last question on the list, which she admittedly made up. The question asks, “What is this about Hill Navigator going on Maternity Leave? Is that just FishbowlDC talking?” Gale makes clear that no, it’s not just FBDC talking (if we report something, it’s true) and that she is in fact expecting a baby. And yes, she’s taken her own advice about planning for maternity leave.

Why you should read it: It’s a good device for expectant couples. I also may have included it because FBDC gets a shout-out and wanted to pay a visit to the Dept. of Bragiculture, which I may pay for later.

Bob Schieffer is a grumpy old man —”Face The Nation” host Bob Schieffer doesn’t like Anthony Weiner, and he went on a long-winded rant Sunday about the NYC mayoral candidate to prove it. But TNR’s Isaac Chotiner wrote a piece in which he argues that Schieffer, and mainstream media personalities in general, shouldn’t be “allowed to get on their high horses” about certain things and not others. Schieffer, who apparently is “over 140-years-old,” ranted about how, “someone with Anthony Weiner’s problems has no business there and should leave the race.” Scheiffer had a similar tirade after the Bill Clinton scandal involving Monica Lewinsky, in which he said, “Coming from Texas, I have a natural tendency to be for politicians not from the northeast.” Chotiner argues that “a politician’s sex life and his governing abilities is non-existent.”

Why you should read it: Chotiner essentially calls Schieffer a grumpy old man who doesn’t understand sexting. How many chances will you get to read a story that says that?

The FishbowlDC Interview With Advice Columnist Rebecca Gale

 

Say hello to CQ Roll Call‘s on call advice blogger Rebecca Gale. She writes the “Hill Navigator” advice column for those who want to better understand the ins and outs of Capitol Hill. As a former press secretary to the likes of Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WVa.), Chris Carney (D-Pa.), Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) and several years now at CQ Roll Call, she’s intimately acquainted with her subject matter. The highly educated Gale went to undergrad at Miami of Ohio University and Johns Hopkins for grad school.  Royal baby news aside, one other piece of news about Gale: She’s expecting her first child, a boy, in mid-August. Already some nine months into her pregnancy, she will soon depart for maternity leave. Very soon, in fact. So let’s get this interview started.

If you were a carbonated beverage, which would you be? Perrier. In a glass bottle, not plastic.

How often do you Google yourself? Lately not often. I’m more likely to google “Hill Navigator”

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor/boss (or vice versa)? I once told a book editor that something was “your problem, not mine” and he calmly responded by saying it was my name on the cover, so I’d better fix it.

You have an intriguing name. What is the story behind it? My parents like biblical names. And Gale is easy to spell. Not sure if that qualifies as intriguing, but it works for me. Coming up with a good name is much harder than it seems.

Who is your favorite working journalist and why? There are some fantastic Roll Call alums out there–NPR’s Scott Montgomery and USA Today’s Paul Singer are two of my favorites.

Do you have a favorite word? Unlikely.

Who would you rather have dinner with – CNN’s Kate Bolduan, CNN’s Chris Cuomo or CNN’s Michaela Perera? Tell us why. Whomever has better restaurant taste–I don’t follow CNN closely enough to discern who’d be the better conversationalist.

We understand you’re expecting a baby. With your husband. But the Earth’s human population is dying out and you must save it by having another child after this one’s delivered. You will spend a romantic evening with “Morning Joe” regular Harold Ford Jr., Anthony Weiner or Eliot Spitzer. Who will it be and why? (None is not an option.) Weiner. All he’d want to do is look at pictures.

What swear word do you use most often? Damn.

You’ve just been told the big news: You get to have your own Sunday morning talk show. Who will be on your roundtable? (Pick four journalists or pundits types.) I’d include someone who can speak to the “real” issues in Washington, D.C.–the city–not just the political entity. Washington Post “Lunchline” author Clinton Yates comes to mind, as does Roll Call “After Dark” editor Jason Dick. Also Armando Trull from WAMU who is always reporting live from esoteric beltway locations. I’d make sure to include a Member of Congress who is not in the usual roundup of talk show suspects–they’d be more likely to say something interesting. The ones laden with talking points and platitudes say the same things over again. And one of my first guests would be my former boss, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee.

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Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

This is your brain. This is your brain on Salon.

“Reading that Salon article was like killing brain cells without the benefit of alcohol.” — Conservative radio correspondent Dana Loesch.

Maybe a slight exaggeration?

“He makes things difficult for me when he does things like trespassing.” — Jenny Sanford, former loving (?) wife of former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R) to the AP in this story. Not that she shouldn’t be irate about the cheating and the lying, but he couple has four sons together. Just maybe that had to do with his “trespassing.”

Political operator feels mixed on new specs

“I can see really well with my new glasses that arrived today…just not wild about how they look on me. Oh well, at least I can see.” — GOProud founder Jimmy LaSalvia (the actual glasses are pictured above).

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 8:47 a.m.

Advice columnist counsels aides who want to leave Capitol Hill

“Leave on the best terms possible. All your current co-workers — from the crazy one you complain about to Hill Navigator to the one who eats tuna for lunch at a desk 4 inches from your own — will become valuable contacts once you turn in your keys and BlackBerry.” — Roll Call’s “Hill Navigator” writer Rebecca Gale. Read the full column here.

Important Q to Ponder: “Why do TV news anchors say ‘lower extremities’ instead of ‘legs’?” — TWT senior opinion writer Emily Miller.

Writer thinks PETA has questionable priorities

“PETA just announced cows are being abused on a farm. So when Boston, N. Korea, Gosnell and the economy are taken care of, there’s that.” — @HistoricOswald‘s Peter Savodnik, author of The Interloper to be published later this year and formerly a reporter for The Hill.

Journo awed by Thatcher funeral

“There are few things as haunting & beautiful as the voices of boys’ choir in a cathedral funeral service. #Thatcher.” — Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham. The funeral aired on CSPAN2 this morning.

Could you care less about this?

“Pet peeve: when people say ‘could care less’ instead of ‘couldn’t care less.’ — Fox News Senate Producer Kara Rowland.

Hollywood on the Potomac interviews NBC’s Tom Brokaw on the Riacin incident.

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

Journo feels guilty about potty time: #1 or #2?

“Just used the bathroom and felt guilty about it. #filiblizzard #RandPaul.” — The Hill‘s Feature Editor Emily Goodin.

Senator’s filibuster alters reporter’s TV watching habits

“I don’t usually turn on C-SPAN for evening entertainment when I get home, but curiosity has gotten the best of me tonight.” — FNC’s Shannon Bream.

Speaking of the filibustering senator…

“Louie Gohmert brings Halls cough drops and a giant ass Kit Kat bar to Rand Paul on the floor.” — BuzzFeed Washington Bureau Chief John Stanton.

Uh oh.

“Could you dorks please stop telling what Rand Paul is eating? Mkay? Thanks.” — Politico‘s Ben White. (We’re not trying to start anything, but did White just call Stanton a dork?)

Incest Desk: “Congrats to my talented wife @BetsyMTP on becoming senior ep at MTP!” — Politico‘s Jonathan Martin pointing to — what a shocker — a story on Politico‘s media blog. Wonder how they got the news!

The Stakeout

“What have I been doing the last two and half hours? Standing outside across the street from Obama’s meeting with some Senate Republicans.” — Politico‘s Ginger Gibson.

Advice…“Most bosses have their ugly sides, and it’s the staffers’ role to hide that from the world.” — Roll Call’s new advice columnist Rebecca Gale tells Capitol Hill aide who works for a “yeller” that he or she should stay quiet about the boss’s temper. Read the whole saga here.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 9 a.m.

Tucker Carlson mocks “losers” on Twitter

“‘I’m not seeking their approval,’ he says of detractors. ‘Why should I care if a bunch of losers on Twitter don’t like it?” — The Daily Caller‘s Tucker Carlson in a story this week by WaPo‘s new faux ombudsman Paul Farhi, who prefaced the above, writing, “In the face of withering criticism of his site’s reporting, Carlson is unbowed.” Farhi focused his largely easygoing story on Carlson and The Daily Caller and did not interview WaPo reporters on their reporting regarding the Sen. Bob Menendez hooker debacle that went down between The Daily Caller and WaPo this week. Read the full story here.

National Review‘s Jonah Goldberg on fatherhood… Read more

Advice Column Features Affair With Congressman

We definitely don’t have enough sex scandals in Washington. So what’s one more?

In a new weekly advice column in Roll Call this week, a reader who allegedly works in a Capitol Hill congressional office is disturbed because the “drunk with power” chief of staff is purportedly boinking the lawmaker. The column, called Hill Navigator, is penned by the newly published author and staff writer, Rebecca Gale. Startlingly, Gale’s advice to the employee was…get the hell out as quickly as possible. Read more

Storytelling Q & A at Busboys & Poets

Roll Call writer and author Rebecca Gale and author Justin McLachlan will appear at Busboys & Poets to discuss their novels. Gale’s is called Trying; McLachlan has written Time Up and This Time Around. The discussion on storytelling will be moderated by Roll Call‘s David Hawkings. Boxfire Press is sponsoring the event.

The Q & A is scheduled for Jan. 30. at 7 p.m.

The location: 5th and K St. NW.

Author Wants Sen. Rockefeller To Read Her Book

CQ Roll Call‘s Rebecca Gale celebrated the official launch of her new novel Trying at The Science Club last night. Though the venue was a bit cozy and broiling (i.e. perfect for a hot yoga class), plenty of Gale’s newsroom colleagues and friends showed up to offer support.

Asked if there was one journalist Gale would want to read her book, she named co-worker Neda Semnani. “She gives great book reviews,” Gale said, adding that Semnani, who co-writes the Heard on the Hill gossip column, would offer an “honest assessment” of the book.

Gale also named her former boss Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va) as someone who should read it. “He would love it,” she said. (That’s somewhat intriguing, considering the book is a love story involving government secrets. Hmm…)

There were plenty of finger foods and bevys at the soiree, much of which was unidentifiable at first glance. But the best part was the tiny cupcakes, decorated with little edible versions of Gale’s book.

The cupcakes, we’re told, were enjoyed by CQ Roll Call Publisher Peter Anthony‘s two young boys, who were told upon entering by Anthony to “stand right here” against a wall… Read more

Roll Call Writer to Celebrate First Book

CQ Roll Call Publicist turned Roll Call contributing writer Rebecca Gale is unveiling her first book, Trying, at a party Tuesday night at the Science Club. The book hits shelves Dec. 10.

Dezenhall Resources, CQ Roll Call and BoxFire are throwing the soirée. BoxFire Press is publishing the novel about a Washington couple named Mandy and Cal. Cal has a job full of secret government projects that he can’t share with Mandy. And Mandy hopes he’s the one, but thinks she needs to save him from his addictive line of work. Noteworthy: Gale is a former press secretary for Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas). She has been around Washington and the book is based loosely on her experiences.

Just a note to would-be party stragglers: He who thinks he can just pop in for free cocktails should think again.

Check out the book on Amazon here.

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