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Holiday weekend ruined for reporters

“Classified House briefing on Syria at 2 pm Sunday will continue a ruined holiday weekend for reporters, not that I’m complaining.” — NYT‘s Jonathan Weisman.

The Observers

“I continue to be flabbergasted that the president has made this decision, but now that he has it is up to the Hill to do the right thing.” — QGA and ex-Senate flack Jim Manley.

“Punishing #Syria for using chemical weapons isn’t declaring war. Shouldn’t require Congressional approval. POTUS is our CEO.” — MSNBC “Morning Joe” Economic Analyst Steve Rattner.

Editor copes with unruly kitten 

“Cat-sitting this weekend. How do you make a kitten stop bothering the other cats? Build them a kitten pillow fort.” — CQ Roll Call Copy and Production Editor Katie Kovach.

Journo on flight with senator

“Joe Lieberman is on my connection from JFK to DC, so I’m sure we’ll get this Syria thing figured out.” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel.

Keeping it real

“We have monitors on in studio & control room to…monitor developments. Hard to see dead bodies between Cialis ads.” — NPR’s Scott Simon.

Important Q to Ask Yourself: “Just realized that I haven’t been out of the country in 10 years. What the hell is wrong with me?” — U.S. News & World Report‘s Robert Schlesinger.

Convo Between Two Reason Journos

NICK GILLESPIE: “I’ll be on C-SPAN on Sunday at 7.45am ET talking #libertarian POV on the news.”

MATT WELCH: “Set your alarms to black leather!”

Convo between a journo and a (ahem) fan

Queer Iranian: “LOL! @jaketapper asks Hayden if Iran would “send a nuclear missile,
but then corrects himself, but  they don’t have it. #Pathetic, Jake.”

CNN’s Jake Tapper: “@IranLGBT congrats for never misspeaking! Meant a conventional missile.”

Just relaxing over the long weekend

“Already up to a robust zero number of fucks given today.” — HuffPost‘s Jason Linkins.

 

 

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The Atlantic’s Questionable Imitation of CNN’s ‘Crossfire’

If The Atlantic was really going to reinvent CNN’s “Crossfire” at a quasi-debate event Thursday at their Watergate HQ, they would’ve been well-advised to invite someone like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) to square off against Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

Instead they invited Grover Norquist.

Under normal circumstances, Grover, President of Americans for Tax Reform, is undoubtedly a great foil for Democrats. The trouble here was he and Rahm agree on mostly everything where immigration is concerned. So instead of being “Crossfire” it was more like GMA’s news family meets Hoda and Kathie Lee minus the wine. Everyone was cordial and kind. No cussing. No deep sighs. No pointing fingers at the media, unless you call The Atlantic‘s Editor-at-Large and emcee Steve Clemons insistence that The Atlantic‘s James Fallows and CNBC and NYT‘s John Harwood pose questions as finger pointing. The first time around, Fallows admitted he had no question. Later on, he came up with something. Harwood came prepared (or seemed to) with a two-parter.

Emanuel did acknowledge Chicago Sun Times White House Correspondent Lynn Sweet for attending the same high school as his mother — if that even counts for calling someone out. It was more the classic Bill Clinton technique of connecting people in an audience through vignettes. Sweet, who’s notoriously tough on Emanuel, tried to chase him out after, but a witness was unclear whether she caught him as he made a mad dash for the White House.

But no. There were no “f**k you’s” from Rahm. No tenseness between the two men. “I don’t think Rahm and Grover like each other,” Clemons told FishbowlDC in a follow-up interview Tuesday. “They aren’t going to hang out over beers — but they demonstrated an ability to be civil, humorous and maturely manage their differences and similarities quite well.”

Inexplicably in the subzero debate room was a vanilla-hued grand piano. Optics were apparently important. “Can you be a seat filler?” one official-looking woman asked another who was wearing some sort of sheer gown getup.

When asked if Grover or Rahm made any special requests or stipulations, Clemons said, “Neither asked for anything behind the scenes. I called Grover Thursday night midnight last week to ask him to do this — and he agreed with no request. The only thing Rahm mentioned to me is that first, going on with Grover was an ‘out of body experience’ for him — and acknowledged it must be for Grover too.”

Emanuel did have one request of Clemons: “He said that we’d get more out of this if he could approach my questions more from the perspective of a mayor of major city rather than former White House chief of staff,” Clemons added. “I thought he did well on that front — but I still asked him later in the questions to think about what he’d do in this process from his old role, and also humorously suggested that he might run for President one day when Grover talked about future Democratic presidential candidates.”

Clemons tells me there is a back story where this pairing is concerned. He said he considered this debate Round 2 of an encounter that occurred at Emanuel’s Inaugural party in which Clemons took Grover to Emanuel’s party at The Hamilton. Clemons got Norquist in by pretending he was a “friend of Ram’s.” It worked, despite it not being the slightest bit true.

See who was there and what they said…

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Quotes of the Day

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY: Mother’s Day at Nats Park w @LukeRsmom beer & dogs 1 price fixed brunch 0.

“Is this Fox News or National Inquirer?” — Rep.-elect Mark Sanford on Fox News Sunday.

Gayle King in leopard panties

“At dc gym w\ fav daughter kirby says your panties are showing I say so she says mom nobody wants to see that & they’re leopard! love kirby!” — CBS’ Gayle King.

The Observer

“Sitting at the bar. Watching a girl tweeze her eyebrows #saturdaynighthustle” — Roll Call HOH’s Neda Semnani.

Fish out of water

“At a party in Virginia with people who aren’t on the internet all week and haven’t seen all the important gifs. It’s weird. I mean a few of these people don’t even have smart phones.” — Adam Smith, communications director at Public Campaign and PC Action Fund.

Did someone say “fishbowl?

“Those who think we have to stay in the conservative fishbowl and swap ideas with only each other are KILLING this movement. #BlogCon13″ — Conservative radio host Dana Loesch.

Spotted at the 22nd St. Ritz on Saturday night….WaPo and MSNBC’s Jonathan Capehart with three undisclosed male companions headed to the bar.

A Mother’s Day warning

“Don’t burn down the house gentlemen.” — Chef Geoff Tracy, i.e. Mr. Norah O’Donnell.

And a more emotional reaction to Mother’s Day…

“Thinking about everything my mother has done for her children. yup, about to cry.” — National Journal‘s Elahe Izadi.

A question an editor asks himself: “Have I really reached a point in my life where *I’m* the (only) one who thinks playing baseball inside the house is a bad idea?” — U.S. News & World Report‘s Robert Schlesinger.

Gossip and rumors

Stephanie Cutter was rumored to be heading to #CNN but got a better job: at Bank of America helping it dodge bank regulations.” — Paul Brandus of West Wing Reports and The Week.

TV journo gets cussed out

“VMAIL of the day: ‘Hey, jerk off. I don’t appreciate what you said about Ted Cruz. F—ing loser.’ I wonder what prompted that? Hmmm” — Capehart.

U.S. News Hires Janeane Garofalo’s Nephew

Pat Garofalo, most recently the Economics Editor at Think Progress, is joining U.S. News & World Report‘s opinion section as Assistant Editor. As you can see, Garofalo has a seriously spectacular head of hair. His aunt is none other than Janeane Garofalo, the actress, comedian and liberal activist.

Tierney Sneed, who has been Associate Editor of Opinion for the past year, will transition to the news team to cover arts and culture.

See the internal memo sent to staff from Robert Schlesinger, Managing Editor, Opinion. Read more

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Quotes of the Day — State of the Union-Fugitive Edition

SOTU quotes that are fit for a Fishbowl: “I know the human being and fish can coexist peacefully.” — brought to our attention by HuffPost‘s Sam Stein‘s Twitter feed. It’s an old quote from former President George W. Bush. And this: “At least there’s no smoked fish joke in this one.” — Mother JonesNick Baumann.

“The outside of the Dome on SOTU night.” Roll Call‘s Meredith Shiner with accompanying photograph.

Shut up SOTU clappers, journo wants his Zzzz’s

“Dear applauders: Please stop. I have a bedtime.” — WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza.

Importantish Q to Ponder: “So… Does Senator Menendez shake President Obama’s hand as he walks in? Awkward. #SOTU” — NRSC Strategist Brad Dayspring.

Important Q to Ponder: “So does CNN break away from the burning house to do the State of the Union.” — TPM‘s Josh Marshall.

Important Q to Ponder III: “What’s the over/under on the number of Nicorette patches John Boehner has plastered all over himself right now?” — Times of London‘s Matt Spence.

THE SPEAKER AND THE LOUDMOUTH: “Luke Russert shakes Speaker Boehner’s hand as he walks to the chamber for SOTU.” — NBC House of Representatives Producer Frank Thorp. Boehner affectionately (we think) refers to Russert as the “loudmouth.”

Rothenberg crushes the spirit of political reporters

“Political reporters always incredibly excited by SOTU. Real people not so much.” — Stu Rothenberg, who writes a column for Roll Call, a publication full of political reporters. And then, oddly, he writes, “My first SOTU inside the chamber? 1970 when I was Colby College intern in Ed Muskie’s office. AA gave me ticket.” Um, hey Stu, do real people give a sh-t about this?

Speaking of excitement…

“The hallway outside Sen. Durbin’s office smells overwhelmingly of barbecue.” — Roll Call‘s Shiner of the Illinois Democrat.

And again…

“Just spoke to Gabby Giffords for the first time since the day before she was shot. She looks amazing. Twinkle in her eye and broad smile.” — CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash.

“Senate page just said in Statuary Hall ‘Oh my God. Kelly Ayotte is rocking the mint-green!’ I am partial to Bader Ginsberg‘s red.” — Roll Call‘s Abby Livingston.

“McCain ribbing Kerry as he walks by.” — Politico‘s Manu Raju.

Rep. Terry Sewell is the most energetic greeter of the House! Urrybody gets a kiss and big laugh and a thousand watt smile.” — BuzzFeed Washington Bureau Chief John Stanton.

“Lots of schmoozing with former colleagues as Secy Kerry makes his way down the aisle.” — CBS White House radio correspondent Mark Knoller.

“Whoever said that politics is showbiz for ugly people was a master of understatement. Or just blind.” — Reason‘s Nick Gillespie.

“VP Biden has a scratched cornea, reports NBC, which is why he is wearing glasses.” — The Hill‘s Emily Goodin.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 7:43 a.m.

The Jokester Caucus

  • “Press will now begin attacking Rubio for drinking problem.” — USA Today‘s Paul Singer.
  • “I’m sure I’m going to dislike this but at least Beyonce is performing.” — Logan Dobson, before the SOTU address began.
  • “When is halftime? Where is Beyonce?” — FNC’s Greg Gutfeld.
  • “Who’s the fat lump of shit next to Mrs Obama? #SOTU.” — Anthony Cumia from the Opie and Anthony radio show.
  • “Marco! Pollo! Marco! Pollo! Fish out of water!” [Insert Rubio Joke Here] #Rubioing.” — Syndicated columnist and Bullfight Strategies’ Karl Frisch.
  • “What’s the opposite of 5-Hour Energy? Boehner’s had two of them, at least.” — Bloomberg Business Week‘s Joshua Green.

The Critics

“Really pathetic and sad reflection on media-culture that taking a drink of water can overwhelm everything else.” — Christian Heinze, founder of Prez16.com. Seconded by NRSC Spokesman Brian Walsh, who said, “Exactly.”

Oh, but wait: “Jesus… the water sip blew the whole speech. Was on board until then but he blew it. Cue SNL.” — Jason Killian Meath, President, GOP Media Firm.

“The problem with this speech is a.) we already knew what was in it and b.) little of it is new.” — Politico‘s Ben White.

“I like Rubio’s remarks thus far, dislike the dry mouth. Get the man a water. Let’s hear some solutions.” — Conservative radio host Dana Loesch.

“Was leaning off camera to get water really better than obviously needing one?” — WCP Editor Mike Madden during the GOP response of Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.).

“Rubio keeps grabbing at his face. What’s with that?” — Baron‘s D.C. Editor James McTague.

“Huh, Chris Matthews voted for George W. Bush. You can admit that on MSNBC and still have a job? #MSNBCAfterDark” — U.S. News & World Report‘s Robert Schlesinger at 12:19 a.m.

Gratitude is…

“SOMEBODY PLEASE GIF THAT AWKWARD WATER BOTTLE GRAB, RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!! wowowoowowowowoowowow” — WaPo Express’ Clinton Yates.

“Water grab! Thank God.” — ABC News’ Nico Hines.

“Rubio has serious case of drymouth. Thank god he just took a sip of water.” — Roll Call Senate Editor Emily Pierce.

Jeff Zucker, give this man a raise! 

“CNN has every story covered tonight. On CNN-US: SOTU coverage. On HLN, continuing live coverage of Calif. Manhunt.” — CNN Washington Bureau Chief Sam Feist.

Wardrobe Change

“I just changed into flats because it is SRO in the House press gallery. #SOTU” — TWT‘s Emily Miller.

The sharp-tongued observers… Read more

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Quotes of the Day

“Sunset over BloomingdaleDC” by Tracy Wahl, Supervising Producer at National Public Radio’s Morning Edition.

BuzzFeed bureau chief gives D.C. tavern a big thumbs down

“If you can’t clean your damn collards and put a lil swine in em, WHY TRY YOU DUMB YANKEE?? #fallofshawstavern,” wrote John Stanton. “Also I have some sharp ass teeth. If its hard for me to eat your damn ribs YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG, Shaw’s Tavern ‘Chef.’”

Post respiratory failure diet

“Pizza for dinner, cupcakes for dessert, washed down w a Super Big Gulp. Sounds like a lonely single guy’s political statement.” – Breitbart.com‘s Dan Riehl‘s riehlly stupid diet.

Wife orders editor to Target at 5:30 a.m.

“Dispatched by bride to Target at 530a to get in line for lad’s Xmas present. Second person just showed up. #merryxmas.” — National Journal Editor-in-Chief Ron Fournier. When asked by U.S. News & World Report‘s Robert Schlesinger what the present was, he replied, “The new Wii system. I’m just following orders.”

This 4-year-old wants your job 

“My 4-year-old daughter to me: ‘Dad, I want to be a blogger.’ #changingtimes” — Political writer and jazz pianist Peter Daou.

And this father is in big trouble… “Bad dad forgets ballet slippers <shame>” — WTOP’s Neal Augenstein.

Journo bugged by building noise

“My weekends are now filled with the noise of construction on the apartment below. There oughta be a law.” — Kelly Jane Torrance, writer.

Peter Ogburn and Eddie Scarry contributed to this report.

A mean Helen Thomas joke and a journo spends part of weekend in ER…

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Quotes of the Day

“That was a weirdest thing I have ever seen at a convention in my entire life and it will be the weirdest thing I’ve ever seen if I live to be 100. That was bizarre.” — MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow‘s immediate reaction to Clint Eastwood‘s convention speech in which he spoke to an invisible President Obama sitting in an empty chair.

Journos weigh in on Mitt’s big night

“Romney looking like man of the people — so long as the people are kept behind a rope line.” — U.S. News & World Report‘s Robert Schlesinger.

“Mitt’s a little moist in the eyes.” — Asst. Managing Editor for NYT Jim Roberts with perhaps the grossest description of Romney for the evening.

“No prepared remarks much to every reporters annoyance.” — ABC’s Karen Travers.

“This is like Ward Cleaver’s salute to June.” — Rolling Stone National Affairs reporter Tim Dickinson.

“After saying he’s Mormon, he immediately talked about how it doesn’t matter. There’s a man of faith for you.” — HuffPost‘s Dan Froomkin.

“When Mitt tells jokes an angel dies.” — Sports Editor at The Nation Dave Zirin.

“Romney doing what he needs to do here. Not spectacular but very, very solid.” — WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza.

Ana off the Wagon? “MEDICARE LIE. Drink.” — The Guardian‘s Ana Marie Cox.

“Yo teleprompter guy, cue Mitt to nix the lip smacking #RNC2012″ — HuffPost‘s Senior Political Economy Reporter Zach Carter. He soon added, “Should you really hug your kids a little longer when gas prices go up?”

“I feel bad for Mitt. He’s everyone’s second choice in the primary, and now he has to follow Clint. The poor bastard.” — Jared Keller, director of Social Media for BloombergLP.

Convention Commentary

“I vote for conventions without politicians.” — WaPo‘s Jennifer Rubin.

“1) Eastwood: Whoa!! 2) Rubio: too long, pushed Mitt too late 3) Mitt: just fine, and unlike Ryan mainly true. But enthusiasm in hall???” — The Atlantic‘s James Fallows.

“Dear Republicans, I thought we’d all agreed to not do embarrassing white people dances at#GOP2012” — RedState.com and CNN’s Erick Erickson.

“I’m not sure those dance moves should ever be done. But they should definitely not be done in a grey suit.” — The Atlantic‘s Megan McArdle.

“Fuck some asshole delegate brought a baby to RNC – someone call protective services.” — InTheseTimes.com labor journo Mike Elk.

Speaking of white guys commenting on Taylor Hicks…

“I never regretted my vote for Taylor Hicks and I never will.” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel.

“Quote of the night goes to @Ari_Shapiro: ‘For some reason I thought Taylor Hicks was a woman.’” — ReutersSam Youngman. Shapiro is a White House Correspondent for NPR.

 

Journo takes stab at NBC

“When will Republicans learn and NOT give NBC News press credentials for their convention. NBC News is not the press.” — Real Clear PoliticsIan Schwartz.

And an Esquire writer blasts them all…

“The political media are reminding us all this morning how irrelevant they are becoming.” — Ex-Romney foreign policy spox Richard Grenell.

And a Breitbart.com editor reflexively lashes out at BuzzFeed

“I’d pay real money if @McKayCoppins would give it a rest.” — Breitbart.com editor John Nolte, later adding, “These #BenSmithers are all professional trolls.” Ben Smith is BuzzFeed‘s Political Editor.

Blah blah who cares?

“The beauty of the restaurant business is we gratefully serve the left, the right, and everyone in between.” — Mr. Norah O’Donnell i.e. Geoff Tracy during Mitt’s speech.

“Folks, we got a Jim Bunning sighting on the floor.” — Politico Senior Reporter Jonathan Martin.

And now…onto Charlotte

“15K overtired, overworked, high maintenance, often hungover journalists are about to descend on Tampa airport. This will go well.” — Politico‘s Ben White.

Balloon photograph above by AP’s Phil Elliott.

U.S. News’ Schlesinger Gets Promoted

U.S. News & World Report‘s Robert Schlesinger has been promoted to Managing Editor/Opinion. In a memo Thursday, Executive Editor Tim Smart points out that under Schlesinger’s direction, the Opinion section has grown from a couple thousand page views a month to 1.4 million. Schlesinger wrote a note of thanks to his colleagues saying, in part, “I’m sure I don’t need to say that I owe you all a huge debt of thanks for the great contributions you’ve made this year.”

Congratulations to Schlesinger.

See the internal memo…

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Separated at Birth: ‘Don’t Touch my Junk’ Airport Dude and…

Shockingly, the twin of the “Don’t Touch my Junk” San Diego Airport passenger is none other than U.S. News & World Report‘s Opinion Editor Robert Schlesinger. Congratulations Robert! This is an honor you’ll be able to cherish for quite awhile. Next time you travel, you may want to keep things nice and calm in the security line. “Don’t Touch my Junk’s” name is John Tyner. He’s a 31-year-old software programmer.

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Conservative blogger: Obama’s speech was “depressing”

“Whatever the reason, Barack Obama gave the most depressing Oval Office speech since Jimmy Carter’s malaise speech. He didn’t just embrace defeat, he wore it on his suit as a substitute for an argyle sweater.” –Conservative RedState.com blogger Erik Erickson‘s take on President Obama’s Oval Office speech in a story Tuesday night.

Speech can’t create ‘moment’

“At their best, presidents understand that a great speech can crystallize or catalyze a national moment, but rarely can it create one.” — U.S. News & World Report‘s Robert Schlesinger in a piece on Obama’s speech.

Petraeus tells CNNer he ate banans, drank water

“Petraeus told me he was dehydrated & feels better after eating a couple of bananas and drinking water: ‘i did’t eat breakfast this morning.’ –CNN’s Dana Bash in a Tuesday tweet.

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