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Silicon Valley Tech-Like Amenities in HuffPost DC Newsroom

20140619_142634Looking for a newsroom environment with a fully stocked kitchen, beers on tap, meditation room, nap room, AND yoga studio? Probably not gonna happen. Unless you work at the DC bureau of The Huffington Post!

When I first heard about The Huffington Post’s DC digs, I wanted to call their bluff. How could the home of HuffPost Politics – the number one trafficked politics site – have all the amenities of a booming Silicon Valley tech giant?

I recently had the opportunity to tour the HuffPost DC bureau to see if the rumors were true. Spoiler alert – they were. Read more

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Huff Post Launches New Video Series Fueled by Booze

Screen Shot 2014-06-05 at 15.18.25The new HuffPost Politics roundtable video series “Wait, Is This Thing On?” launched this afternoon and is set to explore current events, political news, and the latest issues on Capitol Hill. Quite possibly the best aspect of the program? Hosts and guests are encouraged to booze.

“Reporting and news commentary today is increasingly broken down into smaller and smaller bites,” said Sam Stein, senior political editor for The Huffington Post. “And while cable news segments and tweets certainly have their place, we kind of miss the extended conversation too.”

Stein went on to add that, ” ‘Wait, Is This Thing On?’ brings together top voices on a specific subject, sits them around a table, plies them with booze, and tapes what happens. The goal is to produce an unvarnished, enlightening, and generally fun talk about weighty and non-weighty matters. And if we don’t achieve that, well, at least we get free beer (thanks, Arianna!).” Read more

HuffPost Calls for Your Best Arianna Huffington Impressions

arianna-huffington-photoGuests and viewers of the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner once again were “privied” to a joke about Arianna Huffington‘s accent when entertainer for the evening – Joel McHale – said that it “represented 19 different nationalities.”

In celebration of the outlet’s ninth birthday, HuffPost has issued a call for submissions of the best Arianna impressions. Videos can be submitted via email or Vine, Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter with the hashtag #ThankYouDahling.

On Friday, they’ll feature favorites. In the meantime, check out HuffPost’s Sam Stein‘s (who’s automatically disqualified) here.

Morning Chatter

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“Thirty? I have underwear older than that. But Happy Birthday!”Politico‘s Roger Simon in response to some guy in New Hampshire saying he turned 30 and “Haalp!”

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MEGHAN’s DIGS: “Little outside photo shoot for the Financial Times in my hood today!” — Meghan McCain.

Anonymous email to FishbowlDC: “Please pass along my sarcastic thanks for PoliticoPro’s so-called reinvention of policy coverage.”

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Confessional.

“1 of my least fav moments as a reporter: when I’m transcribing from tape and realize I interrupted some1 saying something really valuable.” — National Review‘s Jonathan Strong.

Important Q to Ponder: “So it’s a bad idea to create an anonymous twitter account on which you viciously tear apart your colleagues?” — HuffPost‘s Sam Stein.

And this… “I think @BuzzFeedAndrew will get a raise when it’s found out he’s actually running 73 anonymous Twitter accounts.” — BuzzFeed Legal Editor Chris GeidnerAnd this… “Hope CBS doesn’t find out I’m on Twitter.” — CBS White House radio reporter Mark Knoller.

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“I know I’m only 5’2″ and sitting in the magic exit row seat with quadruple leg room. But come on tall guys. Enough with the dirty looks.” — Politico‘s Ginger Gibson.

The Nostradamis of Washington

“FWIW, I suspect the entire O’Care website drama will end up being a small chapter in this novel.” — TPM Editor-in-Chief Josh Marshall.

From the peanut gallery…

“Wish @CNN cared about those millions losing their insurance & suffering premium spikes as much as they do those g**damned blackfish.” — Breitbart News editor John Nolte.

Morning Chatter

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TAN MOM IMPERSONATOR?: “In DC at @hilaryr’s dinner with the fabulous @diananyad.” — HuffPost’s Arianna Huffington, referring to CNN Democratic analyst Hilary Rosen. 

images-4Imagine that! Media irks press aide

“Press aide annoyed after Cuccinelli gets 3 questions about the shutdown in a row, asks if ‘anyone has a new question’” — Slate‘s Dave Weigel.

The Observer

“Oh dear. Someone appears to need healthcare right now behind Obama.” — Garance Franke-Ruta, senior editor, The Atlantic.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 5:19 a.m. (!!!!!)

Confessional I.

“I’ve reached the point where if I don’t tweet for a day, I get calls/texts wondering if I’m alive.” — Free Beacon‘s Lachlan Markay.

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“Hoping @TerryMcAuliffe calls @AP and asks them to rescind firing of Bob Lewis.” — Politico‘s Roger Simon.

From WaPo‘s Erik Wemple: “Incorrectly asserting that someone lied to a federal investigator — especially when that someone is competing in a gubernatorial race — is nothing short of a high journalistic crime.” There’s some defense of Lewis too. And a request to speak with AP higher-ups which, well, isn’t happening. See the whole story here.

At 8:21 a.m. today: “Do you think @AP’s Bob Lewis deserved to be fired for the McAuliffe gaffe? 1-866-55-PRESS @bpshow” — WaPo‘s Clinton Yates.

From the Dept. of Bragiculture: “Heading back down to do second segment this am @GMA. This one on murder of nfl star Sean Taylor.” — Mediaite founder Dan Abrams.

Confessional 2.

“Made a mistake on MSNBC this am. Said no one beta-tested Ocare site. Should have added ‘until a week before launch.’ And thanks to the folks at PunditFact for holding me to account on that.” — HuffPost‘s Sam Stein.

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Anonymous hater to FishbowlDC: “If you took the audience of the Bill Press show and the audience of the Michael Smercornish show, would there be enough for a touch football game?”

Media Critic’s Cancer is in Remission

images-1Journalists in Washington and elsewhere may want media critic Richard Grenell to go away — in the polite sense — just get the hell out of their faces sort of thing.

But he’s not going anywhere. In fact, Grenell’s cancer is in remission.

He told FishbowlDC… Read more

Morning Chatter

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A lawmaker uses the word “sux?”

“Member txts from inside mtg: ‘this sux’ I respond: ‘why?’ Member doesn’t respond.” — NationalReviewOnline‘s Robert Costa.

Just wondering…

“Seriously – who are these people getting Capitol tour at 11pm??” — CNN’s Deirdre Walsh.

imagesJourno encounters alcohol-scented pols 

“About every other House lawmaker I just talked to smelled like booze. It’s only 9pm. Wheeee!” — HuffPost‘s Jennifer Bendery.

Reporter breaks the rules

“Almost got kicked out of speakers lobby for taking photo of a piece of paper #rookiemistake.” — HuffPost‘s Sam Stein.

Place to be during the shutdown: C-SPAN

“Exciting late night TV: House rules committee on @CSpan” — PBS’ Judy Woodruff.

Ezzy is old enough damn it!

“I’m old enough to remember when House GOP refused to go to conference committee  with Senate Democrats.” — WaPo‘s Ezra Klein. To which MSNBC.com’s Benjy Sarlin remarked, “You’re a day old?”

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Politico‘s Donovan Slack: “Can anyone tell what Obama’s drinking tonight in this pic?”

BloombergBNA’s Cheryl Bolen: “It’s Honest Tea, can’t tell what flavor.

Late-night observers

  • “Chuck Todd is fucking tired, man.” – BuzzFeed‘s TV-obsessed Dorsey Shaw.
  • “One day we’ll all tell our grandkids about the night the motion to go to conference on a short-term stopgap…nevermind.” — USA Today‘s Susan Davis.
  • Unknown-1“Pete Sessions seems sooooo annoyed to be there right now – and tired – I sympathize” — CQ Roll Call‘s Emily Pierce.
  • “On the upside, Clinton and Lewinsky got together during the last shutdown.” — National Journal‘s Matt Cooper.
  • “House GOP looks just plain desperate. #pathetic #yourfault #GOPshutdown” — Brad Woodhouse, President of Americans United for Change and former Communications Director for the Democratic Party.
  • “@louiseslaughter you just made the most idiotic point ever…” — Elizabeth Lauten, a.k.a. “DC GOP Girl.”
  • “At midnight Speaker John Boehner becomes a pumpkin. An orange faced, drunken, failure of a pumpkin. #GOPShutdown” — Syndicated liberal columnist Karl Frisch.
  • “All the gallows humor very much appreciated (and fun!) but Jesus Christ THIS IS FUCKED UP. Let’s just not forget that.” — The Guardian‘s Ana Marie Cox.

Important question to ponder: Which Washington journo pulled his back?

NPR reporter gets a sign from beyond?

“My TV just quit on me while watching CSPAN. Obviously a sign.” –  NPR’s Arnie Seipel at  10:15 p.m.

Eatery to lawmakers: No free pulled pork for you!

@PBBBQDelRay: “Free pulled pork sandwich for any gov employee if there is a shutdown. EXCLUDES CONGRESSMEN.”

Pre-emptive media strike

“No doubt OBJECTIVE @ABurnsPolitico, @maggiepolitico are working on piece asking y Hillary hasn’t ‘Soulja’d’ Obama for refusal to negotiate.” — Breitbart.com editor John Nolte.

 greenstripecoverfishWords to live by…

“Know what keeps me sane living in the DC area? Boasting an outsider mindset in the Beltway. Resist urge for power and remember your roots.” — conservative blogger Gabriella Hoffman. Just moments before this whopper of wisdom, she wrote, “My page is 8 likes away from 1,100. Connect with me on FB if you haven’t already.”

Editor’s brain shuts down

“You know what else has shut down? My brain. Time for bed. Will be up bright and early to cover the ongoing CR voterama. Night all.”– Red Alert Politics Editor-in-Chief Francesca Chambers at 12:10 a.m.

Confessional.

“My Dad lost a whole college trimester when the Pennsylvania government shut down and didn’t make his financial aid payments to the school.” — HuffPost‘s Jeffrey Young.

Where are Julia’s feelings? “Am I supposed to feel something right now? #shutdown” — TNR‘s Julia Ioffe at 12:06 a.m.

Could Howard Mortman be President? Read more

Morning Chatter

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Politico Playbook Publish Time: 7:56 a.m.

images-2Congressional Black Caucus Chatter

Mother Jones Washington Bureau Chief David Corn: The Congressional Black Caucus and the financial lobby: BFFs. (He links to this story.)

Washington, D.C. Photog and Managing Editor of the multicultural blog politic365.com Lauren Burke: “When the CBC has a meeting it’s a ‘story.’ No laws passed, no regs changed but ‘a meeting’ is a story. Very interesting.”

The Scolder: ‘Give it a rest’

“Oh my god, the people with vitriolic reactions to Ted Cruz even when he is praying for the pastor. give it a rest.” — HuffPost‘s Sam Stein.

images-1The Observer: Daily Download is covering twerking?

“Daily Download seems to be posting once a week or so now daily-download.com Also, 2 of last 4 posts are about twerking.” — Benjy Sarlin, MSNBC political reporter.

And now for something rather refreshing…

“A dear friend asks me ‘what is nsfw?’ Folks. you gotta keep these people in your lives.” — National Journal reporter Elahe Izadi.

imagesFashion Chatter: the one-pocket skirt/dress

“Was very excited to discover that dress has pockets. But quickly realized that it has just 1 pocket, which just doesn’t seem to make sense.” — Greenwire‘s Jessica Estepa.

“Story of my uniform-wearing Catholic school life. All of my uniform skirts had one pocket and it was maddening.” — CQ Roll Call‘s Katie Kovach.

Weiner update

“Spotted: a visibly dejected Anthony Weiner, pushing a stroller and exhaling.” — Noah Shactman, Foreign Policy‘s Brooklyn-based executive editor.

Priorities.

“Congress can do something afterall: Senate just clears House-passed Helium Stewardship Act.” — Politico‘s Manu Raju.

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HuffPost’s Sam Stein Wins $500

HuffPost Political Editor and White House Correspondent Sam Stein has won the September Sidney Award for exposing the “devastating” impact of sequestration. He has been chronicling the impact of the cuts since the spring.

Rare transgenic (genetically modified) rabbits surfaced in his reporting.

For all his hard word, Stein wins $500, a bottle of union-made wine, and a certificate designed especially for the Sidney by New Yorker cartoonist, Edward Sorel.

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Morning Chatter

Mika really let Stein say this?

“I learned that twerking, the dance move created by Thomas Roberts is suddenly controversial.” — HuffPost‘s Sam Stein on the much talked about dance move last night by Miley Cyus at the MTV VMA Awards. A horrified Mika Brzezinksi spent half the show today forbidding talk of the performance while talking about it and appearing disgusted that the show repeatedly aired the video in question.

NPR broaches loaded question

“Good morning everyone. Today’s #SundayConvo is on assisted suicide. A heavy question: If a loved one was suffering, would you help them die?” — NPR‘s Rachel Martin, host, Sunday “Weekend Edition.”

Perino discusses Jasper’s breath

“Yum. Trachea breath.” — FNC “The Five” C0-host Dana Perino.

In her dreams…

“Last night’s dream: @conantnyc and I opened a high-end lamp/lighting store here in DC and the NYT reported it on A1, above the fold WHAT.” — Carol Blymire, a writer and public affairs professional based in Takoma Park, Md.

Journo wants world to relax while he’s on vacation

“Back to my vacation. Don’t get involved in any more stupid wars while I’m gone.” — Spencer Ackerman, U.S. National Security Editor for The Guardian.

Reporter returns from honeymoon

“Back from honeymoon! Starting at @politico today on their new @POLITICOPro #ag team.” — Politico‘s Helena Bottemiller, who was recently married in Bellingham, Washington.

Real HuffPost headline: “Seven Things You Should Never Do in an Airplane Bathroom”

Putting the “boob” in weather

“I remember the 1st time I heard the weather phenomenon ‘haboob.’ I laughed so hard! Today was @IvanCNN’s turn. He’s giggling.” — Hanna Gordola, associate producer of New Day Weekend.

FROM THE ROAD: “With airstrikes on#syria possible Hosting @ThisWeekABC from the banks of the Nile @jonathankarl in DC.” — ABC‘s Martha Raddatz.

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