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LET SLEEPING DOG LIE: “Someone is very happy to be home and sleeping in a bed unlike those barbarians at doggy boarding.” — Politico’s Christine Delargy, who formerly wrote for FBDC

Was it really OTR?

“It was definitely on record. We’ve had two senior editors from our organization who scrutinized ever aspect of this story. There’s no question it was an on the record conversation.” — TPM‘s Hunter Walker, author of the story in which New York mayoral hopeful Anthony Weiner‘s Spokeswoman Barbara Morgan called ex-campaign intern Olivia Nuzzi a series of insults that are now part of her Twitter feed, as pictured here. Walker told the above to MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell last night on his program.

Eavesdrop Cafe

“Adventures in weird first date eavesdropping: ‘you’re just not into topography enough’” — BuzzFeed D.C. Bureau Chief John Stanton. He added, “I mean, who has map reading as a relationship deal breaker? I have my orienteering merit badge but that shit ain’t a fetish.”

Please, Politico, can he do this?

“If it were socially acceptable to Tweet nothing but Seinfeld lines I’d do it. And drape myself in velvet.” — Politico‘s Ben White.

The Observer

“My Twitter feed seems drunker than usual tonight. People sprung early for the impending congressional recess?” — Garance Franke-Ruta, senior editor, The Atlantic.

AC confusion?

“Air conditioning debate rages – if one says turn it down, that can mean make it warmer (as in turn down the fan).” — Dana Perino, Co-host of FNC’s “The Five.” She explained, “Husband asks why I don’t say ‘reduce’ the air conditioning …but that also can be confusion and mean make it colder! #ack!”

Father Glenn

“Now entering the lives being destroyed phase of the Weiner crack-up. Anyone getting their jollies off of this now is pretty much a sadist,” Politico‘s Glenn Thrush, whose Twitter feed has taken a decidedly preachy turn as of late. We love his passion.

Journo has karaoke advice

“The next time you think of kareoking Jason Mraz’s ‘I’m Yours’, don’t. Leave it be.” — Political blogger Dave Catanese. As some may recall, Catanese once won the highest award at a karaoke contest so he may know what he’s talking about.

Navarro says Matthews out of line…

“I’m no fan of Cruz, but this is way over the line.” — CNN’s Ana Navarro on MSNBC’s Chris Matthews calling Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) a “political terrorist.”

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 8:29 a.m.

Coworker Love

“Why @NikkiSchwab is the best co-worker ever: She sends out all-staff emails letting us know about #FreeSmoothieDayDC tomorrow!! :D ” — Red Alert Politics News Editor Kelsey Osterman on Nikki Schwab.

Confessional.

“ICYMI: ‘Anthony Wiener is a needy little bitch.’ (Not judging, b/c so am I.)” — The Atlantic‘s Scott Stossel, linking to Sydney Elaine Leather‘s appearance on the Howard Stern show in which she calls Weiner a “needy little bitch.”

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How to Write for The Atlantic

The AtlanticJournos with distinctive voices can land a byline at The Atlantic, part of America’s great literary legacies. The mag was founded by a lit lover’s dream team, including Harriet Beecher Stowe, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow and Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Over the years, the mag has broadened its editorial content to include politics, the economy and cultural trends, but the mainstay of the collective remains to be editorial impartiality. “One of our taglines is ‘we are no party of clique.’ That goes back to 1857 when we were founded,” said editor Scott Stossel, “that we would be unaffiliated with any specific ideological approach or political party. That remains the case today.”

With that in mind, freelancers are welcome to think creatively about current political and cultural issues. For pitching etiquette and editor’s contact info, read How To Pitch: The Atlantic.

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Atlantic Releases Kelly Award Finalists

The just in from The Atlantic

They’ve released the finalists for the annual Michael Kelly Award. The $25,000 award will be given at a ceremony on April 14.

Chosen from a field of more than 60 entries, the finalists for the 2013 award are: Read more

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Quotes of the Day

Sequester ruins FOB’s son’s summer plans

“DoD just cancelled a summer intern program my son was going to apply to. #sequester. …And my friend’s son was just told his Capitol Hill internship would now be unpaid.” — Steve Rattner, MSNBC “Morning Joe” Contributor and former head of Obama Auto Task Force.

Journo smells pot outside the office

“Group of couriers congregating outside my office smell strongly of weed. It’s Monday afternoon guys. Save some for the weekend.” — The Times of London‘s Matt Spence.

A Metro rider did what?

“Delays on Red Line b/c a rider threw two suitcases onto the tracks.” — Washington Examiner Transportation Reporter Liz Essley.

 

Best Washington reaction to a national story

“This reminds me: if you left your penis in the 3rd floor men’s room@thewatergate this afternoon, pls call Lee Mayer.” — The Atlantic magazine Editor Scott Stossel in reaction to this story in HuffPost Business about an Orlando man who got his penis chopped off at work.

D–king around with JD

“When you put dishes on which you’ve eaten eggs in the dishwasher it makes the lot smell like wet dog when the cycle is done. #newsyoucanuse” — CBS Political Director John Dickerson.

Politico Playbook Publish Time: 8:10 a.m.

Thayer admits he’s a “Twitter Virgin”

“I’ve spent a few years as a journo, but am a Twitter virgin. Forgive me in advance #mucked up.” — Freelancer Nate Thayer, who freaked out on The Atlantic when they asked him to write for free and for the great exposure. Follow him, by the way, at

Reporter envisions a Rome where Snoop Lion is Pope

“If the white smoke just keeps pouring out of there, we will know to congratulate Pope Snoop Lion I” — ReutersSam Youngman.

Blogger Confessional

“Appreciate: readers offering corrections. Don’t appreciate: people being assholes about it.” — Dave Brown, Contributor to Yahoo! Sports‘ Big League Stew.

Congratulations to Jason Roe for…his political consulting firm, REVOLVIS,  opening a new San Diego office in the heart of the Gaslamp District, just 2 blocks from City Hall. In addition to San Diego, REVOLVIS has offices in Sacramento, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.

They met in a bar…

In this week’s “Hill Navigator,” Roll Call‘s advice column, they address the topic of finding love across the aisle. In one instance, a woman meets a “handsome man” at a Capitol Hill bar, but later learns he works for a member she hates. The advice? Hey, many of us have worked for horrible people: “I think the term for these kinds of experiences is character building.” Read the full column here.

8 Words We Never Thought We’d See: “The Bachelor is on HuffPost Live right now.”

Who Wore the Risqué Choker?

On Monday we presented you with this woman’s choker necklace, worn by a female journalist at The Atlantic pre-inaugural party Sunday night at Publisher David Bradley‘s house. We asked for guesses on who it was, and this is what you told us:

The Atlantic‘s Scott Stossel wrote into FishbowlDC, saying, “That’s easy, I’d recognize that neck anywhere: Charles Krauthammer. I’d always pegged him for a big 50 Shades fan.”

Other guesses: Reader Vicky Shannon writes in, “My guess for the choker-wearer is Barbara Harrison.” Former White House Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers and AOL-HuffPost’s Arianna Huffington were among the other guesses.

Indeed, the correct guess is one that no one offered. It’s Washingtonian Editor-at-Large Carol Joynt (as pictured above). She says this piece of jewelry is among her favorites, but rarely wears it. She explained, “Bought it about 5 years ago at Hermes boutique in Florida as a Christmas present to myself. I’m aware women aren’t supposed to buy jewelry for themselves, but that’s like waiting for a man to open the door. By the way, there’s a heart on the lock. It’s sweet.”

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Quotes of the Day — Happy New Year!

Travel Bitches

“If an airplane itself could have influenza, I’m on it.” — Politico‘s Dave Levinthal.

“Guy behind me on plane whacks me w/ suitcase as putting it in overhead. ‘Oh, sorry, I didn’t see you.’ Cuz I’m REALLY tiny #HappyNewYear.” — Joanne Bamberger, mommy blogger, former news anchor and author of “Mothers of Intention.”

And a travel apology…“Off to Paris for a bit. Nice to see you again, turkish air. Please carry me safely to my destination and sorry for any anxiety exhibited.” — Seyward Darby, freelancer, former online editor at TNR.

Press aide tells everyone to calm down

“Folks out there w/ crazy theories about what’s going on in House. All ridiculous. Just figuring out best path forward. Stay calm, carry on.” — House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor aide Rory Cooper during fiscal cliff negotiations.

For a gay old time…

“Two tickets for @GayPimp‘s #GayestWeekendOfAllTime this March in Florida? Yes, please.” — Syndicated columnist and Bullfight Strategies’ Karl Frisch.

Loesch takes a breather from laptop

“I’ve not opened my laptop since December 21st. Rare. Christmas vacation was lovely, but am ready to roll up the sleeves again.” — Ex-Breitbart.com’s Dana Loesch, who is now suing her former employer. Considering the backlash she received after the Sandy Hook shootings, in which she accused President Obama of playing politics with the deaths of children, this may have been a welcome relief.

Breitbart newbie on first-name basis with U.S. leaders

“In case anyone didn’t notice, we have now officially jumped off the fiscal cliff. Thanks John , Barry and Harry!” — Breitbart.com‘s Matthew Boyle, who hopes to one day fill the shoes of the late Andrew Breitbart.

A rare nod to CNN

“CNN is the only big cable news network doing fiscal cliff coverage right now. (I mean, if you’re a geek.)” — The Daily Caller and The Week‘s Matt Lewis on New Year’s Day.

And now, a New Year’s Eve observation on facial hair: “Back on CNN with the bearded ones–Wolf Blitzer and Robert Reich–at 8:30. All agree. No taxation of facial hair.” — Americans for Tax Reform Prez Grover Norquist.

The Self-Appointed Media Critic…

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Fishbowl Summer Superlatives – THE RESULTS!

Now that everyone has had a chance to vote, the results are in for the FishbowlDC Superlatives. We’ll be rolling out the results today and tomorrow, so be on the lookout to see how your nominees did.

Biggest Self Promoter– This was the closest vote that we had in the whole competition. It was between Former Daily Caller reporter Michelle Fields, ABC News White House Correspondent Jake Tapper, The Daily Beast and CNN’s Howard Kurtz, WaPo’s Chris Cillizza and Publicist Tammy Haddad. The photo finish saw Tammy Haddad beat out Fields by only five votes! Congratulations Tammy!

Worst Temper– The candidates were Mother Jones’s David Corn, Politico’s Jim VandeHei, Politico’s Tim Grieve, Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher, and Slate’s Matt Yglesias. The people have spoken and they say Tim Grieve has the worst temper in Washington! We’d congratulate him, but we’re afraid it might set him off.

Favorite Flack– We asked you to choose between POTUS campaign spokeswoman Jen Psaki, Mitt Romney spokesman Brendan Buck, House Maj. Leader Eric Cantor’s Deputy Chief of Staff Doug Heye and NRCC’s Brian Walsh (pitched as Drama and Turtle), C-SPAN’s Howard Mortman, and House Maj. Whip Kevin McCarthy spokeswoman Erica Elliott. Despite a last minute push by Mortman, the winners were Doug Heye and Brian Walsh!

Most Likely to Wind Up in Jail– The suspects choices were Politico’s Joe Williams, PR Exec. David Bass, BuzzFeed’s John Stanton, The Daily Caller’s David Martosko, The Daily Caller’s Neil Munro, Reason‘s Mike Riggs and freelancer Moe Tkacik. The overwhelming winner was Joe Williams.

Class Clown: This category was a joke. The results were the most lopsided in all of the superlatives. The contenders were Sirius XM’s Julie Mason, Roll Call HOH’s Neda Semnani, Yahoo! News’ Olivier KnoxReuter‘s Sam Youngman, The Atlantic‘s Scott Stossel, Wonkette and The Guardian‘s Jim Newell and The Drudge Report’s Charlie Hurt. Julie Mason walked away with this category with a crushing 46 percent of the vote.

Most likely to end up with a reality show– In D.C., there are PLENTY of options, but we narrowed them down to Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher, ABC7’s Stephen Tschida, TWT‘s Emily Miller, Susanna Quinn, Publicist and blogger Janet Donovan, NBC’s Luke Russert, Current TV’s David Shuster,and CNN’s Roland Martin. The winner of this category was…  Emily Miller! (Our advice would be to make sure you get the lighting right on her reality show or she might shoot the bulbs out.)

Thanks to everyone who voted, but we aren’t done yet with the big reveal. Check back tomorrow to find out the winners of all of our other categories, which include Best Writer, Sexiest, and Best On-Air Personality!

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Quotes of the Day


“First @CNN liveshot of the day at #scotus . This is the scene in front of the 44 marble steps.” — CNN Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin.

Boybander says ‘vagina’

“6-3 that transvaginal ultrasounds are NBD#otherSCOTUSpredictions” — TPM‘s Brian Beutler in an apparent attempt to be cute on the day of the heightened Supreme Court healthcare ruling. One reader thought it was in “bad taste.” But considering we did an entire feature called “Vagina Journalism” we’re not here to judge.

‘Wish me luck!’

The Atlantic‘s editorial meetings may be about to get a bit livelier. Atlantic Magazine Editor Scott Stossel remarked on Twitter this week, “My son (5) has, unaccountably, started gleefully yelling ‘Wish Me Luck!’ every time he breaks wind. Whole family now adopting the practice.” Our suggestion: Anyone who runs into Stossel today should say the phrase … repeatedly.

Understatement of the Day

“Probably more traffic today than in SB’s first 5 years, combined. So grateful; a little scared. #teamlyle #dontcrash” — SCOTUSblog.

Journo braces for bad hair day

“I have a contingency plan for nearly everything today, but not a power outage at my apartment. Are you ready for my good hair day, SCOTUS?” — Rebecca Berg, NYT political reporting fellow.

Politico publicist has a bad day

“Horrible end to a bad day. #RIPStella” — Politico‘s Olivia Petersen on Wednesday. (Might that have had something to do with Politico‘s suspended bad boy Joseph Williams appearing on The Bill Press Show seemingly without the pub’s knowledge or approval?)

Speaking of Williams…“One thing’s for sure,” noted lefty Bill Press on this morning’s radio show. “The right wing blogs are out to take Joe Williams down or me down or anybody down who gives any indication that they are liberal. Of course they don’t have to guess about me, man. I put it out there everyday.”

HuffPost‘s Jon Ward wonders why NYT’s homepage forgot today’s ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court

Most of Ward’s comments were directed to NYT’s Jim Roberts, Asst. Managing Editor of the NYT, just before 7 a.m. At the time, Roberts was telling followers about a newly created Chinese-language site by the NYT. He never responded to Ward. At 8 a.m. he directed NYT readers to this story on the Supreme Court ruling. At 9 a.m. there was still no indication of the Supreme Court ruling on NYT’s homepage minus a small print blurb at the bottom.

1. “Nothing on NYT front page about #healthcare ruling?” 2. “idk, seems like there should be something: a recap, a rehash, etc. im sure there’s still lotta people tuning in for first time.” 3. “As my old editor used to say, even if you’ve written a story before, there were people who didn’t read it, so write it again.”

Want a friend in London? Forget the dog

“Odd conversation o.t. day: Woman to her dog: ‘You really don’t give a shit about me, do you?’” — Sarah Lyall, a London-based NYT correspondent.

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Quotes of the Day


Yahoo! News‘s Olivier Knox: “Hasty iPhone shot of POTUS getting his ‘VIP Guest’ button today.” President Obama drank beer at The Dubliner on Saturday for St. Patrick’s Day.

The Atlantic Magazine Editor’s odd relationship to the semicolon

“Starting to get concerned about my compulsive use of the semicolon; it’s pathological.” — Atlantic Mag Editor Scott Stossel. He added, “This may call for a semi-colonoscopy.”

Doocy or Douchey?

“President Obama did NOT pay cover charge at The Dubliner when he popped in for St Pats Day brew, according to pool producer. POTUS just left.” — FNC Correspondent Peter Doocy, son of Fox & Friends Steve Doocy. The bar allowed the President of the Free World free entrance to The Dubliner on Saturday on St. Patrick’s Day.

Ali’s new ‘Daily Shot’

“The dirty little kitchen is I can do it from my kitchen table and I’m a lazy girl.” — Comedian and author Ali Wentworth on CNN’s Reliable Sources on Sunday regarding her new morning spot on Yahoo.

In other St. Patty’s Day news…

“Yeah, fat boy, my great grandparents came here so you could puke on the street in broad daylight. Clean that up.” — CNN’s Lizzie O’Leary.

From the Road

“Airports should have gyms so I can get in a work out during these long layovers.” — Politico‘s Juana Summers.

En route to Montreal with Steve Buttry

On Saturday JRC’s Community Engagement Director Steve Buttry was on his way to Montreal. But not without a bit of turbulence. Watch as he initially blames United and eventually eats his words. 1. Of course our flight to Montreal is oversold. #unitedsucks. 2. We were boarding the plane when pilot (or someone in uniform) came out telling us to go back to terminal. 3. Bad weather in Montreal. 4. I maintain that my travel experience is actually common. Just travel a lot and tweet about something that universally sucks. 5. They keep pushing our departure time back: 9, 10, 10:30, now 11. Can’t blame United; Canadian weather page shows fog in Montreal. 6. Finally boarding. Hoping they’ll actually let us on the plane now. Except that the line isn’t moving. 7. Finally boarded our flight to Montreal. Bon voyage!

Discombobulated journo

“Rode bike across town in rain to renew drivers license. when I saw long line I thought should of renewed on-line. then remembered I DID.” — ABC7 TV reporter Stephen Tschida.

In reaction…

“Love when @stevebuttry travels & tweets: All of the pain and frustration of dealing w/airlines without ever having to leave my house” — Lisa Fung, Executive Editor of The Wrap.

Surprise ruined for USA Today Bureau Chief

“Sked’ed delivery of new TV on my husband’s bday today as a surprise. @BestBuy late yesterday said, oops, sorry, no TV 4 sale. #BestBuyBummer” — USA Today Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page, whose husband is Carl Leubsdorf.

Spin the Boybander?

MSNBC’s weekend show “Up With Chris Hayes” is quickly becoming a Boybander Slumber Party. We can’t believe we weren’t invited. With Hayes off this past Saturday, WaPo‘s liberal blogger, Democratic strategist and FBDC Fan Club Prez Ezra Klein jumped in. His guest was none other than lower-tiered Boybander Spencer Ackerman of Wired. Ackerman remarked, as any close friend who wants to get invited on again would, “I think this @ezraklein kid is going places. Just killing it guest hosting #uppers.”

A journo’s story idea up for grabs

“Someone needs to do an in-depth story on @ChuckGrassley’s Twitter war against @HistoryChannel.” — Jordan Fabian, political editor for Univision News.

 

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Quotes of the Day

Whoa! Yglesias does what?!

“Additionally, he enjoys eating his own waste products and is said to have lost his virginity to his own father.” — Slate‘s Matt Yglesias tweets the sentence and provides a link to his Wikipedia page in what has been immense blowback to his gloating of Andrew Breitbart‘s death.

Travel woes

“Early morning flight to NYC meant 2 things. Exhaustion and stuck on the shuttle runway for 45 mins behind a big Trump airplane. #letsGo” — CNN Commentator and SKDKnickerbocker’s Hilary Rosen.

Are you there PETA? It’s me, Stossel

“I was awakened this morning by my cat when she threw up a hairball ON MY FACE. Someone get PETA over here before I do something I regret.” — Scott Stossel, Dep. Managing Editor, Atlantic Magazine, in a relatively recent tweet.

NPR journos weigh in on good writing

Michele Norris: “A well-written sentence has a certain cadence much like a tight musical score.” Southern U.S. Bureau Chief Russell Lewis: “Once you finish your story, read it out loud.”

Rep. Frank gets busted for breaking House Floor rules

“Rep. Frank (D-MA) had words taken down. Comments will be stricken from Congressional Record; can’t speak for remainder of day.” — Ric Anderson, U.S. House Press Gallery staffer. He explains that Frank “characterized Rep. Hensarling’s statements as ‘the most hypocritical and dishonest statement I have heard in this House.’”

Follower insults TWT reporter

“@KerryPicket sucks to be a biotch and work for WTimes. #OldSchool” — #pUNkBoyInSF to TWT‘s Kerry Picket, who retweeted the news. This comes on the heels of actor Alec Baldwin, who remarked on his hatred for TWT on Super Tuesday.

Editor notices disturbing bumper sticker

“Just saw an awesome bumper sticker, ‘I’ll pay for your contraception if you pay for my ammo.’ Deal?” — Townhall.com News Editor and writer Katie Pavlich.

Meanwhile, a Convo Between Two Journos

Today’s conversation is between ABC Entertainment Reporter Sheila Marikar and ABC News Political Director Amy Walter.

Marikar: “How do y’all feel about ‘meanwhile’ as a transition?”

Walter: “It’s a crutch that I lean on A LOT.”

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