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All Clear At CBS News’ Washington Bureau

Earlier today, DC police evacuated CBS News‘ Washington bureau and shut down a section of M Street over a suspicious package that turned out to be just a harmless suitcase.

Those on site reported that police brought in a robot an an x-ray machine before giving everyone the all-clear to go back inside.

Tweets and pictures from the scene, after the jump…

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Marc Ambinder not keen on ‘poking’ David Brooks

“I do not know why Facebook suggests that I poke David Brooks, but I think I shall reject their suggestion.” –Contributing Editor for GQ and The Atlantic Marc Ambinder, who is up awfully early for an L.A. based writer. This tweet was written at 5:20 a.m. which is 2:20 PT. Brooks is a conservative columnist for NYT.

Convo Between Two Journo Types

A sampling from JRC’s Steve Buttry: 1. “Amtrak just canceled our Acela train. Seriously.” 2. “My last Amtrak trip from NY to DC was delayed 3 hours by a fatality on the track. Now we’re thrown off in Philly for a ‘bridge problem.’” 3. “But I’m not patient.” 4. “Avis didn’t honor our reservation, but we were working w/ another guy whose reservation worked.”

Jeff Jarvis, blogger and J-School prof: “Steve Buttry, I’m surprised even your wife travels with you. Hell, I’m surprised any conveyance sells you a ticket.”

It’s Raining Jean Shorts!

“I am counting the # of jean short-tank top combos today. Despite that it’s a thing, it shouldn’t be. We are not a beach town. #dcpride” — Metro Weekly White House Correspondent Chris Geidner. In other weekend observations, Roll Call‘s John Stanton saw this: “Black leather bannana hammock + rainbow angel wings + pasty ass white skin = gay pride weekend on U St.”

Real Life Bulls%!t

“Just saw a pregnant woman carrying a baby crossing a street without crosswalk while texting… #whatswrongwithpeople” — Thomas Tobin, executive producer at NBC4.

Dinner Faux Pas

“Got back to my table, and @michaelpfalcone was using my napkin. Dude…. #RTCADinner” — Retiring Rep. Thaddeus McCotter (R-Mich.) at the RTCA dinner Friday night on Falcone, deputy political director for ABC News. McCotter also remarked on CBS’s Steve Chaggaris, saying, “Finally met @stevechaggaris – he’s skinnier in person than on TV.” In other RTCA dinner news, WJLA TV reporter Mike Conneen, meanwhile, observed this: “AWKWARD! At @rtcadinner, Steve Kroft accepts award a few ft away from Speaker Boehner for story exposing Congressional insider trading.” Kroft works for CBS’s “60 Minutes.” UPDATE and Correction: Cheggaris recently returned to CBS as Executive Editor, Washington of CBSNews.com. He is no longer with Yahoo! News. Before that he was at TBD. The above has been changed to reflect the facts.

Surprise. Surprise. A WaPo technological failure.

“My @washingtonpost app has crashed 3 times this morning! I suppose I could go pick up the paper at the end of my driveway.” — Christine Montgomery, chief digital officer at the Center for Public Integrity’s iWatch.

The Appointed Media Critic

“It’s funny how @HowardKurtz has hard lefties like David Shuster on his show, but the best he can do for a righty is Jennifer Rubin…?” — The Daily Caller‘s TV reporter Jeff Poor referencing lefty radio host Shuster and WaPo‘s right-leaning blogger Rubin.

In case you missed it over the weekend, MSNBC Contributor, author and Daily Beast Contributor Meghan McCain tweeted a picture of her crotch. By Saturday morning, it had been deleted. Lucky for her, she wasn’t going commando. See here.

Yahoo! News’ Bombshell Hire: AFP’s Olivier Knox

Yahoo! News has swooped in and hired Olivier Knox, formerly a congressional correspondent for Agence France-Presse. He is their first White House Correspondent. Knox had been with AFP for more than a decade.

Knox told FishbowlDC: “July would have made it 16 years at AFP,” he wrote in an email. “They hired me right out of SAIS. I’m thrilled, and I guess a little nervous. This is a phenomenal, can’t-turn-it-down opportunity to push myself while working with a team of all-stars. I would be remiss if I didn’t use this opportunity to remember my late mentor, Peter Mackler, to whom I owe all that is good about my reporting (all that’s bad is entirely mine).”

In a early morning release, they explained that Knox has covered “almost every facet of the political story, from presidential campaigns to Congressional drama to the real-world implications of policy decisions at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue. As the White House Correspondent, Olivier will bring that broad and deep perspective in his original reporting to the Yahoo! News audience, providing both timely coverage of critical events and a unique perspective on how and why developments in Washington matter for the nation as a whole.”

They cite his keen reporting skills: “Olivier has delivered exclusive takes and scoops and news, including his on-the-scene report of the infamous shoe-throwing incident at former President George W. Bush’s 2008 press conference in Baghdad and the current GOP candidates’ growing calls for ‘covert ops’ directed against Syria. Olivier is also a social media standout, recognized for regularly breaking news on his twitter account.”

The outpouring for Knox on Twitter this morning is what is most striking — if this were a Class President election, or Miss America for that matter, Knox would win hands down — everyone from CNN’s Lizzie O’Leary and former CNNer Campbell Brown to HuffPost‘s Jennifer Bendery, CBS’s John Dickerson, ReutersSam Youngman, ABC’s Jake Tapper, TPM’s Josh Marshall, PBS’s Christina Bellantoni and The Australian‘s Business Editor Geoff Elliott, all sing his praises.

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Chaggaris to Yahoo! News

Steve Chaggaris, former CBS News Political Director and former management of TBD, has joined Yahoo! News as Executive Producer, Elections. The news was posted on the site this morning.

And yes, they like him.

“With talent like Steve Chaggaris, we’re fast making Yahoo! News a must-read for the latest political coverage and analysis,” said Robertson Barrett, VP of Yahoo! News, in a release. “Having notable U.S. political voices, like Steve, is powering our 2012 election team to flood the zone with original reporting in key primary states like Iowa and New Hampshire; score newsmaking interviews with all the major GOP contenders; co-sponsor high-profile debates; and examine the issues crucial to voters in 2012, from immigration to the economy to income inequality.”

Among Chaggaris’ duties will be to “help oversee and coordinate the production of special events coverage, including major primaries, debates, the conventions, and election night.  He will also work closely with partner ABC News as Yahoo! continues to build on the alliance, coordinating coverage plans for these high profile moments throughout the election cycle.” Based in Washington, he will report to the company’s new D.C. Bureau Chief David Chalian.

Chaggaris begins on Jan. 3.

What did he do for CBS? See more…

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Pols, Press Toast Schieffer’s 20 Years of “Face the Nation”

Had you walked through the doors of the St. Regis Hotel at this time last night, there’s a good chance you would have bumped into Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) making a quick exit from the fete for Bob Schieffer’s 20th anniversary with “Face the Nation.”  But a brush with the House Minority Leader was only an appetizer for the smorgasbord of the bipartisan political power that partied inside the hotel’s Astor Ballroom.  Raising a glass to the legendary newsman were current and former Secretaries of Defense Leon Panetta and Donald Rumsfeld, Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA), Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-TX), Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC), Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) who has appeared on Face the Nation more than any other guest.  Representing the White House were Dag Vega and Jen Psaki.

In his remarks, a flattered Schieffer joked that when he first got to Washington, Republicans and Democrats always attended parties together.  “But now it’s a big deal,” he told the crowded room.

The Washington press corps were also out in full force for Bob’s big night.  Spotted in the crowd were Sally Quinn and Ben Bradlee, Bob Woodward, FNC’s Ed Henry, NBC’s David Gregory and Betsy Fischer, Politico’s Jonathan Martin, Keach Hagey, Mike Allen and Patrick Gavin, Newshour’s Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff, Bloomberg’s Margaret Carlson, NYT’s David Sanger, WaPo’s Roxanne Roberts, and Steve Chaggaris. Rounding out the room were a slew of CBS talent and staff such as former “Face the Nation” EP Carin Pratt and current EP Mary Hager, Rob HendinKaylee Hartung, Chris Licht, Lara Logan, Jan Crawford, Nancy Cordes, Chip Reid, Bob Orr, Wyatt Andrews, John Dickerson, Christine Delargy, Walt Cronkite (Walter Cronkite’s grandson who now works in the DC bureau), Chris Isham and of course, the evening’s hosts and top network brass Jeff Fager and David Rhodes. Noticeably absent was new CBS News White House correspondent Norah O’Donnell who was in New York City covering the president and UN.

Throughout the evening a video highlighting Bob’s career played in the background – you can check it out here.  And if you missed our must-read interview with Schieffer last week, click here.

The Thief Strikes Again

That didn’t take long.

DCRTV’s Dave Hughes, a recidivist criminal of all media news that gets slapped on his website, did not know of TBD‘s Steve Chaggaris’ departure today until he read it on FishbowlDC. So what does he do? He steals it like he does much of everything that goes on his site and offers zero attribution.

Memo to Hughes: Nice rewrite. Do you honestly think media observers don’t see how blatant your thievery is?

(No link for thieves.)

TBD Titanic Loses Chaggaris

In an ever dwindling staff over at TBD, Steve Chaggaris, VP of Cable News, has found his life raft. He leaves the seriously weakened publication this week. He announced the news today to his staff. He’s the last of the original management team to leave. He does not know what’s next and is weighing his options.

“I have no regrets coming here,” Chaggaris told FishbowlDC. “It was a leap of faith for a lot of us. We were left with a rewarding experience that shattered our hearts by a decision that changed course. It doesn’t mean I feel any animosity or that I feel it wasn’t worth my while over the past year and a half. I got to work with some wonderful journalists and made some good friends here. It’s just odd to see this sort of end. I think this is the ultimate end to the original vision.”

As far as Chaggaris knows, TBD.com plans to continue with  less than five reporters and an Arts & Entertainment editor.

Prior to joining TBD, Chaggaris worked at CBS News as the political director. He joked that he preferred the Poseidon Adventure metaphor to that of the Titantic. We’ll honor his wishes.

Last week we watched TBD lose it’s Editor, Erik Wemple, to WaPo and its Community Engagement Director Steve Buttry to JRC. Several reporters have already migrated to HuffPost. We know those still on board the sinking ship are feeling pressure to jump and figure out what comes next.

Reyes Out at NewsChannel 8

FishbowlDC has confirmed that Malissa Reyes, an executive producer, is leaving NewsChannel 8 or the TV channel formerly known as TBD TV.  She reported to Steve Chaggaris, VP of Cable News for NewsChannel 8. We hear there’s another departure coming soon. Stay tuned…

Today is Reyes’s  last day.

Betty White is Belle of the Ball at CBS Pre-Party

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Golden Girl favorite Betty White, petite with a puff of blond-white hair, showed up to the CBS pre-party to the WHCA Dinner Saturday night in sparkly black top. She was immediately mobbed by partygoers, and ultimately ended up tucked into a corner, talking quietly with three people at a small round table.

White was as sweet as could be, politely answering journalists’ many questions. But she looked somewhat frightened by all the attention. “I’m scared to death,” she said, when asked how she was feeling about hosting SNL next weekend. “I’ll do it, and hope for the best.”

TBD’s Steve Chaggaris said, above all, one thing he wanted to do most during the course of the evening was to hug White – whether he was being funny or not (and we think he was) he later confirmed that he got his hug.

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Betty White whispers to CBS’s Christine Delargy.

CBS’s Goodbye Toast to Michelle Levi

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CBS News toasted Michelle Levi last evening at the M St. Bar & Grill. She recently joined former CBS’er Steve Chaggaris at Allbritton Communications. Bureau chief Chris Isham, Bill Plante, Fernando Suarez, Christine Delargy, Kaylee Hartung and new colleague Kiki Ryan (who works at Allbritton-owned Politico) partook in the festivities. CNN’s Ed Henry stopped by.

And fresh off a sing-along with country music star Garth Brooks, Bob Schieffer and his wife, Pat, made it just in time to wish Michelle well.

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