KUDOS TO THE MEDIA! “He was a journalist. He was a symbol of what is right about the United States.” — AG Eric Holder in a presser this morning on the death of James Foley.
GROVER NORQUIST HEADS TO BURNING MAN
“Heading to Burning Man. Asking Veterans: What did you forget last time you wish you had brought along? (What Relatively legal thing.)” — Americans For Tax Reform Prez Grover Norquist.
A great compliment for NBC’s Tamron Hall
“Can @tamronhall and I please just be best friends already??” — Alex Burian, a viewer. She replied, “Absolutely!!!”
Travel Bitches: Quiet Car Punks
“Just got called a bitch for telling drunk bros to stop yelling in the Quiet Car. Well, someone had to take one for the team.” — Emma Dumain, Roll Call House reporter. “Conversation went: ‘I’m sorry, I don’t mean to be a bitch.’ Bro: ‘you’ve succeeded in being what you didn’t want to be.’ Ugh.” BuzzFeed‘s Kate Nocera replied, “Emma I know this will surprise you , but I shhh people when they chew loudly on the quiet car.”
“Standing outside reading my phone. Turn around there’s a skunk not 4 ft away. We both took off like lightning in opposite ways. No harm done.” — Rick Sheridan.
Now how could this be?
“People love to say mean stuff to me on Internet.” — Politico‘s chief economic correspondent Ben White. In other Ben White news: “The downside of doing tv this afternoon is that I finally had to shave the vacation beard. Sad.”
Journo talks to her kids about Ferguson
“Tried so very hard to be fair when I told my kids about Ferguson. I thought they had very thoughtful responses to it. & then they prayed.” — The Federalist‘s senior editor Mollie Hemingway.
Convo Between Two Journos
WaPo‘s Karen Tumulty: “Is this ice bucket thing almost over? #sermononthemount”
WaPo‘s Rebecca Sinderbrand: “It’s already over. It just doesn’t know it yet.”
I told myself I wasn’t going to quote Olivia Nuzzi today but then she said this
“This stuff smells like fruit loops and it’s kind of freaking me out. I’m not sure I want to smell this way.” — The Daily Beast‘s Olivia Nuzzi, referring to L’Occitane’s Verbana Salt Scrub.
“I would give up this perfect new york weather if it would make the world a little bit less awful, I really would.” — Jen Doll, contributing editor, Mental Floss.
So what’s Charles C. Johnson up to?
“Today I retained Missouri counsel to file a FOIA challenge to get #MichaelBrown‘s juvenile criminal record. #Ferguson. I had two law enforcement contacts who told me #MichaelBrown had juvenile criminal record. I will be suing to get the answer.” — GotNews‘ Charles C. Johnson, who had some critiques of James Foley, the journalist murdered by ISIS.
Ezra Klein says Obama in bad taste
“Agreed. Critiques of presidential vacations are dumb. But golfing today is in bad taste. Not sure how to reconcile.” — Vox Media‘s Ezra Klein.