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      Betsy Rothstein

      Born and raised in Akron, Ohio, Betsy has been covering and torturing Washington media for the past three years. Early on she studied journalism in England, interviewing punk rockers in Piccadilly Square who stole her notebook and ripped it up. After graduating from Union College with a B.A. in Spanish, she began her journalism career in Cambridge, Mass., working for a Cuban newspaper where she conducted man-on-the-street interviews. She asked Latinos about their love lives. “Do Latinos make better lovers or what?” She soon moved out west to Denver, where she worked for two rival Hispanic weeklies for one year each. Next stop: J-school at Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism, where she earned a master’s degree. In the years following grad school she worked at the Boca Raton News as a business reporter followed by a brief stint as a press secretary for former Rep. Robert Wexler (D-Fla.). She spent the next decade on Capitol Hill covering hard news, features and gossip for The Hill Newspaper. In 2009 she quit and moved to Portland, Ore. and wrote about the many long-haired men there who distinctly resemble Jesus. They weren’t all kind (one was fat and confrontational) but she got her story. Prior to joining TheDC, Betsy was the editor of FishbowlDC, a Washington media gossip blog.

John McCain ’16? Breitbart News Sure Thinks So

Breitbart TV must be hallucinating. Hey, when you're watching that much MSNBC, it can happen. On Wednesday night Breitbart posted a story suggesting that 78-year-old Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) may be seriously pondering a White House run in 2016. He ran a failed campaign against then Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) in 2008.

The Mirror Questionnaire With Defense One’s D Briefer Gordon Lubold

4:16 PM 11/19/2014

Say hello to Defense One's senior military reporter Gordon Lubold, proprietor of The D Brief, a daily newsletter that aims to deliver the latest news, analysis, tidbits and inside scoops each morning to inboxes in Washington and around the globe.  Some may remember him at the helm of Politico's "Morning Defense" and more recently at Foreign Policy's "Situation Report." Defense One Editor Kevin Baron refers to his work as "candy."

Comedian Selected For 2015 WHCA Dinner

9:44 AM 11/19/2014

Yes, it's that time again: when information starts seeping out about what some believe is Washington, D.C.'s most vile weekend of the year --- the White House Correspondents' Association Dinner. No offense against the association. They put on this shitstorm for a good cause --- giving substantial scholarships to young people who want to be journalists. And the TIME-People party that delivers a 2,000-pound gift bag isn't so bad.

CNN Confuses Mosque And Synagogue

12:33 PM 11/18/2014

In light of four killings at a Jerusalem synagogue this morning, CNN interviewed Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat. One point of confusion, however, is whether those murders transpired at a synagogue or a mosque. CNN apparently thought it was a mosque.

Cenk Uygur Jumps On Dumb Wagon And Can’t Get Off

4:00 PM 11/17/2014

The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur thinks he's a pretty big deal these days. When his virtual fan club recently went out of their minds after I made fun of him for announcing -- like a teenager -- that he was "wasted" at a wedding, he actively supported various Facebook and Twitter commentary that defended his juvenile pronouncement. One Cenk disciple even said I thought Uygur should be "praying to baby Jesus" instead of having fun and drinking. (If there's one thing I wouldn't push it's praying to baby Jesus -- to each his own is my feeling about baby J and other religious convictions. And I certain wouldn't seriously write anything that stupid.)

The Mirror Questionnaire With Gutsy Motivational Journo Sophia Nelson

1:14 PM 11/14/2014

Say hello to Sophia Nelson, a freelancer who specializes in motivational writing and helping her large following with real life issues. She's also the author of the recently published The Woman Code: 20 Powerful Keys To Unlock Your Life, which teaches women how to live their best lives. She says writing it saved her life. She's the former White House correspondent for JET magazine. She's writes for HuffPost and The Daily Beast, and has appeared on a myriad of networks, most regularly on MSNBC. Named for actress Sophia Loren, she's actually more like Washington's Oprah, but more approachable. She's been told her eyes "dance." She's a Scandal fanatic. She tweets passionately and candidly about personal problems with the purpose of helping and engaging others. Some were so dramatic that I created a feature about her called "Guiding Sophia's Light" after the CBS soap opera. She's big on women treating each other well in the workplace and beyond. To say the least, the past year of Sophia's life hasn't been easy. But as even she'd tell you, she's learned a whole lot.