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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.

TPM Editor Questions Politico’s Editorial Judgment

7:46 AM 10/01/2014

Josh Marshall, editor-in-chief of the lefty Talking Points Memo, is wondering what the hell Politico was thinking in a story published in the magazine Tuesday. In a harsh essay condemning the Secret Service, Ron Kessler, author of The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidentscalls the culture of the agency "rotten." He also says President Obama's life is in danger. 

Bath Time

6:54 PM 09/30/2014

1. BuzzFeed's Ben Smith dismisses notion of another Mitt Romney presidential run... A quick excerpt: “Wouldn’t it be truly pathetic if on his third time he doesn’t even win the nomination?” asked the former aide. “Then he does have the ‘L’ and he’s truly truly a diminished figure." See the full story here here.

White House Lets Erroneous Pool Report Slip Through

11:28 AM 09/30/2014

Somehow the White House Press Office only complains when reporters write details they don't want out there. But when they write factually incorrect details about what President Obama said that boost him? They've got no problem with that at all.

Bath Time

4:36 PM 09/29/2014

1. Sally Quinn talks about her husband's dementia on C-SPAN... Candid as ever, WaPo's Sally Quinn let's the public in on Ben Bradlee's declining condition. Suffering with dementia, the 93-year-old sleeps 20 hours a day and is now in hospice. Why you should read it: Like everything these days, lots of oversharing. Quinn calls caring for him "sacred." That's lovely. She says they still spend quality time together. Still lovely. And then: "I still have him sleeping in the bed with me," she said. Whoa! And yes, we'll be hearing about all this and more in her memoir. Read and watch here.

Goldie Taylor Is Out At MSNBC

12:38 PM 09/29/2014

Interns at Mediaite can breathe a big sigh of relief today. Gold Taylor, an MSNBC contributor, has announced she's on the outs with the network. This morning she announced her departure, but did not indicate why she and the network are parting ways.

Sex Therapist On Blow Book: It Doesn’t Blow

5:57 PM 09/26/2014

New York City sex therapist Stephen Snyder is hot for NYT columnist Charles Blow's new memoir, Fire Shut Up In My Bones. In the book, Blow opens up about sexual abuse at the hands of an older relative and the complicated feelings that arose from it. He also talks about his bisexuality, something that has plagued him for much of his life.