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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.
No doubt Washington Post political reporter Philip Bump was trying to be funny Monday night when he went on Twitter and tried to be a combination engineer and public official.
Tamron Hall, who has, in the past, been romantically linked to her MSNBC colleague Lawrence O'Donnell, insists she won't go on Bravo's "Millionaire Matchmaker." But it really seems like she could be persuaded.
This wouldn't be the first time that "Morning Joe's" Mika Brzezinksi and Joe Scarborough have been mistaken for married couple. They flirt. They bicker. They take sexy pictures on desks and are painted frolicking at the beach.
Real estate mogul and presidential hopeful (wink! wink!) Donald Trump is living in a sort of dreamy fugue state. It's really hard to know if he's awake at this point or walking around like a zombie.
MORE Magazine has a new Washington editor. It's Betsy Fischer Martin, former executive producer of NBC's "Meet the Press" and managing editor of NBC News Political Programming. She's also the wife of NYT reporter Jonathan Martin.
Politico labor reporter Mike Elk is clear about his feelings about unions.
This was only a matter of time, right?
Sarah Palin should give all the campaign speeches she possibly can in her possible run for president.
Luke Russert may have to take a Rosetta Stone Spanish class if he's ever going to have a shot at Miss Universe winner Paulina Vega.
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In continuing with our BuzzFeed series, today we have a story about the 19 ingredients found in McDonald's french fries. Sounds rather BuzzFeedian, no? Or maybe even a Vox.com explainer at this point. Ezra Klein is something of a foodie -- he likes Chopt and fresh figs -- he could easily tackle this.
Jesse Berney, a comedian who is the senior editor for the lefty Blue Nation Review, took it upon himself to scold the Twitter media masses Thursday for joking about Tom Brady's ballsy press conference. And we cannot stress enough then word "balls." Brady claimed he doesn't squeezed the balls, it's not part of his process. He said some guys like old balls.
We've all had personal and professional grudges. Some are short and biting. Some are long and biting and so bitter that they involves knives and blood and bile won't let you go until the deepest revenge has been served.
We knew -- without a single doubt in our minds or fiber in our souls -- that Washington Post's racial activist Wesley Lowery would be back on Twitter behaving like an idiot.
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1. Rep. Louis Gohmert may be in some ethical hot water ... Keep in mind, he also used his influence to get a reporter from TheBlaze fired. All it took was a call to Glenn Beck. See the trouble he's in here. See how he got the reporter fired here.
Former President Bill Clinton is mapping out a strategy for his wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton, to become the next president of the United States. Part of that involves disengaging her from President Obama.
Pope Francis' thoughts on birth control have sparked a lot of conversation this week. To sum up his thoughts, he reaffirmed the church's ban on artificial birth control, but said Catholics have a moral obligation to not "breed like rabbits."