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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.

Jeff Flake: No ‘Acceptable Rational’ For Comey Firing

In 2009, Arizona Rep. Jeff Flake spent a week alone in the Pacific's Marshall Islands. We totally would have been thrilled to join him on his (shirtless) journey.

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) is clearly not toeing the Republican line in the wake of President Trump firing FBI Director James Comey.

Instagram, screenshot.

Sean Spicer Mentions TV Reporter’s Wedding And The Whole Thing Is So Awkward

9:16 PM 05/09/2017

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer congratulated CNN correspondent Sara Murray on her recent nuptials at a White House press briefing Tuesday.


Lawmaker Breastfeeds Baby On Floor Of Australian Parliament

7:47 PM 05/09/2017

An Australian lawmaker has become the first politician to breastfeed her 2-month-old on the floor of the Commonwealth Parliament.

Lester Holt and his thick frames co-anchor NBC's 'Today' show. (Photo: Getty Images

NBC Gets Delusional About ‘EXCLUSIVE’ Interview With President Trump

2:09 PM 05/09/2017

I know I'm asking the impossible.


Monkeys With Herpes Are Wandering Near Orlando

10:04 PM 05/08/2017

In case you are spending your Spring Break in or around Orlando, beware of monkeys.

White House advisor Kellyanne Conway listens as U.S. President Donald Trump meets with county sheriffs at the White House in Washington, U.S. February 7, 2017.  REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

JERK ALERT: Secret Service Holds Kellyanne Conway Back From Airport Heckler

7:37 PM 05/08/2017

White House aides are apparently people too.


Rep. Steve King Gets Creepy With A Tweet Involving His Finger

3:04 PM 05/05/2017

Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) isn't lacking in thoughts that unhinge people.


In The Wee Hours Of The Morning, TPM’s Josh Marshall Asks Dumb Questions

1:15 PM 05/05/2017

Dear Josh Marshall,

Glenn Beck, Screen Shot The Blaze TV, 3-16-2016

Glenn Beck Launches Biggest Insult Possible At Colbert: ‘You Have Become Me Circa 2009’

12:43 PM 05/05/2017

Considering all the TV tears, emotional breakdowns and abandoning and screwing over The Blaze to hang out with "Lyin''" Ted Cruz in 2016, there's not a lot Glenn Beck could say without sounding like an idiot.

US President Donald Trump smiles during a national teacher of the year event in the Oval Office of the White House April 26, 2017 in Washington, DC. / AFP PHOTO / Brendan Smialowski        (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

President Trump’s Stunt Double Makes White House Appearance

4:33 PM 05/04/2017

President Trump had a incredible doppelgänger in his midst at Thursday's White House press conference on the narrow passage of the House Republicans' healthcare bill, which now goes to the Senate.

Fox News screenshot.

Washington Post Reporter Warns Journalists To Avoid Tucker Carlson’s ‘Dunk Tank’

3:15 PM 05/04/2017

The Washington Post's brash Twitter voice Dave Weigel is urging journalists to avoid the death trap he claims is Fox News's "Tucker Carlson Tonight."

Joe Scarborough and Mika Breziznski (Photo: Rena Schild/Shutterstock)

ENGAGED! The Joe Scarborough And Mika Brzezinski Story

10:27 AM 05/04/2017

When E! finally gets around to doing a "True Hollywood Story" behind MSNBC's "Morning Joe" program, this is what they can call it.

New York Police Department officers watch as they wait for the climber David Malone to descend after hanging a banner on the outside of the New York Times Building in New York on July 9, 2008.     REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Daily Kos Founder: New York Times Is Right-Wing Propaganda

2:21 PM 05/03/2017

The New York Times has notoriously been the publication that conservatives despise.

Tomi Lahren (Screenshot/YouTube/The Blaze)

Playboy Strips Tomi Lahren Down To Her Core

1:18 PM 05/03/2017

When The Blaze nixed Tomi Lahren's online TV show in March, she sued and won in a settlement that allowed her to be released from her contract and retain control of her Facebook page. During the course of the proceeding, her lawyer tried to use a Daily Caller story to prove that Blaze employees were maligning her, which the judge forbade both sides to do.

Screen shots.

Zingers Fly When CNN’s Paul Begala And Fox News’s Brit Hume Bicker On Twitter

12:27 PM 05/03/2017

The Fighters: CNN Democratic political commentator Paul Begala, who, as a chief strategist, helped elect Bill Clinton president in 1992, and Fox News correspondent Brit Hume.

(Photo: Fox News screen grab)

Fox News’s Tucker Carlson Lands Big Book Deal

5:20 PM 05/02/2017

Daily Caller co-founder Tucker Carlson has landed a whopping book deal.


Slate Strikes ‘Jew’ From A Headline

3:32 PM 05/02/2017

Slate published a story by Ben Mathis-Lilley Tuesday that the liberal news outlet soon changed.

Former newspaper editor Piers Morgan takes his seat in the stand before Arsenal play Tottenham Hotspur in their English Premier League soccer match at White Hart Lane in London, March 16, 2014. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh (BRITAIN - Tags: SPORT SOCCER MEDIA) FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS. NO USE WITH UNAUTHORIZED AUDIO, VIDEO, DATA, FIXTURE LISTS, CLUB/LEAGUE LOGOS OR

Feminists Will Want To Hang Piers Morgan For This One

3:05 PM 05/02/2017

Last week Marie Claire sent Daily Mail columnist and Good Morning Britain host Piers Morgan to the woodshed for mocking the lard-infested bottom of reality TV star Kim Kardashian.

Stephen Colbert, host of Comedy Central's

Gay Journalist Accuses Colbert Of Homophobia

1:31 PM 05/02/2017

Same sex d--k jokes should be abolished on late-night TV.

Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski in 2010. Reuters/Brendan McDermid.

Joe Scarborough Gives Mika Brzezinski A Birthday Present She’ll Never Forget

11:17 AM 05/02/2017

Sorry, TV watchers.