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Quote of the Day:

“‘Farenthold spokesman Kurt Bardella’ are the four best words in the English language.”

David Graham, editor, The Atlantic politics channel.

Um, really? 

“I need to write a graphic novel on all the public bathrooms I’ve changed in.” — MSNBC reporter Irin Carmon.


Journo’s puppy likes old chair leg, not toys 

“All the toys I’ve bought the puppy and what she really likes is an empty tennis ball tube, my laptop backpack, and a broken old chair leg.” — National Review‘s Charles C.W. Cooke.

A rant on not getting hacked: Pick up the goddamn phone! 

“Here’s a thought. If something is really sensitive don’t email use the phone,fax or feds.” — John Coale, lawyer and husband to FNC’s Greta Van Susteren. “This addiction to email is killing us and is unnecessary. Instant com is only needed rarely. The hackers r winning so pick up the GD phone. Pick up the pen the fax whatever!”

Journo Pet Peeve

“‘My’ ‘pet’ ‘peeve’ ‘is’ ‘when’ ‘words ‘are’ ‘unnecessarily’ ‘in’ ‘quotation’ ‘marks'” — Salon Deputy Politics Editor Luke Brinker.

Washington sex scandals are the best 

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A reporter’s White House emails get sent to spam 

“I can’t decide whether to be pleased or annoyed that my spam filter has started capturing press releases from the White House.”– HuffPost‘s Jeffrey Young.

MSNBC anchor hooked on Auntie Anne’s 

“Is there a better smell than Auntie Anne’s Pretzels? It’s like a drug.” — Abby Huntsman.


“Spent all week living in military tent at Guantanamo, w/only expeditionary showers. Then come home & there’s DC water alert to not shower.” Daily Beast‘s Tim Mak.

And a terribly forward reply…@timkmak you wanna use my shower? I’m outside the advisory zone, eight blocks from your house.” — John Tabin, contributor to Rare.

Uh oh. 

“Drivers in this city the worst I’ve ever seen. Was very close to getting hit by a car just now. Pedestrian signs not enough.” — The Hill‘s Rebecca Shabad.

A generous weight loss offer 

“Just had a meal for the 1st time in 3 days. Wanna lose weight? Get this flu. Gimme 50 bucks — I’ll come over and cough on you.” — conservative instigator Rick Sheridan.

And another kind of offer…

“Inbox from Liz: ‘If you contribute today, the RNC will send you a limited-edition Dick Cheney Cowboy Hat as an exclusive offer.'” — Josh Rogin, Bloomberg View.

Journo gets cat called 

“Just got catcalled in front of a bunch of people outside my office, NOWHERE IS SAFE.” — Jessica Roy, senior writer at New York Magazine.

Portrait of a Pissed PBS anchor

“If there had to be international conflict, too bad it wasn’t at least over a good movie. Or art. Or something that matters.” — PBS’ Gwen Ifill.


LOOK AT US! “Kathleen and I were at the White House Christmas party on Tuesday. Here we are with the President and the First Lady.” — MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, who may or may not be getting a tingle up his leg during picture taking.