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Betsy Rothstein Gossip blogger
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Quote of the Day:

“Snack PSA: They now make pretzel crisps coated in sriracha.”

BuzzFeed Political Editor Katherine Miller.

Travel Bitches 

“Been on @united flight on the runway at O’ Hare for 1 1/2 hours now & wonder why we pulled out of gate just to burn fuel. To try to pass the hours I’m reading every sentence in the @chicagotribune including ads for walk-in tub. Note to captains: any reason not to update passengers every 15 mins even if “nothing to report”? Courteous & assures fliers.” — NPR’s Scott Simon.

Nerdy confessional. 

“The time in my week during which I binge watch Sunday political talk shows to prepare myself for the week ahead in Washington. #nerdalert” — TheBlaze‘s Jon Street.

Dave Weigel feels left out

“I feel like the only political reporter who doesn’t have an Instagram of Scott Walker eating ribs on a motorcycle.” — Bloomberg PoliticsDave Weigel.

On Beau Biden’s funeral…

“Beautiful. I listened to much of the service driving around Saturday. I cried too. Just because we are journalists doesn’t mean we’re not people, too.” — Julie Rovner, senior correspondent, Kaiser Health News, formerly of NPR.

Confessional II.

“I don’t like musicals. Never have. There — I said it.” — FNC Capitol Hill producer Kara Rowland in reaction to the Tony Awards Sunday night.

Political reporter tries to write a rap song (God help him) 

“‘Journos call me Raisin Bran cuz I always got 2 scoops’ *trying to write a rap song about being a reporter*” — Joe Perticone, political reporter, IJReview.

Chocolate is not off-the-record 

“Shared some chocolate with #JesseMatthew def atty Jim Camblos. Rest of lunch was off-the-record.” — WTOP’s Neal Augenstein.

A day in the life of a reporter 

“Great line from a flak today: ‘Is there anything in your story that’s going to surprise me or make me cry?'” — Politico‘s Ben White.

PodWhore strikes again

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The Capitol Hill press gallery has mice? 


“Don’t mind that squeal in the press gallery it was just me reacting to seeing a mouse.” — Yahoo! NewsMeredith Shiner (with accompanying photograph). “…Proof that Congress really is just “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.” (Don’t feed the mice!)”

Just in case you give a rat’s ass about David Limbaugh’s law license 

“In case you were sitting on pins & needles wondering, I will keep my law license as I just completed my final hour of CLE. You’re welcome.” — David Limbaugh, brother of conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh.

Convo Between A Capitol Hill communications director and a Politico reporter 

Brendan Buck is communications director for the House Ways and Means Committee. Jake Sherman is a congressional reporter for Politico. Danny Diaz, a veteran Republican strategist, is the soon-to-be communications director for presidential possibly hopeful Jeb Bush. He has worked for the previous three GOP presidential nominees. 

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“Almost wrote “brand extension” into my copy. Please forgive me.” — Politico media columnist and Erik Wemple BFF Jack Shafer.