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Just five more minutes…

“We’d have to buy five minutes from Chris Matthews and he charges too much.” — MSNBC host Dylan Ratigan on his Tuesday show, saying he wanted five more minutes for a segment, but joking that asking his colleague for it would cost far too much.

British editor wanted to get facts straight

“Just for the record (and as a Brit you can perhaps forgive me for having to look it up), you will find the full text of the First Amendment and an explanation here. Worth looking too at Thomas Jefferson’s 1802 letter to the Danbury Baptists where he explains his belief in the need to build a ‘wall of separation between Church & State.” — Reuters Washington Bureau Chief Simon Denyer in his Tuesday “Washington Extra” dispatch on Del. Senate candidate’s Christine O’Donnell’s First Amendment remarks . (To subscribe to the newsletter, go here.)

Journo’s great great grandfather was senator who died violent death

“My great great grandfather died in a duel. He was a U.S. senator in the 19th century.” — Wonkette Morning Editor Riley Waggaman relayed the information at the Daily Caller Party Monday night.

Off-mic memories

“Peggy and I have had our off mic moments – we’re very careful these days.” — A chuckling Chuck Todd on this morning’s MNSBC’s “Morning Joe” with WSJ columnist Peggy Noonan. In a 2008 interview at the GOP Presidential Convention in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Todd, Noonan  and GOP Consultant Mike Murphy were overheard disparaging the V.P. pick of Sarah Palin.