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As seen in The Atlantic’s In Focus feature in celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year. Shot taken by Reuters’ Jason Lee.

WaPo reporter seeks Hawaiian assignment

“Congratulations to NYT reporter who talked editors into assigning story on how people go to Hawaii when the weather gets cold. Sweet gig.” — WaPo‘s Karen Tumulty in a Thursday morning tweet. On second thought she added, “Dear #wapo editors: nyt has scooped us w story headlined “as others shiver, Hawaii basks in tourism glow.” please send me immediately.”

Um, awkward

“Bumped into Sen Scott Brown jogging outside Capitol. Here’s my TODAY piece on Brown’s new revelations of abuse.” — NBC’s Capitol Hill Correspondent Kelly O’Donnell in a Thursday morning tweet. Watch here. “Today, the senator is turning heads again,” she reports.

Journo prefers to grocery shop alone

WaPo fronts story on PG County version of Social Safeway. I’ve never understood this, I like people to leave me alone when I shop.” — Roll Call‘s Christina Bellantoni in a Thursday morning tweet.

Reporter initially has ‘bitch’ in lede

“Westminster winner’s day in the sun: [Read here]. Before editing, my 1st graph concluded with ‘This bitch isn’t being one.'” — WaPo‘s Dan Zak in a Wednesday tweet. The new lede? “After winning “best in show” from the Westminster Kennel Club, a dog has every right to get cranky, to go diva, to not sit, to not stay. But over the past 24 hours, as paparazzi have trailed her around New York, Grand Champion Foxcliffe Hickory Wind has borne her title with quiet dignity and grace.”

The Critic

“Question: Do all of Greta’s shows begin with a breaking news alert?” — The Daily Caller‘s Jeff Poor in a Wednesday tweet referring to FNC’s Greta Van Susteren.

Might want to avoid Dickerson today (potentially germy)

“Wow. Half of son’s class out sick. Totally going to throw cold water on a 2nd Annual Take Your Communicable Disease to School Day.” — Slate‘s John Dickerson in a Wednesday tweet.

Nir not just an ‘asshole’ but ‘a jerk’

“Twitter’s no place for nuance.” Wrong, Nir! You are callous, not indurated; cold-blooded, not poikilothermic; a jerk, not a yank.” — WaPo‘s Gene Weingarten in a Thursday morning tweet on Nir Rosen, the journo who called himself an asshole in yesterday’s FishbowlDC interview and begged for forgiveness for crass remarks in the wake of CBS’s Lara Logan suffering a sustained sexual assault.

MSNBC’s Schultz won’t exceed $50 on haircut

From an interview with NY Magazine:

How much is too much to spend on a haircut? “I get my haircut at work, but I wouldn’t pay more than $50.” Times, Post, or Daily News? Times exclusively. “Post and Daily News … never.”

Potentially tragic news

“Yikes, put ad on-line to rent apartment. FLOODED with wanna-be tenants, waiving checks. Must be a tight market.” — ABC7’s Stephen Tschida in a Wednesday tweet. FishbowlDC is investigating. Tschida will leave D.C. over our dead bodies. We just heard from Stephen moments ago. He tells FishbowlDC: “I rent out the basement. It’s crazy, so much interest. I have to pick from the applicants.”