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To Ezra With Love

“@ezraklein killing it on MSNBC right now.” — Fellow Boybander Chris Hayes, The Nation‘s Washington Bureau Chief, in a Thursday tweet while WaPo‘s liberal blogger Ezra Klein was hosting MSNBC’s Martin Bashir show. A naysayer, Derek Hunter, conservative writer and radio host, remarked, “Easy to do when you’re not bound by, or interested in, reality.” Hunter later remarked to FBDC, “You can’t polish a turd. It’s not the people reading the teleprompters that is causing audiences to stay away from MSNBC, it’s the content.” For anyone who may have missed yesterday’s monumental event of Klein hosting the Bashir program, we plan to live-tweet Klein at the show’s helm again today at 3 p.m. Follow us at @FishbowlDC.

Matthews gushes about Rep. Clyburn

“Chris, you’re so kind with your compliments.” — Asst. Democratic Leader James Clyburn (D-S.C.) after MSNBC’s “Hardball” Host Chris Matthews showered him with compliments on the program, calling him, among other favorable things, “sober-minded.”

Potentially dangerous journo

“If you run that picture on your website I’m going to f–king kill you.” — A mostly empty threat from Bloomberg TV’s Lizzie O’Leary at the MSNBC birthday party Thursday night after we snapped her picture. Nice to meet you too Lizzie!

In other unusual reportorial news… HuffPost‘s Sam Stein assures that his sliced pointer finger is back to normal with minimal scarring. Some months ago, the community was riveted (yes, riveted!) by his bloody trip to the ER when he required stitches after cutting himself.

Not exactly a lullaby

“Hate going to sleep on this shit.” — WaPo Express News Editor Clinton Yates in a Thursday night tweet. This was in reaction to this story by HuffPost: “MI hostage-taker commits suicide after killing 7 in shooting spree.” Read here.

Politico‘s Tau puts in plea for help

“So @benpolitico off for the next week. Expect more space shuttle pics and send your tips my way.” — Politico‘s Byron Tau, blogger Ben Smith’s assistant in a morning tweet. Smith is in Latvia.

A real comedian of a tipster informs that he has a good story for us Thursday night, remarking… “But I have a scoop for you! Scandalous Weigel-Weiner item. Also involves Ezra and a three-legged cat.”

Ironic Washington twist

“Aren’t you going to welcome me to the party?” Politico‘s Mike Allen at the MSNBC party Thursday night. We’ve joked previously about Allen’s penchant for welcoming people to parties whether he’s hosting them or not. Why of course, Mike Allen, welcome to the party!

That’s a fact?! TIME’s Mark Halperin was on the guest list for MSNBC’s 15th birthday party Thursday night. He was recently suspended after calling POTUS a “kind of a d-ck” on “Morning Joe.” Halperin did not show up to the party. An insider surmised that he’s likely to return to the network as a policy analyst in a few weeks and that he lives in New York, so he likely stayed away for that reason only.