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Arlen and Jeff’s Excellent Adventure

From Al Kamen’s column in this morning’s Post: Sens. Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) and Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) and a staffer… are spending part of the Passover/Easter holidays in a traditional setting. And what could be more traditional than the heart of the Amazon jungle — or in Brazil’s spectacular Ariau Amazon Towers, the most famous of Amazon resorts, a place where the treetop “Tarzan” suites can run $3,000 a night? Read more on Arlen and Jeff’s Excellent Adventure…
 

Wonkette’s Week in Review

* In case you’re just returning from a long vacation at a secluded Caribbean hideaway, where you had no access to television, radio, newspapers, or the internet, here’s what you missed: Vice President Dick Cheney shot a man last weekend, then took his sweet time in telling the American people about it. (Wonkette’s full coverage is available here.) Read more on Wonkette’s Week in Review…
 

Wonk’d: Celebrities Have To Eat, Too

Thanks for continuing to keep us well-stocked in the celebrity sightings department — and please keep them coming, by email (with “Wonk’d” somewhere in the subject line). Most of this week’s items involve celebrities and eating — either dining out at restaurants or shopping for food. After the jump, this week’s crop, including Reese Witherspoon and Ryan Phillippe, looking hot; Cokie Roberts, shooting our correspondent a dirty look; Sen. Jeff Sessions, slumming it; and George Lucas, talking trash about Dick Cheney. Read more on Wonk’d: Celebrities Have To Eat, Too…
 

For the Record: A Few Fashion Notes

Fashion Week just ended back in New York. But here at Wonkette, it’s just getting started! Earlier today, our Capitol Fashion Police arrested Dana Milbank of the Washington Post, based on the ridiculous “hunting outfit” he wore when he went on MSNBC to talk about the Cheney hunting accident. We thought his costume was hideous; but now we learn it wasn’t even accurate. A reader advises: Read more on For the Record: A Few Fashion Notes…
 

Jeff Sessions: Hottest Staff On the Hill?

Ok, the, uh, proclivities of Jeff Sessions are almost too glaringly obvious to be true. Now comes word that Scarlotte Deupree, Miss Alabama 2002 and the first runner-up for Miss America 2003, has taken a job in the Senate Periodical Press Gallery. It Read more on Jeff Sessions: Hottest Staff On the Hill?…
 

Putting Stormie To Bed: A Final Post on the Scandal That Never Was

Yes, we know, you’re sick of reading about it. Well, we’re sick of writing about it! Hence this postscript to the whole saga of Stormie Janzen — the hot young Senate staffer whose sexy blog got shut down recently. We’ve followed Stormiegate fairly closely, even obsessively, and now we’d like to close the loop on it. We wouldn’t want to leave you in suspense over the fate of the vivacious young blogress who gave rise to this pseudo-scandal (emphasis on “pseudo”). To quote the Bard once again, “All’s well that ends well.” Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts offer this entertaining update in their Reliable Source column: Stormie Janzen, 34, did not return calls yesterday. [Sen. Jeff Sessions’s] spokesman Michael Brumas confirmed that Janzen still has a job: “We have dealt with this matter, and it’s closed.” Oh, come on! Hasn’t anyone called offering a book contract? “I have no idea,” Brumas said wearily. “I doubt it.” Okay. Has Playboy called? “Why are you asking me these questions?” he groaned. Well, because we’re always on the lookout for the next Washington sex mini-scandal. Granted, Janzen’s page at MySpace.com isn’t going to get her there. Those who saw it say her writing was pretty PG-13, nothing nearly as spicy as the famous “Washingtonienne” diary that caused Jessica Cutler to lose her congressional staff job but gain a book contract. Then again, she does have a great name… “If I can do it,” Cutler told us, “why not Stormie?” Here’s our take on the whole matter: At the end of the day, what a government employee does in her private life is nobody’s business but her own. As long as Stormie is doing her job, and doing it well, the fact that she maintains a somewhat racy blog about her personal life — or, say, a whimsically irreverent, completely non-substantive blog about federal judges — has no bearing whatsoever on her employment. Our polemic continues after the jump. Read more on Putting Stormie To Bed: A Final Post on the Scandal That Never Was…
 

Stormiegate: A Bit of Meta-Commentary

Here at Wonkette, we don’t permit reader comments (yet). Some things, like the Washington Post’s recent unpleasantness with comments, make us less enthusiastic about the idea. But sometimes we’re reminded of what we’re missing out on. Over at the AlabamaElections blog, which has also been covering Stormiegate, readers have been commenting up a storm. Here are some highlights: Anonymous: this is no surprise at all. have any of you ever had dealings with [Senator Sessions’s] staff? they are the most churlish, immature, pious, serf serving brats I have ever come across in government dealings. Anonymous: I believe her First Amendment Rights were pressured, and she had to cave in to maintain her job. Personally, I would have quit working for Jeff. In fact, I wouldn’t work for him to begin with! Additional vitriol and snark — all from anonymous commenters, of course — after the jump. Read more on Stormiegate: A Bit of Meta-Commentary…
 

Gossip Roundup: McCain in a Blink

* Reliable Source: After much anticipation — namely by Amy Argetsinger and Roxanne Roberts — Sen. John McCain made his cameo halfway through last night’s “24”. . . Scheduler for Sen. Jeff Sessions has been “dealt with” following post of “provocative photo” online. . . Jordan’s King Abdullah spotted at Georgetown Safeway. [WP] * Under the Dome: Brian Williams confused Sen. Barak Obama with Rep. Harold Ford during State of the Union broadcast. . . Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) hawks hardcover version of “The Constitution in Crisis” report with a introduction by Joe Wilson. . . Colin Powell sings “Happy Birthday” to opera singer. . . Liam Neeson and Holly Hunter play the Lincolns in Library of Congress production. [The Hill] * Inside the Beltway: Rep. John Dingell (D-Mich.) is the longest-serving House member. [WT] Read more on Gossip Roundup: McCain in a Blink…
 

BREAKING (Despite the Elastic): Stormie Janzen’s Thong!

Earlier today, to paraphrase Sisqo, we asked you to “let [us] see that thong.” We requested a screen capture of the infamous photograph showing Senate staffer Stormie Janzen’s bare-midriff-cum-thong. One of you kindly complied with our request. We have posted this photo to the left, for your viewing pleasure. Read more on BREAKING (Despite the Elastic): Stormie Janzen’s Thong!…
 

Stormie Janzen: Tempest in a Teapot?

Okay, fine, we’ll admit it. We believe that the whole Stormie Janzen blog controversy is a bit overblown. Indeed, our view is reflected in the title we’ve given to this post. (And yes, we briefly considered the triple-pun headline “Stormie Janzen: Temptress in a Teapot,” before rejecting it as way too “busy.”) But the recognition that this is all “much ado about nothing” — as Stormie herself, a one-time Shakespeare scholar, might say — won’t prevent us from serving up yet another post about Sen. Jeff Sessions’s steamy staffer. It’s what you’re clearly clamoring for, and we aim to please! For those of you who missed yesterday’s coverage, Stormie Janzen is a gorgeous, 34-year-old scheduler for Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.). Until recently, Stormie Jansen [sic; intentional misspelling to capture Google traffic] maintained a bawdy blog on MySpace, where she raved about the sexiness of men in button-fly jeans and treated visitors to a tantalizing glimpse of her thong, a la Monica. Unfortunately for Ms. Janzen, as well as all thong-loving members of MySpace, the powers-that-be in Senator Sessions’s office eventually got wind of her literary exploits. And when they did, they forced poor Stormie to change into a pair of granny panties — and to take down her blog. (But the chastened Janzen is keeping her job, as reported by Roll Call.) So you’ll probably never get to see that ridiculously delicious photo of Stormie in her partially unbuttoned jeans (unless someone emails us a screen cap). But you’re still dying to know: “Who is Stormie Jansen? And how is she related to the Halle Berry character from X-Men?” On the jump page, the results of Wonkette’s detailed investigation into those questions. Read more on Stormie Janzen: Tempest in a Teapot?…
 

Chatology: Digesting the Sunday Spew

Citizens of Wonketteville, fear not. As we promised, your beloved Wonkette Emerita, Ana Marie Cox, will be making regular appearances in these pages. Last week, she liveblogged the SOTU. This week, she drops the science of “Chatology: Digesting the Sunday Spew,” a weekly round-up of the Sunday shows that will typically appear each Monday. (This week’s installment was held up for various technical reasons that we won’t bore you with — oh, and the Super Bowl had something to do with it too.) And now, without further ado, Ana Marie Cox. AMC: We worried that this was too late in the day for a recap of the Sunday shows, but, hell, you’re still watching that GoDaddy.com ad, anyway, aren’t you? [Ed. note: This was drafted on Super Bowl Sunday, in case you haven’t figured that out.] This week’s line-up: This Week, Fox News Sunday, The Chris Matthews Show, Meet the Press and Face the Nation. Guest Ginsburg Rating: Deputy director of national intelligence Michael Hayden gets a 2 out of 4, showing up on both “This Week” and “Fox News Sunday.” Rep. John Boehner ties, guesting on “FNS” and “Meet the Press.” What Everyone’s Talking About: 1. NSA wiretap program. All the shows hit it except for “Chris Matthews,” but he tapes on Friday afternoon and you know, this hasn’t really been in the news and no one knew the hearings were coming and plus he’s got to have time for his self-indulgent commentary at the end, so he’’s excused. 2. John Boehner’s election as House Republican leader. Again, 4 of 5 shows and again Matthews marching to a different beat. 3. SOTU detritus was hit by everyone but NSA and Boehner got more focus, so we’re dropping its ranking to three. 4. The “cartoon controversy,” which always sounds like it should be about Bill O’Reilly but it’s not. Played on everyone but Matthews (perhaps he doesn’t want to compete with “Hardball”) and “Face the Nation.” (This is the story they all should have led with). One hit wonders: “This Week” on girls’ self esteem (you go!), “FNS” on the surgeon general, “Chris Matthews” on “Brokeback Mountain” (apparently you can tell a lot about a country by the popular movie it produces), and “Face the Nation” on Nixon and outhouses. No shit. Quotes to live by: Mehlman says Hillary Clinton “seems to have a lot of anger” (especially around the issue of infidelity); Hayden pleads, “I can’t tell you how much I’d like to go into the operational details of this” (he also can’’t tell us how much he’d like to kill us if he did tell us); Boehner brags, “I have 11 brothers and sisters and my father owned a bar” (and don’t forget those 11 kids can still kick your weedy anchorman ass); Andrew Sullivan pines for “big daddy government” (preferably in leather). There were no appearances by Joe Biden. Could someone call his house? Comprehensive, even exhaustive, summary of yesterday’s non-sports-related showboating after the jump. Read more on Chatology: Digesting the Sunday Spew…
 

Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Go Back in the Blogosphere…

This morning, via DomePunks, we learn the story of Stormie Janzen (porn name: Stormie Janzen). Until recently, the comely Ms. Janzen — a 34-year-old scheduler for Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) — maintained a racy, sexy blog on MySpace. Janzen’s blog featured midriff-baring photos of the curvaceous blogress, as well as paeans to men in button-fly jeans. Read more on Just When You Thought It Was Safe To Go Back in the Blogosphere……
 

Daily Briefing: ‘Just Trying to Avoid Trouble’

• Bush defends selection of Miers: “I picked the best person I could find.” Brownback, Grassley remain skeptical; Hatch, Sessions are supportive. [WP, NYT, WT, LAT, USAT] • White House and RNC campaign to convince conservatives that Miers is a wise pick; uncertainties about Miers mutes “rapid response” from advocacy groups. [WP, WSJ, USAT] • Bush asks Congress to offset costs of hurricane relief with “substantial” cuts in entitlement programs; says there is need for new oil refineries. [WSJ, NYT] • Bush implies he will use executive privilege to withhold Miers documents. [NYT] • Miers reportedly told a former boyfriend that “life begins at conception” and abortion is “taking a life”; turned to faith and conservative causes in her mid-30s. [WP, NYT, WT] • Bork: “I think [Bush] is just trying to avoid trouble — but the message comes through: Do not be controversial, do not express strong opinions that arouse opposition.” [LAT] Read more on Daily Briefing: ‘Just Trying to Avoid Trouble’…
 

Roberts’ Softballs: Who’s Pitching, Who’s Catching?

Nobody expects the Spanish Inquisition. . . but, Jesus, they could do better than this: HATCH: Let me just ask you this general question: Will you give us assurance that you will keep an open mind as the administration and Congress adopt and implement new policies and legal procedures that govern the apprehension, interrogation and detention of suspected terrorists? ROBERTS: Yes, Senator, I will. [AP] Read more on Roberts’ Softballs: Who’s Pitching, Who’s Catching?…
 

Roberts Hearings: Sessions Is an Idiot

Should there be an IQ test to be in the Senate? Currently, Alabama’s Jeff Sessions is asking Roberts the most basic questions about Supreme Court procedures: “I understand that friends of the court can also participate…” “You have an hour to give a presentation, is that right?” “And do the justices then meet in conference?” Read more on Roberts Hearings: Sessions Is an Idiot…