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Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 04/03/2012

Are there other ritzy getaways for feds? Plus, drinking buddies and Mitt unzipped (read-this roundup)

Here’s what the Loop is reading this morning:

Tales from the road — The flap over a posh conference in Las Vegas led to the resignation of General Services Administration chief Martha Johnson and the ousting of two other agency senior leaders. But as Loop fans well know, that Vegas jaunt wasn’t necessarily an anomaly — and now the Federal Eye wants to hear federal workers’ own tales of travel and conferences, from the ritzy to the stingy.


Secretary of Homeland Security Janet A. Napolitano, left, listens as former General Services Administration administrator Martha Johnson speaks during a news conference. (Brendan Smialowski - Getty Images)

Beer summits — Apparently, we don’t elect congressional representatives, we elect drinking buddies. Our colleague Aaron Blake has an interesting look at the “have a beer” factor that makes some candidates more viable--and the effect it’s having on the Sen. Scott Brown/Elizabeth Warren race in Massachusetts.

(And what does that say about former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who, as a Mormon, doesn’t drink?)

Primaries rock — And the Fix folks have a stellar playlist to serve as your soundtrack for the Wisconsin, Maryland and D.C. primaries.

Mitt, unzipped — Thank the Reliable Source for our favorite quote in today’s paper: “I guess we better unzip him and let the real Mitt Romney out.” That’s Ann Romney, “refuting the notion that her husband is ‘stiff,’ in an interview with Baltimore’s WBAL radio Monday. ‘He is not,’ she said. ‘He’s funny, he’s engaging he’s witty. He is always playing jokes. When I met him as a teenager, he was the life of the party. . . That’s part of what I am doing, is letting people see the other side of Mitt.’

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