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Today’s Most Popular Stories 11.8.11

Every afternoon we surf your sites for the most popular stories of the day. Here are the top headlines for November 1, 2011:

Washington Post: Solar is getting cheaper, but how far can it go?

Washington Times: A year left: Obama running against history

Washington Examiner: Speaking of floor leaders: Steny Hoyer’s intimate ties with lobbyists

USA Today: Cain says he doesn’t remember accuser Bialek

NPR: How Dogs Evolved Into ‘Our Best Friends’

The Hill: Attorney general says gun-walking ‘should never have happened’

Politico: Herman Cain: I don’t remember Sharon Bialek

Roll Call: Heard on the Hill: Steven Palazzo’s Hill Staffers Gone Wild

National Journal: Name and Shame? Obama May Go Public with Lawmakers’ Funding Requests

The New Republic: Why Obama’s 2008 Coalition Won’t Save Him This Time

The Daily Caller: Herman Cain goes on offense; seeks to discredit 4th accuser

Cordes Goes Under the Big Top for JDRF

CBS News’ Nancy Cordes took a break from covering Capitol Hill to join more than 500 Washingtonians at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation’s (JDRF) 11th annual Night of Hope Gala this weekend.  The bubbly congressional correspondent served as emcee for the circus-themed event, which raised $1 million for diabetes research, through a seated dinner, live and silent auctions, and three rings of entertainment.  Cordes was joined under the Big Top by super committee member Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) who was honored with JDRF’s Congressional Champion Award on Saturday evening.

Spotted mingling and sipping cotton-candy-topped cocktails at the National Building Museum were Ward Sloane and Christine Delargy of CBS News, WaPo’s Rebecca D’Angelo, Laura Barron-Lopez from Roll Call, The Hill’s Kate Oczypok, Boehner spokesman Mike Steel and Mary Kathryn Covert, Jack and Susanna Quinn, K Street Kate’s Kate Michael, and DC Councilman David Catania.

*PSA:  Don’t forget to hug a diabetic in November – it’s Diabetes Awareness month.

JDRF’s Piper Dankworth Sutton, Congressman Chris Van Hollen, CBS’s Nancy Cordes and hubby Harald Cordes.

Baby on Board at WBJ

WBJ’s Jen Nycz-Conner is back to work after a brief hiatus for maternity leave.  In August the reporter gave birth two her second child, Zachary Thomas Conner.  But time is money when your mom’s a writer for the Washington Business Journal.  So at only 3-months old, little Zachary recently hit the newsroom to learn the ins and outs of publishing from Alex Orfinger and to take some tips from Doug Fruehling.  Congrats to Conner and welcome to Fishbowl, Z!

“Politics on the Rocks” Tonight: Mason, Milbank, Henry & More

If you haven’t had your fill of Julie Mason and Sirius XM Radio posts today, you’re in luck.  Because Mason will join an all-star lineup of journo guests on POTUS Channel’s “Politics on the Rocks” tonight at 7 pm.  Kicking off the one-year countdown to the 2012 election, the show returns to the Truman Lounge at the National Press Club to broadcast live on SXM 124.

Hosted by PoliOptics’ Adam Belmar, tonight’s POTR panel includes Tim Farley, WaPo’s Dana Milbank, FNC White House correspondent Ed Henry, Hearst’s Llewellyn King, PBS’s Darren Gersh, AP’s Mark Hamrick…and of course, the lovely and talented Julie Mason.

Shake, mix, stir or sling yourself a cocktail and then tune into POTR tonight.

Politico’s Mason Lands Sirius XM Show

Longtime White House reporter Julie Mason is moving to a new medium.  After working in print for 25 years, Mason’s quick wit and winning personality will be properly showcased in the form of a daily radio show on Sirius XM’s POTUS Channel.  Beginning in December, Mason will take to the airwaves each weekday from 12-3 pm as the new host of national talk show “Press Pool.”

“What a thrill — seriously. I was already a fan of the POTUS channel, and taking over Press Pool is blowing my mind,” Mason told FishbowlDC.

Unfortunately for Politico, the demands of Mason’s new stardom will prove too great to keep her on the payroll.  Mason will wrap up her duties as Politico White House reporter and 44 blogger next week.

“It was a tough decision — I love Politico and I am really grateful to John and Jim. They have been extra good to me and I had a blast there. But sometimes an opportunity comes along and you have to go for it,” said Mason.

A huge congratulations to Julie!

Yahoo News to Host Swanky Soiree

Yahoo! News will make a splash in the District next week with a rooftop fete at 101 Constitution Ave.  Few details about the invite-only soiree were offered in an invitation headlined “We’ve got news to share” but judging by the newsgroup’s selection of Philip Dufour as event planner, the party will be an affair to remember.  Dufour, former social secretary for Al and Tipper Gore, was the mastermind behind many of the city’s most memorable celebrations.  His company was responsible for BBC’s RTCA after-party in 2010, MSNBC’s 2010 WHCD fete and 2009 RTCA after-party, and the black-tie grand re-opening of Georgetown’s Social Safeway.  In short, you had us at “Dufour,” Yahoo.

Today’s Most Popular Stories 11.3.11

Every afternoon we surf your sites for the most popular stories of the day. Here are the top headlines for November 3, 2011:

Washington Post: Will voters buy the idea that GOP is sabotaging economy?

Washington Times: PICKET: Source – Rahm Emanuel involved in Cain sexual harassment accuser attacks

Washington Examiner: Speaking of floor leaders: Steny Hoyer’s intimate ties with lobbyists

USA Today: Ex-wife of Texas judge calls his beatings an ‘addiction’

NPR: Daughter Beaten By Dad Who’s A Texas Judge: It Happened Regularly

The Hill: House Republicans vote to subpoena White House for Solyndra documents

Politico: W.H. fact-checks W.H.

Roll Call: And Congress’ Rich Get Richer

National Journal: Bernanke Ready to Open Lending if He Must

The New Republic: Tight Budgets, Loose Money: Why Both Liberals and Conservatives Are Wrong About How to Fix the Economy

The Daily Caller: ‘South Park’ mocks Occupy Wall Street, Michael Moore [VIDEO]

Youngman to Reuters

Polish up your resumes because The Hill is on the hunt for a new White House correspondent.  After five years, veteran reporter Sam Youngman is leaving his post for a new gig at Reuters.  Hugo Gurdon announced news of Youngman’s departure via internal memo today:

“After five action-packed years at The Hill, Sam Youngman is leaving to take up a new reporting opportunity. He is joining Reuters, where he will cover the presidential campaign. Sam has done great work here, first as a campaign reporter and then as our White House correspondent. He has broken terrific stories and seized many opportunities to shine.For the past year he has also written an insightful weekly column. I am sorry to see him go but am grateful for all that he has done for The Hill. Please join me in wishing him all the very best , Hugo”

Congrats to Sam!

New CQ EA Will Tweet 4 Work

Congrats to Rebecca Shabad who just landed an editorial assistant gig at CQ.  A spring grad from Syracuse University’s S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications, Rebecca has been producing video stories and writing for in New York state since graduation. She begins her new job Monday.

Fun fact: Shabad landed the role after tweeting her resume to Mike Mills over the summer.

CQ Adds Boyd and Bristol

CQ recently announced two new additions to its editorial roster: John Boyd and Nellie Bristol.

John Boyd will join the publication to run the Executive Briefing on Energy, which will launch next month. He has held a variety of editor positions for Transport Topics, Bridge News/Knight Ridder Financial News and, before that, the Journal of Commerce. Since 1992 he has also written about domestic and international trade and global economics for the World Book Encyclopedia Yearbook.

Bristol joined CQ’s HealthBeat yesterday. Nellie signed on as a part-time writer after spending six years as a health policy beat freelancer, writing for publications like The Lancet, Health Affairs, and the CQ Researcher. She was a senior editor at Health News Daily until 2005.

Congrats to Nellie and John!