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BREAKING: Jay Carney Hasn’t Finished “House of Cards” Yet, Doesn’t Watch “Scandal”

In a sit-down with Major Garrett at George Washington University today, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney covered a wide range of topics, including the impact of social media on news cycles, the prosecution of leakers, and his relationship with the White House press corps. But no revelation was quite as shocking as his admission that he is woefully behind on two of television’s most important shows.

As the crowd looked on in silent horror, Carney expressed dismay that he had never seen “Scandal” and conceded that he needed to get on that s@%&, like right now. He also was unable to follow a comical reference made by Garrett about the last episode of “House of Cards.”

“I haven’t made it that far yet,” said the Press Secretary. Gasps could be heard from the crowd, mostly made of students who binge-watched the entire season as soon as it was released. A visibly disturbed Garrett assured him that the reference would make sense when and if Carney ever finished the show.

By contrast, Carney appeared very familiar with “The West Wing.” To the surprise of no one, he said that his favorite character was C.J. Craig and that another, minor character had been named after him by some of the show’s writers.

There was no mention of “Homeland,” though we can safely predict that Carney would probably agree with the rest of America that the third season really jumped the shark.

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Major Garrett Goes for a White House Hat Trick

As Politico reported earlier, CBS’s Major Garrett got quite the get today. The network’s chief White House correspondent scored interviews with both Barack Obama and Joe Biden, which will air tonight and tomorrow morning. But he’s not stopping there. Oh no. In an apparent attempt to interview every high-profile member of the Obama administration before the weekend, Garrett will sit down with Press Secretary Jay Carney tomorrow morning at George Washington University for a conversation with the kids at the School of Media and Public Affairs. Topics will include how to field questions in the briefing room, keeping your cool in times of pressure, and tips to stay on message.

Obviously, this will largely be a review for most of those students, since anyone attending a GW School of Media and Public Affairs talk with the White House Press Secretary will have seen every episode of “The West Wing” dozens of times. And we seriously doubt Jay can tell us anything we haven’t already learned from C.J. Craig…

Double Commencement Duty for Pelosi

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is hitting the college circuit this May. The California Democrat is slated to give the keynote address at not one but two commencements -UC Berkeley on May 17th and then Bard College in upstate New York on May 24th. She will also receive an honorary Doctorate of Laws from Bard, along with theater director Anne D. Bogart and Judaic scholar Jacob Neusner, among others.

Obama Signs Executive Orders on Pay Equity

At a press conference today, President Obama signed two executive orders intended to address pay disparity between men and women. In remarks before the signing, he also called several times for Republicans to vote for the Paycheck Fairness Act set to go up for Senate approval tomorrow.

The two executive orders, one to prohibit federal contractors from retaliating against employees who discuss pay with each other and another to require federal contractors to provide data on employee compensation, are meant to put pressure on Congressional Republicans and to emphasize Democrats’ middle class message.

Obama criticized Paul Ryan’s budget during the speech as well, calling it a “bad rerun” that would give tax cuts to millionaires and cut funding to education and job training.

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Mike Rogers is Leaving, What Will Sunday Show Bookers Do Now?

Roll Call‘s Steven Dennis points out that Mike Rogers’ retirement is going to be a loss not just for the Republican caucus, but also for the Sunday show circuit. There will certainly be a lot of free air-time to fill once Rogers is out of the picture:

Rogers, who will become a radio talk show host, had become in some ways the face of the intelligence community on television, racking up more Sunday show appearances than any other member of Congress each of the last two years. The telegenic former FBI agent repeatedly defended the National Security Agency against attacks following the avalanche of leaks by Edward Snowden, often taking a harder line than the White House.

According to Roll Call‘s Face Time feature, which tallies the Sunday show appearances of Members of Congress, Rogers took to the Sunday airwaves 26 times last year -mostly on CBS and CNN. That was once more than even John McCain managed that year. McCain was the most visible lawmaker of 2012, and the runner up in 2013.

Now or Never: Dramatic Name for a Dumb Debate

Well, the last debate of the Mayoral campaign is over, and what have we learned?

1.) WUSA’s Bruce Johnson was woefully unprepared for the abject barbarism and lack of manners that awaited him.
2.) Jack Evans is the “white” candidate in the race.
3.) Vince Gray is, in fact, a living thing.
4.) How many people you have managed/ how big an organization you have run is the only criteria that really matters for being Mayor. That, and whether or not you have an elaborate shadow campaign to support you.

Check out the whole minute by minute recap below!

WUSA 9′s “Now or Never” DC Mayoral Democratic Primary Debate, 7 – 8 PM

7:06 – Wells announces “endorsement swell.” Lots of endorsements recently. This will win the race for him, absolutely. Evans notes that he won the only endorsement that actually matters: His mommy. No, actually, it was The Northwest Current. Actually, neither of those endorsements matter.

7:08 – Gray: Shuttup Bruce! I did nothing with Jeff Thompson in that room! Stop talking about the room!

7:10 – Wells: This whole shadow campaign scandal has cost DC $1 billion, according to me!

7:12 – Evans: “You don’t get to interrupt me, Muriel!” Also, Vince gray looks dead, literally dead.

7:13 –  Bruce Johnson has officially lost control of this debate. Evans is yelling at Muriel and Tommy that they’re not qualified to be Mayor. Wells is sputtering something about charter schools. Lots of shouting…

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WCP Interactive: Dem Voters May Choose Non-Dem if Gray Wins Primary

A  new interactive put out by Washington City Paper, based on a PPP poll conducted for WCP and the Kojo Nnamdi Show earlier this month, shows how this year’s Mayoral race could stretch far beyond the Democratic primaries. DC is a heavily Democratic town, and winning the nom is usually a guarantee of victory in November. But this year, majorities of supporters of all the top-tier candidates -except Vincent Gray’s -say they are at least somewhat likely to vote for a non-Democrat if their candidate doesn’t win the nomination.

If Gray does win, he’ll have a lot of disaffected Democrats looking for other options. 57% of Murial Bowser’s supporters who were polled said they were “very likely” or “somewhat likely” to look outside the Democratic party, while 61% of Jack Evans supporters and 59% of Tommy Welles supporters say the same. By contrast, if Gray loses, the eventual Dem nominee won’t have to worry as much about losing his supporters -only 41% of whom said they would look elsewhere.

This could boost the chances of Independent candidate David Catania. Catania was first elected to city-wide office as a Republican, but split from the party in 2004 over their stances on gay marriage and urban issues. He has since run and been elected as an Independent, and declared his candidacy for Mayor March 12.

‘Women Rule’ Explores How Women Run – Power, Perception, and Reality

myersThis morning, POLITICO, Google, and The Tory Burch Foundation launched the 2014 Women Rule series with an event on How Women Run: Power, Perception and Reality. The event addressed how politically powerful women are portrayed in popular culture and featured Beau Willimon, creator of “House of Cards;” Rep. Martha Roby (R-Ala.); Leticia Van de Putte, State Senator (D-Texas); Robbie Myers, editor-in-chief, ELLE Magazine; Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.); Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) and Kellyanne Conway, president and CEO of the polling company, Inc. & Woman Trend.

On a scene from “House of Cards” in which Claire pulls a bill from the floor…
“Of course there was a version we would have loved to have write, that she completely succeeded, and that everything changed, and there was tons of reform, but that’s not really commensurate with the way the show works,” said Willimon, during his conversation with POLITICO senior Washington correspondent Anna Palmer. “We wanted to see what would happen if an issue completely important to Claire was something she had to sacrifice in part in order to achieve a higher summit of power.”
More from this conversation.

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Sunday, Sunday, Sunday: Plouffe VS Krauthammer Deathmatch at GW

In what is being billed as the “Gandalf v. Saruman” of our time, The George Washington University will be hosting an “Only at GW” debate this Sunday featuring David Plouffe and Charles Krauthammer. The 1.5 hour long verbal tussle will focus on current events including the situation in Ukraine, the economy and the Affordable Care Act. Audience members will have the opportunity to live Tweet questions throughout the evening using the hashtag #OnlyAtGWDebate. Check it out!

“Only at GW” Debate feat. David Plouffe and Charles Krauthammer

Sunday, March 30; 8 -9:30 p.m.

The George Washington University
Lisner Auditorium
730 21st St., NW, Washington, D.C.

Journalism Taken Over by Genius Children

If there is one thing we learned today while covering The Atlantic‘s Economy Summit, it is that most journalists nowadays are precocious, brilliant 12 year olds. Meanwhile, most politicians are 100 year old wind bags. This creates an interesting dynamic when said journalists interview said politicians -it sort of looks like Story Time -or maybe Visiting Time at the nursing home. Exhibit A: David Graham of The Atlantic and Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD).