HuffPo is telling us that Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius is answering questions live from parents concerned about the Affordable Care Act and the December 23rd deadline for enrollment. You can catch the live stream here, if you hurry.
Erdos and Morgan have released the results of their 2013 Opinion Leaders Survey, and included in that are rankings for the most-read publications by congressional opinion leaders. The results for both print and online are published below. Here are the key take aways:
1) Politico and WaPo are the clear winners here, with power-brokers on Capitol Hill saying they are the 1st and 2nd most read print and online publications respectively; 2) Roll Call and The Hill (3 and 5 respectively in both online and print) have an outsized influence in Congress, despite smaller circulations and middling web traffic over-all; 3) Despite major restructuring in recent months at CQ Roll Call, both Roll Call and CQ Weekly remain quite influential in Congress; 4) Drudge Report comes in at number 7 -a surprisingly low number for what many consider to be the “One Blog To Rule Them All” -a site that drives the news cycle every day; 5) USA Today and TWT are on the print list but not the online list. Both pubs have nearly saturated levels of distribution on and around the Capitol to which they clearly owe their influence. Their content can’t compete online though where staffers and members have more options. 6) The LA Times is just the opposite -it’s physical presence is obviously small within the Capitol, but its content is good enough that people search it out online. 7) When it comes to television networks online, CNN is clearly dominant. Meanwhile, when it comes to CBS and Fox -they’re nowhere to be found.
- Washington Post
- Roll Call
- CQ Weekly
- The Hill
- Wall Street Journal
- National Journal
- New York Times
- National Journal Daily
- Washington Times
- USA Today
See online results after the jump…
Barack Obama thinks DC pols should act more like House of Cards‘ Rep. Frank Underwood (D -SC).
He told a bunch of tech CEO’s today at the White House, “I was looking at Kevin Spacey['s character Underwood], I was thinking man, this guy gets a lot of stuff done.”
Politico’s senior political reporter Alex Burns begs to differ:
False. Frank Underwood does not get anything done except an absurdly implausible federal ed reform law. And murder.
— Alex Burns (@aburnspolitico) December 17, 2013
Burns forgets though – Frank Underwood also does a lot of rowing.
He also clearly spends lots of time coming up with witty asides and pithy monologues.
Sometimes you think you know a country, and then -Wham! -they go and do something that surprises you. Yahoo! has released their list of Top Most Searched Politicos of 2013 and the results are, well, actually rather obvious for the most part. The big surprise though is that despite sending nakey pics of himself (We here at FishbowlDC refuse to use the word “selfie” because it’s gross, like “panties.” Ew.) and running a hilarious art project of a mayoral campaign, Anthony Weiner is only at number 7. Meanwhile, octogenarian and inveterate sky diver George H. W. Bush, who has never sent anyone nakey pics of himself -THAT WE KNOW OF, is at number 4.
What gives America? What happened to the salacious, cock-pic hungry country I knew and loved? What could possibly be so interesting about Bush Sr. that he would occupy more of your search engine time than a real live walking full frontal train wreck? Even GHWB dying would be completely unsurprising and probably very boring -unless, of course, he died while sky diving…Now this ain’t Google we’re talking about here, so this list is by no means the definitive Most Searched list, but still -it’s weird.
Rounding out the top five most Yahooed politicians were little-known Chicago community organizer Barack Obama at number 1, not-dead-yet global hero Nelson Mandela at number 2, Martin Bashir‘s favorite mistake, Sarah Palin, at number 3, and some lady named Hillary Clinton at number 5. Full list posted after the jump!
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D -CA) stopped by Jack Rose last night to chat a bit with BuzzFeed editor John Stanton for the BuzzFeed Brews series. The convo wasn’t nearly as salty as we expected, and the fried pickles had a curious Canola-oily aspect to them, but the drinks were free and the crowd was young and sexy. Well young anyway. And loud. So loud, in fact, that Stanton came close to hollering at everyone to shuttup several times. But since he is a respectable -if frighteningly large -man, he did not.
It thus fell upon your FishbowlDC editor to attempt to quiet the hoarde of networking interns (who knows what they were talking about. Term papers? Miley?). We, in a respectful-yet-forceful tone, suggested that everyone be quiet.
Results were mixed. Some were grateful, some were dicks. And though we were threatened by a tall, willowy, Ferguson Darling of a boy in a navy blue blazer, and had to endure his awkwardly aggressive stare for what must have been minutes, the talk ended without altercation. And we were able to get some decent quotes from the former Speaker.
And not for nothing, we were thanked profusely by a visibly peeved Stanton after the event, who lamented that he was unable to tear his clothes from his body and SMASH the terrible, disruptive youth. At least, this is what we imagine he might have done (did we mention he is quite large?). Some of the best lines and some of the most mediocre pictures from the night are posted after the jump. Click and enjoy!
Evan Glass (D- Silver Spring), a former producer for CNN, has officially tossed his hat in the ring for the 5th district seat of the Montgomery County Council. The district covers Silver Spring, Takoma Park, Burtonsville, White Oak and Colesville, and Glass is currently the only candidate to announce his intention to run. The incumbent, Valerie Ervin (D-Silver Spring), has yet to divulge her plans.
Glass refers to himself as a “recovering journalist” on his Twitter page, and according to his LinkedIn profile, he currently works at Community Communications, a firm providing communications consulting to non-profits and local governments. Glass worked at CNN for 11 years as a Congressional producer and also served as a travelling producer for the 2008 presidential campaigns.
The Atlantic and reddit have announced a new video initiative called “Ask Washington Anything,” where DC-area power brokers sit down in front of one of The Atlantic‘s cameras and answer crowd-sourced questions a la reddit’s “Ask Me Anything” series. The appeal, apparently, that netizens will be offered a chance to catch these politicos in an “unscripted moment.”
What the poor fools at The Atlantic/reddit don’t realize is that Washington-types are actually incapable of producing an unscripted moment. Even seemingly original banter with someone he or she has never met is actually usually recycled overheard banter from somewhere else, mixed with bits of Mike Allen‘s Playbook, and maybe recollections from a drunken night-terror the night before.
And besides -do you really want to know what politicians are really thinking anyway? Fine, here, we’ll tell you:
“MoneymoneymoneymoneymoneymoneymoneymoneyPOWERSEXSEXPOWER(don’t get caught)moneymoneymoneymoneymoney.” -Every Politician Ever.
Nonetheless, for those who are interested in experiencing a simulated authentic experience with a DC personality -go check out these videos of BlueDogGroup Sen. Joe Manchin (D -WV), He Who Shall Not Be Crossed Grover Norquist, and the guy who actually does all the work that Michelle Obama takes credit for, Sam Kass.
National Journal’s Hotline has rolled out a bunch o’ new features y’all, and we must admit, they are pretty cool.
- Customizable “Race Tracker” dashboard on the homepage, with race-by-race summary pages
- FEC campaign finance reports, updated as available
- Polling results for individual races, as well as national approval ratings
- Media mentions and social-media tracking for all incumbents and candidates
- Full online access to the 2014 Almanac of American Politics
If you’re a journo you can get a free login and password to give a whole thing a test drive by contacting Emma Angerer at email@example.com.
It would appear that Janet Yellen is way too busy being smart and stuff to do much shopping. A helpful tipster points out that she wore the same thing to today’s confirmation hearing that she wore to her nomination ceremony on October 9th. Yikes! Good thing Fed Chairman is only the most powerful position in the world, and not a walk down the red carpet. Otherwise we’d be worried!
Care for a Pelosi with your Peroni? Come to Jack Rose Dining Saloon next week, and you just might get one.
BuzzFeed DC Bureau Chief John Stanton will be doing body shots off interviewing House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi at the Adams Morgan watering hole on November 19th as part of the BuzzFeed Brews series. Other politicos to get sudsy with the BF crew include Marco Rubio, Anthony Weiner (bet that was fun!), and Kirsten Gillibrand.
FishbowlDC will definitely be in attendance, so keep your eye on our Twitter feed for salacious pics and salty quotes from the Minority Leader. We hear she’s an angry drunk…