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Archives: April 2007

When Will This Sort Of Website Take Off In D.C.?

Answer: Probably never.

From the NYPost:

    The controversial Web site – which rated young New York women on the parties they attended, the borrowed dresses they wore, and how many of their photos were published – is shutting itself down under threat of legal action.

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The Revolving Door

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Michael Steele Joins FNC

From the release:

    Former Lieutenant Governor Michael Steele (R-MD) has joined FOX News Channel (FNC) as a political contributor.

    Steele previously served as Lieutenant Governor of Maryland, a position he was elected to in 2002 with running mate Governor Robert Ehrlich. Before serving in office, he was the Chairman of the Maryland Republican Party.

    Prior to entering politics, Steele graduated from Georgetown Law and
    specialized in financial investments at Cleary’s in both the Tokyo and London offices. After leaving the law firm, he founded the Steele Group, a business and legal consulting firm.

Cartoon Of The Day

Today’s cartoon comes to us from Daryl Cagle via Cagle Cartoons.


Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet the Press: Sen. Joe Biden.

  • Face The Nation: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice , Rep. John Murtha and Politico’s Roger Simon.

  • This Week: Rice, Sens. Russ Feingold and Sam Brownback. Actress Natalie Portman is the “Voices” segment. The roundtable consists of ABC’s Martha Raddatz, Newsweek’s Fareed Zakaria and George Will.

  • Fox News Sunday: Sen. John McCain.

  • Late Edition: Rice, Reps. Adam Putnam and Jane Harman, Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, European Commiss. Pres. Jose Manuel Barroso, and a roundtable of CNN’s Dana Bash, CNN’s Ed Henry, and CNN’s Joe Johns.

  • C-SPAN’s Newsmakers: NSC’s Director of Iraq Policy Brett McGurk . Joining the questioning are AP’s Ann Flaherty and Bloomberg’s Anthony Capaccio.

  • The Chris Matthews Show features Washington Post’s Anne Kornblut, Chicago Tribune’s Clarence Page, BBC’s Katty Kay, and C NBC’s Jim Cramer.

  • Post Announces Editor Changes in Financial

    From the release:

      After a terrific run as Washbiz editor, Nancy Szokan will take a break this summer, starting June 18, but will hopefully return in the fall to work a few days each week. Her temporary departure will give us an opportunity to shift some editing responsibilities, as we move editors to play to their strengths and their interests. Here are our staff changes, which will take place on June 11:

      * Mike Shepard will become Washbiz editor, where his knowledge of local companies and local news will be a huge asset.

      * Steve Levingston, who has a strong interest in markets and personal
      finance from his days at the Wall Street Journal, will become the Sunday Business editor and run our markets coverage.

      * Andy Mosher, a talented assignment editor who misses working closely with reporters, will become the national business editor.

      * Sara Goo, who has been aggressively driving our Internet strategy,
      will become our continuous news/ web projects/ day editor.

      * Sam Diaz, whose enormous knowledge about the world of blogs, wireless and social networking has been a huge asset to the section, will return as assistant tech editor after a temporary reporting stint. He will help edit tech stories, be our lead blogger and host our podcasts.

      We’re excited about this strong team and happy we were able to
      accommodate their interests.

    Chris Wallace On Debates

    From The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:

      “How would the mainstream media react . . . if right-wing Republican groups were insisting that Republicans couldn’t . . . do a debate with The New York Times or MSNBC. They’d view it as selling out to the right-wing nuts.”

      Wallace spoke by phone from South Carolina, where he was preparing to interview Sen. John McCain and his wife following McCain’s formal announcement of his candidacy for the Republican presidential nomination after months of campaigning. The interview, which kicks off a lengthy “Choosing a President” series, airs at 9 a.m. Sunday on Channel 6. This Sunday marks the show’s 11th anniversary.

    This Week In Pool Reports

    Pres. Bush goes back to school, the term “financial literacy” seems like an oxy-moron to us and POTUS does not wear pink.

  • “Pool held only 30 minutes at the New York diner before being hustled into the vans because POTUS was planning to duck out of the fundraiser early. Then the pool waited in the vans for a full hour, suggesting POTUS may have found it harder to escape than anticipated.” — Peter Baker, Washington Post

  • “When POTUS came in with Rangel and Spellings, he asked the students what they were studying. They told him. ‘And so what did you learn about volcanoes today?’ he asked, leaning in to hear a softspoken boy answer. ‘Does anybody like science?’ POTUS asked. Every hand went up. ‘Must have a good teacher,’ POTUS said. Rangel said, ‘Let’s hear it for the teacher.’ Then POTUS asked, ‘Anybody here going to college?’ Every hand went up again. ‘Let’s hear it for the students,’ Rangel said.” –- Baker

  • “The president made brief remarks at 4:10 pm following his 3:15 pm meeting on financial literacy with cabinet members and private sector representatives in the Roosevelt Room. He said that it was in the country’s interest that people from all neighborhoods and walks of life understood financial literacy. He also said that many people who hoped to realize their dreams in the United States would not be able to without financial literacy.” — Louise Radnofsky, Newsday

  • “Potus got a couple of laughs: When he spoke about FLOTUS’ work on the issue and cracked that she had even managed to get him to wear pink (he had hints of pink in the stripes of his red tie); When he complimented Mikulski by providing a humorous pause when he said ‘When you get on an issue…you get things done,’ and when he recited the long name of the bill. Ceremony was over by 10:38 and POTUS was on his way to Michigan event.” — Jim Rutenberg, New York Times

  • Dana informs me that I had seen phantom hints of pink in the stripes of the president’s tie. Per Dana, ‘the president’s tie is maroon with orange stripes,’ in honor of Virginia Polytechnic Institute.” — Rutenberg

  • Virginia Tech Photo Debate

    We initially hesitated to bring your attention to this debate earlier, but the issue seems to be gaining momentum in some corners.

    Regarding this photo from the Virginia Tech tragedy, there’s been some debate about whether a.) it was an appropriate photo to us and b.) is that thing hanging down a tourniquet (almost certainly yes) or, er, something else (doubtful)?

    And, here in D.C., which papers, if any, actually used this photo? And did any manipulate the photo (like the New York Post and People)? And should we all care? (FishbowlDC thinks it’s a rather overhyped debate, but send us your thoughts via the tips box anyway).