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Archives: July 2007

The Revolving Door

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Who’s switching beats?

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WSJ’s DC Bureau Lends A Hand

From the Post:

    “I like to make people smile,” says Iris Phelps-Perry, the staff assistant at the Wall Street Journal’s Washington bureau.

    Iris is the first person you see when you enter that Connecticut Avenue office, a smiling face behind a big desk. She certainly made me smile when I stopped by last week. A few months ago, Iris decided that she and her co-workers should raise money for our Send a Kid to Camp campaign, and since then she’s been putting the touch on anyone who comes into her field of vision.

    It is hard to say no to Iris.

    “I’m a beggar,” she joked. (Hey, so am I!)

    In all, about 60 people in her office contributed, raising a formidable $2,925 for Camp Moss Hollow. “I like to give back,” Iris explained.

New “White House Chronicle” Site Launches


Check it out here.

Hastings and Cardin to Hold Hearing on Media Freedom

From the release:

    Congressman Alcee L. Hastings (D-FL), Chairman of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe (U.S. Helsinki Commission) and Co-Chairman Senator Benjamin L. Cardin (D-MD), will hold a hearing on Thursday, August 2, 2007 at 2:00 p.m. in room B-318 of the Rayburn House Office Building. The hearing, entitled “Freedom of the Media in the OSCE Region,” will focus on trends regarding freedom of the media in the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) participating States, including developments in Russia, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, and Turkey. Although press freedom remains an essential ingredient for healthy, functioning democracy, journalists continue to face significant challenges in their work in numerous OSCE countries, such as murder, abduction, beatings, threats or even acts of intimidation. In many other cases, restrictions may be more subtle, and include a variety of tools ranging from censorship and lawsuits to restrictions on access to paper and ink.

What Of That MSNBC/Politico Wall?

First it’s not allowed. Then it’s allowed. Then it’s not allowed.

Now, via Inside Cable News, it’s allowed again?

Slate is Moving!

Slate’s Washington, D.C. office is moving (their phone numbers and email addresses will remain the same). Starting today, their new mailing address is

1350 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036

Tony Snow Doesn’t Watch “FOX News Sunday”?

From today’s WH Press Briefing:

    QUESTION: Tony, you used to anchor “Fox News Sunday.” Were you surprised this past Sunday, when the person who hosts it said, quote, “We invited White House officials and Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee to defend Attorney General Alberto Gonzales. We had no takers.”

    SNOW: No. I must confess I didn’t watch it, either.

The Week In Pool Reports

President Bush is awfully chummy with the pool as they dine on ‘mystery meat,’ and VPOTUS had two hours and five minutes of total power. Did anyone even notice?

  • “The President took no questions. Woodruff attempted to ask a question, but the President joked that ‘just because I recognized you Bob’ didn’t entitle him to ask a question.” Aaron Cahall, Newsday

  • “Potus climbed onto the truck’s front and shouted into the plane ‘You need a hand with that thing?’ POTUS was unusually interactive with the pool, and as he made his way toward the front of the plane he stuck his chest out and plowed right toward us, lightly thwapping your pooler in the stomach as he walked by.” — Jim Rutenberg, New York Times

  • “Afterward, POTUS hobnobbed with the pool again, walking up to NBC’s one and only Kelly O’Donnell and asking her how she was and then shouting over at your pool, ‘Hey, Rutenberg, they say you went down to Midland,’ a reference to a visit there last month for an immigration-related story.” — Rutenberg

  • “Then we headed over to the Charleston Club, the reception hall here, for a quick presidential lunch with assembled military here. POTUS got in the chow line and loaded a plate with fruit salad, corn, coleslaw, and a meat one of the airmen called ‘mystery meat’ — though it appeared to be the same very fine BBQ we got in the file, from Sticky Fingers catering. At one point he turned to an airman next to him and said, ‘You getting enough to eat?’ and then turned to the pool to tell us, ‘Man got him a full chicken.’” — Rutenberg

  • “Prior to the procedure, Bush invoked Section 3 of the 25th Amendment and transferred his presidential powers to Vice President Dick Cheney. This was done at 7:16
    a.m. with letters faxed to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Robert Byrd, the President Pro Tempore of the Senate. (You should have copies of the letters). … Bush reclaimed his presidential powers at 9:21
    a.m. when letters were sent to Pelosi and Byrd informing them that Bush was able to carry out his constitutional duties. (Again, you should have copies). Cheney officially ran the country for two hours, five minutes.” — William Douglas, McClatchy Newspapers

  • Night Owls

    Who stayed out late at the recent Pentagon reporters happy hour last week?

    A certain NYT reporter…

    A certain Bill Moyer employee…

    A certain DCCC person…

    A certain ABC producer…

    A certain Edelman employee…

    A Guerrilla Film Fest host…

    …and others.

    Hooker Ads: Week In Review

    (An explanation of “Hooker Ads”)

    It was an unusual week for Hooker Ads, with uncharacteristically strong performances by Tuesday and Thursday, and with Thursday tying Friday for the most ads.


    Friday continues to be 50 ads ahead of its nearest challenger, Monday.


    The off week also left the averages slightly lower.


    Hooker Ads also seem to be in a bit of a slump the last couple of weeks.


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