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Archives: June 2009

Today’s Most Popular Stories 06.30.09

Each day, Ashley Estill surfs your sites for the most popular stories of the day. Here are the top headlines for June 30, 2009:

Washington Post: Ringleader in D.C. Tax Scam Gets 17 1/2 Years in Prison

Washington Times: Holocaust museum shooter too injured for court

Washington Examiner: A look at Obama’s proposal to create a Consumer Financial Protection Agency

N.Y. Times: Iraq Marks Withdrawal of U.S. Troops From Cities

L.A. Times: 2002 Michael Jackson will left assets, grandchildren’s guardianship to Katherine Jackson

USA Today: Consumers hit again as some banks raise credit rates, fees

CQ Politics: Drug Industry Lobbying Efforts, Campaign Funds Tilt Toward Democrats

The Hill: Gates: ‘More humane’ enforcement of gay ban studied

Politico: Norm Coleman concedes Minnesota Senate race to Al Franken

ABC News: S.C. Gov. Sanford Dishes Detail of Meetings With Mistress

CBS News: Report: Jackson Not the Father of His Kids

Fox News: At Least 7 Teens Shot at Detroit Bus Stop Near High School

MSNBC News: Stalemate in Afghan town shows task ahead

CNN: Child found alive after plane crashes in sea

Wall Street Journal: Small Loss Caps Strong Quarter

NPR: FDA Panel Advises Smaller Doses Of Painkillers

Roll Call: Ethics Rules Allow Smith to Collect on Locker Rentals

National Journal: Sotomayor In Context: A Moderately Liberal Nominee

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Obama Campaign Media Team Thanks “Best Client” Ever

We told you earlier today that the Obama campaign scored two top prizes at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Awards.

The media team put out a statement later thanking “all those volunteers, who knocked on doors, hosted events, made phone calls, contributed whatever they could afford and stood in line on Election Day to make their voice heard.” And President Obama, who they called “the best client anyone could ever hope to have.”

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DC-Based Novel “Mortal Friends” Hits Bookshelves This Week, Honey

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Bob Schieffer opened his interview with “Mortal Friends” author Jane Stanton Hitchcock with the same question on every long-time Washingtonian’s mind…

“I’m going to ask the obvious question- am I in this book?”

On CBS’ webcast “Washington Unplugged,” the novelist, and wife of WaPo foreign affairs editor Jim Hoagland, described her latest as “a book about how Washington really works, how friendships really work and how old haunts of the past can come back to you.”

“Mortal Friends” hits bookshelves today and is a murder-mystery (Hitchcock prefers to call it a novel with a murder in it) set to the background of Washington. She says DC makes the perfect backdrop because life here is like “high school with wrinkles.” Hitchcock says there’s an official and a superficial Washington- her novel is about the superficial, which is “where most of the work gets done.”

And just how is Washington run? “Honey, it is run by the women,” she told Schieffer. “They may look like wonderful accessories in pastel suits but, honey, they are artfully concealed weapons of mass destruction.”

Hitchcock starts her “Mortal Friends” media blitz this week, and from what we can tell so far, it’s a Washington must-read.

FishPoolDC: Our Insider’s Notes from Today’s Briefing

Coup-La-La, Day II: Ousted Honduran President Zelaya’s prospective visit to the U.S. was the focus of several briefing questions, but Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said most interactions on a potential visit would take place in Foggy Bottom, with no Obama-Zelaya one-on-one planned. The corps continued to question why the Obama team’s professed involvement in trying to maintain Honduran stability was not the kind of “meddling” it has avoided in Iran. Gibbs said it was “the understatement of the week” to say the countries are
different, and named distinctions, including a recognized “democratic process” in Honduras that has been thwarted, and the absence of U.S. observers in Iran.

That Other War: With the official withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraqi cities today, Gibbs declined to project “victory” in the war there, only repeating several times that this was “an important step forward.” “We’ll keep the banner printers from doing anything crazy,” he said, in a shot at Team 43. Gibbs referred to POTUS’s campaign trail comments when someone asked if the sacrifice was worth it — “of course it was,” Gibbs said. On VPOTUS’s new Iraq portfolio, RG said he’d hate to use the term “mediator,” but that Biden will be “working with Sunnis, Shi’a, and Kurds to achieve political reconciliation.”

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Former DC Journo Learns First Amendment Limitations the Hard Way

John Dinges, former managing editor for NPR news met with some unexpected turbulence on a trip back to the U.S. from Venezuela and Chile last week. But the turbulence wasn’t due to rough winds or a storm, it was on the ground with the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol.

Dinges, who had also served as a foreign desk editor for WaPo expressed concern that a CBP officer’s questions “crossed a line against First Amendment protections of the press.” The officer’s responses included, “this is the United States, and I can ask you anything I want.”

So what are your rights as press traveling internationally? Are you subject to full disclosure? The answer may surprise you. Find out more about Dinges’ situation and read the response from U.S. Customs and Border Patrol spokesman, Michael Friel by checking out the article by CQ spy guy, Jeff Stein.

FishbowlDC Interview: An “Affair” to Remember w/ CNN’s Jill Dougherty

APPROVED JILL.bmp In honor of President Obama’s trip to Moscow next week, we decided to interview someone who knows a thing or two about Russia and foreign policy. So who better than CNN’s Jill Dougherty? Dougherty is CNN’s foreign affairs correspondent and former Moscow bureau chief. We were able to snag a few minutes with Jill just in time — she leaves Washington for Moscow tomorrow and will be reporting on-the-ground throughout the president’s trip.

What is the biggest obstacle you’ve overcome in your career? The biggest challenge was having faith in myself. It took a long time. What helped was concentrating on the people who want – and need – the information I was giving them and not concentrating on myself and how I came across.

Any regrets? Absolutely no regrets about the work, although I wish the day were longer than 24 hours so I could spend more time with the people I love.

You’ve held positions for CNN all over the world. What was your favorite and why? Moscow – hands down. It’s a country with amazing people and a strong and beautiful culture that attracted me from the first day I started studying it and the Russian language.

What single person has played the biggest role or has had the biggest influence on your career? There have been several. But I think back to my college teacher, Sister Kathleen Dierdre Guerin, who taught me to love words and how to write.

What is the biggest challenge that Hillary Clinton will face in her new role? Making her case to President Obama on issues she cares about and has opinions about…with which he might not agree. If Mr. Obama decides to do the opposite of what she thinks is right, she still will have to find a way to publicly support that policy — that’s not easy.

Has being a female journalist helped or hindered your ability to get “access” while reporting internationally? In some countries men do not take women seriously. But I find that if you keep at it, those men sometimes come around. The hardest part is not reacting to the initial encounter by calling them “idiots.”

What one living person would qualify as your “dream” interview? It would be too easy to name someone famous. I’m more interested in regular people whom fate throws in your way, who tell me about their lives and they find meaning and faith, sometimes in the most difficult circumstances.

What does your morning reading list include? first thing in the morning (as well as throughout the day), then a short email version prepared by CNN of all the important articles from a number of publications, then Washington Post, Financial Times and New York Times on line. Plus listening to NPR and checking out some international sites, including Russian and Brazilian ones.

How would you spend a “perfect weekend?”
If I could travel, it would be to Rio de Janeiro for a weekend of jogging on the beach, drinking coconut water, listening to music, dancing and talking with friends. If it’s staying in the U.S., it’s sleeping in, jogging, biking, going to a play or catching some music, and meeting friends.

Who is your favorite active journalist (excluding CNN)? I actually have quite a few I like for different reasons. The one I really respect is Bob Schieffer of CBS. He defines the word “fair.”

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Looking For A New Gig? Have You Considered A Move To Atlanta?

MediaJobsDaily points out that if you’re an unemployed journo, you may want to consider a move to Atlanta, Dallas, Los Angeles, or New York…

Using WANTED Technologies, they measured the supply and demand ratios for reporters in the US. The larger the bubble on the map, the more jobs are posted in that area relative to the number of qualified workers.

Considering a career change? Check out the supply and demand for various industries here.

President Obama’s Taking Your Questions In YouTube Health Care Town Hall Tomorrow

YouTube will host another online Presidential town hall tomorrow to stream live on the White House YouTube channel. President Obama is asking for your questions on health care, a topic at the top of his agenda.

Hodgman’s RTCA Performance A YouTube Sensation, By DC Dinner Standards

We told you earlier that video of John Hodgman‘s RTCA dinner performance was beating video of Wanda Syke‘s WHCA dinner performace on YouTube. But the Examiner‘s Yeas & Nays points out, Hodgman’s even besting the President himself.

By their count, Hodgman hits nearly double President Obama’s RTCA dinner remarks, further proving, don’t underestimate a nerd (a self-proclaimed nerd). You can check the “PC guy” out again here.

Morning Reading List 06.30.09

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Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line.

Happy Birthday to Jane Chick! What we know and what we’re reading this Tuesday morning…



USA Today is also publishing two Michael Jackson commemorative publications- a 96-page glossy “Michael Jackson: King of Pop” and a 40-page tabloid “Michael 1958-2009″. Purchasing dets here.


Is Facebook trying to be Twitter?

Regardless, our favorite recent Facebook status- Chuck Todd: “RIP Billy Mays, the secret to his success? The beard!”


Magazine editors scrambled to get Michael Jackson on their covers, including Time, Newsweek, In Touch Weekly, Entertainment Weekly, Ebony, Billboard, Rolling Stone and OK!. According to the AP, Time put out a 64-page edition, separate from its regular weekly issue, exclusively covering Jackson- this was Time’s first special edition since the 9/11 attacks.


Former embeds Scott Conroy and Shushannah Walshe‘s book on Vice Presidential candidate Sarah Palin has a title- “Sarah from Alaska: Inside the Political Arrival That Rocked American Politics- What Really Happened, What It Means, and What’s Next for Sarah Palin.”


LAT asks a good question- what is TMZ had been wrong about Jackson? “Has technology’s ability to deliver information at such a rapid pace corrupted us? It’s one thing to marvel at how social media sites have helped spread Iranian news that might otherwise have been censored; it’s quite another to become a culture that prizes speed over confirmed facts.” Read on here.

AP takes a look at the challenges foreign broadcasters face covering Iran.


President Obama’s campaign scored two top prizes at Cannes Lions International Advertising Awards.

Also check out President Obama get interrupted yesterday by a quacking ringtone at an event at the White House.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro

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