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Archives: July 2009

Tales of Katrina: Special Series from TWT

The physical damage of Hurricane Katrina is well known. Billions have been spent to reconstruct New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. But the storm’s impact remains — in the people.

Thousands of Americans remain seriously disabled — crushed in spirit and unable to function in the world while suicide rates climb in the region.


From Monday August 3rd to Wednesday the 5th, the Washington Times will run a series of stories, videos and photos about the mental illness that plagues a region in recovery. Visit the next week for more.

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Today’s Most Popular Stories 07.31.09

Each day, Ashley Estill surfs your sites for the most popular stories of the day. Here are the top headlines for July 31, 2009:

Washington Post: House Passes Bill to Prolong ‘Cash for Clunkers’

Washington Times: Economy declined a modest 1% last quarter

Washington Examiner: Congress approves $2,000,000,000 more to fund “cash for clunkers”

N.Y. Times: So Far, It’s the Summer That Isn’t

L.A. Times: GDP beats expectations in second quarter

USA Today: Tiger back in the mix at Buick Open after second-round 63

CQ Politics: New Alaska Governor More Popular Than Palin

The Hill: Veterans groups have ‘grave concerns’ on health bill

Politico: Henry Waxman gets deal on health bill

ABC News: Political Punch: Pentagon Releases New Images of Air Force One Flyover

CBS News: Hot Wall Street Caps Best July in 20 Years

Fox News: Not So Suite Life: Family Wants Out of Living Alone in 32-Story Condo

MSNBC News: House votes to restrict Wall Street pay

CNN: Florida couple’s slaying was a contract hit, source says

Wall Street Journal: Hollywood Destroys the World

NPR: Congress Armed For Health Care Battle During Recess

Roll Call: Altercation Prompts New Concerns About Bachus’ Leadership

National Journal: The Missing Case For Empathy

Beer Summit Contest Winners

Kudos to Meg Massey, Mike Licht and Rachel Zaentz for correctly predicting that ice-cold Sam Adams [Light] would be served at yesterday’s Beer Summit. Most media outlets thought the Bud Light/Red Stripe/Blue Moon menu was a lock. More to come …

“Battle for America” Book Excerpts Available on WaPo Online

Excerpts are now available on of Dan Balz and Haynes Johnson‘s new book “The Battle for America 2008.”

Balz and Johnson (a college professor of mine, by the way) will be on “Meet the Press” this Sunday for an additional preview before the book hits shelves Tuesday.

Join us after the jump for an excerpt on President Obama, and check out the paper and website for excerpts on Sarah Palin on Monday and on Senator Ted Kennedy’s endorsement on Tuesday.

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CQ Roasts & Toasts Bob Merry

Thursday wasn’t just another day in the life of CQ CEO Bob Merry whose departure from his home of 22 years is imminent, it was party central.

Part One: Cocktail reception on the rooftop of The Hay Adams with colleagues Mike Riley, Bruce Drake, Ken Sands and Loesje Troglia.

As happens at these events, the tributes were plentiful, but the crowd favorite was from Victoria Monroe of the advertising department. “Actually, I’m very glad Bob could join us tonight. He initially said he couldn’t make it because he was going to be hiking the Appalachian Trail… Before speaking tonight I had two thoughts. First, how do you toast a charismatic, popular, visionary and successful leader? And, second, I am so glad that that is not at all relevant tonight.”

And, “Bob, we were hoping to get President Obama to call in and wish you well. We requested just 5 minutes of the President’s time, but the White House said he couldn’t do it. But Joe Biden did say he’d be glad to call in for about 3 hours,” Monroe went on.

Part Two: Dinner with friends and colleagues at Teatro Goldoni hosted by publicist Janet Donovan, who is also a publicist for CQ.

That portion of the evening was “off the record,” but we managed to snag this one photo from them. In attendance: Al Hunt, Jeff Stein, Craig Crawford, Mort Kondracke, Myra McPherson, David Rapp, Bruce Drake, Margaret Warner, Keith White, Jerome Cramer, and Judy Woodruff.

Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: National Economic Council Director Larry Summers, “The Battle for America 2008″ authors Haynes Johnson and Dan Balz, former Rep. Harold Ford, Jr. (D-TN) and former Rep. J.C. Watts (R-OK)

CBS’ Face the Nation: National Economic Council Director Larry Summers and a roundtable with WaPo‘s Bob Woodward, NYT‘s David Brooks and columnist Kathleen Parker

ABC’s This Week: Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and former Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan and a roundtable with Bloomberg News’ Al Hunt, “Culture of Corruption” author Michelle Malkin, WSJ‘s Gerald Seib and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Cynthia Tucker

Fox News Sunday: Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY), Rep. Mike Pence, (R-IN) and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and a panel of Fox News consultants Weekly Standard‘s Bill Kristol, NPR’s Mara Liasson, Weekly Standard‘s Stephen Hayes and NPR’s Juan Williams

CNN’s State of the Union: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers Christina Romer and CNN contributors William Bennett, Donna Brazile and Council of Economic Advisors former chairman Professor Joseph Siglitz

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: NPR’s Michael Martin, TWT‘s Amanda Carpenter and TNR‘s Michelle Cottle

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s John O’Sullivan, former CIA deputy director John McLaughlin and “The Devil We Know” author Robert Baer

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: Newsweek‘s Howard Fineman, WaPo‘s Eugene Robinson, MSNBC’s Norah O’Donnell and the AP’s Jennifer Loven

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: WaPo‘s Dan Balz, NJ‘s Alexis Simendinger and AP’s Charles Babington

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), White House advisor Valerie Jarrett and Bloomberg’s Indira Lakshmanan, Margaret Carlson and Kate O’Beirne

Will update as we learn them.

RELATED: Sunday show ratings for July 26th, courtesy of TVNewser.

Developing Story: DC Tweeps Sprinting to 1M Mark!

“Beer Summit” is SO Thursday. The next pressing question?! Which DC blogger will break the 1,000,000 followers mark first?!

Will it be …

Ana Marie Cox – 923,236

or …

John Dickerson – 895,398

and who can eclipse …

I Can Has Cheezburger – 1,042,081 ?

This will go down-to-the-wire. Stay tuned for updates.

Tour the White House with Mark Knoller on C-SPAN

Do you know where Pebble Beach is at the White House? Did you know there was a Pebble Beach at the White House? Watch CBS’ Mark Knoller play tour guide to the North Lawn on C-SPAN earlier.

After the jump, Knoller talks Twitter…

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Twitter Count Friday

Every Friday we bring you the most up-to-date report on Twitter follower counts for a variety of Washington DC-based publications. Why? ‘Cuz we’re out here workin’ for you!

This week CQ lost some ground, but continues to hold on to the top spot. Who’ll be #1 at the end of August? Who’ll get to 20,000 first? These are the burning questions. Follow the Tweeter:

CQ Politics – 17,487 (down from 17,896)

Politico – 16,049 (up from 15,421)

Slate – 15,464

The Hill – 12,394 (up from 11,964)

Weekly Standard – 8,588

Politico 44 – 7,346 (up from 7,119)

Roll Call – 7,117 (up from 6,828)

Washingtonian – 6,248

Chronicle – 4,649

The Hill Tweets – 2,906 (up from 2,785)

Foreign Policy – 2,195

Washington City Paper – 1,500

New Republic – 1,176

Politico Arena – 968 (up from 946)

National Journal – 817 (up from 779)

Washington Examiner – 809

The Atlantic – 797

The Hill Congress Blog – 731 (up from 700)

Defense News – 665

Washington Flyer – 557

Congress Daily – 356 (up from 333)

Washington Life – 214

Governing – 113

If your publication was missed, please get in touch.

Morning Reading List 07.31.09

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

Above, check out Robert Gibbs, pre-White House (via HuffPost). What we know and what we’re reading this Friday morning…



Two local groups have offered early bids to buy the Boston Globe.


Lou Dobbs‘ ratings on CNN are not benefitting from all this attention on him lately, according to NYO.


Five Quick Questions for NPR’s David Folkenflik from Mediaite, including, Q: Are you nervous or excited about the future of Journalism? Why? and A: Both. I’m nervous, even heartbroken, because of the toll that the dissolution of the old business models for the news business is taking both on dedicated practitioners of the trade and on trade itself…”


In a week when the biggest story out of the White House is arguably about beer, it seems fitting that ABC’s Jake Tapper took a break to interview Judd Apatow on the Political Punch Podcast. Apatow’s “Funny People” is in theaters now so listen to the podcast and go see it this weekend.

Politico‘s Anne Schroeder Mullins catches up with the genius behind YouTube sensation “Auto-Tune the News” here.


How’s MSM doing on health care reform coverage? Ehh, says James Rainey at the LATimes.

David Bass has launched a new public relations and public affairs firm, Raptor, tagline: “New times demand new strategies.” Find out more on the firm’s new site here.

Totally unrelated to DC journos, but still something to look forward to… the cast of Seinfeld will reunite on HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”


Everything the President touches turns to gold… Bloomberg takes a look at the “Obama Effect” on Washington restaurants.

On the other hand… a 78-year-old woman in Iowa is so sick of seeing President Obama in the media, she’s selling her two television sets.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Politico

JOBS after the jump…

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