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Paul Bedard Whispers “Sweet” Somethings

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Hubba! Hubba! Paul Bedard is “sweeter” than you might think. But it’s not because the mind behind “Washington Whispers” is going sweet in his column. When Bedard isn’t exposing Washington’s insider secrets for US News & World Report, you just might find him beekeeping in Purcellville, Va.

Bedard’s honey harvest is known as “Hubba Hubba Honey” and this year’s bounty is ready for the buy. Paul says “after a somewhat tough year of beekeeping,” he and Michele “have bottled a very nice summer vintage of medium-colored honey with the trademark citrus finish.”

The price for the hush-hush honey? It’s six buck a bear – still $1 less than the farmer’s market honey shipped in from NY and Pa. And, yes, local honey is good for fighting allergies. Sweet!

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Today’s Most Popular Stories 08.31.09

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

Washington Post: U.S. General Calls for New Strategy Against Taliban

Washington Times: EXCLUSIVE: Lack of translators hurts U.S. war on terror

Washington Examiner: Gates renews threat of White House veto on defense budget

N.Y. Times: While Members Catch Rays, Beach Clubs Catch Government Scrutiny

L.A. Times: Fire pushes west, prompting more evacuations and a rescue attempt

USA Today: Rodriguez responds to Michigan player allegations

CQ Politics: South Carolina Lawmaker Won’t Challenge DeMint

The Hill: White House fires back at Sen. Enzi

Politico: George Will calls for pull-out

ABC News: Commander Submits New Afghanistan Assesstment

CBS News: Tortuous September Ahead for Obama

Fox News: Report: Britain to Release All Letters Related to Lockerbie Bomber

MSNBC News: U.S. general: Afghan strategy needs revision

CNN: Disney to buy Marvel for $4 billion

Wall Street Journal: Calif. Declares State of Emergency

NPR: U.S. Commander: New Plan Needed In Afghanistan

Roll Call: Grassley Under Fire Over Opposition to Public Option

National Journal: Chemical Slowdown Alarms GAO

Bloomberg News: Stocks Decline, Trimming S&P 500′s Sixth Straight Monthly Gain

FishbookDC’s Summer Superlative Candidates: The “Mosts”


The long-awaited moment is finally here. We reviewed your nominations and narrowed them down to those that were well-supported or well-deserved. Below are your 2009 candidates for the “most” categories. Voting will begin (for real this time) tomorrow. Until then, start planning your votes.

Most Likely to be a Headline
FNC’s Bret Baier
Air America’s Ana Marie Cox
NYT’s Maureen Dowd
NBC’s David Gregory

Most Mysterious
Politico’s Mike Allen
TWT’s Stephanie Green
“DCRTV Dave” Dave Hughes
Examiner’s Jeff Dufour

Most Ambitious
ABC’s Jake Tapper
TWT’s John Solomon
Washingtonian’s Garrett Graff
ABC’s Rick Klein
WaPo’s Ezra Klein
CTV News’ Saadia Van Winkle
Mix 107.3′s Tommy McFly

Most Likely to Join the Administration
HuffPo’s Nico Pitney
Time’s Richard Stengel
Newseek’s Howard Fineman
MSNBC’s Chris Matthews
The Atlantic’s Chris Bodenner
HuffPo’s Dan Froomkin

Most Competitive
Roll Call’s Jackie Kucinich
National Journal’s Erin McPike
CQ’s (soon to be FP) Josh Rogin
WaPo’s Chris Cillizza
Politico’s Glenn Thrush

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

Not Quite Ready for Back-to-School: On the heels of Monday’s WH daily guidance that noted, “The president will continue his vacation through the end of the week,” Press Secretary Robert Gibbs reported for duty in the briefing room as POTUS took an afternoon jaunt to the links with a few of the usual suspects. When RG was asked about POTUS’s seemingly inactive role in health care in recent days, he quipped that if he “hits Marvin [Nicholson]” he’ll be more active in health care. He followed by saying POTUS has held meetings today on the issue, and will make calls this week. “Just because the president might be doing something else doesn’t mean he’s not focused on health care,” Gibbs added. Congress returns to the classroom next Tuesday. (Any legislators with fun “What I did on my summer vacation” stories?)

Booyakasha!: Gibbs responded to questions about Dick Cheney’s Sunday Fox News appearance by calling the former VP’s comments the “same song and dance” from the early days of the Obama WH. (Anyone else really want to know what that song and dance would look like?) Cheney “clearly had his facts on a number of things wrong,” RG said, noting that the detainee review group (HIG) and not the WH will make decisions on the issue. RG added that former Bush-era DHS Secy Fran Townsend has applauded the group’s formation, Sen. John McCain’s remarks on interrogation have been “tremendously illuminating,” and Cheney’s track record on foreign policy “hasn’t borne a whole lot of fruit.” When Helen Thomas pressed for answers on reported continuation of “black sites” for interrogation, Gibbs denied that detainees were being tortured, and then carefully noted that detainees were sent to other countries to be tried where they violated laws but “not shipped in the dark of night to be tortured.”

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“First Draft of History” Event Announced

Invitations for the “First Draft of History,” a Newseum event sponsored by The Atlantic and the Aspen Institute are being extended today. The invite-only, all on-the-record event will include interviews and panel discussions with folks like Larry Summers, Janet Napolitano, Michael Bloomberg, David Petraeus, Lindsey Graham and Eric Schmitt.

The October 1-2 event will also feature media heavy hitters as interviewers. Charlie Gibson, Brian Williams, Dan Rather, David Gregory, Chris Matthews, Maria Bartiromo, Chuck Todd, Chris Wallace and Jim Lehrer will represent the broadcast side. Print journos include James Bennet, David Brooks, Howard Fineman, Gene Robinson, Ron Brownstein, E.J. Dionne, Jeffrey Goldberg, James Fallows and Michael Kinsley.

For more details, click here.

And The New Cabler is… CQ‘s Josh Rogin to Foreign Policy Mag

Foreign Policy mag announced Laura Rozen‘s replacement at “The Cable” today– CQ‘s Josh Rogin. Rozen left the web column for a gig at Politico earlier this month.

Rogin had been a staff writer at CQ, focusing on defense and foreign policy, and he grabbed our attention at FBDC this summer when he got over 60 Congressional to sign a cast on his broken arm.

Foreign Policy‘s memo making the announcement:

We’re very pleased to announce that Josh Rogin will join Foreign Policy as our new columnist for The Cable,’s signature blog covering the making of American foreign policy in the age of Obama. Josh brings a zeal for scoops and a proven record of getting them as a defense and national security reporter for Congressional Quarterly, not to mention infectious energy and enthusiasm for the job and an extensive background on these subjects. We expect Josh to continue expanding The Cable and offering readers new regular features that will take them even deeper inside the people and institutions – as well as the ideas – that are shaping the national security debate. In just a few months since its launch under Laura Rozen’s great leadership, The Cable has become a daily must-read for FP’s influential audience in Washington and internationally (and, we should note, it’s still a fast-growing audience with on its way toward finishing August with a record count of around 5 million pageviews), and Josh is filled with exciting ideas for how to serve those readers even more original news and ahead-of-the-curve insight. Over the last few years at CQ, he’s been out front on everything from missile defense to the Pentagon’s budget wars to discovering that the predictive market Intrade was being manipulated to boost John McCain’s presidential prospects. A former defense reporter for Federal Computer Week magazine, Josh also worked as a Pentagon staff reporter in the Washington bureau of Asahi Shimbun, Japan’s leading daily newspaper. An international affairs graduate of GW, Josh speaks Japanese, “some” Korean and hails from outside Philadelphia. He’ll be working out of our offices here and planning to start filing starting Monday, September 14, so please join us in welcoming him.

– Moises Blake & Susan

>>MORE: Just heard from Rogin via email, who says, “It’s just a great opportunity to write about a whole range of topics and a chance to be part of a really aggressive and innovative new media project at Laura Rozen did an amazing job building up The Cable’s audience and reputation, so my job will be to keep The Cable growing and evolving. Should be a lot of fun, too!”

Morning Media Menu Dishes on Jenna Bush “Today” News

Jenna Bush was the topic of the day on mediabistro’s Morning Media Menu, hosted by GalleyCat’s Jason Boog and AgencySpy’s Matt van Hoven. We told you last night that the daughter or former President George W. Bush would be joining the “Today Show” as a contributing correspondent, focusing on education. Listen in below.

Morning Reading List 08.31.09

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.

What know and what we’re reading this Monday morning…



The Boston Globe printed an editorial Friday supporting appointing an interim replacement to Senator Kennedy’s vacant seat. The paper writes: “There is no mourning period when it comes to ensuring adequate representation for Massachusetts residents in the US Senate. Important votes on health care and climate change draw near. Surely the governor can find a temporary replacement whose views are consistent with those of Kennedy and the Massachusetts voters who kept faith with him since 1962.”

Just how far in advance do newspapers write obituaries? Slate has the answer here.

And on a lighter note, WUSA sports anchor Brett Haber will be penning a sports column for USA Today.

Freedom Communications, Inc., which owns the Orange County Register is expected to declare bankruptcy this week and news layoffs are apparently imminent at the San Francisco Chronicle.


CBS’ Bob Schieffer already knows what he’s doing May 21st, 2010… giving a commencement speech at the Rochester Institute of Technology in NY. The school year is only just starting and commencement seems far off, but the school must be proud- they’ve already sent out the press release.

Were you looking for Katie Couric during Senator Kennedy’s funeral coverage this weekend? She explains on Twitter that she dropped her daughter off at college for her freshman year.

Fox News’ Julie Banderas tied the knot.


HuffPost is on the move in DC again. The growing website has moved its bureau three times- from K St. to Dupont Circle, now finally settling on 17th and Pennsylvania Ave., right across the street from the White House (so Nico Pitney can just run over when he gets called for a question– we kid, we kid!)


A new “encyclopedia of journalism” is being released under the direction of GWU School of Media and Public Affairs professor Christopher Sterling. The encyclopedia will be a six-volume set of books covering print, broadcast, Internet journalism, U.S. and international perspectives, history, technology, legal issues and court cases, and ownership and economics.


CBS’ Cami McCormick, who was injured in Afghanistan last week, is in stable condition after undergoing successful surgeries. TVNewser has more.


Fox News’ Major Garrett took your questions from Oak Bluffs on Martha’s Vineyard.

ABC White House producer Karen Travers took on the very difficult task of taste testing Obama-ritas and Barack-My-World ice cream this week on Martha’s Vineyard. Check out her web piece here.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser

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Former First Daughter Becomes “Today” Correspondent

A brunette Jenna Bush Hager will be joining the “Today Show” and working as a correspondent out of NBC’s Washington bureau, the AP reports.

She’ll contribute education stories about once a month and her first piece should air some time in September. Jenna’s 27 now, living in Baltimore and working as a teacher.

“Today” executive producer Jim Bell apparently approached the former first daughter with the idea after a few appearances on the show to promote her book “Ana’s Story: A Journey of Hope.”

“I think she can handle it,” Bell said in an interview with AP’s David Bauder. “I think she knows something about pressure and being under some scrutiny. When she came here for a handful of appearances, she knocked it out of the park.”

Jenna won’t be covering politics or talking about her experiences in the White House. “I don’t think it’s that interesting,” she said in this AP article. “I’m pretty normal.”

Photo via AP.

President Obama: Kennedy the “Greatest Legislator of Our Time”

After remembrances by sons Teddy Jr. and Patrick Kennedy, President Obama delivered a eulogy at the funeral service of Senator Edward Kennedy. We hear that former Kennedy staffer Cody Keenan, senior advisor David Axelrod and speech writer Jon Favreau helped Obama craft this eulogy.

The text of the President’s eulogy is also on