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Archives: October 2009

Today’s Most Popular Stories 10.30.09

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

Washington Post: Dozens in Congress under ethics inquiry

Washington Times: Battles over cost, taxes, Medicare loom for House health plan

Washington Examiner: Newly disclosed emails link White House directly to NEA politicalization scandal

USA Today: H1N1 flu spreading changes in behavior

CQ Politics: How To Vote From Six Feet Under

The Hill: Poll: President Obama has had only a minimal impact on race relations

Politico: House health bill clocks in at 1,990 pages

ABC News: Lieberman Marching Further Right in 2010

CBS News: Palin Fires Back At Levi Johnston

Fox News: Texas Law Challenged After Man Allegedly Forces Daughters to Watch ‘Hardcore Porn’

MSNBC News: Deadliest week so far for children and swine flu

CNN: Navy ship accidentally fires on Polish port

Wall Street Journal: White House, Lawmakers Reach Deal on Legal Shield for Journalists

NPR: City Mobilizes In Response To Rape At School

Roll Call: Reid, on Floor, Excoriates GOP for Stalling Nominees

National Journal: Countdown To Copenhagen

Bloomberg News: Fed Summons CEOs of 28 Top U.S. Banks to Meet With Supervisors

Gallup.Com: Americans on Healthcare Reform: Five Key Realities

Talking Points Memo: Wait A Minute–The Public Option’s Premiums Would Be Higher On Average?

Politics Daily: The Hajj and H1N1: Pilgrimage During a Pandemic

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Taking Out the Trash: Sampling Success, Makeover, NPR Special Series

What we almost missed this week.

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Sampling Success: ABC’s Whitney Kuhn and WaPo’s Avis Thomas Lester were just two of the media types at the 2nd Annual “Taste of Success” event earlier this week. The culinary and beverage tasting at Jones Day law firm was held to benefit StreetWise Partners, a charity dedicated to helping people work their way out of poverty.’s Makeover: Kiplinger unveiled a redesigned website, offering readers an updated look and feel and new features like homepage video display, expanded roster of columnists, rotating editorial ledes, new channels, comments and forums etc. Check it out at

Special Series: NPR News takes the “Pulse of the Nation: A Year After Election ’08.” The week-long series begins Sunday, November 1 and will cross all programs and be available at

Halloween Around Town…

How some festive DC media types are celebrating Halloween today…

Actor Woody Harrelson was at the CBS bureau today for an interview on the webcast “Washington Unplugged,” where he ran into a Pocahontas-clad Kaylee Hartung.

MSNBC’s Norah O’Donnell tweets this pic…

And from WaPo Express… this isn’t Kris Coronado‘s official Halloween costume, but she did fittingly get this Waldo get-up in a press kit today.

And NBC’s Domenico Montanaro gets surprised by a special green guest on this week’s edition of First Read’s “Week Ahead.” Happy Halloween, Andy Gross!

Visit for Breaking News, World News, and News about the Economy

Green Goes to the Opera

What do Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and a DC gossip columnist have in common??

A love of the opera, according to TWT‘s “Green and Glover” columnist Stephanie Green.

The Washington National Opera is asking Washingtonians to guest star as “supers” or extras during the operas run. As pictured above, Green made her debut this week in the production of “Ariadne auf Naxos.”

She says “fortunately” she did not have to sing… but what a difference a week makes! At “Karaoke on the Capital,” we couldn’t get the mic away from this “Material Girl.”

TWT Doubles Distribution Points

The Washington Times has doubled the newspaper’s sales locations over the past month in an effort to increase single-copy sales. The paper is now being sold at 2,100 new locations across the DC Metro area.

The new distribution points include places like Barnes & Noble, 7-Eleven convenience stores, drugstores such as CVS, Walgreens and Rite-Aid, major gas stations, grocery stores, hotels and fast food joints like Chick-Fil-A.

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

Notes from a briefing room press insider…

Yep. What She Said: In an abbreviated briefing today (running against the seventh of the big Sit Room Af-Pak strategy meetings), Press Secretary Robert Gibbs backed Secy Hillary Clinton’s sharp comments yesterday that she finds it “hard to believe” that Pakistan couldn’t find al Qaeda if they really wanted to, calling Clinton’s remarks “completely appropriate.” Of today’s strategy meeting, RG said he certainly has not been told it’s the last; it is indicative the assessment is “nearing its conclusion”; there is no next meeting scheduled (but there could be one next week); and the decision “certainly could come earlier” than the Nov. 7 runoff, “but I don’t anticipate that it would.”

Econ with Prof. Gibbs: The WH’s rollout of Recovery Act recipient reports showing 640,329 saved/created jobs had several reporters embarking on math lessons. “Can we get a blackboard in here?” CBS Radio’s Mark Knoller asked while Fox’s Major Garrett tried to square numbers on WH reports of Cash for Clunkers and Recovery Act contributions to the GDP–to which RG said he’d have to check but called a truce by having Major agree that the economy was growing. “And some coffee?” NYT‘s Jeff Zeleny pleaded. (No coffee cart, but the class did get to pick from a bowl of Halloween candy served by the press office before RG’s briefing.)

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Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: President Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign manager David Plouffe, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner, “Where Men Win Glory” author Jon Krakauer and NBC’s Jim Miklaszewski and Andrea Mitchell

CBS’ Face the Nation: White House senior advisor David Axelrod and Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT)

ABC’s This Week: Senior White House advisor Valerie Jarrett and a roundtable with NJ‘s Ron Brownstein, former Bush White House counselor Ed Gillespie, former Clinton White House press secretary Dee Dee Myers, ABC’s George Will and Rev. Al Sharpton, President of National Action Network.

Fox News Sunday:

CNN’s State of the Union: Rep. John Boehner (R-OH), Gov. Haley Barbour (R-MS) and CNN’s James Carville and Mary Matalin

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: CNN’s Barbara Starr, former WaPo Baghdad bureau chief Rajiv Chandrasekaran, Terry Smith, Bloomberg’s Margaret Carlson and WSJ‘s John Fund

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: Former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf, Matthew Hoh, FT‘s Martin Wolf and Yale’s Robert Shiller

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: Newsweek‘s Howard Fineman, BBC’s Katty Kay, NBC’s Mark Whitaker and WaPo‘s Mary Jordan

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: Slate and CBS’ John Dickerson, McClatchy’s Nancy Youssef, The Economist‘s Greg Ip and NJ‘s Marilyn Serafini

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) and Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA)

Washington Watch with Roland Martin: HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Democratic strategist and pollster Cornell Belcher, LA Sentinel Danny Bakewell, Urban Radio’s April Ryan, commentator and contributing writer to, and HuffPost Sophia Nelson, Politico‘s Nia-Malika Henderson and Interactive One Chief Content Officer Smokey Fontaine

CNN’s Amanpour:

Will update as we learn them.

WHCA Board Considers Taking Pool Reports from WH

FishbowlDC Exclusive:The White House Correspondents Association (WHCA) board late last month discussed a proposal to post pool reports written by reporters on its own website, seizing control from the White House, which has long distributed the reports.

The issue has been a dicey one over the years. During the George W. Bush administration, the White House refused to say who was on the distribution list of more than 1,000, which included lobbyists and government officials across town.

Why, board members asked during the meeting, do the pool reports still go through the filter of the White House press office? White House veteran George Condon of Congress Daily, called to appear because of his knowledge on the issue, explained that it started with the Eisenhower administration when poolers used carbon paper. It was simply faster to have the official White House stenographers help get the information out.

But the practice continued into the Internet age, and, despite the ease of group mailing, reporters traveling in a tight pool with the president still send their reports directly to the White House, which forwards them to reporters.

The board discussed whether it would be feasible to post pool reports on the WHCA website for reporters to access, which means the WHCA — not the White House — would decide who can view them. No decision was made, but the board agreed to have an association “town hall” to discuss how to change the pool report guidelines.

One little tidbit that emerged during the meeting also involved the pool, but concerned who should remain in the small group in the case of a national emergency.

Condon noted that on 9/11, the Bush White House shrunk the press pool from 12 members to five, causing controversy. When that happened, former President Bill Clinton apparently called Ron Fournier of the AP to reveal that the Bush WH had invoked the “nuclear bunker pool.”

Nobody in the press had heard of such a special pool and nothing ever came of it. Condon suggested outlining guidelines before the next crisis.

The WHCA, which voted to raise the cost of the annual dinner to $225 per seat, also decided to continue its tradition of having a holiday party.

“For Fox Sake”

For your Friday viewing pleasure… Jon Stewart continues to cover the Fox News/White House feud and “truce” on “The Daily Show.”

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CBS’ Mark Knoller tweets this pic this morning: “Trick or Treat. Gremlins, goblins and Knoller. (Mark o’ Lantern by Fernando Suarez, CBS News).”

Some more Washingtonian’s Halloween costumes, including Fox’s Greta van Susteren: “I had planned on going as either Anderson Cooper or Glenn Beck. As for my husband, John? He was planning on going as Sally Quinn.” We’d like to see that!

Good morning FishbowlDC! What we know and what we’re reading this Friday morning before Halloween…



WSJ is closing its Boston office.

Boston Globe publisher P. Steven Ainsley is retiring.


A Pew Research study find that “Fox News Channel is viewed by Americans in more ideological terms than other television news networks” (mostly conservative). CNN, MSNBC and NBC were found to be perceived as “mostly liberal.” Numbers here.

TVNewser takes a look at cable ratings post-election: Neither HLN nor Fox News has seen near the drop-off year-to-year that the other two networks have. CNBC has also seen audiences shrink compared to last October, when so much public attention was placed on the financial crisis.

Bloomberg TV debuts the new series “Innovators” tomorrow night at 9pmET and 11pmET.

BBC is cutting jobs.


Vote for HuffPost Game ChangersKatie Couric? Henry Louis Gates, Jr.? Tina Brown?

Actor Woody Harrelson is in town- check him out today on CBS’ daily webcast “Washington Unplugged” at 12:30pm.


Time mag is expected to eliminate more jobs.


WaPo: Yes, journalists deserve subsidies too.

More DC lists, more media on DC lists.


Daily Finance: Fox News ‘truce’ with White House is no victory for Obama.

A reporter asked White House press secretary Robert Gibbs in yesterday’s gaggle: “Is there a ceasefire in the war with Fox?” Gibbs replied simply: “I have nothing to add to that.” (h/t Politico 44)

USA Today: Steven Waldman, founder, editor and leading political blogger of, the nation’s top Internet spirituality site, is leaving for a post in the Obama administration.

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