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Archives: November 2009

Express Gets Re-Design

If your family-filled Thanksgiving break was anything like ours, you still may be in that turkey fog and just might have missed the Expressre-design on this morning’s commute.

Keeping Express‘ quick-read format, Page One will now have the day’s “most compelling” story, with the addition of a new page “The Feed,” with news highlights. Like WaPo‘s recent updates, Express‘ layout, fonts and color have been improved.

PBS “NewsHour” and GlobalPost Collaborate

More news from “NewsHour” today… PBS announced a news-gathering partnership with GlobalPost, a network of approximately 70-country based correspondents worldwide.

In a press release, PBS said this will augment the NewsHour’s current international reporting capabilities. You’ll see GlobalPost correspondents’ pieces on “NewsHour” and online.

“The NewsHour is committed to in-depth coverage of international news, yet we cannot to do it all ourselves. By tapping into GlobalPost’s innovative reporting network, we can serve our audience well and extend our limited resources,” “NewsHour” executive producer Linda Winslow said.

Chris Matthews on Fox… Animation, That is

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews made an appearance on Fox this weekend, more animated than usual on “Family Guy,” broadcasting “Hardball” from his forehead.

An Unlikely Pair Headline Gridiron’s Winter Dinner

The Gridiron Club’s winter dinner is this Saturday and while the President isn’t expected to attend, some big name guests will be there.

For speakers, Sarah Palin, who’s in Fairfax for a book signing Saturday, will represent the Republican party and Barney Frank will rep the Democrats. The Gridiron’s main event is in the spring so at this weekend’s dinner, there will be a few songs, but no extravagant costumes.

A Gridiron representative tells FBDC the President doesn’t traditionally attend this smaller dinner. Though you’d remember President Obama didn’t attend the Gridiron dinner in March, he was the Democratic speaker at the 2004 winter dinner after his election to the Senate.

“Thanks to Sarah Palin and Barney Frank, it looks like we’ll have the biggest turnout in many years,” Gridiron secretary Carl Leubsdorf told FBDC. They expect about 190 guests.

This will also be the Gridiron’s first online journalist’s debut event- Slate’s John Dickerson was welcomed to the club earlier this month.

Dinner Crashers Invited to Testify in House Committee Hearing

The House Homeland Security Committee will hold a hearing 10am Thursday on the “breakdown of security arrangements” the night of President Obama’s first State Dinner. Crashers Michaele Salahi and Tareq Salahi are invited to testify, according to a press release.

Tweet All About It: Twitter Most Popular Word of 2009

Thanks to DC super-Tweeters like Jake Tapper, Ana Marie Cox and Kenny Day, Twitter beat out “Obama” as the “Top Word of 2009,” according to the Global Language Monitor’s annual survey of the English language.

“Obama” came in second, and “Obama-mania” was the second most popular phrase after “King of Pop.” Also topping the list of most popular words: H1N1, stimulus, vampire, 2.0, hadron (the object of study of CERN’s new atom smasher), health care and transparency.

(h/t Playbook)

“NewsHour” Gets a Make-Over

“PBS Newshour” will debut next Monday with a name change, a rotating co-anchor and a new reporter- Hari Sreenivasan, formerly of CBS News. WaPo‘s Howard Kurtz notes it will be the first time since Gerald Ford was President that Jim Lehrer‘s name- “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer”- will not be on the newscast.

Lehrer will remain the executive editor of the program and he’ll be joined at the anchor desk by PBS correspondents Gwen Ifill, Judy Woodruff and Jeffrey Brown. Ifill will co-anchor next Monday, NYT notes.

The revamped “NewsHour” website debuts Thursday with new blogs and video. “NewsHour” has also joined Facebook and Twitter, though Lehrer still “scoffs at the notion of tweeting,” Kurtz reports.

Holly Bailey Leaves Newsweek

Newsweek‘s White House correspondent Holly Bailey is taking a buyout and leaving the mag, Politico reports.

Via Calderone: “Holly has been a great asset to the bureau, and I’m sorry to see her go,” said Washington bureau chief Jeffrey Bartholet. “Katie Connolly will continue to cover the White House for us on a daily basis. Howard Fineman and Jonathan Alter will also continue writing about national politics for the magazine and Newsweek.com.”

We’ll let you know when we hear what Bailey is up to next.

Sunday Show Listings

NBC’s Meet the Press: Pastor Rick Warren, author of “The Purpose Driven Life” and foundation co-chairs Bill and Melinda Gates

CBS’ Face the Nation: Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI), former House Republican Leader Dick Armey, former NY023 Republican congressional candidate Dede Scozzafava and Republican strategist Ed Gillespie

ABC’s This Week: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and a roundtable with ABC’s George Will and Cokie Roberts, NYT‘s Paul Krugman, political strategist Matthew Dowd and former Iraq Coalition Provisional Authority spokesman and author Dan Senor

Fox News Sunday: Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN), former DNC Chairman and former Gov. Howard Dean (D-VT) and former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR) and roundtable with the Weekly Standard‘s Bill Kristol, Fortune‘s Nina Easton, former White House Press Secretary Dana Perino, NY Post‘s Kirsten Powers

CNN’s State of the Union: Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN), Sen. Jack Reed (D- RI), Overstock.com Chairman & CEO Patrick Byrne, Rep. David Obey (D-WI), Tony Blair and CNN’s Donna Brazile and Ed Rollins

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: Bill Press, National Review‘s Jim Geraghty, FT‘s Chrystia Freeland and CNBC’s Charlie Gasparino

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: Newsweek‘s Maziar Bahari, Google’s Eric Schmidt and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: Time‘s Joe Klein, WaPo‘s David Ignatius, WaPo‘s Anne Kornblut and NBC’s Andrea Mitchell

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: WSJ‘s David Wessel, AP’s Charles Babington and CNN’s Gloria Borger

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: “Enemies of the People: My Family’s Journey to America” author Kati Marton and Robert Merry, as well as Bloomberg’s Han Nichols, Margaret Carlson and Kate O’Beirne

Washington Watch with Roland Martin: Rep. John Lewis (D-GA), Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), NAACP President and CEO Benjamin Jealous and Dr. Ronald Walters and a roundtable with American Urban Radio’s April Ryan, TWT‘s Deborah Simmons, Stephen A. Smith, Sirius XM Radio’s Joe Madison, Politico‘s Nia-Malika Henderson and and News One/Interactive One’s Smokey Fontaine

CNN’s Amanpour: retired Pakistani lieutenant general Talat Masood, former assistant General Counsel for the CIA U.S. Naval Academy instructor Vicki Divoll, CNN’s Peter Bergen, Human Rights Watch director Jose Miguel Vivanco, European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid Karl de Gaucht and Rep. Howard Berman (D-CA), New America Foundation’s Lawrence Wilkerson

Today’s Most Popular Stories 11.25.09

Each day, Ashley Estill surfs your sites for the most popular stories of the day. Here are the top headlines for November 25, 2009:

Washington Post: Enhanced video helps bring arrest in ’97 D.C. slaying

Washington Times: EDITORIAL: Hiding evidence of global cooling

Washington Examiner: Noemie Emery: When did Newsweek stop doing news?

USA Today: Google apologizes for now removed racially offensive Michelle Obama image

CQ Politics: Paul Says NRSC Won’t Endorse in Ky. Primary

The Hill: Emissions target set ahead of Copenhagen climate summit

Politico: John McCain: Sarah Palin attacks ‘vicious’

ABC News: Donny Osmond on ‘Dancing With the Stars’ Win: ‘I Beat Marie!’

CBS News: Congress May Probe Leaked Global Warming E-Mails

Fox News: Secret Service Says Couple Crashed State Dinner

MSNBC News: Would-be reality TV stars crash Obama party

CNN: Web site posts what it says are half million text messages from 9/11

Wall Street Journal: Dobbs Reaches Out to Latinos, With Politics in Mind

NPR: In Japan, ‘Herbivore’ Boys Subvert Ideas Of Manhood

Roll Call: State Dinner Guest List Likely Includes Only One GOP Member of Congress

National Journal: Learn Your Offsets: A Glossary Of Proposed Cost-Saving Measures

Bloomberg News: Dollar Hits 14-Year Low Against Yen on Risk Appetite, Rate View

Gallup.Com: In U.S., More Support for Increasing Troops in Afghanistan

Talking Points Memo: Perino: No Terrorists Attacked America On Bush’s Watch

Politics Daily: Health Care Bill Still Faces Huge Hurdles in the Senate

Reuters: China expert warns of pandemic flu mutation

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