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Archives: December 2009

Politico’s Montage Video

This video’s got it all, says Politico. It’s more blooper in style and has no speaking parts from its reporters. Instead, just scene after scene of the year’s most memorable, often embarrassing, moments.

The Highlights:

1. Obama’s Special Olympics gaffe
2. Former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) dancing on “Dancing With the Stars”
3. Obama swatting the fly
4. Sec. of State Hillary Clinton getting testy
5. Miss California in all her glory
6. Rep. Joe Wilson’s (R-S.C.) “You lie!”
7. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) yelling at a woman at a town hall meeting. “Ma’am having a conversation with you would be like having a conversation with a dining room table…”

Rush Limbaugh Taken To Hospital With Chest Pains

Conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh is “resting comfortably” after being admitted to a Honolulu hospital today.

ALERT (sent from to media after 1 a.m. EST): Rush was admitted to a Honolulu hospital today and is resting comfortably after suffering chest pains. Rush appreciates your prayers and well wishes. He will keep you updated via and on Thursday’s radio program.

Limbaugh was admitted to a Queens Medical Center Wednesday afternoon in “serious” condition. CNN’s Ed Henry reported from Honolulu that Limbaugh, who was admitted with chest pains, was expected to remain in the hospital overnight.

Queens Medical Center is the hospital where President Obama was born.

Mother Jones Washington Editor David Corn reacted to Henry’s play-by-play of news regarding Limbaugh, writing, “Any other tweets coming in on Rush other than those from Ed Henry?” At another point, he appeared to be tweaking the CNN White House corresponent, asking,”Where’s Ed Henry? It’s been 15 minutes since he’s Twittered.”

Speak of the devil. In chimed Henry with another Limbaugh report.

Corn closed the evening off with this: “Signing off for the evening. Good luck, Ed Henry. Rush, you’ve slimed me in the past. But, I suppose, good luck to you, too.”

Read the story as reported on Honolulu’s ABC affiliate, KITV.

Today’s Most Popular Stories 12.30.09

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

Washington Post: Republicans see political opportunity in Obama response to failed airplane bomb

Washington Times: Somali arrested at airport with chemicals, syringe

Washington Examiner: Obama gives Interpol free hand in U.S.

USA Today: Texas Tech fires Leach before court hearing seeking injunction

CQ Politics: Dash For Campaign Cash Before 2009 Ends

The Hill: DCCC: Obama ‘more aggressive in fighting al Qaeda’ than Bush

Politico: Dick Cheney: Barack Obama ‘trying to pretend’

ABC News: Regime Supporters Flood Iran Streets, Menace Opposition

CBS News: Was the Afghan Bomb Attack an Inside Job?

Fox News: Florida Girl, 11, and Boyfriend Set Mom on Fire, Cops Say

MSNBC News: 8 Americans killed in Afghanistan suicide blast

CNN: Charlie Sheen’s wife asks judge to modify restraining order

Wall Street Journal: Rich Cling to Life to Beat Tax Man

NPR: WWII Pacifists Exposed Mental Ward Horrors

Roll Call: Nelson Scrambles to Defend Health Vote

National Journal: Dems Blame Bush Admin For Terror Attempt

Bloomberg News: Rusal Hong Kong Shares to Be Priced at Maximum of HK$12.50 Each

Gallup.Com: Clinton Edges Out Palin as Most Admired Woman

Talking Points Memo: GOP Rep Has No Explanation For GOP Hypocrisy

Politics Daily: Jim Traficant, Convicted Felon, Running for Congress Again

Reuters: Afghan suicide blast kills eight U.S. civilians

Palin Goes Rogue on C-SPAN2′s BookTV

sarah2-11.jpegFormer Vice Presidential hopeful Sarah Palin has turned down numerous requests for a sit-down interview on C-SPAN2′s BookTV for her widely read book, Going Rogue.

So far she has agreed only to let C-SPAN cameras follow her through a Cincinnati book signing. C-SPAN is still hopeful she will eventually say yes.

Why would former V.P. hopeful Sarah Palin turn down an interview request from BookTV? It’s not as if CBS’s Katie Couric is making a cameo on the most straightforward channel on television.

The Daily Dish’s Andrew Sullivan expressed annoyance earlier in the day, saying, “Yes, Palin can’t even handle a friendly sit-down with the last surviving reality-based cable news outlet.”

See the program note for the Cincinnati signing after the jump…

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R.I.P. G2?

16807257.jpgSources tell us TWT’s “Lady Spies” Stephanie Green and Liz Glover didn’t make the cut.


>Update: It’s confirmed. Tweets Glover, “Got laid off along w/ many other wonderful colleagues at TWT, sadly.”

Gilgoff leaves full-time job at U.S. News & World Report

Dan Gilgoff is leaving U.S. News & World Report to relocate to Atlanta, where his wife will be working at CNN headquarters. He will stay on as a contributing editor.

Read his last post.

Read Gilgoff’s goodbye letter after the jump…

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TWT‘s Birnbaum Resigns

Notice of TWT Managing Editor Jeff Birnbaum‘s resignation was just distributed. From Birnbaum:


I have resigned effective at the end of Friday as Managing Editor-Digital of The Washington Times, but have agreed to write a column and to consult for the paper about news. It has been an honor and a privilege to work with so many good and talented people.

All best,


TWT Layoffs Hitting Now

Breaking: The TWT purge has officially begun. A source tells FishbowlDC that Managing Editor-Print David Jones, Dep. Managing Editor-News Geoff Etnyre and writer Barbara Slavin are among the folks who have already received layoff notice. The rest of the staff will receive letters at 3.30 pm to learn if they will have jobs beyond tomorrow. So far, we’ve only heard that Chris Dolan and Carleton Bryant have been retained.

Update: Add Kara Rowland to the “safe” list but we hear that Liz Glover and Stephanie Green were sacrificed.

We’ll continue to update as we learn more.

Update: Jill Badanes, TWT’s online anchor who writes, presents, and edits the daily “Morning Briefing” video also got the pink slip today.

Update: The entire TWT photo department all lost their jobs save for Joe Eddins, an editor and shooter, and another department desk editor.

Update: The entire sports section of the newspaper is no longer being produced.

Sullivan Takes Swipe at Politico’s Allen

sullivan-11.jpegThe Daily Dish’s Andrew Sullivan doesn’t hide his contempt for Politico’s Mike Allen in his post today on the reporter he calls “Cheney’s spokesman.” He suggests Cheney ought to paying Allen’s salary rather than Politico.

Sullivan and Allen are former colleagues at Time magazine. Allen had no comment on Sullivan’s assertions.

See the story here.

allen-14.jpegQuestion: Not that we’re suggesting a real battle, but who wins in a physical altercation between Sullivan and Allen? Tell us at or log on to and use our ANONYMOUS TIPS button.

> Update: Sullivan V. Allen – We’re hearing that the two men are friends.

An Anonymous Tipster writes: “Sullivan’s history of medically-mandated steroid use (which he’s written about) has made him VERY muscular. He’d almost certainly win in a fight with Allen. (Not that his criticism isn’t silly on the merits — does Sullivan really think that if not for Allen, no one would report what Dick Cheney has to say?)

Read about Sullivan’s history of “testosterone replacement therapy” here.

> Update (2): Sullivan V. Allen – An Anonymous Tipster writes: “Sullivan is not sweetie-pie/scared enough of his sources to pay them off with quaint little birthday and state visit shout-outs. Then again, Allen isn’t a human. He’s a machine, so… draw?”

FishbowlDC’s “Overexposed in ’09″


Yep, ’tis the season for annual year in review “lists.” And though we too find them annoying, we couldn’t help but to create one of our own. So, we give you “Overexposed in ’09″ – 9 news topics that we’d rather see benched for 2010.

9. Michelle’s Magic Garden: Growing organic veggies is super cool in certain circles but we hope news stories about the First Lady’s au natural tomatoes will take a cue from Smith & Hawken and shut down this year.

8. Bo-ring: Sorry Bo, but you’ve become exhausting. We love dogs but the FDOTUS domination during Barbara Walters‘ interview with Michelle Obama pushed us over the edge. Unless Bo knocks up one of Paris Hilton‘s pooches, we don’t want to hear about it next year.

7. The Helen Thomas Diaries: her upcoming book, her anniversary, her birthday, her seat in the WH briefing room. A legend? Yes. But we’ve written her name more times in 2009 than we care to count.

6. Bronzed Boner: No further mention of House Minority Leader John Boehner‘s (R-OH) bronzed bod or the pronunciation of his surname would be most appreciated. We know his last name is not pronounced “Boner” and we’re fully aware of his tendency to tan.

5. Newsertainment: Say what you will about Glenn Beck but we’re over the media frenzy around the Fox News shock jock. Lesson learned – opinion programs blur the line between entertainment and information but covering Beck’s every comment only validates the importance of his “opinions.”

4. Salahi Scams: Not much would surprise us about the Salahi’s at this point. If you’ve done business with them, they probably screwed you. If you’ve spoken to them, they surely lied to you. Oh, Tareq and Michaele…we’ve had fun but it’s time to move on.

The top 3 topics after the jump.

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