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Archives: February 2010

Today’s Most Popular Stories 02.26.10

Each day, Ashley Estill surfs your sites for the most popular stories of the day. Here are the top headlines for February 26, 2010:

Washington Post: White House social secretary Desiree Rogers to resign

Washington Times: At summit, Obama mostly hears Obama

Washington Examiner: Why Obama defies the public on health care

USA Today: Missing ‘Growing Pains’ actor found dead in Vancouver

CQ Politics: Democrats Now More Likely to Hold New York Governor Seat

The Hill: Senate to take up yearlong extension of unemployment benefits

Politico: Truth-squading the summit

ABC News: SeaWorld Restarts Killer Whale Show, Tillikum Won’t Be Punished

CBS News: Health Care Plan B?

Fox News: McCain Responds to Testy Exchange With Obama

MSNBC News: Lawmaker: Toyota withheld key evidence

CNN: Gatorade drops sponsorship of Tiger Woods

Wall Street Journal: More Boor Than Cure

NPR: S. Korea’s Kim Shatters Record To Win Skating Gold

Roll Call: Pelosi Asks House to Hold Off on Calls for Rangel’s Gavel

National Journal: House Dems Aim To Move $15B Jobs Bill

Bloomberg News: U.S. Economy: Sales of Previously Owned Homes Fall

Gallup.Com: Spending Less Becoming New Norm for Many Americans

Talking Points Memo: Should Democrats Take Republican Reconciliation Threats Seriously?

Politics Daily: Home Sales Slump for Second Straight Month

Reuters: Giant iceberg breaks off from Antarctic glacier

The New Republic: Summited Out

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Hustler Publisher Sure to Add Heart Thump to King’s Cardiac Gala

larry-flynt.jpg A star-studded event on March 6 for CNN Larry King’s “Larry King Cardiac Foundation” should cause some palpitations.

Among the star-studded: Hustler’s Larry Flynt, Rep. Jesse Jackson, Jr. [D-Ill.], Jane Seymour, actor, artist & jewelry designer, Mike Shanahan, Washington Redskins Head Coach, Bruce Allen, Washington Redskins General Manager, Jim Gray – Emmy award winning sportscaster, and Jane Chesnutt, former Editor-in-Chief, Woman’s Day magazine.

Entertainment: Aretha Franklin, Cathy Ladman, comedian

The event will be held at The Ritz, 22nd and M.

Tale of the Tape: Desiree Rogers Steps Down


This is a sampling of time stamps (at least as they appear on news alerts or on individual Web sites) for the news of White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers stepping down.

Lynn Sweet, Chicago Sun Times website: !2:26 p.m. White House Press Secretary Desiree Rogers to Step Down

Crain’s Chicago Business: 12:48: Desiree Rogers to Step Down From White House Job

The Hill: 1:47 p.m. Desiree Rogers Stepping Down as WH Social Secretary

Politico news alert: 2:01 p.m. Desiree Rogers to Resign

CBS News blog: 2:20 p.m. Desiree Rogers to Step Down

WaPo: News Alert: Desiree Rogers to Step Down at End of Month
2:26 p.m. EST Friday, February 26, 2010

MSNBC: 2:26 p.m. Desiree Rogers to Step Down

USA Today: 2:35 White House Social Secretary Steps Down

NY Daily News: 2:43 Obama’s Social Queen Quits

FNC’s Row 2 Seat 4 blog: 2:47 p.m. Breaking: White House Social Secretary to Depart Next Month

HuffPost: 3:03 p.m. Desiree Rogers STEPPING DOWN Next Month

Vanity Fair’s VF Daily blog: 3:19 p.m. White House Social Secretary Steps Down

NYT blog, The Caucus: 3:26 p.m. White House Social Secretary Resigns

What Were ‘Kike’s’ Parents Thinking?

Photograph taken by Kike Arnal

For the love of God. Riddle me truly perplexed.
There are troubling names (Dick Swett, etc..) and then there are TROUBLING names.

C-SPAN’s “Q & A” Sunday at 8:00 / 11:00 PM
This week’s “Q&A” male guest is Venezuelan-born Kike Arnal, photographer and author of “In the Shadow of Power”.

The intro for Arnal’s book (thank heavens we can use his surname here) was written by Ralph Nader. The book is a visual expose of the “harsh social and economic realities” of Washington D.C.

But seriously. What about the harshness of his name? It’s difficult to imagine a reporter having even a basic conversation with him. It could go something like this:

Reporter: Hello, Kike, nice to meet you. I’ve got a couple of questions.
Kike: Sure, my pleasure.
Reporter (at the close of the interview): See ya later Kike, thanks for your time. Good luck with your photographs.

Read more about his book here.

More than enough said.

Have a Windy, Wonderful Weekend!

TGIF! Have a windy but wonderful Washington weekend, FishbowlDC! Dornic out.

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Washington City Paper Seeks Editor-in-Chief (B.A. Required)


Poynter Online is advertising an editor-in-chief ad for Washington City Paper.

Desired qualifications (we’ve bolded the more interesting phrases):

Bachelor’s Degree required
5+ years of experience in editorial management
Knowledge of and experience in digital media
An understanding of social media tools and platforms
Highly self-motivated, proactive, entrepreneurial, and self-sufficient
Ability to motivate and drive a team of intelligent, creative, and opinionated colleagues and direct reports
Ability to work collaboratively with peers in other departments to realize WCP’s goals
Strong reporting skills and demonstrable journalistic ethics
Experience as an editor in the District of Columbia

Read the full job description here.

Sunday Show Preview: 02.28.10


NBC’s Meet the Press: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), WH Director of Health Reform Nancy-Ann DeParle, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), President and CEO of National Urban League Marc Morial, BBC’s Katy Kay and Atlantic Media’s Ron Brownstein.

CBS’ Face the Nation: Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD), Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND), Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), Politico’s Jim Vandehei

ABC’s This Week: Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN), NYT’s Paul Krugman, ABC’s George Will, Sam Donaldson and Cokie Roberts.

CNN’s State of the Union (with Candy Crowley now): Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

Fox News’ Fox News Sunday: Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI), Dale Earnhardt Jr. and a panel with Weekly Standard’s Bill Kristol, NPR’s Mara Liasson, Liz Cheney and NPR’s Juan Williams.

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: WaPo’s Dana Milbank, David Frum of, The Nation’s Katrina Van Heuvel, ABC News’ Brian Ross, Fred Francis.

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: John Dickerson of SLATE Magazine and CBS News, TIME’s Karen Tumulty, WSJ’s Naftali Bendavid, David Shepardson of The Detroit News

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: The Soros Foundation’s George Soros, Columbia University’s Simon Schama, FT’s Lionel Barber

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: NBC News Capitol Hill Correspondent Kelly O’Donnell, Washington Post Columnist David Ignatius, TIME Assistant Managing Editor Michael Duffy, Washington Post Columnist Kathleen Parker

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT), Bloomberg’s Mike Firn, Lizzie O’Leary, Julianna Goldman, Margaret Carlson and Kate O’Beirne.

CNN’s Amanpour: Ehud Barak, Israeli Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense

C-SPAN’s Newsmakers: Sunday at 10:00 AM / 6:00 PM
This week’s guest is George Miller (D-Calif.). Guest reporters are Perry Bacon of WaPo & Steven Dennis of Roll Call.

We’ll update as we get ‘em.

Profanity Lands Senator Entire Story

337_NoCussingCoverLRG2.jpgNo doubt, sometimes it takes cussing to get a person’s thoughts across. And if it’s a senator, all the better.

Such was the case for Sen. Jim Bunning (R-Ky.), who is not known to be the warmest, fuzziest of senators. He earned himself an entire story for his foul language.

An afternoon headline in Politico:

Sen. Jim Bunning holds floor: ‘Tough s–t’

Read the full story here.

HuffPost spelled it out: Jim Bunning Repeatedly Blocks Unemployment Benefits Extension, Tells Dem ‘Tough Shit’

TPM went with: Bunning: My Obstruction Of Unemployment Extension Made Me Miss My Basketball Game

In 2004, the media had a field day when then-V.P. Dick Cheney told Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) to “Go f–k yourself” on the Senate floor.

Bunning could opt to join the “No Cussing Club”. We don’t recommend it, but it’s an option. We hear White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel is a founding member.

Whistleblower Seminar at the Willard

Whistleblower1.png Who better to hold a whistleblower seminar for members of the media and attorneys (of which there are a few in Washington) than the NWLDEF, which is the National Whistleblowers Legal Defense & Education Fund?

Details: April 1, 2010 at the Willard in downtown Washington.

Speakers for the media seminar will include: John Solomon, former executive editor of the TWT and former special correspondent at WaPo; Jim Popkin, former senior investigative producer NBC News and Stephen Kohn; executive director, National Whistleblowers Center.

More gritty details after the jump…

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WaPo’s Sally Quinn to Receive Award

<img alt="quinn.jpg" src="/fishbowlDC/files/original/quinn.jpg" width="250" class="alignright" hspace="3" vspace="3"/WaPo’s Sally Quinn, who saw the death of her print column this week, will receive an award.

As a pitch letter to FishbowlDC asked, “Where can you find Vanity Fair’s Maureen Orth, Quinn, Asst. Sec. of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs for the Dept. of Veterans Affairs Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) and Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) all in one room at one time?”

The answer: At the Women’s Center Leadership Conference on March 13 with the theme, “The Power to Inspire”.

The Conference, which has been held for 25 years ,has attracted the likes of the late Katherine Graham, newswoman Jane Pauley, Senate hopeful Carly Fiorina and actress Olympia Dukakis to address a crowd of seven hundred plus.

See a full roster of award winners and further details after the jump…

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