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Archives: February 2010

The Atlantic to Hold Food Summit

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On March 4, The Atlantic will call together the world’s leading authorities on the multitude of issues related to food for its inaugural Food Summit. The day-long program will probe the topics of “Feeding the World,” “The Next Era of Food Safety,” and “The Way We Eat,” through interviews, panel discussions, and symposia. Joining will be Dr. Margaret Hamburg, Commissioner of the FDA, and other cross-sector experts from media, academia, advocacy, business, and government.

Date & Time: 8:00 am – 2:30 pm, Thursday, March 4, 2010

Location: Newseum (7th Floor Knight Conference Center, Sixth Street

For more info, click here.

Weatherman Ryan Set to Retire

1493403382_16040ecc34.jpgWith Washington, D.C. on the brink of another snowstorm, a new Facebook group is lamenting the loss of NBC Channel 4 Weatherman Bob Ryan, who is leaving his position this week.

“This group is for people who understand how he has used the power of local television to educate all of us, especially children, on science. He has established relationships between NBC4 and schools, built a grand science/weather team at the station, and been there for every comet, eclipse and other astronomical and meteorological events. Thanks, Bob and your fabulous team. Well done!”

But Ryan fans may not have to miss him.

WaPo reports that Ryan may move to WJLA Channel 7.
Read that story here.

Obama Chooses Spring Break Over Gridiron


President Obama has not officially declined attendance to this year’s Gridiron dinner, but word has it that — like last year — he’ll be a no-show.

Carl P. Leubsdorf, who is secretary of the Gridiron Club and Foundation, is understanding of POTUS’s probably absence. “While we have received no official word from the WH, we understand that President Obama wants to take his family to Indonesia during hs daughters’ spring break,” Leubsdorf wrote FBDC in an e-mail. “While we’re disappointed, we understand the President’s desire to make this trip and hope he’ll come next year.”

Dinner speakers are scheduled to include Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) for the Democrats and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) for the Republicans.

“There will also be some surprises,” Leubsdorf added.

Politico reported earlier today that Obama was planning to skip the dinner. Read the report here.

Vargas on ‘This Week’ (American Idol-Style)

0000035701_20061110160327.jpgOur judges are sure to have some fun this Sunday for ABC’s ‘This Week’ when host Elizabeth Vargas takes to the ‘This Week’ stage for her tryout.

> Update: We’ve learned that Vargas is not officially in the running to ultimately be host of ‘This Week’. Like some
of the other hosts we’ve watched in recent weeks, an ABC spokesperson said, many are pitching in until someone is finally chosen. Our critiques, however, continue on until the host is revealed.

Obama Girl: 2 Girls 2 Minutes


Amber Lee Ettinger (“Obama Girl”) is embracing her, uh, inner Amber.

She’s got a new quest going with Kelly Brade (NY PoweR Girl) where, each week, the girls broadcast live for an hour to answer questions and take comments from fans and viewers.

What that quest is, is hard to say.

They then turn that broadcast into 2-minute videos here. Tune into the live show every Tuesday Night at 7p.m. EST here. They promise: “Weekly guests, provocative questions, and of course, two bottles of wine!”(ie. They drink the wine and act ditzy.)

Finding a half-way presentable picture of her was not easy.

Perino to Speak to Political-Seeking Females


Who better than to train women who want to go into politics than former President George W. Bush’s press secretary?

Dana Perino will help launch Next Step next Thursday, March 4th at Josephine’s Lounge in DC (6-8 PM). Rep. Dahlkemper (D-Pa.) will also be speaking. The event is supposed to attract 100 people with media coverage.

Next Step, a new bipartisan training program that is part of Running Start, trains younger women 23-27 interested in careers in politics. The first session will be in June. Applications are due March 15th.

Read more on Next Step here.

Weiner Gone Wild

2210159958.jpgShould Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.) get his own channel?

Like Lifetime or Oxygen, it would be called, simply: “Weiner”. Or perhaps his name should become a sport, like skiing. Whenever a lawmaker goes rogue on the House Floor, that would be, simply: “Weinering”.

The networks, it appears, can’t get enough of the lawmaker these days.
MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow was eating up Weiner last night as she enthusiastically praised his Wednesday House Floor speech in which his words were taken down – which equates to a spanking for lawmakers when they insult one another on the floor.

Maddow called Weiner’s hot dog of a performance the “single most dramatic performance of the day other than the people at the Olympics. Have you seen this?”

Later she added, “There is nothing like the Olympics except sometimes C-SPAN. Did you see what happened today in the house with Anthony Wiener? Just watch this raw.”

After Weiner was “thanked for his remarks” in parliamentary fashion inside the House Chamber, Maddow concluded the segment, saying, “We indeed thank the gentleman for his remarks.”

Weiner’s on a roll. In a recent briefing on health care he remarked that the last line of the caucus briefing might as well been “pigs fly out of my ass because the situation will be so different tomorrow.”

Watch the video of the speech that has Maddow mad for Weiner here.


Politico: Heitz Upped, Lozano and Aleem Added

Politico senior web producer Dianna Heitz is taking on a new role as assistant editor for the website. Additionally, Politico has added two new members to their web team – Alicia Lozano and Zeeshan Aleem. Lozano joins Politico after serving as an online desk assistant for PBS Newshour and Aleem has worked at BBC News, The Atlantic, The Independent and The American Prospect. He has also written about politics and foreign policy for the Huffington Post and AOL News.

It’s Miller Time for Nat’l Enquirer


Emily Miller’s last column in Politics Daily was on Feb. 1.

So what gives?

Well, the Queen of the National Enquirer has spent the past month pulling for and breaking the story of the supermarket tabloid being accepted into the running for a Pulitzer. She pleaded the case on Politics Daily, opined about it in the TWT, and broke it on HuffPost. But the fact is she’s still with Politics Daily. Just Wednesday morning she posted a radio interview and will resume writing her “Emily’s Post” gossip column.

Asked if Politics Daily was upset that Miller broke the big scoop on HuffPost, editor Carl Cannon said Miller is a contributor and is free to write for other publications.

“She retained an interest in this story that went beyond our interest. I did not begrudge her that interest. So going out and writing out more about it elsewhere didn’t bother me,” Cannon told FishbowlDC. “In that Washington Times piece she did not mention Politics Daily and that was something that caused Melinda [Henneberger] and I to say well, wait a minute. I thought it should have a link to our story. I don’t think that was her doing.”

Miller declined to comment, but said we could look forward to future columns in Politics Daily.

Bill Now Goes to Senate, No, the House

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WaPo may want to review Schoolhouse Rock rules on how a bill becomes a law (or, more likely it was an innocent slip).

The Senate easily approved a $15 billion jobs bill Wednesday that would give tax breaks to companies for hiring new employees, one of two legislative victories that showcased a new Democratic strategy of winning Republican support by advancing popular measures.”

Three graphs later:

The bill now goes to the Senate. It is the first piece of major legislation to win approval in the Senate since the passage on Christmas Eve of the health-care overhaul, which was upended last month when the election of Scott Brown (R-Mass.) cost Democrats their filibuster-proof supermajority.”

Actually…the bill now goes to the House.