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Archives: March 2010

Today’s Most Popular Stories 03.31.10

Each day, Ashley Estill surfs your sites for the most popular stories of the day. Here are the top headlines for March 31, 2010:

Washington Post: For a look outside presidential bubble, Obama reads 10 personal letters each day

Washington Times: CROWLEY: Enemies of the state

Washington Examiner: Noemie Emery: Dems break spirit of law when enacting law

USA Today: Sandra Bullock lies low after a tough month

CQ Politics: New York GOP Taps Murphy Challenger

The Hill: GOP leaders seek to distance themselves from Michael Steele

Politico: President Obama’s new push meets Capitol Hill resistance

ABC News: Teen Party Crashers Allegedly Cause $45,000 Worth of Damage to House

CBS News: Report: Sandra Bullock Wants Stepdaughter

Fox News: Colorado Girl, 12, Missing Since Sunday

MSNBC News: 1 in 4 will need health decisions made for them

CNN: Dead Marine’s father ordered to pay protesters’ legal costs

Wall Street Journal: AT&T Prepares Network For Battle

NPR: I Pledge Allegiance To Linguistic Obfuscation

Roll Call: Hutchison Will Complete Senate Term

National Journal: Centrists Signal Openness To Drilling Plan

Bloomberg News: California Debt Beats Greece’s in Bond Sales: Credit Markets

Gallup.Com: Blame Spread Around for Post-Healthcare Vandalism, Threats

Talking Points Memo: Toby Keith Joins LL Cool J In Slamming Sarah Palin’s Fox News Special

Politics Daily: Criminal Probe Targets Former Chairman of Florida GOP

Reuters: Government set to unveil offshore drilling plan

The New Republic: The Essence of Anarchy

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CBS’ Guest List for Nerd Prom 2010

The White House Correspondents Association’s annual dinner is a month away but invitations are already making their rounds and A-list guests are being leaked. As usual, FishbowlDC will be all over it.

We already have the skinny on some of CBS’ guests for this year’s Nerd Prom. Attending with CBS this year are Rahm Emanuel, CBS TV stars Julianna Margolis and Chris O’Donnell, Senator Brown’s daughter, American Idol star Ayla Brown, Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Mayor Adrian Fenty and his wife Michelle, Congressman Eric Cantor and White House Deputy Social Secretary Ebs Burnough.

Some of the CBSers: Katie Couric, Harry Smith, chief White House correspondent Chip Reid, a very pregnant Maggie Rodriguez from the “Early Show” and Nancy Cordes from the DC bureau.

We’ll keep updating as they roll in…

Griffin on Van Susteren Tonight

Jennifer Griffin will chat with Greta Van Susteren this evening on FNC’s “On The Record with Greta Van Susteren” (10p.m. ET). Griffin, FNC’s National Security correspondent and mother of three, will speak with Van Susteren about her battle with Triple Negative Breast Cancer. Griffin will share her experiences and advice on coping with Chemo, speaking with friends and family about one’s diagnosis and more.

John King, USA: After the Show…

After the first “John King, USA” aired, John King sat down with executive producer Michelle Jaconi, senior executive producer of integrated programing Alex Wellen, and audience interaction producer Eric Kuhn to chat about viewer feedback from Facebook and Twitter. See what they had to say…, Nelson and Rehm Snag Peabody Awards

NPR announced this afternoon that they have snagged to Peabody Awards. For comprehensive coverage of Afghanistan and the excellence of its web site,, the 69th Annual George Foster Peabody Awards will honor NPR’s Kabul Bureau Chief Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson and for overall excellence. Additionally, Diane Rehm, host of NPR’s The Diane Rehm Show from WAMU in Washington, is also the recipient of a personal Peabody – cited as “the gold standard for civil, civic discourse.”

Congrats to all!

In Memoriam: David Mills

Former WaPo writer David Mills died of brain aneurysm Tuesday in New Orleans.

A former newsman, Mills moved into entertainment, writing for television shows such as “NYPD Blue,” “ER” and “The Wire.” Mills attended the University of Maryland and most recently worked for HBO as a staff writer and co-executive producer on HBO’s “Treme.” He was 48.

Calderone Breaks His Silence…

Soon to be Yahoo News writer Michael Calderone writes: “So much mystery! Actually, not so much. I’ve been at Politico since late 2007 and have had a great run here. This crazy start-up-turned-major political news organization provided me with a unique opportunity to look daily at the presidential campaign, first year of the Obama administration, and Congress though the media/ politics prism. Management also allowed me to launch a media blog and have given me tons of freedom. Then why leave? Well, I’m moving on because the chance arose to be a part an exciting new venture being launched by Yahoo. At a time of contraction in much of the legacy media, I think it’s important to look for those pockets of expansion and experimentation in original content that might be a good fit. And this seemed like a unique opportunity to cover the media-not just in DC-for a large audience of news consumers. I’m looking forward to getting started.”

Human Events Gets 26-Year-Old Editor

Mattera Publicity Photo.jpg Eagle Publishing today announced that Jason Mattera is the new Editor of Human Events. The release said Mattera, 26, is “believed to be the youngest editor of any major national publication”.

“Given his youth, we recognize Jason’s appointment may seem a bit surprising, but only if you don’t know him,” stated Joe Guerriero, VP/Group Publisher of Eagle Publishing’s GeoPolitical Division, which includes Human Events. Guerriero went on, “Jason’s ability to understand what is truly important, not just repeat DC’s echo chamber, plus his unique ability to put facts into understandable, interesting-and even fun-stories and videos is remarkable. His wisdom and talents are far beyond his years.”

Even Ann Coulter gives him a nod: Coulter, best-selling author and conservative commentator, had a one-word comment when asked what she thought of Mattera, ‘Brilliant!’”

Find out more about Mattera after the jump…

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VF Writer Who Covered Tiger’s Cheating Was Inspired by Maureen Dowd


VF writer Mark Seal says he took heart from NYT’s Maureen Dowd‘s column in which she advised, “Tiger, you never get involved with women with 8 x 10 glossies.”

Seal’s story, “Tiger’s Inconvenient Women”, in the new issue of VF, details his meetings with a variety of the golfer’s mistresses, one of whom is a Perkins Pancake House employee who has a harrowing story to tell about a tampon (yeah, you read that right).

Read short excerpts and watch a video of what it was like for Seal to get a handle on Tiger’s infidelities here. One thing is clear, he enjoyed the journey.

Examiner‘s Neibauer to WBJ

Sources tell FishbowlDC that Michael Neibauer of the Examiner will be joining the Washington Business Journal on April 12. At WBJ, Neibauer will take Jonathan O’Connell‘s former beat, covering economic development in DC.

We hear that WBJ is still in the market for a smart and savvy tech reporter so look them up if that sounds like you.