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Archives: May 2010

Today’s Most Popular Stories 05.28.10

Each day, Ashley Estill surfs your sites for the most popular stories of the day. Here are the top headlines for March 28, 2010:

Washington Post: Gary Coleman dead at 42

Washington Times: Militants attack Pakistan mosques, killing 80

Washington Examiner: Obama dodges, but Sestak questions won’t go away

USA Today: Gary Coleman dies at age 42

CQ Politics: Why Arkansas Worth Watching

The Hill: House passes defense authorization bill

Politico: Mary Landrieu: President Obama will pay politically for spill

Roll Call: Obama Threatens to Veto Defense Authorization Bill

National Journal: Ambulance In The Air: The New Art Of Saving Troops

Gallup.Com: One in Four Americans Plan to Travel Less This Summer

Talking Points Memo: Planned Muslim Cultural Center Near Ground Zero Prompts Massive Right-Wing Freakout

Politics Daily: Drilling Agency Gets New Director Day After Elizabeth Birnbaum Quits

The New Republic: Kenneth the Page Becomes a Man

The Daily Caller: White House advisers requested Bill Clinton to talk to Joe Sestak about Senate run

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Montanaro & Gross Serve Up The Week Ahead

It’s that time again. Fishbowl faves Domenico Montanaro and Andy Gross of MSNBC bring you The Week Ahead in Politics. This week the segment features campaign ads of Alabama…what better way to kick start your holiday weekend?

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Sunday Show Preview: 05.30.10


NBC’s Meet the Press: Bob Dudley, BP Managing Director; Carol Browner, White House Energy Adviser; Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL); Fmr. Rep. J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ); David Brooks, New York Times; E.J. Dionne, Washington Post.

CBS’ Face the Nation: Bob Dudley, BP Managing Director; Carol Browner, Assistant to the President for Energy and Climate Change; Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA); Edward Overton, Ph. D., Environmental scientist – Louisiana State University.

ABC’s This Week: Colin Powell; Bobby Jindal, Governor of Louisiana; Matthew Dowd, Political Strategist; Clarence Page, The Chicago Tribune; Joan Walsh,; George Will, ABC News.

CNN’s State of the Union with Candy Crowley: Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff; Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA); Sen. David Vitter (R-LA).

Fox News’ Fox News Sunday: Bob Dudley, Managing Director of BP; Gov. Ed Rendell, (D-PA); Rep. Darrell Issa, (R-CA); Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff; Tom Day, Bugles Across America. Panel with Weekly Standard Bill Kristol, WaPoÂ’s Ceci Connolly, Liz Cheney, NPR’s Juan Williams.

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: Fred Francis, Former NBC News Correspondent; Jane Hall, American University; Rome Hartman, BBC America; Toby Harnden, U.S. Editor of Daily Telegraph.

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: Karen Tumulty of The Washington Post, NPR’s Elizabeth Shogren of National Public Radio, ABC News’ Martha Raddatz, David Sanger of The New York Times.

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: Bill Gates, co-chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Martin Wolf, chief economics commentator for the Financial Times; Richard Haas, PhD, president of the Council on Foreign Relations; Chrystia Freeland, Global Editor-in-Chief for Reuters.

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: Joe Klein, TIME Magazine Columnist; Trish Regan, CNBC Anchor; John Harris, Politico Editor-in-Chief; Katty Kay, BBC Washington Correspondent.

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

C-SPAN’s Newsmakers: Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN). Guest reporters are David Herszenhorn, Congressional Reporter for the New York Times, and Bob Cusack, Managing Editor of The Hill.

Washington Watch with Roland Martin: Dr. Gail Christopher, vice president of programs for the Kellogg Foundation; Dr. Arthur Burnett, Professor of Urology, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; R&B singer “Uncle” Charlie Wilson, former lead singer of The Gap Band; Tufts University professor and author Dr. Peniel Joseph; and jazz musician Kirk Whalum, president of the Stax Museum of American Soul Music.

We’ll update as we get ‘em!

Fishbowl D.C. Has Gone Fishing

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Dear Fishbowl D.C. Readers:

We are out of here for the weekend. Yes, that’s right, Matt and I are going fishing (no, no not really all). We’ll be back on Tuesday for more fun and games. Enjoy the weekend.

Betsy and Matt

Happy Birthday To…

Today is The Hill’s Deputy Managing Editor and Special Projects Director Jennifer Yingling’s birthday.

We wish her a very happy birthday.


Bourge Says No to Tennis Shoes and Dress Pants

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Bourge says he wouldn’t be caught in this ensemble.

In a witty response to our “Whose Shoes” feature yesterday (the shoes belonged to FNC’s Bret Baier), Christian Bourge, who writes The Disenchanted Journo blog, explains why whoever guessed him as the owner of the white golf shoes couldn’t be more off.

An excerpt:
To set the record straight, I’ve not worn tennis shoes with dress pants or a suit since high school. It’s a look that is best left to too-cool-for-school hipsters, the terribly aged, and those who just don’t give a crap about how they look. Although, I will admit that sometimes it works.

Read the entire piece here.

Bourge also recalled a fashion piece I wrote on him years ago in which I praised him for his tie choice — turns out, he never liked that tie much but enjoyed the ego-boost.

We wish Bourge no “ego-busting” as he moves into the holiday weekend. We’re certain he has a beautiful shoe collection.

> Update There has been passionate reaction to Bourge’s dislike of tennis shoes and dress pants.

From The Hill‘s White House Correspondent Sam Youngman in an e-mail: “I love Bret’s style, and I think it’s a shame that his sartorial choice was mistaken as something Ducky from “Pretty in Pink” might wear — tennis shoes with a suit. What Bret is exhibiting is a classic Ty Webb look (and I don’t just say that because my apartment looks like Ty’s with golf clubs and empty tonic bottles strewn about). A lot of posers can be seen with a golf tee “accidentally” left behind their ear or a glove sticking out of the back pocket, but Bret’s statement says: ‘I’d rather be playing golf than talking to you, and I’m about five minutes away from making that happen.’”

From Capitol News Connection’s Capitol Hill radio reporter Matt Laslo over text: “I’m at the airport and I saw Bourge’s reply so I must reply: I wear tennie’s daily with my suits!!!”

> Update: Fishbowlers, this is getting good. Bourge responds to the responses…

An excerpt:
“I didn’t mean to start a debate over men’s style, was just posting a funny bit of self deprecation. But what the hell.

Yes, Brett may be able to pull the look off. Since I haven’t seen the full picture, I can’t say.

One thing that can’t be disputed is that in this horrible casual Friday world in which we live, where most men where nothing but bad chinos, cheap polo shits and Rockports: American men can’t dress for shit. We live in a town where tasseled loafers with bad made-to-measure super 110 suits pass for sartorial grace.

…I also can’t believe we’re debating men’s fashion. I’m now going to go put on a wife beater, smoke a Cuban while working on my car’s engine, and chug a case of Pabst Blue Ribbon in order to fully reassert my masculinity.

I also just got an invite to Kenwood. I’ll be there embarrassing myself soon.”

Go here and scroll down for Bourge’s full post.

> Update: Youngman strikes back…

“I broke one of my own rules by talking fashion with someone named Christian Bourge.

How the hell did this happen? Ducky and a fashion debate? I really just want to wear my golf shoes to work. They look better with my bad chinos and cheap polo shirts than my rockports or tasseled loafers.

We should really be focusing on what’s important: preserving Gary Coleman’s legacy. Oh, and Memorial Day.”

> Update: Borge and Youngman are going to be great friends someday. But first, Bourge again responds

“Not sure what my name has to do with any of this. I can only assume that you are somehow questioning the French bloodline delineated by my family name. In my book you are now known as “Freedom Sam.”

…If you do manage to get up the gumption to wear your golf shoes and knee length pantaloons to the White House one day, I am all for it.”

Sir Paul McCartney to Appear at Capitol Hill Presser


This exciting news just in…

What: The Library of Congress will host a press conference with Sir Paul McCartney on the eve of his receipt of the Library’s third Gershwin Prize for Popular Song.

When: Tuesday, June 1, 2010, 5-5:30 p.m.

Where: The Library of Congress, Thomas Jefferson Building, Room 119, 10 First Street S.E., Washington, D.C. (use carriage entrance, lower level)

Who: Credentialed press wishing to attend this event must RSVP by 10 a.m. on June 1 to,(202) 707-0022.

President Obama will present McCartney the award in a special tribute concert at the White House on June 2. The event will be air on PBS stations nationwide on Wednesday, July 28, 2010, at 8 p.m. (EST).

The FishbowlDC Interview with Politics Daily’s Melinda Henneberger

henneberger.jpg Say hello to Melinda Henneberger, editor-in-chief of Politics Daily. Her path in journalism has taken her from Brussels, Belgium and Rome to Texas prisons and, of course, Washington, D.C. The prisons, she says, were a good prep for politics. The left-leaning editor counts former President George W. Bush among her least enjoyable interviews. Read on.

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? A Schweppes tonic water.

How often do you Google yourself? Not in years and never again.

Who is your favorite working journalist? I hired a bunch of them, but other than at Politics Daily, I’d say Slate‘s Emily Yoffe, who is funny, serious, and can do absolutely everything.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor (or vice versa)? I don’t know that I’ve ever said anything worse than “I quit,” but the vice versa is too vile to print.

Do you have a favorite word? Not really, but I’m very fond of the Italian word vergogna.

Who would you rather have dinner with – First Lady Michelle Obama or Bestselling Author and former V.P. candidate Sarah Palin? Palin!

BWhen did you last cry and why? I don’t cry that infrequently, but when I lost a friend I thought the world of, that was worth crying over.

What word do you routinely misspell? If I knew I wouldn’t persist, but I spelled refrigerator with a ‘d’ for an embarrassingly long time.

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? No clue.

What swear word do you use most often? As my humiliated children will attest, I often say things like, “Oh, my heavenly days!” They wish I leaned into the f-word a little more.

What word or phrase do you overuse? My family said it would be “sweetie” and PD’s Patricia Murphy nominates “poifect,” but that’s only to her.

What TV show do you have to watch? Treme.

Where do you shop most often for your clothes? That’s easy; my sister Joane Pickett’s store, Pickett Fences, in Larchmont Village in L.A.

Who do you prefer for daytime talk, Dr. Phil, Oprah, Tyra or the women of The View? None of the above; if I had time to watch TV during the day, I would go all out and indulge in “All My Children.”

Pick one: Leno, Letterman or Conan? No thanks. Jon Stewart.

If you were trapped on a deserted island, which public official would you want to be trapped with and why? I guess Obama, so they’d come on the double.

Who is your mentor? My friend and college writing teacher Elizabeth Christman, who died this winter at age 96, was the only person I really ever thought of that way, though a lot of people in journalism have taken chances on me and been very generous.

What’s the best advice you ever received in the course of your career? Liz told me that deciding is the most difficult part; the rest is just hard work.

Read more about Henneberger and her thoughts on the “ungracious” George W. after the jump…

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NYT’s Leibovich Signs with Simon & Schuster

As reported by Politico‘s Playbook:

“The NYT magazine’s Mark Leibovich, [who wrote that long tome on Politico's Mike Allen], has signed a deal with Simon & Schuster for a book about how modern Washington has perfected the culture of self-love and celebrity while the rest of the country is feeling increasingly alienated from the place. The editor is Priscilla Painton, the Time alumnus who edited former President Bush aide Karl Rove’s memoir.”

There is no working title. Expect it sometime in 2012.

> Update: Leibovich told FishbowlDC: “I’m excited, daunted, all those things. Now I just have to figure out where to start.”

Freelance Journalism. In a Song. Need we Say More?

This is a whole lot of weirdness wrapped into one person, but take a listen to this bald man singing the “Freelance National Anthem.” He croons about what his family must think of him. He may want to limit his singing to the shower, but we’ll let you listen and decide.

(This was sent to us by our lovely sister site, FishbowlLA. We thank them for this.)

Read and listen here.