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Archives: June 2010

CQ’s Schatz Wins Sandy Hume Award

CQ-Roll Call‘s Joseph Schatz has won the 2010 National Press Club’s Sandy Hume Memorial Award for Excellence in Political Journalism. Schatz is the fifth CQ-Roll Call reporter to win the award since it began in 1999.

Schatz’s June 2009 CQ Weekly cover story “China Duet With the Dragon” earned him the award.

This win marks the third year in a row that CQ has won the Hume award. Staff writer Tim Starks won in 2009; former staff writer Jonathan Allen (now with Politico) won in 2008.

The award is named in memory of Sandy Hume, the reporter for The Hill who broke the story of the aborted 1997 coup against House Speaker Newt Gingrich. It honors excellence and objectivity in political coverage by a reporter 34 years old or younger for either a single story of great distinction or for continuing coverage of one political topic.

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Cancer Diagnosis Halts Hitchens Book Tour

hitch123.jpg Washington journalist and author Christopher Hitchens has been diagnosed with cancer, reports Reliable Source. Hitchens will cut his current book tour short in order to undergo chemotherapy on his esophagus. See WaPo here for more.

Former TWT Editor Named in Domestic Violence Case; He Responds

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The D.C. Superior Court case document is dated June 2, 2010.
The petitioner: Italia Federici
The respondent: Richard Miniter
The motion: Civil Protection Order

FishbowlDC has obtained a signed court document that shows that Federici, who pleaded guilty to tax evasion and obstructing the U.S. Senate investigation into the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal and was sentenced to four years probation, has filed a civil protection order in D.C. Superior Court against Miniter, a former NYT bestselling author and editorial page editor for The Washington Times. A judge signed the order. Miniter must stay at least 100 feet away from Federici, her home, and her workplace. Federici is the former president of the Council of Republicans for Environmental Advocacy. She was also an aide to former Sec. of the Interior Gale Norton.

Miniter denies any wrongdoing. In a message to FishbowlDC, he said: “That charge is false. It’s being put forward by an Abramoff convicted felon…and when this D.C. superior court thing has moved on there will be additional charges pressed against her for extorting money from myself and other people. …This is a pattern of behavior from her. I made a mistake. I was being nice to someone by letting them stay. I’ve let other people stay in my place when they were in town for a week or two. She really took advantage of the situation and is trying to extort money from my brother, my friends and myself.”

> Update: Larry Klayman is no longer Miniter’s attorney in the TWT case. His new attorney is John Shoreman. He said his attorney in the Federici case is Pat Woodward, a former federal prosecutor in D.C..

The document reads as follows:

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TNR Launches Four New Blogs in June

With the debut of “Citizen Cohn,” senior editor and health care expert Jonathan Cohn‘s domestic policy blog, TNR marks the launch of four new blogs in one month.

The Blogs:

Citizen Cohn: Covers all walks of domestic policy and the political process with deep reporting and expert analysis.
Entanglements: A foreign policy blog featuring expert contributors, including Andrew Bacevich, David Rieff, David A. Bell, and editor Lawrence F. Kaplan.
The In-House Critics: An experiment in formal disagreement, Michael Kazin and Jim Manzi – critics on the Left and the Right – challenge our editorial coverage to “keep TNR intellectually honest.”
Goal Post: Soccer and geopolitical analysis of the World Cup, featuring Aleksandar Hemon, Daniel Alarcon, and Howard Wolfson, and edited by Editor Franklin Foer, author of the bestselling book How Soccer Explains the World: An (unlikely) theory of globalization.

TNR reports the following:

•Digital advertising revenue increase of 125% (first half of 2010 over first half of 2009)
•Online traffic increase of 45%
•2x increase in online subscriptions

Batter Up! Ticket Snafu Leads to Drama at Congressional Baseball Game


A mix of baseball fans, Capitol Hill lawmakers, staffers and journos gathered at Nationals Park Tuesday night for the ever popular 49th annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game.

But it wasn’t all fun and games.

There was a ticket snafu at the onset that left at least one congressional staffer near tears and in a state of emotional upheaval over not being allowed into a certain seating section. “She had a meltdown,” one journo remarked. Initially, some journos were unsure if they were going to get in. Some were told by Roll Call employees that it was not certain that tickets would become available. Eventually, for some, they were. But not without a rocky beginning.

One journo who got into the game witnessed two members of Congress who didn’t because they didn’t have tickets.

Despite initial difficulties, the game went on. For the second straight year, following an eight year losing streak, the Dems prevailed against the Republicans, winning 13 – 5.

The Republican team scored the first run in the opening inning but not again until they tied the score in the bottom of the 6th with an additional three runs. The Dems scored one run in the third inning and during the fourth, Rep. John Boccieri (D-Ohio) and outgoing Rep. Brian Baird (D-Wash.) both hit doubles, leading to two additional runs scored.

Democrats Rep. Steve Driehaus (D-Ohio), Rep. Jay Inslee (D-Wash.), Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), and Rep. Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.) – the solo female player on her team – among others, helped score an impressive nine runs in the seventh and final inning, tallying the team at a victorious 13 runs.

The inaugural Congressional Baseball game was established in 1909 and first aired on the radio in 1928. After a brief hiatus, the annual game was supported by Roll Call, and today is a charity event for the Washington Literacy Council and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Washington.

Fishbowl contributor Nick Massella contributed to this report.

Fans Gather Around Suspicious Package Outside Nationals Park

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By FishbowlDC contributor Nick Massella

Suspicious Package rocked out for fans, sports junkies, and politicos Tuesday night at the Bullpen outside Nationals Park before the 49th annual Roll Call Congressional Baseball Game. Despite the heat, the band remained cool, rocking out to “I Wanna Be Sedated,” “Dancing with Myself,” and other popular songs.

The band of friends, which includes writer Tim Burger; USTR’s Christina Sevilla; The Washington Post’s Tom Toles; HUD’s Bryan Greene; and Josh Meyer, Director of Education and Outreach for the Medill National Security Journalism Initiative, has been around since May 2008 and played at gigs such as Journapalooza 2009 at the National Press Club, Rock and Roll Hotel, Hard Rock Café, and the embassies of Finland, Italy, Denmark, and Germany. The band most recently played on Saturday at Meyer’s wedding to The Washington Post’s Michael Chandler.

Spotted at the event were RNC Chairman Michael Steele, House GOP leader John Boehner, Rep. Joe Barton (R-Texas), Rep. Pete Sessions (R-Texas), Janet Donovan, and Politico’s Kiki Ryan.

Roll Call’s Newmyer to Fortune Magazine

This just in.

Roll Call‘s Tory Newmyer is leaving the publication for a job at Fortune magazine. The new gig is as a writer in the magazine’s DC bureau, covering the intersection of business and government.

Congratulations to Newmyer.

The goodbye party is scheduled for July 7 at Johnny’s Half-Shell.

The internal memo from Roll Call Editor Charlie Mitchell:


I’m sad to announce that Tory Newmyer will be leaving us for a new gig with Fortune magazine.

Tory joined Roll Call in 2004 as part of the Lobbying team and joined the Leadership team as a House reporter in 2008.

He has excelled at breaking news, finding fresh angles on heavily covered stories and telling the narrative of the House Democratic leadership. His hallmark is the crisply written story that brings the reader inside leadership’s deliberations.

We’re planning a proper sendoff for Tory on Wednesday, July 7, at Johnny’s Half-Shell, so please join us there to wish him the best in his new endeavor. Tory’s last day at Roll Call will be July 9.

Charlie Mitchell

Separated at Birth: Politico’s Mike Allen

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Politico‘s Mike Allen and Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.).

Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers

Quote(s) of the Day


Potential high maintenance on the high court

“#kagan humor: TV in Supreme Ct means she would have to get her hair done more often. Answer to Specter. @NewsHour”
–PBS’s Judy Woodruff in a Tuesday tweet.

A fine line: sobbing and laughing

“I have literally sobbed three times today laughing so hard. I promise I’m not drinking on press day. Stress makes me super giddy!!”
On Tap Magazine Managing Editor Ashley Estill in a Tuesday tweet.

Better late than never

“Watching Larry King for the first time in a while.”
Real Clear Politics White House correspondent Mike Memoli in a Tuesday tweet.


Today’s Most Popular Stories 06.29.10

Each day, Ashley Estill surfs your sites for the most popular stories of the day. Here are the top headlines for June 29, 2010:

Washington Post: Stanley McChrystal to retire with four-star rank

Washington Times: Confidence plunge helps send stocks down

Washington Examiner: Sex complaint against Gore is detailed, credible

USA Today: New York considers ban on short-term vacation rentals

CQ Politics: Internal Poll: Richmond Up 40 In Louisiana

The Hill: Top Republican: Raise Social Security’s retirement age to 70

Politico: Democrats quietly cheer high court gun ruling

Roll Call: House to Pack In Votes on Key Bills Before Recess

National Journal: Democrats Consider New Funding For Bill

Gallup.Com: Americans Slightly Less Negative About Finding Quality Jobs

Talking Points Memo: Jeff Sessions Uses Camera Time To Call Elena Kagan A Liar

Politics Daily: Larry King to End Nightly CNN Show

The New Republic: Introducing Citizen Cohn

The Daily Caller: Supreme Court rules that ‘right to bear arms’ applies to states in 5-4 decision on McDonald v. Chicago

Foreign Policy: Letter from Afghanistan: Timelines and a centralized Afghan govt. both suck