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Archives: August 2010

Today’s Most Popular Stories 08.31.10

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

Washington Post: Obama says Oval Office address will not be a ‘victory lap’

Washington Times: Indian court reopens Bhopal case

Washington Examiner: Education secretary urged his employees to attend Sharpton’s rally

USA Today: Who’s taking a spin on ‘Dancing With the Stars’?

CQ Politics: AFSCME Drops Second Ad In Nevada Targeting Heck

The Hill: Obama may call Bush before Iraq speech

Politico: Democrats seek separation from Nancy Pelosi

Roll Call: Price, Campbell Acknowledge Ongoing Ethics Probe

National Journal: Boehner Hits Obama Ahead Of Oval Office Address

Gallup.Com: U.S. Consumers Pulling Back on Spending in August

Talking Points Memo: Focus On The Family: Anti-Bullying Efforts Are A Gay Front

Politics Daily: Obama in Oval Office Address: Iraq War Combat Mission Is Over

The New Republic: Malkin Unhappy, Obamacare Rattling Insurers. It’s All Good.

The Daily Caller: New Left Media uses Trojan trick to get interviews

Foreign Policy: Excerpts from tonight’s Presidential address on Iraq

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The Atlantic’s Green Admits Headline Obsession

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Today’s lead comes from The Atlantic‘s Joshua Green.

Hurricane season is upon us, and that means blaring, all-caps 72-point headlines from Matt Drudge, who is obsessed with them. I am, too. And I’ve always found Drudge’s alarmist headlines enjoyable, in the same way that whacked-out New York Post headlines are enjoyable. One of his best is “KILLSTORM.”

Read the full post here. It’s a contest, really, in which he asks readers to send him Drudge-esque headlines.

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Internal Memo Says TWT to Sell for $1

U.S. News & World Report‘s Paul Bedard has an internal memo claiming that the 30-day impending deal to sell The Washington Times is for $1.

Michael Marshall
, UPI editor and TWT adviser, wrote the memo. Bedard’s writes, the sale will be completed within 30 days and that “many of the former Times officials who were fired by Preston Moon, who has been financing the paper for the past several months, will be reinstalled.” Preston Moon is the son of the Rev. Sun Myung Moon the South Korean spiritual and head of the Unification Church.

The story indicates there is no official word on what will happen with TWT Editor Sam Dealey, who had no comment just yet.

Read the memo here.

Intern Zonks Out During Morning Journo Chat

student sleeping.gif A rough day, indeed. First, you spend the morning at C-SPAN visiting with Founder Brian Lamb. Then you sit around a conference table at the Boston University House on Connecticut Avenue in Woodley Park listening to 90 minutes of details and guidance about the fall internship you’ll be doing.

Some 20 Miami of Ohio interns endured what proved to be a grueling schedule this morning designed by Fox News’s Congressional Reporter Chad Pergram, who has been mentoring his alma mater’s D.C. summer interns for several years, but was not there today. During the classroom chat, The Hill‘s Washington Scene blogger and In the Know gossip columnist Christina Wilkie gave interns what Pergram describes as a “pastiche” of what to expect here in Washington.

One intern didn’t fare so well. He fell fast asleep during the classroom chat, but at one point jarred himself awake to ask a question about starting a literary/poetry blog. Thankfully the remaining interns stayed awake. Luckily the designated future intern for The Hill kept it together and took notes.

Pergram says he has never witnessed an intern with this program zonk out in the past. Cheryl Gibbs, the Miami of Ohio journalism professor who is leading the fall internship program, concurred, saying that this kind of situation is not typical. “There may be a medication side effect,” she told FishbowlDC. “It’s frustrating for me. If it is medically related, that’s what we have to deal with. When you’re in a program like this, you deal with the whole person. And it doesn’t go unnoticed. It’s a problem we’re trying to work through.”

White House Scribe Reveals Fave Food and Embarrassing Moment on Job


NJ’s “The Hotline” recently featured The Hill‘s White House correspondent Sam Youngman. Youngman provided what appeared to be brutally honest answers, mentioning his mother, Hunter S. Thompson and prison (not necessarily in that order and no, he never did any hard time). We hope this tantalizing picture of cinnamon rolls doesn’t distract Youngman too much this afternoon or send him on a cinnamon roll bender.

Here’s a sampling of his interview:

If you could have an endless supply of any food, what would you get? Harris Teeter mini-cinnamon rolls. Twice as addictive as meth-filled cigarettes laced with crack. And Gulf shrimp. Lots and lots of Gulf shrimp.

What’s your most embarrassing on-the-job moment? (Or as embarrassing as you’d like to reveal?) There have been so many, but the first time President Obama called on me to ask a question in the Oval Office. I was pool, and my hands were shaking too bad, because I was nervous, to take notes. Problem was, my old recorder screwed up badly. My pool report contained an incorrect characterization of one of his answers. Turns out he wasn’t telling me we were in a second Great Depression.

We’d bring you the rest of the interview, but we can’t – it’s behind that pesky pay wall. If you do have a subscription, the rest of Youngman’s responses is worth the read.

Separated at Birth: WikiLeaks Editor Julian Assange and…

As long as he doesn’t let his hair grow out any longer, WikiLeaks Editor-in-Chief Julian Assange, an Aussie internet activist, could pass for comedian and HBO talk show host Bill Maher.

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Miller-McCune to Host Breakfast on Lobbying Issues


Do lobbying efforts favor the status quo or advance the Democratic process? How can an ordinary person make himself heard in Congress? Miller-McCune, a national public policy mag, plans to explore the topics on Sept. 16 at the National Press Club at a breakfast moderated by Editor-in-Chief John Mecklin.

The Panel:

Frank Baumgartner – co-author of Lobbying Policy and Change
Craig Holman – lobbyist for Public Citizen
Rolf Lundberg Jr. – senior V.P. at Chamber of Commerce

Register by emailing

WaPo Suspends the Wise Guy


WaPo sports columnist Mike Wise has been suspended for a month for fabricating news Monday. What got him into hot water came in the form of invented tweets.

Wise delivered news of his suspension on his radio show Tuesday.

His last tweet was written 22 hours ago when he wrote, “I just got an e-mail about The Post’s guidelines on the use of Twitter. Weird. I wonder why?”

Read the details here.

Sheir Named Host of WAMU 88.5′s Metro Connection

Rebecca Sheir, WAMU 88.5′s special features reporter was recently named new host of Metro Connection, the station’s local news magazine. Sheir is replacing David Furst, who has hosted and produced the program since 1999.

Before joining WAMU 88.5 in 2009, Sheir reported for KTOO in Juneau, Alaska and hosted and produced a weekly program on Alaska Public Radio Network.

Congrats to Sheir on the new gig!

Mr. and Mrs. Moneybags in Congress – Who are They?

stack-of-money.jpg As of 6 a.m. today, The Hill has named its second annual list of 50 Wealthiest Members of Congress based on 2009 disclosures. Sen. John Kerry comes in at number 1.

In today’s list in The Hill, Kerry is up from last year’s list, when he was also number 1.

An excerpt:

Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) tops the list for the second year in a row. His minimum net worth was $188.6 million at the end of 2009, up by more than $20 million from 2008, according to his financial disclosure form.

MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” featured the list this morning by having Managing Editor Bob Cusack on as a guest. Co-host Joe Scarborough joked that when he was in Congress he used to stay up late at night reading these lists and eating Ramen Noodles. “I love Ramen Noodles,” agreed co-host Mika Brzezinski.

Cusack said some members will make their wealth and then run for Congress. “Some of them obviously self-finance their campaigns,” he said. “It is a concern that a lot of people say, ‘Hey, the average Joe can’t get into Congress.’”

Scarborough perked up and said, “I got in … with my Ramen Noodles.”

The Hill isn’t the first publication to try to stake the richest members of Congress as an annual feature. Roll Call has named “The 50 Richest Members of Congress” for 22 years, a publication source told FishbowlDC, adding that it’s one of Roll Call‘s “signature” lists. Kerry ranked 1 in both 2008 and 2009 on Roll Call’s lists. In 2009, he rolled in with $167.55 million, after having an identical net worth in 2008.

Who are the top 10 richest? Find out after the jump…

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