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Jefferson Book Party Toasts Arianna Huffington and Thrive

20140515_190857Last night at The Jefferson, Constance Milstein, Gail MacKinnon and Rachel Pearson hosted Arianna Huffington in celebration of her new book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder.

Huffington wrote Thrive after a fall brought on by exhaustion and a lack of sleep sent her to the hospital.

“The motivation for writing the book was my own burnout, and then looking around and seeing how many millions are burned out. And then, asking the questions that we stop asking after college, ‘What is the good life? What is success?’ And if you think about it, we define success, in search of these two metrics of money and power, and in this town, especially power. And this is like trying to sit on a two legged stool. Sooner or later you fall off. Nothing wrong with these two metrics. It’s just that you need the third leg of the stool.” Read more

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Press Club to Inaugurate New Prez Alan Bjerga of Bloomberg

Alan_Bjerga.jpg Alan Bjerga of Bloomberg News will be inaugurated as the 103rd president of the National Press Club on Saturday, January 30, 2010.

Bjerga, 36, who covers agricultural policy for Bloomberg News and grew up on a farm in northern Minnesota, will honored at the inaugural event themed Little Club on the Prairie, a tribute to the Midwest and Great Plains and Bjerga’s home state.

Festivities will begin with a cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by the band Honky Tonk Confidential, led by longtime NPC member Bob Schieffer, host of CBS News’ “Face the Nation.”

FishPoolDC: Our Insider’s Notes from Today’s Briefing

Outta Control: CBS’s Chip Reid and corps legend Helen Thomas led the charge on the issue of how the WH chose to select questioners and attendees at today’s health care town hall. A defensive Press Secretary Robert Gibbs pointed to the submission of questions via Twitter and Facebook and urged reporters to reserve judgment until after they see the broad range of views represented, though Reid maintained that it seemed “tightly controlled.” When RG tried to lighten the mood by asking Helen if she had e-mailed a question, she shot back: “I don’t have to e-mail it. I can tell you right now what I want to know.” She charged the Obama team’s press shop with a “control” that she has never seen at the WH: “It’s shocking. It’s really shocking.” Gibbs laughed at the insinuation that he was “controlling the press,” and judged: “poorly, I might add.”

Rahm and the Floating Smiley Face: Gibbs hailed yesterday’s pro-employer health care mandate from Wal-Mart as a “pretty big mindset change on behalf of the nation’s largest employer.” When CBS Radio’s Mark Knoller asked about a threat from West Wing badass Rahm Emanuel, RG replied: “Rahm would appreciate you denoting that he might have twisted or broken an arm,” even as the Chief of Staff didn’t bully the retail giant.

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Morning Media Menu: ABC’s Rick Klein

ABC News’ senior political reporter Rick Klein joined the Morning Media Menu today to discuss some of the week’s big political headlines, including Al Franken‘s new Senate seat and Sarah Palin‘s rough profile in Vanity Fair.

“In my estimation, if you’re going to make a comeback, you have to go away first,” Klein said of Palin. Tune in.

Morning Reading List, 01.08.09


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