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Vaida Lands at Kaiser Health News

Bara Vaida has accepted a new gig covering lobbying, politics and health care policy for Kaiser Health News.  Vaida previously worked as a correspondent for National Journal before accepting the company’s buyout offer near the end of July.  She had been with NJ for twelve years.

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Bye Bye Bara: NJ‘s Vaida Takes Buyout

National Journal‘s Bara Vaida announced via email that today was her final day with the publication, saying only “I am leaving to pursue other opportunities.” Vaida has been with the news group for a whopping 12 years.

Weekend Show Preview: June 13-14, 2009

The Situation Room w/ Wolf Blitzer: Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) will discuss gas pipeline, Letterman feud, Obama and 2012. Dir. OMB Peter Orszag, Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) to discuss healthcare, budget and economy and author of “Myths, Illusions and Peace,” David Makovsky.

NBC’s Meet the Press w/ David Gregory: VP Joe Biden and roundtable with Republican strategist Mike Murphy and MSNBC’s Fmr. Rep. Joe Scarborough (R-FL)

ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos: Sec. H&H Kathleen Sebelius, Former MA Gov. Mitt Romney and a roundtable with Dem. Strategist & ABC News Consultant Donna Brazile, Nat Journal’s Ron Brownstein, WSJ’s Kimberly Strassel and columnist George Will to discuss the battle over a public insurance plan, the opposition from Congress over key provisions, and how the President plans to rally public support for reform.

CBS’ Face the Nation: Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) to discuss health care, Guantanamo Bay, the Supreme Court nom. of Sotomayor, and the state of the Republican Party.

Fox News Sunday: Sen. Chris Dodd, (D-CT) / Chairman, Banking Committee with Sen. Charles Grassley, (R-IA) / Ranking Member, Finance Committee. Tom Donohue, President and CEO of the US Chamber of Commerce. Steve Chaconas, National Bass Guide Service.

CNN’s State of the Union w/ John King:Sec. H&H Kathleen Sebelius, Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE), Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND), Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) to discuss health care debate and the latest on H1N1.

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: CNN’s Rick Sanchez, CBS Sportsline’s Gregg Doyel to discuss Twitter: phenomenon or passing fad? TIME’s Mark Halperin, Air America’s Ana Marie Cox and Jim Geraghty of National Review to discuss Palin-Letterman and Obama comedy

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: BBC’s Katty Kay, ABC News’ Claire Shipman, NYT’s Helene Cooper and Norah O’Donnell of MSNBC will discuss why Republicans are struggling to find the right path to oppose Obama

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: WaPo’s Ceci Connolly on health care reform, Bara Vaida of National Journal on health insurance lobbyists, Tom Gjelten of NPR on TARP bailout funds and Politico’s John Harris on VA and NJ gubernatorial races.

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Sen. Joe Lieberman on the Middle East peace process, Bloomberg’s Lizzie O’Leary and Christine Harper report on executive pay issues, Hans Nichols on health care reform and Margaret Carlson and Kate O’Beirne discuss Sotomayor’s confirmation process, Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin.

Will update as we learn them.

Bara Vaida: The FishbowlDC Interview

Say hello to National Journal’s Bara Vaida.

Vaida writes about lobbying and advocacy for NJ and helped to spearhead the creation of Under The Influence.

She’s been hard at work recently on NJ’s State of Lobbying issue, which hits stands this Friday, March 20th.

What does your morning reading list include? The Washington Post (the actual paper… my favorite way to read news) and then my Google Reader which pulls everything else I need into one place on my computer.

What single person has played the biggest role or has had the biggest influence on your career? I’ve been lucky to have had a number of mentors but the person who stands out is my English professor in college. She encouraged me to get into journalism.

How many suits do you own? Four work suits, three ski suits. I have my priorities straight.

What is the name of your cell phone ring? iPhone’s standard.

How many emails do you receive a day? How many do you answer? Probably about 200 emails and I answer 50-75 of them.

Where do you power-lunch? My desk mostly, but some of my favorite places to meet sources: Tosca, Bangkok Joe’s and coffee at the many Starbucks across town.

What’s your favorite or go-to drink? A glass of red wine.

Who is your favorite active journalist? I have many but I enjoy Bethany McLean, an excellent business reporter with Vanity Fair and Matt Bai with The New York Times Magazine.

What subject line in an email grabs your attention? Anything that says “lobbyist” or “K Street.”

What section of the Sunday Washington Post do you read first? Opinion

If you ran a doctor’s office or a bank, what cable station would you have on in your waiting room or lobby? The Food Network.

What kind of dog should the Obamas get and what should they name their new pet? A chow chow mix (because they look like living teddy bears and mixes are nicer than purebreds) I would never presume to tell anyone what to name their dog.

Who would you most enjoy seeing parodied on SNL? Rahm Emmanuel versus Rush Limbaugh celebrity Jeopardy could be a funny skit.

Leno or Letterman? Stewart or Colbert? Letterman and Stewart.

Taking a cue from The Chris Matthews Show here, tell us something we don’t know… I’m totally nuts for my dog, Barkley — a chow-chow mix.