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CBS’ “Washington Unplugged” Turns 1!

CBS News’ weekly webcast, “Washington Unplugged” celebrated its one-year anniversary with a slew of media types at 14K restaurant on Wednesday evening. And though the TVs above the bar were set to CNN, the guests below were rubbing elbows with CBS-ers like Washington Bureau Chief Chris Isham, John Dickerson, Chip Reid, Bill Plante, Nancy Cordes, Marc Ambinder, Kaylee Hartung, Christine Delargy, Michelle Levi and Fernando Suarez.

Boozing with the broadcasters were Daily Caller’s Becca Glover, Roll Call’s Jackie Kucinich, Emily Miller, Tammy Haddad, Politico’s Kiki Ryan with boy toy Tim Burger, Janet Donovan, Juleanna Glover, Matt Cooper, Cantor Press Secretary Brad Dayspring, Doug Thornell from Cong. Van Hollen’s office, Examiner’s Tara Palmeri, Mark Paustenbach, Politico’s Mike Allen and WH wunderkind Ronnie Cho (wearing pants…sorry ladies).

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Photos by CBS News’ Tom Albano. More after the jump.

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CBS’s “Washington Unplugged” Prepares to Party

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CBS’s Washington bureau is getting ready for tonight’s cocktail party at the Hamilton Crowne Plaza hotel. The party celebrates the one-year anniversary of their daily political webcast, “Washington Unplugged”.

The segment began with Bob Schieffer hosting. It was a weekly webcast that soon expanded to daily. Today CBS News Political Analyst John Dickerson and correspondents such as congressional reporter Nancy Cordes, investigative correspondent Sharyl Attkisson and national security correspondent Bob Orr share hosting duties with Schieffer.

Guests on “Washington Unplugged have been a mix of bigwigs in Washington and Hollywood – including Zac Efron, Claire Danes, Goldie Hawn, and Woody Harrelson. Favorite guests: Elmo (Schieffer interviewed the popular red fuzzy animal himself) and Cheech and Chong (they offered anchor Bill Plante a joint).

Tonight’s party is sure to attract reporters from publications such as NYT, WaPo, HuffPost, and TPM to Daily Caller, Politico and more.

From CBS: Chief White House correspondent Chip Reid, Dickerson, Atlantic reporter Marc Ambinder, bureau chief Chris Isham, web producers Michelle Levi and Lauren Seifert, digital journalist Fernando Suarez, Christine DeLargy and Kaylee Hartung, who has been doing the “Unplugged, Under 40″ pieces.

And there will be cupcakes. Fresh off their appearance on “Washington Unplugged”, Georgetown Cupcakes is making cupcakes specially for CBS’s party – and the girls will attend.

Remarked Schieffer: “What’s great about Washington Unplugged is that it gives us a place to report those little stories, the delicious little nuggets of news that there is no room for on television.”

A Toast to CBS’s Chaggaris

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From L to R: CBS’ Fernando Suarez, Steve’s wife Jennifer Chaggaris, Steve, Kaylee Hartung and Rob Hendin.

Colleagues and friends came together for a goodbye party for CBS News former Political Director Steve Chaggaris at Darlington House in Dupont Circle. Chaggaris is going to work for Allbritton as the new director of TV projects and senior executive producer, where he will help launch a new metro website cable channel.

In attendance: CBS Washington Bureau Chief Chris Isham, Deputy Bureau Chief Jim McGlinchy, White House correspondent Chip Reid, Christine Delargy, Meredith Stencil and Michelle Levi.

Tapper Tops Tyndall’s 2009

123tapp.jpg Earlier today, we reported on Andrew Tyndall‘s list of the most heavily-used network news correspondents from the last decade. Washington journos dominated the last ten years and 2009 was no different.

With 370 minutes of airtime in ’09, ABC’s Jake Tapper easily took the first place spot for the year. CBS’ Chip Reid was the second most heavily-used last year, followed by NBC’s Chuck Todd and Tom Costello who were both in the top 5.

Check out the full list on Tyndall’s site here.

Crawford Makes CBS Debut on Today’s “Face the Nation”

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CBS’ Bob Schieffer revived a Walter Cronkite tradition on this morning’s “Face the Nation”– the holiday roundtable. The CBS News team- chief White House correspondent Chip Reid, national security Bob Orr, national security correspondent David Martin and congressional correspondent Nancy Cordes- joined the anchor and chief Washington correspondent for 2010 analysis and predictions. Roundtable video here.

And that wasn’t all… today’s “Face the Nation” was also the CBS debut of chief legal correspondent Jan Crawford. She recently made the move from ABC and kicks off a new year in CBS’ Washington bureau.

Photo via cbsnews.com.

Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), NYT‘s Thomas Friedman and WaPo‘s Bob Woodward

CBS’ Face the Nation: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates

ABC’s This Week: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) and a roundtable with CFR President Richard Haass, ABC’s and columnist George Will, The Nation‘s Katrina vanden Heuvel and WSJ‘s Peggy Noonan

Fox News Sunday: U.S. Central Command Commander Gen. David Petraeus, Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) and a panel with Fox News analysts Weekly Standard‘s Bill Kristol, NPR’s Mara Liasson, former White House press secretary Dana Perino and NPR’s Juan Williams

CNN’s State of the Union: National security advisor Ret. Gen. Jim Jones (Ret.), Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Sen. Jon Kyl (R-AZ), Gov. Mitt Romney (R) and CNN’s Mary Matalin and James Carville

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: CBS’ Chip Reid, FrumForum.com’s David Frum, TNR‘s Michelle Cottle, Lisa Bloom, Us Weekly‘s Bradley Jacobs and New York Magazine‘s Will Leitch

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: U.S. Special Representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke, NYT‘s Tom Friedman and former IAEA director general Mohamed ElBaradei

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: BBC’s Katty Kay, New York Magazine‘s John Heilemann, CNN’s Gloria Borger and Time‘s Michael Duffy

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: ABC’s Martha Raddatz, Time‘s Michael Duffy, NJ‘s James Kitfield and LAT‘s Doyle McManus

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, Bloomberg’s Janine Zacharia, Margaret Carlson and Kate O’Beirne

Washington Watch with Roland Martin: U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice, Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI), and U.S. Army (Retired) Major General John Hawkins, American Urban Radio Networks April Ryan, Republican commentator Ron Christie, Democratic strategist Jamal Simmons, Politico‘s Nia-Malika Henderson and News One/Interactive One’s Smokey Fontaine

CNN’s Amanpour: Afghan President Hamid Karzai

FishPoolDC: An Insider’s Notes from Today’s Press Briefing

Notes from a briefing room press insider…

7-’11: The point that WH senior administration officials had predicted would be the most “misunderstood” of POTUS’s Afghan address was the focus of many a question in the briefing room. Press Secretary Robert Gibbs identified the July 2011 date as a “transition point” that ensures the Afghans must make progress, and he used the word “incentivize” more than once to describe how this strategy is expected to affect Afghan performance. Fighting the popular criticism that this date-setting might encourage the enemy, RG said it was “highly illogical” that critics were complaining that the Taliban would retreat until that date and then attempt a return. This, RG said, would give us “space” to train Afghan forces to secure such territories. Predictably swearing against engaging in hypotheticals about July 2011 conditions, RG simplified: “A conditions-based drawdown will begin in July of 2011.” And in response to the Defense Secy’s testimony this morning where Gates noted that POTUS could change his mind, RG said he wouldn’t disagree with that (but that the focus should be on POTUS’s words). On offense, he noted that at the end of the two years between summers 2009 and 2011 we will essentially see “triple the resources” in the war.

Happy Holidays to All: The gloomy weather was not confined to the outdoors, as several exchanges today indicated a tense mood in the post-POTUS address briefing. For the third time this week, RG compared a reporter’s temperament to that of his six-year-old son, and twice today he questioned the importance of reporters’ queries. “I’m going to get back to weightier topics,” he said as things heated up over Salahi-gate. “Can we get onto something semi-pertinent?” he asked as Bloomberg’s Hans Nichols and Fox’s Major Garrett asked why the Chamber of Commerce might not be invited to tomorrow’s jobs summit. On the topic of Rumsfeld criticism of war strategy, RG said to ABC’s Jake Tapper, “You go to war with the Secretary of Defense you have, Jake,” to which an agitated Tapper replied: “That’s cute. The question, though….” (There was clarification here that the Obama team’s primary “underresourced war” argument is focused on the 2008 requests — not during Rumsfeld’s term in office — that they say they inherited when their predecessors did not okay them.)

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Coverage Plans: President Obama’s Afghanistan Address Tonight

President Obama will address the nation from West Point at 8pmET on his Afghanistan plans. TVNewser reported yesterday that all networks will carry Obama’s primetime address. As far as we know so far, here’s how the nets and cablers will cover…

CBS: Katie Couric will anchor CBS’ live broadcast at 8pmET with White House correspondent Chip Reid at West Point and Bob Schieffer, Lara Logan and David Martin in DC.

ABC: Charlie Gibson will anchor ABC’s live coverage. He will be joined by George Stephanopoulos, Jake Tapper, Martha Raddatz, senior foreign correspondent Jim Sciutto in Kabul and ABC News consultant Ret. General Jack Keane. Terry Moran will anchor “Nightline” from West Point beginning at 11:35pmET. Also at 8pmET, political director David Chalian and senior political reporter Rick Klein will anchor ABC News NOW’s live coverage on abcnews.com. Aaron Katersky, Ann Compton and Steve Roberts will cover it on radio.

CNN: Wolf Blitzer, Campbell Brown and Anderson Cooper will anchor CNN’s live coverage beginning at 8pmET from NY. John King, Christiane Amanpour, Fareed Zakaria, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Candy Crowley, Michael Ware, Pentagon correspondents Chris Lawrence and Barbara Starr, foreign affairs correspondent Jill Dougherty, and Ed Henry from the West Point, as well as senior political analysts Gloria Borger and David Gergen will contribute.

A special edition of “CNN Tonight” anchored by John Roberts will air at 7pmET, “360″ will air live at 10pmET and “Larry King Live” will air live at midnight. Senior international correspondent Nic Robertson and international correspondents Atia Abawi and Frederik Pleitgen will report live all night from Kabul. Correspondents Deborah Feyerick, David Mattingly and Mary Snow will report on reactions from civilians and troops at US military bases, including Ft. Hood, Ft. Bragg, 29 Palms and others. CNN Radio correspondent Bob Costantini will anchor live coverage from Washington. CNN iReport and the blog “Afghanistan Crossroads” will also have live coverage online.

MSNBC: Coverage of the President’s speech on MSNBC will be followed by a special live editions of “Countdown with Keith Olbermann” at 9pmET, “The Rachel Maddow Show” at 10pmET, “Hardball with Chris Matthews” at 11pmET and “The Ed Show” at 12amET.

C-SPAN: Live coverage begins at 8pmET, likely on C-SPAN2 (if Senate is done for the day), plus coverage on C-SPAN Radio and live-streaming on C-SPAN.org.

We’ll continue to update.

FishPoolDC: An Insider’s Notes from Today’s Press Briefing

Notes from a briefing room press insider…

Afghanistan TBA: In the first day back in the Brady briefing room in two weeks, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs fielded a lot of lingering questions on the Afghan troop decision timeline. Another Sit Room meeting is scheduled for 1.5 hours this evening, and while RG has already ruled out an announcement this week, no further meetings are scheduled. (Yet.) As CBS’s Chip Reid pushed on the “dithering” criticism and whether the WH felt pressured by the angst of U.S. allies, RG flipped the questioning tables to drill Reid on his sources for such a sentiment. Reid said he thought RG should be familiar with such criticism, and an almost Who’s-on-First-like back-and-forth ensued, with RG eventually joking, “We could play the Jeopardy! version of this.” When Reid posed an unrelated follow-up on a critical analysis by Leslie Gelb — shared by “other analysts” — on POTUS’s recent Asia jaunt, RG jabbed, “We’re going to play this game again?”

Quotable: RG, on the odds that health care will make its way through the Senate and reconciliation process before January to meet the WH “deadline”: “You guys are better odds makers than me.” (He also noted that “that’s our hope” and it “continues to be our goal” — which seem like less hearty words than when previously asked this question.)

A True Team of Rivals: After Fox’s Wendell Goler slipped on citing the new WH counsel Bob Bauer, instead referencing Gary Bauer as the new top West Wing lawyer, RG deadpanned, “That might be some news.” (Sure would have helped an otherwise slow, rainy day….)

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WH Correspondents Interview POTUS Today

FNC’s Major Garrett along with CBS’ Chip Reid, NBC’s Chuck Todd and CNN’s Ed Henry will interview President Obama tomorrow morning in Beijing (about 9PM EST tonight).

Each network will get about 10 minutes with POTUS.

CORRECTION: We earlier posted that ABC’s Jake Tapper would be interviewing President Obama but we’re told that ABC gave up their interview spot in Asia because Jake interviewed the President last week at the WH.

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