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The “Grand Poobah of Politics”

flintstones.jpg The Flintstones cartoon used the term “Grand Poobah” as the high-powered elected position in Fred and Barney’s men’s club. They were members of the Loyal Order of Water Buffaloes Lodge No. 26.

In Washington, that phrase, “Grand Poobah” has a somewhat elevated meaning.

Which Washington D.C. scribe was referred to by MSNBC’s Chuck Todd as the “Grand Poobah of politics” Monday night?

Write us and tell us your guesses at fishbowldc AT mediabistro DOT com.

> Update: The answer is WaPo’s Dan Balz.

Sunday Show Preview: 01.31.10

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NBC’s Meet the Press: David Axelrod,Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio), NYT’s David Brooks, CNBC’s David Faber, WaPo’s Eugene Robinson, U.S. News’ Mort Zuckerman.

CBS’ Face the Nation:

ABC’s This Week: Barbara Walters in the anchor chair with guest Sen.-elect Scott Brown (R-MA).

CNN’s State of the Union: White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D), AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka and CNN’s Mary Matalin and James Carville.

Fox News’ Fox News Sunday: Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn), Sen. Evan Bayh (D-Ind), Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) and Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.). Round table: Bill Kristol, NPR’s Mara Liasson, columnist Charles Krauthammer and NPR’s Juan Williams

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: Lauren Ashburn, managing editor and executive producer, USA Today Live; Lola Ogunnaike, pop culture commentator; Robin Liss, president and CEO, Reviewed.com; Steven Levy, author, “The Perfect Thing: How the iPod Shuffles Commerce, Culture, and Coolness.”

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: Director of National Economic Council Larry Summers and Iran Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki.

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: PANEL: CNBC’s Jim Cramer, The Atlantic’s Andrew Sullivan, NBC News’ Kelly O’Donnell and Newsweek’s Katie Connolly.

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: WaPo’s Dan Balz, NYT’s Peter Baker, CNN’s Gloria Borger and Politico’s John Harris.

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky), Sec. Ray Lahood, Bloomberg’s Erik Schatzker , Hans Nichols , Margaret Carlson and Kate O’Beirne .

Washington Watch with Roland Martin: Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education Arne Duncan.

CNN’s Amanpour: Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive; Michelle Montas, Haitian journalist and acting chief of the UN mission to Haiti; Amy Wilentz, author of ‘The Rainy Season: Haiti Since Duvalie’ and Leader of the UK Conservative Party, David Cameron.

C-SPAN’s “Newsmakers”: Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-ND), Roll Call’s David Drucker and Politico’s Eamon Javers.

We’ll update as we get ‘em.

Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: President’s Council of Economic Advisers Chair Dr. Christina Romer, former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan, Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D-MI), former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) and CNBC’s Jim Cramer

CBS’ Face the Nation: Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) and Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT)

ABC’s This Week: National Economic Council Director Lawrence Summers, Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) and a roundtable with ABC’s George Will, former Bush White House counselor Ed Gillespie, HuffPost’s Arianna Huffington, the Center for American Progress’ John Podesta and American Urban Radio Networks’ April Ryan

Fox News Sunday: Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH), Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK), Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA), US Consumer Product Safety Commission’s Inex Tenenbaum and a panel with Fox News analysts the Weekly Standard‘s Bill Kristol, NPR’s Mara Liasson, Liz Cheney and NPR’s Juan Williams

CNN’s State of the Union: Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA), Sen. John Thune (R-SD), National Economic Council Director Lawrence Summers, CNN’s Donna Brazile, William Bennett and Suze Orman

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: The Baltimore Sun‘s David Zurawik, “Beat the Press” on WGBH’s Emily Rooney, former NBC “Today” executive producer and former CBS’ “Early Show” senior executive producer Steve Friedman, USA Today‘s Christine Brennan, CBS Sportsline’s Gregg Doyel and pop culture commentator Lola Ogunnaike

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: “The Skeptical Environmentalist” author Bjorn Lomborg, NYT‘s Paul Krugman, “The American Future” author Simon Schama, “Start Up Nation” author Dan Senor and FT‘s Chrystia Freeland

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: HD Net’s Dan Rather, NBC’s Kelly O’Donnell and NYT‘s Andrew Ross Sorkin and Helene Cooper

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: NYT‘s Jeff Zeleny, WaPo‘s Dan Balz, LAT‘s Janet Hook and Politico‘s Eamon Javers

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Special Envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan Ambassador Richard Holbrooke and Bloomberg’s Rich Miller, Kristin Jensen, Julianna Goldman, Margaret Carlson and Kate O’Beirne

Washington Watch with Roland Martin: Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), and Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), McClatchy’s Bill Douglas, TWT‘s Deborah Simmons, Democratic strategist Karen Finney, Roll Call TV and Philadelphia Tribune‘s Robert Traynham, Politico‘s Nia-Malika Henderson and News One/Interactive One’s Smokey Fontaine

CNN’s Amanpour: Top U.S. Commander in Afghanistan Gen. Stanley McChrystal

Will update as we learn them.

Morning Reading List 11.09.09

Good morning FishbowlDC! SNL spoofed Fox News’ Election Day coverage with Greta Van Susteren, Shepard Smith, Glenn Beck and Karl Rove.

Happy Birthday to John Harris (h/t Playbook). And Kaylee Hartung who celebrated at Cleveland Park Bar & Grill Saturday with CBS friends, including Bob Schieffer, who sported a TCU “Schieffer” football jersey.

What we know and what we’re reading this Monday morning…

NEWSPAPERS | TV | MAGAZINES | BOOKS | NEWS NOTES | WEST WING REPORTAGE | AWARDS & EVENTS

NEWSPAPERS

WaPo has launched a new series “The Elephant in the Room– Examining the state of the Republican Party.” Opening story is by Dan Balz.

WaPo ombudsman Andrew Alexander again on anonymous sources.

TV

The House passed the health care reform bill late Saturday- what it looked like on cable.

Jake Tapper will sit down with the President this afternoon. The ABC White House correspondent’s interview will air on “World News” and “Nightline,” as well as ABCNews.com. Tapper tweeted his “television exclusive” this morning asking: “What would you ask him?”

Reuters also has an interview with the President.

Margaret Warner had an exclusive interview with Afghan President Hamid Karzai, which will air on “The NewsHour with Jim Lehrer” today.

Watch President Obama fake-out CNN’s Elaine Quijano in the Rose Garden this weekend.

NBC’s Tom Brokaw discussed the 20-year anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall at the Newseum with PBS’ Robert MacNeil.

We missed it in the Sunday Show Preview, but Gen. George Casey also joined ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos” Sunday.

And ABC’s Cokie Robertscomments on actor Jon Voight.

MAGAZINES

Dr. Jill Biden penned “A Veterans Day message” in this weekend’s USA Weekend Magazine.

BOOKS

“Going Rouge,” the Sarah Palin coloring book.

NEWS NOTES

LAT: At least one Democratic political strategist has gotten a blunt warning from the White House to never appear on Fox News Channel, an outlet that presidential aides have depicted as not so much a news-gathering operation as a political opponent bent on damaging the Obama administration.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

Howard Kurtz in WaPo on the Obamas, the first family next door.

AWARDS & EVENTS

Sarah Palin will be the GOP speaker at the Gridiron Club and Foundation’s annual winter dinner. Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) will rep the Democrats.

CQ-Roll Call Group and Political Wire’s Taegan Goddard will host an “Early Election Preview” next Tuesday from 8:30am-10:30am at the Columbus Club at Union Station. Register here.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Politico

Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press:

CBS’ Face the Nation: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI)

ABC’s This Week:

Fox News Sunday:

CNN’s State of the Union:

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz:

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria:

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show:

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: WSJ‘s Deborah Solomon, WaPo‘s Dan Balz, LAT‘s Doyle McManus and NYT‘s David Sanger

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-ME), Bloomberg’s Hunt and Indira Lakshmanan interview Afghanistan’s Ambassador to the U.S. Said Tayeb Jawad and Bloomberg’s Lizzie O’Leary, Margaret Carlson and Kate O’Beirne

Washington Watch with Roland Martin:

CNN’s Amanpour:

Will update as we learn them.

Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: White House senior advisor David Axelrod, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former Rep. Harold Ford, Jr. (D-TN), NBC’s Tom Brokaw and NYT‘s Tom Friedman

CBS’ Face the Nation: Education Secretary Arne Duncan

ABC’s This Week: White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, former Democratic Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, former Republican Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN), Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) and a roundtable with former Bush strategist Matthew Dowd, The Nation‘s Katrina vanden Heuvel, NYT‘s David Sanger and ABC News’ and columnist George Will

Fox News Sunday: Republican Conference Chairman Lamar Alexander (R-TN), former Democratic National Committee Chairman Gov. Howard Dean, Center for American Progress President and CEO John Podesta, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and a panel with Fox News consultants Weekly Standard‘s Bill Kristol, NPR’s Mara Liasson, Weekly Standard‘s Stephen Hayes and NPR’s Juan Williams

CNN’s State of the Union: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Thomas Frieden, Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Republican strategist and CNN political contributor Ed Rollins and Democratic strategist Joe Trippi

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: The Baltimore Sun‘s TV critic David Zurawik, BBC’s Rome Hartman, The Daily Beast’s Tina Brown and CBS’ chief foreign affairs correspondent Lara Logan

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: Defense Secretary Robert Gates, former NY Governor Eliot Spitzer and Dalai Lama

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: Time‘s Michael Duffy, BBC’s Katty Kay, WaPo‘s Eugene Robinson and CNN’s Gloria Borger

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: WaPo‘s Dan Balz, Slate and CBS News’ John Dickerson, ABC’s Martha Raddatz and NYT‘s Jackie Calmes

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: President of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters James Hoffa and Bloomberg’s Lizzie O’Leary, Heidi Przybyla, Margaret Carlson and Kate O’Beirne

Will update as we learn them.

Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: National Security Advisor James Jones, NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Newark, NJ Mayor Cory Booker and a roundtable with NYT‘s David Brooks, CNBC’s Erin Burnett and Newsweek‘s Jon Meacham

CBS’ Face the Nation: National Security Advisor James Jones, Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC)

ABC’s This Week: Former DNC Chairman Howard Dean, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and a roundtable with ABC’s Sam Donaldson, ABC contributor and former Bush strategist Matthew Dowd, WSJ‘s Peggy Noonan, ABC’s Cokie Roberts and Council on Foreign Relations President Richard Haas

Fox News Sunday: National Security Advisor James Jones, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Walter Reed Army Medical Center Commander Maj. Gen. Carla Hawley-Bowland and a panel with Fox News contributors WSJ Paul Gigot, NPR’s Mara Liasson and Weekly Standard‘s Stephen Hayes and WaPo‘s Ceci Connolly

CNN’s State of the Union: Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL), Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice, Republican pollster Bill McInturff and Democratic pollster Peter Hart, Democratic strategist CNN’s Donna Brazile, former White House counselor and former RNC chairman Ed Gillespie, “The Battle for America 2008″ author Dan Balz and Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA)

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: Time’s Mark Halperin, “Why You’re Wrong About the Right” author S.E. Cupp, Air America and the Daily Beast’s Ana Marie Cox and White House Office of Health Reform communications director Linda Douglass

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: CNBC’s Trish Regan, New York Mag‘s John Heilemann, Time‘s Richard Stengel, WaPo‘s Kathleen Parker

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: CNBC and NYT‘s John Harwood, NYT‘s Peter Baker and ABC’s Martha Raddatz

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL)

Will update as we learn them.

“Battle for America” Book Excerpts Available on WaPo Online

Excerpts are now available on WashingtonPost.com of Dan Balz and Haynes Johnson‘s new book “The Battle for America 2008.”

Balz and Johnson (a college professor of mine, by the way) will be on “Meet the Press” this Sunday for an additional preview before the book hits shelves Tuesday.

Join us after the jump for an excerpt on President Obama, and check out the paper and website for excerpts on Sarah Palin on Monday and on Senator Ted Kennedy’s endorsement on Tuesday.

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Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: National Economic Council Director Larry Summers, “The Battle for America 2008″ authors Haynes Johnson and Dan Balz, former Rep. Harold Ford, Jr. (D-TN) and former Rep. J.C. Watts (R-OK)

CBS’ Face the Nation: National Economic Council Director Larry Summers and a roundtable with WaPo‘s Bob Woodward, NYT‘s David Brooks and columnist Kathleen Parker

ABC’s This Week: Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and former Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan and a roundtable with Bloomberg News’ Al Hunt, “Culture of Corruption” author Michelle Malkin, WSJ‘s Gerald Seib and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Cynthia Tucker

Fox News Sunday: Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY), Rep. Mike Pence, (R-IN) and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and a panel of Fox News consultants Weekly Standard‘s Bill Kristol, NPR’s Mara Liasson, Weekly Standard‘s Stephen Hayes and NPR’s Juan Williams

CNN’s State of the Union: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers Christina Romer and CNN contributors William Bennett, Donna Brazile and Council of Economic Advisors former chairman Professor Joseph Siglitz

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: NPR’s Michael Martin, TWT‘s Amanda Carpenter and TNR‘s Michelle Cottle

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s John O’Sullivan, former CIA deputy director John McLaughlin and “The Devil We Know” author Robert Baer

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: Newsweek‘s Howard Fineman, WaPo‘s Eugene Robinson, MSNBC’s Norah O’Donnell and the AP’s Jennifer Loven

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: WaPo‘s Dan Balz, NJ‘s Alexis Simendinger and AP’s Charles Babington

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), White House advisor Valerie Jarrett and Bloomberg’s Indira Lakshmanan, Margaret Carlson and Kate O’Beirne

Will update as we learn them.

RELATED: Sunday show ratings for July 26th, courtesy of TVNewser.

Early Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: Programming Note: Meet the Press will not air Sunday, July 5 due to NBC’s coverage of the Wimbledon tennis finals. We will return at our regular time on July 12.

CBS’ Face the Nation: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY)

ABC’s This Week: Vice President Joe Biden and a roundtable with former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Liz Cheney, ABC’s Matthew Dowd and George Will and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and ABC News contributor Cynthia Tucker

Fox News Sunday: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) and a panel with Weekly Standard and Fox News’ Bill Kristol, AP’s Jennifer Loven, Weekly Standard and Fox News’ Stephen Hayes and NPR and Fox News’ Juan Williams

CNN’s State of the Union: Former Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell, Her Majesty Queen Noor, Chair, King Hussein Foundation and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: CNN’s Don Lemon, TMZ’s Harvey Levin, TheWrap.com’s Sharon Waxman and the Baltimore Sun‘s David Zurawik

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: UK Foreign Minister David Miliband, “Dead Aid” author Dambisa Moyo and “The Blue Sweater” author Jacqueline Novogratz

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: WaPo‘s Bob Woodward, The Daily Beast’s Tina Brown, Time‘s Joe Klein and CNN’s Gloria Borger (The panel will discuss the future of print journalism.)

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: ABC’s Martha Raddatz, WaPo‘s Dan Balz, WSJ‘s Naftali Bendavid and USA Today‘s Joan Biskupic

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA)

Will update as we learn them.

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