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WaPo Reporter Loses Father

WaPo Staff Writer Dan Eggen‘s father, Kenneth Eggen, died yesterday of cancer. A memo went out to all staff today announcing the news and the funeral arrangements. We’re told memos of this nature are not unusual at WaPo.

Our condolences to Eggen.

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Taking Out the Trash

What we almost missed today…

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has signed a three-book deal with Crown Publishers for about $2.5 million. The first book will be a memoir of her time in President George W. Bush’s administration, the second on her family, and the last in the series, a young adult version. From Crown’s statement: “Rice will combine candid narrative and acute analysis to tell the story of her time in the White House and as America’s top diplomat, and her role in protecting American security and shaping foreign policy during the extraordinary period from 2001-2009.”

WaPo’s Dan Eggen‘s new beat is a big one, “covering the exertion of influence in Washington by powerful interests here and beyond.” Eggen most recently covered the stimulus. (h/t Calderone)

Morning Reading List, 08.18.08


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We’ve got your morning mix of media Muesli after the jump…

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This Week In Pool Reports

Hey tourists! Were you on a Tourmobile staring at the Jefferson last week? Look to your left next time — that was the President.

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This Week In Pool Reports

It is a big week as POTUS plants a tree and meets the pontiff.

  • “The event was open press, but here are a few particulars. Pope Benedict XVI emerged from an Alitalia plane in his traditional white garb. He did not kiss the ground upon descending the stairway to the tarmac. He was greeted by President Bush, Mrs. Bush, and Jenna Bush. The group proceeded down a red carpet, past an honor guard and into the terminal, where they remained for about 15 minutes. Then the Pontiff, the president, Mrs. Bush and Jenna walked back outside and the pope descended into a large black limo, part of a motorcade of the type usually used by visiting heads of state. No, there was no sign of the Popemobile. The Pontiff was whisked away and the president immediately proceeded to his motorcade, your pool struggling as usual to stay with him.” — Keith Koffler, CongressDaily

  • “A few miscellaneous facts provided by the White House to the pool: — The Boeing 777 on which the pope arrived is designated ‘Shepherd One.’ — This is the first time the president of the United States has ever greeted a head of state (the pope being not only the leader of the Catholic Church but the ruler of Vatican City State) at the airport.” — Koffler

  • “Motorcade to and from Andrews was normal. At one Beltway crossing, there were no cars to be seen in either direction at all, during rush hour. This conjured up images best summarized by Mark Knoller of CBS, who remarked that the papal arrival had probably inspired an obviously unintended but unfortunately significant outcry of the Lord’s name being taken in vain up and down 495.” — Koffler

  • “The most perilous part of our journey occurred at approximately 4:40 p.m. just outside the POTUS ranch, as the driver of Camera One — we will call him a ‘senior press advance representative’ — attempted to turn the van around on the narrow road and ended up stuck with the rear of the vehicle in the ditch. A swift rescue was carried out by the Secret Service; poolers in the van chose to remain put in order to stave off panic.” — Dan Eggen, The Washington Post

  • “Motorcade carrying POTUS and FLOTUS departs presidential ranch at approx. 5:55 p.m. Arrives at nearby Broken Spoke Ranch at 6:02 p.m. Pool settles into a very nice BBQ and beer meal under sunny skies and a light breeze. Tent and porta-john at our disposal.” — Eggen

  • “POTUS departs fundraiser via motorcade at 8:40 p.m. Arrives at presidential ranch at 8: 48 p.m. A ‘senior press advance representative’ again attempted a U-turn but this time was successful. Lid called at 8:50.” — Eggen

  • “POTUS and FLOTUS each took hold of a commemorative shovel. POTUS quipped that he was ‘getting ready to shovel,’ then he paused and added, ‘dirt.’ Some laughter from the assembled at this. They shoveled dirt onto the rootball of the replacement Scarlet Oak, which
    was about 20-25 feet tall. After hand shakes and introductions with the decendents of the 23rd U.S president, POTUS turned to the pool and said, ‘Thank you all. Pleasure shoveling in front of you.’” — Eric Rosenberg, Hearst Newspapers

  • Eggen Headin’ to the White House (And Do You Want To Head To Baghdad?)

    From an internal Washington Post announcement, obtained by FishbowlDC:

      After an action-packed, seven-year run of covering the Justice Department, the indomitable Dan Eggen will head up Pennsylvania Avenue and join Peter and Mike at the White House as they burrow into the final year of the Bush presidency. Since he took over the Justice beat in 2001, Dan has been the model of a hard-nosed beat reporter. He has dominated the big story of the moment — from the debate over expanded government surveillance powers in the wake of 9/11 to the U.S. Attorneys scandal and, of course, the turbulent tenure of Alberto Gonzales — and he’s ferreted all manner of scoops from the fortress that is Main Justice. If you were to kill a tree by printing out his clips since 2001, it would be immediately evident that he’s led the way in chronicling the Bush administration’s unprecedented efforts to expand its power to search, seize and surveil. He was part of the National team that won a Pulitzer for 9/11 coverage and he wrote the main story in the package of terrorism stories that was a Pulitzer finalist in 2006. As he enters the inner sanctum of the Bush administration, we will still count on him to help lead our coverage on legal issues related to national security.

      Dan’s move to the White House beat means we’re looking for a smart, tireless and talented colleague to cover Justice and national law-enforcement matters. We’re seeking an experienced reporter and graceful writer who can do everything from long-form enterprise pieces to fast-turnaround stories on deadline. Having national law-enforcement and legal sources is a major plus.


      Within three months, Josh Partlow will wind up his fascinating and penetrating tour in Iraq. Josh’s dispatches brought us closer than ever before to the reality of the war with accounts of American soldiers during the surge. We expect Josh to head off to another foreign assignment soon, and we are now searching for a replacement.

      The war remains an extremely high priority for us as it heads into a sixth year. We need a self-starting correspondent who will share the heavy burden of daily news coverage with Bureau Chief Sudarsan Raghavan and correspondent Amit Paley as well as generate distinguished enterprise. The correspondent will be expected to tackle a wide range of topics, including embeds and the military; politics; Iraqi society; and the many dimensions of daily life in Iraq. We place a high value on collegiality and teamwork with other Post correspondents, and with our sizeable Iraqi staff.

      The job has the potential for incredibly rewarding and unforgettable journalism; there is no better example than the work of our crew there in recent years. At the same time, it involves personal risk and exposure to dangerous situations. We are committed to the highest possible protection of our people in the war zone, including training for hazardous duty.

      The correspondent will be based in our bureau in Baghdad, working for stretches of six weeks to two months, with breaks outside Iraq. We are interested in sending someone as soon as March. This is a full-time foreign assignment. The duration is expected to be one year, but may be altered depending on our needs.

      There is a leading candidate for this position. However, we welcome all inquiries, including those who would like to have an exploratory chat to learn more.