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Sunday Shows So Far…

• We told you late yesterday David Plouffe will be joining David Gregory on “Meet the Press” this Sunday. President Obama’s presidential campaign manager will be discussing his new book, “The Audacity to Win,” which hits stands next Tuesday. We also learned today Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner will join the program.

Bob Schieffer will be joined by White House senior advisor David Axelrod and Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) on “Face the Nation” Sunday.

• And on “Washington Week” with Gwen Ifill and the National Journal, you can expect to see Slate and CBS’ John Dickerson, WaPo‘s Ceci Connolly, McClatchy’s Nancy Youssef and NJ‘s Marilyn Serafini.

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

Notes from a briefing room press insider…

The T-Word: In a rare morning on-camera briefing, Press Secy Robert Gibbs tag-teamed with Jared Bernstein and Melody Barnes, chief WH economic and domestic policy advisors, respectively, to tout 250,000 saved/created education jobs reported under the Recovery Act. The announcement faced a skeptical press room (esp. on the lack of clarity on “saved” v. “created” numbers), and generated “transparency” contagion, originating with JB remarks — including that he “never contemplated this level of transparency” in local/state reporting to the RAT (independent Recovery Accountability and Transparency board). Capitalizing on the t-word, ABC’s Jake Tapper asked about the transparency of the health care debate (RG: “I do think the administration has been transparent”) and NBC’s Chuck Todd followed later with, “And this goes to the whole transparency question that Jake asked” to introduce a public option question that met with RG’s “I shockingly don’t have a lot new on this.” On bank bonuses, Bloomberg’s Hans Nichols questioned whether, “in the interest of transparency,” RG could discuss WH convos with banks reported to be ready to dole out excessive bonuses. RG said he didn’t know “who has talked to whom on this.”

Axe-ing Fox: In more colorful comments today, RG continued to engage the Fox/WH wars by elaborating on top advisor David Axelrod‘s Sunday comments. As for Axe charging that Fox is just trying to make money, RG clarified: “I assume all of you are trying to make money, but maybe I have misinterpreted your otherwise altruistic ventures.” Landing the conversation-ending uppercut, RG observed of the targeted network, “Sometimes programming can be tilted toward accentuating the most profits.” Ouch.

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Sunday Show Notes

• Conflicts between the White House and Fox News remained a topic of discussion on the Sunday shows this weekend. This is after White House communications director Anita Dunn appeared on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” last week and said of Fox, “Let’s not pretend they’re a news network…”

On “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” senior advisor David Axelrod said of Fox News, “It’s not really news. It’s pushing a point of view. The bigger thing is that, other news organizations, like yours, ought not treat them that way… We’re going to appear on their shows, we’re going to participate. But understanding that they represent a point of view.”

White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” with John King and said, “While it’s clear what the white house and what Anita said, the concentration of the white house isn’t about what Fox is doing.”

On FOX News Sunday former adviser to President Bush Karl Rove said, “This is a White House engaging in its own version of the media enemies list. And it’s unhelpful for the country and undignified for the president of the United States to so do.” (h/t TVNewser)

And B&C‘s Marisa Guthrie weighed in on Howard Kurtz‘s show on CNN: “Fox News doesn’t thrive on access from the administration. They’re the opposition. They thrive on agitation.”

Related– NYT‘s David Carr: The Battle Between the White House and Fox News and AP’s David Bauder: Picking a fight: Obama vs Fox News.

• That was CBS political analyst John Dickerson filling in for Bob Schieffer on “Face the Nation.”

• In MTP’s “Take Two” on the web, White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, Maria Shriver, John Podesta and David Gregory discuss the impact of Gloria Steinem– this convo ties into NBC’s reporting on “A Women’s Nation.” Shriver also addressed her recent apology for being caught talking on her phone while behind the wheel.

• And does MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow belong on “MTP”? Someone certainly thinks so…

GQ‘s “50 Most Powerful in DC” List: One Degree of Obama


Photo from GQ.com.

Forget Kevin Bacon.

President Barack Obama and VP Joe Biden may be excluded from GQ‘s “50 Most Powerful in DC,” but looks like most of the list’s top half are one degree of separation from the West Wing.

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag, Senior Advisor David Axelrod, Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner and National Economic Council Director Larry Summers (tie), Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, former VP Dick Cheney and Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts round out the top ten. The list may be a changing-of-the-guard from the Bush administration, but it’s a DC no-brainer.

Your DC media types are represented by ABC’s George Stephanopoulos at #31, Politico‘s John Harris #43 and The New Yorker‘s Jane Mayer and NYT‘s Scott Shane tied at #27.

Politico points out White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, though #20 on the last list, did not make the cut this time around.

The mag will celebrate the list with a party tonight at 701. And though obviously overlooked for “50 Most Powerful,” FBDC will be there. Check back tomorrow for dets.

The complete list, as polled by “journalists, congressmen, lobbyists, think tankers, and influence peddlers,” can be found here.

HuffPost Denver Launches, With Axelrod’s Son as Editor

We told you earlier this summer that White House senior advisor David Axelrod‘s son Ethan Axelrod joined HuffPost as editor of the local edition in Denver.

Now “HuffPost Denver” is up and running. Bloggers include locals and former locals Governor Bill Ritter, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, author and historian Dr. Patricia Limerick, and former Senator Gary Hart.

“We’re delighted to launch HuffPost Denver as our third local version of The Huffington Post,” Arianna Huffington said in a press release annoucing the launch today. Chicago and New York are the other two local versions.

And after the jump, a comment from Ethan Axelrod…

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WH Press Corps Up in Arms Over Surprise Embargo/Background

Members of the WH press corps are up in arms over a last minute change of rules for a discussion with David Axelrod and Anita Dunn. As you can see (below) from this morning’s correspondence from the White House, news outlets were told that today’s discussion was on the record with no mention of an embargo. Sources tell FishbowlDC that the WH has now revised their rules; stating that the meeting is on background and embargoed until Obama’s speech this evening.

Today at 1:30 PM, Senior Advisor David Axelrod and Communications Director Anita Dunn will hold a discussion with reporters on tonight’s health care address. The discussion will be on the record and will last about 40 minutes.

Attendance is limited to one reporter per outlet.

Please let me know whom to expect from your outlet by replying to this email.

What: Discussion with David Axelrod and Anita Dunn

When: Today at 1:30 PM

Where: Roosevelt Room – please gather in upper press by 1:25.

David Axelrod’s Son Joins HuffPost

We learned tonight via WaPo that White House senior advisor David Axelrod‘s son is joining HuffPost.

Twenty-two year old Ethan Axelrod tells Howard Kurtz that he’s “been interested in journalism for a while” and that he heard about the job opening through his dad, who was actually a Chicago Tribune reporter before joining politics.

But don’t look for young Axelrod in Washington– he’ll actually be working in Denver, where HuffPost is launching a local edition.

How Much Does Gibbs Make Compared To You?

The White House posted a 29-page list of its employees’ salaries late yesterday…

WH press secretary Robert Gibbs, communications director Anita Dunn and director of speechwriting Jon Favreau all cap out at $172,200. WH deputy press secretary Bill Burton still does well, but doesn’t quite make the David Axelrod, Rahm Emanuel $172,200 salary.

Hotline “On Call” blog points out “Obama lists 487 employees… Obama has 20 employees making the highest salary possible; Bush had 18.” (h/t Playbook)

It feels a little invasive, but you can check out the complete list for yourself here.

Weekend Show Preview 06.27.09

NBC’s Meet the Press with David Gregory: Senior White House Adviser David Axelrod, Mitt Romney and Lindsey Graham. Roundtable with David Brooks, E.J. Dionne, Mike Murphy and Dee Dee Myers.

CBS’ Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer: UN Ambassador Susan Rice and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour.

ABC’s This Week:

Fox News Sunday: Topics: Health care, with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.; Iraq, with Gen. Ray Odierno, Commanding General, Multi-National Force, Iraq.

CNN’s State of the Union with John King: Gen. Ray Odierno, Commander, Multi-National Force-Iraq and Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN)on Iraq, Iran and war on terrorism. Mary Matalin and James Carville on health care debate and Obama’s response to Iran and T. Boone Pickens, chairman and CEO, BP Capital on energy.

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: WaPo’s Dana Milbank, HuffPo’s Nico Pitney and TWT’s Amanada Carpenter for media analysis. Diane Dimond, former reporter for Court TV, CNBC and MSNBC and pop culture commentator, Toure to discuss the coverage of Michael Jackson.

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: Former Prime Minister Tony Blair and Robert Baer, author, “The Devil We Know: Dealing with the New Iranian Superpower” on Iran and election. NYT’s Paul Krugman and Hoover Institute’s John B. Taylor on economy and health care.

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: Dan Rather, HD Net; Helene Cooper, NY Times Washington correspondent; David Ignatius, Washington Post columnist; and Katty Kay, BBC Washington correspondent.

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: NBC’s Pete Williams, NYT‘s David Sanger, Slate’s John Dickerson and CNN’s Gloria Borger

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and interviews with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former National Security Adviser Sandy Berger.

Will update as we learn them.

RTCA: The Pre & After Parties


Politico’s Anne Schroeder Mullins and Patrick Gavin with Robert Gibbs.

Did you happen to notice that White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was just a few minutes late to take his seat on the dais?

Maybe that’s because he couldn’t get away from a slew of reporters at CBS’ pre-party at the Convention Center.

After dinner… The place to be was “the place for politics” MSNBC’s after-party across the street from the Convention Center at the Historical Society. Those on the guest list- and there were plenty of crashers- received Tiffany-like key chains to get in.

As promised, there was a Starbucks bar, as well as a Cold Stone ice cream station, candy bar and plenty of desserts and mixed drinks. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow worked the upstairs bar- where we saw everyone from David Axelrod to Ana Marie Cox to John Hodgman order her speciality, the Hearst.

By the time the Chris Matthews and Andrea Mitchells cleared out, the party had moved to the back patio to the backdrop of Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’” and the most hardcore guests didn’t leave until after 3am.

More photos after the jump. Also check out Maddow’s bartending skills…

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