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Politico Takes It Personally – In a Breaking News alert this afternoon, Politico emails news that the Justice Department plans on filing suit against Apple computers over eBook pricing. It’s important to note that their breaking news email came in WELL before anyone else did. I don’t suppose it had anything to do with the fact that Mike Allen and Evan Thomas have a new eB0ok called “Inside the Circus.” We can’t help but wonder if they are taking it personally.

Red Versus Blue – Livingsocial has a unique deal available this week that is distinctly Washington D.C. It’s a chance to enter a Republicans versus Democrats dodgeball tournament later this month. Teams of 8 will be split up according to party lines and they will unleash their fury upon each other. Considering how competitive this town is, we fully expect lost teeth and bloodshed. Just make sure to leave NJ Gov. Chris Christie and filmmaker Michael Moore at home. This is dodgeball, after all. No need to have easy targets out there.

Cooper Can’t Handle Pussy – If you watch one thing today, watch this video of CNN’s Anderson Cooper. He is doing a story on Dyngus Day. It’s a Polish-American Holiday that takes place after Lent with some very strange rituals. Included is one in which men sprinkle water on women and women rub men with the branches of a pussy willow. Cooper finds this story so “stupid” that he can’t contain his laughter and giggles uncontrollably, much like a 7-year-old schoolgirl. The episode culminates in a snort. You cannot miss this. Watch the video below.

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The Return of Billy Mays

Great news everyone! Mike Allen of Politico has a new eBook! You’ll remember that it wasn’t so long ago that Allen and Evan Thomas published their first in a series of eBooks called “The Right Fights Back.” We were warned then that more books would be unleashed from this duo and they’ve stayed true to their word. Today marks the release of “Inside the Circus — Romney, Santorum and the GOP Race.” In case you didn’t know about the book’s release, Mike Allen spent the first EIGHT paragraphs of Playbook Tuesday morning donning his Billy Mays costume again to tell us how great it is. It’s the day before the primaries in DC, MD and WI and the release of his own book is what Allen thinks deserves that much real estate in Playbook.

As excessive as this was, it was only the beginning. Shortly after Playbook was dispatched, Politico emailed that they were offering up guests on the “top POLITICO stories” of the day. They were the primaries and the release of the new eBook by Allen and Thomas. That’s one of the top TWO stories of the day?

Then, even later in the day, Politico emails AGAIN to promote the book. This time saying, “This eBook original features exclusive, real-time reporting from 2012′s unpredictable primaries and the circus-like stories that have lead to a colorful campaign season so far.”

If their goal is to brainwash people into buying their product, it might be working. I’m feeling a strange urge to click this link to actually buy the damn thing.

Politico Continues eBook Assault on Readers

If you’ve been reading Playbook lately, the newsletter from Politico’s Mike Allen, you’d swear he’s fighting the ghost of Billy Mays to become America’s most obnoxious pitchman.  He has been relentlessly promoting his new E-Book, The Right Fights Back, authored with Evan Thomas.  Playbook began the assault on November 30, when the lead story was the announcement that the book was available.  When Politico toots its own horn, it’s not necessarily shocking, so we sort of brushed it off.  Then, the next day, there was another mention.  Then the day after that, ANOTHER mention.  Three days in a row, Mike?  Then, on the fourth day, Saturday December 3, Allen REALLY ratcheted up the heat.  THREE separate mentions in one Playbook.  This is emotionally draining!  And then, something miraculous happened.  Sunday, December 4, there were no mentions in Playbook for the E-Book.  Hell, even Jesus took a day off.  We were lulled into a false sense of security as Playbook avoided mentioning the book during the first of this week until a special email arrived from John Harris and Jim VandeHei promoting the book as a “just the right thing for the political junkie in your life.”  They even added a crazy touch of class by wishing us season’s greetings at the end of the email.  Bravo, Politico.  The patented sneak attack.  We fell for it.  Maybe sales aren’t doing as well as predicted because in this morning’s Playbook, Mike Allen had a barnburner of a LEAD story:

THANK YOU, PLAYBOOKERS! Debuting at #8 on The New York Times E-Book Best Sellers list of Dec. 18: “THE RIGHT FIGHTS BACK, by Evan Thomas and Mike Allen. … (Random House Publishing.) Two journalists report on the early stages of the Republican presidential campaign; the first edition of Politico’s ‘Playbook 2012,’ four digital books on the 2012 election.” If you haven’t treated yourself yet, it’s only $2.99.

If I haven’t treated myself???  If I haven’t treated myself, I’ll have an extra slice of pie, not an E-Book.  It’s not like you haven’t let us forget to buy the damn thing with your constant reminders.  I look forward to seeing how many more ways they can cram these plugs down our inboxes.

Seasons Greetings From VandeHarris

After a week of constant mentions about that new eBook by Mike Allen and Evan Thomas in “Playbook”, you’d think readers would get a break from the self-congratulatory holiday card. But, no. Here you have a note that went out yesterday from Politico brass. Congratulations to Allen on his eBook! Maybe MSNBC’s Chris Matthews‘ JFK book can get in on this action?

Dear Friends,

As one of POLITICO’s loyal readers, you know our specialty is cutting through the clutter to get you straight to the point. In that spirit, we will get right to the point:  POLITICO is out with a new eBook, written by Mike Allen and Evan Thomas, titled “Playbook 2012: The Right Fights Back,” which shot instantly to the top of the charts on Amazon and iBooks. In our opinion (and in the opinion of reviewers), it rocks. The book is loaded with news and insight on the 2012 race. So, if you haven’t already, we hope you’ll take a moment to buy it today for only $2.99.

We know it’s hard to make an eBook a stocking stuffer, but this might be just the right thing for the political junkie in your life.

Season’s greetings,
John Harris & Jim VandeHei

Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet The Press: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and a roundtable with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, BBC World News America’s Katty Kay, Al-Arabiya’s Hisham Melhem, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell and The New York Times’ David Sanger.

  • This Week: Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY), U.S. Senate Appointee Roland Burris (D-IL) and a roundtable with The Nation’s Katrina vanden Heuvel and ABC News’ Jonathan Karl, Cokie Roberts, and George Will.

  • Fox News Sunday: Former President George H.W. Bush and a panel with Brit Hume, Washington Managing Editor of Fox News, Mara Liasson, National Public Radio & Fox News, Bill Kristol, Weekly Standard & Fox News and Juan Williams, National Public Radio & Fox News.

  • Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer: Saeb Erakat, chief Palestinian negotiator, Gov. Jon Corzine (D), Governor of New Jersey, Gov. Mark Sanford (R), Governor of South Carolina, Mitt Romney (R), former presidential candidate; former Governor of Massachusetts, Ed Rollins, Republican strategist; CNN political contributor, James Carville, Democratic strategist; CNN political contributor, Amy Walter, CNN political contributor; editor-in-chief, The Hotline, Gloria Borger, CNN senior political analyst and Ed Henry, CNN senior White House correspondent.

  • Chris Matthews Show: Erin Burnett of CNBC; David Brooks of the New York Times; Joe Klein of Time magazine; and Norah O’Donnell of MSNBC.

  • Reliable Sources: Jonathan Martin, Politico, Carol Marin, anchor, WMAQ Chicago, Michel Martin, host, “Tell Me More” NPR, Jim Warren, former managing editor, The Chicago Tribune, Phil Bronstein, executive editor, The San Francisco Chronicle, Len Downie, executive editor, The Washington Post and Jessi Klein, writer and comedian.

  • C-SPAN’s In Depth: Author and journalist Bill Gertz

  • Inside Washington: Newsweek’s Evan Thomas, The Washington Post’s Colbert King, Politico’s Jeanne Cummings, and syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer.

  • Fareed Zakaria — GPS: Sam Palmisano, CEO, IBM and Gilles Kepel, author, “Beyond Terror and Martyrdom”

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  • Meet the Press: David Axelrod. Richard Wolffe of Newsweek, Todd Purdum of Vanity Fair and Michelle Singletary of the Washington Post.

  • This Week: Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), Member, Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs; Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Member, Banking, Housing & Urban Affairs; Robert Gibbs and a roundtable with Studio 360′s Kurt Anderson, Slate.com’s John Dickerson, NPR’s Alison Stewart, and the Atlantic’s Andrew Sullivan. Jake Tapper guest hosts.

  • The Chris Matthews Show: Howard Fineman of Newsweek; Michele Norris of NPR; David Brooks of the New York Times; and Norah O’Donnell of MSNBC.

  • Inside Washington: Newsweek’s Evan Thomas, The Washington Post’s Colbert King and syndicated columnists Mark Shields and Charles Krauthammer.

  • Face the Nation: Bob Schieffer, Paul Krugman, David Axelrod, Illinois Lt. Governor Pat Quinn.

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  • Reliable Sources: Amy Holmes, CNN political contributor; Bill Press, radio talk show host; Terence Smith, former PBS media correspondent; and Jessica Yellin, CNN national political correspondent.

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  • Meet The Press: IL Attorney General Lisa Madigan, MI Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D), former MA Gov. Mitt Romney (R), former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, Wal-Mart Pres./CEO Lee Scott, Google CEO Eric Schmidt, and a roundtable with Chicago Sun-Times’ Mary Mitchell and NBC political director Chuck Todd.

  • Face The Nation: Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI), Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), IL Attorney General Lisa Madigan and Georgetown University’s Michael Eric Dyson.

  • Fox News Sunday: Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and a panel with Brit Hume, Washington Managing Editor of Fox News, Mara Liasson, National Public Radio & Fox News, Bill Kristol, Weekly Standard & Fox News and Juan Williams, National Public Radio & Fox News. The “Power Player” is Worcester Wreath pres. Morrill Worcester.

  • This Week: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and a roundtable with PBS’ Gwen Ifill, the New York Times’ Paul Krugman, The Wall Street Journal’s Gerald Seib, and ABC News’ George Will.

  • Late Edition: Sen. John Ensign (R-NV), Sen. Bob Casey (D-PA), former Clinton economic adviser Gene Sperling, Wall Street Journal’s Stephen Moore, Republican strategist Ed Rollins, Democratic strategist James Carville, former White House adviser David Gergen, CNN’s Dana Bash, CNN’s Bill Schneider and CNN’s John King.

  • The Post Politics Program with Ed O’Keefe and Emily Freifeld: The Post’s Chicago bureau chief Peter Slevin, Post’s Kari Lydersen, Jeff Smith and Jerry Markon and Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.).

  • Chris Matthews Show: Atlantic’s Andrew Sullivan, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, Washington Post’s Eugene Robinson and Washington Post’s Ceci Connolly.

  • After Party: New Republic’s Peter Beinart, Townhall.com’s Amanda Carpenter, Chadderdon Group’s Liz Chadderdon, Washington Times’ Brian DeBose, Feehery Group president John Feehery and Nation’s Christopher Hayes.

  • Reliable Sources: Chicago Tribune’s Clarence Page, Chicago Sun-Times’ Lynn Sweet, Chicago Tribune’s John McCormick, Hollywood Reporter’s Ray Richmond, wax-word.net’s Sharon Waxman and filmmaker Rod Lurie.

  • Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi

  • GPS: Former Secretary of State Colin Powell

  • Inside Washington: NPR’s Nina Totenberg, Newsweek’s Evan Thomas and syndicated columnists Mark Shields and Charles Krauthammer.

  • Comcast Kickoff: Molly Henneberg, the FNC correspondent and lifelong Red Skins fan, will be a guest on the Comcast Kickoff show this Sunday before the Red Skins game. The show airs from 11AM to 1PM ET.

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  • Meet the Press: President-elect Obama.

  • This Week: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Ron Gettelfinger, President, United Auto Workers, The Wall Street Journals’ Peggy Noonan, the Brookings Institution’s E.J. Dionne, and ABC News’ Cokie Roberts and George Will.

  • Face The Nation: Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT), Chairman, Senate Banking Committee, Sen. Jeff Sessions, (R-AL), Member, Senate Budget Committee and New York Times’ Thomas Friedman.

  • Fox News Sunday: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, Sens. Carl Levin, (D) Michigan and Richard Shelby, (R) Alabama/ Ranking Member, Senate Banking Committee and a panel with Mara Liasson, National Public Radio & Fox News, Bill Kristol, Weekly Standard & Fox News, Juan Williams, National Public Radio & Fox News and Charles Krauthammer, Washington Post & Time Magazine. The Power Player is Jim Messina, Director of Personnel for the Transition Team of President-elect Barack Obama and is the incoming White House Deputy Chief of Staff.

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  • CNN’s After Party: Brian DeBose, editorial writer, The Washington Times, Michelle Cottle, senior editor, The New Republic, Christopher Hayes, Washington editor, The Nation, Stephen Hayes, senior writer, The Weekly Standard; CNN political contributor, Amy Holmes, CNN political contributor; former speechwriter for Sen. Bill Frist, Jamal Simmons, Democratic strategist; president, New Future Communications. Hosted this week by Hilary Rosen and David Brody, CNN political contributors

  • Inside Washington: NPR’s Nina Totenberg, Newsweek’s Evan Thomas, The Washington Post’s Colbert King and syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer.

  • Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer: Condoleezza Rice, Secretary of State, Gov. Tim Pawlenty, (R-MN), Gov. Ed Rendell, (D-PA), Ed Rollins, Republican strategist; CNN political contributor, Donna Brazile, Democratic strategist; CNN political contributor, Gloria Borger, CNN senior political analyst, Bill Schneider, CNN senior political analyst, Joe Johns, CNN senior correspondent.

  • Political Capital with Al Hunt: Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI)

  • The Chris Matthews Show: Andrea Mitchell of NBC News; Joe Kernen of CNBC; John Heilemann of New York Magazine; and Kathleen Parker of the Washington Post Writers Group.

  • The Post Politics Program: Chris Cillizza, Eli Saslow, Post contributor Paul Light and Jennifer Agiesta.

  • Fareed Zakaria, GPS: General Hamid Gul, former Pakistan Intelligence Chief, Shuja Nawaz, Author, author, “Crossed Swords: Pakistan, its Army and the Wars Within”, Lt. Gen. Talat Masood, Pakistan Army Corps (Ret.), David Kilcullen, author, “The Accidental Guerilla”, Ernesto Zedillo, former President of Mexico

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  • Meet The Press: First Lady Laura Bush, Afghanistan’s Ambassador to the United States Said Jawad and Ted Turner, Author, “Call Me Ted”

  • This Week: Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) of the Armed Services Committee and Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN) of the Foreign Relations Committee. A roundtable with ABC News’ Matthew Dowd, Donna Brazile, Torie Clark, and George Will.

  • Face the Nation: “A Look At An Historic Election: Annual Books and Authors Show” with authors Bob Woodward, Fareed Zakaria, Michael Eric Dyson and Jane Mayer.

  • Fox News Sunday: Sen. Lindsey Graham, (R-SC), Sen. Claire McCaskill, (D-MO), Sen. Saxby Chambliss, (R-GA) and a panel with Brit Hume, Fox News Washington Managing Editor, Mara Liasson, National Public Radio & Fox News, Bill Kristol, Weekly Standard & Fox News, Juan Williams, National Public Radio & Fox News.

  • Late Edition: Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA), Peter Bergen, CNN terrorism analyst, Sajjan Gohel, director of international security, Asia-Pacific Foundation, Ron Gettelfinger, UAW President, Maj. Gen. Mark Hertling, Commander, Multi-National Division-North, Ed Rollins, Republican strategist, CNN political contributor, James Carville, Democratic strategist; CNN political contributor, David Gergen, CNN senior political analyst; former presidential adviser, Amy Walter, CNN political contributor; editor-in-chief, The Hotline, Ed Henry, CNN White House correspondent, Bill Schneider, CNN senior political analyst.

  • The Chris Matthews Show: Washington Post’s David Ignatius and Ceci Connolly, NBC News Washington Bureau Chief Mark Whitaker and BBC’s Katty Kay.

  • Reliable Sources: Larry Hackett, managing editor, People magazine, Amy Argetsinger, columnist, The Washington Post, A.J. Hammer, host, “Showbiz Tonight,” Headline News, Carlos Diaz, weekend co-host, “Extra”, Eitan Gorlin, filmmaker, Dan Mirvish, filmmaker, Dana Perino, White House Press Secretary, Joan Walsh, editor-in-chief, Salon.com, Jim Geraghty, contributing editor, National Review.

  • Inside Washington: NPR’s Nina Totenberg, The Washington Post’s Colbert King, and syndicated columnists Mark Shields and Charles Krauthammer.

  • Post Politics Program with Emily Freifeld and Ed O’Keefe: Lori Montgomery, Jennifer Agiesta of the Washington Post polling unit and Eli Saslow. The show now airs on POTUS: Sirius 110/XM 130.

  • GPS: Henry Kissinger, former Secretary of State, Ashley Tellis, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and Stephen Cohen, Brookings Institute.

  • Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet The Press: Former Secretary of State James Baker, former Commerce Secretary William Daley, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), and a roundtable with CNBC’s Erin Burnett, former Wall Street Journal Detroit bureau chief Paul Ingrassia and NBC political director Chuck Todd.

  • Face the Nation: Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Obama economic adviser Austan Goolsbee.

  • This Week: Obama Senior White House adviser David Axelrod, Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Richard Shelby (R-AL), and a roundtable with George Will, American Prospect’s Robert Kuttner, Huffington Post’s Arianna Huffington and New York Times’ David Brooks.

  • Fox News Sunday: Axelrod, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and House Minority Leader John Boehner and a panel with Brit Hume, Fox News Washington Managing Editor, Mara Liasson, National Public Radio & Fox News, Bill Kristol, Weekly Standard & Fox News, Juan Williams, National Public Radio & Fox News. The “Power Player” is Air Force One.

  • Late Edition: Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI), Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D-MI), Steve Forbes, former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, Republican strategist Ed Rollins, Democratic strategist James Carville, CNN’s Gloria Borger and Joe Johns.

  • Reliable Sources: Philadelphia Inquirer’s Gail Shister, Broadcasting & Cable’s Marisa Guthrie, Lisa Bloom, Daily Beast’s Tina Brown, CNN’s Ed Henry, New Republic’s Michelle Cottle, Washington Times’ Christina Bellantoni and comedian Andy Kindler.

  • GPS: Former VP Al Gore, New York Times’ Tom Friedman, Harvard Univ. prof. Niall Ferguson and Princeton Univ. School of Public and Int’l Affairs dean Anne Marie Slaughter.

  • Post Politics Program with Emily Freifeld and Ed O’Keefe: Former Gov. Mike Huckabee, Phil Rucker, Nikita Stewart and Mike Ruane. The show now airs on POTUS: Sirius 110/XM 130.

  • C-SPAN’s Newsmakers: Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), newly elected Minority Whip will be interviewed by Washington Correspondents David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers, and Paul Kane, Washington Post.

  • Chris Matthews Show: Washington Post’s Bob Woodward, NBC’s David Gregory, BBC’s Katty Kay and CNN’s Gloria Borger.

  • Inside Washington: NPR’s Nina Totenberg, Newsweek’s Evan Thomas, The Washington Post’s Colbert King, and syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer.

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