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Sunday Morning Panels: Only Males Need Apply

It’s time to check in on the Sunday morning political talk shows to see how many dill pickles are being invited on this week. The results are dismal for female journos and pundits this week. Take a look.

NBC “Meet the Press”: 1

Joe McQuaid, Publisher, New Hampshire Union Leader
Katty Kay, BBC
Former Rep. Harold Ford Jr. (D-Tenn.)
Mark Halperin, TIME

CBS “Face the Nation”: 2

Norah O’Donnell, CBS News Chief White House Correspondent
John Dickerson, CBS News Political Director
Nancy Cordes, CBS News Congressional Correspondent
Mike Allen, Politico Chief White House Correspondent

ABC “This Week”: 2

George Will, WaPo columnist, Democratic strategist, Donna Brazile, AOL HuffPost‘s Arianna Huffington, and Major Garrett of NJ. Also noteworthy: Angelina Jolie will stop by.

FNC’s “Fox News Sunday”: Blackballed by FNC PR since summer 2010.

NBC’s “The Chris Matthews Show”: 2

Joe Klein, TIME
John Heilemann, New York Magazine
Helene Cooper, NYT
Gillian Tett, Financial Times

CNN’s “Reliable Sources”: 1

Steve Roberts, professor, GWU
Jennifer Rubin, “Right Turn” blogger, WaPo
Bill Press, syndicated talk radio host
Mike Wise, sports columnist, WaPo
Jason Whitlock, FoxSports.com

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The Atlantic Publishes its Annual ‘Ideas’ Issue

The July/August Atlantic ‘Ideas” issue is out. In addition to the 14 Biggest Ideas of the Year, Lori Gottlieb has a piece that’s sure to be a crowd pleaser, “How to Land Your Kid in Therapy.” The gist: It might not be so wise to block your children from rejection and unhappiness.

A few of their trends (for better and worse) facing America today:

The Rise of the Middle Class – Just Not Ours — by FT‘s Gillian Tett

Elections Work — by PBS’s Gwen Ifill

Nothing Stays Secret — by WaPo Investigative Reporter Dana Priest, whose upcoming book is: Top Secret America: The Rise of the New American Security State.

Gay is the New Normal — by Jonathan Rauch, Contributing editor, The Atlantic

The Maniac Will be Televised — by Walter Kirn, author of two books, Up in the Air and Lost in Meritocracy

Guests Stoked for Tonight’s Maher

Tonight’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” could be a hit. The HBO comedian welcomes Financial Times U.S. Managing Editor Gillian Tett, MSNBC’s Dylan Ratigan, Reza Aslan, an international religion writer, and Hangover 2′s Zach Galifianakis onto his show tonight.

Last time Zach was on the program he lit up a joint on-set to depict his support of legalizing marijuana and smoked it like a cigarette.

FT Party: Characteristically Pretty in Pink

Anderson House, off Dupont Circle

Lionel Barber, Sen. Gillibrand, Jonathan Gillibrand and Richard McGregor


From Moet pink champagne to pink marshmallows dipped in coconut to lush bouquets of cherry blossoms, the Anderson House sparkled in the evening light. The pink was to remind guests of the salmon-hue of the Financial Times.

The Thursday night fest welcomed FT’s new Washington Bureau Chief Richard McGregor to town. A grand welcome it was. FT brass and staff jetted in from New York and London to put on an opulent gathering that included known Washington faces like former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan and wife, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, WaPo’s Executive Editor Marcus Brauchli, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and husband, Jonathan. FT hosts included Editor Lionel Barber and U.S. Managing Editor Gillian Tett. Cocktail party circuit loyalists worked the room as usual, trading business cards and small talk and enjoying the booze.

But this was no ordinary Washington party in any other sense. It was a step above.  Even the hors d’oeurvres – gorgeous lobster rolls placed on fava beans, bites of marinated New York sirloin, or tuna tartare in small boutique sesame ice cream cones on a bed of coffee grounds – reflected it. FT has that sort of air – refined, upscale, impeccable — and isn’t a place terribly welcoming of anyone talking out of turn.

“The FT is very gentlemanly,” agreed Gary Silverman, FT‘s  U.S. News Editor who came in for the party from New York, who was spotted chatting with NYT’s Sabrina Tevernise and later with MSNBC Commentator and The Daily Beast’s Richard Wolffe.

Which is why, when toward the party’s end that Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist came to say goodnight to McGregor, that his parting note was jarring. “I’m going home to beat the kids,” Norquist said with a wide smile. McGregor, unfazed, bid him farewell.

The new bureau chief has a confident quietness. He’s neither the life of the party nor the wallflower. He isn’t full of thick Washington conceit, but he isn’t confused by what he was sent here to do. “Just get everybody facing in the right direction and let them go,” he says in his native Australian accent.

Radical change is not on his spoken agenda. “I’m building on the good legacy that [already exists],” he says. “No big changes.” Like Norquist, McGregor has a trick phrase up his sleeve. “I don’t have to come here and boot people up the bum,” he says.  A quick translation: “I don’t have to come here and push.”

Asked about the newspaper being a perceived pink, McGregor remarked, “I think of it as salmon.”

Born in Sydney, Australia, he worked for The Australian, the International Herald Tribune, the BBC and Far Eastern Economic Review and has spent much of the last decade in China as FT‘s Bureau Chief.  Washington is three months new, but so is America. “I have wanted to come to the states all my life,” he says. He’s living in Chinatown while he house hunts.

MSNBC’s Richard Wolffe and FT’s Gary Silverman

Lionel Barber, Andrea Mitchell, Alan Greenspan and Sally Quinn

Photo Credit: Sam Hurd

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FT to Fete New Bureau Chief

Editor Lionel Barber and U.S. Managing Editor Gillian Tett of the Financial Times will host a welcome reception for their new Washington bureau chief this Thursday, April 14, 2011.  Honoring Richard McGregor who was appointed to the position late last year and moved to D.C. from London in January, the event will be held at the Anderson House on Massachusetts Ave. NW. Cocktails and canapes will be served from 6.30 – 9.30 pm.

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(A Sprinkling of Things We Think You Need to Know…)

*Morning Scream Heard Around Washington: If you heard a shriek emanating from the enclaves of Georgetown somewhere early this morning, that would be my FishbowlDC partner in crime Matt Dornic, who awoke to the strangest person standing outside his door. When he went to take the trash out, he was confronted by a human-sized cardboard George Bush with a black patch over his left eye. Apparently George Bush the pirate version. “So weird. I screamed like a Girl Scout,” Dornic admitted to FBDC. He questioned most of his neighbors, but no one’s yapping. If you have any information on who the perpetrator or perpetrators are, don’t call the police, get in touch with us at FishbowlDC@mediabistro.com, FishbowlBetsy@gmail.com or FishbowlMatt@gmail.com. I’d say tell me first. Shhh…maybe we can arrange for Laura to show up tomorrow. “Someone will pay,” Dornic warned on Twitter.

*Cocktails and Canapes with FT: Next Thursday, FT is having a meet and greet at the Anderson House. It’s an opportunity to clink glasses with FT‘s Editor Lionel Barber, Managing Editor Gillian Tett and Washington Bureau Chief Richard McGregor, whom their welcoming with this reception. Business attire required.

*Politico has come up with greatest, not at all annoying hashtag. It’s #shutdownshowdown. Look for it and use it incessantly. Also look for irksome overused words like “hiccup” and “looming” as they relate to the possible government shutdown. Points to those who email us with examples of these atrocities.

New Faces on ABC ‘This Week’ Roundtable

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Gillian Tett, Financial Times

This Sunday we will see some new faces on the roundtable.
They are as follows:

ROUNDTABLE
George Packer
The New Yorker
Gillian Tett
Financial Times
John Harris
Politico
Michael Gerson
WaPo
Former Bush Speechwriter