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Politico’s Glenn Thrush Battles Team Obama

President Obama spoke at length Friday morning to defend his administration from recent reports that the government is collecting data about U.S. citizens using online activity and phone records.

But that wasn’t enough for Politico‘s Glenn Thrush.

“Always baffled by Obama’s unwillingness to use address from Oval — even though not his best millieu,” Thrush tweeted Sunday night. “Doesn’t PRISM/[Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] demand it?” (PRISM is the codename for a government digital-spying program, a story first broken by WaPo.)

Asked why Friday’s comments from Obama weren’t enough, Thrush declined to answer. “Nah, but tks (thanks) for the reach out,” Thrush told FishbowlDC.

Thrush, however, had no problem engaging former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau on the matter. “If I were in the White House I’d be screaming at this tweet,” Favreau told Thrush Sunday. Thrush shot back that an unfiltered statement by Obama on the matter would be better than “a canned question or a ’60 Minutes’ deal.”

“Oh, now you think a controlled, scripted speech is better than taking questions from the press? That’s a first!” said Favreau.

“This isn’t our usual back and forth, Favs,” said Thrush, who is on a nickname basis with Favreau, “This is a major policy impacting the American people that requires a direct explanation.”

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Press and Comm Staff Pull Top WH Salaries

The 2010 Annual Report to Congress on White House Staff was released today and we were interested to see that the communications and press folks ranked among the highest paid. Along with White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, press secretary Robert Gibbs, speechwriter Jon Favreau and communications director Dan Pfieffer all pulled in the highest salary of $172,200.00. Deputy press secretary Bill Burton gets $113,000.00 and deputy communications director Jen Psaki makes $150,000.00.

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UrbanDaddy’s Pimp Party

urbantoplessresized.jpgSugar daddies, baby daddies, cool daddies and big daddies all feted the official launch of UrbanDaddy DC at the W Hotel last night. Snowed out on Thursday evening, last night was “take two” for the schwanky shindig and a much needed break from Blizzard-palooza 2010.

Celebrating with Washington editor Jeff Dufour were a roster of over-the-top entertainers like a rockin’ deejay, bad-ass electric violinist, topless (body painted) models, dancers and notable guests such as WaPo’s Amy Argetsinger, WBJ’s Jen Nycz-Conner, Politics Daily’s Emily Miller, Matt Cooper, Washington Kastles owner Mark Ein, Winston Lord, Daily Caller’s Becca Glover, Victoria Michael, Project Beltway’s Rachel Cothran, Daily Caller’s Moira Bagley, Examiner’s Nikki Schwab, MTP’s Betsy Fischer, Politico’s Jonathan Martin, White House heartthrob Jon Favreau, TWT’s John McCaslin, Amy Holmes, Elizabeth Thorp, Equinox restaurant owners Todd and Ellen Gray, The Hill’s Christina Wilkie and the party’s planners – Barbara Martin and Jayne Sandman Dufour of Fingerprint DC.

Despite a heinous hangover, I can vouch that a good time was had by all – especially the ladies of Qorvis who dominated the dance floor.

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WBJ’s Jen Nycz-Conner, WaPo’s Amy Argetsinger, UrbanDaddy’s Jeff Dufour and Politics Daily’s Emily Miller

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Daily Caller’s Becca Glover and Project Beltway’s Rachel Cothran

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The Guest List is Out…

So Oprah‘s not going, but Gayle King is. Tonight’s State Dinner guest list has been released by the White House!

We told you earlier about Katie Couric, Brian Williams, Robin Roberts and Dr. Sanjay Gupta. Other notable media-types that we didn’t catch wind of earlier… CNN’s Fareed Zakaria, WaPo‘s Rajiv Chandrasekaran, NYT‘s Thomas Friedman, and author Deepak Chopra, who FBDC actually met earlier this month.

And ladies… Jon Favreau doesn’t appear to be bringing a date… I’m just saying.

Ronnie Cho Bares (Almost) All at HBO Screening of “By the People”

“By the People” may be a documentary on the presidential campaign of Barack Obama, but the real break-out star of last night’s HBO premiere is Ronnie Cho.

DC media types like Chris Matthews, Candy Crowley and Richard Wolffe, and Team Obama- David Axelrod, Robert Gibbs, David Plouffe- all make frequent appearances, but Cho, the former campaign staffer turned admin staffer, was filmed working early morning hours in his boxer shorts. Now that is dedication. He tells FBDC, “I did it for him, I did it for America.”

The film is by Amy Rice and Alicia Sams and produced in part by actors Edward Norton and Tate Donovan, who were both at last night’s DC screening.

“We always hoped to get the opportunity to show it,” Norton said in comments after the film aired. “I look around the room and think this is our government now,” he said to laughter.

It was standing room only at the Park at Fourteenth– the White House’s Tommy Vietor, Jon Favreau and Obama’s Iowa political director Mike Blake were there, as well as NYT‘s Jeff Zeleny and Chicago Sun-Times Lynn Sweet, who were all featured in the HBO documentary.

“Shower scene is coming up,” Vietor joked, maybe one too many times. “That line is getting old” was friends’ response.

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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.

Taking Out The Trash

What we almost missed today…

Richard Wolffe celebrated his new book “Renegade: The Making of a President” last night at Cafe Atlantico with friends and colleagues, including Valerie Jarrett, Gwen Ifill, Michele Norris, Emily Heil, Ezra Klein, David Axelrod, Jon Favreau and even Rashida Jones.

• The AP introduced a new column “Capital Culture” today, a joint venture between the WH team in DC and the Lifestyles team in NY. From the release: “This new column will include profiles of key administration players as well as the lesser known people who make the White House and Congress work. It also will provide insider glimpses of Washington power brokers and explore how the Obamas are impacting American culture, from fashion to gardening to pickup basketball.”

Morning Reading List 06.02.09

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That’s the top of a ferry boat on the shore of Nassau in the Bahamas- can’t escape politics or DC on vacation. Happy Birthday to Jon Favreau! What we know and what we’re reading this Tuesday morning…

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NEWSPAPERS

American newspapers experienced the worst quarter in modern history, according to blog “Reflections of a Newsosaur.”

TV

In preparation for NBC’s “Inside the Obama White House” airing tonight, click here to see the Twitpics from the last several days via @InsideObamaWH.

And more of a preview from Brian Williams on the Daily Nightly: “I can promise you this: We will show more of the inner-workings of the White House than ever before. Yes, it will be the view the Obama Administration wanted us to see — but they didn’t get to control all that we recorded, and I’m anxious for our viewers to make their own judgements on what they see.”

ABC’s GMA anchor Chris Cuomo is traveling with the President and broadcasting live from Cairo tomorrow and Thursday morning.

Check out CBS’ Katie Couric‘s address at Princeton’s Class Day yesterday on HuffPost. “I am moved to be sharing this special moment with parents and professors who may have woken up to me on the Today show… and with students who MAY wake up in time for the CBS Evening News,” she said. “Although based on the average age of our viewers, I think you’re probably watching ‘Shot at Love with Tila Tequila’ instead.”

Speaking of which… CBS Evening News will be the first nightly newscast to be live streamed on the web, as reported by The Business Insider.

Fox’s Glenn Beck kicked off his comedy tour “Common Sense” last night. He’ll do five shows in five nights around the country- including a stop in Richmond. Learn more about the act here in The Denver Post.

Bill O’Reilly responded on Fox last night to the murder of George Tiller: “When I heard about Tiller’s murder, I knew pro-abortion zealots and Fox News haters would attempt to blame us for the crime. That is exactly what has happened.” More on TVNewser.

MSNBC’s Morning Joe, now officially brewed by Starbucks. TVNewser has the dets here.

WaPo‘s Tom Shales on Conan O’Brien‘s NBC Tonight Show debut last night: “By now The Tonight Show is like the White House; it belongs not to its occupant of the moment but to the American people. So it was not encouraging last night to see Conan O’Brien devoting the entire first half of his first Tonight Show to himself.”

RADIO

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ONLINE

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MAGAZINES

New York asks Is Conde Nast’s Si Newhouse the Last Old-Media Tycoon? “In the last two years, Newhouse has had to close Jane, House & Garden, Men’s Vogue, Golf for Women, Domino, and finally Portfolio. At Conde Nast, the rumor mill, accurate or not, continues to grind. Which will be next? Wired? Architectural Digest? Does the company really need two food magazines? The grim work has taken a toll.”

E&P: The New York Times Magazine, considered the top revenue producer of newspaper Sunday magazines and often ranking among the best ad revenue magazines in the country, is cutting its size by 9 percent. The smaller version of the glossy magazine will debut in two weeks with the June 14th issue.

NEWS NOTES

So where are Tucker Carlson, Jeffrey Goldberg, Betsy Fischer and Sally Quinn vacationing this summer? Politico takes a look here.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

President Obama travels to Saudi Arabia today and the State Department issued these instructions to members of the traveling WH press corps yesterday (via Swampland): The Saudi government is permitting journalists accompanying President Obama entry into the country without a visa or the usual customs procedures. While in Saudi Arabia, therefore, journalists are expressly prohibited from leaving the hotel or engaging in any journalistic activities outside of coverage of the POTUS visit. Those who do so risk arrest and detention by Saudi authorities.

A correction from the State Department this morning: “Correction: U.S. Embassy Guidance for Journalists – The U.S. Embassy in Riyadh Saudi Arabia would like to recall the inaccurate guidance issued to the White House press corps on June 1.”

And this message from Saudi Ambassador Adel-Al-Jubeir (via Politico): “Journalists are free to go wherever and report on whatever they want,” emails Karen Hanretty of Qorvis Communications, which represents the Kingdom. “As evidence, [Qorvis's] Michael [Petruzzello] is going to help facilitate media inquiries and requests.”

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Oh Captain, My Captain: Late Night at VF/Bloomberg Bash

If you are like most of Washington, you didn’t get inside the Bloomberg/VF after-party on Saturday evening. Here are a few choice pics of what you missed:

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Captain Richard Phillips of the Maersk Alabama with Captain Sully Sullenberger …the pilot who landed the plane in the Hudson.

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WH Speechwriter Jon Favreau with Graydon Carter

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WH Chief-of-Staff Rahm Emanuel with Eva Longoria Parker

Want to see more pics from the weekend’s most exclusive event? Check out Bloomberg.com/afterparty.

The After-After-Party: Feldman’s

Michael Feldman hosted a late night after-after-party with Michael Kives and Philippe Reines in Dupont. Late night partiers included Chace Crawford, Bon Jovi, Rashida Jones, Jon Favreau, BJ Novak, Savannah Guthrie, Luke Russert and Jonathan Martin, to name a few.

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