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Weekend Show Preview – 9.21.14

SundayShows-w-candyWho’s on the talk shows this weekend? Glad you asked.

Highlights include former CIA deputy director Michael Morell on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” Rep. Peter King (R-NY) on “FOX News Sunday,” and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi on CNN’s “Fareed Zakaria GPS.”

Not all lineups have been announced. But click through for those that have and we’ll continue to update throughout the day.

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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.

Conference Call w/ Larry Summers via Bloomberg

Bloomberg anchor and Washington Correspondent Peter Cook will interview National Economic Council Director Larry Summers at Bloomberg’s Global FX Conference this evening in New York at 8 p.m.. But don’t worry if you’re not kicking in it in the Big Apple tonight. Summers’ address will also be available to the press via live Bloomberg video feed, Bloomberg Terminals, listen-only conference Call and on Bloomberg TV over the weekend.

Members of the press that would like to access the live video feed or audio feed, please contact Mindy Massucci at the Bloomberg TV assignment desk, (212) 617-2642 or mmassucci@bloomberg.net on today before 5pm.

For more information about the event including conference call details, transcripts or to request registration credentials for admission to cover the speech live, please contact Heidi Tan, (212) 617-5375 or htan14@bloomberg.net.

“First Draft of History” Event Announced

Invitations for the “First Draft of History,” a Newseum event sponsored by The Atlantic and the Aspen Institute are being extended today. The invite-only, all on-the-record event will include interviews and panel discussions with folks like Larry Summers, Janet Napolitano, Michael Bloomberg, David Petraeus, Lindsey Graham and Eric Schmitt.

The October 1-2 event will also feature media heavy hitters as interviewers. Charlie Gibson, Brian Williams, Dan Rather, David Gregory, Chris Matthews, Maria Bartiromo, Chuck Todd, Chris Wallace and Jim Lehrer will represent the broadcast side. Print journos include James Bennet, David Brooks, Howard Fineman, Gene Robinson, Ron Brownstein, E.J. Dionne, Jeffrey Goldberg, James Fallows and Michael Kinsley.

For more details, click here.

FishPoolDC: Our Insider’s Notes from Today’s Press Briefing (Banking, Birthdays & Bowling)

No Thanks to Larry and Timmy: WH Press Secretary Robert Gibbs spent a good chunk of today’s briefing recalibrating the headline generators from the Sunday morning talk shows as the president’s NEC Prez Larry Summers and Treasury head Timothy Geithner had seemed to leave the door open to a tax increase on the middle class in an effort to revive the economy. Gibbs maintained, “I know the president’s been clear on this,” repeating “clear” about a dozen more times in the course of the briefing. But the prospect of a broken campaign promise kept the discussion alive, as reporters wondered how the two Obama teammates got off message. “Promising that everybody’s going to be on message may be a bar that’s too high for me to leap over,” RG said. Noting that both attended this morning’s economic briefing with POTUS, Gibbs said Obama reiterated his campaign pledge with the group but that “this wasn’t a sort of ‘school is in’ type of thing.” As Gibbs grew exasperated with the skepticism in the room, he fired: “If you don’t trust what I’m going to tell you, I don’t understand why we do this.” When one reporter closed the topic by asking why the two rogue officials weren’t clearer, RG replied: “They left it to me.”

The First Birthday Boy: Gibbs opened with the announcement that POTUS will host a luncheon for Senate Democrats tomorrow afternoon. His explanation: “It’s the president’s birthday and Chuck E. Cheese was booked.” Later, he clarified that POTUS had already done a little celebrating with friends this weekend at Camp David, where they dined, hooped, and… bowled. Bowled?! Gibbs claims a 144 on behalf of the boss — which is a HUGE improvement from his campaign-trail 37 in Pennsylvania. RG said he told POTUS that with a 144 in PA, “my life would have been a little easier.” Of note… it’s also one Ms. Helen Thomas‘s birthday tomorrow.

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Media Night With The Washington Kastles

Well, it may not have officially been media night at the Washington Kastles match, but plenty of journos came out last night to see Serena Williams play in her first and only home match.

Joining Kastles owner Mark Ein in the front row was National Economic Council director Larry Summers, Bloomberg’s Margaret Carlson and Al Hunt, with wife Judy Woodruff of PBS. Also in the stands: Tammy Haddad, Betsy Fischer, Luke Russert, Hilary Rosen and the lovely ladies of Qorvis Kelly McCormick, Chelsea Cummings and Katie Young.

Michelle Fenty was there with her boys- who got a high-five from Ein after nearly every Kastles point scored. Legendary tennis player Billie Jean King was also there to cheer Serena on.

More RTCA Dets: CBS Pre-Parties, Maddow Guest Bartends At MSNBC After-Party, Gibbs To Play MC Rove

Ok, we’re kidding about Robert Gibbs playing this year’s MC Rove, but we have learned of a few more legitimate details to share with you about tomorrow evening’s RTCA dinner…

• CBS News is hosting a pre-party on the second floor of the convention center. There will be a live band and expected CBS guests include RNC Chairman Michael Steele, WH Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton and Rep. Chris Van Hollen, also CBS-ers Lara Logan, Chip Reid and Nancy Cordes, among others.

• Those sitting at the dinner’s head table include President Obama and his Press Secretary Robert Gibbs, Congressional leaders Steny Hoyer, James Clyburn and Louise Slaughter. RTCA dinner chair Heather Dahl will emcee the night and there are, of course, two awards given at this dinner- the David Bloom and Joan Barone Awards.

• If you were lucky enough to score an “absolutely non-transferable” invitation to Phil Griffin‘s MSNBC after-party at the Historical Society of Washington, you might also be lucky enough to get served a drink by guest bartender Rachel Maddow. We hear she’ll be mixing drinks at a special upstairs bar. You can also get a preview of her bartending skills after the jump.

• And just who’s on the guest list for this exclusive after-party? We hear David Axelrod, Valerie Jarrett, Sen. Susan Collins, Eric Holder, Larry Summers, Rep. Aaron Schock and Ken Salazar- all guests of NBC and MSNBC- may make appearances post-dinner.

And NBC and MSNBC-ers Steve Capus, Mark Whitaker, Contessa Brewer, Mika Brzezinski, Savannah Guthrie, Willie Geist, Tamron Hall, Chris Matthews, Andrea Mitchell, Luke Russert, Joe Scarborough, Ed Schultz, Carlos Watson, Chuck Todd and more.

• While we’re sure NBC snagged plenty of tables for that guest list above, a few other shops in town have really cut back. Tammy Haddad‘s blog White House Correspondents Weekend Insider reports PBS is down to two tables (from 15 in years past) and ABC News just one. PBS was still able to land Gen. Jim Jones as a guest- he’ll be sitting with Judy Woodruff and PBS President CEO Paula Kerger. George Stephanopoulos can’t make it so Jonathan Karl will hold court at RTCA for ABC.

• Didn’t score a ticket, but dying to hear what jokes the other guy from the Mac commercials cracks? Don’t worry- C-SPAN will have live coverage.

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Treasury Secretary Geithner Discusses WaPo Op-Ed


Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and Time’s Richard Stengel. Photo courtesy Time Warner.

CNN, Fortune and Time Magazine are co-hosting a half-day economic summit in New York today.

The keynote conversation was with Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and moderated by Time managing editor Richard Stengel. Geither discussed his op-ed in today’s WaPo, co-written with Larry Summers.

Geithner: “What we’re trying to do is focus on the things that were at the core of our problems we saw in the first place. There are a range of other aspects of our system that you would not put in place today if you were starting from scratch. There are a bunch of things that would be nice to do if we had time and if we had capital. But we’re trying to focus on the practical issues that were at the core of those problems.”

Other speakers at today’s summit include T. Boone Pickens and Christie Todd Whitman; CNN’s Chief Business correspondent Ali Velshi, Fortune’s managing editor Andy Serwer and CNN’s Christine Romans are all on hand to moderate these discussions. You can tune in live from DC here.

The After-Parties: Vanity Fair & Bloomberg

So just who made the cut at the highly exclusive Vanity Fair/Bloomberg after-party at the gorgeous residence of French Ambassador Pierre Vimont? It was impossible to get in if you weren’t on the list- Gossip Girl’s Chace Crawford got turned away at first, but we saw him inside shortly after.

No pics allowed so we’ll list the guests for you… Celebs-wise we have Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore, Rashida Jones, Jon Bon Jovi, Owen Wilson, Jason Bateman, Natalie Portman, Julia Louis Dreyfus, Brad Hall, Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, Dennis Leary, Tim Daly, Kerry Washington, Glenn Close and BJ Novak.

Journos: Katie Couric, Lara Logan, Chuck Todd, Savannah Guthrie, Dana Bash, John King, Charlie Rose, Graydon Carter, Rick Kaplan, Steve Kroft, Steve Chaggaris, Tammy Haddad, Bill Plante, Terry Moran, Jon Meacham, Andrea Mitchell, Richard Stengel, John Dickerson, Al Hunt, Michael Calderone, Roxanne Roberts, Amy Argetsinger, Edie Emery, David Gregory, Betsy Fischer, Maureen Orth, John Harris, Mike Allen, David Shuster, Jim VandeHei, Jake Tapper and Margaret Carlson.

Also Mayor Michael Bloomberg, David Axelrod, Jon Favreau, Mayor Adrian Fenty, Larry Summers, Mark Warner, Eric Holder, Desiree Rogers,