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

JK! LOL!: Correspondents donned their Sunday best and straightened their ties and posture amid rumors that Press Secretary Robert Gibbs would bring another special buddy to the briefing room today. When he arrived with his usual team, audible groans led him to offer to walk out again to a standing ovation, but reporters were too deflated to play along. Meanwhile, POTUS would be meeting with Special Envoy to the Middle East George Mitchell and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner later this afternoon….

Robot Gibbs: Iran was in the spotlight again with more pressure on Gibbs to clarify the line between meddling and ignoring the massive post-election protests there. RG declined to engage in the back-and-forth that many Congressional members (e.g. McCain, John) have used to criticize the “soft” WH reaction, and also avoided commenting on what might push POTUS to take further action. Gibbs, to some skeptical laughs, argued that there is “no debate in the White House” about the response, “no difference of opinion” and “everybody’s on the same page.” Pressed on the absence of healthy debate in the West Wing, Gibbs said there was a “belief by all here” that the American government and people would not be involved in picking Iran’s leader. He shut down the argument with, “We walk around like robots, Chip,” sarcastically chiding the CBS correspondent.

Lovin’ Lisa: Banking regulation and healthcare questions were side notes today, but the room grew most animated in an exchange initiated by Chicago Sun Times’s Lynn Sweet, who asked about the WH’s would-be secret meeting last Friday with Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan — presumably about her prospective Senate run. Gibbs repeated that the Obama team would not be picking a candidate, but struggled to beat back questions about what a West Wing meeting meant for supporting Madigan’s potential run. POTUS has “enormous respect” for Madigan, Gibbs said, noting emphatically that he “sat next to her in the state senate!” Asked if POTUS would then pledge to meet with other candidates in the race, RG noted that “the address is 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.” Let the door-knocking begin!

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Sunday Show Preview

  • 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,’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,’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.