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Inside the Book Party of Time Editor Richard Stengel

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An intimate party was held Thursday night celebrating the release of Time magazine managing editor Rick Stengel’s tome Mandela’s Way: Fifteen Lessons on Life, Love and Courage.

The Aspen Institute’s Walter and Cathy Isaacson threw the party in their home Guests included former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan and NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, NBC Washington Bureau Chief Mark Whitaker, PBS’s Judy Woodruff, President Obama’s Director of Domestic Policy Council Melody Barnes, WaPo’s Ben Bradlee and Sally Quinn, V.P. Biden’s Spokesman Jay Carney, Steve and Jean Case (he’s AOL’s co-founder), Council of Economic Advisers member Austan Goolsbee, NBC “MTP” Executive Producer Betsy Fischer, Politico’s Jonathan Martin and more.

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

Notes from a briefing room press insider…

The T-Word: In a rare morning on-camera briefing, Press Secy Robert Gibbs tag-teamed with Jared Bernstein and Melody Barnes, chief WH economic and domestic policy advisors, respectively, to tout 250,000 saved/created education jobs reported under the Recovery Act. The announcement faced a skeptical press room (esp. on the lack of clarity on “saved” v. “created” numbers), and generated “transparency” contagion, originating with JB remarks — including that he “never contemplated this level of transparency” in local/state reporting to the RAT (independent Recovery Accountability and Transparency board). Capitalizing on the t-word, ABC’s Jake Tapper asked about the transparency of the health care debate (RG: “I do think the administration has been transparent”) and NBC’s Chuck Todd followed later with, “And this goes to the whole transparency question that Jake asked” to introduce a public option question that met with RG’s “I shockingly don’t have a lot new on this.” On bank bonuses, Bloomberg’s Hans Nichols questioned whether, “in the interest of transparency,” RG could discuss WH convos with banks reported to be ready to dole out excessive bonuses. RG said he didn’t know “who has talked to whom on this.”

Axe-ing Fox: In more colorful comments today, RG continued to engage the Fox/WH wars by elaborating on top advisor David Axelrod‘s Sunday comments. As for Axe charging that Fox is just trying to make money, RG clarified: “I assume all of you are trying to make money, but maybe I have misinterpreted your otherwise altruistic ventures.” Landing the conversation-ending uppercut, RG observed of the targeted network, “Sometimes programming can be tilted toward accentuating the most profits.” Ouch.

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Soccer Saturday: Gibbs & W

Not that “W”…however, that’s a soccer game I’d pay to watch.

Far from Crawford TX, WH Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was spotted “kicking it” at the new W Hotel this weekend. Gibbs was one of the few folks that made the cut for a DC United VIP party held Saturday night.

But Gibbs wasn’t alone. The Bachelor’s Andy Baldwin, WH Domestic Policy Adviser Melody Barnes, Obama Military Adviser Matt Flavin, Top Chef’s Spike Mendelsohn, FOX AM News’ Holly Morris, WH Deputy Chief of Staff Mona Sutphen and Roberto Rodriguez, WH education policy adviser were all in attendance as well.

Get the full scoop on the event from TWT‘s Green & Glover here.