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Weekend Show Preview: 1.24 – 1.26

SundayShows12Who’s on the weekend shows this week? Glad you asked:

CBS’s “Face the Nation“: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX); Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY); Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), Homeland Security Committee Chairman; Billie Jean King and Brian Boitano, U.S. Olympic Delegates; WSJ‘s Peggy Noonan; Former White House Chief of Staff and CBS News contributor Bill Daley; WaPo‘s Bob Woodward; and The Weekly Standard‘s William Kristol.

“Fox News Sunday”: White House Senior Advisor Dan Pfeiffer and Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

NBC’s “Meet the Press“: Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY); former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff; and Billie Jean King, U.S. Olympic Delegate.

ABC’s “This Week“: Jay Carney; House Counterterrorism and Intelligence Sub-Committee Chair Rep. Peter King (R-NY); ABC News’ Cokie Roberts; Yahoo News national political columnist Matt Bai; CNN “Crossfire” co-host Van Jones; Patriot Voices chair and former Sen. Rick Santorum, Fox News anchor Greta Van Susteren; and filmmaker Greg Whiteley.

CNN’s “State of the Union“: TBA

CNN’s “Reliable Sources” : TBA

Univision’s “Al Punto” : Bill Gates; Jay Carney; Luis Videgaray, Mexico’s Secretary of Finance and Public Credit; Norman Quijano, El Salvador’s Arena Party presidential candidate; and Pedro Rojas, Noticias Univision Houston Correspondent; with a special report from Davos, Switzerland with Enrique Acevedo, Univision News Anchor.

PBS’s “McLaughlin Group” : TBA

PBS’s “Washington Week” : WaPo‘s Dan Balz; NBC News’ Pete Williams; RealClearPolitics’ Alexis Simendinger; and Bloomberg News’ Indira Lakshmanan.

BTV’s “Political Capital” : TBA

We’ll update ‘em as we get ‘em (email fishbowljames@gmail.com).

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Statements on Robert Novak’s Passing

• Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY): “For more than half a century, Robert Novak explained the politics and the personalities of Washington to readers across the country through a mix of tireless shoe leather reporting and the kind of keen insight that can only be gained through years and years of dedication to a craft. He was a Washington institution who could turn an idea into the most discussed story around kitchen tables, Congressional offices, the White House, and everywhere in between. Elaine and I extend our deepest sympathies to the entire Novak family.”

Eleanor Clift in Newsweek: “On television, we were rarely on the same side. Bob Novak reveled in his hardline views. I was one of those bleeding-heart liberals whose views he routinely ridiculed. It was the mid-’80s, and we would sometimes drive out together on Friday afternoons to the NBC studio to tape The McLaughlin Group. The top would be down on his LeBaron convertible, and he always wore his Chicago Cubs cap. I considered him a friend, and he was instrumental in getting me on the show, which at the time was all male.”

Al Hunt in Politico: “Bob couldn’t have been a lawyer or a professor – you can’t imagine Bob as anything else besides the kind of hell-raising journalist that he was. Bob didn’t hide his views as a dyed-in-the-wool conservative. But he was incredibly hard on hypocrisy from the right. He never cared much that he wasn’t invited to White House dinners, even by Republicans – it was almost a point of pride.”

Continued after the jump and more to come…

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Cast-Gate Reaches Cloture, Rogin “Humbled”

Late Thursday, CQ‘s Josh Rogin‘s campaign to raise public awareness of Washington DC taxicab violence successfully reached its goal, by garnering the support of 60 United States Senators, in a bi-partisan nation-wide alliance united around a common cause.

In a “ceremony” in the Capitol building, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) became the 60th Senator to sign the cast on the arm Rogin broke after he was hit by a local cab driver a month ago. Rogin says that since the incident, “the outpouring of support from both the government and the community at large has been nothing short of humbling.”

“I always wanted to be the 60th vote on something,” McConnell joked as he pushed the cast to its goal of building a true bi-partisan filibuster proof super majority. McConnell’s action came in the nick of time, as the cast gets removed (“finally,” Rogin says) on July 27th.

“Cast-Gate may be over, but the movement lives on. In the end, I realized that this was never about my personal story, it was always about the issue, namely what kind of crosswalks do we want to leave for our children,” Rogin tells FBDC.

The case of his ticket for “reckless walking” goes to the courts in August. We’ll of course stay tuned…

Weekend Show Preview 06.27.09

NBC’s Meet the Press with David Gregory: Senior White House Adviser David Axelrod, Mitt Romney and Lindsey Graham. Roundtable with David Brooks, E.J. Dionne, Mike Murphy and Dee Dee Myers.

CBS’ Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer: UN Ambassador Susan Rice and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour.

ABC’s This Week:

Fox News Sunday: Topics: Health care, with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, and Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky.; Iraq, with Gen. Ray Odierno, Commanding General, Multi-National Force, Iraq.

CNN’s State of the Union with John King: Gen. Ray Odierno, Commander, Multi-National Force-Iraq and Gov. Tim Pawlenty (R-MN)on Iraq, Iran and war on terrorism. Mary Matalin and James Carville on health care debate and Obama’s response to Iran and T. Boone Pickens, chairman and CEO, BP Capital on energy.

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: WaPo’s Dana Milbank, HuffPo’s Nico Pitney and TWT’s Amanada Carpenter for media analysis. Diane Dimond, former reporter for Court TV, CNBC and MSNBC and pop culture commentator, Toure to discuss the coverage of Michael Jackson.

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: Former Prime Minister Tony Blair and Robert Baer, author, “The Devil We Know: Dealing with the New Iranian Superpower” on Iran and election. NYT’s Paul Krugman and Hoover Institute’s John B. Taylor on economy and health care.

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: Dan Rather, HD Net; Helene Cooper, NY Times Washington correspondent; David Ignatius, Washington Post columnist; and Katty Kay, BBC Washington correspondent.

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: NBC’s Pete Williams, NYT‘s David Sanger, Slate’s John Dickerson and CNN’s Gloria Borger

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and interviews with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former National Security Adviser Sandy Berger.

Will update as we learn them.

Weekend Show Preview: June 13-14, 2009

The Situation Room w/ Wolf Blitzer: Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK) will discuss gas pipeline, Letterman feud, Obama and 2012. Dir. OMB Peter Orszag, Sen. Judd Gregg (R-NH) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) to discuss healthcare, budget and economy and author of “Myths, Illusions and Peace,” David Makovsky.

NBC’s Meet the Press w/ David Gregory: VP Joe Biden and roundtable with Republican strategist Mike Murphy and MSNBC’s Fmr. Rep. Joe Scarborough (R-FL)

ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos: Sec. H&H Kathleen Sebelius, Former MA Gov. Mitt Romney and a roundtable with Dem. Strategist & ABC News Consultant Donna Brazile, Nat Journal’s Ron Brownstein, WSJ’s Kimberly Strassel and columnist George Will to discuss the battle over a public insurance plan, the opposition from Congress over key provisions, and how the President plans to rally public support for reform.

CBS’ Face the Nation: Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) and Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) to discuss health care, Guantanamo Bay, the Supreme Court nom. of Sotomayor, and the state of the Republican Party.

Fox News Sunday: Sen. Chris Dodd, (D-CT) / Chairman, Banking Committee with Sen. Charles Grassley, (R-IA) / Ranking Member, Finance Committee. Tom Donohue, President and CEO of the US Chamber of Commerce. Steve Chaconas, National Bass Guide Service.

CNN’s State of the Union w/ John King:Sec. H&H Kathleen Sebelius, Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE), Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND), Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) to discuss health care debate and the latest on H1N1.

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: CNN’s Rick Sanchez, CBS Sportsline’s Gregg Doyel to discuss Twitter: phenomenon or passing fad? TIME’s Mark Halperin, Air America’s Ana Marie Cox and Jim Geraghty of National Review to discuss Palin-Letterman and Obama comedy

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: BBC’s Katty Kay, ABC News’ Claire Shipman, NYT’s Helene Cooper and Norah O’Donnell of MSNBC will discuss why Republicans are struggling to find the right path to oppose Obama

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: WaPo’s Ceci Connolly on health care reform, Bara Vaida of National Journal on health insurance lobbyists, Tom Gjelten of NPR on TARP bailout funds and Politico’s John Harris on VA and NJ gubernatorial races.

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Sen. Joe Lieberman on the Middle East peace process, Bloomberg’s Lizzie O’Leary and Christine Harper report on executive pay issues, Hans Nichols on health care reform and Margaret Carlson and Kate O’Beirne discuss Sotomayor’s confirmation process, Newt Gingrich and Sarah Palin.

Will update as we learn them.

Sunday Show Preview for 05.31.09

So our headline has become a bit misleading…really should read “Weekend Show Preview.” That said, I think it is just about complete.

NBC’s Meet the Press with David Gregory: Chairman of the Judiciary Committee Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) to discuss Sotomayor confirmation hearings.

ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos: Sens. Charles Schumer (D-NY) and John Cornyn (R-TX) and roundtable with former Bush adviser Ed Gillespie, PBS’ Gwen Ifill, New York Times columnist and Nobel laureate Paul Krugman, and ABC News’ Legal correspondent Jan Crawford Greenburg and columnist George Will will discuss the impact of a potential GM bankruptcy, the North Korean nuclear threat, and the rest of the week’s politics.

CBS’ Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer: Sens. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA)and Jon Kyl (R-AZ) and roundtable with WaPo’s Bob Woodward and NYT’s David Brooks

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill: Peter Baker of The New York Times, Joan Biskupic of USA Today and James Kitfield of National Journal will have analysis of the Obama administration’s efforts to stop the spread of nuclear weapons and secure a new arms reduction treaty with Moscow.

Bloomberg’s Political Capital w/ Al Hunt: World Bank president Robert Zoellick will discuss global financial conditions.

Fox News Sunday: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) with Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) and former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.

CNN’s State of the Union with John King: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) to discuss Obama’s Sotomayor nom., the economy and the future of the GOP.

Roll Call TV with Robert Traynham: Rachel Brand, Former Assistant Attorney General; Emily Pierce, David Drucker and Emily Heil from RC newspaper.

The Chris Matthews Show: NY Mag’s John Heilemann, NYT’s Helene Cooper,NBC DC Bureau Chief Mark Whitaker, WaPo’s Anne Kornblut will discuss Sotomayor and the Prez’s trip to Egypt.

CNN’s Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer: David Axelrod & Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT)on Sotomayor, Rep. Joe Sestak (D-PA)on Penn Senate race, Alberto Gonzales on interrogation investigations and Richard Ben-Veniste on his new book “The Emperor’s New Clothes.”

FAREED ZAKARIA GPS: Henry Kissinger on diplomacy with rivals, Selig Harrison and Charles Prichard on N. Korea tests, Joshua Cooper Ramo and Niall Ferguson on global recession.

Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet The Press: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and a roundtable with The Atlantic’s Jeffrey Goldberg, BBC World News America’s Katty Kay, Al-Arabiya’s Hisham Melhem, NBC’s Andrea Mitchell and The New York Times’ David Sanger.

  • This Week: Senators Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY), U.S. Senate Appointee Roland Burris (D-IL) and a roundtable with The Nation’s Katrina vanden Heuvel and ABC News’ Jonathan Karl, Cokie Roberts, and George Will.

  • Fox News Sunday: Former President George H.W. Bush 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.

  • Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer: Saeb Erakat, chief Palestinian negotiator, Gov. Jon Corzine (D), Governor of New Jersey, Gov. Mark Sanford (R), Governor of South Carolina, Mitt Romney (R), former presidential candidate; former Governor of Massachusetts, Ed Rollins, Republican strategist; CNN political contributor, James Carville, Democratic strategist; CNN political contributor, Amy Walter, CNN political contributor; editor-in-chief, The Hotline, Gloria Borger, CNN senior political analyst and Ed Henry, CNN senior White House correspondent.

  • Chris Matthews Show: Erin Burnett of CNBC; David Brooks of the New York Times; Joe Klein of Time magazine; and Norah O’Donnell of MSNBC.

  • Reliable Sources: Jonathan Martin, Politico, Carol Marin, anchor, WMAQ Chicago, Michel Martin, host, “Tell Me More” NPR, Jim Warren, former managing editor, The Chicago Tribune, Phil Bronstein, executive editor, The San Francisco Chronicle, Len Downie, executive editor, The Washington Post and Jessi Klein, writer and comedian.

  • C-SPAN’s In Depth: Author and journalist Bill Gertz

  • Inside Washington: Newsweek’s Evan Thomas, The Washington Post’s Colbert King, Politico’s Jeanne Cummings, and syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer.

  • Fareed Zakaria — GPS: Sam Palmisano, CEO, IBM and Gilles Kepel, author, “Beyond Terror and Martyrdom”

  • Morning Reading List, 11.06.07

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  • News University is hosting, The Electronic Election: Covering the 2008 Vote: A NewsU/Poynter Webinar on November 14. Register here.

  • Poynter Online reports, “NewAssignment.Net, the professional-amateur (pro-am) journalism effort spearheaded by NYU prof Jay Rosen, has a new project underway — and they need beat reporters to help”

  • TVNewser reports, “A cable insider tells TVNewser HOT (the largest cable operator in Israel) took CNN off the air from both their digital and analog platforms at 11:30am local time (5:30amET) this morning. It was replaced with FOX News Channel.”

  • Inside Cable News looks into the “Anatomy of a misquote…”

  • The Huffington Post reports,Mariane Pearl, the widow of murdered Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, spoke out against the media establishment Thursday evening at a party hosted by Glamour to toast the book debut of her collected reporting for the magazine, In Search of Hope.”

  • Wonkette points out the latest snafu from MSNBC.

  • Check out the latest Washington Social Diary.

  • Check out NPR Music, ‘a new, free, comprehensive multimedia music discovery Web site. Featuring on-air and online content aggregated from NPR and the participating stations as well as original-to-NPR Music materials such as interviews, reviews, blogs and live performances.” It launched yesterday.
  • Politico’s Mike Allen writes, “MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, coming off a textbook interview with Michael Gerson, introduces a new feature exclusive to the show’s 7 p.m. edition: ‘The Hardball Power Rankings,’ showing who’s winning at that moment.”
  • TVNewser reports,Bob and Lee Woodruff, both now working for ABC News, are, it turns out, the namesakes for two new characters on ABC’s Desperate Housewives. Marc Cherry, the program’s creator, says in a USA Today interview that the characters, gay partners Bob and Lee, were named for the Woodruffs after Cherry met them at a dinner”
  • B&C reports, “As executive vice president of Fox Business Network, Kevin Magee oversees the channel’s day-to-day operations. Like many people at the just-launched channel, Magee is a veteran of CNBC, cable’s business-news leader in distribution, ratings and revenue. But Magee was not daunted by his former employers’ competitive advantage. ‘Everyone loves a good fistfight,” he said.’”

  • Howard Kurtz reports, “It sounded like a great gotcha story: the Hill newspaper accusing Hillary Rodham Clinton of failing to show up for a Senate hearing on nuclear waste disposal that she herself had requested. And Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) was quoted as criticizing the Democratic presidential candidate. But it turned out that Clinton was there — and Inhofe’s quotes were taken from a July press release — prompting an embarrassing correction. ‘Any mistake is regrettable,’ says Hugo Gurdon, the Hill’s editor, ‘but it’s more painful when it negates the story entirely.’”

  • The New York Times reports, “Journalists often call publicists ‘flacks’ and publicists call journalists ‘hacks,’ though rarely in earshot of one another. But the gloves came off last week after Chris Anderson, the executive editor of Wired magazine, chided ‘lazy flacks’ who deluge him with news releases ‘because they can’t be bothered to find out who on my staff, if anyone, might actually be interested in what they’re pitching.’”

  • National Journal hosted a panel discussion featuring National Journal’s Ronald Brownstein and Linda Douglass, The Hotline’s Amy Walter, and moderated by XM’s Rebecca Roberts. Click here to hear the broadcast of the event.
  • What are your favorite political reporters doing for New Year’s Eve? Top of the Ticket takes His Extreme-ness’ story one step further.

  • A reader writes in, “Someone needs to note somewhere that that ’60 Minutes’ piece last night, Sunday, Nov. 4, on the revelation of the con man known as ‘Curve Ball’ who duped the entire United States government, military and 16 intelligence agencies into forging ahead into an unnecessary war that has cost the U.S. about 3,800 lives, was one of the best investigative pieces aired on the show in many, many years. The piece was well-researched and well-produced, and the story produced actual, revelatory, groundbreaking real news on a real, relevant story. The scoop, with worldwide implications, was the type of piece that the show used to do all of the time. Then, two pieces later, the show aired a completely inane, juvenile, non-relevant dog-and-pony show by a flustered, somewhat confused Lesley Stahl about some billionaire who decided to buy a yacht. The piece was worse than some of the newsbreaking pieces in the current issue of ‘National Enquirer.’ In an odd juxtaposition, ’60 Minutes’ revealed a flash of what used to make the show great and displayed a waste of time that showed why the show has tanked for many people.”

  • E&P has “some of the top daily gainers for the six-month period ending September 2007, based on today’s FAS-FAX. The daily average is based on Monday-Friday.”

  • Riehl World View reports, “A few dots to connect here, but it looks like a journalist, John Cheeves of the Lexington-Herald-Leader, with current and previous ties to McClatchy and Knight-Ridder respectively, has been involved in one dubious scheme that at least suggested pay for play journalism. And given where his name also turns up, he might not be the most objective journalist to be leading a witch hunt against current Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.”

  • The Associated Press reports, “The PC’s role in Japanese homes is diminishing, as its once-awesome monopoly on processing power is encroached by gadgets such as smart phones that act like pocket-size computers, advanced Internet-connected game consoles, digital video recorders with terabytes of memory.”

  • The Los Angeles Times launched, “The Strike Zone: The Latest on WGA Strike”

  • The Associated Press reports, “An influential advisory firm for institutional shareholders recommended its clients vote in favor of Sirius Satellite Radio Inc.’s planned acquisition of rival XM Satellite Radio Holdings Inc.”

  • The New York Times reports, “The broadcast networks are clearly adopting more of an ‘if you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em’ philosophy toward the Internet. Harnessing a natural human inclination toward gossip, complaint, prediction and obsession, they are using TV show Web sites to offer clips, outtakes, interviews, games, message boards and blogs — not to mention entire episodes.”

  • Don Surber reports, “Blaming the media for victory”

  • A release announced, “Gibraltar Associates, LLC, a consultancy specializing in risk and reputation management, public affairs and business development, today announced that Tarah Donoghue has joined the company as an Associate in the Washington, DC office. Ms. Donoghue will focus on client communications strategy, policy and strategic messaging. Ms. Donoghue joins Gibraltar Associates from the White House, where she served as Deputy Press Secretary to First Lady Laura Bush from May 2006 to August 2007.”

  • William Powers writes, “To truly understand high-end political journalism requires a secret decoder ring. The actual message of a story is often embedded between the lines or in a passing descriptive detail far down in the text. In this case, the operative moment came well after the jump, at paragraph 18: ‘In a 53-minute interview over a breakfast of boiled eggs (he ate only the egg whites), aboard a chartered jet that brought him here from Chicago, Mr. Obama said Mrs. Clinton had been untruthful or misleading in describing her positions on problems facing the nation.’”

  • AdAge.com reports, “Newsweek’s new management plans to chop its guaranteed paid circulation by 500,000 copies, dropping its promise to advertisers down to 2.6 million paying readers from 3.1 million, those with knowledge of the move said today.”

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  • Beltway Blogroll reports, “A weekend journalism discussion at the Phillips Foundation has sparked a mini-debate about whether ‘backpack journalism,’ where reporters carry more than pen and pad, is a good development.”

  • Associated Press reports, “Tom Curley, CEO of The Associated Press, called on news executives Thursday to “stop pining” for the past and adapt to the new ways that news is being distributed and consumed.”

  • New York Times reports, “Copyrighted work like a news article or a picture can hop between Web sites as easily as a cut-and-paste command. But more than ever, as that material finds new audiences, the original sources might not get the direct financial benefit — in fact, they might have little idea where their work has spread.”

  • The Deal reports, “And now for something completely different: ‘The long-term outlook for the [newspaper] industry appears to be healthier than that implied by current share prices.’ So Joe Arns of Banc of America Securities LLC reports on initiating coverage of the newspaper sector. Although he may be new to the beat, that doesn’t mean he’s Pollyannaish. In fact, Arns’ forecast for a 5% decline in newspaper ad revenues next year is more bearish than the Street consensus of a 3% decline.”

  • Reuters reports, “The Wall Street Journal said on Sunday that its Web site now has 1 million subscribers, a milestone for a site that charges for access even as other sites are throwing themselves open for free.”

  • “Daily News TV critic David Bianculli says ‘So long & thanks’”

  • FT.com reports, “Tribune Company and the chairman of the Federal Communications Commission are locking horns over the proposed $8.2bn buy-out of the media group by Sam Zell, the real estate entrepreneur, in a stand-off that threatens to derail the deal.”

  • Heard On The Hill reports, “Sen. Patrick Leahy tried out the time-honored strategy of turning the tables in an effort to fend off an aggressive press corps on Wednesday. Cornered by a pack of scribes anxious to query the Vermont Democrat about the troubled nomination of Michael Mukasey to be attorney general, Leahy was attempting to exit the Capitol through a second-floor exit.”

  • Media Matters reports, “In a November 5 post on his campaign news website The Page, Time magazine editor-at-large and senior political analyst Mark Halperin claimed that a Chicago Sun-Times column raising questions about the transparency of Sen. Barack Obama’s (D-IL) presidential bid was the product of opposition research provided by the campaign of Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY).”

  • MarketWatch’s Jon Friedman writes, “The digital revolution has given journalists some fantastic tools. Web sites like Google and Wikipedia give us instant access to voluminous research on virtually any subject. Cell phones enable us to become news photographers. Sparked by blogs and YouTube, the Citizen Journalism boom has taken shape.”

  • The Guardian reports,Rupert Murdoch plans to install Times editor Robert Thomson as publisher of the Wall Street Journal next year, according to a senior US media executive.”

  • CJR reports, “The Rhetoric Beat: Why journalism needs one”

  • Whoops. CNBC should know by now how to spell Karl Rove.

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  • This Week In Pool Reports

    Mixed emotions this week in the pool between the news of Tony Snow and Wednesday night’s festivities. FLOTUS makes a fashion faux pas and John Boehner has a little trouble with the letter “G”.

  • “FLOTUS wore a shimmering purple/green dress — which the pool will bet dollars-to-doughnuts is the same dress she wore to last year’s Library of Congress National Book Festival gala (which just so happens to be the last time this pooler was pool for a black tie event.) Thankfully, no other attendees were also wearing it.” — Ian Bishop, New York Post

  • “As the First Couple waited off stage during the pre-dinner mingling period, DNC chief Howard Dean chatted away with folks. GOP co-boss Mel Martinez, less than 20 feet away, stood alone behind his chair at table #95, nursing a glass of red wine. ‘It’s been a long day,’ Martinez quipped. Ten minutes later they were sitting together at the same table, separated by Tim Russert.” — Bishop

  • “President Bush said he got a call from Tony Snow, 51, who was resting at the hospital. POTUS was informed that Snow’s cancer had returned. ‘He told me that when they went in and operated on him they found cancer. It’s a recurrence of the cancer that he thought that he had successfully dealt with in the past. His attitude is, one, that he is not going to let this whip him, and he’s upbeat. My attitude is, is what we need to pray for him, and for his family,’ Bush said, adding that he’s looking forward to his spokesman returning to the White House after he rebounds.” — Kenneth R. Bazinet, Daily News

  • “Mystery of the day: What WERE they talking about?? Bush and House speaker Nancy Pelosi engaged in a lengthy — about 15 minutes — and animated conversation at the outset of the ceremony, before the speechifying had begun, as the airmen filed into the Rotunda. He arched his eyebrows at times; she gesticulated. They leaned toward one another, then back, laughing at times, appearing serious at others. Much comment in the press corps about whether they were cutting a deal, or arguing over, the Iraq supplemental.” — Sheryl Stolberg, New York Times

  • John Boehner, the House Republican leader, mispronounced Tuskegee throughout his speech, creating some awkward tension in the audience. He said Tuskee-gee, with a soft G, as in gee whiz. People tittered, but the full extent of the embarrassment did not become clear until Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell, rose to follow him. McConnell stood up and quickly pronounced Tuskegee correctly, and with great emphasis, drawing a huge cheer from the crowd.” — Stolberg