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Kerry Poses with Riches Author

Kerry.jpeg One of the funnier rich jokes about Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) was comedian Chris Rock at the 2005 Oscars cracking, “Oprah is so rich that John Kerry was just seen proposing to her.”

But here we have the very wealthy Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee posing with author Robert P. Smith on Dec. 18 at a luncheon for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Shocking. Smith, the founder of Boston’s boutique Turan Corp., just happened to have a copy of his book Riches Among The Ruins (published by Amacom) on hand for picture posing. Smith has been called the “Indiana Jones of international finance.”

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Oprah at the White House Today


CBS’ Mark Knoller tweets this photo from the White House yesterday.

We told you last week that Oprah would be back in town this holiday season, reuniting with President Obama for an ABC Christmas special. Well today’s the big day… the big O will be at the White House to interview the President and check out the fesitivities.

We hear the press corps is on standby for Oprah to start giving out cars or broadcast the supposedly shelved “Favorite Things” episode from the briefing room…

“Christmas at the White House” airs Sunday, December 13th at 10pmET on ABC, and will also include an interview with the First Lady and a tour of the decorated grounds.

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.

Couric Makes Cut for State Dinner

FishbowlDC hears that CBS’ Katie Couric is at the White House today…and also on the guest list for tonight’s State Dinner.

>>MORE: TVNewser adds ABC’s Robin Roberts and NBC’s Brian Williams to the list. There have also been rumors of a surprise Oprah appearance…

>>And even MORE: MSNBC just dropped CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta‘s name on the guest list.

Oprah to Interview Vicki Kennedy

Just after a big week- an interview with Sarah Palin that drew big ratings and an announcement that she’d end her talk show in 2011- Oprah has some more news today.

In her first interview since Senator Ted Kennedy’s death, his widow Vicki Kennedy will sit down with Oprah Wednesday, AP reports. Her stepson, Ted Kennedy Jr., and her two children from a previous marriage, Caroline and Curran will join her.

Palin Preview: Oprah Dishes on Interview

Oprah‘s interview with Sarah Palin doesn’t air until next Monday, but the talk show host turned to YouTube this week for a sneak peek.

Oprah: “We talked about inside the campaign, about what it felt like when she was first asked to be vice president… There was nothing we didn’t talk about.”

On Facebook Palin said she “enjoyed it so much that we went way over on time.”

(h/t Click)

Morning Reading List 11.11.09

Good morning FishbowlDC! Today is Veterans Day.

More “Sesame Street” for you- First Lady Michelle Obama guests in a segment about vegetables. Take note. What we know and what we’re reading this Wednesday morning…

NEWSPAPERS | TV | ONLINE | MAGAZINES | NEWS NOTES | WEST WING REPORTAGE | AWARDS & EVENTS

NEWSPAPERS

TPM: Family Feud: How Much Is Moon Church Conflict Driving Wash Times Turmoil?

TV

“Morning Joe”: The Drinking Game. We suggest playing with mimosas.

Some of our favorite TV pundits are making nice in New Orleans this week at the Bipartisan Policy Center’s “Take the Poison Out of Partisanship” conference. Natives Mary Matalin and James Carville, Mandy Grunwald, Dan Barlett, Hilary Rosen, Steve Schmidt and Joe Trippi are all there. More dets on Politico Click.

And Evening News ratings, courtesy of TVNewser.

ONLINE

Tammy Haddad makes what we think is her Politico debut– TamCam catches up with the New Yorker‘s media writer Ken Auletta.

NEWS NOTES

Oprah, Barbara Walters, Sean Hannity and Bill O’Reilly- more to be announced- have interviews lined up with “Going Rogue” author Sarah Palin. (h/t Playbook)

Letterman latest.

WEST WING REPORTAGE

Helen Thomas on “presidents and the power of the press.”

Fox News wishes Anita Dunn well.

More on Dunn via Politico: “In an e-mail, Dunn said: ‘It’s an honor to serve the nation and the President and I have been fortunate to be given this opportunity at this critical time in our history. I look forward to continuing to work for the President’s agenda for change in the future.’”

AWARDS & EVENTS

CQ-Roll Call Group and Political Wire’s Taegan Goddard will host an “Early Election Preview” next Tuesday from 8:30am-10:30am at the Columbus Club at Union Station. Register here.

JOBS

TPM is hiring a publisher.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Politico

You Betcha! Palin to Appear on Oprah

In what Harpo Productions is promoting as a “world exclusive,” Oprah will interview Sarah Palin November 16th, the day before the former Alaska Governor and Republican Vice Presidential candidate’s book “Going Rogue: An American Life” is released.

Winfrey and Palin will meet for the very first time on the episode. You’d remember Oprah endorsed and campaigned for President Obama– the first time the talk show host has publicly supported a candidate.

(h/t Sun Times)

Morning Reading List 09.23.09

Good morning FishbowlDC! Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line.

Happy Birthday to Ana Marie Cox! (Mike Allen apparently got a record number of hat tips for this Playbook bday shout-out.) What know and what we’re reading this Wednesday morning…

NEWSPAPERS | TV | RADION | MAGAZINES | NEWS NOTES | REVOLVING DOOR | IN MEMORIAM

NEWSPAPERS

E&P: McClatchy Newspapers is discussing changes in its foreign operations that could see some bureaus closing, with other locations opening and some expanding. One scenario being reviewed would have bureaus in Jerusalem, Moscow, Nairobi, and Caracas closing, while re-opening a bureau in Mexico City.

VA Governor hopeful Creigh Deeds (D) published an op-ed piece in today’s WaPo titled “My Transportation Plan.”

TV

More than seven million people tuned in as President Obama paid a visit to Dave Letterman on the “Late Show” Monday night. Big crowd, yes, but second to Oprah‘s kiss-and-make-up visit in 2005, which drew 13 million viewers.

Not as good news for Jay Leno‘s primetime ratings.

Katie Couric landed an interview with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that will air on tonight’s “Evening News.” The interview goes just before Ahmadinejad addresses the UN General Assembly.

Check out TVNewser’s coverage of the 2009 News and Documentary Emmy Awards here. Highlights: Barbara Walters was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award with a tribute by Couric, CNN was honored with the President’s Award for “longstanding commitment to long-form documentaries, PBS won the most- six Emmys, CBS won five including an investigative journalism award, and NBC won for election night coverage. The full list of winners is here.

RADIO

Former Florida congressman Mark Foley has a new radio show, “Foley on Politics.” Missed Tuesday’s debut? Don’t worry- Politico‘s Patrick Gavin live blogged it for Click.

MAGAZINES

Conde Nast execs are expected to cut 25%.

NEWS NOTES

We learned via Yeas & Nays that British Ambassador Sir Nigel Sheinwald is a big fan of Ali Wentworth‘s “Head Case” and his morning reading list includes BBC News, Realclearpolitics and FT.com.

Are you a permalancer? Michael Moore‘s looking out for you.

And courtesy of Air America, a dramatic reading of the ACORN tapes, as performed by Ana Marie Cox, TWT‘s (soon to be TPM‘s) Christina Bellantoni and ABC’s Rick Klein.

Speaking of Klein, he’s on baby watch. Recent Twitter updates include: “Enlightened hospital doesn’t mind tweeting/texting. Thought I’d have to hide the Berry today” and “DVD viewing while we wait – Arrested Development (three seasons’ worth).”

REVOLVING DOOR

Starting this week, Politico‘s Alex Isenstadt is moving from the Congress team to the Politics desk under editor Charlie Mahtesian. Good luck Alex!

IN MEMORIAM

WaPo: Max Page, a former television journalist who led the team overseeing the design and construction of the Newseum, died after a heart attack at his Vienna home on Sept. 15, his 60th birthday.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Politico, NJ‘s Wake-Up Call and Last Call!

Taking Out The Trash: Hollywood Edition

What we almost missed today…

Wolf Blitzer, George Stephanopoulos, Cokie Roberts, Candy Crowley, Sam Donaldson and Connie Chung are among celebrity experts on “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire’s” new “Ask the Expert” lifeline. Tune in tonight to catch Gwen Ifill. (h/t TVNewser)

Oprah has issued her first ever “Power List” in this month’s O Magazine, 20 “remarkable visionaries who are flexing their muscles in business and finance, politics and justice, science and the arts.” And DC’s well repped– Donna Brazile, DC School Chancellor Michelle Rhee and FDIC Chair Sheila Bair all make the list. (h/t Politico)

Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony hosted a dinner in Sonia Sotomayor‘s honor at their Long Island home last night, according to a gossip blog.

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