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The Buzz at Smerconish Book Party

An iconic group from Capitol Hill, K Street, NIH and the media gathered at the home of Marina and Daniel Ein‘s home on Thursday to celebrate the publication of Michael Smerconish‘s new book, Morning Drive: Things I Wish I Knew Before I Started Talking.

Folks chattered about Pennsylvania politics (Senator Arlen Specter‘s chances for re-election post-party swap…deemed “excellent” by most) and swine flu. MSNBC Hardball host Chris Matthews extracted an “I’m not running for the Senate” from popular Democratic Pennsylvania Congressman Patrick Murphy while former Senator Ted Stevens talked up WaPo’s MaryAnn Akers.

Roll Call reporters Tory Newmyer, Emily Heil and long-time Chicago Sun Times bureau chief Lynn Sweet made the fete and celebrity biographer Kitty Kelley mixed it up with Politics Mag’s Boyce Upholt.

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Chris Matthews and Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA)

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Chicago Sun Times Washington Bureau Chief Lynn Sweet and Biographer Kitty Kelley

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Chris Matthews and Michael Smerconish

* All photos courtesy of nobilephoto.com

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Taking Out The Trash, 03.19.07

  • Most of your brackets are already broken. Stupid Duke.

  • More on AssignmentZero.

  • For Bookstores, a Real Page-Turner: Digital or Paper? Take Your Pick.”

  • Look out Morning Edition

  • Deb Howell on “What Riled Readers Last Week.”

  • Radio Deal Could Face Technical Difficulties: XM, Sirius Systems Already Strained”

  • Roll Call and Gallery Watch’s CongressNow debuts today. From a tipster: “On March 19, Roll Call and GalleryWatch will launch an online publication, CongressNow, to cover legislation on Capitol Hill. We’re offering Congressional staff and other Roll Call subscribers a free preview of the kinds of articles that our reporting staff will be filing for this new publication. And for a free trial subscription to CongressNow, beginning with the first issue March 19, call us at 800-289-9331. Don’t miss a day of insider coverage!”

  • We’ll believe it when we see it: “McCain Pledges Bi-Weekly Press Conferences

  • Hotline reports, “MSNBC will mark the 4th anniv. of the beginning of the Iraq war on 3/19 with all day coverage. Anchors throughout the day will include Tim Russert, David Gregory, Andrea Mitchell, Chip Reid, Chris Matthews, Keith Olbermann, Joe Scarborough, Tucker Carlson and Norah O’Donnell. Scheduled interviews include ex-WH CoS Andy Card, Sen. Kit Bond (R-MO), ex-Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-AR), Sen. John Kerry (D-MA), Sen. Joe Lieberman (ID-CT), Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) and Rep. Patrick Murphy (D-PA) (release, 3/15).”

  • PEJ’s Talk Show Index shows that the Scooter Libby verdict dominated talk shows for the week of March 4-9, with 28% of the coverage.

  • “Washington Post Live” debuts today.

      This afternoon, “Washington Post Live” debuts (Comcast SportsNet at 5). The program features Comcast SportsNet personalities and Post sports staff writers taking on local and national sports topics. The program, seen simultaneously on http://www.washingtonpost.com, also incorporates fan interaction through e-mail questions for guests and a call-in segment. Today’s guests are Washington Capitals star Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell and Washington Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman.

  • A reader tells us that Hillary Clinton did an exclusive interview with Bloomberg TV’s “Money & Politics” last week, and asks, “Another sign of the growing clout of the small but incredibly hardworking Bloomberg Washington bureau?”

  • Regarding this comment: “I think some more liberal Post writers probably get upset because many of the comments tear apart and rip to shreds and bring back to reality some of the articles that are obviously more liberal-leaning.” A reader (and Postie?)responds: “Nice try. But no. we get upset because we — at least i — don’t care for the horribly racist stuff some people write. It’s the washington post not a KKK chat room.”

  • NPR is hiring a Director for NPR Music, a Quality Assurance/Developer, a Design Director and a Producer for NPR Digital Media.

  • The World Bank is hiring a Web and Photography Collection Consultant and Communications Broadcast-TV Reporters.

  • The Washington Examiner has started “The List.”

  • The Chronicle of Higher Education was nominated for a 2007 National Magazine Award. Phil Semas is the editor-in-chief.

  • Ron Brownstein looks at “How the Democrats are turning on Fox News.”

  • Regarding this, a reader tells us that “Pearlstein gets paid to do the chat; he should give a better effort than ‘thanks.’”

  • An Atlantic release announced that the publication was nominated for three more nominations for editorial excellence for the 2007 National Magazine Awards. The nominations are in General Excellence, Public Interest and in the “Reviews and Criticism” category.

  • Wolf Blitzer interviewed ABC News anchor Bob Woodruff and his wife, Lee, on the Friday, March 16, edition of The Situation Room.

  • Pew’s weekly News Interest Index shows that Iraq and the state of Walter Reed dominated the public’s attention last week.

  • A reader asks, “Are there ANY *hot* single journalists in this city?”

  • A reader notes, “politico’s search tool sucks.”

  • Regarding this, a reader says, “It wasn’t the ‘annual’ photo, it was the ’25th Anniv. Photo,’ and there were not ‘about 50′ photos taken, there were exactly 12 photos taken. There were, however, many lame jokes made during the process.”

  • Webcasters Slam into Royal(ty) Pain

  • On this, a reader comments, “See ya, Cathy. She sucked. I won’t miss her. She was always crying, spitting, sweating or all of the above. She was a spaz.”

  • Eat The Press has a bone to pick with Slate.

  • ABC News reports that “Friday afternoons are the favorite time to release embarrassing information.”

  • E&P reports, “The New York Times is opening up access permanently to TimesSelect to all students and faculty who have .edu e-mail addresses beginning on March 13.”

  • The Corporate Executive Board is hiring a sales associate.

  • TIG Global is hiring a Client Services Coordinator and a Web Marketing Analyst.

  • Al Jazeera English is hiring a News Editor and a Deputy News Editor.

  • A tipster tells us, “Politico has secured a seat in the white house press room, thanks to Mike Allen.”

  • A reader tell us that NBC4.com on Friday had “Review: Rock’s ‘Wife’ Is Fun, Witty Ride… Um… funny risque pun or accidental inappropriateness?”

  • Reuters reports, “Time magazine hits newsstands on Friday with layout and design changes to attract the Web generation. A new mix of writing styles range from quick-hit bullet points to more contemplative features. “A magazine is like a buffet,” muses managing editor Rick Stengel.”

  • DMNews reports, “Research conducted by the Magazine Publishers of America says that 262 magazines were launched last year — a 2% increase over the number launched in 2005. Among the new titles were 88 lifestyle magazines. Eight of these titles made the jump from online to print.”

  • From a tipster: “Fox New’s Greta will be profiled in the August 2007 issue of Runners World.” $10 in fake FishbowlDC money for the first person to send us images…

  • The International Center for Journalists named its first class of Knight International Journalism Fellows since expanding the program to include Fellows from outside the United States. Check out the new fellows.

  • From a tipster: “Lots of talk yesterday by comics fans — angry talk — that the Post is, for some odd reason, dropping three of its most veteran — and well-liked — comic strips: ‘Mary Worth,’ which has run in the Post for least 40 years; ‘Broom Hilda,’ which has run in the Post for at least 30 years; and ‘Cathy,’ which is one of the most popular national comic strips in the country. There are at least seven or eight other comic strips in the Post that are just crap–unfunny, juvenile, badly drawn, stupid–and the Post decides to drop three very popular, veteran strips. Yes, it’s only comic strips and not war or poverty or homelessness or crime coverage, but people read the comics as a counter to hard news and for entertainment, so they do serve a purpose. But, lately, the Post’s comics pages have been just awful. And the Post wonders why it’s losing readers? Here’s another reason.”

  • David Adler, C.E.O. and Founder of BiZBash Media, announced he will launch a Washington, D.C. edition of its Web site and weekly email service on Tuesday, March 27, 2007. “The BiZBash weekly email newsletter will allow more than 10,000 local industry professionals to go behind the scenes of important D.C. events to see how others are handling everything from decor, catering, entertainment, meeting content, and strategy to other event planning ideas and resources.”