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Guess Who’ll Be Writing for Bloomberg’s Editorial Section?

HuffPost‘s Michael Calderone is reporting that none other than famed WaPo columnist Ezra Klein (looking rather muscular here) will regularly contribute editorials to Bloomberg View. He joins a roster that includes Jonathan Alter of Newsweek, former OMB director Peter Orszag, The Atlantic‘s Jeffrey Goldberg, and Bloomberg‘s Margaret Carlson and Al Hunt.

Not to worry, Klein will keep his job at WaPo, as will Goldberg at the Atlantic.

Read more about the new section here.

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WHCD: ABC’s Guest List Rocks My World

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I am not star-crazy but consider this your warning, ABC News: “I may act the fool when I see two of your WHCA Dinner guests – Julie Bowen and Ty Burrell from my favorite show, ABC’s Modern Family.”

If you don’t watch Modern Family, you should. Okay, enough of my PSA…on to the rest of ABC’s WHCD guest list.

J.J. Abrams and Katie McGrath will attend with George Stephanopoulos and Ali Wentworth. Additionally, ABC has “Hurt Locker” director Kathryn Bigelow and “Hurt Locker” screenwriter and producer, Mark Boal.

For Washington guests, ABC snagged Scott Brown, Leon Panetta, Julianna Smoot, Peter Orszag, Michelle Rhee and Kevin Johnson. Talent attending includes Diane Sawyer, Robin Roberts, Cynthia McFadden, Martin Bashir, Terry Moran and Merriman Smith Award recipient Jake Tapper.

More Beauty and the Geek

The latest on Washington’s power couple: o and b-11.jpegABC News financial correspondent Bianna Golodryga announces her engagement to Budget Director Peter Orszag via video on ABC’s “Good Morning America”.

Read more about Orszag and Golodryga on HuffPost’s update and watch her video here.

Beauty and the Geek are Engaged

images-9.jpegPeter Orszag, President Obama’s Budget Director, is engaged to ABC’s News Financial Correspondent Bianna Golodryga.

The couple began dating six months after they met at the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner this year. He was a guest of ABC.

Orszag is a divorced father of two children.

Read about the couple here.

ABC News’s Golodryga and Orzag Are an Item

orszaglove18.jpgThe Washington Post’s Reliable Source’s Roxanne Roberts and Amy Argetsinger reported early this morning that ABC Correspondent Bianna Golodryga and OMB Director Peter Orszag are dating, as evidenced by their hand-holding at a Hanukkah party at the White House. See the story here.

GQ‘s “50 Most”: The Powerful Party

They came, we saw, we tallied…

Yesterday we filled you in on exactly who made GQ’s “50 Most Powerful People in DC” (and who was snubbed). Then we asked some of our favorite nightlife and Washington social scene reporters who of the “Most Powerful” they thought would grace the mag’s party last night at 701 Restaurant.

So just who showed and who no-showed? There were officially 17 “Most Powerful” partying, including some heavy hitters like #5 Peter Orszag, #22 Sen. Ben Nelson, and the only TV newser to make the cut- #31 George Stephanopoulos.

Also from the list: Dick Armey (#35), Ashok Bajaj (#47), Bob Barnett (#44), Joel Benenson (#41), Bob Cohn (#39), Stephanie Cutter (#49), Steve Elmendorf (#32), Nathaniel Fick (#42), Tom Goldstein (#45), John Harris (#43), Jim Messina (#25), Tony Podesta (#26), Paul Rieckhoff (#37) and Billy Tauzin (#12).

And how did our panel of experts- TWT‘s “Green & Glover, Under Cover” columnists Stephanie Green and Liz Glover, Politico Click’s Patrick Gavin, Washington Life‘s “Hollywood on the Potomac” columnist Janet Donovan and FamousDC- do?

Gavin correctly guessed the most- 14- though he did also throw the most names out there. Green and FamousDC tied for last, with zero correct “Most Powerful” guesses. And Glover and Donovan came in with a respectable six and four correct.

GQ‘s “50 Most Powerful in DC” List: One Degree of Obama


Photo from GQ.com.

Forget Kevin Bacon.

President Barack Obama and VP Joe Biden may be excluded from GQ‘s “50 Most Powerful in DC,” but looks like most of the list’s top half are one degree of separation from the West Wing.

White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, Office of Management and Budget Director Peter Orszag, Senior Advisor David Axelrod, Secretary of the Treasury Tim Geithner and National Economic Council Director Larry Summers (tie), Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, former VP Dick Cheney and Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts round out the top ten. The list may be a changing-of-the-guard from the Bush administration, but it’s a DC no-brainer.

Your DC media types are represented by ABC’s George Stephanopoulos at #31, Politico‘s John Harris #43 and The New Yorker‘s Jane Mayer and NYT‘s Scott Shane tied at #27.

Politico points out White House press secretary Robert Gibbs, though #20 on the last list, did not make the cut this time around.

The mag will celebrate the list with a party tonight at 701. And though obviously overlooked for “50 Most Powerful,” FBDC will be there. Check back tomorrow for dets.

The complete list, as polled by “journalists, congressmen, lobbyists, think tankers, and influence peddlers,” can be found here.

Media Types Turn Out for Meridian Ball

George Stephanopoulos and Ali Wentworth, David Gregory, Wolf Blitzer, Savannah Guthrie, Betsy Fischer, Tammy Haddad, Jim VandeHei, Sam Feist, Roxanne Roberts, Amy Argetsinger, Garrett Graff, Claire Shipman, Susanna Quinn, Elizabeth Thorp, and Jonathan Capehart were among DC’s media elite at Friday’s Meridian Ball.

We also noticed Peter Orszag and Bianna Golodryga on the dance floor, enjoying Beyonce and Jay-Z’s “Crazy in Love,” which left us wondering… are they?

Check out more photos and dets on Politico‘s Click.

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.

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

Peter Peter Budget Leader: Briefing Room Guest du Jour was OMB Director (and self-proclaimed “nerd”) Peter Orszag, who followed on POTUS’s PAYGO speech today by hailing the measure as a “commonsense principle that you shouldn’t dig the hole deeper” on the deficit, which is, less than coincidentally, exactly what a new Gallup poll says is the Obama team’s weakness. Orszag prematurely stepped away from the podium after a few words, then joked, “That was easy!” After a good amount of drilling from the press corps, a somewhat taken-aback OMB head turned to Press Secretary Robert Gibbs: “No wonder you have so much fun every day!” “This is kind of fun,” he would say later. When Gibbs called “last question,” Orszag lamented: “We’re having so much fun!” “Same time tomorrow?” CBS Radio’s Mark Knoller teased.

This is Where the Real “Game” Is!: ABC’s Jake Tapper and Fox News’ Major Garrett tag-teamed to press Gibbs on whether the Gitmo detainee trial in New York could result in the suspect’s release, if he is found innocent. Gibbs, following the age-old press secretary’s handbook, staunchly refused to engage in hypotheticals” and cast the question as a “game.” “It’s not a game, Robert,” Tapper argued. The court taking on the case, it was noted, has a 90-percent success rate of conviction for terrorist suspects.

Love Not in the Air: Another contentious exchange featured the ubiquitous Helen Thomas, who challenged Gibbs to articulate the difference between the Obama and Bush policies in Iraq and Afghanistan. She interrupted his explanation of troop allocations with an accusation of braggery. While Gibbs returned to the
administration’s message, his discomfort showed in a few spates of nervous laughter at the tempo of the “Dean”‘s interruptions. Continuing to spurn a serious tone his predecessor often used with Thomas (just one example), Gibbs attempted to close the deal by sarcastically inviting her to the Situation Room. “Can we come, too?” Knoller asked. “She can pool it for you,” Gibbs said.

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