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Separated at Birth: WaPo’s Phil Rucker

Today we match WaPo White House Correspondent Philip Rucker and the late Mao Zedong, a Chinese communist revolutionary who died in 1976. Don’t shoot the messengers, Rucker. One of our tipsters has a quirky sense of humor.

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Shuffle in National Politics Team at WaPo

WaPo brass announced a slew of beat changes and a few open positions for their National team today.  The shuffle is well summarized in the memo below: 

“We are pleased to announce several staff moves that will enhance our coverage of Congress and the White House as we head into the postelection future.

Shailagh Murray, one of this town’s keenest observers of the legislative process, will remain anchored on the Hill but take on a new role that focuses more broadly on the political dynamic between the White House and Congress. She will pay special attention to the relationship between Democrats and the president as their party regroups for 2012. Shailagh’s sophisticated understanding of politics and policy will help us chart how a divided government confronts the great economic challenges that are sure to be themes of the next campaign.

Paul Kane, who has an encyclopedic knowledge of Congress and its members, will lead our coverage of the new GOP House majority. Paul is one of the most respected correspondents on Capitol Hill. And his deep experience and sourcing will help us aggressively and authoritatively chronicle the biggest congressional power shift since 1948.

Phil Rucker, one of our most versatile writers, will bring his energy and eye to the Capitol, capturing the spectacles, dramas and small tales that animate Congress. Whether covering the news on the Senate floor or illuminating the hallway chit-chat, he will help bring to life the institution and its characters.

David Fahrenthold, a graceful writer known for decoding complex subjects, will leave the environmental beat for the challenge of making Congress accessible. He will help explain the institution’s rules, rhythms, people and legislation—whether drawing portraits or distilling complicated policy debates.

Felicia Sonmez, one of our sparkling new talents, will anchor a congressional blog aimed at breaking news and housing all that is hot and relevant in Congress. She and fellow Deputy Fix Aaron Blake had splendid runs as campaign bloggers under The Fix banner. This new blog, to which others will contribute, will provide quick, fun, edgy takes that drive the Capitol Hill conversation. PostPolitics Managing Editor Chris Cillizza will post a separate note seeking a successor to Felicia.

On the White House beat, Perry Bacon will take on a new role: following the president. He will be the reporter who most closely tracks the president’s movements, traveling with him often and mining the daily schedule for newsy developments, features, analyses and surprises. Perry is an astute analyst of the political landscape and will bring a fresh voice to the second phase of the Obama presidency.

His arrival will create more room for ace correspondents Scott Wilson and Anne Kornblut to drill deeper into White House decisionmaking and presidential relationships, to unearth news and mount significant enterprise that will help readers better understand the man in the Oval Office.

We are adding to our White House team a fourth player whose charge will also be to discover the undiscovered. There will be a separate posting for that assignment. ”

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Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet The Press: Former Secretary of State James Baker, former Commerce Secretary William Daley, Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), and a roundtable with CNBC’s Erin Burnett, former Wall Street Journal Detroit bureau chief Paul Ingrassia and NBC political director Chuck Todd.

  • Face the Nation: Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Obama economic adviser Austan Goolsbee.

  • This Week: Obama Senior White House adviser David Axelrod, Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Richard Shelby (R-AL), and a roundtable with George Will, American Prospect’s Robert Kuttner, Huffington Post’s Arianna Huffington and New York Times’ David Brooks.

  • Fox News Sunday: Axelrod, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer and House Minority Leader John Boehner and a panel with Brit Hume, Fox News Washington Managing Editor, Mara Liasson, National Public Radio & Fox News, Bill Kristol, Weekly Standard & Fox News, Juan Williams, National Public Radio & Fox News. The “Power Player” is Air Force One.

  • Late Edition: Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI), Gov. Jennifer Granholm (D-MI), Steve Forbes, former Labor Secretary Robert Reich, Republican strategist Ed Rollins, Democratic strategist James Carville, CNN’s Gloria Borger and Joe Johns.

  • Reliable Sources: Philadelphia Inquirer’s Gail Shister, Broadcasting & Cable’s Marisa Guthrie, Lisa Bloom, Daily Beast’s Tina Brown, CNN’s Ed Henry, New Republic’s Michelle Cottle, Washington Times’ Christina Bellantoni and comedian Andy Kindler.

  • GPS: Former VP Al Gore, New York Times’ Tom Friedman, Harvard Univ. prof. Niall Ferguson and Princeton Univ. School of Public and Int’l Affairs dean Anne Marie Slaughter.

  • Post Politics Program with Emily Freifeld and Ed O’Keefe: Former Gov. Mike Huckabee, Phil Rucker, Nikita Stewart and Mike Ruane. The show now airs on POTUS: Sirius 110/XM 130.

  • C-SPAN’s Newsmakers: Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA), newly elected Minority Whip will be interviewed by Washington Correspondents David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers, and Paul Kane, Washington Post.

  • Chris Matthews Show: Washington Post’s Bob Woodward, NBC’s David Gregory, BBC’s Katty Kay and CNN’s Gloria Borger.

  • Inside Washington: NPR’s Nina Totenberg, Newsweek’s Evan Thomas, The Washington Post’s Colbert King, and syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer.