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Press and Comm Staff Pull Top WH Salaries

The 2010 Annual Report to Congress on White House Staff was released today and we were interested to see that the communications and press folks ranked among the highest paid. Along with White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, press secretary Robert Gibbs, speechwriter Jon Favreau and communications director Dan Pfieffer all pulled in the highest salary of $172,200.00. Deputy press secretary Bill Burton gets $113,000.00 and deputy communications director Jen Psaki makes $150,000.00.

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Bloomberg Snags Feinberg from Rahm

Sarah Feinberg, Special Assistant to WH Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel will leave the White House to take a gig as Bloomberg’s director of communications and business strategy.

PRNewser.com has more on Feinberg’s new role here.

CBS’ Guest List for Nerd Prom 2010

The White House Correspondents Association’s annual dinner is a month away but invitations are already making their rounds and A-list guests are being leaked. As usual, FishbowlDC will be all over it.

We already have the skinny on some of CBS’ guests for this year’s Nerd Prom. Attending with CBS this year are Rahm Emanuel, CBS TV stars Julianna Margolis and Chris O’Donnell, Senator Brown’s daughter, American Idol star Ayla Brown, Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Mayor Adrian Fenty and his wife Michelle, Congressman Eric Cantor and White House Deputy Social Secretary Ebs Burnough.

Some of the CBSers: Katie Couric, Harry Smith, chief White House correspondent Chip Reid, a very pregnant Maggie Rodriguez from the “Early Show” and Nancy Cordes from the DC bureau.

We’ll keep updating as they roll in…

Spotted at the WH: Andy Samberg

SNL’s Andy Samberg was spotted at the White House today. Maybe doing research for his Rahm Emanuel impressions?

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Sneak Peak at NJ‘s Insiders Poll

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National Journal revealed its Insiders Poll this afternoon on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports.” The announcement was followed by a sneak peak in Hotline On Call.

As it turns out, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) is among those lawmakers who insiders would like to see muted (but no, she’s not #1). On the R side, the list includes Fox News’s Glenn Beck (who got play last night on Barbara Walters 10 Most Fascinating People of 2009) and GOP Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachman.

Members with the brightest future: Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Creative thinkers: Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA). Best political strategists: White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and President Bush’s former top aide Karl Rove.

The publication reveals full polls Friday in the Dec. 12th edition.

What’s in a Name? NPR Sets Style for Rahm

After some detective work, NPR ombudsman Alicia Shepard has discovered a new exception to identifying people as first and last name first, and last name on second references… White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, or just Rahm.

Oddly, several news organizations refer to him on a second reference as “Rahm Emanuel.” NPR has just decided to make that a policy after correspondent Nina Totenberg referred to Emanuel three times by his first name only on-air.

And it’s not just NPR. Shepard takes a look at how multiple news orgs refer to Emanuel on the second reference.

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

Notes from a briefing room press insider…

The T-Word: In a rare morning on-camera briefing, Press Secy Robert Gibbs tag-teamed with Jared Bernstein and Melody Barnes, chief WH economic and domestic policy advisors, respectively, to tout 250,000 saved/created education jobs reported under the Recovery Act. The announcement faced a skeptical press room (esp. on the lack of clarity on “saved” v. “created” numbers), and generated “transparency” contagion, originating with JB remarks — including that he “never contemplated this level of transparency” in local/state reporting to the RAT (independent Recovery Accountability and Transparency board). Capitalizing on the t-word, ABC’s Jake Tapper asked about the transparency of the health care debate (RG: “I do think the administration has been transparent”) and NBC’s Chuck Todd followed later with, “And this goes to the whole transparency question that Jake asked” to introduce a public option question that met with RG’s “I shockingly don’t have a lot new on this.” On bank bonuses, Bloomberg’s Hans Nichols questioned whether, “in the interest of transparency,” RG could discuss WH convos with banks reported to be ready to dole out excessive bonuses. RG said he didn’t know “who has talked to whom on this.”

Axe-ing Fox: In more colorful comments today, RG continued to engage the Fox/WH wars by elaborating on top advisor David Axelrod‘s Sunday comments. As for Axe charging that Fox is just trying to make money, RG clarified: “I assume all of you are trying to make money, but maybe I have misinterpreted your otherwise altruistic ventures.” Landing the conversation-ending uppercut, RG observed of the targeted network, “Sometimes programming can be tilted toward accentuating the most profits.” Ouch.

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Sunday Show Notes

• Conflicts between the White House and Fox News remained a topic of discussion on the Sunday shows this weekend. This is after White House communications director Anita Dunn appeared on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” last week and said of Fox, “Let’s not pretend they’re a news network…”

On “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” senior advisor David Axelrod said of Fox News, “It’s not really news. It’s pushing a point of view. The bigger thing is that, other news organizations, like yours, ought not treat them that way… We’re going to appear on their shows, we’re going to participate. But understanding that they represent a point of view.”

White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union” with John King and said, “While it’s clear what the white house and what Anita said, the concentration of the white house isn’t about what Fox is doing.”

On FOX News Sunday former adviser to President Bush Karl Rove said, “This is a White House engaging in its own version of the media enemies list. And it’s unhelpful for the country and undignified for the president of the United States to so do.” (h/t TVNewser)

And B&C‘s Marisa Guthrie weighed in on Howard Kurtz‘s show on CNN: “Fox News doesn’t thrive on access from the administration. They’re the opposition. They thrive on agitation.”

Related– NYT‘s David Carr: The Battle Between the White House and Fox News and AP’s David Bauder: Picking a fight: Obama vs Fox News.

• That was CBS political analyst John Dickerson filling in for Bob Schieffer on “Face the Nation.”

• In MTP’s “Take Two” on the web, White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, Maria Shriver, John Podesta and David Gregory discuss the impact of Gloria Steinem– this convo ties into NBC’s reporting on “A Women’s Nation.” Shriver also addressed her recent apology for being caught talking on her phone while behind the wheel.

• And does MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow belong on “MTP”? Someone certainly thinks so…

GQ‘s “50 Most Powerful” Party Predictions: Who Will Show, Who Will No-Show?

It’s a pretty A-list guest list. So who on GQ‘s “50 Most Powerful People in DC” list will show and who will no-show at tonight’s party at 701?

For insight and predictions, we turned to some of DC’s most tried and trusted nightlife and social scene reporters- TWT‘s “Green and 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 even our elusive friends at FamousDC.

And as for FBDC’s predictions… we’re just betting on Green & Glover, Gavin and Donovan being there. We would bet against #1 Rahm Emanuel, though. The President’s Chief of Staff and actress Eva Longoria were pretty buddy-buddy at the White House Correspondents Association Dinner this spring, and she’ll be at the White House tonight for a Hispanic Heritage Month celebration.

Drum-roll please…

TWT‘s Stephanie Green: Yes: David Axelrod and Desiree Rogers, No: Jon and Maybe: Valerie Jarrett and Rahm Emanuel

TWT‘s Liz Glover: Yes: Valerie Jarrett, Richard Holbrooke, Edward Yingling, Jim Messina, The Podestas, George Stephanopoulos, Paul Rieckhoff, Bob Cohn, Desiree Rogers, Stephanie Cutter and Alex Ovechkin

Washington Life‘s Janet Donovan: Ikram Golden, Robert Barnett, John Harris, Rahm Emanuel, David Axelrod, Valerie Jarrett, Desiree Rogers, Jon Favreau, Stephanie Cutter, Jane Mayer, Scott Shane, Max Baucus, Bob Cohn, Carol Browner, Eric Cantor and Alex Ovechkin

Politico‘s Patrick Gavin: Yes: Rahm Emanuel or Peter Orszag or David Axelrod, Valerie Jarrett, Jon Favreau, Desiree Rogers, Ben Nelson, Eric Cantor, Edward Yingling, Jim Messina, John Podesta, Jane Mayer, Elizabeth Warren, George Stephanopoulos, Steve Elmendorf, Tony Podesta, Dick Armey, Andy Stern, Paul Rieckoff, Bob Cohn, Joel Benenson, Nate Fick, John Harris, Bob Barnett, Tom Goldstein, Ikram Goldman, Ashok Bajaj and Stephanie Cutter

FamousDC: “We don’t know who exactly will be there, but it will be lower than Patrick Gavin’s guess of 20% (meaning 10 people). And we’ll double down and predict that nobody from the Administration shows. The Administration is too busy: healthcare reform is moving and there is a war going on… with Fox News.”

We’ll report back tomorrow on who was on, and who was off, the mark.

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.

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