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Pols, Press Toast Schieffer’s 20 Years of “Face the Nation”

Had you walked through the doors of the St. Regis Hotel at this time last night, there’s a good chance you would have bumped into Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) making a quick exit from the fete for Bob Schieffer’s 20th anniversary with “Face the Nation.”  But a brush with the House Minority Leader was only an appetizer for the smorgasbord of the bipartisan political power that partied inside the hotel’s Astor Ballroom.  Raising a glass to the legendary newsman were current and former Secretaries of Defense Leon Panetta and Donald Rumsfeld, Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA), Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson (R-TX), Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC), Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA) and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) who has appeared on Face the Nation more than any other guest.  Representing the White House were Dag Vega and Jen Psaki.

In his remarks, a flattered Schieffer joked that when he first got to Washington, Republicans and Democrats always attended parties together.  “But now it’s a big deal,” he told the crowded room.

The Washington press corps were also out in full force for Bob’s big night.  Spotted in the crowd were Sally Quinn and Ben Bradlee, Bob Woodward, FNC’s Ed Henry, NBC’s David Gregory and Betsy Fischer, Politico’s Jonathan Martin, Keach Hagey, Mike Allen and Patrick Gavin, Newshour’s Gwen Ifill and Judy Woodruff, Bloomberg’s Margaret Carlson, NYT’s David Sanger, WaPo’s Roxanne Roberts, and Steve Chaggaris. Rounding out the room were a slew of CBS talent and staff such as former “Face the Nation” EP Carin Pratt and current EP Mary Hager, Rob HendinKaylee Hartung, Chris Licht, Lara Logan, Jan Crawford, Nancy Cordes, Chip Reid, Bob Orr, Wyatt Andrews, John Dickerson, Christine Delargy, Walt Cronkite (Walter Cronkite’s grandson who now works in the DC bureau), Chris Isham and of course, the evening’s hosts and top network brass Jeff Fager and David Rhodes. Noticeably absent was new CBS News White House correspondent Norah O’Donnell who was in New York City covering the president and UN.

Throughout the evening a video highlighting Bob’s career played in the background – you can check it out here.  And if you missed our must-read interview with Schieffer last week, click here.

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CBS News Welcomes Baby Hendin

Congratulations to Lauren and Rob Hendin!  The “Face the Nation” producer and his wife welcomed to the world this afternoon Matthew Aaron Hendin.  With a full head of dark hair, the bouncing baby boy weighed in at 7 lbs. 3 oz. and measures 21 inches.   In a note to colleagues, Hendin joked that the family’s new addition “screamed as soon as he heard the Cardinals were swept by the Dodgers.”

Welcome to the Fishbowl, little Matthew!  Here’s a tip: stick with Schieffer and steer clear of Delargy.

Hendin Joins CBS ‘Face the Nation’ Team

CBS “Face the Nation” Host Bob Schieffer announces the news this afternoon that Rob Hendin is joining the team. He was previously a White House producer.

“This is truly a case of promoting from within,” Schieffer wrote in an email dispatch to staff with the subject line, “Some good news at Face.”

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Schieffer Toasted and Roasted

CBS News President Sean McManus and Senators Sam Nunn and Lindsey Graham roasted Bob Schieffer at the National Press Club’s Fourth Estate Awards on Friday night.  Colleagues and friends such as CBS Sports’ Jim Nantz, who in a taped appearance joked that he had never heard of Schieffer or his Sunday show, came out to toast the venerable host of Face the Nation. 

But of all the big names in the room, it was Bob’s wife Pat who really stole the show.  In her introduction of Schieffer, she recalled, “On our anniversary last year, my husband asked me if there is anything that I hadn’t done but wished I had.”  “I told him yeah – George Clooney,” she said to a room full of laughter.  And guests didn’t have to look far for entertainment.  Schieffer’s band, Honky Tonk Confidential, which includes CBSers Dianna Quinn and Kaylee Hartung, performed “TV Anchorman” and Garth Brooks’ “Friends in Low Places.”  Even MSNBC’s Luke Russert took the stage to pay tribute with his rendition of “Shout.”

Spotted at the event were Jan Crawford, Nancy Cordes and Bob Orr, DC Bureau Chief Chris Isham, Face the Nation EP Carin Pratt, Mary Hager, Rob Hendin, Christine Delargy, Politico’s Michelle Levi and CBS News’ Paul Friedman and Barbara Fedida who traveled down from NYC for the dinner. 

Past honorees include Helen Thomas, who was in attendance, and Walter Conkite

CBS Announces “Campaign 2010″ Team

CBS News recently announced its political lineup for the 2010 midterm elections. In the Washington bureau, Rob Hendin and Jill Jackson have been named senior political producers. Those promotions were announced via “Washington Unplugged” last week (below).

Additionally, Chief Political Consultant Marc Ambinder and Political Analyst and Contributor John Dickerson will join a group led by CBS Evening News Anchor and Managing Editor Katie Couric that includes Chief Washington Correspondent Bob Schieffer, Senior Political Correspondent Jeff Greenfield and Correspondents Wyatt Andrews, Sharyl Attkisson, Jan Crawford, Nancy Cordes, Byron Pitts, Chip Reid, Dean Reynolds and Political Analyst Dan Bartlett.

Political Reporters Brian Montopoli, Kevin Hechtkopf and Stephanie Condon will lead up Web-only coverage while National Correspondent Dan Raviv will anchor CBS Radio’s coverage of the results, joined by White House Correspondents Peter Maer and Mark Knoller, and Capitol Hill Correspondent Bob Fuss.

The team’s reports and political analysis will be featured across all CBS News broadcasts and platforms on the run-up to election night 2010 on Nov. 2, including CBS Evening News, The Early Show, Face the Nation, CBS Radio News and CBSNews.com.

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Obama to press: Stay cool

“Obama tells the press to ‘stay cool out there, hydrate’ — after nice and easy chat with Netanyahu.”
–CBS News Producer Rob Hendin in a Monday tweet.

Blogger Gets Inundated With Russian Women

“I’m suddenly being friended on #Facebook by Russian women. Should I be worried?”–WaPo’s Federal Eye blogger Ed O’Keefe in a tweet Monday.

Weigel Feels Empty Without…

“I don’t like the internet when @benpolitico is on vacation. http://politi.co/Ud81K It’s so… empty.”
–MSNBC Contributor and ex-WaPo blogger Dave Weigel in a Monday tweet. He’s referring to Politico blogger Ben Smith. (It takes a village: Smith is away; colleagues such as Jonathan Martin and Gabriel Beltrone and Alexander Burns are filling in.)

An unusual smell

“It’s gettin kinda new-job-smelly around here.”
==WaPo’s J. Freedom Dulac in a tweet Monday.

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Your Daily “Suspicious Package” Post

Politico’s Kiki Ryan, CBS’ Christine Delargy, Glenn Ballard, CBS producer Rob Hendin, Quinn Gillespie’s Chris Brown, Mark Paustenbach, RNC’s Doug Heye, Daily Caller’s Moira Bagley, Ben Clark, Urban Daddy’s Jeff Dufour, Qorvis’ Seth Pietras and others gathered to listen to “Suspicious Package” at Glover Park’s Gin and Tonic on Friday night. While most of SP’s roadies called it a wrap when the band finished around 11pm, a few of these folks were caught shamelessly, solid-gold dancing at Smith Point hours later. You know who you are.

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Band: Tim Burger, Christina Sevilla, Tom Toles, Bryan Greene and Josh Meyer

Shhh…They’re Talking Baseball

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And now we bring you guys talking sports, complete with trash talk.

The most recent CBS’s “Washington Unplugged” features CBS “Face the Nation” host Bob Schieffer and other CBS male network employeees who dressed up in sports attire to do what Schieffer says they do though the boss might not know it – they talk baseball.

“We’ll put foreign policy aside and talk about what we usually talk about in the newsroom,” said Schieffer. The roundtable includes Bob Orr, the justice and homeland security correspondent, Ward Sloane, the evening news editor, and Rob Hendin, White House producer.

(I’m not qualified to explain what they’re talking about.)
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A Toast to CBS’s Chaggaris

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From L to R: CBS’ Fernando Suarez, Steve’s wife Jennifer Chaggaris, Steve, Kaylee Hartung and Rob Hendin.

Colleagues and friends came together for a goodbye party for CBS News former Political Director Steve Chaggaris at Darlington House in Dupont Circle. Chaggaris is going to work for Allbritton as the new director of TV projects and senior executive producer, where he will help launch a new metro website cable channel.

In attendance: CBS Washington Bureau Chief Chris Isham, Deputy Bureau Chief Jim McGlinchy, White House correspondent Chip Reid, Christine Delargy, Meredith Stencil and Michelle Levi.

Friends and Colleagues Fete Embeds’ Palin Book

Former campaign embeds Scott Conroy and Shushannah Walshe‘s book on Sarah Palin is out this week, and friends and colleagues feted the CBS reporter and former Fox reporter at last night’s DC book signing and party.

Conroy and Walshe signed books and read an excerpt to a crowd at Borders downtown. They also took about 30 minutes of questions from the audience, which will air on C-SPAN’s Book TV this weekend.

Earlier yesterday, Conroy visited his old stomping ground at Georgetown University. He had planned to do a book signing, but the campus book store was not selling his book (yet)– a funny story he shared over drinks last night’s book party at Agraria.

Steve Chaggaris, Rob Hendin, Jane Chick, Michelle Levi and Fernando Suarez were there from CBS. Sasha Issenberg, Mike Memoli, Jonathan Martin, Mike Madden, Erin McPike and Peter Hamby were also around to celebrate at Agraria in Georgetown. Attorney Ben Ginsburg, who was national counsel to the Bush-Cheney and Romney campaigns, also attended.

“Sarah From Alaska: The Sudden Rise and Brutal Education of a New Conservative Superstar” is published by Peter Osnos‘ PublicAffairs. And Chaggy, McPike and Hamby all got shout-outs in the book’s acknowledgments after the jump.

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