Archives: June 2009
Each day, Ashley Estill surfs your sites for the most popular stories of the day. Here are the top headlines for June 29, 2009:
Washington Post: High Court Rules for White Firefighters in Discrimination Suit
Washington Times: Bernard Madoff gets maximum 150 years in prison
Washington Examiner: Souter says goodbye to the Supreme Court
The Hill: Paulson to testify on Merrill Lynch
MSNBC News: Madoff sentenced to 150 years in prison
Wall Street Journal: Jobs Back at Work a Few Days a Week
National Journal: What’s The Best Use Of Stimulus Money?
“Coup-La-La!”: Reacting to Sunday’s ouster of Honduran President Zelaya, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said that in the days leading to the coup, the administration “was attempting to prevent the type of unrest” that the Latin American nation saw over the weekend. He later called it a “severe disruption in any sort of democratic norm” and said the WH has not changed its recognition of the president of Honduras. He declined to offer further details as more diplomatic posturing gets underway.
Wishing We Were All in England?: Continuing to frustrate a call for more details on POTUS’s healthcare bill wish list, Gibbs maintained that the legislation was in the hands of Congress. Several reporters asked whether the Obama campaign pledge to not raise taxes on those below the top bracket is still operable, to which RG repeatedly noted, “We’re going to let the process work its way forward.” “So it’s not?” several replied in unison. As Gibbs brushed off the challenge, CBS’s Chip Reid countered, “There’s nothing hypothetical about reaffirming a campaign promise.” Obama “has laid out pretty clearly what his financing mechanism would be,” Gibbs argued. When NBC’s Chuck Todd tried one last time, not even appreciative groans welcomed RG’s dismissive joke about the combative issue: “I love us playing out Wimbledon without the benefit of a grass tennis court.”
Hosted by the Aspen Institute and The Atlantic, the festival runs today through July 5th and this year’s theme is “Ideas that Work,” with programs like “Media Crack-Up” and “Living Digitally.”
Discussions we think you’d be interested in include: The Atlantic‘s Andrew Sullivan on “Why I Blog,” “What’s Next for the News Business” moderated by the Aspen Institute’s President and CEO Walter Isaacson and with WaPo‘s Weymouth and others, “Obama and the Challenge of Expectations: A Look at the President’s First Six Months” with NYT‘s David Brooks and The Week and Bloomberg’s Margaret Carlson and “Sustaining Beat and Investigative Journalism” with NBC’s Mark Whitaker.
Charlie Rose will also interview Education Secretary Arne Duncan and CBS’ Schieffer will interview Lewis Black in a program called “Me of Little Faith.” You can check out the festival’s full schedule here.
Other newsmakers in Apsen for the Ideas Festival include: Alan Greenspan, Tim Pawlenty, Sandra Day O’Connor, Susan Rice, Austan Goolsbee, Stephen Breyer, Michael Chertoff, Jane Harman, Madeleine Albright, Eric Holder, James Baker and Margaret Spellings.
You can also follow the festival this week on Twitter #aif09.
>>Update: Bloomberg TV will be covering the Aspen Ideas Festival with Erik Schatzker reporting live.
Lesson #1 Talk about what you know about
Lesson #2 Be yourself (“If you’re funny, try to be funny, if not, don’t try to be funny.”)
Lesson #3 Have fun (“Heck, even smile once in a while.”)
While enjoying drinks at the National Press Club with some friends, one FBDC reader noticed these two women lobbing heaps of change onto the bar. When she asked were the coins came from, the women explained that they had been in the sculpture gardens during Friday night’s rainstorm, jumped into the fountain to keep warm (why, we’re not sure) and then started collecting all of the change that superstitious well-wishers had tossed into the pool.
A patron turned to the women, who were on a first-name basis with the club bartenders, and asked if they were members of the press. “We used to be,” they replied.
Our tipster points out, “you know the state of media is bad when NPC patrons have to go fountain diving to pay for their drinks. We pity the two women and their change almost as much as the charity that those coins were supposed to go to.”
WTOP Radio (103.5 FM) today announced it is the recipient of five coveted National Edward R. Murrow Awards, including “Overall Excellence” – the most in WTOP history and more than any other radio or television station in this year’s competition.
The awards this year:
Best Feature Hard News for J.J. Green‘s “Hidden Hunter”
Best Use of Sound for Brennan Haselton‘s “Cathedral Bells”
Best Writing for Chris Core‘s “Core Values”
Best Website for WTOP.com (this is the 2nd National Murrow in a row and the 4th in 7 years for the website)
Congrats to Jim Farley and the good folks at WTOP!