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Politico’s Mike Allen Sees Dead People

Tuesday night’s big party celebrating the return of “Crossfire” was held at the Carnegie Library. As expected, it was QUITE the affair. Newt Gingrich, Stephanie Cutter, S.E. Cupp and Van Jones were all in attendance and mingled with all the V.I.P. guests.

Naturally, Politico’s Mike Allen ran through some of the faces spotted in the crowd. Bill Burton, Dylan Byers, Laura Ingraham, Rep. Mark Sanford and his fiancé were there, according to Allen. One name that stuck out in his Tuesday morning Playbook was former “Crossfire” host Tom Braden and four of his children.

The only problem is… Braden is dead. Read more

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TPM to Host Fancy Schmancy Election Fete

Earlier this month RCP kicked off election season with a party at standby spot, Sonoma Restaurant.  Not to be outdone, Talking Points Memo announced today its own 2012 launch fete and upped the ante by adding to their invitation a set of political power hosts and swanky venue.

On Tuesday November 8th Hillary Rosen, Kevin Madden, Bill Burton and James Pinkerton will join editor and publisher Josh Marshall for the “TPM 2012 Launch Party.”  Marshall and friends will toast to the 2012 campaigns from the fancy schmancy digs of Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant, The Source.  The invite-only festivities will take place from 6.30 – 8.30 pm.

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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President Obama Holds Oil Spill Press Conference

President Obama just wrapped up his first official press conference on the Gulf Coast oil spill. It lasted about an hour.

After about ten minutes of remarks, the President took questions. Up first was the AP’s Jennifer Loven who asked if the President has been personally involved enough. “This has been our highest priority,” Obama responded.

Brian Williams, Harry Smith and George Stephanopoulos anchored special coverage on NBC, CBS and ABC. Chuck Todd, Jake Tapper and Chip Reid all also reported from the WH East Room.

After Loven, Tapper, Todd, McClatchy’s Steve Thomma, Reid, Bloomberg’s Julianna Goldman, Helen Thomas, NYT‘s Jackie Calmes, EFE’s Macarena Vidal and Fox News’ Major Garrett got called on by the President for questions, in that order.

Thomas asked the first non-oil spill question, on Afghanistan. She asked Obama not to give her any “Bush-ist” too (not bullsh*t, calm down everyone). Calmes brought it back to oil spill. Garrett asked about the possible Sestak job offer from the administration- Obama promised an official response shortly, adding that nothing improper took place.

CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC also carried. WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza, who’s live-tweeting the press conference, tweeted “tough image for Obama…MSNBC goes with split screen: Obama on one side, oil pipe spewing into gulf on the other.”

White House deputy press secretary Bill Burton took on criticism that the President hasn’t had a press conference in a long time on Twitter today:

@billburton44: politico: photo w/ a caption saying potus hasn’t had a press conf in 10 mos – odd since it’s from his press conf 4 mos ago

@billburton44: Other recent press conf’s: 2/9 (in the WH briefing room – documented in the photo) & 4/13 (in DC at the Nuclear Summit)

And despite press corps complaints that Presidential press conferences have been lacking, Real Clear Politics’ Mike Memoli tweeted this pic, “Low turnout from press for this event. Dozens of empty seats.”

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Green & Glover Tussle with Burton

It’s always risky to point out another person’s mistakes, especially when he can point out yours.

This morning TWT’s Green & Glover report on their experience of contacting White House Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton on the two m’s they found in Rahm Emanuel’s name in a press release Monday.

When the duo asked Burton for comment, he joked but then later pointed to G2′s exact same spelling error and offered them a list of examples.

G2 gets the last word. Read about it here.

Last Night: Book Parties & Screenings

• DC’s media types also turned out last night for a screening of HBO’s documentary “By the People: The Election of Barack Obama” at MPAA with filmmakers Amy Rice and Alicia Sams. NYT‘s Jeff Zeleny, the New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza and Chicago Sun TimesLynn Sweet were all actually in the documentary.

NBC’s Betsy Fischer and Athena Jones, MSNBC’s David Shuster, WaPo‘s Jonathan Capehart, Bloomberg’s Julianna Goldman, Time‘s Karen Tumulty, TPM‘s Christina Bellantoni, Monocle’s Sasha Issenberg, ABC’s Sunlen Miller, Tammy Haddad and Richard Wolfe attended. And from the White House: communications director Anita Dunn, her deputy Dan Pfeiffer, deputy press secretary Bill Burton, economic advisor Austan Goolsbee and Obama’s Iowa political director Mike Blake. (h/t Politico‘s Click)

Helen Thomas and Craig Crawford have teamed up to author “Listen Up, Mr. President.” NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux, Dan Lothian and Sam Feist and C-SPAN’s Howard Mortman were just some of the friends and colleagues who came out for a book party hosted by Lebanese Ambassador Antoine Chedid and held at the residence. (Photo by Alissa Krinsky for TVNewser.)

Media Types Come Out for GQ‘s “Most Powerful” Party

They may not have made the list, but they made the guest list.

GQ editor Jim Nelson welcomed some of DC’s official “Most Powerful” and some of DC’s most powerful media types to 701 last night for good food, flowing wine and Orszag sightings.

In attendance: the White House’s Bill Burton, Jen Psaki, Ebs Burnough, CNN’s Ed Henry, Suzanne Malveaux, Edie Emery, Megan Grant, Kristi Slafka, ABC’s Emily Lenzner, Polson Kanneth, NBC’s Alicia Jennings, CBS’ Rita Braver, BJ D’Elia, Politico‘s Jim VandeHei, Mike Allen, Jonathan Martin, Nia-Malika Henderson, WaPo‘s Roxanne Roberts, Washingtonian‘s Garrett Graff, Newsweek‘s Howard Fineman, Holly Bailey, Bloomberg’s Tim Burger, Margaret Carlson, the Examiner‘s Nikki Schwab, Tara Palmeri, TPM‘s Christina Bellantoni, Josh Marshall, NJ‘s Erin McPike, Urban Daddy’s Jeff Dufour, Jayne Sandman, Peter Cherukuri, Ana Marie Cox, Matthew Cooper, Kevin Madden, Bill Press, Mark Ein, Elizabeth Thorp, Kevin Chaffee, Jay Newton-Small, Jessica Gibson, Pamela Sorensen, Mark Paustenbach, Mark Leibovich, Emily Goodin, the Glover sisters- Juleanna Glover, Becca Glover and Liz Glover and team Qorvis- Kelley McCormick, Chelsea Cummings and Katie Young.

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Kennedy Details and Pool Reports from Hyannis Port

What we know:

Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton will brief the WH press corps traveling with the President at 1:30pm at Oak Bluffs filing center.

President Obama will attend and speak at tomorrow’s Celebration of Life memorial service. The First Lady will also attend.

Pool Report from the Boston Globe‘s Jenna Russell:

Just before noon — about two dozen motorcycle police from Barnstable, Brockton, and the state lined up outside the Kennedy compound. A half-dozen empty black limousines and several black Cadillac Escalade SUVs rolled into the compound, preparing to pick up family members for the procession to Boston.

Inside the home, family members gathered for a private Mass as the senator lay in repose.

Dozens of media tested microphones and watched closely of any sign of activity. Children in bathing suits and towels around their necks watched from the porches of neighboring houses.

12:38 p.m. — The Mass is underway inside the residence, a woman in a black dress was visible through the front window, a child in her arms with the child’s arms around her neck … a flag flew at half-mast in the center of the circular driveway surrounded by clusters of fading brown hydrangeas…a handful of neighbors are watching quietly behind a white picket fence…uniformed members of an honor guard gathered at the side of the white-shingled, green-shuttered house, then moved to the front porch.

12:49 p.m. — Still holding at the Kennedy home.

The Mass is being held in the “fun room.” It’s overlooking the ocean, and it’s the room the family traditionally holds Mass in. Officiating at the Mass is Donald MacMillan from Boston College. The honor guard has nine members representing all branches of service from Washington D.C. They’re described as Armed Forces body bearers.

1:47 p.m.

Senator Kennedy left his beloved Cape home for the last time. Two members of the honor guard rolled the casket, draped in an American flag. On the driveway, the full honor guard lifted the casket from its platform, and stepped slowly in formation down the driveway.

Morning Reading List 08.24.09

Good morning FishbowlDC! Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line.

Happy Birthday to Mike Memoli, who celebrated yesterday, Major Garrett and David Gregory. It is Restaurant Week in DC! What hot spots are you hitting up? What know and what we’re reading this Monday morning…

TV | ONLINE | MAGAZINES | WEST WING REPORTAGE | NEWS NOTES | IN MEMORIAM | JOBS

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George Stephanopoulos traveled to the Grand Canyon for Sen. John McCain’s first interview since returning from Afghanistan and Iraq on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday.

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough did the roundtable on NBC’s “Meet the Press” this weekend, a week after Rachel Maddow‘s possible rating bump for the Sunday show.

CNN’s “Reliable Sources” talked Bill O’Reilly vs. Jon Stewart.

The Daily Beast brings us the Top 7 Moments From Sunday Talk.

And a more abbreviated version from Marc Ambinder- the Sunday shows in seven sentences or less.

In other TV news, former Senator Rick Santorum called President Obama’s position on cable news “unprofessional” in an appearance on Fox News’ “On the Record” with Greta van Susteren.

ONLINE

Is Helen Thomas on actually Twitter now? We’ll fill you in later on the blog.

Speaking of Twitter- do conservatives have the upper hand on Twitter? Some liberal bloggers say so.

CBS will interview Ezra Klein for the webcast’s “Unplugged, Under 40” segment this weekend- timely for Restaurant Week since among other things, Klein’s a foodie for WaPo online.

CraigsList has added 140 cities.

And Slate has introduced a new news aggregator.

MAGAZINES

Maureen Dowd: Is Anna Wintour human?

WEST WING REPORTAGE

“I have specific instructions from the President for the press corps. He wants you to relax and have a good time. Take some walks on the beaches. Nobody is looking to make any news, so he’s hoping that you guys can enjoy Martha’s Vineyard while we’re there. And the second thing I’ll say is, of course the First Family would very much appreciate if you respect the privacy of the girls while they’re out here on vacation.” -Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton, yesterday’s gaggle on Air Force One.

NEWS NOTES

Howard Kurtz in today’s WaPo Media Notes: The debate over health-care reform has severely tested the media’s ability to untangle a complex story. In many ways, news organizations have risen to the occasion; in others they have become agents of distortion. But even when they report the facts, they have had trouble influencing public opinion.

IN MEMORIAM

“He didn’t want to go… He loved it, it was so much a part of him, it was his baby.” -”60 Minutes” executive producer Jeff Fager on Don Hewitt‘s reluctance to give up the job at the age of 81 on yesterday’s “Reliable Sources” on CNN.

“60 Minutes” also paid tribute to Hewitt on last night’s show.

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Outdoors Writer Bill Burton Passed Away This Morning

Writer Bill Burton died early this morning at the age of 82. The legendary outdoors man wrote about fishing and hunting in the Chesapeake Bay for more than 50 years, spent decades at The Baltimore Sun and more recently wrote for The Capital and Bay Weekly.

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