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Whose Shoe Revealed

Hillary-1.Cover.Final[1]Yesterday we asked who and today the same shoe was featured on the cover of TIME Magazine, which just hit newsstands. The answer was quite obvious, especially for those who happened upon time.com yesterday and saw the cover of today’s magazine with the headline ‘Can Anyone Stop Hillary?’

So for this installment of Whose Shoe, the answer is Hillary Clinton, for which many readers answered correctly. And a big FishbowlDC props to The Nation‘s Caitlin Graf who was the first to correctly name whose shoe. A close second goes to Beth Kalet.

Said shoe is actually a photo-illustration by Justin Metz for TIME.

In the cover story, TIME examines the unprecedented position held by Hillary Clinton in American politics. Even without a campaign, Clinton dominates the 2016 discussion, wielding massive influence on her potential challengers and prompting forecasts of a landslide election victory.

Click on over to TIME for a full read on the piece, authored by David Von Drehle or better yet, stop by the closest bodega and get yourself a copy.

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Jonathan Allen to Join Bloomberg News

A memo received from Bloomberg News earlier today announced that Jonathan Allen will join Bloomberg’s Washington bureau coming from POLITICO where he served as White House bureau chief. In this role, he’ll cover the White House and report on the 2016 presidential campaign.

Next month, Allen’s book with co-author Amie Parnes, “HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton,” hits bookstores. HRC is a behind-the-scenes look at Clinton’s time at the State Department based on dozens of interviews with Clinton insiders and others.

Join us in congratulating Jonathan on his new role.

What You Should Think, Straight From Washington Examiner

This weekend, we took on the task of wading through the Washington Examiner‘s opinion section, mostly so you don’t have to. Here’s a taste of what we found.

Off with her head?

In an editorial, the Examiner parses the vast differences between “taking responsibility” and taking “the blame” — noting that while Hillary Clinton has “taken responsibility” for the death of diplomats in Benghazi, she has not actually taken “blame” and this is a big problem. The latter, it seems, would’ve resulted in something far more horrible than the collective sigh from likely 2016 voters polling has revealed, something more akin to… Ned Stark’s fate on Game of Thrones? We’re exaggerating, but that only seems appropriate when describing 524 words devoted to the huge, colossal and completely imaginary gulf between two phrases that mean the exact same thing. And to be fair, this wasn’t even an original Examiner thought. They were just piggy-backing on a piece in USAToday by Instapundit.com blogger Glenn Harlan Reynolds.

See the others…

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NYT Scribe’s Bizarre Description of Politicians

Frank Bruni used to be the food critic for NYT. Since he left that post, he’s continued writing for the paper on a wide range of issues. Most recently, stinky congressional perfume.

Bruni argues that with more and more celebs putting their names on cologne and perfume, D.C. politicians need their own. As far as I can tell, this is a satirical piece from Bruni, but usually satire has hints of humor. This just reads like a fever dream that Bruni once had where he fantasized about what members of Congress smelled like. (Spoiler alert: They smell like martinis, shirt starch and shamelessness.)

Now, this is a odd idea to begin with. It’s not like these politicians are popular people. Just look at the approval ratings of Congress and you’d know that a minority of Americans like what they see. Why would anyone want to smell like Congress? Bruni writes, “Think about it. Actors, athletes, models and singers have signature scents. Snooki has two. So why not one for the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee?” Gee, Frank…  I don’t know why no one ever made the connection that since people buy merchandise that’s been endorsed by professional athletes, they’d be JUST as willing to buy stuff from Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Ill.) whose brand might be Au de Fatass, a lovely blend of his favorite foods, shrimp and Cheetos. Or Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), whose scent may be something young, fresh, beachy and Dominican.

Which politicos get their own cologne? Read more

Fortune Releases 10 Most Powerful Washington Women List

As part of Fortune‘s 50 Most Powerful Women list, which launched today, the mag created a a special new list of the 10 Most Powerful Women in Washington:

#1 Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House
#2 Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State
#3 Sheila Bair, Chair of FDIC
#4 Christina Romer, Chair of White House Council of Economic Advisers
#5 Valerie Jarrett, Senior Presidential Adviser
#6 Mary Schapiro, Chair of SEC
#7 Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, Senators
#8 Carol Browner, White House Adviser on Energy/Climate Change
#9 Christine Varney, Assistant Attorney general for Antitrust
#10 Karen Ignagni, CEO, America’s health Insurance Plans

Check out the picture gallery and the reasons each of these power playas made Fortune’s cut here.

Sunday Show Preview

CBS’ Face the Nation: WH Press Sec. Robert Gibbs. Roundtable with former Sen. Charles Hagel and Former Rep. Lee Hamilton.

ABC’s This Week w/ Jake Tapper (Steph on vacay): Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius, Sen. Arlen Specter (D-PA) and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT). Rountable with Donna Brazile, Nat. Journal’s Ron Brownstein, Anne Kornblut of WaPo, Rep. Strategist Ed Gillespie

NBC’s Meet the Press: Senator Tom Coburn, former Congressman Dick Armey, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, Gov. Bill Ritter, Rep. Charlie Rangel, former Senator Tom Daschle and Chamber of Commerce’s Executive VP of Government Affairs Bruce Josten

Fox News Sunday: Sen. Kent Conrad(D), Sen. Richard Shelby(R),
J. James Rohack, M.D., President of the American Medical Association, John Rother, Executive Vice President for Policy and Strategy at AARP.

CNN’s State of the Union with John King: Sec. Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius and Rep. Mike Ross (D-AR) on health care. James Carville and Mary Matalin on “Sound of Sunday.”

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: NYT’s Jeff Zeleny, Conservative Commentator Amy Holmes, WaPo’s Ruth Marcus on coverage of health care town hall. Pop culture analyst Lola Ogunnaike and Balto Sun’s TV critic David Zurawik on Kate Gosselin & Octo-mom reality series.

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: Sec. of State Hillary Clinton, Michael Oren, Israeli Ambassador to the US and Prime Minister of Kenya Raila Odinga.

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: Richard Stengel, managing editor, TIME; Trish Regan of CNBC; John Heilemann of New York Magazine; and Kathleen Parker, Washington Post columnist.

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: Janet Hook of the Los Angeles Times, TIME Mag’s Michael Duffy, Nat. Journal’s James Kitfield and Janine Zacharia of Bloomberg News.

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt:

We’ll update as we learn them.

Former Pres. Clinton Heading to North Korea to Negotiate For Detained Journos

We learned late tonight that former President Bill Clinton is heading to North Korea to negotiate the freedom of detained American journalists Laura Ling and Euna Lee, the AP reports.

The journos were arrested in March and sentenced to 12 years of hard labor in June for illegally entering the country and engaging in “hostile acts.”

On NBC’s “Meet the Press” two weeks ago Secretary Hillary Clinton said the State Department was working on the reporters’ situtation “literally every day.”

>>UPDATE: White House press secretary Robert Gibbs released this statement by email Tuesday morning: “While this solely private mission to secure the release of two Americans is on the ground, we will have no comment. We do not want to jeopardize the success of former President Clinton’s mission.”

Clinton Pulls More Viewers on “This Week” than on “Meet”

Last Sunday, NBC’s “Meet the Press” reported 2.959 million total viewers and 953,000 in the demo when Sec. of State Hillary Clinton appeared as David Gregory‘s headliner.

On June 7, when George Stephanopoulos snagged Clinton, “This Week” posted 3.11 million total viewers and 1.05 million adults 25-54 (demo).

In all fairness, the week that Steph talked with Clinton, “Meet” was preempted. However, when “This Week” was preempted two weeks before, Gregory’s numbers were hardly affected.

Secretary Clinton on MTP: We Work on Reporters Ling and Lee’s Situation “Every Day”

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was NBC’s David Gregory‘s guest for the full hour of yesterday’s Meet the Press.

Among the topics discussed- international affairs, health care, Sarah Palin, what it’s like to work with her former presidential campaign opponent, and the two reporters imprisoned in North Korea since March.

Gregory: Finally on this, two U.S. captives, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, two journalists in captivity now; is there a feeling that some of the tough talk that you had with the North Koreans this week, this sort of exchange of insults, does it make their situation more dangerous?

Clinton: We believe that this is on a separate track. This is an issue that should be resolved by the North Koreans granting amnesty and allowing these two young women to come home as quickly as possible.

Gregory: Are you making progress?

Clinton: Well, we have—are certainly pursuing every lead we have. The messages that we’ve received from the young women both through our protecting power, the Swedish ambassador, and through the messages and phone calls they’ve had with their families are that they’re being treated well, that they have been given the supplies that they need. But obviously, they want to resolve this, as we do, and we work on it literally every day.

This exchange begins about 8 minutes into the clip above. (h/t BayNewser)

Hillary Clinton To Meet The Press This Weekend

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will join David Gregory on this Sunday’s Meet the Press for the full hour.

According to MTP‘s website: “She’ll go one-on-one with David Gregory about her role in the Obama administration and the many hot spots around the globe: Nuclear threats in Iran and North Korea; Fighting terrorism in Afghanistan and Pakistan; the continuing war in Iraq; her trip this week to India and Thailand; and upcoming talks with China.”

Clinton’s first Sunday show appearance as Secretary of State was June 7th on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos.

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