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

Paging Rush Limbaugh: Though he had refused to backtrack on the YouTube appellates-as-policymakers clip, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs tackled Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor’s other controversial soundbite, noting at the end of today’s briefing that “I think she’d say that her word choice in 2001 was poor” when she cited an advantage a Latina would have over a white man in judging cases. But Gibbs also referenced what he described as related quotations from others on the high court — Alito on his immigrant ancestry and Ginsberg on the female perspective — to back her up.

Muslim World Not One Big K-Mart?: Declining to characterize the U.S.relationship with the Muslim world by assigning a number from one to 10, Gibbs did paint the Obama team’s outreach as a work in progress. Referencing the president’s recent address in Turkey, he said next week’s Cairo speech would not denote “one-stop shopping.”

Relax, You Got an iPod: Gibbs avoided taking the high-school-gossip route by commenting on France’s supposed snub of the Queen for their upcoming D-Day festivities. “We are not in charge of the guest list,” he said. Asked if he wanted to bash the British tabloids (a la remarks about their apparent misreporting on Abu Ghraib photos), he clarified: “That was yesterday.” Gibbs did slyly add that he had “no doubt” the Queen’s attendance would be “important.” Perhaps someone forgot to deliver the Queen’s “Do you like me? Check yes/no” note to France?

Can’t Five Guys Deliver?: Following on the (lack of) news that the president hit up another fast food mecca this afternoon, CBS Radio’s Mark Knoller joked, “Can he get a hamburger in this building?” Gibbs delivered the usual lines about POTUS needing to “get out of the gate a little bit” and enjoy “the ability to walk around.” Knoller took a jab at NBC, asking whether their troops were the reason for the lunchtime trip. “Separate, separate,” Schoolmarm Gibbs cautioned Knoller and NBC’s Chuck Todd. Knoller questioned whether Joe Biden was upset to be left out of this burger run. “You’re on a roll, Mark!” National Security Council spokesperson Mike Hammer exclaimed.

Me and You, We are Not the Same: Chicago Sun-Times Obama guru Lynn Sweet hit Gibbs repeatedly on the purpose of Organizing for America’s story-gathering in preparation for the Hill’s healthcare debate. When Gibbs compared it to journalists’ day-to-day operations, Sweet retorted: “We move the story along.” Clearly considering any number of zingers, Gibbs said, “I’m holding back.” Gibbs eventually clarified, in grownup voice, that the stories are meant to influence the lawmakers who will be crafting healthcare legislation.

Sunday Show Preview

  • Meet the Press: National Economic Council Director Lawrence Summers, House Minority Leader John Boehner and a roundtable with New York Times’ Thomas Friedman, NPR’s Michele Norris and Weekly Standard’s Stephen Hayes.

  • This Week: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and a roundtable with former CEO of Hewlett-Packard Carly Fiorina, the New York Times’ Paul Krugman along with ABC News’ Sam Donaldson, Cokie Roberts, and George Will.

  • Face the Nation: Vice President Joe Biden (Live).

  • Fox News Sunday: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and a roundtable with Brit Hume, Fox News Senior Political Analyst, Mara Liasson, National Public Radio & Fox News, Bill Kristol, Weekly Standard & Fox News and Juan Williams, National Public Radio & Fox News.

  • C-SPAN’s Newsmakers: House Majority Whip, Rep. James Clyburn (D-SC) will be interviewed by David Lightman, Congressional Corrspondent for McClatchy Newspapers, and Perry Bacon of the Washington Post.

  • State of The Union with John King: Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I-NY), Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN), Jeff Zeleny, White House reporter, The New York Times, Chip Reid, chief White House correspondent, CBS News and Geoff Morrell, Pentagon press secretary.

  • Chris Matthews Show: Bob Woodward of the Washington Post; Kelly O’Donnell of NBC News; Howard Fineman of Newsweek; and Anne Kornblut, Washington Post White House correspondent.

  • Fareed Zakaria, GPS: Ashraf Ghani, former Afghan Finance Minister, Barnett Rubin, Center on International Cooperation, Steve Coll, New American Foundation, Rory Stewart, author, “The Places In Between”, Michael O’Hanlon, Brookings Institution and David Kilcullen, author, “The Accidental Guerilla”

  • Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Charlie Rangel.

  • Inside Washington: NPR’s Nina Totenberg, The Washington Post’s Colbert King and syndicated columnists Mark Shields and Charles Krauthammer.

  • Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: Dan Balz of The Washington Post, Pete Williams of NBC News, Karen Tumulty of TIME Magazine and Martha Raddatz of ABC News.

  • Huckabee: Nina Gilbert and her 70 students from Ivy Preparatory Academy will share video of their trip to DC. Also, FOX Business Network’s Liz Claman and Tracy Byrnes, Financial Advisor Dominick Tavella.

  • Morning Reading List, 12.23.08

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    Good morning, Washington. What DC grocery store (company, not location) is featured above? Think you know? Email us with your best guess. AND: Join us after the jump to find out if you guessed our last contest correctly.

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    Morning Reading List, 12.17.08

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    Good morning, Washington. What DC cafeteria is featured above? Think you know? Email us with your best guess. AND: Join us after the jump to find out if you guessed our last contest correctly.

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    Morning Reading List, 11.20.08

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    Good morning Washington. What D.C. street is featured in the above picture? Think you know? Drop us an email and we’ll give you the correct answer (and list the correct guessers) in tomorrow’s Morning Reading List.

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    Morning Reading List, 11.06.08

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    Morning Reading List, 10.28.08

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    Kurtz: Press “Negligent” In Silence Over Biden Availability

    Earlier today, Howard Kurtz held his weekly chat where he covered such topics as press access to Joe Biden; the newly surfaced radio interviews with Barack Obama; and the media coverage of the debunked story of a McCain staffer being attacked in Pittsburgh. Some excerpts:

    Dunn Loring, Va.: Much was made of Palin’s refusal to address the press, but now that it’s been a month since Obama has faced a press conference and Biden has shown he will cut off any station that asks him tough questions, The Post has ignored the issue of press accessibility. Why the different standards?

    Howard Kurtz: I said on Reliable Sources yesterday that the press has absolutely been negligent in failing to make an issue of Joe Biden failing to take questions from his traveling press corps since Sept. 10. Now that Palin, who had been in something of a bunker, is giving more interviews (Brian Williams and Chicago Tribune last week, several instances of talking to the reporters traveling with her), where are the stories about Biden’s inaccessibility? It smacks of a double standard. Obama, by the way, did take questions from reporters last week before going to Hawaii to visit his grandmother.

    Dunn Loring, Va.: Could you explain how The Washington Post can justify sending plane loads of reporters to Alaska to investigate Palin while refusing to review past Obama radio interviews where he discusses his desire to redstribute Americans’ wealth?

    Howard Kurtz: I don’t know what radio interviews you’re talking about, but let me make two points.

    One, can we stipulate it’s responsible journalism to send reporters (actually a handful, who wouldn’t even fill up a two-engine plane) to look into the record of a vice-presidential nominee who was largely unknown to the vast majority of Americans until two months ago?

    Second, the progressive tax code has been redistributing the wealth since its inception, since the wealthier pay more. Some contend that the Reagan and Bush tax cuts redistributed income toward the wealthy. It’s fine to criticize Obama’s plan to rescind the Bush cuts for the wealthiest 2 percent of Americans, but that hardly amounts to socialism.

    Ashley Todd Question: I have a question about Ashley Todd — the imaginary-backwards-B-race-baiter. I live in the neighborhood that she claimed the attack happened in, and everyone I knew immediately was sure the whole thing was a hoax. I actually know people who were driving and walking by the ATM at the time she claimed the attack happened who (obviously) saw nothing.

    I’m relieved the hoax was outed, but I’m curious what you think the follow-up will be by the media. The fact that reports showed up on Drudge and FOX before any local media outlets says a lot to me. Now some people in the media are claiming that Republican National Committee folks gave quotes to the press about what the imaginary attacker said before they really should have had any information on it. Was this hoax perpetrated from a higher level than just Todd herself? Will there be more stories about this in the media, or will it just die a quiet death? At least one good thing came out of the whole incident: I now have the easiest Halloween costume ever!

    Howard Kurtz: I think the media showed rare restraint in that suspicious-sounding case. Most organizations didn’t touch it, even with the big Drudge headline, although just about everyone jumped on it after Todd was exposed as a hoaxer. It is true that a McCain campaign official in Pennsylvania tried to spread the word to reporters in an effort to hurt Obama, and that’s pretty troubling given that the woman’s allegations hadn’t been confirmed by police.

    Morning Reading List, 10.10.08

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    Morning Reading List, 10.09.08

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