She Said, She Said: Both Sides Now Debuts

The D.C. political machine has a reputation for being a boys club rather than a gentleman’s establishment; but it takes a woman’s touch to actually discuss it.

Well, women to be more accurate.

Both Sides Now, which had a soft release as a podcast, will have its formal launch this Monday in New York according to The Daily Politics. The weekly radio show comes from The Huffington Post’s Editor-in-Chief Ariana Huffington and power pundit Mary Matalin and is hosted/created by Mark Green according to FishbowlDC.

We’re a fan of the tagline (“We Debate…You Decide”) and the Facebook page too. So what’s the premise? Huffington, Matalin and Green taking on the topics in Washington without having to wake up before 10 a.m. on a Sunday?


One Chair To Rule Them All

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Reliable Sources brings word that Fox News’ spot in the White House press room is being challenged once again–this time by Bloomberg News’ Managing Editor, Al Hunt.

Bloomberg (via Hunt) claims–in shades of CNN’s previous reasoning–they’ve been around longer, are more established and “[w]e write about matters financial and non-financial.” Fox News’ Vice President of News and Washington Managing Editor Bill Sammon’s plan relies on a 2007 I.O.U. from the last press room restructuring and the assumption that Bloomberg still covers just finances. The Huffington Post has the full letters here.

There’s no buzz on whether this late Bloomberg bid will work, but at least we have a Fishbowl DC poll. And in case you forget the prime real estate in question, check out WHC Insider’s press room seating chart.

Greta Remains 10 o'clock's Incumbent for 2010

Don’t know what to watch at 10 p.m. for the next two years? Well breathe easy, because Greta Van Susteren’s going to get you through it.

When not keeping up with a Kardashian (left, at the White House Correspondents’ Brunch,) Van Susteren’s has lead Fox News’ coveted 10 p.m. slot since 2002 with On The Record. The New York Times reports the host is keeping her spot for “several more years,” which quashes rumors of a Glenn Beck bump up.

Though Van Susteren may soon find a rival in Lawrence O’Donnell, who will host an as-yet-untitled 10 p.m. show for MSNBC and complete the Keith Olbermann Show Factory moving along. We can’t wait for D.C. to take sides in the Team Susteren/Team O’Donnell wars, if only because things are so boring now that Leno and Conan stopped fighting.

Obama's Oval Speech Layups to Game 6

Whether it’s happenstance or kismet that President Obama chose to speak an hour before Game 6 of the NBA Finals  for his first Oval Office speech on the Gulf oil spill remains to be seen. The president’s confidence in the Lake-show may falter tonight, but his message for BP and the coast likely won’t.

The New York Times makes the case that comparing the oil spill to the economy may not be far off, “Now the president must strike the same sort of balance in talking to the nation about the oil spill. And he has chosen to do so from the familiar office that Americans since the dawn of the television age have come to associate with big moments — for them, and for presidents.”
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'Major' Contender for Helen Thomas' seat at White House

FOX News is reportedly a “Major” contender in the battle for the front-row seat once occupied by Helen Thomas, the doyenne of the White House Press Corps.

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The 89-year-old Thomas retired from Hearst Newspapers after making controversial comments about Israel. This marks the end of a storied career but the beginning of a battle to get the space with the most face-time with the White House Press Secretary. It’s prime real estate where location truly matters.

Major Garrett, the chief White House Correspondent for Fox News, is just one of the many who have a shot at getting their name on the vacant chair in the White House briefing room.

Read other stories about the battle for the seat at the White House by The Daily Beast, NewsBusters, and Mediaite.

Mark Zuckerberg: Getting Under the Hoodie

It’s tough to get a straight answer these days about Facebook’s troubled privacy policies but Mark Zuckerberg was coerced into unveiling a secret of his own at the Wall Street Journal’s D8: All Things Digital conference – what’s inside his hoodie.

Walt Mossberg and Kara Swisher had Zuckerberg on the hot seat when Swisher skillfully slid in the request. The young CEO was reluctant at first until the warm stage lights and the thick hoodie added up to one sweaty situation. Zuckerberg unzipped, and Swisher joked we were witnessing a “great moment in Internet history.”

So what is printed inside the Facebook hoodie? Their mission motto: Making the world more open and connected. Swisher likened the design to “a secret cult” and wondered if the “weird symbol” in the middle was for the Illuminati. Take a look below and click here for more from the Zuckerberg D8 interview.

Chefs Move! to Schools

Rachael Ray, in Washington a month ago for the WHCD, returns to help First Lady Michelle Obama teach kids about healthy eating

School may soon be out for the summer, but First Lady Michelle Obama has a lesson for hundreds of chefs around the country: healthy eating = healthy kids.

That simple equation means a big assignment for celebrity chefs, culinary experts and cooks who are being recruited for the “Chefs Move! to Schools” program, part of “Let’s Move!” – the First Lady’s initiative aimed at fighting childhood obesity within a generation. The adopt-a-school program will pair a cooking expert with a public school in order to teach students about nutrition and healthy eating.

Some familiar faces are helping to kick-off the program this afternoon on the White House South Lawn. POLITICO reports Rachael Ray will be on hand, as well as other Food Network stars including: Cat Cora, Anne Burrell, Aaron Sanchez, Ellie Krieger and Alex Guarnaschell.

Watch the event LIVE at 12:30PM EDT here on

Bill Clinton Touts World Cup Soccer

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Lots of laughter and amore in the air as President Bill Clinton and Quincy Jones joined Italy’s President Giorgio Napolitano and Washington favorite Franco Nuschese at the Sons of Italy Foundation’s 22nd annual National Education & Leadership Awards gala in Washington, D.C. on May 26.

Clinton was honored with a lifetime achievement award for his career in public service and used the occasion to promote his new passion: bringing the FIFA World Cup to the U.S., which received a rousing round of applause (Italy is the defending champion heading into the 2010 World Cup games). Clinton was recently named the Honorary Chairman of the USA Bid to bring the games to the United States in 2018 or 2022.

The event, emceed by actor Joe Mantegna, also honored Capt. Anthony Odierno, (U.S. Army, Ret.), who was severely wounded in Iraq; and Lewis Merletti, former director of the U.S. Secret Service. National scholarships were also handed out to 11 young Italian Americans heading off to college.

On hand for the festivities were numerous notables ranging from the worlds of government to entertainment, including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the House; Gen. Raymond Odierno, commander of U.S. forces in Iraq; NIAID Director Dr. Anthony Fauci, Sons of Italy Foundation President Vincent Sarno, and tenor Michael Amante.

Steve Jobs: All Things Digital

Apple CEO Steve Jobs wowed the crowd at The Wall Street Journal’s 8th D: All Things Digital conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, California. In 2007, when Jobs last spoke to All Things Digital conference attendees, the world hadn’t touched an iPhone or imagined the iPad. What a difference a few years can make.

Check out what Jobs had to say in these clips of his speech to this year’s sold out D8 conference, including his thoughts on the smartphone market and the love hate relationship Apple has with Adobe’s Flash.

The three-day conference brings top innovators to the table to discuss media and technology – but this is Southern California, after all, so they also let their hair down at the AOL after party. Check out the photos of movie moguls and top tech geeks, including FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, Rupert and Wendi Murdoch, Arianna Huffington, Eric Hippeau, Tim Armstrong, and Jennifer Khoury, enjoying a set from Natasha Bedingfield.

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