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Obsessions: White House press conferences, Beltway culture, new media
breaking: Stephanie Cutter, counselor at Treasury, is moving over to the White House to coordinate the Court fight ("the Steve Schmidt job")
cairo speech (6:10 a.m. ET) about 40-45 minutes--POTUS still working on text--hope press will have embargoed copy "well before he gives it"
Number of heads of state hosted at White House: 8. Number of U.S. states visited: 12
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Politics Editor, The Atlantic
Obsessions: National security policy, 2012 presidential race, WWF wrestling
Will journos label T-Paw a "mod?" He can position himself that way, but on taxes, gays, guns, God, abortion, stem cells, he's conservative.
Sen. DeMint says he asked S'Smayor about rights of unborn child; says she said she "never thought about it." He's upset. WH denies.
Source: new CAFE standards will be similar to California's, which achieve 33% reduction in emissions by 2016....
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Blogger, Washington Post: "The Fix"
Obsessions: Johnny Cash, electoral politics, custom t-shirts
Gibbs just gave a girlish chuckle. For the record, the Fix laughs like Eddie Murphy. Pot. kettle. Black.
Newt just dropped a Rahm Emanuel reference. Rahm is cursing somewhere.
Another coup for Obama political team: picking John McHugh as Army Sec opens up a VERY competitive NY congressional seat.
Follow at: http://twitter.com/TheFix
Ana Marie Cox
National Correspondent, Air America radio
Obsessions: “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” Robert Gibbs’ ties, Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, her pants
GIBBS TIE THREAT LEVEL: Pink and baby blue/We're gonna threaten terrorists WITH A HUG.
AH THE ANGRY LEPRECHAUN! He is TROUBLED! HE WANTS HIS GOLD. To be fair, Jeff Sessions could also be a younger, shorter, angrier Spock.
For those keeping track: Gibbs gave a one-word answer on repealing DADT in January: "yes." Last week, it took 105 words for him to say "no."
Follow at: http://twitter.com/anamariecox
Chief Political Correspondent, Slate
Obsessions: national security politics, his kids, Beltway culture, road food
Sotomayor rejected discrimination-related claims by a margin of 8 to 1. Old smear: racist. New one: ineffective racist?
Cheney has gotta stop: Burst in to White House kitchen and interrupted chefs making vinaigrette dressing. Told them they were doing it wrong
Obama just called space shuttle astronauts who've repaired Hubble. Asked them to use its high power lens to find him a policy for Guantanamo
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