1 – 5 of 30
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."
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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
Follow at: http://twitter.com/Jdickerson
6 – 10 of 30
Obsessions: His upcoming marriage, insider media business gossip
Increasingly, I just dont see Obama going 8 years anti-gay marriage.Cheney's for it + WJC gave BHO an out by declaring an "evolved" position
self-pimp: Arne Duncan dishes on hoops with Obama
Huge news: Murdoch may sell Weekly Standard to DC Examiner owner Phil Anschutz
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Former Speaker of the House
Obsessions: Lowering taxes, his new self-help book, restaurants in suburban Virginia
The President is clearly trying to have some gop outreach with minimum change in his key policies The complexity will be fascinating
White man racist nominee would be forced to withdraw. Latina woman racist should also withdraw.
Plan now to actively work to defeat any member who raises taxes or refuses to cut spending 2010 could be a decisive year
Follow at: http://twitter.com/Newtgingrich
Host, Meet the Press, NBC
Obsessions: Obama’s foreign policy challenges, LA Dodgers, media objectivity
NK and Iran. It’s interesting how dependent Obama is on China and Russia to solve these probs.
At a time when no one knows how to fix the economy, will the President maintain the public’s support even if some of his ideas fail?
By Al, of course i mean @alroker
Follow at: http://twitter.com/davidgregory
Obsessions: Arab/Israeli peace, Iran, public diplomacy
The gov't is acting against outposts built illegally. If there is evidence to the contrary, court system will adjudicate.
Hamas brings out the cavalry in brazen attack yesterday - @NYrker Key word is "yet." Combining nukes, disregard for life, and apocalyptic ideology (Pakistan, Iran, elsewhere)=calamitous
Follow at: http://twitter.com/israelconsulate
White House Correspondent, CBS News
Obsessions: President’s daily schedule, behind-the-scenes decision making, White House press conferences
for those keeping score, the daily WH briefing 1st set for 130p, then 2p has just begun at 2:21pm. Running car companies is time consuming.
Worth noting: One of Obama’s first actions as president was to cap the pay of his top aides at $100k. Uncapped, they would earn $172, 000.
"Bar, what'd ya think?" the 41st pres called out to his wife on landing safely. "Where's my hero," she replied. What a hoot.
Follow at: http://www.twitter.com/markknoller
11 – 15 of 30
Columnist, Washington Post
Obsessions: media trends, his hometown of Brooklyn
It's getting to be torturous watching pundits yell at each other about torture. Maybe they should play some of these tapes for detainees
Newt may be succinct, but not sure Twitter is best forum to call a Supreme Court nominee racist. Attack her legal reasoning, but R word?
Work has interfered with tweeting all day. Thing about reporting is it takes time--phone calls, etc. Very old-fashioned.
Follow at: http://twitter.com/HowardKurtz
Host, The Rachel Maddow Show, NBC
Obsessions: political dissent, cocktails, good web reporting
Look at Obama's answer to question 10. This is the same guy now proposing "prolonged detention" without trial?
If the biggest jail in the US is a madness-inducing hellhole, maybe it should be shut down - and not just rebuilt bigger?
Prepping for tonight's presser, but thinking about Friday's expected announcement of Obama's plans for Afghanistan - - huge deal.
Follow at: http://m.twitter.com/maddow
Senator from Arizona (Republican)
Obsessions: Earmarks, war movies, Arizona Diamondbacks
Obama has more czars than the Romanovs - who ruled Russia for 3 centuries. Romanovs 18, cyberczar makes 20.
North Korean nuclear blast provocative and dangerous - sanctions and Chinese pressure absolutely necessary.
Admin claims 150,000 jobs "Saved or Created"-what about the 1.6 million American jobs lost & unemployment topping 9.4% since the "Stimulus"?
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Daughter of Sen. John McCain
Obsessions: The GOP, shopping, gay marriage
Why is Newt Gingrich on my news crawl this morning? Last time he was interesting I hadn't hit puberty yet...
I think its great Dick Cheney is speaking out about marriage equality however it would have been more effective when he was VICE PRESIDENT!
Worst pickup line ever: "I too love sex.....and the republican party"
Follow at: http://twitter.com/McCainblogette
Senator from Missouri (Democrat)
Obsessions: Health care, St. Louis Cardinals, her local radio interviews
Ok. I'm mad about these yahoos on Wall Street taking bonuses and trying to buy fancy jets on the taypayers dime
Limits of twitter are inability to get into complex policy decisions, can only skim the surface. But still great to start discussion
For new followers, meonlyme Imeanit onlyme types these tweets. No staffer allowed near my twitter. Fun cause no editing.
Follow at: http://twitter.com/clairecmc
16 – 20 of 30
Blogger, Real Clear Politics
Obsessions: Robert Gibbs, White House press conferences, NY Yankees
Last Palin pt: She did well talking about gas line, should have cut off there, not answer Letterman stuff. But mama grizzly ...
Walking out WH, crowd of young kids ask me if I've met POTUS. Then grab my hand cause they want to touch hand that shook his. Cute
No coincidence that Gibbs, Axe, etc not traveling with POTUS, staying in DC. With SCOTUS pick, uber critical to win the early spin war
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Founder, Daily Kos
Obsessions: The GOP, local elections, re-Tweeting
Cons think Twitter is their savior. I think Twitter is merely fun.
I can't wait for Franken to win again. His first three victories seemed somewhat lacking...
With some luck, we'll go next week without another right-wing terrorist attack.
Follow at: http://twitter.com/markosm
Chair, The Joint Chiefs of Staff
Obsessions: Veterans, war strategy, military affairs
We will be smarter now in Afghanistan and more successful, in my view, not in spite of Iraq, but because of it.
I am troubled by the effects of PTS and TBI, these signature wounds of modern war, and the stigma that surrounds them. We must do better.
Testified to Senate Appropriations today. Stressed readiness against a wide array of threats. Must be able to win all wars, big and small.
Follow at: http://twitter.com/thejointstaff
Senator from Florida (Democrat)
Obsessions: The Everglades, the stimulus bill, alternative energy
I can't believe some Florida lawmakers might actually be serious about allowing oil drilling within ten miles offshore.
White House tells me the president will fly all nine remaining shuttle missions - even if it means flying the shuttle an extra year.
Whoa, Arlen Specter is switching to Democratic Party after three decades in GOP
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Former Adviser to President Bush
Obsessions: Defending Bush administration, presidential trivia, his forthcoming book
If Obama signs into law a "public option" as part of health-care reform we won't be able to undo the damage.
F&F [Fox and Friends] topic: Cheney "favorable" rating up 8% since leaving office according to CNN poll.
“Which U.S. President used to start his day at 5:00 AM with a 2 hour piano practice?”
Follow at: http://twitter.com/KarlRove
21 – 25 of 30
GOP strategist, political blogger
Obsessions: A resurgent GOP, online campaign strategies, polling data
The right answer on Sunday shows if asked about if you prefer Cheney vs. Powell vs. Rush is self-transparently obvious: no answer & move on
Prediction: Buckleyite elite conservatism will make a comeback in the next few years
Every candidate who has done a Google network blast has won. Prop 8, Saxby, Scott Murphy, Deeds.
Follow at: http://twitter.com/PatrickRuffini
Deputy Prime Minister of Iraq
Obsessions: Forthcoming Iraqi elections, working out, picnics in his home district, Suleimani
Early morning drive to Irbil for meeting with Pres Barzani. Elections are getting closer! I am heading our parliamentary list-so much to do!
I missed my exercise session:( Many meetings-sessions with disgruntled candidates-Visited a village outside city. Went to a funeral in Suli.
Long cabinet meeting! Good decision to allocate $0.5/barrel of oil to producing regions. Don't like meetings, but good chance to catch up.
Follow at: https://twitter.com/BarhamSalih
Host, Weekend Edition Saturday, NPR
Obsessions: Soliciting interview questions, his daughters, NPR gossip, new movies
Glad we're leading with California budget story, not obvious ordinary east coast Beltway lead that sometimes snaps into place automatically
PS to meeting Roxana [Saberi]. At one pt she borrowed my handkerchief to dab some expressions of emotion. Told her to keep it--the least I could do.
Bernard Kerik sent Tweet proclaiming innocence just before indicted in Fed Court today. I don't think I'd have that presence of mind . . .
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Chief Washington Correspondent, ABC News
Obsessions: Obama’s plans for the economy, good reporting on the web, feedback from his viewers
Senate source tells me that Souter told Harry Reid "several weeks ago" that he would be retiring this year. Wonder who else knew that early?
Just spoke with tearful Rep Jose Serrano, Like Sotomayor grew up in Bronx projects. For Latinos, this pick has force of Thurgood Marshall
Conservatives say "empathy" wrong criteria for Supreme Court Liberals want Obama to ignore GOP and appoint liberal force on Court..And you?
Follow at: http://twitter.com/GStephanopoulos
Senior White House Correspondent, ABC News
Obsessions: Gitmo detainee debate, movies, pols on Twitter who respond to questions
GM CEO Henderson said company needs to make sure every new vehicle launch is an outstanding car or truck. Was that not the plan before?
Congress denied ABC News' request to film the House/Senate gyms that YOUR tax dollars pay for. Interesting.
The overarching lesson for the media from the war in Iraq is: What if they're wrong? That guides some of us currently in the WH press corps.
Follow at: http://twitter.com/jaketapper
26 – 30 of 30
Former Senator, actor
Obsessions: National security, attacking Obama, torture
Am Bolton knew 1st.. Susan Rice ought 2 spend time w/ N Korean xperts & not doing vogue photo spread
My Advice to Pirates to be safe from USA's wrath: Take up safer activities like enriching uranium or firing missles over Japan
Even Dr. Seuss would not have bought the Obama spin on SOTO
Follow at: http://twitter.com/fredthompson
Democratic campaign specialist
Obsessions: Social networking, Democratic pols, campaigning
In case you missed it yesterday, regarding claims of an Edwards "Doomsday" plot: Complete BS - fantasyland - not true.
OK, count to 60... While you were counting, 20 hrs of video was uploaded to YouTube. Thats > 86k full length films evry wk
Republican Party officially preparing to jump off cliff -- Doors tribute band to sing "This is the end..."
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Writer, Time Magazine
Obsessions: Health care reform, tennis, CSPAN
Does anyone else think that what the Cheneys are really after here is their own reality show?
Gotta quit reading overnight tweets before the morning papers. i'm becoming part of the problem.
@KagroX @jayackroyd Am told the reason Waxman went for weaker version of public plan was the pushback he was getting from his own Blue Dogs.
Follow at: http://twitter.com/kTumulty
Politics reporter, The Washington Independent
Obsessions: political humor, conspiracy theorists who believe Obama is not U.S. citizen, Newt Gingrich
Listening to Rush label "white people" the "new, oppressed minority." Jon Huntsman bailed at the right time, I think.
FWIW, the Democrats had 54 Senate seats when they borked Bork. GOP's chances with Sotomayor are somewhat... diminished.
Why is Gingrich debating Dick Durbin on Meet the Press? Do all 40 Republican senators have the flu?
Follow at: http://twitter.com/daveweigel
Anonymous: fast, accurate and unbiased coverage of President Obama direct from the White House press room.
Obsessions: Obama’s schedule, Obama’s statements, Obama’s poll numbers, Obama.
Obama takes another page from Bush playbook: he's fighting the release of certain Bush-era documents detailing videotaped interrogations
President will announce that GM will emerge from chapter 11 reorg after 60-90 days. Chrysler is about to, reports say, after a month.
Obama presses the re-set button; a sweeping speech aimed at bridging a deep chasm - but laid out no formal proposals or plans
Follow at: http://twitter.com/westwingreport