Let me just say that two of my main interests in the news are sports and the stock exchange, because they're numbers. When I was growing up, I read the newspaper cover to cover all the time. Ships in port, phases of the moon, stock market, sports, as well as the other news of the day. Anything that has to do with the numbers has an appeal to me. It’s objective. It’s not anybody’s opinion.
When I'm in Washington, it’s The Washington Post and The New York Times. I’m soon out the door, getting the others: Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and the rest. I read these papers pretty fast, and since you read it every day, you know basically what the story is so you’re reading the continuation. Or what’s new. So it doesn’t take that long to read all of that. But I love reading the paper. I’m just addicted to it. It’s an old-fashioned notion, but it is what I do.
I travel a lot so I always read the local metropolitan journal, for lack of a better term, and I watch the news. When I’m traveling to cities, as I’m doing mostly every week, I like to see the news as it is presented in those communities. And of course read the local papers. So this weekend I was in Boston so I read the Boston Globe, and then I was in New York so of course The Times, Daily News, Post, the weekend Wall Street Journal. I love The Wall Street Journal. As I always say, two dollars, two papers: You have wonderful reporting, then of course the editorial page. And I realize that my insatiable appetite for the news is going to make me be relying more electronically on receiving some of this because it does weigh a lot to carry a lot of these on the plane if I haven’t read them before I left. People laugh at me on the plane because they always can depend on me to be handing out newspapers.
During the day I’m working and I’ll have the TV on in case something breaks -- usually the House floor, sometimes the Senate -- but I really am attending to my work for most of the day. My daughter Christine and my wonderful communications staff keep me attuned to anything that is breaking that I need to know in real time. I think it’s important to note that if you miss something, that’s OK. You can’t absorb it all. I mean, I have a job to do and I have a family to keep, and the rest. But in the course of the day as news breaks, just as anyone else, I’ll look up, but otherwise I’m hopefully making news with the legislation that we’re either stopping or starting on the floor of the house or instigating on the steps of the Capitol or something like that.
In the course of any day, if I have time, mostly when I’m on planes, I read magazines. And that’s as much for relaxation as information gathering. I try to read as much as I possibly can but you know, it could be one time I’ll read Rolling Stone cover-to-cover, another time it might be The Atlantic, another time it might be something I’ve been reading for decades, Businessweek now Bloomberg Businessweek.