Thursday, Oct. 21, 2010
WHAT'S NEWS . . .
• Pres. Obama will return to Chicago on 10/30 to headline a "get-out-the-vote rally" helping IL Gov. Pat Quinn (D) and IL SEN nominee Alexi Giannoulias (D) (Chicago Sun-Times).
• The RNC sent $15K to Guam in Sept., money meant to help elect Sen. Eddie Calvo (R), who is running to replace term-limited Gov. Felix Camacho (R) in the island territory's GOV election ("On Call").
• In LA-02, state Sen. Cedric Richmond (D) has suspended his campaign "until further notice" after the death of Rep. Joseph Cao's (R) father (release).
• In FL SEN, Gov. Charlie Crist (I) ended Sept. with $1.4M CoH, trailing ex-House Speaker Marco Rubio's (R) $5.5M CoH but leading Rep. Kendrick Meek's (D) paltry $415K (Miami Herald).
• In OH GOV, Gov. Ted Strickland (D) has $3.1M CoH after raising $1.2M from 10/5-19. Meanwhile, ex-Rep. John Kasich (R) raised $1.5M in the same period and has $4M CoH (Hotline reporting).
BY THE NUMBERS . . .
"Miami Beach crime numbers up more than 10 percent" -- Miami Herald. Two words: Blame LeBron.
WE HEAR . . .
• "I'm confident Nancy Pelosi will be Speaker of the House" -- DCCC chair Chris Van Hollen, optimistic 'till the end ("On Call").
• "I did shake his hand and when I did, he pulled me close and I didn't pull back because I'm a gentlemen. He does it to everybody" -- Crist, on why he didn't shake Obama's hand instead of hugging him (AP).
• "I was thinking about just going as Dorothy" -- DE SEN nominee Christine O'Donnell (R), on what she might be for Halloween (ABC News).
• "This is not easy. If it were, anybody could have done it already" -- Sec/State Hillary Clinton, discussing the difficulties of the Arab-Israeli peace process (Foreign Policy).
• "I have zero desire, just so you know, to be in the limelight ... You're not going to see me giving my opinions in the public arena, until I start selling my book. I'm going to emerge then submerge" -- George W. Bush, reminding us why we love him (Chicago Tribune).
HEADS UP . . .
• The Local Dance Commissioning Project presents "Affectations" (Kennedy Center, 6 pm).
• Historian Robert Dallek signs copies of his new book, "The Lost Peace" (Borders, 6:30 pm).
• V.S. Naipaul shares stories from his newest book, "The Masque Of Africa" (Politics & Prose, 7 pm).
• Four ex-congressmen and one ex-journalist discuss the book, "Political Rules of the Road" (National Archives, 7 pm).
• Renowned artist Guillermo Kuitca reflects on his career (Smithsonian's Hirshhorn Museum, 7 pm).
• Catch a classical performance of chamber music in "Beethoven Found" (Kennedy Center, 7:30 pm).
• Must-see TV: "Always Sunny" (FX, 10 pm); "The League" (FX, 10:30 pm).
• Today's playoff baseball: The Giants go for the knockout punch against the defending NL champion Phillies as Roy Halladay and Tim Lincecum square off in what could be an instant classic (WTTG-TV, 7:57 pm).
• A new book alleges that while he was in office, Bill Clinton lost the "biscuit," a nickname for the card used to access the briefcase where nuclear codes are stored. And to think, if only they had called it a "McMuffin," Clinton would have been all over it.
• After firing ex-NPR news analyst Juan Williams for remarks he made to FNC's Bill O'Reilly about Muslims, NPR CEO Vivian Schiller told an audience today that Williams should have kept the comment between himself and "his psychiatrist or his publicist." Earth to Vivian: Journalists can't afford psychiatrists, and O'Reilly is his publicist.
• Pelosi showed her baseball chops yesterday, saying: "We're right in the middle of a playoff, New York, Texas, San Francisco, L.A. -- would you go up to one of those players tap him on the shoulder and say, 'suppose you lose?'" Well, Nancy, the players from "L.A." probably wouldn't mind since they finished under .500 and missed the playoffs -- but we'll ask 'em anyway.
• Obama won't visit a Sikh temple when he visits India next month because he would be required to wear a turban upon entering. Appropriately, Obama will soon thereafter tape an episode of "Mythbusters" to debunk the rumor that he's petrified of being viewed as a Muslim.
• Speaking of uncomfortable visits, POTUS was in Seattle this afternoon stumping for Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA). We're not sure if they grabbed lunch, but if they did, they probably weren't in the mood for red meat.
• Aaron Sorkin's good friend, Joshua Malina, appeared in several of Sorkin's TV shows and movies. Malina played: Tom ("A Few Good Men"); David ("The American President"); Jeremy Goodwin ("Sports Night") and Will Bailey ("The West Wing").
• The winner is Jon Tap, and here's his Swizzle Challenge: "What word -- which can be used as a noun AND verb -- becomes a nationality when its first letter is capitalized?" The 5th correct e-mailer gets to submit the next question.
SHOT . . .
"We need to have a humble, grateful response about this election" -- Senate Min. Leader Mitch McConnell (National Journal).
. . . CHASER
"It is going to be important for Democrats to have a proper and appropriate sense of humility about what we can accomplish in the absence of Republican cooperation" -- Obama (National Journal).
Tim Alberta, Editor
Senior Editor: Maura O'Brien
Editor: Holly Noe