In two weeks, freelance journo Michael Hastings managed to get General Stanley A. McChyrstal sacked from his command in Afghanistan and score a book deal.
Hastings penned the now infamous Rolling Stones profile The Runaway General in which the loose-lipped McChyrstal and his aides criticized administration officials.
No publishing date or title yet, but according to publisher Little, Brown the book “will offer an unfiltered look at the war, and the soldiers, diplomats and politicians who are waging it.”
As the WSJ points out this isn’t the first publishing deal for Hastings. The former Newsweek correspondent released the memoir “I Lost My Love in Baghdad” in 2008 about his time covering the Iraq war and the tragic loss of his girlfriend who was killed in Baghdad while working with the National Democratic Institute, a Washington-based NGO.
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Senator Robert Byrd (D-WV), the longest-serving member of Congress in US history, died earlier this morning at a Virginia hospital. He was 92.
Politico leads off with Byrd’s rise through West Virginia and his time in the Ku Klux Klan before endorsing President Obama. They follow up with a collection of remembrances from the Senate, including Mitch McConnell:
“Sen. Byrd combined a devotion to the U.S. Constitution with a deep learning of history to defend the interests of his state and the traditions of the Senate. We will remember him for his fighter’s spirit, his abiding faith, and for the many times he recalled the Senate to its purposes.”
There are currently no plans for Byrd’s funeral, but a successor will be chosen shortly.
The New York Times leads off with the health care debate and Senator Byrd’s condition:
Mr. Byrd’s death comes as Senate Democrats are working to pass the final version of the financial overhaul bill and win other procedural battles in the week before the Independence Day recess. In the polarized atmosphere of Washington, President Obama’s agenda seemed to hinge on Mr. Byrd’s health. Earlier this year, in the final days of the health care debate, the ailing senator was pushed onto the Senate floor in his plaid wheelchair so he could cast his votes.
The Charleston Gazette brings up Senator Byrd’s infamous bid to move the CIA offices and reaction to being named Porker Of The Year in 2002 by Citizens Against Government Waste (“Such criticism rolled off me like water from a duck’s back,” Byrd wrote in his autobiography.)
At The Takeaway, Senator Byrd’s defiant and poetic attitude is clearly summed up in an exchange outside the Senate:
Once during the height of the Iraq War, Byrd slowly passed through a group of reporters on his way to the Senate floor. I remember him stopping, turning toward us and wagging his finger. “The Fourth Estate. The Fourth Estate! Defenders of liberty!” he shouted as he shot his index finger into the air. “Defend it,” he said, as he looked at each of us. “Defend it.”
If your name happens to be Rolling Stone, Stanley McChrystal or David Petraeus, the last 48 hours have been a non-stop viral media roller coaster.
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.”
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.
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 WHCInsider.com.