The Senate confirmed Elena Kagan by a 63-37 vote as the 112th justice to the Supreme Court. Kagan, 50, is President Obama’s second appointment to the court in the past year and marks the first time in history that three women are serving on the high court – Kagan and Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
For the 49th birthday of the President of the United States, you’d think it was the saddest day ever if you were the New York Daily News.
The Gotham tabloid started this piece about the President’s special day in true fashion: “It’s your party, Mr. President. You can cry if you want to.” It doesn’t hurt to run a file photo of the President staring at a plate of cupcakes like it was a handful of oil.
Back to the plate at hand: the photo (left) shares a strange similarity to when Helen Thomas celebrated her 89th birthday and received a plate of cupcakes from the President (and he’s smiling too!)
In fact, the photo is from last year while Obama “watches the flame on the candle as he walks to the Brady Briefing Room to present cupcakes to Hearst White House columnist Helen Thomas in honor of her birthday, Aug. 4, 2009.”
So if you thought the President was sad due to A-Rod’s 600th hit or his birth date still being debated, don’t fret. Even if he didn’t get to eat his cake from the AFL-CIO according to Yahoo, we’re sure he’ll enjoy Wendy Williams’ Gift Bag and a birthday tweet (via Savannah Gutherie) from Russian President Dmitri Medvedev.
Image is the most important tool in campaigns and social media. This isn’t a startling fact or groundbreaking for anyone remotely connected to the upcoming primaries in 2010. It becomes something worth exploring when candidatestry to promote themselves through new media concepts, when the established idea of a TV ad feels as fake as the faux-humility it promotes.
[picappgallerysingle id=”4991269″]Long live the king of CNN’s prime-time block: Piers Morgan.
The rumored hopeful was confirmed as headed to the cable news network according to The Wrap. Jeff Gaspin, president of NBC Universal TV, confirmed the former host of America’s Got Talent joining the network during a press tour earlier today.
The rest of the details aren’t publicly available yet; Gaspin gave a brief answer to Morgan having dual duty at NBC and CNN (“Yes,” Gaspin said.)
Like the ending for any Inglourious Basterd, Bob Kerrey’s bid for Motion Picture Association of America Chairman is up in celluloid smoke. The former senator and president of New School rejected the MPAA’s offer as the organization’s head lobbyist.
The Wrap reached Kerrey for comment, We couldn’t reach agreement and I called to suggest we break off talks. They agreed…[t]he decision was mutual. I like them a lot and wish them well.”
The 2012-13 White House Correspondents Association election results are in–and so is President-Elect Ed Henry of CNN.
FishbowlDC shares the other incoming elects: Politico’s Carol Lee takes the At-Large Chair, Time’s Michael Scherer the Magazine Chair and Henry also won the TV Chair.
While congratulating Lee, Mike Allen shares the WHCA voting tally, proving the At-Large vote was the closest of the four races. Under the President write-ins, however, it’s hard not to notice one sarcastic vote for Helen Thomas.
Now that a new board has been selected, the eerily-quiet anticipation for who’ll inherit the abandoned front row seat may continue.
[picappgallerysingle id=”4987232″ align=”center”]The Beltway’s TV presence is going wider–if not global–in the coming weeks
TVNewser confirms August 1st as the start date for Christiane Amanpour’s premiere at This Week, which sadly ousts Jake Tapper from the temporary position. Meanwhile, Rick Sanchez is being bumped up to 8 pm on July 22nd until the Fall premiere of the Untitled Eliot Spitzer/Kathleen Parker Show.
Monday turned out pretty well if your name is Money Magazine.
CNNMoney and the social networking/geo-tagging site Gowalla teamed up, according to Fishbowl NY, to correspond with the “100 Best Places To Live” feature in the current issue; users can sign up for specialty mobile alerts at both CNN Money and Gowalla.
In case you were wondering, yes, this does mean the heat wave has lifted in NYC and the Beltway is still trying to get out of the muggy malaise.
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.