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This Morning

"Today" led with Rev. Wright's interview and featured a taped interview with John McCain. "Early Show" led with a taped interview with McCain. "GMA" led with Rev. Wright's interview and featured a taped interview with McCain.

This Weekend

Sunday

 

• Meet the Press hosts DNC Chair Howard Dean and a roundtable with Washington Post's David Broder, Slate.com's John Dickerson, PBS' Gwen Ifill, NBC's Andrea Mitchell and Newsweek's Richard Wolffe. • Face the Nation hosts Obama strategist David Axelrod, Clinton strategist Howard Wolfson and ex-CBS corr. Roger Mudd. • This Week hosts Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN), Rep. Artur Davis (D-AL), Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) and ex-Senate Maj. Leader Tom Daschle (D-SD). • Fox News Sunday hosts Barack Obama. • Late Edition hosts Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Rep. Peter Hoekstra (R-MI), Clinton foreign policy adviser Jamie Rubin, Obama foreign policy adviser Susan Rice, and a roundtable with CNN's Joe Johns, CNN's Gloria Borger and CNN's Jessica Yellin.

Other Weekend Shows

• Washington Week features Slate.com's John Dickerson and CNN's Gloria Borger on WH '08, Politico's Jeanne Cummings on the state of the WH '08 money race and ABC's Martha Raddatz on the nod of Gen. David Petraeus to become the sr. Middle East commander of U.S. forces (PBS, FRI, 8pm). • Real Time features blogger Arianna Huffington, comedian Garry Shandling, TV personality Phil Donahue, and Real Time corr. Matt Taibbi (HBO, FRI, 11 pm). • Political Capital features Treasury Undersec. Robert Steel (Bloomberg, FRI, 7:30pm). • This Week in Politics features CNN's Jessica Yellin, Time's Rick Stengel, GOP strategist Benjamin Ginsberg, CNN's Donna Brazile, Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Mike Luckovich, CNN's Ali Velshi, Earth Policy Institute pres. Lester Brown and CNN's Bill Schneider (CNN, SAT 6pm, SUN 1 pm). • Newsmakers hosts NIH Nat'l Human Genome Research Institute Dir./Dr. Francis Collins. She will be questioned by Washington Post's Rick Weiss and Balitmore Sun's Jonathan Rockoff (C-SPAN, SUN, 10am/6pm). • Road to the White House features Michelle Obama at a rally in Fort Wayne, IN, and Hillary Clinton (D-NY) at a rally in Fort Wayne, IN (C-SPAN, SUN, 6:30pm/9:30pm). • Chris Matthews Show features Time's Joe Klein, Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Cynthia Tucker, New York Times' Patrick Healy and MSNBC's Norah O'Donnell (NBC, check local listings). • Reliable Sources features ex-New York Times columnist William Safire, Washington Post's Jonathan Capehart, CNN's Jessica Yellin, ex-NBC analyst Ken Allard, and ex-Donald Rumsfeld aide Larry DiRita (CNN, SUN, 10 am). • Roll Call TV with Robert Traynham features Roll Call's David Drucker, Roll Call's Erin Billings, Roll Call's Emily Heiland and Harrisburg Patriot-News' Brett Lieberman (CN8, The Comcast Network, SUN, 10 pm).

 

"He's either too street, because he hangs around with Jeremiah Wright, or he's too elite and looks like Dukakis and John Kerry."
--MSNBC's Matthews, on Obama, "Hardball," 4/24.

Gotta Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On

For 16 years, Matthew Tully has covered gov't and politics in locales ranging from Gary, IN, to DC. He arrived at the Indianapolis Star in '02 and was named the paper's political columnist in '05. Tully began his career as a reporter for the Post-Tribune in Gary. He joined Congressional Quarterly in '97, where he covered the U.S. Senate and reported on topics ranging from the Clinton impeachment trial to the political aftermath of the '01 terrorist attacks. But today he's our Friday Feature:

Where's your hometown? What was it like growing up there?

Gary and Portage, Indiana. Gary, especially, was a dusty old steel town full of abandoned buildings, which provided plenty of wonderful opportunity for misadventure.

 

What was your first job?

Paperboy for the Gary Post-Tribune, which also ended up being the first newspaper to hire me as a reporter.

What's your most embarrassing on-the-job moment? (Or as embarrassing as you'd like to reveal?)

Most of these would involve appearances on TV. Once, I sat on a live set talking about politics for about 5 minutes during the morning news. Only later was I told, over and over, that I had been bouncing my knee during the entire interview -- frantically and like a junkie, one person said.

If you could interview any deceased person, who would it be and why?

Frank Chance. Because I've always wanted to write a book on the World Series-winning 1908 Cubs and it would be easier if I could interview the team's manager.

If you could have any other job besides the one you have now, what would it be?

I have a pretty great job so this is a hard one. But I'd probably have to say bartender in Key West, Fla.

If you could cover any past political story, which one would it be and why?

The Democratic Party convention of 1968 in Chicago. It was a mixture of my favorite city, the most interesting American mayor, a fascinating time in U.S. history and riots. What more could you ask for?

It's 2028 -- where are you and what are you doing?

I'll be getting ready to turn 60. So hopefully I'll be living in my cabin, at least on the weekends, free-lance writing for spare change, and taking long hikes with my wife every afternoon.

What's your favorite political book and why?

"All the President's Men" -- because it shows what great journalism can do.

What is your biggest weakness (and not your job interview biggest weakness)?

My grammar stinks.

What's your favorite comfort food?

Oreos.

What reality TV show could you win?

Sadly, not one.

If you could go to any live concert tonight, which one would it be?

Any Elvis Presley concert from the 1970s. If I had to specify one, probably his show at Madison Square Garden in 1972.

And finally, we're ending this feature with a question posed by the last interviewee. This is from CNN's Brianna Keilar: What's the last thing you got in trouble for?

I accidentally walked into a women's restroom in Nashville last month. I didn't really get in trouble, but I did get a few strange looks.

Now you can pose your own question -- any question -- to the next interviewee. Be as nice, or as mean, as you wish.

Who would play you in a movie about your life?

Ratingzzz Buzzz

For the week of 4/20, NBC's "Meet the Press" won with a 2.6 rating/7 share and 3.492 viewers. ABC's "This Week" was second with a 1.9/6 and 2.538M viewers. CBS' "Face the Nation" came in with a 1.8/5 and 2.455M viewers. "Fox News Sunday" garnered a 1.0/3 and 1.372M viewers (Hotline sources," 4/25).

What's Nine Is Yours

Newsday's Gay reports, CNN's Larry King "did not secure a guarantee to continue anchoring the 9 pm hour," which according to sources, "opens the door wide" for "Evening News" anchor Katie Couric when she leaves CBS, "as she almost certainly will."

Gay: "When the Katie-out-at-CBS story broke a couple weeks ago, CNN -- with remarkable haste -- signed King to a new deal that will carry him through 2011. But Larry effectively was given the kingdom without getting the throne. Sure, he'll be at CNN -- but at 9? The answer to that is the only one that matters" (Gillette, "The Media Mob," Observer.com, 4/24).

Laugh Track

Jay Leno: "What a crowd! You sound like pantsuit salesmen when they heard Hillary Clinton was going to go all the way to the convention. Well, after that long, drawn-out primary in PA the choices are still the same. You've got McCain, Obama and Clinton. Or to use their pro-wrestler names The Geezer, The Pleaser and the Freezer, ladies and gentlemen. Big announcement from Hillary Clinton today, she said that if you count the votes that don't count, she's winning. As you know, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama, they're arguing over who received the most overall votes during the primaries. Hillary's people have one way of counting the popular vote, and Barack's people have another way of counting the vote. I'm begining to understand why the Democrats keep blowing all these elections, you know? They haven't figured out how to count votes, I mean, come on, could more basic than that? This campaign is very tough on the Democrats because they have to fight it out even longer. McCain, see, the only thing he has to fight is regularity" ("Tonight Show," NBC, 4/24).

David Letterman: "This just in, Barack Obama was cleaning out his campaign headquarters in Pennsylvania, you know, after the primary there, and he found a buried Ralph Nader jersey. Yeah. Have you been following the Democratic presidential race? It's crazy, isn't it. I mean it goes on and on and on, and now Hillary has the big comeback win in Pennsylvania, getting a little cocky, big mistake getting a little cocky. She's now saying that if she gets that 3 am phone call she's gonna let it go to voicemail. ...You've gotta admire her, she's a tigress, this Hillary Clinton. She'll do anything that it takes to win, absolutely anything. Today, she said that if any superdelegate...votes for her they can peak into her pant suit. How 'bout that John McCain, you like John McCain? I like John McCain. He looks like a guy who goes grocery shopping and yells at the bagboy, 'Put the eggs on top. Hey, hey junior, put the eggs on top.' He looks like a guy who still calls the TV the 'Idiot Box.' ... He looks like a guy you take shopping and have to yell into the changing room, 'Everything alright in there, pop?'" ("Late Show," CBS, 4/24).

Jon Stewart: "Now, if you've been watching the show, and I don't recommend it, you know that usually we go now to our campaign coverage. But tonight we're not going to, and I'll tell you why. I'm f@#king sick of it! It never changes! It goes on and on and on! And nothing's different" ("Daily Show," Comedy Central, 4/24).

Conan O'Brien: "This race is just going on and on and on. The Democratic battle for the presidential nomination will continue now for the next six years I believe. Yeah, that's what they're saying now, and after the Pennsylvania primary, Barack Obama has kind of resigned himself to a prolonged and potentially ugly battle with Hillary Clinton. After hearing this, Bill Clinton said, 'Join the Club.' Barack Obama, he said one of the problems is he needs to attract older voters, and he says he's going to work hard to prove that he understands them. And I think he means it because today Barack ate dinner at three in the afternoon. ... This is weird ... it's been reported that President Bush was so impressed with Pope Benedict's recent visit, that after he leaves office Bush may convert to Catholicism. Bush said, 'I'd convert right now, but Dick Cheney freaks out if you get near him with a cross'" ("Late Night," NBC, 4/24)

          TOP TEN SIGNS HILLARY CLINTON IS EXHAUSTED

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         10. Spends most of her time campaigning in
             Sleepy's Mattress stores.
          9. Barely has enough energy to lie about
             battling Bosnian snipers.
          8. Last night, spent 2 hours debating a
             coat rack.
          7. Agreed not to dispute Florida and Michigan
             delegates in exchange for a nap.
          6. Announced a new tax break for kitties.
          5. Greeted Philadelphia voters with, "It's
             great to be back in Tacoma!"
          4. She's mismatching her pantsuits -- man,
             she must be exhausted!
          3. When asked how she'd fight terrorism, she
             said two words: "Iron Man"
          2. 3 a.m. phone call -- "Let the machine get
             it."
          1. So tired, she actually crawled into bed
             with Bill (CBS, 4/24).

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This article appears in the April 25, 2008 edition of Latest Edition.

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