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This Morning

"Today" led with "Where in the World is Matt Lauer." "Early Show" led with the one-year anniversary of the tornado in Greensburg, KS. "GMA" led with the Midwest tornadoes. "Washington Journal" hosted Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR).

This Weekend



• Meet the Press hosts Barack Obama. • Face the Nation hosts House Maj. Whip James Clyburn (D-SC), Sen. Evan Bayh (D-IN) and ex-Gov./Richmond Mayor Doug Wilder. • This Week hosts a live town meeting with Hillary Clinton. • Fox News Sunday hosts DNC Chair Howard Dean, Clinton chair Terry McAuliffe and superdelegate/ex-DNC chair Joe Andrew. The "Power Player" is McCain Victory chair Carly Fiorina. • Late Edition hosts NC Gov. Mike Easley (D), ex-Labor Sec. Robert Reich, Clinton economic adviser Gene Sperling, Rep. Charles Rangel (D-NY), Dem strategist Donna Brazile, CNN contributor Roland Martin, and a roundtable with CNN's John King, CNN's Dana Bash and CNN's Candy Crowley.

Other Weekend Shows

• Washington Week features AP's Charles Babington on Rev. Jeremiah Wright, CNBC's John Harwood on recent WH '08 polls and the liability Pres. Bush is on John McCain, NBC's Pete Williams on SCOTUS' IN voter ID decision and Wall Street Journal's David Wessel on the economy (PBS, FRI, 8pm). • Political Capital features Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) (Bloomberg, FRI, 7:30pm). • This Week in Politics features CNN's Candy Crowley, Politico's Jim VandeHei, GOP strategist Leslie Sanchez, ex-Edwards comm. dir. Chris Kofinis, CNN's Ali Velshi, radio talk show host Ben Ferguson,'s Rachel Sklar and CNN' Bill Schneider (CNN, SAT 6pm, SUN 1 pm). • Newsmakers hosts Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA). He will be questioned by AP's Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Reuters' Patrick Rucker (C-SPAN, SUN, 10am/6pm). • Road to the White House features Hillary and Bill Clinton with John Mellencamp at a rally in Indianapolis, IN; Michelle Obama at a town hall meeting in Durham, NC; and the IN Dem Jefferson-Jackson Dinner with Barack Obama and HRC (C-SPAN, SUN, 6:30pm/9:30pm). • Chris Matthews Show features HDNet's Dan Rather, Time's Michael Duffy, WNCN-TV's (NC) Kim Genardo and WTHR-TV's (IN) Andrea Morehead (NBC, check local listings). • Reliable Sources features GOP strategist Amy Holmes, National Journal's Linda Douglass,'s Joan Walsh, media analyst Matthew Felling, Extra's Carlos Diaz and Celebrity Justice's Jane Velez-Mitchell (CNN, SUN, 10 am). • Roll Call TV with Robert Traynham features Roll Call's Erin Billings, Roll Call's David Drucker, Roll Call's Charlie Mitchell and Roll Call's Emily Heil (CN8, The Comcast Network, SUN, 10 pm).


"When I tell my kids to clean their room, I finish with, 'I'm Barack Obama and I approved this message.'"
--Obama, giving the #8 surprising fact about himself, "Late Show," CBS, 5/1.

The Morrill Of The Story

Jim Morrill covers politics for the Charlotte Observer, where he's worked since the start of the Reagan admin. Morrill spent three years as a Peace Corps Volunteer in West Africa before starting his journalism career. He was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard in '00. But today Morrill is our Friday Feature:

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

Aurora, Illinois, about 40 miles west of Chicago. It was a comfortable place to grow up, and helped make me a life-long Cubs fan.


What was your first job?

Pulling weeds around gravestones at a monument company. For 50-cents an hour.

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

I'd only been here a couple days when I did a brief about a bond referendum in a nearby town. The only problem was, I said the referendum was 'tomorrow.' I realized the mistake when I went to work the next day and felt the glare of my editor. He had dozens of rack cards printed saying the vote was TODAY and apologized for my screw-up. I spent the day nailing them on phone polls all over town.

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

My great-grandmother, who was born a slave. She married my great-grandfather, a former Union soldier, in Reconstruction Alabama, and is buried beside him at Arlington.

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

Aside from writing a novel? Probably something international, maybe teaching journalism overseas.

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

Reconstruction, since it changed the direction of the country and affected my own family.

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

Back at the Little League fields, this time watching my grand kids.

What's your favorite political book and why?

"Team of Rivals" by Doris Kearns Goodwin, because it showed Lincoln's skills and humanity in dealing with egos much bigger than his.

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


What's your favorite comfort food?

Cinnamon raisin bagels with peanut butter.

What reality TV show could you win?

I'd like to think 'Survivor' (since it's the only one I watch). But realistically, probably 'Are you smarter than a 5th grader?'

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

Something a capella, a group like "Da Vinci's Notebook."

And finally, we're ending this feature with a question posed by the last interviewee. This is from Indianapolis Star's Matthew Tully: Who would play you in a movie about your life?

I'd like Tom Hanks, but it would probably be Gene Wilder.

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

How much money would it take for you to change places with any of the politicians you cover?

Ratingzzz Buzzz

For the week of 4/27, NBC's "Meet the Press" won with a 2.9 rating/8 share and 3.903M viewers. ABC's "This Week" was second with a 1.9/5 and 2.535M viewers. CBS' "Face the Nation" came in with a 1.8/5 and 2.486M viewers. "Fox News Sunday" garnered a 1.2/4 and 1.638M viewers (Hotline sources," 5/2).

Mirror Mirror On The Wall, Which Is The Most Magic Wall Of All?

The current issue of Time features Perceptive Pixel founder Jefferson Han as one of the 100 most influential people in the world. Han's company makes the "futuristic multi-touch screens," one of which is CNN's John King's "Magic Wall."

King has also "let it slip" that CNN will "soon be doubling its Magic Wall arsenal. King writes in Time: "My fingers are part of that new world. Tune in to CNN on any election night as I navigate the ever-changing map that the folks at CNN call the Magic Wall. CNN owns one map, with a second on the way."

Contacted by Media Mob, a CNN spokesperson was "mum" when asked what the network will do with a second wall. The spokesperson "did confirm" that CNN has "purchased a second Magic Wall and said the new unit will be arriving in the coming weeks and will make its debut sometime thereafter" (Gillette, New York Observer, 5/1).

Laugh Track

Jay Leno: "I guess it's good news. Government figures released by President Bush today shows we are not in a recession. Yeah. Unless, of course, you have to buy gas or food or some other luxury item. Then you're screwed. Well, at his press conference this week, President Bush blasted Congress for not allowing oil exploration in the Alaskan Wildlife Reserve. Democrats said it wouldn't do any good, because it wouldn't produce oil for ten years. You know, the same thing they said 10 years ago. ... Well, Barack Obama's pastor, former pastor, I guess, Reverend Wright's claims [are] getting more and more bizarre. Did you hear his latest one? He now says the high price of gas is due to Dick Cheney and all of his friends. Okay, he's right on that one. I give him one. In fact, I filled up at my gas station this morning. Or as I call it, grand theft auto. Well, last night we had Cindy McCain on. Nice woman. You know, she talked abut her favorite antique, her husband" ("Tonight Show," NBC, 5/1).

David Letterman: "Honest to God, [David Blaine] held his breath for 17 minutes. Now that's entertainment. Are you with me on that? Underwater for 17 minutes without breathing. Or as Dick Cheney calls it, interrogation. Blaine set a brand new record, 17 minutes. Now the previous record was held by Bill Clinton, waiting for the results of a home pregnancy test" ("Late Show," CBS, 5/1).

Jon Stewart: "You know what, everybody's having a little bit too good of a time here. Let's bring it down a notch. Let's begin with the economy. It's not good. Not good. But don't take my word for it. Seriously, I'm actually doing very well ... [on screen: video of CNN's Velshi delivering bad economic news]. Who is that hairless prophet of doom? And how can we appease his anger? Please! If we give you our hair will you give us back our money? Will you do it, sir? I beg of you! Velshiiii! ... But while the economy is bad, it is not in a recession. Don't say that, don't even think that. The president doesn't. ... The president donned his money-colored tie Tuesday to deliver a message to Congress [on screen: video of Bush suggesting the tax cuts be made permanent]. Are you suggesting we take the policies that got us into this mess in the first place and render them irrevocable? Stewart, imitating Bush: 'Here's what I'm saying. We dug a big hole for ourselves, people. What I think we need to do is just keep digging. Because eventually we'll get to China. Apparently, they have all our money'" ("Daily Show," Comedy Central, 5/1).

Stephen Colbert: "Folks, I'm sorry. May 10 is just around the corner and I couldn't be more excited, because I'll be traveling down to Crawford, Texas, for the fairy tale wedding of Jenna Bush and 29-year-old soon-to-be MBA Harry Hager. His name is Henry, but he asked me to call him Harrrry. ... I mean, I mean, I assume I'm going. I haven't actually gotten the invitation yet. But the First Family is very busy. You know, probably just fell through the cracks. After all, I did receive a 'Save the Date' card [on screen: Colbert holds up a card with his face and 'Save the Date' on it]. Now, granted, I made it myself, but, I still got pretty excited when I saw it. Now, the other day I saw the first lady give her daughter some wedding advice on the 'Early Show' [on screen: video of Laura Bush telling Jenna to be present in the day and to enjoy her wedding]. It is true. It is so important to be at your own wedding. Let me tell you, people hate to hear 'I do' coming over a speakerphone. Trust me. And if I may add another tip from my own wedding: If you're going to release doves, don't do it directly under the ceiling fan. ... Everybody who is anybody is getting invited. Of course, Dick Cheney is going to be there, throwing rice. Well, well, firing rice [on screen: photo of Cheney firing rice out of a shotgun]. So Henry and Jenna, many happy returns" ("Colbert Report," Comedy Central, 5/1).

Conan O'Brien: "Of course, Reverend Wright is everywhere these days, since making his controversial remarks. Barack Obama's former pastor [is] getting invitations to speak all over the country. In fact, Hillary Clinton just invited him to speak at her inauguration. Best thing that ever happened to her. ... During a recent interview, Hillary Clinton said if she could go on a date with anyone from history, she would chose Abraham Lincoln. It's true, yeah. Meanwhile, Bill Clinton said if he could go on a date with anyone from history, he would chose Carmen Electra. ... In New Jersey, lawmakers are considering a new tax on fast food. They're going to start taxing fast food, yeah. Officials say that that revenue from the tax will be used to fund social programs in New Jersey, like 'No Mullet Left Behind.' ... In a recent interview, Barbara Walters said that when she was young, she had an affair with a member of the Senate. Yeah, it turns out, it was a member of the Roman Senate" ("Late Night," NBC, 5/1).

Jimmy Kimmel: "Today also happens to be the fifth anniversary of the day that President Bush stood in front of an aircraft carrier with the huge 'Mission Accomplished' banner behind him. Turned out, unless the mission was to blow two trillion dollars and wind up with four dollar a gallon gas, it wasn't accomplished. ... I'm going to miss President Bush, as a comedian. Not as an American" ("Jimmy Kimmel Live," ABC, 5/1).

                 (as presented by Barack Obama)
          10. My first act as president will be to stop
              the fighting between Lauren and Heidi on 
              "The Hills."
           9. In the Illinois primary, I accidentally
              voted for Kucinich.
           8. When I tell my kids to clean their room,
              I finish with, "I'm Barack Obama and I 
              approved this message."
           7. Throughout high school, I was consistently
              voted "Barackiest."
           6. Earlier today I bowled a 39.
           5. I have canceled all my appearances the day
              the "Sex and The City" movie opens.
           4. It's the birth place of Fred Astaire 
              (Sorry, that's a surprising fun fact about
           3. We are tirelessly working to get the
              endorsement of Kentucky Derby favorite
              Colonel John.
           2. This has nothing to do with the Top Ten,
              but what the heck is up with Paula Abdul?
           1. I have not slept since October (CBS, 5/1).


This article appears in the May 2, 2008 edition of Latest Edition.

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