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This Morning

"Today" led with the weather and hosted John Edwards. "Early Show" led with the weather. "GMA" led with the weather.

This Weekend



• Meet the Press hosts Chris Dodd and Clinton chair Terry McAuliffe, and a roundtable with's Chris Cillizza, CNBC's John Harwood, NPR's Michele Norris and Wall Street Journal's Gerald Seib. • Face the Nation hosts John Edwards, McAuliffe and Politico's Jim VandeHei. • This Week hosts Senate Maj. Leader Harry Reid and McCain Victory chair Carly Fiorina, and a roundtable with Cokie Roberts, Sam Donaldson, George Will and Washington Post's Ruth Marcus. • Fox News Sunday hosts Obama strategist David Axelrod and Clinton comm. dir. Howard Wolfson. The "Power Player" is Ben Stein. • Late Edition hosts Reps. Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez (Ret.), Iraqi Amb. to the U.S. Samir Sumaidaie, and a roundtable with CNN's Ed Henry and CNN's Jessica Yellin.

Other Weekend Shows

• Washington Week features Washington Post's Dan Balz, Politico's Jeanne Cummings, Time's Karen Tumulty and NBC's Michael Viqueira (PBS, FRI, 8pm). • Political Capital features Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-MA)(Bloomberg, FRI, 7:30pm). • Saturday Night Live features host Shia LaBeouf and musical guest My Morning Jacket (NBC, SAT, 11:30pm). • This Week in Politics features Dem strategist Steve Elmendorf, CNN's Candy Crowley, GOP strategist Rich Galen,'s Mike Madden, CNN's Ali Velshi and CNN's Bill Schneider (CNN, SAT 6pm, SUN 1 pm). • Newsmakers hosts Chris Dodd. He will be questioned by New York Times' David Herszenhorn and Wall Street Journal's Damian Paletta (C-SPAN, SUN, 10am/6pm). • Road to the White House features John McCain's speech at Wake Forest Univ. in Winston-Salem, NC; Hillary and Chelsea Clinton at a Mother's Day celebration in NYC; and a town hall with Barack Obama in Bend, OR (C-SPAN, SUN, 6:30pm/9:30pm). • Chris Matthews Show features NBC's Ron Allen, BBC's Katty Kay, New York mag's John Heilemann and New Republic's Michelle Cottle (NBC, check local listings). • Reliable Sources features New York Times' Kate Zernike, Time's Karen Tumulty,'s Amanda Carpenter and Chicago Tribune's Clarence Page (CNN, SUN, 10 am). • Roll Call TV with Robert Traynham features GOP strategist John Feehery, Dem strategist Jarvis Stewart and Roll Call's Erin Billings (CN8, The Comcast Network, SUN, 10 pm).


"Here we are and there Mitt Romney is."
--Barack Obama, on Romney saying the presidency is not an internship, "Situation Room," CNN, 5/8.

Not Quiet On The Western Front

Jeff Mapes is the Portland Oregonian's sr. political reporter and the author of "Mapes on Politics," a daily political blog on Mapes has covered politics in OR since Ronald Reagan was running for re-election. He is a proud Westerner but confesses to enjoying a four-year stint as a DC corr. But today Mapes is our Friday Feature:

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

Oakland, Calif. It was great. It was also the hometown of the Hells Angels, Black Panthers and the Raiders, and guess who was the toughest ... For entertainment we rode our bikes over to Berkeley to watch the anti-war demonstrations and riots. I still have a lot of nostalgia for those simpler times in American life.


What was your first job?

My first (paying) newspaper job was an internship at the Prince George's Sentinel in Maryland. My first on-the-book job was during high school at a McDonalds. I ran the grill, which is not all that dissimilar from daily journalism.

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

I was in Florida covering the first flight of the space shuttle and I got caught in a giant traffic jam and realized that I would not make it to the media stands in time for the scheduled takeoff. I felt like a complete idiot for not allowing enough time. Fortunately, the flight was scrubbed and I got a do-over.

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

I built up a long list of interviewees in just that category on a trip to the Holy Land. Moses, for starters.

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

Well, my wife's a teacher, so it would be great to teach and have summers off like she does.

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

Great question! I'm tempted to say something monumentally important like walking in William L. Shirer's shoes and covering the rise of Adolf Hitler. But it's more in keeping with my career path to pick something more modest: the 1968 Oregon primary contest between RFK and Gene McCarthy. Old Oregon political hands still talk about that race, and it would be fun to have seen it first-hand.

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

Given that I'll be 73, I hope that wherever I'm going, I can still do it on my bike.

What's your favorite political book and why?

Impossible to boil it down to one. I'll name two. The Power Broker, by Robert Caro, for explaining how power is exercised at all levels of government; T. Harry Williams' biography of Huey Long, for so deftly describing the duality of a powerful political figure.

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

What? And give the politicians I cover an opening to exploit? Oh, they already know. I'm too nice of a guy, and I'm not that nice.

What's your favorite comfort food?

Tuna fish sandwich, with lettuce and tomato. Hold the mayonaise.

What reality TV show could you win?

With a little practice with the buzzer, Jeopardy. I know a little about a lot.

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

I keep wanting to see Pink Martini. It turns out the next time they're performing in Portland, I'm going to be back East. Sigh.

And finally, we're ending this feature with a question posed by the last interviewee. This is from Charlotte Observer's Jim Morrill: How much money would it take for you to change places with any of the politicians you cover?

I don't cover him, but I'd definitely trade places with Michael Bloomberg if we could swap investment accounts.

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

What was the most exhilarating 60 seconds you ever experienced while on the job?

Don't, Don't Want You Back

"Page Six" reports, Could CBS' Katie Couric "be returning to NBC?" That was the buzz 5/8 after NBC pres. Jeff Zucker was "spotted climbing out of his back SUV on a visit to Couric ... at her East Side apartment." But "don't hold your breath." A Couric friend: "Jeff and Katie have been friends for 20 years. He asked her to get a Mother's Day gift for his wife ... and picked it up on the way to his daughter's play" (Johnson, New York Post, 5/9).

Laugh Track

Jay Leno: "I love this story. Nevada Governor Jim Gibbons, he's the one accused of groping a woman in a Las Vegas parking lot while drunk. The guy's the governor, by the way. But he's filed for divorce. He's now trying to evict his wife from the Governor's Mansion. He's trying to kick her out. Yeah. And he told the press, 'You know what it's like when a woman just won't get the hint and leave?' To which Barack Obama said, 'Tell me about it!' I guess you heard. As I'm sure you know by now, Hillary Clinton is not throwing in the pantsuit. No, siree Bob. In fact, the 'New York Times' reported the other night, while they were on stage, you know, Bill Clinton actually wiped away a tear. This is true. And when Hillary saw it, she said, 'Don't worry, Bill, I'll always be here with you.' And he said, 'Don't make it worse!'" ("Tonight Show," NBC, 5/8).

David Letterman: "Are you folks sick and tired of the Democratic presidential primary campaign? ... Hillary Clinton, by the way, and my gosh, talk about a fighter. A fighter. But too bad her campaign is running out of money. That's right. And it's very expensive, and they're not paying their bills. As a matter of fact, today, and this very sad, a collection agency repo'ed her pantsuit. That's a true story. You can look that up. ... So here's what happened on Tuesday. Hillary Clinton barely won my home state of Indiana. And she lost in the state of North Carolina. But here is the good news. She has a substantial lead in the state of denial. Thank you so much. I was thinking about this, and I'm no political genius. I'm no pundit, but it occurred to me that Hillary Clinton has one thing in common with President Bush. Neither of them has an exit strategy. ... Now here's what I don't understand about government and politics and stuff like that. ... Earlier today, President Bush asked Congress to okay ... an additional $50 billion for his daughter's wedding. ... And you know what this weekend, [in] Crawford, Texas, at the Bush family ranch, one of president Bush's daughter, Jenna, will be getting married. As a matter of fact, tomorrow she is getting married. And I thought this was cute. Because the groom went to President Bush and he asked President Bush for his daughter's hand in marriage. And President Bush said, 'Well, it's okay with me, but you gotta run it by Cheney'" ("Late Show," CBS, 5/8).

Jon Stewart: "After the withering draw that was Tuesday's primaries, the pundit class has rendered its verdict [on screen: news anchors and pundits declaring the race over for Clinton]. I said good day! But the senator would like to stay in the race, albeit realizing the game has changed [on screen: a pundit discussing the fact that Clinton will remain in the race and continue to be positive]. You see, up to now, it's been somewhat divisive and contentious. But Clinton will forge ahead knowing that now begins a time for healing. And if you'll indulge me, I will play this tape, recorded yesterday, which I can only assume will reinforce the thesis I just proffered [on screen: tape recording of Clinton talking about her edge with white voters over Obama ... the audience reacts with boos]. They're not booing, that's the sound a country makes when it heals" ("Daily Show," Comedy Central, 5/8).

Conan O'Brien: "A lot of pressure now on Hillary Clinton to drop out of the race. [She] didn't do so well in the primaries the other night. A lot of pressure. And it's been reported, this is the latest, that Barack Obama's campaign is negotiating with Hillary Clinton for her to go away. ... And when he heard this, Bill Clinton said, 'I'd love to know how that works.' ... One of Hillary Clinton's advisers says that the chance of Hillary conceding the nomination to Barack Obama and dropping out of the race is only about 10%. Yeah, however, the adviser admits that if Obama wins the presidency, that number could go as high as 11%. She can hang on. ... John McCain, remember him? No one talks about him much anymore. He won his side of this thing like four months ago. He's just wandering around. John McCain's wife was recently overheard saying that they own eight or nine homes. Eight or nine homes, yeah. Yeah, McCain's wife denied this, and stated, 'What I said is, I've tried to put him in a home eight or nine times'" ("Late Night," NBC, 5/8).

Jimmy Kimmel: "Hey, have you heard of this presidential election? Expert says there's probably going to be one in November this year. But this time around, there will not be any mud-slinging, or at least that's what they're saying now. This morning on the 'Today' show, Senator McCain's wife said that whether it was Clinton or Obama, her husband, John McCain, will not engage in personal attacks [on screen: video of the interview, with "Obama Sucks" superimposed on Cindy McCain's forehead]. Really, well then what's that on your head? Barack Obama picked up four more superdelegates this week. Those are the party big shots whose votes, for some reason, mean a lot more than our votes mean. Even so, it's nice to see a politician pick up something other than a prostitute every once in a while. The Democrats are in a tough spot now, because if the superdelegates somehow give the nomination to Clinton, that's going to alienate a lot of African-Americans who support Obama, but if Obama wins, there's going to be a lot of disappointed women voters, which is why I think, now more than ever, we need a President Oprah who covered all of those" ("Jimmy Kimmel Live," ABC, 5/8).

                    (as presented by Dave's Mom)
          10. I pay a neighbor kid to pretend he's my son
              and we get 10% off at IHOP.
           9. Sunday means just one more day 'til "The 
           8. Go to see that Harold and Kumar movie.
           7. Unlike other mothers, I don't have to worry
              about receiving big, cumbersome gifts in the
           6. Illegal fireworks.
           5. I look forward to Sunday because "60 Minutes"
              makes me feel young.
           4. Can finally get my pulse back to normal after
              that thrill ride that was Late Show Magician
           3. All the kindness helps me forget I'm being
              gouged at the pump by those damn oil
           2. It's not Thanksgiving, but that doesn't mean
              you can't shoot a turkey.
           1. Wow, it's Mother's Day? I'm still hurting
              from Cinco de Mayo (CBS, 5/8).


This article appears in the May 9, 2008 edition of Latest Edition.

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