Tim Russert, Washington bureau chief of NBC News, walks with the aid of crutches as he leaves U.S. Federal Court, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2007, in Washington. Russert is key prosecution witness in the I Lewis 'Scooter' Libby CIA leak trial. (AP Phoito/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Former vice-president Al Gore stops briefly to speak with reporters as he enters Taco Bell Arena at Boise State University in Boise, Idaho, Monday, Jan. 22, 2007. Gore was in town to speak about global warming. (AP Photo/Troy Maben)
In this file photo provided by Warner Bros., actors Robert Redford, right, and Dustin Hoffman appear as Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, respectively, in the 1976 film 'All the President's Men.' (AP Photo/Warner Bros.)
U.S. Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) speaks as he is interviewed by moderator Tim Russert (R) during a taping of 'Meet the Press' at the NBC studios in Washington, January 21, 2007. Sen. Kennedy spoke on U.S. President George W. Bush's new strategy on the war in Iraq.
In this photo released by ABC, Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, poses with 'Good Morning America' co-host Diane Sawyer, in Washington, DC, Thursday, Jan. 18, 2007. The interview airs on 'Good Morning America' Friday, Jan. 19. (AP Hotot/ABC, Lauren Victoria Burke)
Talk show host and businesswoman Oprah Winfrey talks to journalists before the opening of the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in Meyerton, outside Johannesburg January 2, 2007. Winfrey started the private learning and residential institution for girls in grades 7-12 who show outstanding promise despite their social circumstances. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko (SOUTH AFRICA)
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton (R) speaks with reporters in the Senate Press Gallery as he takes his seat to watch his wife, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY), being sworn in for her second term on the first day of the 110th Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington January 4, 2007. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst (UNITED STATES)
Matt Lauer, co-host of the NBC 'Today' television program, kisses Miss Piggy who popped out of a cake to surprise him during his 10th anniversary show, Friday, Jan. 5, 2007. Lauer has been co-anchor of 'Today' since January 6, 1997. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Matt Lauer, left, co-host of the NBC 'Today' television program, is embraced by the show's former co-host Bryant Gumbel during Lauer's 10th anniversary show, in New York, Friday, Jan. 5, 2007. Lauer has been co-anchor of 'Today' since January 6, 1997 when he replaced Gumbel. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
U.S. President George W. Bush (2nd R) and first lady Laura Bush are joined by singers (L-R) Taylor Hicks, David Miller, Carlos Marin of II Divo and television's Dr. Phil at the conclusion of the Christmas in Washington program in Washington December 10, 2006. REUTERS/Mike Theiler (UNITED STATES)
Rosie O'Donnell, left, gets a high five from co-hosts Barbara Walters as O'Donnell joined the cast for the taping of the first show of the 10th season of the ABC talk show, 'The View' on Sept. 5, 2006 in New York. O'Donnell is in the midst of a war of words with Donald Trump. There are questions about how Walters feels about the latest uproar. Especially since this year's departure of Meredith Vieira led Walters to seek out O'Donnell. Walters was on vacation Thursday, Dec. 21, 2006, and unavailable for comment, a show spokesman said. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)
Actor William Shatner, left, and former NBC anchor Tom Brokaw, right, pose prior to an Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame induction ceremony, during which they were inducted, Thursday, Dec. 14, 2006, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (AP Photo/Danny Moloshok)
U.S. Senator Barack Obama (D-IL) speaks to reporters in Manchester, New Hampshire December 10, 2006. It is Obama's first visit to the political proving grounds of New Hampshire, stoking the growing buzz about a possible 2008 White House run by the rising party star. REUTERS/Brian Snyder (UNITED STATES)
In this file photo television reporter Anderson Cooper gives beads to a spectator during the Endymion parade along St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans February 26, 2006. CNN's 'Anderson Cooper 360' received the award for coverage of a current business news story in a regularly scheduled broadcast for 'Black Market Infertility.' (Lee Celano/Reuters)
President George Bush appears in his first interview since the midterm elections with FOX News Channel's Brit Hume in Washington December 4, 2006. The full interview airs Tuesday on Special Report with Brit Hume. EDITORIAL USE ONLY NO SALES NO ARCHIVES REUTERS/White House/Eric Draper/Handout (UNITED STATES)
NBC reporter Katie Couric (L) interviews actor Michael Richards on the set of 'Seinfeld,' March 25, 1998. Richards will personally apologize to three black men and a black woman he offended in a torrent of racial slurs unleashed during a recent nightclub performance, his spokesman said on Friday. REUTERS/Handout
Actor George Clooney is presented a crown and 'Sexiest Man Alive' sash by NBC 'Today' television show co-host Matt Lauer, left, during the taping of an interview, in New York, Friday Dec. 1, 2006. Clooney was promoting his new movie 'The Good German.' One interview airs Monday, Dec. 4, 2006, while another airs December 12. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Meredith Vieira, co-host of the NBC 'Today' television program, wears safety glasses and reacts during a demonstration of a Blendtec high power blender on the show, in New York's Rockefeller Center, Wednesday Nov. 22, 2006. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
Washington-based Al Jazeera anchors Ghida Fakhry (2nd L) and Dave Marash (2nd R) are assisted with their microphones as they prepare for a live news bulletin on the first day of Al Jazeera's International English language service from Washington November 15, 2006. Arabic television station Al Jazeera launched an English-speaking channel on Wednesday to report world news from a Middle East perspective and challenge the dominance of Western media.
In Foley Case Upsets Tough Balance by Capitol Hill’s Gay Republicans, the New York Times describes the plight of gay Republican staffers in DC. According to the Times, things are so tough for them that a group gets together every week to "commiserate." The longish article makes an interesting read, but I was particularly struck by these two items. First, the article's author, Mark Leibovich, writes:
"Even though the G.O.P. fashions itself as 'the party of Lincoln' and a promoter of tolerance, it is perceived as hostile by many gay men and lesbians."
Original caption: Director Robert Altman, left, and [NPR] radio personality Garrison Keillor pose Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2006, in Beverly Hills, Calif. Altman and Keillor sat down to discuss their oddball movie, "A Prairie Home Companion."
He is the son of a blacksmith, he's the former mayor of Tehran, who won the presidency out of nowhere, and has made news often with his sometimes-outrageous statements. He speaks very little English and so our conversation was through an interpreter, beginning with his message, pointed at our audience.