Arianna Huffington is starting a "celebrity group blog." Contributors will include Walter Cronkite, David Mamet, Albert Brooks, Nora Ephron, Warren Beatty, James Fallows, Vernon Jordan, Rob Reiner, Diane Keaton, Norman Mailer, Bobby Kennedy, Tina Brown, John Cusack, Gary Hart, Mike Nichols...etc. According to a leaked email
, Arianna is pitching the "Huffington Post" (ugh) to contributors as "a collective endeavor that can enliven — and possibly even shift — the national conversation."
The Coming Crackdown on Political Blogging.
"In just a few months... bloggers and news organizations could risk the wrath of the federal government if they improperly link to a campaign's Web site. Even forwarding a political candidate's press release to a mailing list...could be punished by fines." CNet's engrossing interview with an FEC commissioner who predicts major turmoil ahead as the government tries to decide if a blog link is a donation. A Brookings paper
(pdf) suggest "Radical changes in modes of communication and forms of political campaigning lie not too distant on the horizon." This guy
says it's all an attempt to undermine campaign finance laws by freaking out bloggers.
The sensationally sordid Staff Ass sex scandal.
Young DC congressional staff assistant starts juicy blog. (edited cache
). Blog describes carryings on with many men, including a married Bush appointee who pays her for sex. Washington's most amusing and best read new blogger
, Wonkette, links to it
, picking out choice quotes. Within hours, the blog is gone, the girl is fired. Now another blogger outs
the girl's boss as a Republican Senator. Fun!