Taking Out The Trash, 12.11.06

  • Free booze, some time off (for some of you) and presents? How can anyone not like the holiday season?

  • Stephanopolous’ TV Show Gains Momentum.”

  • ReadExpress interviews Jim Lehrer.

  • Survey: Readers Rate National Geographic No. 1 in Print and Online

  • Sean Hannity traveled with Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld “exclusively to Iraq for his final tour of duty as the outgoing Secretary of Defense.” Footage from the trip will run during Hannity & Colmes all week.

  • Vandeharrisrules.com still available

  • Voice of America’s Doug Bernard was named “International Presenter of the Year — Radio” by the Association for International Broadcasting (AIB) “for his work as host of VOA’s Talk to America program during the second annual global AIB Awards event in London on November 22, 2006. Bernard was one of 22 winners selected from more than 100 entries by a panel of broadcasting industry peers and critics for excellence in international radio, television and Internet.”

  • Cheyenne Hopkins has left Congressional Quarterly to go to American Banker where she will cover the Treasury, the Office of Comptroller of the Currency, the Office of Thrift Supervision and money laundering.

  • Word on the street is that we missed a fantastic City Paper holiday party on Friday. Anyone have details they want to share?

  • It is too late for the Atlantic folks, but this should be required reading for rest of you before you attend your next holiday party. CNNers — read up before tomorrow night.

  • A tipster weighs in on the City Paper’s story lengths: “I once wrote a cover story for CP that was almost 10,000 words, but it was a blurb compared to the Anonymous first-person opus about the heroin-addicted reporter in the mid-1990s. I’m guessing that one checked in at between 12,000 and 15,000 words. And readers ate it up.”

  • A tipster asks: “Has anyone else noticed abundance of males heading to Capitol Leader? Where are all the chicks?”

    >UPDATE: Of course, for those keeping score, Kim Kingsley and Josephine Hearn are women and represent two of Capitol Leader’s first four hires (and Anne Schroeder was the last person hired before VandeHarris came on board).