It’s wedding bells for Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and his former aide, Melodee Hanes, this weekend and Washington’s gossip writers took to the news in a variety of vanilla ways. As it often happens, best to read several items on the same topic to get all the basics.
WaPo‘s The Reliable Source: June 30, 9 p.m. Per usual, later than the rest, but at least they got an interesting tidbit from WaPo political reporter Paul Kane who spoke directly with the senator about the honeymoon being off because Sen. Maj. Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) canceled the recess.
Roll Call‘s HOH: June 30, 4:52 p.m. This item wins the prize. Not only did they run the story the story first, but we learn that the wedding will be a low-key “boots and jeans” kind of affair. We also find out the couple will get over the fact that they’re Reid is destroying their honeymoon by hiking in in August in Glacier National Park. Also included here is the special added detail about the senator’s brother.
Politico CLICK: June 30, 7:20 p.m. This item focuses on the scrutiny of the couple’s romance when Baucus nominated his girlfriend for U.S. Attorney. The post is missing the flair and description of the others. It’s also not clear that the writer spoke to anyone about it considering it starts out saying “it looks like” they’re getting married. This presents doubt when there is none, which we learn in the next graph. They do have news and a photograph of the couple recently dancing on the White House lawn.