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still warring on christmas

Posted in hearst, journalism, multimedia by kase on December 10, 2009

Seriously.

It seems I just can’t get enough of the war on Christmas. In addition to my Politics Daily editorial and Hearst article on the topic, Hearst Washington bureau chief Rick Dunham and I sat down for one last conversation about the National Christmas Tree. One last time: it’s a Christmas tree, nothing more, nothing less.

Listen to the podcast at Texas on the Potomac.

listen up, mr. president

Posted in hearst, journalism, multimedia by kase on December 5, 2009

As President Barack Obama nears the end of the first year of his presidency, legendary White House correspondent and Hearst columnist Helen Thomas has a few words of advice for our Commander in Chief.

Listen to this edition of The Washington Chronicles, a podcast I produce for the Houston Chronicle’s Washington bureau, at Texas on the Potomac.

how barack stole christmas

Posted in hearst, journalism by kase on December 3, 2009

President Barack Obama stands with musician Randy Jackson, as Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus, played by Brad and Victoria Oscar, at the National Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 3, 2009. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

WASHINGTON–Months before President Barack Obama was scheduled to flip the switch on the National Christmas Tree in front of the White House tonight, the 30-foot living Colorado blue spruce was a hot topic on Internet forums.

The big question that bloggers were pondering: Will Obama refer to it as a “Christmas” tree or a “holiday” tree?

And while there are other, more consequential, topics for public debate, the so-called “War on Christmas” has become a hot annual subject at this time of year. The election of Obama, the first American president with a non-Christian father, has prompted conspiracy theorists to set the Internet ablaze with fallacious predictions about Obama’s Christmas-related plans.

Read the full article at Texas on the Potomac, or below, behind the cut. (more…)

kevin brady’s rise to prominence

Posted in hearst, journalism, multimedia by kase on November 30, 2009

U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady has had a quick rise to national prominence, from his confrontation with Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner, to his workhorse mentality on unsexy issues. Brady now has his eyes on the prize, and aims to one day chair the Ways and Means Committee.

Meredith Simons and Rick Dunham discuss Brady and the profile Simons wrote about him in the latest edition of Washington Chronicles.

Listen to the podcast and read Meredith’s story at Texas on the Potomac.

thanksgiving, helen thomas style

Posted in hearst, journalism, multimedia by kase on November 27, 2009

In a new edition of the Washington Chronicles podcast, Helen Thomas tells Hearst Washington bureau chief Rick Dunham what she’s thankful for this Thanksgiving.

Listen to the full podcast at Texas on the Potomac.

helen thomas talks turkey

Posted in hearst, journalism, multimedia by kase on November 26, 2009

Legendary Hearst Newspapers columnist and so-called dean of the White House press corps, Helen Thomas, sat down to talk presidential turkeys in a Thanksgiving edition of Washington Chronicles, the Hearst Washington bureau’s political podcast.

Her biggest presidential turkeys were presidents Richard Nixon and George W. Bush.

“He always had two roads to go,” she said of Nixon, “and he always took the wrong road.”

Listen to the podcast at Texas on the Potomac.

money talks at the white house

Posted in hearst, journalism, multimedia by kase on November 24, 2009

In the latest edition of Washington Chronicles, Hearst DC bureau chief Rick Dunham talks to White House economist Jared Bernstein.

In their conversation, they touch on Texas gubernatorial contender Kay Bailey Hutchison, the White House’s curbed immigration spending, health care reform and more.

Listen to the podcast at Texas on the Potomac.

what’s bill white running for, again?

Posted in hearst, journalism, multimedia by kase on November 20, 2009

What race is Bill White running, exactly?

I produce a podcast for Hearst and the Houston Chronicle called Washington Chronicles. In the latest installment, Washington bureau chief Rick Dunham and reporter Joe Holley discuss the vicious political race-hopping rumors swirling around Houston Mayor Bill White.

Listen to the podcast in its original context at Texas on the Potomac.

teabagging texas

Posted in hearst, journalism, multimedia by kase on November 18, 2009

In the latest edition of Washington Chronicles, Lynsi Burton talks to Rick Dunham about Texas’ embarrassing teabag problem.

The so-called tea party activists Texan politicians welcomed and supported are now running more conservative candidates against them, aiming to steal their seats from under them in the next election.

Listen to the podcast and read Lynsi’s article about the more-conservative rivals to the Texas GOP at Texas on the Potomac.

ridge says white house should improve transparency

Posted in hearst, journalism by kase on October 23, 2009

RIDGE SAYS WHITE HOUSE SHOULD IMPROVE TRANSPARENCY

(For use by New York Times News Service clients)

By KASE WICKMAN

c.2009 Hearst Newspapers

WASHINGTON _ Tom Ridge, former White House aide and Cabinet secretary in the Bush administration, told Congress on Thursday that the use of presidential “czars” creates confusion and inefficiency in the government, and said greater transparency was needed.

Read the rest of the article behind the cut. (more…)

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