Archive: January 2006

Abramoff Coverage by The Post

The Post stands by its reporting that Jack Abramoff directed campaign money to some Democrats. Abramoff was one of Washington's most prominent Republican lobbyists and his political pedigree and alliances were overwhelmingly conservative and Republican. No Democrats are among the half-dozen lawmakers who The Post's sources say are under scrutiny by the Justice Department. Abramoff convinced a number of casino-rich Indian tribes that had been historically Democratic donors to expand their political giving and to make most of their contributions to the GOP. However, as reported in several Post stories since 2004, Abramoff also built links with the other party, as most lobbyists do. He hired a few Democrats onto his lobbying staff. He turned over his sports stadium boxes to some Democrats to use for fundraising events. Representatives of tribes including the Saginaw Chippewas, the Tiguas of El Paso and the Agua Caliente Band testified in Congress that Abramoff...

By washingtonpost.com | January 26, 2006; 11:33 AM ET | Email a Comment

New Horoscopes Section

Today Arts & Living launched a new interactive Horoscopes area. The updated section now includes daily overviews of all 12 astrological signs, plus: • An interactive Love Match tool: Select your sign and your current (or potential) mate's sign to see if love is in the stars. • Sample readings of love, life path, romantic compatibility and other relationship reports. Nancy Kerr Editor, Features...

By Washingtonpost.com Editors | January 24, 2006; 6:02 PM ET | Email a Comment

Live Discussion on Comments

Bloggers Jeff Jarvis, Jay Rosen, Jane Hamsher and Glenn Reynoldsand washingtonpost.com editor Jim Brady will talk about interactivity, ethics and how best to manage reader-submitted comments in a Live Discussion at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 25....

By washingtonpost.com | January 24, 2006; 5:46 PM ET | Email a Comment

Some Comments Returned

Some previously posted comments have been returned to post.blog. Specifically, all comments that meet washingtonpost.com's standards for community interaction have been returned to the post  "Deborah Howell Responds." For a fuller discussion about why the comments were orginally removed, read the Q&A transcript of the Friday live discussion with Executive Editor Jim Brady. -- Liz KellyEditor, Interactivity & Opinions...

By Elizabeth Kelly | January 20, 2006; 6:32 PM ET | Email a Comment

New Business Section Features

This week the Business section rolled out the first phase of a larger relaunch of washingtonpost.com's stock market and mutual fund pages. The new features are: * A calendar of upcoming company earnings statements; * Dynamic charts on articles: Example 1 and Example 2; * An updated approach to listing a company's industry competitors; * Watch-lists for tracking stocks: Example. * A customizeable scrolling stock ticker (users can enter up to 20 stocks to track). The watch-lists and live charts will be deployed throughout the Business and Technology sections in the coming weeks. A more extensive relaunch of the markets pages will be completed by early March. washingtonpost.com uses Marketwatch as the data provider for this deep suite of information. Russ Walker Assistant Managing Editor, Nation and World...

By Washingtonpost.com Editors | January 20, 2006; 8:48 AM ET | Email a Comment

Comments Turned Off

As of 4:15 p.m. ET today, we have shut off comments on this blog indefinitely. At its inception, the purpose of this blog was to open a dialogue about this site, the events of the day, the journalism of The Washington Post Company and other related issues. Among the things that we knew would be part of that discussion would be the news and opinion coming from the pages of The Washington Post and washingtonpost.com. We knew a lot of that discussion would be critical in nature. And we were fine with that. Great journalism companies need feedback from readers to stay sharp. But there are things that we said we would not allow, including personal attacks, the use of profanity and hate speech. Because a significant number of folks who have posted in this blog have refused to follow any of those relatively simple rules, we've decided not to...

By Jim Brady | January 19, 2006; 4:22 PM ET | Email a Comment

Deborah Howell Responds

I've heard from lots of angry readers about the remark in my column Sunday that lobbyist Jack Abramoff gave money to both parties. A better way to have said it would be that Abramoff "directed" contributions to both parties. Lobbyists, seeking influence in Congress, often advise clients on campaign contributions. While Abramoff, a Republican, gave personal contributions only to Republicans, he directed his Indian tribal clients to make millions of dollars in campaign contributions to members of Congress from both parties. Records from the Federal Elections Commission and the Center for Public Integrity show that Abramoff's Indian clients contributed between 1999 and 2004 to 195 Republicans and 88 Democrats. The Post has copies of lists sent to tribes by Abramoff with specific directions on what members of Congress were to receive specific amounts. One of those lists can be viewed in this online graphic, while a graphical summary of giving...

By washingtonpost.com | January 19, 2006; 11:30 AM ET | Comments (191)

washingtonpost.com Wins Video Awards

washingtonpost.com has received 31 out of the 90 awards given by the White House News Photographers Association's "Eyes of History 2006" television contest. The highlights: Travis Fox was named Editor of the Year for the third time. He also won in 2002 and 2003. Travis, Pierre Kattar, Christina Pino-Marina, Ben de la Cruz, John Poole and Jen Crandall each won multiple awards for video journalism done over the course of the year. The winners were announced Sunday, Jan. 15. A full list of winners can be found on the White House News Photographers' site. Tom Kennedy washingtonpost.com Managing Editor - Multimedia...

By washingtonpost.com | January 17, 2006; 10:16 AM ET | Comments (4)

Problems With Comment Publishing

Some of the comments posted to this blog's entries aren't appearing on the site. We're working with our blog software vendor to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. The problem may be related to the large number of comments (more than 700 so far) received over the weekend concerning Deborah Howell's Sunday, Jan. 15 column on The Post's coverage of the Jack Abramoff story. We may also have unintentionally caused or made the problem worse by trying to remove a few comments -- about a dozen -- that failed to make a substantive point and were simply personal attacks on Howell and others. We apologize for the problem and will post updates here. Hal Straus washingtonpost.com Opinions Editor...

By washingtonpost.com | January 17, 2006; 7:12 AM ET | Comments (56)

New Blog: Maryland Moment

This week we are excited to announce the launch of Maryland Moment, a new blog that will chronicle Maryland politics and policies. It coincides with this week's opening of the Maryland legislature, and will combine both news from the State House as well as news from state campaigns, including this year's hotly anticipated gubernatorial and U.S. Senate races. Four Washington Post reporters will contribute to Maryland Moment: Look for filings from the State House team in Annapolis--staff writers Ann Marimow, Matthew Mosk and John Wagner--as well as Tim Craig writing from Montgomery County on Doug Duncan's bid for governor. And they're happy to receive feedback as well as news tips. Ann Marchand Editor, Metro, Health & Education...

By Washingtonpost.com Editors | January 10, 2006; 12:11 PM ET | Comments (750)

Introducing Raw Fisher

This week marks the start of a new blog from Metro columnist Marc Fisher: Raw Fisher. Fisher, whose column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, will be writing several times a day about issues local, national and cultural. In addition to the blog, he will continue his weekly online discussion, Potomac Confidential, Thursdays at noon. Ann Marchand Editor, Metro, Health & Education...

By Washingtonpost.com Editors | January 5, 2006; 9:52 AM ET | Comments (2)

Post Writers Blog From CES

Six journalists from The Washington Post and washingtonpost.com are in Las Vegas this week for the annual Consumer Electronics Show, a locus of the gadget-loving community that has in the past seen the debuts of the VCR and the DVD player. Our coverage will include regular blog posts on hot items and the scene on the jampacked show floor, photos and videos to go with them, and live Q&A sessions with Post reporters. Bob Greiner Editor, Business and Technology...

By Washingtonpost.com Editors | January 4, 2006; 8:03 PM ET | Comments (1)

New Consumer Blog Launches

The Checkout, a new consumer blog, has launched on washingtonpost.com. Post reporter Caroline Mayer has been reporting on consumer issues almost her entire career. She now brings more of that reporting to The Checkout, where she will tackle issues and concerns, post stories and tips, and start discussions about reader concerns as consumers. Stacey Palosky...

By Washingtonpost.com Editors | January 3, 2006; 11:54 AM ET | Comments (3)

 

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