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Achenblog: January 11, 2009 - January 17, 2009

Inaugural "Deconflicting"

[My story in the paper today about who's in charge of the inauguration.] A simple question hovers over the inauguration: Who's in charge? Fifty-eight agencies are participating. They coordinate through 23 subcommittees. Three official committees have primary ceremonial responsibility....

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 17, 2009; 10:00 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (166)
 
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Inauguration Lunch: "Birds"

Today I went to the Hill for an inauguration-related press conference with Sen. Dianne Feinstein, who is pretty much in charge of all Capitol-related inaugural events, and who seemed a bit worried about the inaugural luncheon. It's not a...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 16, 2009; 5:32 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (90)
 
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Obama Visits Post Newsroom

Here's the President-elect walking directly toward me in the Post newsroom a few minutes ago, but tragically unfocused on his favorite blogger -- clearly more interested in the colleague on my left, the fabulous Lonnae O'Neal Parker. I was...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 15, 2009; 3:43 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (230)
 
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Fighter Pilot vs. Alien Invaders

I think we can all agree that, if a highly decorated former fighter pilot takes over at NASA, we will all be much safer in case of an alien invasion. NASA is good at launching spacecraft, but it's never...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 15, 2009; 11:02 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (255)
 
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What Galileo Started

[My story today on telescopes.] LONG BEACH, Calif. -- The big bang, black holes, dark matter, dark energy, extrasolar planets, brown dwarfs, quasars, pulsars, cosmic rays, the space-time continuum, galaxies and more galaxies. Do you see what Galileo started?...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 14, 2009; 8:20 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (181)
 
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A Trillion Here, a Trillion There

When you're a reporter in Washington, you typically need years of experience to grasp the relative cost of government programs. At first it's very, very hard to keep track of the difference between millions and billions. The zeroes ramble...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 13, 2009; 6:29 AM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (162)
 
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4,250 Unread Messages

I could easily spend the rest of the month throwing things away, deleting spam, sending old computer files to the Recycle Bin (and then emptying it with an insane cackle), canceling appointments, returning calls to people at odd hours...

By Joel Achenbach  |  January 12, 2009; 12:12 PM ET  |  Permalink  |  Comments (145)
 
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