Inside the Beltway: Much too much information

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“Your constituents are about to see major changes to their health care — many negative, many unexpected — and robust outreach with clear messaging products can help educate your constituents on these changes,” CEO Steven Law tells lawmakers, citing a recent Crossroads poll revealing that respondents opposed Obamacare and were not aware of potential negative consequences.

“We strongly encourage members to educate their constituents on this issue in August,” Mr. Law says.

SEEKING SEIGENTHALER

This news network goes live in 10 days and likely will do so with much ado. Al Jazeera America already has peopled its on-camera ranks with veterans hailing from CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, NBC, CBS, PBS and ABC — with an incoming cast that includes everyone from Soledad O’Brien to Libby Casey, the former morning host and producer for C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal.”

John Seigenthaler, who spent 11 years as an NBC News anchorman, also has joined on, and with much enthusiasm.

“I left NBC more than five years ago and fully intended to continue in a family consulting business. I really hadn’t paid much attention to Al Jazeera America, but when they approached me, and explained their goals, I was interested,” Mr. Seigenthaler tells The Beltway. “They intend to produce in-depth, unbiased reporting and balanced coverage. Given their resources — 12 news bureaus in the U.S., 70 bureaus overseas — well, for a journalist, it’s impossible to turn down that kind of opportunity.”

He adds, “There are cutbacks in many news organizations now. But this one is expanding. We want to do news that others are ignoring and to counter much of the sensationalism and tabloid mentality that has taken over in a lot of places.”

NOVELLE CLINTON CUISINE

“Roasted cauliflower and cherry tomatoes, spiced and herbed quinoa with green onions, shredded red beets in vinaigrette, garlic hummus with raw vegetable batons, Asian snow pea salsa, fresh roasted nuts, sliced melon and strawberries, gigante beans tossed with onion in extra-virgin olive oil.”

And so reads the menu for a recent private lunch between Salon columnist Joe Conason and former President Bill Clinton, who has become a vegan. The aforementioned author dutifully wrote up the encounter for AARP Magazine.

Ah, but consider the carefree olden days.

“The good news is, my husband loves to eat and enjoys it,” Hillary Rodham Clinton told The New York Times in late 1992 before the couple had even arrived in the White House “The bad news is, he loves to eat, even when things are not always right for him.”

The Times visited Mr. Clinton’s old eatery haunts in Arkansas and beyond.

“Visits to nine restaurants here that his friends say are among Bill Clinton’s favorites, as well as sightings around the country, confirm his wife’s description of his eating habits. From Sims Bar-B-Q to Juanita’s, from Doe’s Eat Place to Hungry’s Cafe, President-elect Clinton prefers the stuff with fat in it: jalapeno cheeseburgers, chicken enchiladas, barbecue, cinnamon rolls and pies.”

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