I covered the White House during the whole Valerie Plame saga, and once tried (with zero success) to joke with Scooter Libby in an elevator. I always thought Valerie Plame seemed cool — and this week I had the chance to chat with her about her new spy novel, Burned.
Glenn Thrush from POLITICO joined me in the Press Pool with Julie Mason on SiriusXM’s POTUS channel, to discuss his piece in the magazine about Hillary Clinton getting advice from David Plouffe on a 2016 run.
Slightly related: A listener who caught the segment happened to have Plouffe’s prom picture and posted it on my Facebook page.
Moving on, Peter Baker had a piece in The New York Times this week about family and friends around Jeb Bush sounding like the former Florida governor is getting closer to a run for president.
Mark Landler from The New York Times joined the show to discuss his story about the beleaguered national security team at the White House. Among other disclosures, White House staffers compared Secretary of State John Kerry to Sandra Bullock’s character in the movie “Gravity” — hurtling through space untethered (in his case) to the White House.
And documentarian Martin Smith was in the Press Pool ahead of the debut of his latest Frontline segment on the Rise of Isis. In the film, Gen. Martin Dempsey said the U.S. intervened against ISIS only when American oil interests in Erbil were threatened — not in response to the plight of the Yazidis or the murder of James Foley, as many believe.