A “West Wing” Flashback


That, and other news, in today’s Roundup and Recap.

Martin Sheen, Bradley Whitford and Richard Schiff are on Capitol Hill today for a news conference calling for Congress to pass the Employee Free Choice Act, while opponents of the pro-union measure fight back by taking a swipe at their participation in secret-ballot SAG elections.

Meanwhile, Josh Groban, Linda Ronstadt and Wynton Marsalis testify today at a congressional hearing on the arts, lobbying for the biz as vital to the economy. Rep. George Miller (D-Calif.) has been holding a series of hearings on the impact of creative industries.

Also on the Hill today: Bono.

Shades of “Roger & Me”?: Here’s the lead from Mark Gimein’s (“The Big Money”) analysis of Obama’s get-tough measures toward GM and Chrysler. “Does anyone still remember “Roger and Me?” Michael Moore’s 1989 film chronicled the filmmaker’s attempts to interview GM Chairman Roger Smith, whose efforts to streamline and downsize had shattered GM’s hometown of Flint, Mich. Back then, shutting down plants, cutting benefits, and throwing workers on the proverbial street was depicted as the epitome of corporate heartlessness and greed. Now it is the policy of the Obama administration. Twenty years after “Roger and Me,” we are all heartless capitalists.” In the Los Angeles Times, Dan Neil looks at the role of Chris Paine’s “Who Killed the Electric Car?” in highlighting some of GM’s foibles.

“Law & Order” Order: The Enough Project, the Center for American Progress group targeting genocide and crimes against humanity, advised on tonight’s “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” episode in which a young female Ugandan turns up in New York City and is a victim of a brutal rebel group known for abducting an estimated 20,000 children. Co-founder John Prendergast and researcher Julia Spiegel served as advisers to the episode, and hope that it will bring greater attention to the 22-year war in Northern Uganda.

Prop 8 Protest: Kathy Griffin joins Sacramento demonstration for same-sex marriage.

John Rich Song: The country singer debuts a new single for the bailout era.

Also: Angie Harmon defends her opposition to Obama…Miss Universe blogs about going to Gitmo.

Today’s Top Read: Mark McKinnon writes in the Daily Beast about the loss of voices of moderation.

“Recently I appeared on a highly rated cable program discussing an issue of the day. My take happened to be somewhat bipartisan and collegial. During the break the host turned to me and said, “McKinnon cut the Kumbaya crap and give me some red meat.

“This is where there is a huge disconnect between Washington and the rest of the country. Most people I know are not highly partisan. Most are fairly centrist, a little left or a little right, but not on the fringe. And increasingly, they don’t feel like they have a representative voice anymore.

“There just isn’t a lot of nuance or middle ground in the blogosphere, on talk radio, or cable TV. You are a shirt or a skin.”

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