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Musicians Make Their Case

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

Smashing Pumpkins’ Billy Corgan will testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday in the first hearing on the Performance Rights Act, which would require broadcast radio stations to pay artists when they play their music. The proposed law is setting up a high stakes battle between musicians, recording artists and music labels on one side and broadcasters on the other. Also scheduled to testify is Mitch Bainwall, chairman and CEO of the Recording Industry Assn. of America.

Time for Ted: Bill Cosby, Lauren Bacall, Bernadette Peters, John Williams and James Taylor pay tribute to Ted Kennedy at the Kennedy Center, and President Obama takes the stage to lead the audience in “Happy Birthday.”

Obama Plays the Pundits:
Politico looks at the White House strategy to soften critics.

Michael Calderone writes, “When New York Times columnist David Brooks accused the White House last week of “shaking confidence with its hyperactivity,” no fewer than four senior administration officials reached out to explain — ever so politely — how he was wrong.

“Overkill? Maybe. But it’s what journalists have come to expect from an administration that’s trying much harder than its predecessor did to influence inside-the-Beltway opinion makers.”

Frum Fights Back:
David Frum follows his railing-on-Rush blog post last week with a cover story in Newsweek.

He writes, “Rush Limbaugh is a seriously unpopular figure among the voters that conservatives and Republicans need to reach. Forty-one percent of independents have an unfavorable opinion of him, according to the new NEWSWEEK Poll. Limbaugh is especially off-putting to women: his audience is 72 percent male, according to Pew Research. Limbaugh himself acknowledges his unpopularity among women. On his Feb. 24 broadcast, he said with a chuckle: “Thirty-one-point gender gaps don’t come along all that often … Given this massive gender gap in my personal approval numbers … it seems reasonable for me to convene a summit.””

D.C. Windfall: Washington seems to be the hot place to shoot movies. The Post’s Reliable Sources reports that Angelina Jolie’s new film “Salt” paid about $1 million to hire 200 local cast and crew, including 200 extras.

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