Political Panorama: Thursday

Industry Lobbyist Resigns: John Feehery is stepping down from his post at the MPAA to start his own consulting firm. In 2005, with the GOP still in the majority, MPAA chief Dan Glickman had tapped Feehery to be his exec VP for communications. In 2004, some congressional Republicans and their allies were infurtiated when Glickman was tapped for the post to succeed Jack Valenti, and Feenery’s hire was viewed as a way to better reach out to Republican leadership. Of course, that’s not such a great concern anymore.

Russert Testimony: The big buzz in D.C. on Wednesday was the testimony of Tim Russert in the Scooter Libby trial. According to the New York Times, Russert was confident during much of the prosecution questioning but grew more uncomfortable during cross examination, in which lawyers challenged his certainty that he never had a conversation with Libby about Valerie Plame. But what Russert did reveal is that Libby did call him to complain — quite colorfully — about coverage on MSNBC’s “Hardball,” even though Russert doesn’t oversee it.

Reagan Award: Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was among the dignitaries on hand as George H.W. Bush received the Ronald Reagan Freedom Award at the Beverly Hilton Tuesday night. Earlier in the day, the former president had lunch with Teri Hatcher, and TMZ.com chronicles their goodbye affections.

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