The Note: Gone Fishing?

Bloomberg News will launch a new weekend television show from Washington this Saturday, June 17: "Political Capital with Al Hunt." It will feature analysis of the top political, economic and international stories from Bloomberg reporters in Washington and around the world; "Simon Says" -- a political debriefing from Roger Simon, Bloomberg's chief political reporter; an interview with a prominent newsmaker -- Sen. Obama this week, and a "Last Word" debate between Robert Novak and Margaret Carlson or Michelle Cottle.

Those in the know have been reading the text version of "Simon Says" for years -- it is sort of a cross between Erma Bombeck, Richard Daley, and Jeff Zeleny's e-mail traffic.

Bloomberg television, of course, is carried in about half the cable homes around the country and also early mornings on the E! network which can be seen on virtually every cable system. More than 25 million additional homes can get Bloomberg on satellite. Because the key to Bloomberg is ametorization, "Political Capital" will air numerous times on Saturday and Sunday, starting at 6:30am (EST) and including 7:30 and 10:30pm on Saturday and Sunday mornings and afternoon.

Politics:

In an unusual turn of events, Governor Jeb Bush (R-FL) has provoked the ire of more than a few Congressmen, including Republicans, with his steadfast opposition to opening any of Florida's waters to oil drilling, Lesley Clark details in the Miami Herald. LINK

The AP has Speaker Hastert's defense in profits he made from a land sale. LINK

The New York Post's Page Six reports on the "Sheekey for President" signs present at the Bloomberg Deputy Mayor's 40th birthday bash at City Hall. LINK

Per the Wall Street Journal's Washington Wire, Sen. Reid will be hosting: "Your Congress" on PoliticsTv.com, the new Web-based network aimed at "the left."

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