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Tom Shoop

Vice President and Editor in Chief Tom Shoop is vice president and editor in chief at Government Executive Media Group, where he oversees both print and online editorial operations. He started as associate editor of Government Executive magazine in 1989; launched the company’s flagship website, GovExec.com, in 1996; and was named editor in chief in 2007.
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Border Agent Backdown.

January 25, 2005 It's always nice to see lame-duck Cabinet secretaries loosen up a little bit and start telling it like it is. Tom Ridge acknowledged in a USA Today interview Monday that while the intelligence overhaul bill President Bush signed late last year called for adding new Border Patrol agents at the ...

You're Fired, Bro.

January 24, 2005 Would you take a Cabinet job if it meant your brother had to get fired to clear the way for you? According to Steve Barr's column in the Post today, VA Secretary-designate Jim Nicholson would.

Terror Talk.

January 21, 2005 I just started reading Graham Allison's book, Nuclear Terrorism, and came across this chilling statement from Suleiman Abu Gheith, Osama bin Laden's spokesman, issued nine months after 9/11: What happened to America is something natural, an expected event for a country that uses terror, arrogant policy and suppression against the ...

Second Wave.

January 21, 2005 FEMA has pulled a cute little tsunami game for kids from its Web site--for the second time! Somebody had the good sense to yank the game from the site immediately after the devastating South Asian tsunami last month, but then some teachers apparently complained that kids missed it, so FEMA ...

Facing the Music.

January 21, 2005 Just one more inaugural tidbit: Ever wonder why nobody sings "Hail to the Chief"? Maybe it's because these are the words: Hail to the Chief we have chosen for the nation, Hail to the Chief! We salute him, one and all. Hail to the Chief, as we pledge co-operation In ...

In-blog-uration.

January 20, 2005 President Bush is now standing in his box at the inaugural parade dancing along with some group whose members are pushing decorated shopping carts. This has officially become surreal.

Our own Chris Strohm

January 20, 2005 Our own Chris Strohm has returned from the inaugural festivities with the following scoop: He was physically assaulted by former President George H.W. Bush. OK, it was really just a hale-and-hearty, hey-old-buddy punch on the arm as the ex-president enthusiastically told reporters that he thought his son's speech was just ...

I just heard "Hail

January 20, 2005 I just heard "Hail to the Chief" for the 4,000th time today. I wonder if the president ever gets completely sick of this tune. Maybe he just doesn't even notice it any more.

I didn't know the

January 20, 2005 I didn't know the inauguration was a gift-giving occasion. Sen. Trent Lott just gave President Bush and Vice President Cheney a pair of silver-and-crystal hurricane lamps at lunch. How lovely. Also, Peter Jennings of ABC News just informed the nation that we all "simply must" read the journals of Lewis ...

Do members of the

January 20, 2005 Do members of the Supreme Court wear their robes everywhere? I'm just asking because every time you see them (at the State of the Union, the inauguration, etc.) they're always robed. I'm picturing Clarence Thomas in line at the Safeway in full regalia. (Thanks to GovExec's George Cahlink for raising ...