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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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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 ...

Vice President Cheney just

January 20, 2005 Vice President Cheney just messed up his oath of office. He was supposed to say, "I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, ..." but he actually said, "I will defend and support..." Close enough. House Speaker Dennis Hastert ...

President Bush's supporters have

January 20, 2005 President Bush's supporters have spent much of the week touting his accomplishments in challenging such forces of evil as the leaders of the Taliban, Saddam Hussein, and ... SpongeBob Squarepants? NY Times reports that James Dobson of Focus on the Family targeted the mega-popular kids cartoon character at a black-tie ...

AP reports today that

January 20, 2005 AP reports today that "the president was in a cosmic frame of mind on the eve of his inaguration as he anticipated placing his hand on the Bible and promising once more to faithfully defend the Constitution." GovExec's David McGlinchey says he has no idea what this means. I don't ...

The much-ballyhooed "lockdown" of

January 20, 2005 The much-ballyhooed "lockdown" of Washington has had the hoped-for effect among those of us who commute into the city, but work outside the massive security zone: this morning, there was virtually no traffic at all heading downtown.

One of the nice

January 20, 2005 One of the nice things about being in Washington during one of these events is that you get drawn in even when you're actively seeking to avoid the whole thing on the grounds that it's just a big annoying hassle. Last night, several of us were treated to an indoor ...

Firing Line.

January 19, 2005 Newsweek's cover story this week makes the case that, contrary to popular perception, President Bush is both a policy wonk and a hands-on manager. The president, according to the piece, decided last fall to fire "basically everybody" in his Cabinet, on the grounds that they were all burned out and ...

Hatch's Act.

January 19, 2005 Richard Hatch may have been able to fool his fellow contestants on the inaugural edition of TV's Survivor into making him the show's first $1 million winner. But he can't fool the IRS. They've reminded him that cashing his million-dollar check and not paying taxes is not kosher.