While Dan's Away

By Dan Froomkin
Special to washingtonpost.com
Wednesday, October 5, 2005; 3:02 PM

I'm taking a breather for a few days. The column will resume on Tuesday, Oct. 11. Note to Patrick Fitzgerald: You had better not indict anyone while I'm gone.

For those of you who are -- how shall I put this? -- addicted to my column, I apologize. Here are a few ways to keep yourselves occupied in the interim.

* Check out the new White House salary list. I finally Web-published it last week. You can sort it by salary, last name or job title. You can even compare it to the 2004 staff list and the 2003 staff list.

* Check washingtonpost.com's Politics section and nytimes.com's Washington section at least once a day.

* Read Howard Kurtz's Media Notes column and William Arkin's astonishing new Early Warning blog, on washingtonpost.com.

* Spend some time in washingtonpost.com's exciting, recently relaunched Opinions section. Don't miss Toles vs. Toles, featuring Tom Toles's latest Washington Post editorial cartoon and his latest online-only sketch.

* Visit some of my fellow aggregators: Slate's Today's Papers, Slate's Today's Cartoons, ABC News's The Note and NBC's First Read.

* If you're not already familiar with these blogs -- just a few of the essential Washington political blogs -- then get to know them: Daily Kos, Talking Points Memo, Eschaton, Political Animal, The Corner, Redstate.org, Wonkette, the National Journal's Beltway Blogroll, Think Progress and Taegan Goddard's Political Wire, among many others.

* Do you enjoy my occasional bouts of media gossip and criticism? Check out Romenesko, FishbowlDC, Media Matters for America, Media Research Center, The Daily Howler, CBSNews.com's Public Eye and Pressthink.

* Bush lovers will enjoy Blogs for Bush, Captain's Quarters and Powerline.

* Bush haters will get a kick out of Americablog, TalkLeft, Carpetbagger Report, Hullabaloo, Whiskey Bar and First Draft.

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