Richard Preez Pena writing in the NYT laments the lack of political correspondents in the nation's political capital.
At the inaugurations of George Bush back in 2000 there were 30 correspondents whereas next Janurat the numbers will be a lot smaller.
As he points out
The times may be news-rich, but newspapers are cash-poor, facing their direst financial straits since the Depression. Racing to cut costs as they lose revenue, most have decided that their future lies in local news, not national or international events. That has put a bull’s-eye on expensive Washington bureaus.