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Daniel Eli Wattenberg (born 1959) is an American journalist and musician. He was raised in Bethesda, Maryland. His father is the pundit Ben Wattenberg and his aunt is the actress Rebecca Schull. He received his BA degree from Columbia University in 1983.
Early life and career
Daniel Wattenberg was a singer and songwriter with several punk rock bands, and made several dozen appearances at CBGB. His best-known band, the Casuals, released an underground hit single in the summer of 1980: "Tokens of Love" backed with "(Don't) Ripple My Lake". The A-side was a safe sex anthem written at the beginning of the AIDS epidemic.
Public service and journalism
Wattenberg retired from music in 1983 to join the US State Department. He was first assigned to the embassy in Paris before being called back to Foggy Bottom to serve as a speechwriter for Elliott Abrams. After the Iran-Contra scandal, he left public service to work as a journalist. He joined the staff of The Washington Times, and became one of the founding staffers of its spinoff, Insight on the News.
Wattenberg went on to work as a writer and editor for such magazines as The Weekly Standard and John F. Kennedy, Jr.'s George. He also collaborated with his father, Ben Wattenberg, on a syndicated newspaper column. In the mid-2000s (decade), he returned to The Washington Times to serve as its arts editor.
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