Times’ Washington Bureau Keeps Shrinking

bill keller getty 1 0 Times Washington Bureau Keeps ShrinkingThe New York Times‘ Washington bureau keeps shrinking. Politico reports that Stephen Labaton and Neil A. Lewis will each take a buyout offer–a month after Bill Keller met with the bureau, and a year after Linda Greenhouse and Steve Weisman left.

Of late, Mr. Labaton has been covering Congress’ efforts to deal with the financial crisis, and Mr. Lewis has written about a few different scandals since filing a lot about Sonia Sotomayor over the summer. The two leave with a combined 47 years of experience, and, according to the buyout memo John Koblin got his hands on, it leaves the Times with 43 reporters in their slimmed-down Washington bureau.

Times‘ employees have until Monday to decide whether to bolt the paper, or ride the ferocious wave on the rising island with David Carr.