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Laura McGann Leaves Politico, Joins Vox As Political Editor

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Laura McGann, Politico’s deputy managing editor, is joining Vox Media as its first political editor, reported the Huffington Post’s Michael Calderone yesterday.

Prior to her four years spent at Politico, McGann worked for Talking Points Memo, Nieman Journalism Lab, MSNBC and The Washington Independent.

McGann, who will start at Vox on Jan. 5th, is the third big-name editor at Politico to leave the news organization this past week — following White House editor, Dan Berman (National Journal), and deputy managing editor, Gregg Birnbaum (New York Daily News).

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AP’s Senior Nat Sec Reporter Lara Jakes Heads to Foreign Policy

Screen Shot 2014-12-22 at 2.11.08 PMThe Associated Press’s award-winning national security reporter, Lara Jakes,  is heading over to Foreign Policy to be the magazine’s new deputy managing editor, FP’s editor and CEO David Rothkopf announced in a staff memo last week.

Jakes is leaving her current post as senior national security correspondent after spending more than a decade covering national security, conflict and diplomacy for the AP. She’s worked in Washington covering the Pentagon,  Departments of Homeland Security, Justice and State as well as working as a correspondent and bureau chief in Iraq. She’s earned several awards for her work including first place recognition for AP team coverage in 2009, as well as receiving a homeland security fellowship at the Knight Center for Specialized Journalism at the University of Maryland’s Philip Merrill College of Journalism.

“Lara is a terrific addition to our growing news team and illustrates our commitment to continue to enhance our ability to provide our readers around the world with unique insights and analysis into the most important stories shaping global affairs,” Rothkopf said in the memo obtained by Fishbowl DC.

She’s expected to start at the beginning of January and she is “most looking forward to working with smart thinkers and writers at Foreign Policy who will set the agenda in Washington while beating the pants off the competition,” Jakes told Fishbowl DC.

Marco Rubio Almost Goes ‘Full Ginsburg’

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Senator Marco Rubio had a very busy Sunday as he continued to voice his opposition to President Barack Obama‘s recent shift in diplomatic relations with Cuba.

The junior US Senator from Florida made appearances on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” ABC’s “This Week,” Univision’s “Al Punto,” and CBS’ “Face the Nation” — only missing “Fox News Sunday” and CNN’s “State of the Union” to complete the “full Ginsburg.”

Rubio, a veteran of the feat, made appearances on all five major Sunday morning talk shows back on April 14, 2013 to discuss immigration reform.

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Antoine Sanfuentes Joins CNN To Lead White House Beat

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Some early morning Monday news… Antoine Sanfuentes has joined CNN as their new senior supervising producer. He will oversee coverage of the White House and Congress as leader of CNN’s newly combined White House and Capitol Hill beat.

Sanfuentes previously worked as NBC’s managing editor, Washington bureau chief, deputy bureau chief, White House producer and was part of the NBC News team that won the 2008 Emmy Award for Election Night. He began with NBC News in 1990 after graduating from American University.

Sanfuentes has covered every president from Clinton through Obama, overseen major foreign trips for NBC, and produced many presidential addresses.

He officially starts Jan. 5th when he will report to managing editor of CNN’s Washington bureau, Adam Levine. Good luck from FishbowlDC, Antoine!

DC Jobs: Atlantic Media, National Geographic Society, Washington Examiner

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President Obama’s Presser Full of Women

Screen Shot 2014-12-19 at 5.08.11 PMDuring his end of the year press conference, President Barack Obama did something quite out of the ordinary. He didn’t call on a single male or television reporter throughout the presser’s entirety.

“The fact is, there are many women from a variety of news organizations who day-in and day-out do the hard work of covering the President of the United States,” said White House press secretary Josh Earnest. “As the questioner list started to come together, we realized that we had a unique opportunity to highlight that fact at the President’s closely watched, end of the year news conference.”

Here’s the list of female reporters called on for those keeping track (via The Fix):

  1. Carrie Budoff Brown, Politico
  2. Cheryl Bolen, Bloomberg (who Obama labelled as “naughty”)
  3. Julie Pace, Associated Press
  4. Lesley Clark, McClatchy
  5. Roberta Rampton, Reuters
  6. Colleen M. Nelson, Wall Street Journal
  7. Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post
  8. April Ryan, American Urban Radio

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Weekend Show Preview — 12.21.14

sunday-shows_304In the words of my predecessor, Nick Massella… Who’s on the talk shows this weekend? Glad you asked.

Highlights will include President Barack Obama and Senator John McCain on “State of the Union”; Former President Bill Clinton on Al Punto; and Senator Marco Rubio on “Face the Nation,” “Meet the Press” and “Al Punto.”

Sunday: 

CBS’s “Face the Nation”: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Foreign Relations Committee; Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Armed Services Committee; Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD); National Correspondent for The Atlantic, Jeffrey Goldberg; CBS News’ State Department correspondent, Margaret Brennan; CBS News’ Congressional correspondent, Nancy Cordes; CBS News’ National correspondent, Jan Crawford; CBS News’ political director, John Dickerson; CBS News’ chief Washington correspondent, Major Garrett; CBS News’ National Security correspondent, David Martin.

NBC’s “Meet the Press“: TBA

“Fox News Sunday”: Rep Mike Rogers (R-MI), Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence; Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations; Syndicated Columnist / Fox News Contributor, George Will; Co-Anchor and Managing Editor “PBS NewsHour,”
 Judy Woodruff; President of Alliance for a Strong America / Fox News Contributor
, Liz Cheney; Fox News Political Analyst
, Juan Williams.

Univision’s “Al Punto” : Former United States President Bill Clinton; U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R), Florida and Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.; Ricardo Zúñiga, Senior Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs in the National Security Council; U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D), New Jersey and Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R), Texas; and student/activist, Adán Cortés.

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Rand Paul Trolls Marco Rubio On Twitter

Responding to comments made by Senator Marco Rubio yesterday, Senator Rand Paul took to Twitter today to strike back at his colleague.

On “The Kelly File” last evening, Rubio had told Megyn Kelly that Paul has “no idea what he’s talking about” when it comes to Cuba. The senator from Kentucky fired back with this:

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Paul, who was critical of Cuba isolationists in a TIME op-ed, continued his assault on Rubio’s foreign policy views.

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Candy Crowley Leaves ‘State of the Union’ With Obama Exclusive

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After 27 years with CNN, Candy Crowley will end her stint at the network with a bang.

In her final installment of “State of the Union” on Sunday, Crowley will sit down for an exclusive interview with President Barack Obama. From the North Korean Cyber attacks on Sony, to the major shift in U.S.-Cuban relations and release of American contractor Alan Gross this week, there will be no shortage of topics for Crowley to choose from.

CNN has yet to announce a replacement for Crowley, who began hosting the Sunday show back in 2010 after taking over for John King.

The interview will air on Sunday morning at 9 AM ET/ 6 AM PT.

DC Journo Sues St. Louis County Over Ferguson Arrest

Screen Shot 2014-12-19 at 11.42.19 AMThe American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit Tuesday on behalf of Trey Yingst, a Washington-based reporter for News2Share, against St. Louis County and St. Louis Police Lieutenant James Vollmer for allegedly violating his rights by arresting him while covering the protests in Ferguson, The St. Louis Business Journal first reported.

According to the complaint, Yingst was arrested on Nov 22. for refusing to stop filming the protests after police asked him to move to another location. The lawsuit said Yingst told the police officer ”Sir, I’m just standing on a public sidewalk.” The officer, Vollmer, then told his colleagues to “lock him up.” Yingst was taken into custody for “unlawful assembly” and held overnight. Read more

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