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Major Garrett Goes for a White House Hat Trick

As Politico reported earlier, CBS’s Major Garrett got quite the get today. The network’s chief White House correspondent scored interviews with both Barack Obama and Joe Biden, which will air tonight and tomorrow morning. But he’s not stopping there. Oh no. In an apparent attempt to interview every high-profile member of the Obama administration before the weekend, Garrett will sit down with Press Secretary Jay Carney tomorrow morning at George Washington University for a conversation with the kids at the School of Media and Public Affairs. Topics will include how to field questions in the briefing room, keeping your cool in times of pressure, and tips to stay on message.

Obviously, this will largely be a review for most of those students, since anyone attending a GW School of Media and Public Affairs talk with the White House Press Secretary will have seen every episode of “The West Wing” dozens of times. And we seriously doubt Jay can tell us anything we haven’t already learned from C.J. Craig…

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RAP Taps Deaton to Replace Chambers

Last week, FBDC joined former Red Alert Politics founding editor Francesca Chambers at Bar Code to celebrate her new gig as the Daily Mail‘s DC deputy bureau chief. And while we had a great time, we were left to wonder -who could possibly fill her shoes? Today, we wonder no more. The online pub “by young conservatives for young conservatives” has announced that Chambers will be replaced by managing editor Chris Deaton. Deaton previously worked as a legislative and communications aide on Capitol Hill and as an editorial writer for the Press-Enterprise in Riverside, California.

He’s already off to a great start with this latest post about a dude getting kicked in the head by the conductor of a moving train. We can’t wait to see what’s next!

Afternoon Lede Check, 4.16.14

A secret government report says the Afghan government is not prepared for US troops to leave; Pres. Obama chides Republicans on immigration; and hundreds of thousands of DC residents need to get new drivers licenses.

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Paris Hilton to DJ in DC

parisIn just a few weeks, The Heiress will descend upon the District for her first-ever DJ set in the nation’s capital. Paris Hilton – part of the Cash Money Records empire including Lil Wayne, Drake, and Nicki Minaj – will perform her newest tracks including “Nothing In This World” and “Last Night” at Echostage (2135 Queens Chapel Rd. NE) on Friday, May 9.

Tickets to the show – not to be missed for the pure fact that it’s Paris Hilton deejaying – start at $20 and can be purchased here.

Carlos Melangé will open for Hilton and the night will end with a performance by George Acosta.

We know what you’re thinking, and we agree. May 9th can’t come soon enough!

Double Commencement Duty for Pelosi

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi is hitting the college circuit this May. The California Democrat is slated to give the keynote address at not one but two commencements -UC Berkeley on May 17th and then Bard College in upstate New York on May 24th. She will also receive an honorary Doctorate of Laws from Bard, along with theater director Anne D. Bogart and Judaic scholar Jacob Neusner, among others.

Separated at Birth?

MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and BuzzFeed’s Jonah Peretti, both of whom were just named on The Hollywood Reporter‘s list of the 35 most powerful people in New York media. Striking, no?

Matthew Shaer to Smithsonian Mag

MatthewShaerSmithsonian magazine is announcing today that they have brought on New York magazine contributor Matthew Shaer as a staff writer. Shaer is a fiction writer as well as a journalist and his work has also been published in GQ,Harper’s, Mental Floss, Fortune and Foreign Policy. He and his wife, an art historian, currently live in Durham, North Carolina. They’ll be moving to the D.C. area this summer. Matt’s first day on the job is scheduled for May 5.

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NBCUniversal Launches Original-Video Initiative for Digital(LostRemote)
The news networks are growing more digital by the day, and now NBCUniversal is launching an original video initiative that will appear across the company’s various digital and video-on-demand platforms.Deadline Hollywood NBCUniversal’s various digital platforms include its channel websites, Hulu and VOD. Promos for the digital series will appear during various programs on NBCU TV networks. In some cases, development of the digital series will be in collaboration with advertising partners. WSJ NBCUniversal’s announcement Tuesday comes two weeks after it reached a multiyear deal to give Hulu exclusive rights to stream several TV shows. Big media companies are investing more time and money in developing digital and online content as consumers stream more programming through services such as Netflix, Amazon’s Prime service and Hulu, which is owned by Comcast, 21st Century Fox and Walt Disney Co. Mashable The slew of digital-first shows include Tesla And Twain, a comedic series that imagines what would happen if Mark Twain and Nikola Tesla were suddenly transported to modern-day Los Angeles. Other projects coming include Last Single Girl, about an underemployed young woman whose friends are all marrying off, and Saturday Night Line, which follows the superfans who camp in the standby line outside 30 Rock in hopes of catching the TV show. Also coming to NBC.com is the previously announced Heroes Reborn: Digital Series, a prequel to the TV show that ran from 2006 to 2010. Variety The big TV companies have dabbled in this area before. Before the 2008-09 TV season, NBCUniversal launched two Web-based series, Gemini Division and Woke Up Dead. At about the same time, Walt Disney’s ABC formed Stage 9 Digital Media, which launched an online comedy about window washers called Squeegees.

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What’s Happening
— Gallup shares news data on the state of U.S. healthcare and the Affordable Care Act, 9 a.m.
— American Futures with James and Deborah Fallows Sixth and I Synagogue, 7 p.m.
— Revisiting the Ansel Adams Wilderness at National Geographic, 7:30 p.m.

The Revolving Door
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Fishbowl Fun Fact
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Afternoon Lede Check, 4.15.14

The US backs Ukrainian action against pro-Russian insurgents; the FDA turns up the heat on a meth-like diet supplement; and the Boston bombings are remembered on  their one year anniversary.

From WaPo to WJLA, here are the stories that are leading your homepages today, after the jump…

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