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Afternoon Lede Check – 7.29.14

Obama joins E.U. in new sanctions against Russia (The Post). NRCC Chairman to Seek Second Term (Roll Call). And Va. governor’s wife had ‘crush’ on CEO (WTOP).

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

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Facebook Ruins All the Fun for Tommy McFly/Pavlick

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Mark Zuckerberg’s done it again…ruined all the fun for anyone who has more than 5,000 “friends” with a Facebook account!

FreshFM radio host Tommy McFly (born Pavlick) took to Facebook with some big news for his 4,995 friends.

“Zuckerberg says I can only be friends with a certain number of you and we’ve hit that limit,” the morning show host wrote in a sponsored post on Monday.

McFly/Pavlick will soon transition to a fan “page” that doesn’t impose the ridiculous limit personal pages have on how many friends you can have on Facebook.

“I never ever want to turn anyone away and always want to keep our conversation going,” wrote the morning show host. “Could you please ‘like’ my new page? Over the next several weeks I’m going to be transition to this one.”

Ohh the woes of having so many “friends…”

President Obama Set to Dine with Four Who Wrote from Kansas City

A video posted to The White House YouTube channel today highlights four Kansas City residents set to dine with President Barack Obama this evening.

“The President loves getting 10 letters a night, that he reads every night, where he can hear from everyday Americans about how they’re affected by the policies that he’s fighting to implement here in Washington,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest says in the video. “The president’s been traveling across the country meeting with these individual people who’ve written him letters. He’s gonna do the same thing in Kansas City.”

The video continues with Earnest calling individuals – including Becky, Victor, and Valerie – who have written to Obama letting them know that they’re invited to dine with the president.

“Would you be willing to have dinner with the President on Tuesday night,” asks Earnest, to which one woman replied, “Ohh yes, yes…That sounds like a blast.”

ABC News reports that the President will dine with “a man who thanked Obama for student loan help he received, a single mother who described her challenges raising children and running a business, a teacher in a GED program and a woman who is active in her neighborhood association.”

Watch, below.

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ICYMI: C-SPAN Adds Paywall, Laura Ingraham Considering Political Bid

The ‘Facts of Life’ According to POLITICO Playbook

facts-of-life-tv-1809This morning’s POLITICO Playbook offered some interesting “Facts of Life” that has us guessing. Just who is Mike Allen referring to in his morning newsletter?

Under the headline “PLAYBOOK FACTS OF LIFE,” Allen references an “annoying email” about a “friendly reminder” and goes on to offer advice on how best to remind someone of something without nagging.

We reached out to Allen – with the subject line “You Coming?” – for additional info on the circumstances behind the “annoying email” he received but he wouldn’t budge.

The post leaves us wondering, who did Allen meet with this morning that was preceded by an annoying “friendly reminder” of said meeting??

The “Facts of Life” via POLITICO Playbook:

Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 13.48.30PLAYBOOK FACTS OF LIFE: An annoying email this a.m. reminded us that there’s nothing friendly about a “friendly reminder.” If you want to remind someone, try texting or emailing them with additional detail (“Just found out so-and-so will join”) — a way of reminding without nagging. At a restaurant, about five minutes after the reservation time (NOT before – no one wants to feel worse while already rushing), text your friend the table number or rough location. This is a little nicer to receive than: “You coming?” And it protects against the possibility that YOU’RE in the wrong place, or that they’re already seated elsewhere.

These are variations on the life lesson: At any given moment, we can make someone feel good, or feel bad. Human nature is to make them feel bad – they screwed up, or inconvenienced us. But it doesn’t cost any more to make them feel good. And the secret is: You do, too.

The Hill Names the ’50 Most Beautiful’

50mbweb1It’s that day. That one day a year The Hill publishes its “50 Most Beautiful” list, and you can’t help but laugh, just a bit.

The 11th annual list recognizes the Beltway’s “best-looking,” relevant to the audience. So not necessarily all of the actually hot people you see around town, but the “most beautiful” members of Congress, Congressional staffers, campaign aides, lobbyists, other Capitol Hill personnel and executive branch employees.

Washington beautiful is tricky. It’s a far cry from “beautiful” as portrayed on DC-based television programs like “House of Cards” and “Scandal.” That said, this year’s list does include many who would catch your eye in Washington and elsewhere, along with several who might not even do so here in DC. Read more

POLITICO’s Rachel Smolkin to Join CNN as Executive Editor of CNN Politics Digital

Rachel SmolkinAn email to CNN staff this morning announced that POLITICO managing editor for news Rachel Smolkin is headed to the network to serve as executive editor of CNN Politics Digital. In this role, she’ll lead CNNPolitics.com across all platforms in an effort to make its work “bolder, buzzier and more essential to audiences in and outside of the beltway.”

In lieu of a press release, CNN lately has been doing a Q&A with new hires. Check it out to hear from Smolkin on the best career advice she’s ever received, what drew her to politics, and the biggest challenge of covering Washington.

Smolkin’s last day at POLITICO is slated for August 8 and will start with CNN in mid-August. Prior to POLITICO, she was an assignment editor at USA Today.

See managing editor of CNN Digital Meredith Artley‘s email to staff after the jump. Read more

WJLA GM Bill Lord Announces ‘September 30th will be my last day’

1406587117117Days after an announcement that the FCC approved the sale of WJLA and News Channel 8 along with several other broadcast ventures outside the District to Sinclair Broadcast Group, Bill Lord announced a September 30 departure as GM.

A post to FTVLive includes an email from Lord to WJLA and News Channel 8 staff announcing his last day with the company that was owned by Allbritton Communications for nearly four decades.

“I have just received word that September 30th will be my last day at WJLA,” Lord writes. “Sinclair will be posting the GM position in the morning so I wanted to tell all of you first. I will be here over the next two months to operate the station until a replacement is found.”

Lord goes on to thank those he’s worked with in his 12 years with the outlet, whom he refers to as “mentors.” Click through for his full email to staff. Read more

Mediabistro Morning Roundup – 7.29.14

From TVNewser to FishbowlNY, here are your top stories from across Mediabistro.

FishbowlNY Fareed Zakaria Joins The Atlantic

TVSpy KDFW’s Melted Phone Story Goes Viral

FishbowlDC The Hill’s Bob Cusack Named Editor-in-Chief

GalleyCat Apple Buys Book Recommendation Startup BookLamp

TVNewser Fusion’s Pot Reporter Predicts When Marijuana Will Be Legal Nationwide

AllFacebook Bolt CEO to Instagram: Please Don’t Steal Our Name

Lost Remote An Inside Look at Year Three of Skybound’s The Walking Dead Escape

SocialTimes Imoji Personalizes Your Texting Experience with Custom Emojis

AllTwitter How To Build Brand Awareness on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and More

Inside Mobile Apps Happysale: Sell Your Stuff on Mobile with Help from Friends

InsideFacebook Deadline for Closing of FB’s WhatsApp Acquisition Pushed Back By One Year

PRNewser Ogilvy Survey: Social and Earned Media are Inseparable

AgencySpy White Castle Serves Up an Agency Review for the First Time Since 2009

MediaJobsDaily How to Handle it When Your College Kid Intern/Offspring Embarrasses You

UnBeige Oh Canada! Edward Burtynsky, Fred Herzog Among Photogs Honored with Stamps

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— Surgeon General’s Call to Action at the National Press Club, 10 a.m.

— Book Launch: Made in Bangladesh, Cambodia and Sri Lanka: The Labor Behind the Global Garments and Textile Industries at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, 11 a.m.

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