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National Journal Hosts Charlie Cook on 2014 Midterm Elections at Newseum Tuesday AM

cdn-media.nationaljournal.comThere’s just a few spots left to attend tomorrow’s National Journal event with election prognosticator Charlie Cook on the run-up to the 2014 midterm elections. The editor and publisher of The Cook Political Report and NJ columnist will dissect and share his predictions for the races whether they’ll mirror the landscape of today.

The convo is set for 8:30 am at the Newseum (555 Pennsylvania Ave. NY) and will also be live-streamed at http://www.nationaljournal.com/events. To attend in person, RSVP here.

CQ Roll Call Launches Fifth Policy Pulse Blog – Energy Xtra

Energy_Xtra1CQ Roll Call announced today the launch of Energy Xtra, the fifth Policy Pulse blog on RollCall.com to be led by Randy Leonard.

The new vertical will focus on energy debates related to renewable generation, efficiency, electric reliability, infrastructure, nuclear developments, coal technology, and implications of the ongoing oil and gas boom.

Leonard has covered energy and environmental policy on Capitol Hill for the past year and written energy stories for The New York Times, National Geographic, The Atlantic, and The Wall Street Journal’s MarketWatch.

Energy Xtra joins HealthopolisThe ContainerFive By Five and Technocrat on the Policy Pulse roster.

The Hill Introduces Social Media Component for Final ’50 Most Beautiful’ Nominees

Screen Shot 2014-07-14 at 15.50.21The Hill’s “50 Most Beautiful People” list is slated for release on Tuesday, July 29 and 49 of the 50 have already been decided. For the first year ever, one recipient will be decided by readers who vote for the last minute addition on thehill.com and its Facebook page.

Now in its 11th year, the list highlight’s members of Congress, congressional staffers, campaign aides, lobbyists, executive branch employees, and other Capitol Hill personnel based on nominations by their peers, chosen by Hill staff.

This year’s social media contenders after the jump. Read more

Roll Call’s Hill Navigator Pens ‘Ultimate Capitol Hill Internship Guide’ eBook

HL-Intern-Guide-Cover(550x700)July 14 marks the publishing debut of Roll Call’s first eBook. Available for download today, the “Ultimate Capitol Hill Internship Guide” by Roll Call’s Hill Navigator Rebecca Gale.

For those who aspire to intern or are interning in the House or Senate, Gale penned and collected her advice on how to be the “Best Intern Ever.”

Editor in Chief Christina Bellantoni said today in a message to staff, “I especially love showcasing something critical to Roll Call’s mission — coverage of the people who work inside the Capitol. Today’s interns could be tomorrow’s legislative assistants and the next decades chiefs of staff, all core Roll Call readers.” Read more

‘Bromancing’ Senators Cory Booker and Rand Paul Draw Laughs at Playbook Cocktails

20140709_174638Last night also at the Newseum just prior to National Journal’s Political PursuitPOLITICO hosted Playbook Cocktails with the ‘bromancing’ Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Rand Paul (R-KY) in conversation with POLITICO Chief White House Correspondent Mike Allen.

Equally substantive and funny, the due spoke on the topic of the REDEEM Act, an effort the two support to redefine the country’s criminal justice system; President Obama’s visit to Texas yesterday and whether he should visit the border; whether the duo could land a reality show; and a selfie taken on Booker’s iPhone.

In case you missed it in person or via livestream, check out the full Q&A or if you’re strapped for time, the Top 10 humorous quotes of the night, as compiled by POLITICO, after the jump. Read more

Team ‘Press Pass’ Prevails at National Journal’s Political Pursuit

Winning team "Press Pass"

Winning team “Press Pass”

Last night at the Newseum, National Journal hosted its sixth annual Political Pursuit, a “game show” on political trivia with members of Congress, the press that cover them, and political “insiders.”

The evening was co-moderated by National Journal Editor-in-Chief and President Tim Grieve and Hotline Editor-in-Chief Scott Bland. Team “Press Pass” won the night with 290 points and consisted of Bloomberg News’s Greg Giroux, Roll Call’s Shira T. Center, The Washington Post’s Paul Kane, The New York Times’ Jonathan Martin, and Los Angeles Times’ Mike Memoli. Read more

CQ Roll Call Launches Healthopolis to Cover Health News in Congress and Fed Agencies

Healthopolis_1-2CQ Roll Call today announced the launch of its fourth Policy Pulse blog Healthopolis, to be led by Paul Jenks, author of CQ HealthBeat’s ‘Morning Take’ since 2007. The new vertical will cover health news in Congress, federal agencies, and elsewhere.

Healthopolis joins The Container, Five By Five and Technocrat on the Policy Pulse roster.

Democrats Take Win Over Republicans at Roll Call’s Congressional Baseball Game

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For the sixth year in a row, the Democrats took home the trophy at Roll Call’s 53rd Congressional Baseball Game. The Dems beat out the Republicans 15 – 6 last night at Nationals Park.

Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-CA) and Rep. Kevin Brady (R-TX) were named the night’s MVPs. The game was called in the 7th inning just before rain poured down on the city.

One common theme throughout the night were staffers donning t-shirts rooting for their Congressperson.

The game was preceded by Roll Call’s annual “Taste of America” contest, a tournament-style food competition modeled after March Madness, in which Utah’s Cherry Cobbler won. The competition featured 64 foods with one entry per state and two entries for the larger states and the event featured food from the Top 8 finalists.

Click through for our gallery, the night’s top Tweets, and Roll Call’s rundown. Read more

Roll Call’s ‘Hill Navigator’ Advises How To Land Political Reporting Jobs

hillNavigator-header-logoRoll Calls’s Rebecca Gale today posted a beginners guide to landing political reporting jobs, just in time as Washington sees an influx of college graduates and interns on the pursuit of just that.

The question comes from Ben, a junior at Fordham University, hoping to eventually land a career in political journalism. He asks the ”Hill Navigator,” Roll Call’s column that explores career advice and office etiquette for Congressional staff, how valuable graduate journalism school is and what steps he should take to get more involved with political publications.

Roll Call Politics Editor Shira T. Center chimes in with advice for the aspiring reporter based on her professional experience. Key themes – write, network and persist.

On journalism graduate school, Center says, “Every program is different, but in short, I’m not a fan unless you’re making a career transition, have minimal journalism experience, or plan to use it to acquire very specific skills. For example, coding, video editing and production are an added value for a young journalist’s résumé…Otherwise, if you have strong journalism experience, graduate school might not be a sound investment. Unlike your friends at business school, it’s going to be a lot harder for you to pay off those loans on your scribe’s salary.”

Looking to land your first political writing gig or for a chance to reminisce? Click on over the Roll Call’s latest “Hill Navigator.”

Roll Call Launches Fantasy Contest Ahead of Wednesday’s Congressional Baseball Game

Screen Shot 2014-06-24 at 17.39.10Just in time for Wednesday’s Congressional Baseball Game, Roll Call has launched a fantasy baseball contest for fans to predict their MVPs of the night.

Participants will chose nine players from either team – the Democrats or Republicans – and based on those selected and the final score, will be put in the running for prizes including a $200 Nike gift card, two tickets to a Nats game, and a $50 Zappos gift card.

Proceeds from the game go to the Washington Literacy Center, the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Washington, and the Washington Nationals Dream Foundation.

Tickets to the game are $10 and can be purchased here. Individuals can register for the fantasy baseball game here. Read more

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