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And the Pulitzers Go To…

A complete list of all the 2014 Pulitzer Awards for Journalism announced today:

Public Service
The Guardian US
-for its revelation of widespread secret surveillance by the National Security Agency, helping through aggressive reporting to spark a debate about the relationship between the government and the public over issues of security and privacy.
The Washington Post -for its revelation of widespread secret surveillance by the National Security Agency, marked by authoritative and insightful reports that helped the public understand how the disclosures fit into the larger framework of national security.

Breaking News Reporting
Staff of The Boston Globe -for its exhaustive and empathetic coverage of the Boston Marathon bombings and the ensuing manhunt that enveloped the city, using photography and a range of digital tools to capture the full impact of the tragedy.

Investigative Reporting
Chris Hamby of The Center for Public Integrity, Washington, DC -for his reports on how some lawyers and doctors rigged a system to deny benefits to coal miners stricken with black lung disease, resulting in remedial legislative efforts.

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Easley Leaves The Hill for Morning Consult

Jonathan Easley has left The Hill, where he had been covering healthcare policy since 2011, to become health editor for the Morning Consult, FBDC has learned. Morning Consult -a daily health policy briefing – was founded by pollster Michael Ramlet in 2009 and recently expanded their coverage to the energy sector as well.

Easley has also written for Roll Call and Salon, and prior to his career in journalism, worked for ten years in the finance sector. He takes over from former health editor Meghan McCarthy, who has been promoted to managing editor.

Washington City Paper Hosts Best of DC Fete

20140409_192414Last night at Carnegie Library, Washington City Paper hosted it’s Best of DC Fete featuring small plates and drinks from more than 50 of the top food and beverage establishments in DC. The event coincided with the City Paper’s “Best of” issue, naming everything from the Best Contemporary American Restaurant (readers’ pick: Founding Farmers) and Best Sandwich (readers’ pick: Taylor Gourmet) to the Best Place to Get Your Bike Fixed (readers’ pick: BicycleSPACE) and Best Place to Buy Home Furnishings (readers’ pick: Miss Pixies).

The evening was a completely gluttonous affair -and well attended -only slightly diminished by paltry booze offerings. Fortunately there were enough small plates circulating, that we had plenty of other things with which to occupy our senses.

The highlight of the night was the burger served by STK – the steakhouse slash lounge – opening in Dupont Circle on April 25. Their signature mini was by far the best plate of the night. Best drink, according to Fishbowl, goes to Ping Pong Dim Sum with its roasted lemon and basil lemonade.

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Chuck Todd Loves Musicals

Chuck Todd sat for a Q&A with The Hill‘s Bob Cusack today. Apparently the NBC politics chief and former French horn player has a thing for the theatre:

I love musicals and show tunes. As a high school and college French horn player, my favorite gigs were playing in pit orchestras for musicals and learning the words to every song in the show. To this day, I think, with just a rehearsal, I could sing the lead (probably not well) to “Brigadoon.”


Quartz’s Ferdman to Wonkblog

robertoQuartz’s Roberto Ferdman has been picked up by Wonkblog as a staff writer. In an announcement today, the Washington Post said Ferdman, who had been based in New York, would move down in June. While at Quartz, Ferdman covered an eclectic array of topics (dog food, most recently), and will do so again in his capacity at Wonkblog. His beat there will include consumer business, the economics of food, Latin American development and immigration. His first day at WaPo will be June 9th.

DC Pubs Disagree: Are Democrats ‘Spiking the Football’?

Obamacare enrollments reached 7.1 million last month, but Democrats and Republicans are still bickering over whether or not that’s a good thing. Dems are obviously pleased, while Republicans are warning Obamacare supporters not to celebrate too early. Disagreements over whether healthcare reform is working won’t be resolved anytime soon. But there is another, more pressing question vexing the political media this week as well: are the President and his allies “spiking the ball” over the enrollment numbers?

The Hill says it isn’t so. In his article, “Democrats don’t spike ball on ObamaCare,” Mike Lillis contends that Dems are showing caution in the aftermath of this major milestone. And Jay Cost at the Weekly Standard agrees. In “Why Didn’t Vulnerable Senate Dems Spike the Football Yesterday?“, he points out that the party is eager to stop talking about the law altogether.

But National Journal‘s James Oliphant and Commentary‘s Jonathan Tobin act as if the ball-spiking were obvious.

“The president couldn’t resist spiking the football over the Affordable Care Act,” wrote Oliphant yesterday.

“The administration felt it had good reason to spike the ball,” said Tobin. ”And that’s exactly what the president did.”

And according to the WaPo editorial board, while there was definitely some modest spiking of the ball, it was clearly within the bounds of proper decorum. ”You can forgive a little football-spiking,” they wrote yesterday. “Even if Obamacare is far from the end zone.”

Hm, isn’t spiking a football outside of the end zone usually referred to as a fumble? Oh well. Sports metaphors, gotta love em!

New WaPo Mag Features Cater to Young, Urban Techies -Also More Pictures!

WaPo Mag“Known for its smart and entertaining stories about the interesting people, places and events that make the Washington region unique, The Magazine will now also showcase photographs, graphics, and content that is more applicable to readers’ daily lives.”

That’s the way WaPo is describing the changes they made to their Sunday magazine. Translation: less boring words, more pretty pictures. The first post-redesign WaPo Mag comes out April 6, with five shiny new features aimed at that “young, urban professional” demo we’ve been hearing so much about:

  • Just Asking—Behind-the-scene interviews with notable Washingtonians
  • Apptitude—Reviews of new apps for your home, travel, or health and fitness
  • Plate Lab—Food editors Joe Yonan and Bonnie Benwick translate restaurant dishes into recipes to try at home
  • Crunched—Data-driven statistics about the region
  • Street Smart—Spotlights the current places to be, shop or socialize on a block or neighborhood

WaPo is debuting a new combined Sunday Arts & Style section this week as well. Read the whole announcement after the jump….

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Birdy Chatter: Meredith Shiner and Patrick Gavin Make Moves

FBDC alum and current Daily Caller gossip maven Betsy Rothstein has some interesting tidbits:

Roll Call‘s Meredith Shiner, who recently resigned from the publication, is in serious talks to go to work for Yahoo! News. The deal has not yet been finalized.

Also…per a tweet by Michael Calderone of HuffPost, Patrick Gavin has resigned from Politico. He is moving on to new ventures which he is not yet disclosing. He declined to comment.

We also hear from a little birdy that, after five years, P-Gav’s last day at The Politico will be May 1st. His next moves are’t finalized yet, but should be soon.

The DC’s Alexis Levinson Jumps to Roll Call

Alexis Levinson, formerly of The Daily Caller, will now cover Senate races for Roll Call, Editor-in-Chief Christina Bellantoni announced today. Levinson had a similar beat at The DC, breaking news about Rep. Phil Gingrey’s Senate campaign staff exodus and traveling to New Hampshire and South Carolina to cover the presidential race.

Bellantoni also announced that Kyle Trygstad has been promoted to Associate Politics Editor. He will continue to serve as lead reporter on Senate campaigns as well.

Allie Robinson was also brought over from CQ as a Copy Editor. Check out the whole memo after the jump…

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A New Morning Ritual? WaPo Launches ‘Read In’ With Reid Wilson

Can a morning tip sheet targeted at political professionals thrive without including birthday shout-outs? That’s the question WaPo‘s Reid Wilson has set out to answer this morning. Wilson and WaPo launched “Read In” at 8:00 a.m. -a new morning tip-sheet for Hill staffers and campaign workers. Wilson knows a little bit about the biz -he is the former editor-in-chief of the Hotline at National Journal and has been covering state-level politics for WaPo’s GovBeat for the past several years. FBDC caught up with Reid over the weekend and asked him some questions about his new project. Read on in to learn more, and if you haven’t already, sign up for the newsletter here.

You used to run Hotline at NJ. How is “Read In” going to differ from that and other morning tip sheets?

Read In is going to be laser-focused on its core audience – Capitol Hill staffers and members, the lobbying community, the campaign community, anyone who practices professional politics. My job is to help them do their jobs better, which means giving people a timely and comprehensive look at what they need to know before their first meeting or conference call. Hence the name: This is how people read in to their day.

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