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‘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

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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.

Glenn Greenwald and Murtaza Hussain to Join HuffPost Live at Noon

huffpost-liveThe Intercept’s Glenn Greenwald and Murtaza Hussain will appear on HuffPost Live today at noon to talk with Alyona Minkovski about their new piece about the NSA and FBI spying on five prominent Muslim-American leaders.

Questions and comments are being collected in advance (here).

Don’t miss what should be an interesting conversation.

Glenn Beck Says Press to ‘Take Out Their Anger’ on Hillary Clinton

Screen Shot 2014-07-08 at 14.50.27On TheBlaze TV today, Glenn Beck predicted that if Hillary Clinton runs for President in 2016, press will “take out their anger of being betrayed by this administration” on her.

“Hillary Clinton is going to pay the price of this administration – not by the American people – but by the press,” said Beck. “I think the press is going to take out their anger of being betrayed by this administration, never on this president, because they’re too deeply in bed. And I just don’t think that they will ever take out their aggression. But they know that some of these things are wrong. What’s happening with the White House and the Press Corps and how they’re treating us. I don’t think they have alarm bells going off, but they are uncomfortable with it and they don’t like it, and they don’t like the way they’ve been treated sometimes. And I think they’re going to take that out on Hillary Clinton.”

Click on over to Mediaite for video of Beck’s full comments.

The Atlantic Names Alexis Madrigal Deputy Editor of TheAtlantic.com

The Atlantic today announced the promotion of Alexis Madrigal to the newly created role of Deputy Editor of TheAtlantic.com. Madrigal, who’s covered science and technology for The Atlantic since 2010, will also oversee social media and The Atlantic’s newsletter strategy.

In addition to his promotion, Dr. James Hamblin was named a senior editor. Julie Beck will replace Hamblin as editor of its Health channel and Kathy Gilsinan will join the Global channel as an associate editor from World Politics Review.

Atlantic Media Launches ‘State & Local’

GovExec_S&LAtlantic Media today launched its expansion from federal government current events coverage for Government Executive to city, county, and state government news and analysis. The new line of focus will include coverage of technology, health care, citizen services, infrastructure, security, transportation, and finance.

Government Executive’s state and local coverage is led by Michael Grass, who was hired in May following an April announcement of the intended news coverage expansion.

“As I’ve been talking with local government practitioners across the country, so many are innovating and serving their residents in new and exciting ways,” said Grass. “Government Executive State & Local will amplify these success stories.” Read more

Yahoo News’ Olivier Knox Offers Look at President Obama’s ‘Secret Schedule’

whitehouseWhile much – or some – of the President of the United States’ daily schedule is listed online for public consumption, his private schedule, detailing a more minute-by-minute look at Obama’s day, was the focus of a recent piece by Yahoo News’ Olivier Knox.

“It’s a document so closely held that Obama aides, like their counterparts under George W. Bush, are expected to dispose of it at day’s end in ‘burn bags’ typically reserved for documents so sensitive they cannot be consigned to mere shredding,” wrote Knox.

The private schedule is delivered in hard copy form at 7am to the desks of senior aides and includes a disclaimer showcasing the sensitivity of the document – “This schedule contains sensitive information and is provided for your information only. It may not be distributed, forwarded, or printed without the express written permission of the Director of Scheduling.”

For more on the veiled secrecy of President Obama’s private schedule, click on over to Yahoo News.

NYTimes Editorial Board Supports SCOTUSBlog Press Credential

SCOTUSBlogThe New York Times Editorial Board yesterday threw support behind the SCOTUSBlog live feed securing a press credential to cover the Supreme Court.

The Senate Standing Committee of Correspondents denied SCOTUSBlog’s April request for credentials, which are recognized by the Supreme Court, because its founder Tom Goldstein‘s firm argues before the Court. The committee says that ‘violates its rule against lobbying the federal government’ and that ‘the site is not independent from Mr. Goldstein’s firm.’ Read more

After Traffic Up 50% at National Journal for Jan-May, June Boasts Highest Traffic of 2014

June marked the highest traffic month of 2014 for National Journal, garnering more than 3.3 million monthly unique visits to the site, the same month the magazine debuted its redesign. In early June, we wrote that during the first five months of 2014, traffic was up 50% compared to the same time last year.

Also significant for NJ, it added several new writers in the recent months, including Emily Schultheis, Alexia Campbell, Rachel Roubein, Zach Cohen, Nora Caplan-BrickerMichelle Cottle, Simon van Zuylen-Wood, Daniel Libit, and Ethan Epstein.

“The new magazine adds another dimension for us: We have great in-the-moment journalism and extraordinary long-form journalism too, a mix that is driving influential readers – and top-flight journalists – to National Journal,” said NJ Editor-in-Chief and President Tim Grieve in a press release.

NBC News Team Safe and Unharmed After Caught in Crossfire in East Jerusalem Today

niPSLRwgAn NBC News team including foreign correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin was caught in crossfire today in East Jerusalem. Mohyeldin is a former desk assistant at the NBC News DC bureau and a graduate of American University.

He posted video of rubber bullets fired and stun grenades thrown in the direction of Palestinian protesters and his team wearing gear labeled ‘press’ by Israeli forces to Instagram. NBC reports that Mohyeldin and his team are safe and unharmed. Read more

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