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Watch Live: CIA Director Brennan Reacts To Torture Report – 1:30p ET

CIA Director John Brennan will comment on and take questions regarding the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on the torture tactics implemented by the CIA at 1:30 p.m. ET.

Watch Live via NBC News.

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CNN’s Moody Mocks New Government Spending Bill

“Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made.” -Otto von Bismarck,

When discussing the 2015 Government Spending Bill, the old adage, made famous by the Prussian statesman, seems as applicable today as it was over a century ago. CNN senior digital correspondent, Chris Moody sifted through the grotesque innards of the new bill today in a CNN Digital video.

In the clip, he points out several of the more putrid aspects slipped into the 1,600 page bill – from Congress blocking the vote to legalize marijuana in DC, to the fact that ”it lets school districts avoid nutrition guidelines that would lower the amount of sodium in children’s school lunches. Because that would be tyranny.”

Moody even trolled the bill on Twitter, comically tweeting at Senator Ted Cruz, “Hey @tedcruz, why didn’t you make sure farmers are protected from Chupacabra attacks in the spending bill?”

Watch Moody’s video via CNN Digital. Enjoy!

POLITICO, Axel Springer Acquire European Voice

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POLITICO and Axel Springer, owners of the POLITICO joint venture in Europe, have announced today the acquisition of Brussels publication, European Voice.

The English-language newspaper will rebrand itself as POLITICO in the Spring of 2015 and will be led by new appointed excutive editor, Matthew Kaminski.

The joint venture also announced that owner/publisher of European Voice, Shéhérazade Semsar-de Boisséson, will become managing director of POLITICO’s European operation, in charge of business operations.

POLITICO’s European editorial operations will include more than 30 journalists with headquarters in Brussels and reporters in major capitals, with a new website, POLITICO.EU.

Cillizza On the Vilification Of Chris Hughes

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Amid all the bashing of The New Republic owner, Chris Hughes, following a wave of massive shake-ups at the magazine last week, The Post’s Chris Cillizza took a moment yesterday to remind everyone that Hughes is not, in fact, the worst person in the world.

A lot has been said about the moves. Everything from eulogies for The New Republic to Daniel Snyder comparisons have been launched in a shaming campaign against the magazine’s owner. But as he wrote yesterday afternoon on “The Fix,” Cillizza poses the question: “Have we gone overboard in the “Chris Hughes is the worst person ever” sweepstakes? And, if so, why?”

The answer he seems to give is ‘yes,’ highlighting several key issues as to why. Firstly, Cillizza points out that people love Frank Foer and hate Chris Hughes. The former roommate of Mark Zuckerberg has cast himself as “the Montgomery Buns figure,” while Foer would inevitably play the role of “the forever-altruistic Ned Flanders.”

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The List of TNR Resignations Grows Amid Shake Up

It’s been a really, really bad week for The New Republic.

Following the resignation of Franklin Foer and Leon Wieseltier on Thursday, a slew of senior and contributing editors took to Twitter to announce that they would be following suit.

The shakeup comes a month after new leadership took over the progressive magazine.

The new CEO, Guy Vidra, former general manager for Yahoo News, and publisher/editor-in-chief, Chris Hughes, co-founder of Facebook, reportedly wanted to take TNR in a new direction that didn’t align with the editors’ vision for the publication. The disagreement ultimately led to Foer and Wieseltier’s resignations…and now plenty of others. Read more

Franklin Foer To Leave The New Republic

The New Republic 100th Anniversary Gala in Washington, DC on November 19, 2014.

Foer speaking at the Centennial Gala. Courtesy of New Republic.

Franklin Foer, editor of New Republic, sent out a staff email today announcing his resignation from the magazine.

Comrades,

The New Republic has been one of the great loves of my life–a set of ideas, a history, a collection of people I revere. I grew up here, made my best friends here, and learned so many profound lessons about the world in the process.

Part of the joy has been the struggle: We’ve fought to preserve an institution that was perpetually imperiled. It’s been hairy at moments, no doubt, but also exhilarating and immense fun. I’ve had an especially wonderful time these past two and half years. We’ve published essays and journalism that have actually, in moments, changed the world, or at least people’s opinions about the world. Read more

VICE’s 20th Anniversary Birthday Bash

VicepartyVice Media is turning 20 and like many 20 year olds, will be throwing an awesome party to celebrate.

The news outlet will be hosting a 20th Anniversary bash with “surprise musical guests, an open bar, and a major rager” tomorrow night at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York.

But while it may be a birthday bash for Vice, we’ll consider it a welcome party for  Alyssa Mastromonaco, former White House deputy chief of staff, who joined Vice as chief operating officer last month.

NPR’s Matt Thompson Named Deputy Editor of The Atlantic.com

Screen Shot 2014-12-03 at 11.07.48 AMNPR’s Matt Thompson is heading over to TheAtlantic.com where he will serve as deputy editor and help oversee editorial operations and strategic development,  J.J. Gould, the site’s editor, announced today.

Thompson is currently NPR’s director of vertical initiatives. He started the Code Switch blog and is in charge of a number of other verticals. He’s also a board member at the Center for Public Integrity, and an adjunct faculty member at American University.He’ll start work at The Atlantic in January.

“Matt is a force,” Gould said in a statement. “He’s creative about new media and their emerging potential, he’s serious about journalism as a public good, and he’s super-smart about the requirements of leadership in a digital organization. He’s also just a natural fit for The Atlantic personally. Working with him is going to be a lot of fun.”

CNN Prepares For Digital ‘Reboot’

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CNN.com will be getting a facelift come January, Capital New York reports. Although the redesign is not finalized, one addition that is certain is a live “ticker” on the site with scrolling headlines, much like the one already on CNN TV.

“The real difference in our approach has been to get a television operation to think digital first,” O’Keefe tells Capital. “We have this enormous audience, we reach just about everyone you could potentially want to reach. But if CNN is going to make the full-scale transition to digital in general, not just CNN Politics or CNN Money, you have got to think about where the audience is, rather than constantly trying to drive them back to you.”

The site is also taking the lead of the popular politically-focused “Hambycast” for other digital series. Reports Capital:

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Former CNN International’s Peter Bale to Lead the Center for Public Integrity

Screen Shot 2014-12-02 at 4.45.43 PMPeter Bale, former vice president and general manager of digital operations at CNN International, will take over as chief executive officer for the Center for Public Integrity, the award-winning investigative journalism nonprofit organization.

Bale, 52, helped run CNN.com and was in charge of other CNN International digital products since 2011. Before that, he was the executive producer of MSN UK. He was also a reporter for Reuters and founded FTMarketWatch.com.

“We are thrilled to have Peter Bale join the Center for Public Integrity as our new Chief Executive Officer,” Bruce Finzen, the Center’s Board Chair, said in a statement on the organization’s website. ”Peter brings more than three decades of experience as a distinguished reporter, editor, manager and digital leader to the Center. He has exactly the experience and passion for great journalism that is necessary to lead the Center on a continued upward path, and assure that the vital multimedia investigative reporting that the Center is known for will reach an ever expanding audience.”

He’s scheduled to take over for his predecessor, William Buzenberg, in January. Meanwhile, Buzenberg, who has been at the Center’s helm since 2007, will be heading to Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government in Boston for a fellowship at the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy.

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