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Heads Up: Bloomberg Politics to Host ‘With All Due Respect’ Viewing Party

Bloomberg Politics will host a viewing party for “With All Due Respect,” its long-awaited television show hosted by Game Change and Double Down authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, on Tuesday, October 7th at 5 pm. The program debuts the day prior and will air daily at 5 pm on Bloomberg TV and online.

In recent months, Bloomberg Politics, which next week will also launch its website www.bloombergpolitics.com, has been on a hiring spree, picking up Monocle’s Sasha Issenberg, Slate’s David WeigelEsquire’s Mike Nizza, ABC News’ Tom Johnson, and “The Daily Show’s” Pat King. The program will be taped and produced out of New York City.

For those who missed the invite but don’t want to miss, send a suck up email to Bloomberg News’ Emma Angerer.

We’ll see you there.

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Sen. Ted Cruz on 2016 Run for President: ‘No decision has been made’

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) took to Facebook today to shoot down rumors of a planned 2016 run for president. He too has yet to decide.

In the post, the Texas Senator refers to a recent National Journal article that quotes a Cruz ‘advisor’ as saying, ”At this point it’s 90/10 he’s in…And honestly, 90 is lowballing it.”

For the full piece by NJ’s Tim Alberta, click here.

Kal Penn Named Special Correspondent of Fusion’s ‘Midterm Mayhem’

Fusion_TV_2013_logoFusion today announced that actor, producer, and former associate director of the White House’s Office of Public Engagement Kal Penn will join its midterm election coverage as a special correspondent with the launch of “Midterm Mayhem: The Ultimate Political Smackdown.” In addition to its television broadcast, the program will be live streamed.

“It’s definitely possible to be entertaining while having conversations about things that actually matter in the democratic process,” said Penn in a release. “Our political debates generate a lot punchlines and crazy segments, and that’s fun, but we’re hoping to offer some smart, engaging, and entertaining reporting without obsessing over the lowest common denominator. We hope to inspire people to get off the sidelines, get engaged, and wake up on election day and actually vote.” Read more

OurTime Partners with HuffPost, AOL

logoIn addition to partnering with Vice, OurTime - a non-profit organization that drives Americans to vote - will join The Huffington Post and AOL in its effort to register 250,000 young voters before the midterms. HuffPost and AOL will each embed OurTime’s voter registration tool its political coverage.

“OurTime is a leader in using technology to help young Americans register to vote,” said Arianna Huffington, president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, in a release. “I’m delighted that The Huffington Post and OurTime will once again be joining forces, building on the success of our 2012 partnership, to use all the tools at our disposal to let all our voices be heard.”

Ahead of the 2012 election, OurTime partnered with The Huffington Post to successfully register 350,000 voters.

“There is no better place to engage young voters than online,” added Matthew Segal, co-founder of OurTime.org in the release. ”Arianna understands that intuitively, which makes Huffington Post a perfect destination for OurTime.org to register thousands of young voters this fall.”

The announcement was made to coincide with National Voter Registration Day.

NYTimes Launches ‘First Draft,’ a Weekday Morning Political Briefing

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Today, The New York Times launched “First Draft,” a weekday tip sheet focused on politics and Washington distributed via email around 7am and updated with content throughout the day.

FishbowlDC spoke to NYTimes chief Washington correspondent Carl Hulse, who said that “First Draft” is “more of a supplement to our broader political coverage.”

“Our main approach right now is that its going to have more original content from us – even different from that day’s paper. New matieral that hasn’t serviced elsewhere,” said Hulse. “We have so many reporters here…our people are very active. We just want to fully utilize the reporting tools that we have.” Read more

ICYMI – Sunday Show Congressional Guests by the Numbers

New-York-Times-LogoThe New York Times Friday offered analysis of American University research of appearances made by Senators and Representatives on the Sunday morning talk shows. It demonstrated that conservatives are more prevalent, comprising 57% of appearances compared to that of liberals at 42%.

“This slightly lopsided distribution is primarily the result of three Republican senators’ frequent visits to the network shows: John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Mitch McConnell,” writes Derek Willis in the Times’ “Upshot.” ”Because of the Republican Party’s control of the House during the past three years, its leaders and committee chairmen are presented with more opportunities to discuss the latest political news.”

For full analysis including that of former Congressional Sunday show guests, click on over to The New York Times.

Bloomberg Politics and Des Moines Register Announce Polling and Reporting Partnership

Bloomberg Politics today announced a new polling, reporting, and events partnership with the Des Moines Register for coverage of the midterm and 2016 Presidential elections.

Via a joint release:

“The two outlets will jointly produce the Iowa Poll, which the Register has established since 1943 as the most reliable and revealing analysis of Hawkeye State voters. The partnership also will involve joint journalism projects and political events, which will be announced in the coming months.”

“The Des Moines Register has a longstanding record of providing the definitive coverage in a state with a special franchise in the American democratic process,” said Bloomberg Politics managing editor Mark Halperin in the release. “The Register serves their readers at a level of excellence very few papers are able to still achieve. They are in touch with Iowa voters and Iowa voters play a huge role in selecting the President.”

For more, watch the below video or click here.

AP’s Sally Buzbee Outlines 8 Ways the Obama Administration Blocks Coverage

ap_logoThe Associated Press’ Erin Madigan White highlights ways the Obama administration actively blocks information from the media, as outlined by AP Washington bureau chief Sally Buzbee.

From the administration’s air strikes on ISIS to Guantanamo Bay, Buzbee recently outlined eight ways the administration prevents media from covering current events at a meeting with the American Society of News Editors.

A few examples:

1) As the United States ramps up its fight against Islamic militants, the public can’t see any of it. News organizations can’t shoot photos or video of bombers as they take off — there are no embeds. In fact, the administration won’t even say what country the S. bombers fly from.

5) Day-to-day intimidation of sources is chilling. AP’s transportation reporter’s sources say that if they are caught talking to her, they will be fired. Even if they just give her facts, about safety, for example. Government press officials say their orders are to squelch anything controversial or that makes the administration look bad.

Read the full list here.

Magazine Cover of the Week: National Journal’s ‘Battle for Your Brain’

unnamedIt’s Friday, almost the weekend, and therefore, time to gather up your reading list…everything you saw this week but didn’t have time to actually read.

This week, FishbowlDC presents the latest issue of National Journal and its exploration of “The Battle for Your Brain.”

In the upcoming issue, NJ’s Brian Resnick “lends his own brain to science as he investigates what makes us see the world through a red or blue lens, and how activists, politicians and scientists are working to get around it,” as previewed by the magazine.

For more, look to newsstands this weekend, for the piece online come Sunday, or in the teaser below.

 

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Vice to Partner with OurTime to Push Voter Registration

logoVice and OurTime, a non-profit organization that drives Americans to vote, have partnered in the run up to the 2014 midterm elections, POLITICO’s Hadas Gold reports.

Included on Vice political coverage will be an embedded tool to assist Americans in registering to vote, with a goal of “250,000 young voters before the November elections,” Vice and OurTime told Gold.

“Millennials live and breathe online, and no two organizations understand that better than OurTime.org and VICE,” said OurTime.org co-founder Matthew Segal via POLITICO. “We are thrilled to partner with media company that reaches millions of young Americans each week and is committed to engaging them in the issues that matter most to our country. This is a tremendous day for OurTime.org’s voter registration efforts, as we look forward to not only meeting, but exceeding our goals for 2014.”

For more on the partnership, click on over to POLITICO.

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