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Roll Call’s Abby Livingston to Moderate West Virginia Candidate Forum on August 29

Abby LivingstonRoll Call staff writer Abby Livingston will moderate a 1st and 2nd district candidate forum in West Virginia on Friday, August 29. Republican Rep. David B. McKinley and Democratic state auditor Glen Gainer III in the 1st district and former Maryland GOP chairman Alex Mooney and West Virginia Democratic chairman Nick Casey vying for the 2nd district will discuss current state issues.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled to have a front-row seat to West Virginia politics,” Livingston said in a Roll Call press release. “The Mountain State is the center of the political world this midterm cycle.”

Prior to joining Roll Call, Livingston was a producer for CNN’s “John King, USA” and writer for CNN’s Political Ticker. Possibly the biggest fan of Bruce Springsteen and the Texas Longhorns, Livingston regularly reps The Bad News Babes in the Congressional Women’s Softball game and was named MVP for the press team in June.

The forum is sponsored by the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce and will take place during the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce Annual Meeting and Business Summit in Sulphur Springs, WV at 9:30am.

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WATCH LIVE: Josh Earnest’s White House Press Briefing Thursday at 1pm

At 1pm Thursday afternoon, White House press secretary Josh Earnest will deliver a press briefing before the White House press corps.

Watch live, below.

Chuck Todd Gets Advice from Sen. John McCain on ‘Meet the Press’ Hosting Duties

Screen Shot 2014-08-27 at 11.58.26During his final week as host of “The Daily Rundown” before taking over as “Meet the Press” moderator, Chuck Todd‘s Rundown has featured surprise guests coordinated by producers including Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) this morning.

McCain, the most popular “MTP” guest in terms of his number of appearances, was on hand to offer advice to Todd in his new role.

Asked by Todd what he thinks the role of “Meet the Press” has been and should be in Washington and for America, McCain responded, “I think it has been not just the oldest, but the premier Sunday encounter that the American people can have with leading figures in the political world. I would suggest that rather than try to expand it and do all kinds of different issues and subjects and kind of cute little anecdotes, that we really do what you do best, and that is focus on the political dynamics that are going on in this country, which then means, ‘What are our policies. What are the dynamics’.” Read more

Attorney General Eric Holder on James Foley: ‘People will be held accountable’

Following President Barack Obama’s statement yesterday on the beheading of American journalist James Foley by ISIS, Attorney General Eric Holder announced an open criminal investigation into the murder at a speech given at the Department of Justice on Thursday.

“The Justice department is actively pursuing justice in this case,” said Holder. “We have an open criminal investigation. And those that would perpetrate such acts need to understand something. This Justice Department, this Department of Defense, this nation; we have long memories and our reach is very wide. We will not forget what happened and people will be held accountable, one way or the other.”

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Live From New York Expanded with Addition of Political Interviews

51FvM1SwmZLThe 2002 oral history of Live From New York by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales will see a new edition, slated for a September 1 publication. The Hollywood Reporter secured several of its politically-focused excerpts, written since it’s original publication in 2003.

The new release features 200 added pages penned by SNL cast, writers and guest hosts, including Tina Fey and the 2008 vice presidential candidate she portrayed, Sarah Palin.

On segments pertaining to the 2008 election:

Lorne Michaels, executive producer: ”We were contacted by, I think, Howard Wolfson from Hillary [Clinton's] campaign, and they wanted to do the first show of the season. [Barack] Obama was heating up, but they called first, so I said OK. You have to play by those rules. And then, the week of, they bailed. I went, “Really? You called us, and we gave it to you.” I think every now and then I get carried away and think we actually do have influence. And then, after that, we put Obama on the date when Hillary was supposed to be on. The sense of entitlement which was following her everywhere at that point peaked for me at the bailing.”

On political impersonations:

James Downey, producer-writer: ”If I had to describe Obama as a comedy project, I would say, “Degree of difficulty, 10 point 10.” It’s like being a rock climber looking up at a thousand-foot-high face of solid obsidian, polished and oiled. There’s not a single thing to grab onto — certainly not a flaw or hook that you can caricature. [Al] Gore had these “handles,” so did Bush, and Sarah Palin, and even Hillary had them. But with Obama, it was the phenomenon — less about him and more about the effect he had on other people and the way he changed their behavior. So that’s the way I wrote him.”

Check out THR’s piece on it here.

POLITICO’s ‘Open Mike’ Series with Ready for Hillary’s Mitch Stewart

In the latest installment of POLITICO’s “Open Mike” series, the “Playbook” editor sat down with Mitch Stewart, a senior adviser to Ready for Hillary.

Stewart, who also worked on the Obama for America campaign, admits that he’s never even met Clinton, and hopes that she’d like him. In the video, Mike Allen asks what would happen to Ready for Hillary should the former Secretary of State decide not to run, how the 2016 election will differ than 2012, and about the super PAC’s supporter database.

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Bloomberg’s Jeanne Cummings Promoted to Deputy Managing Editor

POLITICO’s Dylan Byers reports that Bloomberg’s Jeanne Cummings has been named deputy managing editor. In this role she’ll manage communications between Washington and New York, where Bloomberg’s new daily politics show with Mark Halperin and John Heilemann - slated to launch in October – will be produced.

“The new role gives Cummings the lead Washington role in Bloomberg’s flagship politics site heading into the 2014 midterms and 2016 presidential election, though she will continue to report to the D.C. management,” wrote Byers of Cummings promotion from Bloomberg News deputy editor.

Prior to joining Bloomberg, Cummings was with The Wall Street Journal and later an assistant managing editor at POLITICO.

For more, click here.

CNN Digital Restructure Underway

cnndigitalOn Wednesday, CNN informed more than a dozen DC-based politics reporters that their positions would soon be eliminated. Fifteen politically-focused digital positions in Washington have also been posted on its careers page, and those as part of the layoff were encouraged to apply. Capital New York reports that, “the number of new positions added will be greater than the number of positions eliminated.”

“The reorganization of CNN Politics is a recognition of the shifting landscape of media, and positions CNN to disrupt rather than be disrupted,” said CNN spokesman Matt Dornic.

The network emphasized that the reorg was not about cost-cutting or downsizing, but rather, about evolving, in its effort to create “a brand new re-imagined digital politics product.”

In June, CNN announced plans to drastically grow its digital political coverage, shortly after hiring NowThis News’ Ed O’Keefe in May as VP of CNNMoney and Politics for CNN Digital.

“What we really need to do now and plan to do in 2016 is hyper-focus on the audience we want to reach…We want the names and the reporting that [are] absolutely essential for the influence makers in Washington,” said O’Keefe in a piece by Erik Wemple for The Washington Post in early June.

Bloomberg Snags Esquire’s Mike Nizza

Mike NizzaEsquire digital editor Mike Nizza is soon headed to Bloomberg to serve as its executive editor of the soon to be launched Bloomberg Politics website.

On Friday, FishbowlDC reported that ABC’s Tom Johnson and “The Daily Show’s” Pat King will also join the vertical, as executive editor and senior producer, respectively. They will lead a daily politics show with Mark Halperin and John Heilemann planned to debut in October, the same time as the Bloomberg Politics site.

Nizza was previously an online editor for AOL and The New York Times.

Beer, Bourbon Take Center Stage at HuffPost Politics Roundtable on Washington Lobbying

Part three of HuffPost Politics “Drinking and Talking” series hit the web this morning and this time it’s on the topic of lobbying in Washington.

At the table is John Feehery, president, Quinn Gillespie & Associates Public Affairs; Heather Podesta, founder, Heather Podesta & Partners; and QGA senior director Jim Manley with HuffPost Washington bureau chief Ryan Grim, HuffPost White House correspondent Sam Stein, and a fine spread of wine, steak and martinis from The Palm restaurant and more from HuffPost’s fully stocked kitchen.

Pour yourself a lunchtime Makers and check it out for an under the influence look at Lobbying 101.

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