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Former Senators Kent Conrad and Judd Gregg Join Edelman’s Public Affairs Practice

bronze_doorEdelman today announced that former Senators Kent Conrad and Judd Gregg will join the firm as strategic advisors. In the newly created roles, the former senators will provide public policy advice and communications counsel to on a per client basis.

“This opportunity enables us to provide Edelman’s clients with a better understanding of Congress and how best to communicate on a wealth of complex public policy issues,” said Sen. Gregg, who represented New Hampshire in the U.S. Senate from 1993 – 2011, and prior to that, served two terms as governor of New Hampshire and four terms as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

The news comes days after an announcement that White House director of broadcast media Dag Vega is set to join Burson-Marsteller as managing director of its Washington office. Vega’s last day with the White House is Friday, June 25 and he’ll join Burson in early August.

Vega is succeeded by Andrea Purse, coming to the White House from American Progress, where she served as vice president of communications.

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Members of Congress Pitch Their Town as Host for DNC Convention

As the Democratic National Committee is making site visits to potential host cities for the 2016 Democratic National Convention, The Washington Post’s Jackie Kucinich visited Capitol Hill to hear from several Members from finalist cities on why their town should be chosen.

Philadelphia’s Rep. Robert Brady (D-PA) entices with the “real” Philadelphia cheesesteak. Brooklyn’s Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY) touts the new Manhattan as the home of Jay-Z. Birmingham’s Rep. Terri Sewell promotes that “magical things happen” in her town. And Phoenix’s Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ) promises that everyday in Phoenix is a great hair day.

Also in the running as host city for the Democratic National Convention: Columbus (Ohio) and Cleveland, which was selected earlier this month as host city for the 2016 Republican National Convention. Philadelphia, Chicago and Miami have all hosted both conventions in the same year, most recently being Miami in 1972.

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Daniel Halper Outlines Defensive Tactics Preceding Clinton, Inc.’s Publication

Clinton, Inc.On the publication date of Daniel Halper‘s Clinton, Inc., the author penned a piece for POLITICO Magazine on what’s happened and can be expected for he and others who white “a tough book on the Clinton family.” Ten days prior, Halper’s latest was leaked to the press, as a combined 317-page PDF distributed to more than 100 reporters by a mysterious “Robert Josef Wright.

“Some prominent media personalities with experience covering the Clintons in the 1990s told me that their team would have no problem with, say, copying every page of someone’s manuscript, sending it out to reporters ahead of publication, and then depicting it as a right-wing smear job. Funny thing, that exact thing happened with my book, as POLITICO noted,” Halper writes in the piece.

From blacklisting media who give airtime to Clinton enemies to efforts to turn Halper into a “kook or right-wing hit man,” The Weekly Standard’s online editor outlines four tactics used by the ‘Clinton PR machine’ against anyone who’s agenda doesn’t coincide with that of the Clintons.

For the full piece, click here.

 

Financial Times Names Megan Murphy Washington Bureau Chief

Megan Murphy FT Staff.Financial Times today announced the appointment of Megan Murphy as Washington bureau chief, to lead FT’s coverage of US politics, effective January 1, 2015. She will relocate from London to Washington this fall.

Murphy currently leads fastFT, a service that delivers market-moving news around the clock. She joined FT in December 2007 and has covered law courts, investment banking and media. Prior to FT, she was a legal affairs correspondent at Bloomberg News.

Murphy succeeds Richard McGregor, who will transition to longer-term projects.

John McCain Headlines CNN and NJ’s ‘Politics on Tap’

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John McCain, CNN’s Jake Tapper, and NJ’s Ron Fournier

Last night at Sixth Engine, CNN and National Journal hosted “Politics on Tap,” a joint interview by CNN’s Jake Tapper and NJ’s Ron Fournier’s of Sen. John McCain preceded by a panel discussion with CNN’s Peter Hamby and Brianna Keilar and NJ’s Michelle Cottle on pressing political issues.

The former presidential hopeful covered a lot of topical ground, including the downed Malaysia Airlines flight earlier that day, immigration, Israel and Iraq.

Asked by Tapper who from the Republican Party could run against Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election, McCain said, “I think we have a long list of people that could defeat Hillary Clinton. I think that Chris Christie is one. Jeb Bush is another. John Kasich is another. We’ve got some very successful governors that have done very well in their states that I think once exposed to the American people could be very competitive.”

For more, click on over to NJ and “The Lead,” and stay tuned to CNN for broadcast of some of the night’s conversation.

Atlantic Media’s Defense One Celebrates One-Year Anniversary Since Launch

birthday2Defense One celebrated its one-year anniversary this week and executive editor Kevin Baron highlighted in an internal memo late Thursday its rapid growth, events and breaking-news coverage over the past year.

In just one year, the Atlantic Media defense and national security brand has experienced record monthly traffic of 800,000 page views and nearly 600,000 unique visitors, doubled its staff from three to six, and secured Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel to headline its Defense One Summit, which will return this November.

Click through for the full memo, after the jump. Read more

Political Journalist Tweets Repeat Rather Than Fact Check Presidential Candidate Claims

Twitter_logo_blueA recently published paper in The International Journal of Press/Politics says that 60 percent of tweets by political journalists during debates repeat a presidential candidate’s claims rather than fact check them for accuracy.

The Poynter Institute yesterday reported on the paper by the University of Texas School of Journalism’s Mark Coddington, Logan Molyneux and Regina Lawrence in which they looked at the tweets of 430 journalists sent off during the 2012 presidential debates.

“They found that 60 percent of the journalist tweets ‘reflected traditional practices of ‘professional’ objectivity: stenography—simply passing along a claim made by a politician—and ‘he said, she said’ repetition of a politician’s claims and his opponent’s counterclaim…Journalists largely repeated the claims and statement of candidates, rather that check or challenge them.”

For more, poynt here.

 

Hillary Clinton Completes Career Aptitude Test Administered by Jon Stewart on ‘Daily Show’

Hillary Clinton sat down with Jon Stewart on “The Daily Show” last night as part of her media blitz surrounding the Hard Choices of her time as Secretary of State.

Stewart began the interview by saying, ”It’s an incredibly complex, and well-reasoned, and eye-witness view to the history of those four years. I think I speak for everybody when I say, ‘No one cares. They just want to know if you’re running for President’.”

The former First Lady went on to take a career aptitude test administered by Stewart to see whether she’s suited for a term as president.

The test touched on whether Clinton prefers commuting to work or having a home office, that home office would have corners or be rounded, and whether she prefers to sit in or cause traffic.

For the results, and the rest of her commentary, see the below videos of Clinton’s latest “Daily Show” appearance.

Part 2 after the jump. Read more

National Journal Hosts Charlie Cook on 2014 Midterm Elections at Newseum Tuesday AM

cdn-media.nationaljournal.comThere’s just a few spots left to attend tomorrow’s National Journal event with election prognosticator Charlie Cook on the run-up to the 2014 midterm elections. The editor and publisher of The Cook Political Report and NJ columnist will dissect and share his predictions for the races whether they’ll mirror the landscape of today.

The convo is set for 8:30 am at the Newseum (555 Pennsylvania Ave. NY) and will also be live-streamed at http://www.nationaljournal.com/events. To attend in person, RSVP here.

Team ‘Press Pass’ Prevails at National Journal’s Political Pursuit

Winning team "Press Pass"

Winning team “Press Pass”

Last night at the Newseum, National Journal hosted its sixth annual Political Pursuit, a “game show” on political trivia with members of Congress, the press that cover them, and political “insiders.”

The evening was co-moderated by National Journal Editor-in-Chief and President Tim Grieve and Hotline Editor-in-Chief Scott Bland. Team “Press Pass” won the night with 290 points and consisted of Bloomberg News’s Greg Giroux, Roll Call’s Shira T. Center, The Washington Post’s Paul Kane, The New York Times’ Jonathan Martin, and Los Angeles Times’ Mike Memoli. Read more

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