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Top Stories of the Day: 1.22.14


Trending topics and the headlines driving clicks around town. Here are the day’s top stories for Wednesday, January 22, 2014.

The Washington PostProsecutors said to face high bar on McDonnell

Washington TimesAl Qaeda attack on U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv thwarted

Washington Examiner: Jay Carney: Obama didn’t endorse new pot laws

Washington City Paper: You Don’t Bring a Wedding Ring to a Snowball Fight

USA TodayTarget cuts 475 amid struggles

The Hill: Lew to Congress: Debt limit deadline is end of February

POLITICO: GOP touts school choice to woo minority vote

Roll CallLew Warns Congress Must Act on Debt Limit in February

National Journal: What the Bob McDonnell Indictment Reveals About Wealth in American Politics

Daily Caller: Cold Hard Facts: NASA data on global warming…it’s on

WTOP: Wegmans hits a snag in Alexandria

ABC 7: Bitter cold, blustery winds follow snow as D.C. digs out

NBC 4: Flash Freeze After Sunset

CBS 9: Court denies former Va. gov McDonnell’s request for delay

Fox 5: East Coast begins digging out after winter storm brings snow, bitter cold

March For Life and Obama’s Praise for Roe v. Wade Dominate News Cycle

Pro-life activists have gathered in Washington today for the March for Life on the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade. Every Washington news outlet is covering the March and President Obama‘s reaffirmation of his “steadfast commitment” to protecting abortion rights.

Here’s a roundup of the coverage related to the march and anniversary.

Thousands of abortion foes set for March for Life in Washington by Michelle Boorstein for The Washington Post.

‘Abortion’ absent from White House Roe v. Wade statement by Douglas Ernst for The Washington Times.

Obama praises Roe v. Wade on 41st anniversary by Meghashyam Mali for the Washington Examiner.

Snow doesn’t hinder March for Life by Tal Kopan for POLITICO.

Pope Francis gives support to DC abortion protest by Brett Kongker for WTOP.

Why Democrats Can’t Roll Back Abortion Restrictions by Beth Reinhard for National Journal.

Obama: ‘Recommit’ to abortion rights by Justin Sink for The Hill.

ICYMI – McDonnells’ Seizable Items, Date Night: Obama & the Pope, Sochi Security

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In case you missed it, here are some stories that posted across the web in recent history.

34 things the feds could seize from the McDonnells via The Washington Post.

Finding Common Interests, Obama And The Pope Set A Date by Scott Horsley for NPR.

Russian police kill terror suspect in Winter Olympics security crackdown via The Guardian.

Former AOL Editor Joins Tina Brown’s Company by Chris O’Shea for FishbowlNY.

And for your daily dose of celebrity Soulja Boy Arrested: Is That a Gun In Your Pocket? (Answer: Yes) via TMZ.

Today’s Top Stories – McDonnell Charges and DC Snow Storm


Trending topics and the headlines driving clicks around town. Here are the day’s top stories.

The Washington PostMcDonnell, wife charged

Washington TimesHarry Reid on the hot seat: Ethics probe demanded by watchdog group

Washington Examiner: Former Va. Gov. Bob McDonnell, wife indicted in gifts scandal

Washington City Paper: How Does D.C. Keep Roads Clear of Snow? With $18,000 in Beet Juice

USA TodayEx-Va. Gov. McDonnell, wife charged in gift scandal

The Hill: Christie plummets in new poll, now trails Clinton in matchup

POLITICO: Why the Post passed on Ezra Klein

Roll CallGOP Frets About Year-End Fundraising Thanks to Shutdown

National Journal: One Congressman’s Secret Weapon in His Fight for Survival: Dentistry

Daily Caller: First Lady Throws It Down

WTOP: Visibility down to quarter-mile on roads

ABC 7: Live Blog: Snow falling in biggest storm of the year

NBC 4: Snow Falling Around Region; D.C. Could Get 4-7″

CBS 9: Quick winter storm update

Fox 5: Winter storm sweeps US, hits mid-Atlantic and Northeast, forcing flight chaos and government office shutdown

ICYMI – Trump 2016, DC Snow Storm, Vlad’s Abs, & the Biebs

ICYMI: Conde Nast’s Charles Townsend, DC Snowstorm, Bernie Shaw Tribute

Phil Pruitt and Marcia Myers Join Scripps DC Bureau

The E.W. Scripps Company announced two hires today at their investigative reporting newsroom in Washington. Phil Pruitt is the new director of digital content and Marcia Myers joins the team as the senior investigations editor.

Pruitt will lead digital news and information operations for the bureau, including launching DecodeDC, a new multi-platform political news outlet acquired by Scripps last fall. Prior to joining Scripps, he served as senior politics editor for Yahoo News in D.C. He has also worked for USA Today and Gannett News Service, and was part of the Pulitzer Prize-winning team for Gannett that authored a series titled “Getting Away with Murder” which uncovered hundreds of child abuse-related deaths that were going undetected each year as a result of errors by coroners.

Myers will be tasked with developing, leading and editing national, high-impact investigative projects. She has spent the past several years in London, reporting for Bloomberg. Before that, she spent 5  years as an investigative reporter for The Baltimore Sun. Over the course of her career, she has twice won the George Polk Award -once for international reporting and once for medical coverage.

Both will report to work January 13th. Congratulations, Phil and Marcia, from us here at FishbowlDC!

3 Press Club Events

The National Press Club has a trio of events coming up that you might find interesting. Check em out:

1) January 11 - James Carville and Mary Matalin – Love & War: 20 Years, Three Presidents, Two Daughters and One Louisiana Home

WHAT: James Carville and Mary Matalin discuss their new book LOVE & WAR. Must purchase tickets online ($5.00 members/ $10.00 general).
WHO: James Carville, Mary Matalin, and the National Press Club
WHERE: The National Press Club, Ballroom, 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, Washington, DC
WHEN: Saturday, January 11, 2014; 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM

2) January 13 - Ms. Quote: Why Are Women Missing From the News?

On Monday, Jan. 13, a panel at the National Press Club will explore these issues and strategies for change. Panelists include Matt Winkler, editor-in-chief Bloomberg News, Sally Buzbee, AP Washington bureau chief, Ken Strickland, NBC Washington bureau chief, Ruth Marcus, Washington Post op-ed columnist, Anna Palmer, Politico senior Washington correspondent, and Jill Zuckman, managing director SKDKnickerbocker. Linda Kramer Jenning, Georgetown University journalism instructor and Washington editor of Glamour, will moderate the panel.

WHAT: Expert panel on women in the news. Must purchase tickets online ($10.00).
WHO: Bloomberg News, AP, NBC, Washington Post, Politico, SKDKnickerbocker, Georgetown University, Glamour Magazine
WHERE: The National Press Club, Conference Rooms, 529 14th St. NW, 13th Floor, Washington, DC
WHEN: Monday, January 13, 2014; 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM

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WSJ‘s Theo Francis to Lead Seminar on Investigating Corporate Fraud

WSJ's Theo Francis

WSJ’s Theo Francis

Theo Francis, a Wall Street Journal investigative reporter, will be co-instructing a free seminar on February 27th in Baltimore entitled “Detecting Corporate Fraud.” Participants will learn where to look in U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filings and other disclosures to quickly identify trouble spots and how to recognize when crucial details are missing. Francis -who has spent more than 8 years covering hospitals, insurance, retirements, and pensions for WSJ, and teaches journalism at the University of Maryland , will be joined by Roddy Boyd, an investigative reporter and founder of the Southern Investigative Reporting Foundation (SIRF).The seminar is being organized by the Donald Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism -a project of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism at Arizona State University. To sign up, go here.

WHAT: Free Seminar -”Detecting Corporate Fraud”

WHO: Theo Francis of WSJ, Roddy Boyd of SIRF, and the Reynolds National Center for Business Journalism

WHEN: February 26, 2 -5 PM

WHERE: Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards, 110 S. Eutaw St., Baltimore, MD



Keija Minor, Editor-in-Chief of Brides on Her Jump From Law to Publishing

keija-minor2Keija Minor has come a long way from her initial career as a corporate lawyer. This D.C. native left the world of law around 2003 and took a major pay cut to start over again as a magazine intern. Her leap of faith paid off: she’s now the editor-in-chief of Brides.

In the latest installment of Mediabistro’s So What Do You Do?, Minor discusses her vision for Brides, being inspired by artistic director Anna Wintour and how she transitioned from law to publishing:

How did you make the move from corporate law to magazines?
There is literally a book called What Can You Do With a Law Degree? that was sticking out on a shelf at Barnes & Noble, and I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, it’s a sign!’ So I decided basically by the end of year two [of my job as a lawyer] that I needed to look for something else, and then it took a year to save a year’s worth of mortgage payments, with my theory being that I may be broke and not be able to eat, but I won’t be homeless. And I actually started taking [women's magazine] classes at Mediabistro. Once I made up my mind that that’s what I wanted to do, it was like this huge burden was lifted off my shoulders — I had five minutes of regret about two minutes after I left the firm.

To hear more from Minor, including what it’s like to be the first African American to hold a top position at Condé Nast, read: So What Do You Do, Keija Minor, Brides Editor-in-Chief?