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Archives: March 2014

State Department Steals Atlantic Media CTO

Tom Cochran, formerly the CTO of Atlantic Media, has a new job at the State Department. He will now serve as the Managing Director of the department’s Bureau of International Information Programs. This will be a homecoming of sorts for Cochran, as he previously worked in the White House as Director of New Media Technologies. There he led the team of people that created the “We the People” petition website.

“It’s bittersweet to leave such a great group of colleagues,” Cochran told co-workers in an email last week. “But I was presented with another terrific position in the Administration.”

Cochran’s hiring is part of an effort by the State department, according to TIME‘s Zeke J Miller, “to bring American foreign policy—in particular outreach to non-citizens—into the modern era.” Check out that story here.

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Afternoon Lede Check, 3.31.14

Not this again -Obamacare website has yet more technical glitches; Another Michigander quits the House; and the body of Khalil Tatum is found in Kenilworth Park.

From WaPo to WJLA, here are the stories that are leading your homepages today, after the jump…

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Happy Hour

Here is a video of someone’s precocious nephew pretending to host a show on MSNBC. Or maybe it’s Ronan Farrow. Hard to tell…


Hot Topic: Off-Exchange Enrollees

Today is the last official day to sign up for Obamacare via Healthcare.gov and the state exchanges -but it’ll still be a while before we know how many people actually enrolled. Meanwhile, there will be plenty of conjecture about the success and/or failure of the exchanges. But some journos are  buzzing about the healthcare shoppers who are staying off the exchanges altogether. These young procrastinators avoided the flawed government websites and signed up directly with their insurers over the past few weeks. Though they will still benefit from the healthcare law’s new provisions, they won’t be counted when Obamacare enrollments are finally tallied:

1) Young people finally buying health insurance. by Jonnelle Marte at Marketwatch.

Many under 34 were procrastinating, eHealth data suggests…

2) Young adults signing up at higher rates off Obamacare exchanges. by Jason Millman at Wonkblog.

A higher rate of young adults and uninsured people are signing up for coverage through a private insurance website…

3) Obamacare’s Invisible Victory. by Sophie Novack at National Journal.

Why the total enrollment number is actually bigger than you think…

Monday Numbers

A quick look at the numbers that are driving the conversation this week:

30% to 27% - Where the race between Muriel Bowser and Vincent Gray stands one day before the Democratic Mayoral primary, according to the most recent WaPo poll. Bowser is ahead 3 points.

2 – Number of times Healthcare.gov has gone down today, the last day of open enrollment.

8.7 million – Number of visitors to the site over the past week.

76%, 44%, 20% – Support for Obamacare among Democrats, Independents, and Republicans respectively, according to a new WaPo/ABC poll.

15.9% – Percentage of Americans who are uninsured today.

15.4% – Percentage of Americans who were uninsured in 2009, when President Obama took office.

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TOTeS Fun at Taste of the South

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Cocktail dresses, cowboy boots, bourbon, and bow ties. That was the scene Saturday night at the Washington Hilton, where Hill staffers and press from the dirty South threw down and represented their home states.

TOTS, as the kids call it, is Taste of the South – a black tie-ish, non-profit gala. This year’s fete benefited a school for at-risk youth in Kentucky – the featured state.

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A few folks in a crowd of what seemed like thousands included Buzzfeed’s boy about town – Benny Johnson and CNN’s Matt Dornic who were palling around with Andrew Kovalcin from the US Chamber of Commerce, Matthew Haller, and Chase Hieneman. Also spotted were WaPo’s Cara Kelly, Revamp’s Daniel Swartz, Judd Deere (Sen. Mike Crapo), Eric Wilson (Ed For Senate campaign), Story Partner’s Lauren Culbertson, Tom Brandt (Rep. Lynn Jenkins), Holli Heiles (Rep. Tim Griffin), Mandi Critchfield (US Senate Banking Committee), Scott Cunningham (Rep. Kenny Marchant), and Sarah Fairchild (Chairman of TOTS 2014, Senator Lamar Alexander).

Miles of BBQ, brews for days, and more bourbon than you can shake a stick at? Where do we sign up?

Giddy up!

New Senior Editor at Scientific American

Josh Fischman is joining the Scientific American staff today as a Senior Editor. He was previously Deputy Editor in Chief of Chemical & Engineering News, where he supervised its worldwide coverage. He has also worked for The Chronicle of Higher Education, U.S News &World Report, Earth, Science, and Discover. He will be based out of Nature Publishing Group’s offices here in DC.

Congrats on the new gig Josh!

Internal Memo: March Proves Record-Breaking Month for CNN Digital

Screen Shot 2014-03-31 at 11.51.59As March comes to a close, CNN has been getting some flak for their wall-to-wall coverage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. But while that mystery has dominated their television programming, other big stories are also getting play online. Along with the ironically ubiquitous missing plane, the tense situation in Ukraine, the Oscar Pistorius trial, and the recent landslide in Washington state have all kept CNN readers glued to computers and mobile devices.

A recent memo from CNN President Jeff Zucker highlights the network’s successes for March as the best month ever for page views and video streams across domestic and international desktop sites and mobile web traffic.

The whole internal memo after the jump…
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A New Morning Ritual? WaPo Launches ‘Read In’ With Reid Wilson

Can a morning tip sheet targeted at political professionals thrive without including birthday shout-outs? That’s the question WaPo‘s Reid Wilson has set out to answer this morning. Wilson and WaPo launched “Read In” at 8:00 a.m. -a new morning tip-sheet for Hill staffers and campaign workers. Wilson knows a little bit about the biz -he is the former editor-in-chief of the Hotline at National Journal and has been covering state-level politics for WaPo’s GovBeat for the past several years. FBDC caught up with Reid over the weekend and asked him some questions about his new project. Read on in to learn more, and if you haven’t already, sign up for the newsletter here.

You used to run Hotline at NJ. How is “Read In” going to differ from that and other morning tip sheets?

Read In is going to be laser-focused on its core audience – Capitol Hill staffers and members, the lobbying community, the campaign community, anyone who practices professional politics. My job is to help them do their jobs better, which means giving people a timely and comprehensive look at what they need to know before their first meeting or conference call. Hence the name: This is how people read in to their day.

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Morning Splash

What’s Happening
— Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius talks on HuffPo Live, 10:15 a.m.
— Luncheon with Virginia State Senator Creigh Deeds at the National Press Club, 12:30 p.m.
— Cocktails with Lawrence Wright at Buck’s Fishing & Camping, 7 p.m.

The Revolving Door
— Arelis Hernandez‘s first day at WaPo
David Eldridge‘s first day at Roll Call
David Frum‘s first day at The Atlantic
Erica Pyatt‘s first day at McMurry/TMG
Ryan McCarthy starts at WaPo
Scott Havens‘ last day at The Atlantic

Fishbowl Fun Fact
Warren G. Harding bet the White House china collection in a poker game and lost it all in one hand.

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