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Ross Levitt to Lead CNN’s National Security Team In Washington

07356131ded962f5e9bc393135297662Ross Levitt will be joining CNN’s Washington bureau to lead their National Security team, announced managing editor of the bureau, Adam Levine (no, not that one), on Twitter.

Ross, who has been with CNN since 2006, most recently worked as a field producer at their New York bureau, covering national security and law enforcement related stories. Deputy bureau chief, Virginia Moseley, and Levine announced the move in a staff memo.

We are thrilled to announce that Ross Levitt is joining the Washington bureau to be the supervising producer for the national security team, working with Jim Sciutto, Barbara Starr, Elise Labott and our incredible producing team.

Ross has been a standout producer out of the New York bureau for years where he has been a big contributor on national security and law enforcement coverage.  He has covered every major stateside terror investigation, helping CNN get exclusive information and video on the Times Square bomber, Boston marathon bombings and Najibullah Zazi, as well as Read more

Gregg Birnbaum Leaves POLITICO, Joins New York Daily News

More news of shakeups out of POLITICO. Gregg Birnbaum announced yesterday on Twitter that he would be stepping down as deputy managing editor at POLITICO, and will join the New York Daily News as their new managing editor and head of political content.

This morning, Colin Myler, NYDN editor in chief, announced Birnbaum’s appointment in a staff memo:

I am delighted to announce that Gregg Birnbaum is appointed Managing Editor, Head of Political Content.

Gregg is joining us from  Politico where he is currently a Deputy Managing Editor, supervising coverage of breaking news.

Before that, he was a government and politics reporter and editor at the New York Post holding the position of Political Editor for 10 years,  managing bureaus in Washington, Albany and City Hall.

Gregg will be joining us on January 5.

On a personal note, I’d like to thank Joel for his sterling work for the past two years. He has been a valued colleague and I wish him every success in his new executive role at New York 1.

Colin

Birnbaum’s departure from POLITICO is part of a recent exodus of big names from the news organization that includes Dan Berman and Alex Burns.

CBS News’ Margaret Brennan Covers Iraqi Air Force Training In Arizona

vUiq_Y0TWith the Iraqi Air Force currently training with US forces in Arizona, CBS News correspondent Margaret Brennan traveled to Tucson for a report that aired on “CBS This Morning.”

The DC-based foreign policy reporter sat down with several individuals involved in the program, including Iraqi fighter pilot, Mohammed Hama. ”Meet the next top gun of the Iraqi Air Force,” Brennan began the segment, referring to Hama.

Head of his class at one of the US’s premier schools for fighter pilots, run by the Air National Guard in Tucson, Hama is learning how to fly F-16s – a $60 million, American-made fighter jet with speeds over 1,500 miles per hour. ”Being up there is, I mean, I can’t describe it to you. You’ve got to be up there so you can feel the rush,” Captain Hama told Brennan.

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Tuesday Morning Splash

What’s Happening

— Susan Coll, The Stager — Washington Women Writers Series Two at the Women’s National Democratic Club, 11:30 a.m.

— Lead Generation Seminar at the Washington Business Journal, 11:45 a.m.

The Revolving Door

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Fishbowl Fun Fact

The oldest operating business is a hotel in Japan that opened in 705 AD.

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Alex Burns Leaving POLITICO

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Senior political reporter for POLITICO, Alex Burns, is leaving the news outlet, according to Michael Calderone of Huffington Post Media.

Calderone claims that Burns had “recently been in talks with The New York Times about a New York-based position covering city and state politics.”

Burns, one of POLITICO’s best known and longest tenured reporters, has been with the organization since graduating from Harvard in 2008.

Dan Berman Will Join National Journal; Ben Pershing Promoted

National JournalDan Berman will be joining National Journal as an assistant managing editor, announced Editor-in-Chief and President Tim Grieve today in a staff memo.

Berman most recently worked as the White House editor for POLITICO, and will now oversee coverage of Congress, the White House and policy for NJ.

“This is a great hire for us,” said Tim Grieve in the staff memo. “I know Dan’s skills first hand: He worked hand-in-hand with me in creating Politico Pro, first as Energy Editor and then as Deputy Managing Editor. In those roles, he was an energetic advocate for and creator of high-quality, high-impact journalism. And Dan has continued to be that kind of editor even as he’s grown through different positions in his post-Politico Pro life — first as Politico’s Money and Politics Editor and now as its White House Editor.”

Additionally, Grieve announced the promotion of Ben Pershing to editor of National Journal Daily.

“Dan will work very closely with Ben Pershing, who is taking on a big new role as Editor of National Journal Daily,” continued Grieve. “As many of you have heard, Sophie Yarborough is leaving us this month to take a new position at The Washington Post. We have asked Ben to take on the role of Editor of NJ Daily to lead the effort to reimagine the publication for a new era. Ben is a natural for this. He has worked wonders with our Congress team since arriving at National Journal earlier this year, and he’s a veteran journalist with a deep understanding of Congress and the kind of reporting that will have an impact inside the Capitol and around the country.”

Jana Winter Joins DC-Based The Intercept

p5Zyt0riJana Winter will be joining The Intercept, according to an announcement on their site today.

Winter, who previously worked as an investigative reporter at Fox News, is best known for her refusal to reveal her sources during the James Holmes story, the infamous movie-theater shooting two years ago in Aurora, CO, in which she reported that Holmes had sent a notebook to his psychiatrist containing depictions of violence before his deadly rampage.

She will be brought on board as a national security reporter for the DC-based online media outlet. 

Jonanthan Capehart Makes Mediaite’s ‘Top 9 Rising Stars of Cable News’

Screen Shot 2014-12-15 at 1.14.33 PMMediaite released a list of its ‘Top 9 Rising Stars of Cable News” today, comprised of the three major cable news networks (CNN, Fox and MSNBC).

Although the Washington contingent was scant, one DC-based journalist was able to make the cut — MSNBC’s Jonathan Capehart. An opinion writer for The Washington Post and MSNBC contributor, Capehart recently had a major interview with Attorney General Eric Holder “that elicited some frank language about the situation in Ferguson.”

So, a big Fishbowl congrats to Jonathan for representing DC media well!

Cheney, Rove On Sunday Shows: Bush Knew About Enhanced Interrogation Techniques

Screen Shot 2014-12-15 at 10.32.55 AMFormer President George W. Bush knew of the enhanced interrogation techniques before 2006, said two high ranking officials of his administration yesterday on “Fox News Sunday” with Chris Wallace and “Meet the Press” with Chuck Todd.

Senior advisor to the Bush White House, Karl Rove, and former VP Dick Cheney combatted doubts that the former President was unaware of the program’s harsh methods on the DC-based Sunday programs, respectively.

“The report says President Bush didn’t know about these enhanced interrogation techniques until 2006. You were there. Was that true?” asked ”Fox News Sunday”‘s Chris Wallace on the show.

“No. In fact … his book describes how he was briefed and intimately involved in the decision,” said Rove. “He made the decision. He was presented, I believe, 12 techniques, he authorized the use of 10 of them, including waterboarding.”

Similarly, Chuck Todd posed a question to the former vice president on “Meet the Press” asking how the former president was briefed on the matter of the EIT’s, to which Cheney bluntly responded, “he was briefed.”

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Weekend Show Preview — 12.14.14

SundayShows-w-candyI apologize for the lack of Weekend Show Previews in recent weeks… We promise to start doing them again. Without further adieu, here we go:

Highlights will include President Barack Obama on “Al Punto”; former President George W. Bush on “State of the Union”; Senator John McCain on “Face the Nation”; Karl Rove on ”Fox News Sunday”; and former Vice President Dick Cheney on “Meet the Press.”

Sunday: 

NBC’s “Meet the Press“: Former VP Dick Cheney; Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Select Committee on Intelligence; Director, University of Chicago’s Institute, David AxelrodDan Senor, Co-Founder, Foreign Policy Initiative; Helene Cooper, Pentagon Correspondent, The New York Times; and NBC News’ Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, Andrea Mitchell.

CBS’s “Face the Nation”: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) of the Armed Services Committee;  Intelligence Committee Vice Chair, Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA); Intelligence Committee Chair, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI); Sen. Angus King (I-ME) of the Intelligence Committee; Peggy Noonan of the Wall Street Journal and CBS News Contributor; Mark Mazzetti of The New York Times; The Root’s Charles Ellison; and Michael Gerson of The Washington Post.

“Fox News Sunday”: Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI); Karl Rove, former top White House Advisor to President George W. Bush; Syndicated Columnist and Fox News Contributor, George Will; White House Correspondent for The Associated Press, Julie PaceMichael Needham, CEO, Heritage Action for America; Charles Lane, editorial writer for The Washington Post and Fox News Contributor; and Jose Rodriguez, former Director of the CIA’s National Clandestine Service.

ABC’s “This Week“: Former CIA Director, Gen. Michael HaydenEric Fair, visiting Professor at Lehigh University and contract interrogator in Iraq in 2004; Foreign Affairs Columnist for The New York TimesTom Friedman; Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Rep. Keith Ellison (D- Minnesota); CNN Political Commentator and Former House Speaker, Newt Gingrich; Syndicated Radio Host and ABC News Contributor, Laura Ingraham; and CNN and SiriusXM host, Michael Smerconish.

Univision’s “Al Punto” : President of the United States of America, Barack ObamaFrancisco Dominguez, Attorney General of the Dominican Republic; José Manuel “Chumel” Torres, Host and Writer of “El Pulso de la República”

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