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Former WH Staffer Gets Nod as MSNBC VP of Communications

Rachel-MSNBCRachel Racusen was named the new VP of communications for MSNBC this morning.

Beginning December 8, Rachel will replace Lauren Skowronski, who was promoted to VP of corporate communications at NBCUniversal in July, and serve as MSNBC’s primary spokesperson. She will also handle communications and media strategy while partnering with editorial and business leads at the network.

Rachel previously served as associate communications director at The White House. MSNBC President Phil Griffin, who she will be reporting to directly, said: “I’m thrilled to add Rachel to our senior team. She has great experience, she’s creative, strategic and passionate about our brand. She’ll be a tremendous asset to the network.”

 

Cable Networks, PBS, Telelmundo, and Univision Broadcasting Obama Address Live

PBS NewsHourWith the major networks apparently too busy tonight with The Big Bang Theory, Grey’s Anatomy and The Biggest Loser, only PBS, Telemundo, Univision and the cable networks (CNN, MSNBC and Fox News) will be broadcasting President Barack Obama‘s speech on immigration live at 8 pm ET.

In addition to a special 8 pm broadcast of the President’s primetime address, PBS NewsHour will livestream the speech with commentary from New York Times columnist David Brooks and The Washington Post’s E.J. Dionne.

Watch live in the box below. Enjoy.


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A Lesson in Manners: DC Press Covering Royals Told to Dress Properly

6120Buckingham_palaceThe Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton, are set to visit New York and Washington on December 7 and 8, and apparently, there is worry that the generally underdressed and informal American press won’t be appropriately attired to greet the royals.

In anticipation of their early December holiday, Buckingham Palace issued a reminder to our oft unceremonious reporters:

“Journalists wishing to cover Royal engagements, whether in the United Kingdom or abroad, should comply with the dress code on formal occasions out of respect for the guests of The Queen, or any other member of the Royal Family,” politely states the British Monarchy’s official website, ”smart attire for men includes the wearing of a jacket and tie, and for women a trouser or skirt suit. Those wearing jeans or trainers will not be admitted and casually dressed members of the media will be turned away. This also applies to technicians.”

You hear that, guys? Let’s not let our well-mannered brethren down.

Jeff Fager Stepping Down as CBS News Chairman to Return to ’60 Minutes’

Courtesy of CBSCBS News’s Jeff Fager is stepping down from his perch as the network’s chairman to return to “60 Minutes” full-time as the executive producer.

Fager served as CBS News’s chairman for four years, and had worked as the executive producer of the show for seven years before that. Now he’s ready to get back to the beat.

“You can find me at my favorite perch across the street…working on stories at 60 Minutes,” Fager said in an email announcement. More on Fager’s work at CBS here.

Bezos Introduces New Kindle App for WaPo

amazon_jeff_bezosJeffrey Bezos has finally brought Amazon and The Washington Post together. The two companies will collaborate for the first time since the Amazon founder bought The Post for $250 million a year ago.

Kindle owners will be receiving a full 6-month digital subscription to The Washington Post for free. For another six months, users will have to pay $1. It’ll then turn into a monthly subscription. According to gizmodo.com, ”the monthly rate is still under discussion, but Post officials said it would most likely be between $3 and $5 a month.”

The app’s focus will be on national and global news, rather than local and regional, and will feature two editions each day at 5 am and 5 pm.

For now, the app is exclusively for Kindle owners and will be automatically added to certain Kindle Fire tablets as part of a software update. However, a version of the app will be available for Andriod and iOS operating systems next year.

Politico Nets Tampa Bay Times’ Duo Bill Duryea and Michael Kruse for New Enterprise Project

POLITICO revised logo Award-winning Tampa Bay Times’ journalists Bill Duryea and Michael Kruse are leaving the Sunshine state and taking their talents to Washington.

Politico’s Susan Glasser sent out a staff-wide email yesterday announcing the new hires for the publication’s brand new enterprise project.

Duryea, who will lead the project, has served as the Times’ national editor for nearly a decade. He also edits the Floridian, a monthly news feature magazine.Screen Shot 2014-11-19 at 5.41.13 PM

“Bill is an incredible ideas-driven editor, and in addition to the team he’s built and runs day to day he has been an adept editor drawing from talent across the newsroom in Tampa, a model we are expecting he will follow here at Politico in working to develop great enterprise stories from across the staff,” Glasser said in the email.

Kruse will be the project’s senior writer with a focus on political enterprise going into the 2016 election season. He’s currently a staff writer for the Times’ enterprise team. He has received numerous awards for his work, which has also been recognized by a number of professional journalism organizations including the Society of Professional Journalists, the Society for Features Journalism and the Associated Press Sports Editors, among others.

“In Michael, we are adding a perfect first recruit for Bill’s team; this is a duo that has a great and proven record of producing award-winning journalism together,” Glasser said. “We’re thrilled at this big new development for Politico’s journalism, and can’t wait to welcome Bill and Michael to the newsroom. “

Bachmann tells WaPo: Immigrants Given New Protections May Become ‘illiterate’ Democratic Voters

Twitter exploded today when, according to Robert CostaMichele Bachmann told The Washington Post that immigrants given new protections by President Obama may become “illiterate” Democratic voters. Costa shared Bachmann’s comments tweeting:

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CNN Asks Former Navy SEAL Robert O’Neill About ‘Zero Dark Thirty’

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In an interview today with Robert O’Neill, former Navy SEAL who claims to have killed Bin Laden, CNN asked ”But what about Zero Dark Thirty?” (1:15).

“It was a good movie,” said O’Neill, “I anticipated it. I enjoyed watching it. I’ve seen it more than once. I liked how they portrayed the CIA. I like how strong the woman was. She was.. She is, to this day, one of the strongest women I’ve ever met. As far as the SEALs, I thought they could’ve done a better job with the tactics and the actors, but that’s just me. I’m being nit-picky because that’s my former job. And I think that the mission on the movie might have last longer than the mission.”

I guess O’Neill was looking for someone more along the lines of Brad Pitt to play him.

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‘Kissing the Ring’ – Face The Nation’s 60th Anniversary Celebration

105748_0258Bigwig politicians, reporters and DC socialites, all showed up Monday night to the Newsuem in downtown Washington to honor Bob Schieffer and 60 years of exceptional journalism by Face The Nation. In something rarely seen in Washington, the evening began with a moment of agreement and lightheartedness between partisans.

“I’ve had 101 appearances on ‘Face the Nation,’ which exactly matches my age,” joked Senator John McCain, ”The first time I was on, … Bob … and I had an in-depth discussion about the aviation policies of Calvin Coolidge. … I have been on a number of shows. Always I’m reluctant to do so, I’m sure you know. [Laughter.] … I want to thank Mary Hager, who has been with Bob as his producer for all this time. … For a very short statement, I think next is the Vice President. That will be interesting. [Laughter.]”

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Megan Boone On Capitol File Cover

Screen Shot 2014-11-19 at 1.13.45 PMCapitol File released its new holiday issue today with Megan Boone, star of NBC’s hit drama The Blacklist and total babe, on the cover!

Inside the annual holiday issue, Boone reveals why she enjoys living on the East Coast and dating in New York City, talks James Spader’s iconic fedora hat, shooting in Washington and of course, Capitol File’s Editor-in-Chief, Elizabeth Thorp couldn’t resist asking the actress for a few insights into this season of The Blacklist.

There’s also a great profile on the fabulous Bob Schieffer on the 60th anniversary of Face the Nation and his legendary tenure at CBS. Editor at Large from The Atlantic, Steve Clemons, penned the Schieffer piece.

A little birdie told us that Megan is coming to town for a Capitol File holiday soiree…fingers crossed we get an invite.

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