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Add MJ Lee to List of POLITICO Departures, Joins CNN Digital Politics

20140813js_mj_lee_005You can add MJ Lee to the growing wave of POLITICO reporters and editors who’ve been poached by CNN Digital Politics.  For those of you counting, Lee makes 5… Rachel Smolkin, Steven Sloan, Jedd Rosche and Eric Bradner all switched teams this fall.

“It’s as if Rachel built an arc and we’re following her two by two,” said a former POLITICO staffer turned CNNer who asked to remain anonymous.

But they’re not just flooding (pun intended) to CNN. MJ is the fourth POLITICO exit announced this week.  Alex Burns, Gregg Birnbaum and Dan Berman all jumped ship for gigs at new outlets in the past few days.  Sounds like a trend.  As for MJ, her hire was announced today via internal memo obtained by FishbowlDC.  See the note from Rachel Smolkin and CNN Money’s Lex Haris after the jump. Read more

Watch Live: Obama to Make Statement On Cuba, Alan Gross — 12 PM ET

PBS NewsHourPresident Barack Obama is set to make a statement from the White House regarding relations with Cuba at 12 p.m. EST this afternoon. In the wake of Alan Gross‘s release this morning after five years of imprisonment, officials say the U.S. is seeking to normalize relations with Cuba — which could include embassies in Washington and Havana.

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ICYMI: Mom Calls Into C-SPAN to Scold Partisan Sons

Screen Shot 2014-12-17 at 10.47.20 AM“Oh God, it’s mom…” is never a phrase that ends well for bickering sons.

Joy Woodhouse, mother of politically divisive sons, Brad and Dallas, called into C-SPAN to see if Thanksgiving with the in-laws had gotten some of their hostility out of their systems. Hilarity ensued.

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Andrea Mitchell to Receive 2015 Matrix Award

andrea_mitchell_a_p_300New York Women in Communications announced their 2015 Matrix Award honorees yesterday– a list that included NBC News’ chief foreign affairs correspondent, Andrea Mitchell.

The 2015 Matrix Awards will be presented on Monday, April 27, 2015 at a luncheon ceremony in New York, honoring seven women who have established themselves in the communications community.

The theme of the 45th annual Matrix Awards is “Women Who Change the World” through their outstanding achievements and talents in the communications fields.

“We are elated to honor these seven remarkable women who have made a lasting impact in the field of communications,” said Linda Descano, President of New York Women in Communications. ”Although they’re all involved in different disciplines of the industry, their accomplishments show that that together, they are truly connecting the world.  We are thrilled to welcome these women into our Matrix Hall of Fame.”

Other honorees include Senator Kirsten Gillibrand; Chairman and CEO of BET Networks, Debra L. LeeJulianna Margulies award-winning actress and producer; editor-in-chief of Elle Magazine, Roberta Myers; Martine Reardon, Chief Marketing Officer of Macy’s; and U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith.

Wednesday Morning Splash

What’s Happening

— The Atlantic Presents Women of Washington, 4 p.m.

— Film Screening: “The Gang — 15 Years and Still Silent” at Freedom House, 5 p.m.

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Fishbowl Fun Fact

Alexander Hamilton misspelled “Pennsylvania” in the Constitution.

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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.

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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.

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