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Washingtonian’s Rebecca Nelson to Join National Journal

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In true Karin Tanabe/The List fashion, Washingtonian assistant editor Rebecca Nelson is headed to National Journal where she’ll cover political news of the day as a staff correspondent.

The move channels the jump made by the fictional character of Adrienne Brown in Tanabe’s first book The List, a novel about a late 20s Town & Country writer who leaves the glossy to cover politics for The Capitolist, a foe-outlet that mirrors POLITICO, where Tanabe was prior to writing the book.

In her recent pieces on Washingtonian.com, Nelson has written about Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, “Watergate Witness John Dean,” and Andrea Mitchell. We think she’ll will do just fine in her new role at NJ.

Afternoon Lede Check – 8.27.14

Romney flirts with 2016: I’d take on Hillary, but better GOP option coming (The Washington Times). Diplomat not arrested following beating (WTOP). Nice on Thursday, but a heat wave is on the way (CBS 9).

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

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C-SPAN to Broadcast 100 Senate, House, and Governor Debates

image001In the run up to the 2014 midterm elections, C-SPAN plans to air more than 100 Senate, House, and governor debates, with simulcast support from local broadcast stations and cable channels. The public affairs cable network also launched a landing page for video coverage of said debates, named Campaign 2014.

“With the balance of power at stake in Congress, especially in the closely watched U.S. Senate races, C-SPAN will be the one place where you can see all the debates in the most competitive races,” said C-SPAN senior EP and political editor Steve Scully, who will be managing the network’s political team for the 2014 midterms. “Our partnerships with the local broadcast stations and cable companies across the country who televise these debates locally make our comprehensive coverage possible.”

Fall debate coverage on C-SPAN begins September 3 at 7pm with the North Carolina Senate debate on C-SPAN, C-SPAN radio, and C-SPAN.org.

What Started in ‘The West Wing’ Goes Viral

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From working behind the scenes in Aaron Sorkin‘s “West Wing,” to a congressional run, to viral video host, like DC politicians, Beth Troutman‘s career has evolved.

“When you have experiences that you’re open to, it kind of informs you as human being, and makes you comfortable in your own skin,” Troutman, host of the syndicated viral video talk show “Right This Minute” told FishbowlDC recently. Before serving as a host covering the Internet’s best videos, Troutman was a politico at heart. She worked for years as an assistant to “The West Wing” EP Alex Graves. That jolted her inner politico, leading Troutman to run for U.S. Congress at 27. “I think all of the things that have been part of my past helped me be interested in the future.”

American Security Personnel Offer Exclusive for FOX News Documentary

bb2605FOX News Channel will present “13 Hours at Benghazi” hosted by chief political anchor Bret Baier on Friday, September 5 at 6pm. The documentary features an exclusive interview with three American security personnel, revealing for the first time their identities, who fought in the September 11, 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya that resulted in the deaths of four Americans including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

The program is based on Mitchell Zuckoff and the Annex Security Team’s forthcoming book 13 HOURS: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi, and according to FOX News, will explore “Whether or not military assistance was requested by the security team and whether orders from above hindered their response to the violence that claimed the lives of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans.”

The documentary will rebroadcast that night at 10pm; Saturday, September 6 at 5pm, 9pm, and midnight; and Sunday, September 7 at 8 and 11pm.

Chuck Todd Gets Advice from Sen. John McCain on ‘Meet the Press’ Hosting Duties

Screen Shot 2014-08-27 at 11.58.26During his final week as host of “The Daily Rundown” before taking over as “Meet the Press” moderator, Chuck Todd‘s Rundown has featured surprise guests coordinated by producers including Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) this morning.

McCain, the most popular “MTP” guest in terms of his number of appearances, was on hand to offer advice to Todd in his new role.

Asked by Todd what he thinks the role of “Meet the Press” has been and should be in Washington and for America, McCain responded, “I think it has been not just the oldest, but the premier Sunday encounter that the American people can have with leading figures in the political world. I would suggest that rather than try to expand it and do all kinds of different issues and subjects and kind of cute little anecdotes, that we really do what you do best, and that is focus on the political dynamics that are going on in this country, which then means, ‘What are our policies. What are the dynamics’.” Read more

Restructuring for Federal News Radio Staff

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Emily Kopp

Emily Kopp, co-host of Federal News Radio’s “Federal Drive,” will transition to a reporter/anchor position beginning September 2, contributing to the program she hosted with Tom Temin and “In-Depth” with Francis Rose.

In addition, morning digital writer/editor Shefali Kapadia will move into a radio producer role for “Federal Drive.”

“By making these shifts, we are able to optimize the incredible talents of our people – brining more depth to our presentation. The end result will be more news stories told in a variety of ways for air and online,” said Lisa Wolfe, FNR program director in a release announcing the restructuring. “Tom Temin’s broadcasting abilities are so polished he will shine as the solo anchor of the Federal Drive.”

“Federal Drive” airs weekday mornings from 6 – 9 am and “In-Depth” weekday afternoons from 4 – 7 pm on 1500AM.

Joe Scarborough Asks How 9-Year-Old with Uzi at Range Killed Man

Screen Shot 2014-08-27 at 10.14.53Yesterday at an Arizona shooting range, a 9-year-old lost control of an Uzi, subsequently killing a 39-year-old instructor, Charles Vacca.

Today on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” co-host Joe Scarborough went off on how this even happened.

“A man is dead and they’ve ruined a little girl’s life,” Scarborough passionately stated. “I say this as a father of an eleven year old girl. Who would put an uzi in the hands of a nine-year-old girl? What is wrong with these people? What is wrong with this culture?…What right is advanced by doing that?” Read more

Mediabistro Morning Roundup – 8.27.14

From TVNewser to FishbowlNY, here are your top stories from across Mediabistro.

SocialTimes Amazon Acquires Twitch for $970 Million

TVNewser Executive Producer Changes at ABC News

FishbowlNY The 2014 Online Journalism Award Finalists

GalleyCat How to Participate in Banned Books Week

PRNewser Five Ways to Ensure That the Phone Pitch Doesn’t Die

TVSpy Former Anchor Settles Lawsuit Against Station, Starts Job as College Recruiter

Lost Remote VMAs Best Emmys on Facebook With Triple the Engagement

FishbowlDC Philip Klein Promoted to Commentary Editor of Washington Examiner

AllFacebook Instagram Debuts Time-Lapse Video App Hyperlapse

AllTwitter Five Ways to Hit Your Goals With Twitter Advertising

10,000 Words Pew: There’s a ‘Spiral of Silence’ on Social Media

Inside Mobile Apps Pin Drop Launches Location Bookmarking App in the U.S.

InsideFacebook Facebook is Sucking Out Our Brains One Satire Tag at a Time

AgencySpy FCB Chicago Helps Grandma ‘Shop Like a Boss’ for Kmart

MediaJobsDaily The Truth About Conference Calls: Survey Shows People Zone Out

UnBeige Fashion Televion’s Jeanne Beker Turns Curator for ‘Politics of Fashion’ Exhibition

Wednesday Morning Splash

What’s Happening

— Two Federal Immigration Judges Discuss Challenges Facing Immigration Courts at the National Press Club, 10 a.m.

Matthew Rosenberg, NYT Reporter Expelled from Kabul at the National Press Club, 2 p.m.

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Fishbowl Fun Fact

Albert Einstein and Charles Darwin both married their first cousins.

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