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Afternoon Lede Check – 7.8.14

Smallpox vials found in NIH storage closet. Obama wants $3.7B for border. And DC police getting new, modern rifles in response to Navy Yard shooting.

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

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Capitol File’s Publisher Niche Media Acquired by Greengale Publishing

logoGreengale Publishing today announced that it has acquired Niche Media Holdings, the publisher of 11 regional lifestyle publications including Capitol File, from The Greenspun Corporation of Las Vegas, held by Janie Greenspun Gale and her siblings. Greengale is co-owned by Janie Greenspun Gale and Jeff Gale.

Katherine Nicholls who previously served as president and chief operating officer of Niche, will now serve as CEO.

Elizabeth Thorp, editor-in-chief of Capitol File, shared her excitement, referring to Janie as “fabulous.”

Nicholls said of the owners, “Their decades of experience in journalism, photography, and media, together with their commitment to community service will continue to shape our organization.”

Shawna Thomas to Join NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ as Senior Editor

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Shawna Thomas

As of July 16, Shawna Thomas will join Meet the Press as senior editor responsible for leading its digital strategy. Thomas joins “Meet” having been with the network since 2006, serving as White House producer and Capitol Hill producer as well as a news associate, political assignment editor, and digital associate producer.

Also out of NBC News today, Erika Masonhall has been promoted to Vice President of Communications.

See Executive Producer Rob Yarin‘s internal note on Thomas’ announcement after the jump. Read more

Sarah Palin Pens Support for Impeachment of President Obama

Sarah Palin earlier today tweeted out a link to piece she wrote for Breitbart News supporting the impeachment of President Barack Obama for his position on the border crisis.

“It’s time to impeach; and on behalf of American workers and legal immigrants of all backgrounds, we should vehemently oppose any politician on the left or right who would hesitate in voting for articles of impeachment,” wrote the former Vice Presidential candidate. “The many impeachable offenses of Barack Obama can no longer be ignored. If after all this he’s not impeachable, then no one is.”

 

Glenn Beck Says Press to ‘Take Out Their Anger’ on Hillary Clinton

Screen Shot 2014-07-08 at 14.50.27On TheBlaze TV today, Glenn Beck predicted that if Hillary Clinton runs for President in 2016, press will “take out their anger of being betrayed by this administration” on her.

“Hillary Clinton is going to pay the price of this administration – not by the American people – but by the press,” said Beck. “I think the press is going to take out their anger of being betrayed by this administration, never on this president, because they’re too deeply in bed. And I just don’t think that they will ever take out their aggression. But they know that some of these things are wrong. What’s happening with the White House and the Press Corps and how they’re treating us. I don’t think they have alarm bells going off, but they are uncomfortable with it and they don’t like it, and they don’t like the way they’ve been treated sometimes. And I think they’re going to take that out on Hillary Clinton.”

Click on over to Mediaite for video of Beck’s full comments.

The Atlantic Names Alexis Madrigal Deputy Editor of TheAtlantic.com

The Atlantic today announced the promotion of Alexis Madrigal to the newly created role of Deputy Editor of TheAtlantic.com. Madrigal, who’s covered science and technology for The Atlantic since 2010, will also oversee social media and The Atlantic’s newsletter strategy.

In addition to his promotion, Dr. James Hamblin was named a senior editor. Julie Beck will replace Hamblin as editor of its Health channel and Kathy Gilsinan will join the Global channel as an associate editor from World Politics Review.

Site Selection Committee Recommends Cleveland as 2016 Host City for RNC

Screen Shot 2014-07-08 at 12.18.55The Republican National Committee’s Site Selection Committee today announced its support for Cleveland as the 2016 convention host city. The final running was between the Ohio city on Lake Erie and Dallas. In June, Denver and Kansas City were eliminted as possible host cities.

The RNC and Cleveland will now enter into exclusive negotiations regarding the city’s bid to host the 2016 convention. And at an August meeting in Chicago, the Site Selection Committee will present their recommendation to the RNC.

Eind Michelsen, chairwoman of the RNC Site Selection Committee, said, “Cleveland is a phenomenal city, and I can’t think of a better place to showcase our party and our nominee in 2016.”

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus added, “A Cleveland convention offers our party a great steppingstone to the White House in 2016, and I’m encouraged by the committee’s recommendation. The team from Cleveland has gone above and beyond the call of duty and I think they’re representative of a city eager to show the country all the fantastic things they have to offer.”

Cleveland also has a bid to host the 2016 Democratic National Convention.

That said, it’s never too early to start planning where to go out! We reached out to a friend who lives in downtown Cleveland for the lowdown on what not to miss around the Cleveland Convention Center (300 Lakeside Avenue) near East 4th, the Warehouse District, and The Flats.

See the best of the best, after the jump. Read more

CNN’s Jake Tapper Explores ‘Why Won’t Washington Work’

featured_assetOn today’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper” on CNN, the host will launch his new series “Why Won’t Washington Work,” exploring seemingly simple solutions to problems that get bogged down in Washington red tape.

The series, expected to continue over the next several months, will kick off with a conversation between Tapper and USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah on “why a 1.5 billion dollar budget still isn’t enough to feed the world’s hungry.”

SPOILER: Because more than half the money goes to satisfying archaic rules about who and where the food can come from.

Check it out, today at 4pm, on CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper.”

The Wall Street Journal Celebrates 125 Years

Happy birthday to The Wall Street Journal, which turns 125 years old today. Back when it first was printed, it sold for two cents. Fast forward 125 years, and it goes for $2.00 on newsstands.

See the front page from July 8, 1889 next to today’s, below.

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For a better look at the inaugural front page, click here.

Atlantic Media Launches ‘State & Local’

GovExec_S&LAtlantic Media today launched its expansion from federal government current events coverage for Government Executive to city, county, and state government news and analysis. The new line of focus will include coverage of technology, health care, citizen services, infrastructure, security, transportation, and finance.

Government Executive’s state and local coverage is led by Michael Grass, who was hired in May following an April announcement of the intended news coverage expansion.

“As I’ve been talking with local government practitioners across the country, so many are innovating and serving their residents in new and exciting ways,” said Grass. “Government Executive State & Local will amplify these success stories.” Read more

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