Here are this week’s top 5 stories across the site.
Last night at the U.S. Institute of Peace, CBS premiered its new series “Madam Secretary” ahead of its network debut Sunday, September 21 after “60 Minutes.”
Today as part of POLITICO Playbook Lunch, Mike Allen and Maggie Haberman will interview cast members Téa Leoni and Tim Daly and producers Barbara Hall, Lori McCreary and Morgan Freeman on the series that chronicles the life of a female Secretary of State, as portrayed by Leoni.
For those not able to attend, check out the POLITICO livestream, beginning at 12:10 pm.
Last night at the Cannon Caucus Room, the Animal Health Institute announced the winners of its Cutest Pets competition (for which FishbowlDC editor Nick Massella served as a judge) at AHI’s Pet Night on Capitol Hill. Winners hailed from the offices of Sen. Boxer, Rep. Mike Honda, and Sen. Warren and were “unveiled” by Rep. Jeff Denham’s (R-CA) dog “Lily,” a 2013 winner.
Hundreds packed into the room for one of Capitol Hill’s favorite annual events and posed for pictures with celebrity pets including Marti, who plays “Sandy” in the upcoming remake of “Annie” and Orion, who plays “Buttercup” in “The Hunger Games” (Rumor has it Jennifer Lawrence actually likes the fluffy cat…and there are actually two of them. Kinda like the Olsen Twins.).
In attendance: Story Partner’s Trudi Boyd, Amos Snead, Lauren Culbertson, Jen Voss, and Elyse Petroni, Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR), Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL), Rep. Dina Titus (D-NV), Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Rep. Tim Bishop (D-NY), Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA), AHI’s Ron Phillips and Rich Carnevale.
Vice and OurTime, a non-profit organization that drives Americans to vote, have partnered in the run up to the 2014 midterm elections, POLITICO’s Hadas Gold reports.
Included on Vice political coverage will be an embedded tool to assist Americans in registering to vote, with a goal of “250,000 young voters before the November elections,” Vice and OurTime told Gold.
“Millennials live and breathe online, and no two organizations understand that better than OurTime.org and VICE,” said OurTime.org co-founder Matthew Segal via POLITICO. “We are thrilled to partner with media company that reaches millions of young Americans each week and is committed to engaging them in the issues that matter most to our country. This is a tremendous day for OurTime.org’s voter registration efforts, as we look forward to not only meeting, but exceeding our goals for 2014.”
For more on the partnership, click on over to POLITICO.
CNN’s “Hambycast” is back, and this time for Peter Hamby‘s trip to Iowa for the Harkin Steak Fry and the media circus that was Hillary Clinton’s visit to it.
Hamby documents the 200+ credentialed media’s obsession with Clinton’s appearance and more so, her potential 2016 run for president.
“One reporter got whacked in the head with the butt of a big television camera. Another photographer dramatically toppled off his ladder while straining to get a shot. It was a little absurd,” writes Hamby in an accompanying post. “When the Clintons approached the media zoo for question time, Bill Clinton leaned in and relished the scene. Hillary kept her distance.”
— Digital Borders and Technological Sovereignty: Breaking or Saving the Internet as We Know It? at the New America Foundation, 9 a.m.
— Politico Playbook Lunch at the Hyatt Regency, noon
— Luncheon with CVS Health President and CEO Larry J. Merlo at the National Press Club, 12:30 p.m.
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The US paid off the national debt for the only time in history in 1835, but only remained debt-free for one year.
Front Page of the Day
From TVNewser to FishbowlNY, here are your top stories from across Mediabistro.
From WaPo to WJLA, here are the stories that are leading your homepages today, after the jump…
Political editor David Scott wrote in a memo to staff, “For months during the last presidential campaign, Peoples was a fixture in the living rooms and coffee shops where the New Hampshire primary is won and lost…In recent months, even as he continued covering GOP contenders, Steve took it upon himself to keep the AP’s political reporting team organized and on point, leading story discussion meetings and organizing coverage of key moments of the off-campaign year. His assistance has been invaluable to me as I get up to speed in Washington.”
The Sunday after Chuck Todd‘s first as moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” the show is back in 3rd place in the ratings war.
CBS’s “Face the Nation’s” first half hour garnered 3,054,000 total viewers nationally, according to Nielsen Media Research. In second for total viewers was ABC’s “This Week” with 2,889,000 followed by “MTP” at 2,589,000.
In the coveted A25-54 demo, ABC led with 947,000 viewers, followed by CBS’s first half hour with 913,000 viewers and NBC at 668,000.
Last week, Todd’s debut as moderator included an exclusive with President Obama and “Meet” was the number 1 rated Sunday show. An NBC spokeswoman said, “We couldn’t be more proud of Chuck’s first show and are so appreciative of the viewers that turned to ‘Meet the Press’ this Sunday. At the same time, we know that one week does not equal a trend and expanding our regular audience will take a slow build week to week.”