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Google Shopping Express Now Offers Same Day Delivery Service in Washington

Craving a box of Annie’s mac and cheese from Giant? How about 1,000 Heinz ketchup packets from Costco? Need diapers from Babies R Us? Or even a new Fender from Guitar Center?

Well Google now has that covered too.

The Washington Post’s Jonathan O’Connell writes about Google Shopping Express, the tech giant’s new same day delivery service that launched in DC on Tuesday. Online shoppers now have access to the store shelves of nine local retailers including Giant Food, Costco, Walgreens, Sports Authority, Staples, Babies “R” Us, Barnes & Noble, L’Occitane, and Guitar Center.

“The expansion puts Google more squarely in competition with Amazon, which has been expanding same-day delivery and now has a grocery service, Amazon Fresh, that is available in the Bay Area, Los Angeles and Seattle areas,” writes O’Connell.

For more on the service, click on over to The Washington Post.

So Long CNN’s ‘Crossfire’

Crossfire304x200CNN officially canned “Crossfire” today, as first reported by TVNewser.

The program, which has been on hiatus, was relaunched in September 2013 with co-hosts Newt GingrichVan JonesStephanie Cutter, and S.E. Cupp. But after its 2013 revival, it was pulled from the network’s lineup in March for coverage of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370, to return in May, only to be removed from programming again in July for coverage of the downed Malaysia Airlines flight in Ukraine.

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Afternoon Lede Check – 10.15.14

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

NBC News Celebrates Brian Williams’ 10th Anniversary as ‘Nightly News’ Anchor

NBC’s “Nightly News” debuted three promos in honor of Brian Williams‘ 10th anniversary this December as host of the evening news program.

The trio feature video and photo stills from Williams’ reporting for the evening news, in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina, Haiti after the 2010 earthquake, Normandy this June for the 70th anniversary of D-Day, and in Iraq and Afghanistan for war coverage.

The promos, titled “Battled Scars,” “What Matters,” and “Experience,” are narrated by actor Michael Douglas and all finish with the tagline, “He’s been there. He’ll be there.”


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Benjamin Schwarz Named National Editor of The American Conservative

logo@2xThe American Conservative today announced that Benjamin Schwarz has joined the publication as national editor. Schwarz comes to TAC after 14 years with The Atlantic, where he served as national editor and literary editor.

His position is funded by a grant from the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation in support of TAC’s New Urbanism initiative on sustainable and humane communities.

ICYMI - TAC in August promoted Maisie Allison to executive editor to lead the magazine’s digital and special projects.

CNN Serves Pink Slips with a Side of Counseling

For those facing layoffs today in CNN’s Washington bureau, staffers say the network is offering on-site counseling services. Those to be affected received a message offering “an experienced counselor” who will be on hand this afternoon to offer confidential services. Twenty-eight positions are expected to be part of layoffs in CNN’s DC bureau.

Yesterday, our sister site TVNewser reported:

“As many as 300, or 8%, of CNN’s workforce is being cut in Atlanta, Washington, D.C., New York and Los Angeles. About 130 staffers have taken a voluntary buyout, other open positions are not being filled. The remainder, about 170 positions, are the result of layoffs which are happening today and tomorrow.”

Thus far, CNN’s “Sanjay Gupta, MD,” “CNN Money,” and “Unguarded” have been canceled with some staff members excluding hosts being let go. HLN’s “Jane Velez Mitchellwas also canceled, with show staff and host departing.

CQ Roll Call and Crowdpac Announce Congressional Power Rankings

Screen Shot 2014-10-15 at 10.07.41CQ Roll Call and Crowdpac announced the completion of the inaugural Congressional Power Rankings, insight into members of Congress most influential on topics ranging from abortion and the environment to foreign policy and the economy.

CQ Roll Call editors and reporters ranked lawmakers in each issue section for Crowdpac, an organization that provides Americans with non-partisan information about political candidates and issues.

Political topics are explored based on the five most influential politicians on said topic; the 10 candidates most focused on that issue; official Democratic and Republican positions on it; and recent articles, relevant committees, and resources.

For more on the rankings, click on over to Crowdpac.

Just Watch This Latest Instagram by Michelle Obama

First Lady Michelle Obama answered a question on the six second video sharing platform Vine from a Barack Obama impersonator yesterday on her Let’s Move initiative. The combined Q&A compiled in her latest post to Instagram:


Hey, @Alphacat. The First Lady wants to know… #TurnipForWhat? #AskTheFirstLady #TD4W

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WaPo Outlook Editor Carlos Lozada’s New Role

00a4c3ebefa1d3ffdcd3ce746a3e369a_400x400The Washington Post Outlook editor Carlos Lozada has been named the outlet’s new nonfiction book critic. In this role, he’ll pen weekly reviews of nonfiction books and long-form writing. The same announcement noted that The Post will also launch a new blog to focus on nonfiction content.

Lozada joined The Post in 2005 and served as both an economics and national security editor before being named editor of the paper’s Sunday Outlook section five years ago. Prior to WaPo, he was managing editor of Foreign Policy. Read more

Young Fan Starstruck Upon Meeting Hillary Clinton

The look on this girl’s face when she met Hillary Clinton at a Colorado campaign event for Sen. Mark Udall on Monday is priceless.

Image by the AP’s David Zalubowski. Click on over to The Post to see it and photos of other rumored 2016 presidential candidates with some not as equally excited children (and Zach Braff).