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Carney Afternoon Reading List 2.16.11

Publications around town and beyond offered their takes on Jay Carney‘s first day in the briefing room as White House Press Secretary. WhiteHouseDossier.com’s Keith Koffler offered a simple live stream after two days worth of Carney stories. Here’s a brief reading list:

*Politico’s Patrick Gavin writes an amusing comparison on Carney to former press secs such as Dana Perino, the late Tony Snow, Scott McLellan, Ari Fleischer and Robert Gibbs. He compares opening statements, length of pressers, signature phrase, best one-liner, laughter and more. Read here.

*Yahoo! News’s Michael Calderone, meanwhile, took more of a thorough news story approach and at the end of the piece added tweets from CBS News’s Mark Knoller and ABC News’s Jake Tapper on their reactions to Carney. Read here.

*The Hill‘s Sam Youngman‘s piece on Carney’s debut has a more insidery feel, explaining that the new press secretary picked reporters rarely called on in the briefings. Read here.

*NJ‘s Aamer Madhani had this take on the style and tone of Carney’s first day. He wrote, “With his first turn at the White House podium, the new press secretary didn’t make any news, but he still managed to win some points with the press corps. His answers were concise.” He pointed out, “Carney did his fair share of spinning today.”

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NJ Announces New WH ‘A-Team’

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Two journos will join forces to be NJ‘s new “formidable” White House team. They are The Atlantic‘s Marc Ambinder and USA Today‘s Aamer Madhani.

The New ‘A’-Team – Ambinder and Aamer – is going to be formidable,” said National Journal Editor-in-Chief Ron Fournier. “They are smart, savvy and richly sourced in foreign policy, domestic issues and politics.”

They will join George Condon, Jr., who covers the White House for CongressDaily.

Notes on Ambinder:
• He currently blogs for The Atlantic
• He’s chief political consultant for CBS News
• He was founding editor of NJ‘s “Hotline on Call”
• He was one of the founding editors of ABC’s “The Note.”

Notes on Madhani:
• The D.C.-based reporter covers foreign affairs.
• He joined USA Today in 2008 as the Baghdad Bureau Chief.
• His Iraq coverage with USA Today and the Chicago Tribune spans three years.

Ambinder will stick with The Atlantic through the November elections. Madhani begins next month.

Congratulations to Ambinder and Madhani.