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Easley Leaves The Hill for Morning Consult

Jonathan Easley has left The Hill, where he had been covering healthcare policy since 2011, to become health editor for the Morning Consult, FBDC has learned. Morning Consult -a daily health policy briefing – was founded by pollster Michael Ramlet in 2009 and recently expanded their coverage to the energy sector as well.

Easley has also written for Roll Call and Salon, and prior to his career in journalism, worked for ten years in the finance sector. He takes over from former health editor Meghan McCarthy, who has been promoted to managing editor.

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Afternoon Reading List 10.16.13

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MSNBC makes it awkward: According to The Hill’s Jonathan Easley, Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) got into a pretty charged-up conversation with MSNBC host Thomas Roberts on Tuesday. She repeatedly told him that his remarks were “inappropriate” and staunchly defended her stance regarding the current government stalemate. After the line of questioning reached its most heated moment, MSNBC cut to a press conference being given by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

Why you should read it: Honestly, read it so that you don’t have to watch or hear the video clip. Around the 3:02 mark, Blackburn and Roberts decided to loudly make their points clear to each other — and at the exact same time. The writeup is way more comprehensible. Read more here.

Daily Caller is not amused by Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher: Jeff Poor, media reporter at the Daily Caller, just had the sweetest things to say about Mediaite’s Tommy Christopher in a story posted on Tuesday about Christopher asking a tongue-in-cheek question during a White House briefing. Poor’s piece mentioned that Christopher’s name isn’t actually “Tommy Christopher.”

Why you should read it: See the mildly humorous question Christopher asked White House press secretary Jay Carney that Poor declared as the “dumbest question in history of White House press briefings.” Read more here.

Who’s leaving The Guardian for greener pastures and who’s MSNBC’s favorite guy?

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Aide’s Terrible Slip of the Twitter Tongue

15740027Top White House aide Dan Pfeiffer may soon think twice about shooting the breeze on serious topics on Twitter, especially when the n-word can quickly become the b-word. When the Assistant and Senior Advisor to President Obama shot out a tweet with “bigger” in it this morning, the word came back with an “n” in place of the “b.”

The Twittersphere went nuts.

And word is getting out fast. Outlets like Politico, TWT and The Daily Caller are already publishing posts on it.

The offending tweet at 9:50 a.m. was to NYT‘s Jonathan Martin: “@jmartNYT also a much nigger factor on the right.”

Just four minutes later Pfeiffer wrote, “Obviously a horrendous typo in my previous tweet. My apologies.”

But in cases like these, the damage was done. Read more

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day — The John Edition

PREPPY PELOSI? “Pelosi rockin the popped collar today.”The Weekly Standard‘s John McCormack.

Small talk with Morgan Fairchild and John Harwood

Fairchild (actress, once dated now Sec. of State John Kerry): “@JohnJHarwood Enjoyed your TV discussion today on the ongoing leaks!”

Harwood (CNBC, NYT): “@morgfair thank you! In Palm Springs now for Obama meeting with Chinese president. Little warm out here.”

Important Q to Ponder: “Why can’t the NSA do something useful like track every dude that went to Jared?” — BuzzFeed Washington Bureau Chief John Stanton. We were torn between this and his desire Thursday to do a “Three Stooges” head knock with obvious troublemakers Kate Nocera and Evan McMorris-Santoro.

JMart sees the irony

“Always amusing to see members of Congress lean on the ‘it’s classified’ line. Bc, ya know, no leaks of classified stuff come from Hill.” — Politico and soon-t0-be NYT‘s Jonathan Martin, who was spotted hanging out at his once disastrous desk area Thursday and yukking it up with Exec. Editor Jim VandeHei.

Journo in shock over surprise baby story

“Say what now?” — WaPo and MSNBC’s Jonathan Capehart‘s reaction to an NBC story about a woman who went for a jog and then delivered a surprise baby. The weird part? She hadn’t missed her periods, didn’t have a baby bump and her husband had a vasectomy. Uh oh. Read the story here.

Reporter to Verizon: “We’re finished.”

Politico’s Jonathan Allen had a dust-up with Verizon earlier in the week. Let’s just say this is not ending amicably.

The Observer

“‘I agree with you.’ Weirdest, worst words you could hear from @newtgingrich to @piersmorgan.” — CNN’s Jonathan Wald, who runs Piers Morgan Live.

Fun tricks to play on your coworkers

“@GlennThrush I’m going to call you every day from different numbers & hang up. That will confuse the NSA fer sure!” — Politico‘s John Bresnahan to his colleague Glenn Thrush.

The Matchmaker

“Hey ladies – Vladmir Putin is single.” — The Hill‘s Jonathan Easley.

Journo behind on Game of Thrones

“We are a few episodes behind on Game of Thrones and I feel like I’m perpetually not in on the joke. So, you know, normal.” — CBS Political Director and Slate‘s John Dickerson.

 

Afternoon Reading List 05.20.13

Congratulations, you’ve made it this far through Monday. Now here is some afternoon reading to get you through the rest of the day.

Obama Left in the Dark — The Hill’s Jonathan Easley reports that White House Press Sec. Jay Carney said today that though White House officials were notified of an inspector general report on the IRS by the Treasury Department, President Obama was not. Carney said he supports the decision of White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler’s decision not to disclose the report, saying it would have been inappropriate for the President to be involved in an ongoing investigation, as conclusions often change in the final stages of inspector general reports.

Prosecuting the Press — Politico’s Josh Gerstein examines Attorney General Eric Holder’s stance on prosecuting journalists. Though Holder rejected the idea in last week’s hearing, Gerstein explains that the Justice Department has used the possibility of prosecution to obtain warrants. Citing the case of Fox News’ James Rosen, reported in the WaPo article above, the piece looks at how the Privacy Protection Act of 1980 has been interpreted and which protocols were followed and which were overstepped.

DOJ Deja Vu — The DOJ subpoena is being labeled a major scandal for the Obama administration, but as WaPo’s Ann Marimow reports, it’s not the first time this happened. The piece tells the story of the eerily similar tracking a few years ago of Fox News reporter James Rosen by the Justice Department, which was investigating leaks about North Korea in 2009. In addition to phone records, the DOJ made use of security badge access records to track when Rosen came and went to the State Department as well as his personal emails.

IRS Not Alone in Conservative Targeting  Apparently, the IRS wasn’t the only government agency targeting conservative groups. According to the story by The Daily Caller’s Michael Bastasch, the EPA made acquisition of government records more difficult for conservative groups while giving preferential treatment to environmental groups. Republican lawmakers are now launching an investigation into the claims.


 

The Gossip Pages: Who Wrote it Best?

The non-endorsement of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney by rapper Nicki Minaj was picked up by Washington’s famed gossip pages such as Washington Examiner‘s Yeas & Nays, Politico CLICK and The Hill‘s In the Know. So who wrote it best?

Some background: Last week a song by rapper Lil’ Wayne made its way online, featuring a verse by Minaj. “I’m a Republican voting for Mitt Romney/You lazy b*tches is f***ing up the economy,” Minaj raps. It was reported (with some skepticism) as an unlikely endorsement of Romney. President Obama was asked about the possible endorsement in a radio interview. “I’m not sure that’s actually what happened,,” Obama said. “She likes to play different characters.” Minaj wrote on Twitter that same day, “Thank you for understanding my creative humor & sarcasm Mr. President… *sends love & support*”

CLICK- Caitlin McDevitt had her writeup published first. She was not, however, the first reporter on her own site to break the news. She picked it up from her colleague Byron Tau who writes for the Politico 44 blog. The lede: “Nicki Minaj was being sarcastic when she rapped about voting for Mitt Romney, POLITICO 44 reports.”

Yeas & Nays- The Examiner‘s Jenny Rogers had her item on the story up three hours later. We like the conversational lede (“OK, so maybe Nicki Minaj didn’t endorse the Romney-Ryan ticket after all”).

In the Know- Last to the ball was The Hill’s writeup by Jonathan Easley. It was published nearly five hours after CLICK’s, one and a half after Yeas & Nays’. But there’s an extra bit of information on Minaj added to The Hill‘s writeup. We learn here that Minaj is “rumored to be a new judge on American Idol.” What’s more, when Easley tweeted out the link to his story, he included lyrics to the song “Monster” which also features Minaj. “Nicki Minaj finally puts Romney endorsement flap to bed,” Easley wrote. “Also, her money so tall that her body gotta climb it.” The tweet was retweeted 22 times and favorited twice. He tells us, however, that he’s not really a big fan. “The primary reason I know her stuff is because I’m a big Kanye West fan,” he said. “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy is one of my favorite albums, and Minaj absolutely killed it on that ‘Monster’ track.”

Winner: Easley’s lede could have used a little punch (“Rapper Nicki Minaj on Monday ended the dispute over whether she endorsed Mitt Romney in a song released last week”) but for demonstrating prowess on the subject of Minaj, we conclude that Easley wrote it best.