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David Eldridge Leaves TWT for Roll Call

In a letter to staff, Roll Call editor-in-chief Christina Bellantoni announced yesterday the hiring of David Eldridge away from The Washington Times, where he had been assistant editor on the politics desk.* She also announced several promotions and newsroom re-organizations.

Eldridge, who starts his new gig on March 31st, will now serve as Roll Call‘s House editor. He will work with Emma Dumain, Dan Newhouser, and Matt Fuller on the “218″ blog, and be their main point of contact for short and long-term projects. He comes to Roll Call amidst a transition for the paper. Bellantoni herself started a mere 8 weeks ago, and a major re-org had already happened right before she arrived. That blueprint was augmented somewhat by the sudden departure of Peter Anthony last week, and now, with a flurry of promotions and the hiring of Eldridge, Bellantoni is attempting to right the ship.

Eldridge is leaving an arguably more troubled paper, also in the midst of major renovation. TWT Editor John Solomon has been trying to reinvent his conservative daily as a multimedia investigative enterprise since he was brought on last summer.

There were more adjustments and promotions announced yesterday as well, though they are a bit too numerous for us to regurgitate here. For more detail on the latest Roll Call re-org, check out Bellantoni’s letter to staff, after the jump.

*Update 2:49: This post previously said that David Eldridge was most recently the managing editor of TWT‘s website. That was inaccurate. Though he was once the managing editor of the website, he is now assistant editor on the politics desk. The current managing editor of the site is Ian Bishop.

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Morning Reading List 07.23.13

House Republicans’ recess plans — Congress is preparing for the August recess, and, as Roll Call’s Matt Fuller reports, House Republicans will be returning to their home districts with an “exceptionally detailed guide” on how to convince their constituents that Washington is in the crapper. The House Republican Conference issued the guide, titled “Fighting Washington for All Americans,” and it seems to have a strange obsession with social media, especially with the video app Vine. Among the 31 pages of the packet are how-to’s for everything from holding an “Emergency Health Care Town Hall” to writing op-eds (samples included) to going on tours of farms and ag-related businesses. Lines in the sample op-eds that Fuller quotes are enough to make anyone gag. The one titled “Fighting Washington for You” warns that “Washington is out of control.” But the congressman who will use thesaurus.com to change a few words and then publish it is, of course, not at fault, because “Every day I serve in Congress, I work to fight Washington.” There’s more, but we’ll spare you. The guide also suggests that members host a job fair and invite veterans and college students, as long as they can speak and accompany the media on a tour of the fair. With all the events, the guide obsessively encourages live-tweeting and using hashtags. And make sure to put something on Vine. And Instagram, #nofilter.

Why you should read it: It’s a good, weird, inside look at what House Republicans doing when they head home for the recess. Also, Fuller read through all 31 pages that we’re sure were full of more gag-worthy “Washington is out of control” rhetoric.

Senate is working better, maybe — Vicki Kennedy, widow of the late Massachusetts Sen. Edward Kennedy, doesn’t think the Senate is a well-oiled machine, but she says her husband would say that it’s getting better. As USA Today’s Washington Bureau Chief Susan Page writes, she remembers how worried her husband was about the growing gridlock and partisan polarization of the Senate. But looking to “interesting coalitions” and the recent immigration package that was passed, Kennedy said the body is showing signs of becoming more functional. The gridlock of Congress in recent years has caused young people once eager about politics to become cynical of elected office, said Kennedy, who is a member of the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Commission of Political Reform. In a bit of self-promotion, Page mentions that Kennedy is speaking at a town-hall-style meeting at the National Constitution Center, which happens to be sponsored by USA Today and BPC. Though obviously interested in politics, Kennedy said she has no interest in taking over her husband’s seat because, “That was his job.” Though she said it “would be up to the president,” she didn’t rule out the possibility of a job in the Obama Administration. She said she has “great admiration” for President Obama, but said the White House fell short in selling the Affordable Care Act. “There needs to be more tooting of the horn,” she said.

Why you should read it: It’s always good, and uncommon, to hear someone say that any part of Congress is working well, or at least improving. And Kennedy is no stranger to Congress, so just maybe she knows what she’s talking about.

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Morning Chatter

A question we must all ask ourselves

“‘Is it possible to die from constipation?’” — C-SPAN Producer William Gray. Please note, Gray is presumably quoting someone else. Who that is remains a mystery.

A voice of reason amid perverts

“So shallow of everyone to lump Spitzer and Weiner together. They are TOTALLY DIFFERENT attention-seeking perverts, guys.” — The Atlantic‘s Molly Ball upon the news that that Eliot Spitzer is running for New York comptroller.

And a suggestion...”Obvious Spitzer slogan ‘he’s not as bad as Weiner’” — GOP consultant and blogger Roger Stone.

And another pervert… “Spitzer Swallows #ohmyGodIamsosorry” — Commentary‘s John Podhoretz.

The Instigator

“From now on, if the Washington media crowd wants a political candidate, I don’t. It means they do too many cocktail parties. #ScratchMyBack” — FNC media critic Richard Grenell.

Journo unsettled by tot beauties

“Tot beauty pageant contestants staying at my hotel in NC. Very ‘Little Miss Sunshine’-y here in the lobby, unsettling for a mom of 2 sons.” — WaPo‘s Karen Tumulty.

Random piece of wisdom

“It’s too early for all these tweets everybody shut up and go back to bed.” — BuzzFeed Senior Editor Matt Bellassai on Sunday at 12:26 p.m.

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