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POLITICO All-Staff Meeting Described as ‘Cult-Like’

Hundreds of POLITICOs came together at Tuesday’s all-staff meeting at The Hamilton coined “Politico Presents: Where we are and where we’re going” and since, we’ve received mixed reactions from those in attendance. While some left energized and excited for POLITICO’s future, others described the ‘event’ as a “cult-like” experience.

The meeting, first reported by The Huffington Post’s Michael Calderone, featured insight to the outlet’s European expansion in partnership with Axel Springer from editor-in-chief John Harris, CEO Jim VandeHei, and publisher Robert Allbritton.

In true POLITICO form, VandeHei interviewed Allbritton, who connected with staff by sharing stories of what he likes to do in his spare time: fly his new private plane. He also recalled childhood play dates at the White House with the daughter of President Jimmy Carter.

Mike Allen served as emcee. COO Kim Kingsley unveiled floor plans for its new Arlington office space. And recently named editor Susan Glasser spoke about other recent newsroom hires and displayed plans for an upcoming website redesign. Before dispersing to an open bar, Glasser moderated a panel consisting of Glenn Thrush, Carrie Budoff Brown, John Bresnahan, and new hire Michael Grunwald on their predictions for 2016.

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The highlight for many though was a stylish new piece of wearable swag attendees walked away with.

We highly anticipate seeing this t-shirt worn proudly by the Kool-Aid sipping staff of the Rosslyn-based political news outlet. There’s no better way to subtly declare plans for world domination than fitting your army in a stylish new work sponsored gym shirt.

It just leaves us wondering…where can we get one?

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Bloomberg Politics Toasts ‘With All Due Respect’

Kittner_20141007_5422Tuesday night at Teddy and the Bully Bar, Bloomberg Politics hosted a watch party for its recently launched “With All Due Respect.”

TVs in the bar aired the program, hosted by Game Change and Double Down authors John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, which almost no one paid any attention to. Rather, guests noshed on short rib tacos and fried chicken and waffle sliders and welcomed the open bar.

In attendance: Reggie Love; Burson’s Dag VegaTIME’s Jay Newton-Small and Zeke MillerNational Journal’s Jeff Cartwright and Alex Seitz-Wald; Yahoo’s Olivier Knox and Garance Franke-RutaWaPo’s Nia-Malika HendersonPaul Kane, and Ben Terris; Talking Points Memo’s Sahil Kapur; POLITICO’s Mike AllenDaniel Lippman, Lauren French, Alex Byers, and Hadas Gold; USTR’s Christina Sevilla; Alan BjergaEmma AngererNate Tibbits, Dave WeigelCraig Gordon; Meridith Webster; Pam Stevens; Josh Green; Margaret TalevIndira LakshmananLisa Lerer; and Elizabeth Chmura.

Saturday Night Toast for Newly Appointed U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith

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Mikey Dickerson, Megan Smith, Hilary Rosen, Tammy Haddad, Kara Swisher, Lucky Carney

Saturday night at the home of Hilary Rosen, colleagues, friends and family gathered to toast Megan Smith, the recently appointed U.S. Chief Technology Officer and Assistant to the President.

Guests were welcomed at the door to flights of champagne and proceeded into the residence to a table of gourmet delectables and passed hors d’oeuvres.

The high level crowd included Hunter Biden and Kathleen Biden, Kara SwisherBob Barnett and CBS News’ Rita Braver, FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel and husband Mark Bailen, FLOTUS Communications Director Maria Cristina “MC” González and husband Miguel FerrerWalt Mossberg and Edie Mossberg (Walt and POLITICO’s Mike Allen both had iPhone 6s), Vicki Kennedy, NIH’s Dr. Tony Fauci, Amb. Lloyd HandJeremy Bash and Robyn Bash, Campbell Spencer, director of the White House Visitors Office Ellie Schafer, administrator of the U.S. Digital Service Mikey DickersonNYTimes’ Carl Hulse, Vanity Fair’s Maureen OrthGreta Van SusterenAl Hunt and Judy WoodruffAndrea Mitchell, and Ed Henry and Shirley Henry.

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WATCH: Playbook Lunch with Cast, Producers of CBS’s ‘Madam Secretary’

Screen Shot 2014-09-19 at 10.35.09Last 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.

Susan Glasser of Being Named POLITICO Editor: ‘I am honored and totally blown away’

Susan Glasser, who early Thursday morning was named editor of POLITICO, followed up on a memo to staff issued by the Rosslyn-based political news outlet’s CEO Jim VandeHei, editor-in-chief John Harris, and COO Kim Kingsley.

“I want to say that I am honored and totally blown away by the opportunity to become POLITICO’s Editor,” writes Glasser to staff. “There is an inspiring and clear vision for the next stage of POLITICO’s growth, both here in Washington and far far beyond the Beltway in Brussels and elsewhere, and it’s going to be a big and engaging project to support it.”

Read Glasser’s full memo to staff after the jump. Read more

POLITICO Magazine Celebrates Latest Issue

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Photo credit: Rod Lamkey for POLITICO

Last night in the library at DAR Constitution Hall, POLITICO Magazine celebrated its latest issue, which named the top 50 persons challenging American politics, that we featured last week.

The room was decorated with an 18-foot tall “50″ constructed out of 365 POLITICO Magazine covers. The evening wrapped prior to President Barack Obama’s 9pm statement on ISIS.

POLITICO Magazine’s “50″ listees in attendance: Laura IngrahamScott ReedLawrence Lessig, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray, “House of Cards” creator Beau Willimon (Sipping diet coke and gathering material for his next season. Overheard telling Christine Delargy at the bar that he just wrapped taping “HOC” in Baltimore that night.)

Not in attendance: Listee Pope Francis
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Former BuzzFeed Viral Politics Editor Benny Johnson to Join National Review

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Former BuzzFeed viral politics editor Benny Johnson dropped some post-plagiarism scandal career news today.

“Honored to be joining National Review as their Digital Director on Monday,” he posted on Facebook Saturday afternoon.

First reported in this morning’s POLITICO Playbook, National Review editor Rich Lowry told Mike Allen, “Benny made a terrible mistake. But he has owned up to it and learned from it. He’s a talented journalist, with obviously a lot to contribute. He knows he’s joining a storied institution at NR, and we look forward to his helping us carry on our mission across all platforms.”

 

Hey Isn’t That POLITICO’s Daniel Lippman Profiled in this Month’s Capitol File

Daniel LippmanIsn’t that Daniel Lippman, the POLITICO researcher/reporter that assists Mike Allen with Playbook, in this month’s issue of Capitol File?

It is, and full disclosure, was written by FishbowlDC editor Nick Massella.

Lippman was profiled in the DC glossy for his new-ish gig at POLITICO, the same outlet that wrote about him in 2009 as a GW student in regular correspondence with members of the White House press corps, pointing out misspelled names, broken hyperlinks, etc.

And yet that wasn’t his first time being interviewed as the focus of an article. In 2005 – at the age of 15 - The New Yorker did a “Talk of the Town” piece on him after having his question answered during several of the Bush administration’s ‘Ask the White House’ web forum. Read more

David Gregory to Reflect on Jewish Faith in New Book

Former host of “Meet the Press” David Gregory is expected to publish a book on his Jewish faith in 2015, first reported in this morning’s POLITICO Playbook.

“David and I began discussing a potential book about his personal faith and the spiritual journey people take in their lives,” Simon & Schuster Publishing Group president and publisher Jonathan Karp told Mike Allen‘s morning tipsheet. “We came to terms on the contract in 2011 and have been working together on the project since then.”

Karp went on to explain that the book will not serve as a memoir to Gregory’s six years as “Meet the Press” host or 20 year career with NBC News.

“Let me emphasize that this book has always been intended as an exploration of an aspect of David’s life that viewers rarely see in his journalistic work,” said Karp in Playbook. “The book was never intended as a memoir about his career. That objective hasn’t changed and will not change. This book will be about the inner spiritual journey many of us take in our lives.”

Last Thursday, NBC News president Deborah Turness announced that Gregory would be replaced as host of the network Sunday morning public affairs program by Chuck Todd.

Uber Lands Former Obama Campaign Manager David Plouffe

David Plouffe, the former campaign manager of President Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential bid, was today named SVP of policy and strategy for Uber.

In an interview with POLITICO’s Mike Allen, Uber CEO Travis Kalanick referred to Plouffe’s new role as Uber’s “campaign manager,” likening ‘big taxi cartel’ as ‘the incumbent’ and Uber as ‘the challenger.’

“City Councils are voting on Uber all the time, and we have state legislatures voting on us, on the regular,” Kalanick told Allen. “And there are even some referendums.” Read more

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