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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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ABC News White House Correspondent Ann Compton to Retire Sept. 10

ABC News White House correspondent Ann Compton will leave her role with the network and retire on Sept. 10, POLITICO Playbook reported this morning. Her final day marks 41 years with the network, covering seven presidents.

Disney/ABC Television Group co-president Ben Sherwood offered Mike Allen for his morning newsletter, “Our first reaction when she shared the news: ‘Say it ain’t so.’ Our next: ABC News has been blessed every single day since she first walked in the door in 1973. We love her, we thank her, we wish her the very best, and we know she’s going to have a blast with Dr. Hughes and her wonderful family. She will always have a home in our White House booth and ABC News.”

POLITICO’s ‘Open Mike’ Series with Ready for Hillary’s Mitch Stewart

In the latest installment of POLITICO’s “Open Mike” series, the “Playbook” editor sat down with Mitch Stewart, a senior adviser to Ready for Hillary.

Stewart, who also worked on the Obama for America campaign, admits that he’s never even met Clinton, and hopes that she’d like him. In the video, Mike Allen asks what would happen to Ready for Hillary should the former Secretary of State decide not to run, how the 2016 election will differ than 2012, and about the super PAC’s supporter database.

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Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein 40 Years After Nixon Resignation for ‘Playbook’

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In this morning’s POLITICO Playbook, Mike Allen included email and phone correspondence with Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein on the hours and minutes leading up to the resignation of President Richard Nixon.

“We were aware that we had a real role in what had happened,” Bernstein told Playbook by phone. “My feeling was just one of total awe. The nation had gone through this, and now it seemed it was finally going to end. … The whole system worked. The press had done its job.”

Read the full correspondence on the 40th anniversary of Nixon’s resignation, here.

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Grammy-nominee Akon Joins POLITICO’s ‘Open Mike’

In the latest installment of POLITICO’s “Open Mike” series, Chief White House correspondent Mike Allen sat down with hip hop artist Akon, in town for the US-Africa Business Forum this week to promote Akon Lighting Africa.

The two, who many would expect be polar opposites, prove not in the highlight reel below.

“I think the United States probably may take the value of Africa just a little bit for granted,” said the Grammy-nominated Akon. “I think with the right partners, the right neighboring allies and the right support, Africa could be dominating. Because it has all the natural resources you can imagine, and if all the other countries actually got together and created unity, the dollar would be humongous.”

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Weekend Show Preview – 8.3.14

On Monday we gave you the ratings for the July 27 Sunday Shows in the DC Market.

Who’s on the talk shows this weekend?

Highlights include Hillary Clinton on “Al Punto,” Valerie Jarrett on “Face the Nation,” Sen. Marco Rubio on “Fox News Sunday,” Texas Governor Rick Perry on “State of the Union,” and Peter Piot, MD, co-discoverer of the Ebola virus on “Fareed Zakaria GPS.”

Not all lineups have been announced. But click through for those that are and we’ll continue to update throughout the day. Read more

FOX News’ Megyn Kelly Joins ‘Late Night with Seth Meyers’ on Interview with Dick Cheney

FOX News Channel’s Megyn Kelly joined Seth Meyers on “Late Night” Thursday and discussed her June interview with Dick Cheney in which she asked the former veep, “What do you say, to those who say, that you were so wrong, about so much, at the expense of so many,” following his op-ed with his daughter Lynn Cheney for the Wall Street Journal criticizing President Obama’s foreign policy in Iraq.

“That is what I do for a living,” Kelly told Meyers. ”It got a lot of attention and it was interesting because he, Liz Cheney and Lynn Cheney went on a political roundtable afterward and Mike Allen said, ‘Oh, you know Megyn Kelly at FOX News, no enemy to you, called you out in this fashion.’ And Mrs. Cheney said, ‘Of course she did. That is what journalists are expected to do.’ I really appreciated her saying that and I said on my own show, he is right, I’m not an enemy to Dick Cheney and I’m not a friend to Dick Cheney. I’m a journalist who has to ask tough questions and he came in and answered them.”

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The ‘Facts of Life’ According to POLITICO Playbook

facts-of-life-tv-1809This morning’s POLITICO Playbook offered some interesting “Facts of Life” that has us guessing. Just who is Mike Allen referring to in his morning newsletter?

Under the headline “PLAYBOOK FACTS OF LIFE,” Allen references an “annoying email” about a “friendly reminder” and goes on to offer advice on how best to remind someone of something without nagging.

We reached out to Allen – with the subject line “You Coming?” – for additional info on the circumstances behind the “annoying email” he received but he wouldn’t budge.

The post leaves us wondering, who did Allen meet with this morning that was preceded by an annoying “friendly reminder” of said meeting??

The “Facts of Life” via POLITICO Playbook:

Screen Shot 2014-07-29 at 13.48.30PLAYBOOK FACTS OF LIFE: An annoying email this a.m. reminded us that there’s nothing friendly about a “friendly reminder.” If you want to remind someone, try texting or emailing them with additional detail (“Just found out so-and-so will join”) — a way of reminding without nagging. At a restaurant, about five minutes after the reservation time (NOT before – no one wants to feel worse while already rushing), text your friend the table number or rough location. This is a little nicer to receive than: “You coming?” And it protects against the possibility that YOU’RE in the wrong place, or that they’re already seated elsewhere.

These are variations on the life lesson: At any given moment, we can make someone feel good, or feel bad. Human nature is to make them feel bad – they screwed up, or inconvenienced us. But it doesn’t cost any more to make them feel good. And the secret is: You do, too.

‘This Week’ EP Jonathan Greenberger Joins Mike Allen at POLITICO’s ‘Open Mike’

In the most recent installment of POLITICO’s “Open Mike” series, Playbook editor Mike Allen sat down with ABC’s “This Week” executive producer Jonathan Greenberger to discuss how the format of “This Week” has changed and how Greenberger ‘imagines’ the ‘viewer.’

“On some level, I imagine my parents,” answered Greenberger. “I grew up in Columbus, Ohio. My parents are still back there. They’re busy during the week and I know they care a lot about the news but I also know during the week, they don’t have a lot of time to invest in the news. So on Sunday morning when it’s a quiet time in the week, they can put on an extra pot of coffee and be a little reflective.”

 

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NBC Sources Tell Daily Beast’s Lloyd Grove ‘Gregory is Toast’

Gregory_1.22Yesterday, the New York Post’s “Page Six” reported that David Gregory‘s tenure as host of NBC’s “Meet the Press” may soon be coming to an end.

The Daily Beast’s Lloyd Grove wrote in a follow-up piece that, “In multiple conversations that I had with people inside and outside NBC after the item appeared, it was taken as a given that Gregory is toast.”

Grove’s analysis differs dramatically compared to what an NBC spokesperson told “Page Six’s” Emily Smith Tuesday night, saying, “We heard the same false rumors and suggest you take them with a grain of salt, as we did.” Read more

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