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POLITICO Hires ‘Citizen Journo’ Daniel Lippman for Playbook

fc8fef994c6d7779cb66a4310822f4dc_400x400POLITICO’s executive editor Rick Berke last hour announced the full-time hire of Daniel Lippman. Lippman was profiled by POLITICO Click (R.I.P.) in 2009 for his email correspondence with DC media often identifying corrections and grammatical errors and offering suggestions – this when he was just a 19-year-old student at GW.

Lippman is set to serve as a researcher/reporter, with primary duties helping Mike Allen on Playbook and Capital Playbook. He has interned for The Wall Street Journal, McClatchy Newspapers, and Reuters.

See the full memo after the jump. CoNgRaTs Daniel! Read more

Jay Carney Toasts Brendan Buck’s Move from Boehner’s Office to AHIP

brendan-buckIn celebration of his move as press secretary for Speaker Boehner to America’s Health Insurance Plans, Brendan Buck joined with friends Monday evening to toast to his new gig. We hear White House press secretary Jay Carney even stopped by, which is pretty funny given their past Twitter feuds.

The night was hosted by Michael Steel – also of Boehner’s staff. In attendance: Washington Examiner’s Rebecca Berg, POLITICO’s Mike Allen and Christine Delargy, ABC News’ Jonathan Karl and Jeff Zeleny, RNC’s Sean SpicerKevin Smith, Doug Heye, Rory Cooper, CBR’s Brent Swander, Yahoo News’ Olivier Knox, BuzzFeed’s John Stanton, CNN’s Brianna Keilar and Erin McPike, Kevin Sheridan, WaPo’s Paul Kane, Roll Call’s Tom Williams, Crossfire’s David Chalian, NBC News’ Frank Thorp and Shawna Thomas, CBS’s Walt Cronkite, Sue Davis, Scott Mulhauser, Kirsten Kukowski, Brad Dayspring, Laena Fallon, Juleanna Glover, and Becca Glover.

Friday Additions for White House Correspondents’ Weekend

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Just when we thought there was only eight White House Correspondents’-related events on Friday, we were wrong. There’s at least eleven.

Yesterday we pulled together a list of known events and we’re back with a few additions. 8am has never sounded so miserable.

POLITICO Playbook Breakfast – Special Celebrity Edition
Friday, May 2, 8am
POLITICO Chief White House Correspondent Mike Allen and Cosmopolitan’s editor-in-chief Joanna Coles to discuss Hollywood, Washington, content creation and perception versus reality.
Featuring Kid President Robby Novak, Youtube’s Robert Kyncl, the stars of “Scandal,” David Bucatinsky and Jeff Perry, former White House chief of staff Andrew H. Card, Jr., and former White House Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers.
Presented by Bank of America

The HBO Documentary Film “Remembering the Artist: Robert De Niro, Sr.” Reception and Screening
Friday, May 2, 5:30 – 7:30pm
Hosted by POLITICO
Followed by a discussion with Robert De Niro, film directors Perri Peltz and Greta Gandbhir, and executive producer Jane Rosenthal

 

People and TIME’s Annual Cocktail Party
Friday, May 2, 6:30 – 8:30pm
Hosted by Joe Ripp, CEO, TIME Inc.; Norman Pearlstine, EVP and Chief Content Officer, TIME Inc.; Jess Cagle, editorial director, People; Nancy Gibbs, managing editor, TIME


OFF THE RECORD with Michelle Branch

Friday, May 2, 9:30pm – midnight
Lani Hay, president & CEO of LMT Inc., hosts an event celebrating women in news media
Benefiting Rock the Vote
Featuring Moet & Chandon and Belvedere Vodka
With an acoustic performance by Michelle Branch

Michelle Kosinski Totally Over British Royals

Mike Allen took a few minutes recently to chat with brand-spanking-new CNN White House correspondent Michelle Kosinski about her new gig. Kosinski had been based in London from 2010 to 2014 as a foreign correspondent for NBC, and it appears she was less than thrilled to have to cover those dang royal people all the time.

“I don’t like covering things like that,” she told Allen. “I personally don’t  agree with covering celebrities the way we cover them. So it’s nice to have a change and cover something that I feel is way more important.”

Check out the video after the jump….

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Can You Guess Ted Cruz’ Favorite TV Journo?

During a Politico Playbook Breakfast this morning, Mike Allen asked Ted Cruz if he has a favorite newscaster. At first Cruz begs off, saying he doesn’t really watch TV. And when Allen presses him, he gives a pretty obvious answer for a Tea Party Republican from Texas: Sean Hannity.

ALLEN: Who is your favorite newscaster? 

CRUZ: (pauses)  … Who is my favorite newscaster… I actually don’t watch TV news a whole lot.  I mean to be honest it’s… 

ALLEN:  You talk to these men and women all the time…

CRUZ:  Oh, listen I’m – you know unsurprisingly if I am watching something it’s probably Fox news.  I like, I am a big Sean Hannity fan.  I wouldn’t call him a newscaster necessarily but I think Sean has a fearlessness that is welcome. I wish you saw – I wish you saw. 

But then he offers up a name that might surprise you. Find out which other TV newser Cruz admires after the jump.

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Allen on Allen & Parnes – Not as Sexy as It Sounds

Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes got spanked this morning by Mike Allen -but not in a good way. Ya think Mike would have written this the same way if Jonathan and Amie still worked for Politico…?

From today’s Playbook:

JON KARL PANS HILLARY BIO – “A Valentine for Hillary: A portrait of a secretary of state who was – in the authors’ telling – selfless, tough, brilliant, steady, wise and amazing … a rapturous account,” by ABC’s Jonathan Karl in The Wall Street Journal: “‘HRC’ is a book touted as the first in-depth account of Hillary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state, written by respected Washington reporters Jonathan Allen and Amie Parnes. … There is some new reporting, but it’s buried in mixed metaphors and cliché-ridden praise of Mrs. Clinton’s brilliance. Mr. Allen and Ms. Parnes appear to have fallen in love with their subject.” http://goo.gl/J1vPKU

–PLAYBOOK WAGER: Secretary Clinton will be tougher on herself in her own book, due out later this year, than these reporters were in theirs.

Woah, “these reporters.” Lesson learned: Once you leave Politico, you are dead to Politico. Politico will act as if it never even knew your name. Suffice it to say, these two aren’t getting a birthday shout-out anytime soon…

How Do You SOTU?

SOTUSure, you can watch the big speech on plain old TV tonight if you want to, but that is by no means the only way to get your SOTU fix this year. Here’s how the political media are covering their “Super Bowl” tonight:

The Atlantic and National Journal will be hosting a State of the Union Congressional Debrief on the morning of Wednesday, January 29.  Molly Ball and Steve Clemons of The Atlantic and Ronald Brownstein of Atlantic Media will be joined on stage by members of congress for a discussion and expert analysis of the President’s speech.  Speakers include Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Congressman Joaquin Castro (D-TX), Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO), Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE), and Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND), and Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL).

CNN will start coverage at 7 PM with Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, and Jake Tapper. Guests include Jon Favreau and Karen Hughes. Throughout the night, Jim Scuitto will be reporting from Iran, Tom Foreman will subject Obama’s claims on economic inequality to a “Reality Check,” and Suzanne Malveaux will moderate a focus group in Des Moines, IA. Jake Tapper will lead the post-speech coverage, followed by John King. And of course, Peter Hamby will be live streaming his Politi-cast during the SOTU and the responses at CNN.com.

TIME will stream its first-ever live webcast on the President’s speech and GOP response starting Tuesday at 8:30PM at TIME.com. The coverage will be anchored by TIME Senior Political Analyst Mark Halperin, and joined with analysis from Michael Scherer, Bobby Ghosh, Rana Foroohar, and Callie Schweitzer.

Al Jazeera American begins coverage at 6 PM  with Tony Harris, Ali Velshi, David Shuster and Richelle Carey. Guests will include Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson. AJA social editors will live blog the speech at http://alj.am/SOTUJohn SeigenthalerJoie Chen and Ray Suarez take over coverage at 7 PM. Coverage continues at midnight with “America Tonight.”

Roll Call will be hosting a watch party here starting at 8:40 PM. Political Editor Shira T. Center will moderate a Google hangout that features Senior Editor David Hawkings and Editor-in-Chief Christina Bellantoni to preview President Obama’s address. After the speech, Bellantoni will take you live inside Statuary Hall to get instant reactions from members. Center and Hawkings will join the conversation to talk about the implications of the president’s address.

Politico will start coverage at 8:30 PM with Mike Allen, John F. Harris, Anna Palmer, Manu Raju via live stream here. You will also be able to submit questions to POLITICO’s Facebook page after the speech using Facebook’s Q and A feature, for answers from POLITICO Deputy White House Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand. They will also host an event the day after SOTU presented by the Innovation Alliance at 8 AM at the Capitol Hilton. Guests to be announced.

Huffington Post will live stream a speech from Rosanne Barr at 11 PM at HuffPost Live, immediately following the Tea Party response.

Mike Allen Scores Robert Gates for Playbook Cocktails

politico logoPolitico‘s Playbook Cocktail event will be a doozy next week. Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates will be sitting down with Mike Allen to dish on Obama, Biden, and all the rest of those crazy cats at 1600 Pennsylvania. We don’t know if you’ve heard, but Mr. Gates has written a new memwa, DOODY, and he has many unkind words for the current administration’s handling of foreign affairs.  You should be there. There is seating and WiFi reserved for press -email here for more info.

WHAT: Politico Playbook Cocktails with Robert Gates
WHO: Mike Allen (and Bank of America, apparently)
WHERE: The Mayflower, 1127 Connecticut Ave. NW
WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 16; Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

 

In Case You Missed It: TV is Terrible

Ask Washington Anything, Sure -But Do You Really Want To Know?

Joe Machin on reddit

Sen. Manchin remembers how to smile.

The Atlantic and reddit have announced a new video initiative called “Ask Washington Anything,” where DC-area power brokers sit down in front of one of The Atlantic‘s cameras and answer crowd-sourced questions a la reddit’s “Ask Me Anything” series. The appeal, apparently, that netizens will be offered a chance to catch these politicos in an “unscripted moment.”

Ha!

What the poor fools at The Atlantic/reddit don’t realize is that Washington-types are actually incapable of producing an unscripted moment. Even seemingly original banter with someone he or she has never met is actually usually recycled overheard banter from somewhere else, mixed with bits of Mike Allen‘s Playbook, and maybe recollections from a drunken night-terror the night before.

And besides -do you really want to know what politicians are really thinking anyway? Fine, here, we’ll tell you:

“MoneymoneymoneymoneymoneymoneymoneymoneyPOWERSEXSEXPOWER(don’t get caught)moneymoneymoneymoneymoney.” -Every Politician Ever.

Nonetheless, for those who are interested in experiencing a simulated authentic experience with a DC personality -go check out these videos of BlueDogGroup Sen. Joe Manchin (D -WV), He Who Shall Not Be Crossed Grover Norquist, and the guy who actually does all the work that Michelle Obama takes credit for, Sam Kass.

 

 

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