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National Journal Comes Out with Gay Washington!

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National Journal‘s first special issue of the year – “Gay Washington” – explores the most influential gays in Washington, the lives of openly gay lawmakers, and the fight against gay marriage among other popular topics of discussion.

Adam B. Kushner, executive editor of National Journal Magazine, gave his reason for greenlighting the gay mag with:

“This town has always been a (sometimes ambivalent) home for ambitious, closeted gaymen and women. But now, ballot measures, state legislatures, and federal judges are advancing LGBT rights by the day; more openly gay members join Congress every cycle; the issues they and their allies champion occupy pride of place on the political agenda; and even Washington culture has become entirely habituated…Our correspondents see these changes on their beats every day. In this first such special issue—yet another first—we’ve begun to record the transformation in a systematic way. This is what the new world looks like.”

Below is a link to our favorite articles in the special issue. Can’t wait to pick up a hard copy this weekend!

The 30 Most Influential Out Washingtonians

For Gay Marriage, ‘The NRA Is the Model’

This Olympian Will Take the Gay-Rights Fight to Sochi (by our fav Marin Cogan!)

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Atlantic Media’s Ron Brownstein Relocates to LA

Atlantic Media Editorial Director Ron Brownstein is temporarily relocating to LA for two years (and we’re all jealous). There, he’ll continue to oversee the reporting and direction for National Journal‘s integrated reports on the changes remaking America, The Next Economy Project and the Next America project. His move will allow him to do more on the ground reporting in LA and from other parts of the country as well as increase Atlantic Media‘s presence out west.

A memo from National Journal President Bruce Gottlieb to staff outlined Brownstein’s role with Atlantic Media as he prepares for the move next month. See said memo below.

I write today with some exciting news about Ron Brownstein, our editorial director for strategic partnerships at Atlantic Media. Beginning in mid-February, Ron and his wife, Eileen McMenamin, will temporarily relocate to Los Angeles.

In Los Angeles, Ron will continue to perform the unique combination of roles he has held for the last seven years. Ron will continue to supervise and provide overall editorial direction for National Journal’s flagship integrated reports on changes remaking America: the Next Economy project, focusing on how average families are navigating the changing economy; the Next America project, examining how growing diversity is changing the national agenda; and the 50 Innovators project, identifying grassroots problem-solvers making progress on the big challenges facing the country. He will also continue to work with our sister publications, Quartz and Atlantic Cities, on their own special projects. Finally, Ron will continue to write his weekly column in National Journal, contribute full-length feature pieces to National Journal and The Atlantic, and provide analysis for Quartz.

From Los Angeles, Ron will lead our efforts in raising Atlantic Media’s presence on the West Coast. Ron will contribute more original reporting to the Next Economy and Next America projects and will look for new partners to help us launch additional integrated reports on other large-scale trends reshaping America. Ron will return to Washington for several days bi-monthly.

When I asked Ron why he wanted to return to California, he told me it seemed a logical outgrowth of his work here atNational Journal and Atlantic Media. “In the past few years, I’ve increasingly devoted my time to studying the underlying economic and demographic trends reshaping American life,” he said. “This move offers a great opportunity to get closer to the impact of those trends on the ground. California embodies all of the promise—and challenge—of our new economic and demographic realities. And it’s also a great jumping off point for spending time across the West, which offers a perspective we often don’t hear clearly enough in Washington. For me this is the best of both worlds: a chance to refresh my understanding of what’s happening in America while continuing to work with great colleagues at Atlantic Media. I’m tremendously grateful to David Bradley and everyone else here for providing me this opportunity.”

Then he added one more thing: “Plus, as the song says, we love LA.”

For Ron, this move will be a homecoming. After serving as National Journal’s White House and political correspondent in the early 1980s (or, as he puts it, sometime in the Jurassic period), he moved to Los Angeles in 1986. There, Ron wrote his bookThe Power and The Glitter, a history of the relationship between Hollywood and Washington.  He then joined the Los Angeles Times and, after a few years, returned to Washington as national political correspondent and columnist. Ultimately, Ron spent 17 years with the Los Angeles Times, twice being named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of presidential campaigns. Ron rejoined Atlantic Media in 2007.

Ron’s wife Eileen, whom many of you know, has exciting plans for the move as well. Eileen has spent the past five years as vice president for communications at the Bipartisan Policy Center, building its communications staff, creating a robust events division and raising its visibility in the national debate on issues. In California, Eileen will launch her own media consulting firm, working with public and private organizations to raise their national profile.

Ron and Eileen will spend two years in Los Angeles before returning to Washington in spring, 2016. Ron will cover the 2016 presidential primaries for National Journal and Atlantic Media from his base in Los Angeles (something, he reminded me, he did for the Los Angeles Times in the 1992 campaign, when he wrote some of the path-breaking articles about a long-shot named Bill Clinton). He and Eileen will then be back in Washington for the national conventions and general election.

March For Life and Obama’s Praise for Roe v. Wade Dominate News Cycle

Pro-life activists have gathered in Washington today for the March for Life on the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade. Every Washington news outlet is covering the March and President Obama‘s reaffirmation of his “steadfast commitment” to protecting abortion rights.

Here’s a roundup of the coverage related to the march and anniversary.

Thousands of abortion foes set for March for Life in Washington by Michelle Boorstein for The Washington Post.

‘Abortion’ absent from White House Roe v. Wade statement by Douglas Ernst for The Washington Times.

Obama praises Roe v. Wade on 41st anniversary by Meghashyam Mali for the Washington Examiner.

Snow doesn’t hinder March for Life by Tal Kopan for POLITICO.

Pope Francis gives support to DC abortion protest by Brett Kongker for WTOP.

Why Democrats Can’t Roll Back Abortion Restrictions by Beth Reinhard for National Journal.

Obama: ‘Recommit’ to abortion rights by Justin Sink for The Hill.

Garance Franke-Ruta Joins Yahoo News as Washington Editor

Garance Franke-Ruta joins Yahoo News as Washington Editor the company announced today. In her new role, Franke-Ruta will work with Yahoo News’ team of reporters to further develop and grow original content and political news coverage.

Franke-Ruta was most recently with The Atlantic where she was a senior editor covering national politics.

“Garance has the creativity, passion and experience that Yahoo News needs to break news and create conversation with our political coverage,” said Megan Liberman, editor in chief of Yahoo News, in today’s announcement. “She also happens to be one of the smartest and most social media savvy political journalists in the business. I am delighted to have her guiding our Washington bureau.”

Franke-Ruta has also worked at The Washington PostThe American Prospect, the Washington City PaperThe New Republic and National Journal magazines. She was named one of the top 140 Tweeters of 2013 by TIME magazine and in 2012 led the Atlantic politics team, editing coverage that contributed to TheAtlantic.com receiving the 2013 National Magazine Award for Best Website.

Yahoo recent hires include tech columnist David Pogue, Yahoo News editor in chief Megan Liberman, national political columnist Matt Bai, and the addition of Katie Couric as Yahoo News’ Global Anchor.

Fournier Gets Parenting Book Deal

National Journal’s Ron Fournier wrote about his experiences as the parent of a son with Aspberger’s last year in this piece, which had people coming out of the woodwork to tell him what a wonderful piece he had written. Fournier even tried getting the hashtag “#lovethatboy ” up and running on Twitter. When Fournier was trying to connect with his son, he did what all fathers do: Take them to visit two former Presidents of the United States!

That piece has now led to a book deal, according to Politico’s Mike Allen, who wrote in Monday morning’s Playbook that the book will be called. “A Father’s Journey to Understanding My Son And What is Fair to Expect of Our Kids.” Allen explains that the book “grows out of Ron’s National Journal cover story about his struggle to connect with his mildly autistic son. It will use this story of father-son bonding to explore what it means to accept our kids on their own terms, rather than trying to push them to fit societal norms and expectations.”

Sorry, did anyone bother reading Fournier’s piece? To me, it reads like a what NOT to do with your children.  Read more

What’s Fournier Tweeting?

Road trip! Fournier-style! Last week, National Journal’s Ron Fournier tweeted “This is my daughter’s wedding day.” Congratch, Ron. It’s a big day. My children are too young to be married, so I’m basing that sentiment on the Steve Martin movies. This big event means that the Fournier family trucked it to Detroit Rock City. Naturally, Fournier tweeted his whole excursion. Well, I’ll give him a LITTLE credit. He didn’t tweet the actual wedding ceremony. What he’s doing is embarking on a bizarre travelogue of commentary and photos profiling the state of Michigan as he sees it. Naturally, he’s using the hashtag “#puremichigan” all along the way.

Ready for a tour of Fournier Fun? Yeah, neither am I, but let’s jump in anyway.  Read more

The Fight Over Off The Record (and Ron Fournier’s Blooming Twitter Addiction)

The Department of Justice must really feel like they screwed up, because Eric Holder is making the apology tour and meeting with various media outlets. It’s an effort to build bridges over the Obama administration hunting of leaks in the media, which many feel is overly aggressive. Naturally, there’s one little hangup: The DOJ wants the meeting off the record. While an off the record meeting with a high-ranking government official is hardly groundbreaking in Washington, the optics are pretty shitty. Here’s the Attorney General, who led a media witch hunt, who now wants to have an open dialogue with the media, who feels slighted and no one can know what was said.

National Journal’s Ron Fournier  penned a thoughtful piece on what “off the record” really means, and gives reasons why the media should ignore Holder’s request for silence. Fournier sums up the problem with this off the record nonsense by saying that ”it puts a reporter in the position of a priest: Keeping the government’s secrets.” Fournier reminds reporters that this story isn’t about them or their rights, but it’s about the next President, who might be worse than Presidents Bush and Obama combined.

Fournier was really proud of the piece. Oh, how do we know? Read more

Major Garrett Tweaks Twitter Handle

One of the most prolific tweeters that we follow is Major Garrett. The brand new Chief White House Correspondent for CBS/Columnist for National Journal takes his Twitter feed to many different places. We began to worry about Garrett since he hadn’t tweeted since November 22. Just as we were thinking of sending out the search dogs, he re-emerged Tuesday morning with the following tweet.

He lives! And he’s changed his name! While he will still write a column for National Journal, his main gig will be with CBS. When Garrett covered the White House for Fox News, he tweeted as “@MajoratWH.” When he jumped to National Journal, he switched to “@MajoratNJ.” At the time, followers seemed to wait with baited breath for what the new handle would be. When we got the news about his moving to CBS, we figured it was only a matter of time.

We reached out to Garrett about the name change… Read more

Twitter Reacts To Fournier’s Parenting Piece

I’ll say this about this piece by National Journal’s Ron Fournier: It was honest. The lengthy story, which chronicled the relationship he’s had with his son is undoubtedly a tough, emotional read. Fournier readily admits he hasn’t been a great father. I cringed when I read this part about Fournier agreeing to not force his child to play sports anymore. His son, Tyler, hated sports. But, Fournier made him participate for YEARS.

“By the time he reached his teens, he could sense that something was amiss. After a dozen years of butting heads about sports, which he had come to hate, Tyler and I struck a deal. He could give up sports if he promised to exercise three days a week and join an extracurricular club in school. We were sitting on the sofa in the family room when he grabbed my hand and shook it. ‘You got a deal,’ Tyler said. Then he grew quiet. I asked what was wrong. ‘I was afraid you wouldn’t like me as much if I stopped playing sports.’”

While it’s a fascinating read, it does come across as a peek inside the therapy sessions that Fournier’s kid will be having in a matter of years. It’s all so….  public. Sometimes, the best writing is the most difficult to read. In this case, I just came away hoping that Fournier had learned from his past mistakes.

The story made the rounds throughout the day on Friday, Twitter reacted, with many effusively praising Fournier… Read more

Major Garrett Heads to CBS

Major Garrett will be returning to TV and the White House. Effective November 26, Garrett will take over as White House Correspondent for CBS News. CBS is a television partner of National Journal, where Garrett currently serves as White House Correspondent for the publication. He will continue to write a weekly column for them.

Garrett replaces Norah O’Donnell, who moved on to be the host of “CBS This Morning.”

Ron Fournier, Editor-in-Chief of the National Journal sent this email to colleagues.. Read more

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