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CNNers Get Chummy on Red Carpet

Want to know how CNNers really feel about one another? Then watch Hollywood on the Potomac‘s Janet Donovan‘s red carpet video of the “Crossfire” fire party from Tuesday night. In it, you can see Wolf Blitzer with his arm wrapped around S.E. Cupp‘s waist (don’t worry, it has a grandfatherly feel to it) or Callista looking adoringly at her husband, host Newt Gingrich, as he blathers on about what a great success the show is going to be. (We liked him better when he pretended to despise the media.)

Another noteworthy moment is when Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) admits he hasn’t watched the new show. After he drops that grand admission bomb, he scurries off with his fiancé, Maria, (unfortunately for him, the horrid red carpet was the only conceivable way into the party). Sanford wasn’t the only one who hadn’t seen it. Fox News’ Greta Van Susteren, who walked the red carpet with her husband, John Coale, looking like a Blues Brother, said rush hour kept her from the first few episodes.

Aside from the fun of watching body language, pals like WJLA’s Rebecca Cooper and CNN’s Dana Bash are asked to name their favorite Crossfire hosts from years past. Cooper says John Sununu (the older one) while Bash says Mary Matalin.

Watch here.

CNN “Crossfire” Party Packs a Punch

“It was terr i fy ying,” said CNN “Crossfire” host Van Jones, careful to enunciate every syllable when asked about his first night on the job.

At least at the Crossfire launch party held last night at the Carnegie Library he could finally let his hair down (so to speak) and enjoy a night with friends, colleagues, booze and a band.

His co-hosts popped in the crowd — Newt Gingrich with his big, shiny helmet of white hair, S.E. Cupp in a purple leather sleeveless dress and Stephanie Cutter in power red.

Meanwhile, others mingled: Newt’s wife, Callista held her own with her perfect, shiny, white-blond bob,  former “Crossfire” host Paul Begala wished the new hosts well, as Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.) and fiancé, Maria Belen Chapur, attracted flashbulbs on the red carpet while a very thin Caroline Kennedy, President Obama’s nominee for Amb. to Japan, drew stares. Others spotted around the room: WJLA’s Rebecca Cooper, conservative radio host Laura Ingraham, The Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol (who is far shorter in person than we imagined), FNC’s Greta Van Susteren and husband, John Coale, WaPo‘s Jackie Kucinich, ex-TWT Editor Sam Dealey, TWT‘s senior opinion writer Emily Miller, The Daily Caller‘s Alex Pappas, Politico‘s Dylan Byers, The Hill‘s Emily Goodin, CQ Roll Call‘s Abby Livingston, Slate‘s Dave Weigel, TIME‘s Michael Crowley, MSNBC’s Karen Finney, lefty radio host Bill Press, Speaker John Boehner‘s spokesman Michael Steel and wife, Mary Kathryn Covert, lobbyist Jack Quinn and wife, Susanna, Americans for Tax Reform Prez Grover Norquist, NRSC’s fiery Brad Dayspring, and consultant Brian Walsh.

CNNer’s spotted in the crowd: CNN President Jeff Zucker, Washington Bureau Chief Sam Feist, Jessica Yellin, Dana Bash, Brianna Keilar, Wolf Blitzer, Gloria Borger, Candy Crowley (without a shred of makeup), Wendell Goler, Matt Dornic, and Edie Emery.

Asked about Cupp, his conservative co-host, Jones said, “S.E. is the most likeable person ever born. I think they created her in a lab. She hypnotizes you and then she goes in for the kill.”

Cupp also had a thing or two to say about Jones. Read more

Politico’s Mike Allen Sees Dead People

Tuesday night’s big party celebrating the return of “Crossfire” was held at the Carnegie Library. As expected, it was QUITE the affair. Newt Gingrich, Stephanie Cutter, S.E. Cupp and Van Jones were all in attendance and mingled with all the V.I.P. guests.

Naturally, Politico’s Mike Allen ran through some of the faces spotted in the crowd. Bill Burton, Dylan Byers, Laura Ingraham, Rep. Mark Sanford and his fiancé were there, according to Allen. One name that stuck out in his Tuesday morning Playbook was former “Crossfire” host Tom Braden and four of his children.

The only problem is… Braden is dead. Read more

TWT Names New Editorial Page Editor

After Brett Decker quit his job as TWT Editorial Page Editor in November 2012, the paper slid former controversial Editor Wes Pruden into the job. But just temporarily. True to their word, they’ve finally named a new editor to their opinion pages — it’s David Keene. He was appointed Sunday, according to a release distributed this morning. Previous editorial page editors included the now deceased Tony Blankley and Tony Snow.

Most recently, Keene stepped down as president of the National Rifle Association. He is also a former GOP presidential advisor to Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush and candidates Bob Dole and Mitt Romney. He was also an aide to former Vice President to Richard Nixon, Spiro Agnew.

But for anyone who feared (or hoped) that Pruden might drift back into retirement, it just isn’t happening. “The Times also announced that Editor Emeritus Wesley Pruden, who came out of retirement to reorganize the opinion pages in January, will remain in a full-time capacity directing and producing editorials,” says the release. He will also continue writing his twice-weekly column.

See a few flowery quotes from TWT CEO Larry Beasley (a.k.a. Evil Santa)… Read more

CNN’s New ‘Crossfire’: Newt Gingrich, S.E. Cup, Stephanie Cutter and Van Jones

This just in from CNN…our sister site, TVNewser, first to report it.

CNN today announced that Crossfire will return to the network this fall. Hosting from the right will be Newt Gingrich and S.E. Cupp, with Stephanie Cutter and Van Jones hosting from the left.

“Few programs in the history of CNN have had the kind of impact on political discourse that Crossfire did – it was a terrific program then, and we believe the time is right to bring it back and do it again,” said Jeff Zucker, President of CNN Worldwide in a  release. “We look forward to the opportunity to host passionate conversation from all sides of the political spectrum. Crossfire will be the forum where America holds its great debates.”

Newt Cozies Up With the Paparazzi

Newt Gingrich may despise journalists as debate moderators, but the pap? He’s all smiles and jokes with them at National Airport last night as Celebrity Q and A’s Colin Drummond questions him about Abraham Lincoln being a Packers fan.

Reporters Watch Out: Political Prodigy Returns

krohn-4.jpeg Jonathan Krohn, the 14-year-old conservative pip-squeak who caught the attention of former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) after a speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference(CPAC) earlier this year, is coming back.

In mid-February, Krohn, dubbed “The Little Conservative” by The New York Times, will again attend CPAC. He’ll have no official speaking role, but has been honing his oratory skills by speaking at Tea Parties around the country.

His upcoming book, Defining Conservatism: The Principles That Will Bring Our Country Back, has sparked praise from Gingrich and syndicated radio host Mike Gallagher, who says: “Any time I am depressed about the state of the country or the future of the modern conservative movement, I consider two words: Jonathan Krohn.”

By the way, he dedicates his book to the late Ronald Reagan, the late William F. Buckley, Jr. and the late Barry Goldwater.

Krohn, who turns 15 in March, is a homeschooled only child who lives in Atlanta with his parents.

Sneak Peak at NJ‘s Insiders Poll

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National Journal revealed its Insiders Poll this afternoon on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports.” The announcement was followed by a sneak peak in Hotline On Call.

As it turns out, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) is among those lawmakers who insiders would like to see muted (but no, she’s not #1). On the R side, the list includes Fox News’s Glenn Beck (who got play last night on Barbara Walters 10 Most Fascinating People of 2009) and GOP Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachman.

Members with the brightest future: Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), Creative thinkers: Rep. Barney Frank (D-MA) and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA). Best political strategists: White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and President Bush’s former top aide Karl Rove.

The publication reveals full polls Friday in the Dec. 12th edition.

TWT Lands Boldface Contributors for TheConservatives.com

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Newt Gingrich, Senator Jim DeMint, Congressman Thad McCotter, Former Congressman Pat Toomey, and Grover Norquist. Those are just a few of the boldface names that you’ll see contributing to TWT‘s newly-launched web property, TheConservatives.com in the near future.

Gingrich’s first column for the site, “The Conservative Hour for America Has Come” is already live. In addition to offering big name political contributors, “The Conservatives” tightly integrates social media streams along with the blog, enabling readers to follow up to twenty-five conservative leaders across multiple platforms at one time.

Go multiplatform with your favorite conservative policymakers here.

Fox News Remembers Tony Snow

Sunday marks the one year anniversary of Tony Snow‘s passing and to honor the former White House press secretary and Fox News contributor, the network will air packages in remembrance. They’ll include words from friends and colleagues, including President George HW Bush, President George W Bush, Bill O’Reilly, Greta Van Susteren, Chris Wallace, Bret Baier, Juan Williams, Dana Perino, Karl Rove and Newt Gingrich.

Griff Jenkins, Snow’s former radio producer and long-time friend, will also share his memories and stories about Snow on several programs throughout the day.

Earlier in the week Perino penned this piece in Politico remembering Snow.

>>TVNewser has more remembrances, including comments from PBS’ Judy Woodruff, CNN’s Ed Henry and ABC’s Robin Roberts.

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