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Posts Tagged ‘Peter Wehner’

Politics Daily to Celebrate 1st Birthday

nmg_confetticelebration.jpg Politics Daily is throwing a birthday party for itself on April 30 at the National Press Club. The party is by invitation only; no party crashers allowed.

It’s not a typical party as D.C. parties go. Editor in Chief Melinda Henneberger and Deputy Editor Carl Cannon are inviting guests to “Join In The Civilogue”.

AOL’s CEO Tim Armstrong will introduce the evening, and explain why AOL is investing in the future by supporting old-school journalism.

Columnists David Corn and Peter Wehner will engage in what organizers are calling a (civil!) debate on “Afghanistan: Where Do We Go From Here?” moderated by Politics Daily military writer David Wood. Religion writer David Gibson will speak on “Pope Benedict XVI and The Gates of Hell: How Will the Catholic Crisis End?” followed by a Q and A.

Immediately following discussion on the “Gates of Hell” will be a cocktail reception. (The image shown here is the one on the e-mail party invitation.) The party, though it coincides with Prom weekend, is not affiliated in any way with the WHCA Dinner.

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New Gossip Writer, Conservative Columnist, Editor at Politics Daily

groer_annie_l.jpgPolitics Daily has some newbies.

Editor-in-Chief Melinda Henneberger announces three new hires today: “Gossip-beat writer extraordinaire” Annie Groer, formerly with WaPo; conservative columnist Peter Wehner, recently director of the White House Office of Strategic Initiatives under George W. Bush; and a new editor, former Cleveland Plain Dealer D.C. bureau chief Tom Diemer who also teaches at the Medill School of Journalism’s program in Washington.

Henneberger writes that Wehner “is the kind of pleasant guy who doesn’t mind if you accidentally-on-purpose channel Saturday Night Live and refer to his previous post as the office of “strategery.”

She announces that Groer will join the site’s resident gossip columnist Emily Miller on the gossip beat.

Groer describes her gossip taste: “Psssst. A lover on the payroll. A DUI outside a topless club. A nasty feud with neighbors. An unfortunate shoplifting habit. Unpaid nanny taxes. The more egregious the hypocrisy, the better. But stupid is ok, too. … We will have fun. Gossip’s honor.”

Read Henneberger’s announcement here.