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A New Morning Ritual? WaPo Launches ‘Read In’ With Reid Wilson

Can a morning tip sheet targeted at political professionals thrive without including birthday shout-outs? That’s the question WaPo‘s Reid Wilson has set out to answer this morning. Wilson and WaPo launched “Read In” at 8:00 a.m. -a new morning tip-sheet for Hill staffers and campaign workers. Wilson knows a little bit about the biz -he is the former editor-in-chief of the Hotline at National Journal and has been covering state-level politics for WaPo’s GovBeat for the past several years. FBDC caught up with Reid over the weekend and asked him some questions about his new project. Read on in to learn more, and if you haven’t already, sign up for the newsletter here.

You used to run Hotline at NJ. How is “Read In” going to differ from that and other morning tip sheets?

Read In is going to be laser-focused on its core audience – Capitol Hill staffers and members, the lobbying community, the campaign community, anyone who practices professional politics. My job is to help them do their jobs better, which means giving people a timely and comprehensive look at what they need to know before their first meeting or conference call. Hence the name: This is how people read in to their day.

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Morning Chatter

“This is journalism. This is what we do. We invite discomfort.”NYT‘s Mark Leibovich on C-SPAN Sunday night in reaction to all the reaction to This Town.

Journo enters opera taxi

“My taxi driver tonight-an Ethiopian- was listening to opera! First time I’ve ever had an opera-loving cabbie.” — Baron‘s Washington Editor James McTague.

Hair truths

“My hair looks about 20 times better at the end of this day than at the start. Just my daily reminder that life’s not fair.” — Politico defense reporter Leigh Munsil.

Real Breitbart TV headline: “Romanian Princess Charged With Hosting Cockfighting”

From the Dept. of Bragiculture… “For some inexplicable reason this piece of casual trolling has been steadily getting retweets.” — Washington Examiner‘s Justin Green, who’s talking about the following from you-know-who: “Apparently it’s now a police state if you aren’t allowed to freely carry around stolen classified documents #thanksobama.”

Important Q to Ponder: “Droning is now a verb?” — Politico‘s James Hohmann.

Bo and Sunny hanging out on the South Lawn. Photograph by Pete Souza.

“Bo should be furious with his agent now that he has to share the spotlight” — WaPo‘s Reid Wilson.

“Sunny the dog is the biggest political story today. Seriously.”HuffPost Social Media Editor Ethan Klapper.

Kraushaar In, Wilson Out

National Journal‘s Josh Kraushaar will grab the torch of Editor-in-Chief of “The Hotline,” while Reid Wilson moves over to WaPo to head up a new online destination called GovBeat. The news was announced today and is already splattered around the Twitterverse.

“We’re thrilled that Josh has agreed to take the helm of Hotline,” said NJ Editor Charles Green. “He’s everything you’d want in an editor in chief: He commands the respect of politics junkies as one of the smartest political analysts in town; he knows the Hotline operation backwards and forwards; and he’s a digital innovator who will help Hotline evolve in its role as the premier political tip sheet in Washington.”

Kraushaar was managing editor for politics at NJ. Before that, he worked at Politico.

“It’s a tremendous honor to step in as the next editor-in-chief of the Hotline, and follow in the footsteps of the greats who have led the publication over the years – Doug Bailey, Chuck Todd, Amy Walter and my friend and longtime colleague Reid Wilson,” said Kraushaar. “At a time when it’s hard to separate the buzz from substance in political coverage, Hotline’s brand of authoritative aggregation and analysis continues to stand out from the pack. I am excited about the opportunity to cover the 2014 midterms and the 2016 presidential election with a talented team of Hotliners and expect big things in the months ahead.”

As Green wrote in a memo to NJ staff, “We wish Reid nothing but the best in his new job. He’s been a wonderful colleague and talented leader during his tenure at Hotline. We look forward to reading his work in the years to come.”

Wilson has been in the role of editor-in-chief since 2010.

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

“I think we have enough beer. Maybe not?”Politico‘s Ginger Gibson.

“The logo has since been changed. Too bad the candidate can’t be changed.” — MSNBC “Hardball” host Chris Matthews on ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner’s skyline screwup on his campaign website.

Boss sends reporter directions to his office

“Boss sent me an invite on Google calendar. Invite helpfully offers me directions to his office, up 4 floors. Thanks, Google.” — National Journal “The Hotline’s” Editor-in-Chief Reid Wilson.

It is what it is…is what it is

“Phrase that should be banned: “It is what it is.” — WaPo‘s Ben Pershing, who linked to this story in WaPo in which Weiner employed the phrase in reaction to women who may come forward with more pictures.

JMart gets new handle  

“Thanks for all the love, folks. Means a lot. New handle: @jmartNYT” — Politico‘s Jonathan Martin, who, as previously reported, landed a new gig at the NYT. We do hope he’ll still be the go-to Twitter guide for 13-year-old girls.

Bad job interview memories…

“Had the most humiliating job interview of my life at ESPN. Good times.” — Mother JonesNick Baumann.

Convo Between Two Journos

NYT‘s Michael Barbaro: Weiner on Politico today: ““Actual people don’t read that”

Politico‘s Glenn Thrush: “Guess we under-covered his long list of legislative accomplishments.”

IRS Press Office is crap

“I love how all this Lerner stuff is coming from other sources, not the IRS’ utterly unhelpful press office.” – Politico‘s Byron Tau.

Editor has advice for politicians 

“#Protip for pols trying to avoid making news with an answer to a tough question. Start with ‘my position has always been…’” — BuzzFeed Political Editor McKay Coppins.

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NJ’s ‘The Hotline’ Gets Nipped, Tucked

National Journal‘s “The Hotline” went under the knife this week for a makeover. In journalistic terms this means an “upgrade” and “redesign.” The upside: The bandages are off and Hotline gets a new look, a user-friendly interface and “powerful” political tracking tools. The downside: Some employees lost their jobs in the process. How many is unclear. We know at least two names of Hotline employees — Chris Peleo-Lazar  and Dan Roem — who had their duties eliminated.

“Fun fact, it’s Dan Roem and my last day at NJ’s Hotline. Loved working here but alas they’re moving to a new system,” Peleo-Lazar wrote FBDC. “Don’t know what’s next. I don’t know exact details of the new thing but they are ending my section entirely.”

NJ Publicist Ben Fishel told FishbowlDC: “A few jobs were eliminated and two people were reassigned to other positions at NJ.” He declined to offer specifics on exactly how many jobs were eliminated.

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National Journal Party Has Potty Issues

By Eddie Scarry and Betsy Rothstein

National Journal‘s pre-White House Correspondents’ Dinner “Making News” party Friday could easily go down as one of this year’s nicest, most well-planned parties in the coolest warehouse space we’ve seen in awhile. And maybe it will if attendees forget that for a large portion of it, the restroom for hundreds of guests was out of order.

That’s right. There was one toilet available for the entire warehouse full of partygoers, and the top floor, which contained the toilet, was for V.I.P.’s only.

“That’s hood,” one attendee waiting outside the restroom remarked about the potty problem. “Poopgate, drink slowly,” said another, explaining that one employee advised him to pace himself. When Fox News’ Peter Doocy approached the first-floor restroom area, he was told he could not enter. “How long do you think?” he asked the woman standing guard. “Alright, I’ll let it go.” (We sincerely hope he held it in, not let it go.) Another partygoer cracked, “All these people are going to have to piss on themselves. This might be the shortest party ever.”

The attendant said she had people requesting buckets and cups.

The party took place at the two-story bar in Georgetown called The Powerhouse. It was on the bottom floor where they stationed event workers in front of the hall leading to the restroom, alerting guests from about 10 p.m., when the party started, to about 11:30, that the toilets weren’t working. Only that one VIP restroom upstairs was available. But without one of the exclusive red wristbands, how were most of the guests going to relieve themselves?

“If it gets too bad we’ll have to open up the VIP area,” said NJ Communications Director Ben Fishel at the time.

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Journos Win NJ’s Big Trivia Night

Last night National Journal‘s “The Hotline” hosted its annual Political Pursuit trivia contest in which members of Congress, journalists and consultants comprise teams and show their smarts for the big win.

“You can’t study for this,” said SKDknickerbocker’s Doug Thornell, who played on the Hotline Insiders team. “I actually think I’m really good at [trivia].” His brother showed up, as did his parents, who assured FishbowlDC that he was a very smart boy growing up. (See the Thornell fam pictured below.)

In a stunning victory, Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.), clearly the most impressive player in the room last night, and his team came in second place. The journalists, who in the first four rounds, didn’t seem like they were faring so well, shot back up to win. They included WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza, who made a funny Weiner joke, and Paul Kane, The Cook Report’s Amy Walter, Roll Call‘s Shira Toeplitz, and NYT‘s Carl Hulse.

Which member of Congress had a unit of measure named after him? Cillizza’s guess: former Rep. Anthony Weiner (D-N.Y.). The room broke into hysterics. Another hard question: How many calories does a fried stick of butter contain? This was what Mitt Romney ate during the campaign at a fair. The answer shocked everyone: It’s only 400 calories.

All the journalists walked home with Genius Trophies after earning an astounding 285 points. The Hotline Insiders team wasn’t far behind with 260, and the Members Only team came in third with 173 points.

The Hotline’s Editor-in-Chief Reid Wilson played Alex Trebek along with Quinn McCord, who wrote the evening’s incredibly tough questions. Read more

Journos Get Ready to Rumble

National Journal’s “The Hotline” is hosting its fifth annual “Political Pursuit” games they call the “ultimate face off” of political trivia. It’s meant to be a kick-off to the White House Correspondents’ Dinner weekend and takes place Thursday night at the Newseum with The Hotline‘s Editor-in-Chief Reid Wilson playing game show host.

As some may recall, two years ago the event blew up (so to speak) when a member of the audience had a bout of extremely loud gas. The individual went outside on a balcony to cool off while attendees attempted to contain their laughter out of politeness to the gaseous victim.

This event is sold out for the general audience, but media may still request passes by contacting Ben Fishel at bfishel@nationaljournal.com. You can also follow along with the Twitter hashtag #PPursuit.

The event is at the Newseum and includes pre-game cocktails.

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The Hotline Editor’s New Zealand Vacay Ends

National Journal “The Hotline’s” Editor-in-Chief Reid Wilson has taken quite possibly the longest vacation known to mankind. For the past three months, he’s been traveling in New Zealand with this wife, Veronica Pecnik.

To be sure, you can take Wilson out of “The Hotline” for a little while, but you can’t take “The Hotline” out of Wilson. For much of his time away he has been writing about his trip in creative posts on a personal travel blog that mostly have nothing to do with politics. How refreshing for him.

Coming home hasn’t been without its glitches.

 

 

Burning questions remain: Will Reid be able to ease back into regular life with ease or are readjustment issues on the Horizon? Will he snap at Ron Fournier over a minor newsroom flap in a post-trip jet lag rage?

Morning Chatter

Quotes of the Day

“That’s nice that they brought Ed Schultz out this morning,” a reader wrote in.

World’s most boring assignment

“I’m at the @PressClubDC to cover the @USEnergyAssn’s Electric Power panels.” — SNLEnergy Transmission reporter Corbin Hiar. Hiar doesn’t work for NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” Rather, he works for SNL Financial: “SNL Financial was originally founded as ‘S&L Securities’ in New Jersey in 1987 with an initial focus on the savings and loan industry,” the website explains. “But state law would not permit the incorporation of a non-bank with ‘S&L’ in the official company name.” So they replaced the “&” with an “N” to create “SNL.”

Self-appointed media critic takes swipe at WaPo

“WaPo says:’storm has the potential to produce shovelable snow accumulations but also has the potential to skirt us to the south’ shovelable?” — Kathy Jentz, Editor of Washington Gardener.

Ahh, memories

“Algeria was my life for about three months last year; wrote my 40-page LSE dissertation on political mobilization & regime stability there.” — FNC Senate Producer Kara Rowland.

WTF: Posting a blog? 

WASHINGTON-Philip Tegeler, executive director of the Policy & Race Research Action Council (PRRAC), today posted a Huffington Post blog on a new transportation policy from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) that may inadvertently cause a negative impact on residents of urban, low-income communities.” — The first graph of a release from the Policy & Race Research Action Council, which apparently doesn’t know what a blog is.

A real HuffPost headline: “Disturbing horsemeat burgers prompt investigation”

Newsflash: We’re selling the home!

“Dad told me they’re moving out of my childhood home in a TEXT MESSAGE today. Said it was payback for years of not returning his calls.” — Politico Live Producer Christine Delargy.

FNC’s Baier responds to follower who calls him an idiot

“Sorry to lose you -hope u come back” — FNC anchor Bret Baier to a follower who remarked, “Just watched SR and what a stupid segmt on NRA. U and panel are idiots.” Bye.”

Bon Voyage Reid Wilson

“See ya, USA. Back in three months. Will arrive in AKL in 13 hours.” — National Journal‘s “The Hotline” Editor-in-Chief Reid Wilson. AKL is Auckland Airport in New Zealand, where Wilson has taken off to for three months with his wife. The plan for Wilson to take a three-month leave has been in the works for awhile; everyone knew it would take place at the conclusion of the 2012 election cycle. Managing Editor Quinn McCord and Steve Shepard are in charge until Reid’s April return. With limited communication, you’d think he’d stay off the grid, right? Wrong. Colleagues and friends can track his every thought by reading this blog.  For starters, Reid has a humongous fear of flying. “There were times when I wondered if I’d follow thru with this New Zealand trip. About to board LAX-AKL flight, so thrilled I didn’t wuss out,” he writes.

Quote Taken Out of Context

“The way I do my thing is strange. I just inject myself into your veins.” — MSNBC Contributor and Daily Beast Columnist Meghan McCain.

Fake dead girlfriend jokes at a glance…

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