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HuffPost’s Scorching Weatherman Intern

weatherstorm.jpg Jeremy Binckes, a faintly mustachioed 23-year-old, didn’t come to Washington in January all hot on being HuffPost’s resident weatherman. He came to cover politics.

But soon enough, the fog cleared and it was more than his editors could bear as they realized they were sitting on an untapped hotbed of weather information – and not just the stupid kind you hear in elevators.

Each day of the work week, Binckes’s weather reports (filed under Intern Weather Report) appear in the publication’s evening e-mail newsletter, “HuffPost Hill”, written by Eliot Nelson, and overseen by political reporter Ryan Grim and national editor Nico Pitney.

Make no mistake about it – trying to small talk Binckes about weather is a little like trying to talk lightly about atoms to a chemist. Don’t make the mistake of saying something casual like, “Nice weather we’re having,” to someone like Binckes. You’ll be there for an eternity as he talks pressure systems, surface maps and cool fronts.

To be sure, Binckes is serious about his weather. “As much as people laugh about it, I really do try to be accurate,” he said. “I care about it.”

Of course, no weatherman gets it right 100 percent of the time…

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‘HuffPost Hill’ Seeks Second Winner

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HuffPost’s Ryan Grim tells me HuffPost‘s new feature, “HuffPost Hill”, has had to extend their editing contest by one day because even the winner didn’t catch everything.

That winner was ex-Politico copy editor Campbell Roth.
So the search for a second winner is on. The task: to find the cliches in The Nation’s Eric Alterman‘s piece. The prize: A shout-out in HuffPost Hill.

ALTERCATION AWARD WINNER On Friday, we asked readers to spot all the cliches in the below Eric Alterman paragraph. It turned out to be an impossible task. Politico-copy-editor-turned-law-student Campbell Roth takes the prize for identifying six of them: “proverbial ducks lined up,” “just what the doctor ordered,” “shooting as many blanks as real bullets,” “bad guys,” “proverbial ‘step [or two] in the right direction’” and “let the big fish get away.” (Yes, he used “proverbial” twice.) Campbell also nailed the bonus correction: Barney Frank chairs the House Financial Services Committee, not the Banking Committee. But she missed a few ones hidden in there. A second prize for the reader who spots the remaining cliches and mixed metaphors.

Read Alterman’s graph after the jump…

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HuffPost’s New Feature Devoted Entirely to what Politico’s Mike Allen Reads

Home_Photo_books.jpg Just in case you’re on Mike Allen overload, get ready for more. Attention around the Politico scribe is exploding this week as the NYT released its 11-page profile on him online. HuffPost has gotten in on the Allen action by creating an Allen feature solely based on Allen and provided by Allen (that’s more than enough Allen’s for one sentence).

The Allen item is within “HuffPost Hill”, the new “evening newspaper”-style feature that comes out daily to e-mail subscribers. While it seems unusual that Allen would provide content to a competing publication, Allen and HuffPost’s Ryan Grim (who edits the feature) are “buds” from working together at Politico when Grim used to work there.

Here’s a sample from Thursday:

WHAT (ELSE) MIKE ALLEN IS READING — Times of London, “Leaders take part in second TV debate” — Liveblogging Britain’s second televised, U.S-style debate ahead of May 6 elections: “Cameron: Look at the bickering here tonight, imagine what it would be like in a hung Parliament … Clegg: you have to be given the chance to sack corrupt politicians. We all agree on the rhetoric but we have to act. … Brown: I’ve been on trains all the time during the campaign, only one plane. (Doesn’t mention that Labour can’t afford a plane.) And I’ve put a solar panel on my roof, not a wind turbine (dig at Cameron).” http://bit.ly/9uGK30

If you care to, sign up here.

Say Hello to Evening With ‘HuffPost Hill’

SHORT FEDORA.jpgThe Huffington Post introduces a brand new feature today. It’s “HuffPost Hill”, a daily newsletter which aims to whisk readers into evening with a free, modern, e-mail version of an evening newspaper. It harkens back to an era that publication editors believe still ought to exist.

In the works for about a year, HuffPost unveils “HuffPost Hill” this evening, between 5p.m. and 6 p.m. daily, encapsulating the day’s missed events and the day ahead in a 2,000-word feature sent to your e-mail doorstep. It won’t be fancy graphically – no pictures, no graphics – the writing is meant to be lively and conversational with the promise of catchy headlines. Nora McAlvanah, former editor of NJ’s Wake-Up Call and Last Call, helped create it.

Content will be geared toward the Capitol Hill staffer, White House aide and anyone interested in that world. There will be news of unusually-themed fundraisers, embassy parties, free parties, Hill birthday celebrations, and who’s dating whom (as long as it’s someone we all care about).

HuffPost Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington won’t say the feature is a take off Politico Mike Allen‘s “Playbook,” but she won’t run from the possibility. “I personally love reading Mike Allen in the morning,” Huffington told FishbowlDC last Friday, referring specifically to Allen’s “Playbook” feature that lands the publication a daily spot on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” She isn’t thinking too long-term about the feature, but she believe it’s important: “We used to have an afternoon newspaper,” she said of the newspaper industry.

Huffington said the writing needs to “lively and breezy”, and the “kind of stuff you talk about at dinner.” She said it won’t be just like Allen’s “Playbook” but will fill what they consider to be the afternoon gap.

National Editor Nico Pitney came up with the idea. At the helm of the operation is chief congressional correspondent Ryan Grim, who will edit the feature. “It’ll be like an evening newspaper [for people to] read on their way home,” said Grim.

Pitney will contribute to the project as will a variety of HuffPost scribes such as White House correspondent Sam Stein , K Street reporter Arthur Delaney, senior Washington correspondent Dan Froomkin and media editor Jason Linkins.

In Grim’s charges will be the newly hired Eliot Nelson, 23. Nelson has experience in satirical writing – which is what HuffPost appears to be looking for in this feature.

Pitney and Grim tested Nelson rigorously, giving him little guidance. They were pleased with the results, said Grim.

Nelson has worked for unknown online venues such as Yankee Pot Roast and McSweeny’s. He has interned at ABC News and Bloomberg and most recently, in the Whip office of South Carolina Democratic leader, James Clyburn.

Sign up for “HuffPost Hill” here.

Sen. Lincoln Snaps at HuffPost and AP Reporters

blanch.jpg Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-Ark.) did not appear to be in the mood Tuesday to chat with two reporters about reconciliation.

HuffPost’s Ryan Grim and AP’s Erica Werner sought Lincoln, a conservative Democrat from Arkansas, in the Capitol and asked her about her stance on reconciliation. As reported by HuffPost’s Grim: “‘No!’ she shouted from the double doors leading to the Senate Democratic cloakroom. In an agitated tone, she then explained further: ‘I don’t support reconciliation. All I said was I want to see what’s in it.’”

Grim told FishbowlDC that Lincoln was “flabbergasted at the idea that there was any confusion, even though her comment was that she was open to looking at language.” Grim said he understood Lincoln’s sharp tone and wasn’t surprised by it. “She’s under a lot of pressure,” he said.

Read Werner’s story that originally questioned Lincoln’s position here.

See Grim’s story here.

See Werner’s second story here.

Unlike Grim’s story, which reported Lincoln’s tone, Werner’s included an exclamation point and said Lincoln “walked quickly into a senator’s-only area without elaborating.”

Grayson Wackiness Continues…

<img alt="090930-grayson-tease-9a.300w.jpg" src="/fishbowlDC/files/original/090930-grayson-tease-9a.300w.jpg" width="296" class="alignleft" hspace="3" vspace="3"/HuffPost’s Ryan Grim brings us this doozy: Rep. Alan Grayson (D-My ties come from Wildties.com) has paid for a poll that has determined that the person for him to beat would be himself.

Yes, baffling. Read on.

Explains HuffPost: “The candidate leading the Florida GOP primary to determine who will take on Rep. Alan Grayson, the Democrat who represents the Orlando-based district, is none other than Grayson himself, according to a poll paid for by his campaign. …The poll has Grayson leading the 13 Republicans — among Republicans — with 27.8 percent of the vote. The congressman who mocked the GOP health care plan by saying that it amounts to telling people not to get sick and if they do, to die quickly, received more support than all of the Republican candidates combined.”

Read the full story here. The necktie detail is no joke – Grayson really has purchased ties on Wildties.com.

Grim’s Liquid Metaphor

Restless leg foot.gifThis afternoon while discussing the Capitol Hill issues such as stimulus and health care, one of HuffPost’s D.C. correspondent’s Ryan Grim introduced a most disturbing metaphor.

“It’s sort of like peeing down your leg,” he said on MSNBC. “It’s sort of a nice feeling but no one knows you’ve done it.”

(Sort of a nice feeling?)

Then, strangely, the female host got flirty: “By the way, we like the glasses Ryan!”

Maybe hosts should stick to talk of his glasses.

> Update: Grim’s quote in its full context:

“[Obama] was trying to sell the bailout and trying to sell the stimulus in terms of how it will prevent harm in the future. Actually, Barney Frank, back during the bailout, he quoted Lyndon Johnson saying, ‘It’s sort of like peeing down your leg. It gives you a nice, warm feeling, but nobody knows you did it.’ So when you prevent harm, nobody knows that that harm could have happened, because it didn’t happen.”

Banjos, Bare Feet and Books: A Party for Ryan Grim

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Grim’s book (left) Members of Merle Haggard Haggard (right)

Saturday night at American Legion #8 – Capitol Hill, DC journos and a few stray winos gathered to toast the release of Ryan Grim‘s new book, “This Is Your Country on Drugs: The Secret History of Getting High in America.”

The HuffPo reporter and new author inked copies of his book with the help of wife Elizan Garcia while barefooted band, Merle Haggard Haggard rocked Legion 8.

Spotted: Michael Steel, Jared Allen, David Mark, Ken Vogel, Bob Hillman, Anne Marson, Mike Allen, Jennifer Kohl, Leonard Roberge, Dave Jamieson, Mike Debonis, Jason Cherkis, Gail Ross, Howard Yoon, Marissa Newhall, Matt Mackowiak, Rachel Morris, Sarah Courteau and Amos Snead.

Not since the release of Britney Spears‘ “Heart to Heart” has a book signing boasted bare feet and banjos with such klass. Well done, Mr. Grim!

Morning Reading List, 11.04.08

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Good morning Washington. Enjoy the day, win or lose. You deserve it.

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We’ve got your morning mix of media Muesli after the jump…

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Party Photos: A DC Wedding Reception for Dan & Meg

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U Street’s version of the Katharine Graham mansion — the Some-of-The-Rusty-Nails-In-Our-Backyard-Could-Give-You-TB home of CongressDaily’s Erin McPike and The Hill’s Jackie Kucinich — feted the couple Politico’s Mike Allen calls Generation Y’s version of Ben and Sally: Politico’s Dan Reilly and Glover Park Group’s Meg Little, who were recently married in Vermont. (See the two above, flanked by Politico’s Ryan Grim and Lisa Lerer)

Pics and attendees after the jump…

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