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Separated at Birth: HuffPost’s Ryan Grim

This morning we match HuffPost‘s Washington Bureau Chief Ryan Grim and a couple of different characters. We see in him a lot of actor David William Harper, who played the part of Jim-Bob Walton on “The Waltons,.” We also detect more than a smidgen of the late Rep. Gerry Studds (D-Mass.). Don’t get us wrong, this is not meant to be a grim commentary on the journalist. We believe Grim to be a fine, upstanding American citizen. Studds, however, made headlines in in 1983 when he admitted to a relationship with a male page. He became the first openly gay member of Congress. The House censured him. Still, he was reelected and stayed in Congress until he retired in 1997.

Good Morning FishbowlDC Readers

QUOTES of the DAY


Ezra’s aha moments

“The hardest part of any article is the first paragraph.”– WaPo‘s Ezra Klein in a weekend tweet. Or his confessional: “Working relaxes me on Sundays and stresses me out on Mondays. There must be something I can learn from Sundays.”

The Power of Positive Thinking

“It’s always sunny at Politico.” — Politico‘s Mike Allen on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Monday, which airs live from London this week.

Levi Johnston headlines: Who did it better?

“DC media, microcosm edition. WaPo: ‘Levi Johnston to ‘set record straight’ in memoir.’ Politico Click: ‘BABY DADDY INKS BOOK DEAL.’”– Neiman Lab’s Megan Garber.

A DC Journo’s Dreams and Nightmares

“Had a dream last night that Tammy and Mikey were getting married at Westminster Abbey. I was best man. #worldscolliding” — DC Journo in a Monday tweet referring to D.C.’s PR grande dame Tammy Haddad and Politico‘s Allen. He (or she) went on, “Also had a nightmare that I didn’t get invited to #nerdprom. Woke up and invite was under my pillow where I always keep it.”

Come on WaPo, get it together

WaPo guy didn’t deliver my paper for the second day in a row. Will have to wait till tomorrow to find out what happened yesterday.” — HuffPost‘s Ryan Grim in a Sunday tweet.

In retrospect…

“Barbour should have hung on for another week, since Newsweek is out with a piece on his candidacy today.” — The Daily Beast’s Washington Bureau Chief Howard Kurtz in a Monday tweet referring to Haley Barbour’s announcement that he won’t run for president.

Ed Schultz reveals true feelings for Sen. Sanders

MSNBC’s Ed Schultz didn’t beat around the bush Monday night. He just came right out with it. “Joining me now my favorite senator. Independent from Vermont. Bernie Sanders.” To a beaming Sanders he continued, “I’ve never said you were my favorite senator on this program before, or when I was doing the 6 o’clock, but you are and I want to announce that tonight. You are my favorite senator because you stand up to what is wrong with this country, and you always have a solution on what we need to do to make things better for the middle class and I respect that.”

HuffPost Makes Key Changes In D.C. Bureau

HuffPost is making changes within its Washington Bureau. Nico Pitney is now Executive Editor out of Manhattan and Ryan Grim is Washington Bureau Chief.  Sam Stein is doing assignment editing in addition to chief duties as Senior White House Correspondent. We pressed HuffPost Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington to learn more about what these changes mean as well as more details about what the journalists in charge will bring to the table.

1. What do you think Ryan will bring to the bureau as chief? What do you think his style strengths are? First and foremost, Ryan has an amazing understanding of the nuts and bolts of how Washington works. But he never loses sight of the fact that, ultimately, politics isn’t a horse race and it isn’t a game – policies have a real impact on real people.  He also has terrific sources on both sides of the aisle, and has shown a willingness to help direct and help his colleagues.  As an integral part of HuffPost’s DC team for two years, Ryan’s transition will be a seamless one.

2. What does this news mean for the bureau and for HuffPost as a whole? As the DC bureau has continued to expand, it’s become more important than ever to manage our resources effectively while allowing team members to play to their strengths. With Nico as our new Executive Editor, he’ll continue to add his flair and judgment in managing the front page, while helping oversee editorial team planning, supervise the training of new editors, and facilitate the close interaction between our edit and tech teams.  As Washington Bureau Chief, Ryan will manage the Politics team while continuing to report.  Sam Stein will also continue his work as our White House correspondent while overseeing story assignments.

3. Were people surprised by the announcement or has this been coming for sometime? When Nico expressed interest in moving to New York, we knew the time was right to implement some of the changes we were already thinking of making.  When we announced the changes, everyone at HuffPost was really excited, especially our New York team, which now gets to spend more time with Nico!

4. Sam is so youthful looking. Do you think people will take orders from him easily? (I’m partially joking around on this one…). Feel free to keep answer lighthearted. Sam is actually 65 — he’s our own Benjamin Button. Why do you think his coverage of Social Security is so passionate?  Seriously, if Sam assigned you a story, you would never question it.

Middle of the Night Banter

What are journalists like in the wee hours of Election Night? Some attended parties, others did TV hits and still others were holed up in bed with a dangerous combination of champagne and computers (thank you FamousDC for that excellent imagery). To give you a sense, we’ve rounded up the best of the best (or something like that).

NJ‘s Marc Ambinder: “Can I go to sleep yet?” (At approximately 1:43 a.m.)

Politics Daily‘s Matt Lewis‘s bragging rights: “So I’ll actually be on from like 2:35-3:35 a.m. ET.”

C-SPAN’s Jeremy Art safe and sound: “Made it home. Very few cars on the road at 2:30 a.m.”

Politico‘s Kasie Hunt: “Aaand at 2:43a, my BlackBerry has finally gone to sleep. Not me, though.”

Politico‘s Ben Smith leans on Slate‘s Dave Weigel: “I need a Twitter editor at this hour.”

NJ‘s Editor-in-Chief Ron Fournier marveling at the new NJ: New and old friends just toasted the first election day in the united NJ newsroom. God Bless Crown Royal (It’s close to 3 a.m.)

ABC News’s Jake Tapper sees a possible political career for a certain situation from MTV’s “Jersey Shore”: “Say hello to Rep.-elect Ben Quayle & former Real World star Rep.-elect Sean Duffy [Door open for Rep. Situation]”

HuffPost‘s Ryan Grim anticipating unoriginal headlines: “How many headline writers will think “up in smoke” is the cleverest way to describe the pot initiative losing?”

National Review Online‘s Kathryn Lopez: “MSNBC is the seat of cockiness right now.”

Bloomberg TV‘s Lizzie O’Leary: “Okay, now for a two-hour nap. See you guys on #insidetrack.” Before that she remarked, “Official: I have been awake 24 hours. #startingtoloseit”

The Nation‘s Editor/Publisher Katrina vanden Heuval: “Like Lawrence O’Donnell on elections. Serious, intense in semi-wonky + saavy way.

The Daily Caller‘s Chris Moody: “Long night. Just downed one of those 5-hour energy shot things. Haven’t eaten. Getting the shakes. #journalism”

Politics Daily‘s White House correspondent Alex Wagner: “For those interested in #Boehner crying jags: they come often.” Wagner suggests this WaPo story.

Politico‘s White House scribe Glenn Thrush: “If Christine O’Donnell doesn’t get a reality show I’m canceling basic cable.”

WaPo‘s Jonathan Capehart remarks on his facial hair after a follower scolds him, saying, “OMG, @CapehartJ, you’ve got scruff! #MSNBCafterdark. ” He replies. “LOL. Not my shaving day.”

Donald Edmond, attorney, who wants to take over Politico by starting a publication called Common Sense 2012: “@FishbowlDC You realize you’d overtake Politico in this town if I wrote for you FT right? Black Republican in DC w/humor and insight.” (Note to readers: Edmond is an anti-trust lawyer we were Twitter “arguing/discussing” with well into the morning.)

ABC’s Rick Klein: “@karentravers I will sleep only when @berman14‘s hair gets out of place.” (Travers is an ABC White House reporter; Berman is an ABC News correspondent.)

Mother Jones D.C. Bureau Chief David Corn: “The up side: at least now I can get back to worrying about Charlie Sheen.”

SKDKnickerbocker’s Hanna Rosin: “Man up John Boehner. Stop crying.”

Political Wire‘s Taegan Goddard: “Two things I’ll forever miss on Election Day: Mechanical voting machines and Tim Russert.”

CBS News White House Radio correspondent Mark Knoller: “Haven’t seen anyone smiling at the WH this morning. With good reason.”

Journos: Will They Sleep Tonight?

We posed a question to a mass of journalists, many covering the midterms, and most everyone obliged. One reporter, who will remain genderless, wished to be anonymous because of fear of his or her PR department. We thank everyone for participating, especially Mr. Weigel from Slate – no FishbowlDC roundup would be complete without him. And then Politico‘s Mike Allen, who finally sheds light on that perennial ‘Does he sleep?’ question. But there is no pecking order here. You’re all our favorites (except when we fight with you).

Enjoy.

THE QUESTION: Will you sleep tonight and how will you stay awake and alert?

Politico‘s Mike Allen: Vandy has promised I can sleep the first three years when I’m dead.

The Hill‘s Managing Editor Bob Cusack: I hope to. I have a couple television interviews at 1 am and 7 am so the plan is to catch a power nap in between. But trying to fall asleep on Election night is like trying to fall asleep as a kid on Christmas Eve: very hard.

The Daily Caller‘s Editor-in-Chief Tucker Carlson: Of course not; Nicorette.

FNC’s Greta Van Susteren: Coffee and more coffee.

HuffPost‘s Editor-in-Chief Arianna Huffington: Even when I was a little girl in Greece, and had no idea who any of the American candidates were, I’d refuse to go to bed until the last vote was counted.  This year will be no different, which means I’ll probably be up until Veteran’s Day.  I’ll stay awake by practicing saying “Speaker Boehner,” “Senator Angle,” “Senator Rubio,” and “Senator Paul” with a Greek accent.

Slate‘s Dave Weigel: I’m in Nevada, so I’m three hours behind the east coast, allowing me to stay up into the witching hours with no problems. Next election: Fiji.

The Hill‘s White House correspondent Sam Youngman: I plan on sleeping like a NyQuil-drunk baby. I’m far more geeked up for POTUS’s presser tomorrow than tonight’s results. That said, the junkie in me will probably be glued to the TV late into the night with nothing but my nerdiness to keep me awake.

Roll Call‘s John McArdle: I brought my sleeping bag and some other camping gear in case I get a chance to grab a bit of sleep. Whether that will actually happen is still up in the air. If I start to get tired I’ve got this cued up on my computer. Watch here. (The color of the sleeping bags? “One I brought for myself is grey and orange. Brought a red one for one of my co-workers. Both from REI.”)

The Atlantic‘s Joshua Green: Yes, I intend to sleep tonight–and prefer to do so the old-fashioned way, not awake and alert, but soundly, with Ambien CR and lots of pillows.

TWT‘s Eli Lake: I am in New Orleans for a conference on geospatial intelligence. I will sleep well with the knowledge that many government agencies and defense contractors are watching.

FamousDC: Some of us are already in bed, the rest are armed with RedBull and champagne.

HuffPost‘s Ryan Grim: I will deviate from my norm and drink light beer. It’s a necessary sacrifice I make for readers.

C-SPAN’s Steve Scully: This is the night we LIVE for.  It’s a Political High, combined with a few
Triple shot venti lattes from Starbucks.

Politico‘s John Harris: I will intend to get at least a few hours sleep but past experience suggests there’s a good chance I won’t be successful. Tonight will be no problem even if I don’t. Ancient experience in college and more recent experience with three kids makes it not that hard for me to go on short sleep rations. But by Wednesday evening I’ll be a wreck.

The Daily Caller‘s Mike Riggs: Funny you should ask. I just completed the final task in my election night pre-game game plan. First, I metro’d home, then I smoked a spliff, took off all my clothes, and did three sets of jumping jacks in front of a full-length mirror. I’m putting myself down for a nap now. Around 11 p.m., I’ll head back to the office and carry on straight through to lunch tomorrow. Cigarettes, diet red bull, and a fear of sped-up dreams will keep me sharp. (Note to readers: A spliff for the uninformed is half weed, have cigarette tobacco, rolled up like a joint.)

Yahoo! News’s Michael Calderone: I’m hoping to get to sleep shortly before the Sun comes up, but we’ll see how things play out. I’m at Yahoo’s election headquarters in New York where coffee and soda are plentiful, so I think that’ll help with staying awake. Also, there’s a Foosball table nearby that may prove crucial for regaining concentration (and preventing insanity) in the early morning hours.

TBD Editor Erik Wemple: Well, primary night was a 2:30 a.m. proposition. I am hoping that general election night works harder and keeps us here much later. There’s nothing quite as fun as updating the site into the wee hours. For alertness, I rely on clean living and push-ups. Perhaps a little caffeine but not much.

The Washington Examiner‘s Julie Mason: I am so hopped up on cold medicine it’s hilarious. My editor is going to have to chug NyQuil to even make sense out of the incoherent mess I will be filing shortly. And then I plan to sleep like the dead.

WaPo‘s Paul Kane: I hope to be in bed around 3 am. I’ve got the House-race beat, so the yes-no on majority status should be known early enough and the rest is just updating the numbers. Caribou Coffee — unofficial sponsor of the late-afternoon break for all Wash Post employees — is doing its job. In ’08 I was up till at least 5 am watching the Coleman-Franken race get closer and closer and closer.

FishbowlDC and QGA’s Matt Dornic: Yes, I will sleep but for journos hoping to go all night, look no further than the supermodel 3C diet- cocaine, cigs and celery.  It’s a great way to stay up and kill a few lbs.

Politico‘s Patrick Gavin: Sleep? Sleep?!? Anyone who’s worked around puppy-kicking porn producers knows that sleep is but an unattainable dream…

NYT‘s Brian Stelter: I plan to sleep between 4 and 5am. Coffee, then sugar-free Red Bull, then then coffee, then sugar-free Red Bull.

MSNBC and NBC Producer Andy Gross: I’m playing the role of “co-pilot” for Nightly News in DC tonight…we also call it “Dr. Downstairs” because I will oversee the production process in our video editing area, which happens to be downstairs here at NBC.  Once we are clear and network Specials takes over the election night coverage, I should be heading home to Clarendon by 9:30pm.  I will however, go out for a drink and watch the returns come in.

Anonymous reporter: I’m forcing myself to take a power nap at midnight and then wake up around 3:45 a.m., drink a  sugar free Red Bull/ diet Sprite combo and do some speed reading of the latest results.

Roll Call‘s Christina Bellantoni: I am not counting on sleep tonight, but packed an overnight bag just in case, and there’s plenty of room in our newsroom to curl up in a corner with a blanket.  I’m on the early shift tomorrow so if I am able to get home for a few hours, I have to be back here at 7:30 a.m.

Al Jazeera‘s Avi Lewis: A nice Argentinean maté if things get desperate. But generally – actually, genetically – adrenaline kicks in on election night, and I never have any problem staying up. Getting to sleep, well, that’s another story. At a certain point in the evening, you just have to realize that you cannot affect the results by watching every minute of the coverage! If you can remember that and drag yourself to bed, you can read all about it as soon as you wake up.

NJ The Hotline’s Amanda Munoz-Temple: A: What is sleep? B: staying awake tonight by consuming as much caffeine as my body will allow me. On top of candy, diet coke, chips… Basically the diet of a 13 year old, to keep me happy and sane.

The Takeaway’s Capitol Hill radio reporter Todd Zwillich: Three hours if I’m lucky. I’ll stay awake by hosting The Takeaway’s live online election coverage at www.thetakeaway.org with with guests and analysts from all around the country, including Jay Newton Small and Studio 360′s Kurt Andersen. Otherwise I’ll exist on coffee and Diet Dr. Pepper. I may dip into my stash of Four Loko as the night goes on. Just sent the intern out for Four Loko by the way.

Human Events Editor Jason Mattera: No, I’m not sleeping tonight. I’ll stay up thanks to four locos, anything with the nickname liquid cocaine will keep me wired. Then again, its other nickname is “blackout in a can” so I may not remember the midterm election even took place.”

Human Events Senior Editor Emily Miller: Mattera needs his locos, but I’ll be wide awake on adrenaline waiting to see Harry Reid weeping like a little girl and Nancy Pelosi sneaking her gavel past Capitol Police in the dead of night.

HuffPost‘s Sam Stein: Only time will tell.

The Daily Caller‘s Executive Editor Megan Mulligan: The real question is: Am I awake now? I’m pinching myself to make sure I didn’t dream this whole thing up. When Christine O’Donnell, Jimmy McMillan and Alvin Greene go down, I’ll rest.

The Daily Caller‘s Jonathan Strong: I do plan to sleep tonight, though not much. My wife helpfully gave me a “5-hour Energy” drink to take to work this morning, so that should help.

CBS News’s Nancy Cordes: Sleep is for the weak…we wrap up our live coverage at 2 a.m. and then I start preparing for the Early Show at 7 a.m. They’ll have to prop open my eyeballs for tomorrow night’s Evening News.

Roll Call‘s Andrew Satter: Will I sleep? Depends on how much grief Final Cut Pro wants to give me tonight (2008 wasn’t pretty). How will I stay awake and alert? Well I don’t drink coffee or much caffeine, but I did live in New Orleans which is pretty much like getting a Master’s in Watching the Sun Rise.

The Disenchanted Journo‘s Christian Bourge: My plans are to start drinking around 4:30pm then go to bed early before waking to watch who is on television pontificating around 2 AM. By then the needed twists to the already established Election Day narrative should be figured out. I can then write the real story Wednesday and talk about it on my show, The Capitol Hill Blues. Either that or I will end up arrested by Joe Miller’s campaign staff.

CBS News’s Christine Delargy: “We’ll be on the web practically all night with special coverage so I’ve conditioned by actually not going to a cocktail party with Matt Dornic and Kiki Ryan last night.”

WhiteHouseDossier.com‘s Keith Koffler: I will not be going to sleep tonight. I’ve trained my border collie sit by the TV and bark every time he hears the words, “we are now projecting.”

HuffPost‘s Eliot Nelson: I’m just high on the peaceful transition of power.

Politico‘s Dave Catanese: I imagine I’ll sleep at some point. Probably sometime after the cable chatter goes dark. I’m addicted to the blabber. Like potato chips after a night out, can’t put the bag down. But with all the wacky reports out of Alaska, it’s gonna be hard for me to stop reclicking on the returns from the Last Frontier. I will power through on pure adrenaline. This is it right? I can sleep Saturday, oh wait, forgot about Alaska.

NYP Page Six Reporter Tara Palmeri: I’m going to Cuomo’s election party but staying up isn’t that hard for someone who has to be out every night for their job.

Politico‘s Ben Smith: Hmm. Yes, surely, the Courtyard Rosslyn awaits. And they’ve actually added extra oxygen to the air here at POLITICO, so it won’t be hard.


The FishbowlDC Interview With HuffPost Hill’s Eliot Nelson

Say hello to HuffPost Hill’s writer  Eliot Nelson. He’s the humorous voice behind HuffPost‘s evening newsletter and has the official title of Politics Staff Writer. Born and bred in New York City, he moved to D.C. post college and took a thoroughly unenjoyable job for a children’s advocacy group. He then became a press intern for House Whip Rep. James Clyburn (D-S.C.), where he says he wrote press releases and “carpet bombed” his savings. Nelson now spends his days finding unusual videos of animals sneezing, a kid playing the ukulele, a cat that doesn’t really want the lights out or the best make out music ever. He breaks more serious news about lobbyists and lawmakers, but the tone stays loose. Reporters from all over Capitol Hill get routine mentions in the newsletter as readers get story previews, news on fundraisers and more. Nelson’s pet peeve: People in Washington who don’t say “thank you” when you hold a door open. “Entitled schmucks,” he says. Enjoy.

If you were a carbonated beverage which would you be? Dr. Pepper, Distinguished Louise and Abraham B. Moskowitz Chair of Media Studies at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.

How often do you Google yourself? Not often. I do Altavista myself pretty regularly.

What’s the worst thing you’ve ever said to an editor (or vice versa)? “Hey, why don’t we give Jason Linkins a vuvuzela? That’s just what our office needs!”

Who is your favorite working journalist? Ryan Grim.

Do you have a favorite word? “Blows” e.g., “Ryan Grim really blows.”

Who would you rather have dinner with – First Lady Michelle Obama or Bestselling Author and former V.P. candidate Sarah Palin? Can I opt for tea and biscuits with Sheila Jackson Lee?

What’s the name of your cell phone ring? My BlackBerry is in a constant state of butt-dial.

When did you last cry and why? When I discovered that “Iron Man 2″ wasn’t a documentary about the resurgence of Mexico’s fledgling iron ore extraction industry.

What word do you routinely misspell? “Ammendment,” “Lindsay Graham,” “Eyjafjallajökuull.”

What swear word do you use most often? Tie: “Poppycock” and “Balderdash.”

What word or phrase do you overuse? Ed O’Keefe should really win a Pulitzer.

What TV show do you have to watch?
CNN’s “Parker Spitzer.”

Where do you shop most often for your clothes? I always raid Sam Stein‘s closet after he goes on one of his epic JoS. A. Bank binges.

Find out which female actress Nelson wants to play him in a movie after the jump…

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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

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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.

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