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NPR’s Margaret Low Smith Named President of AtlanticLIVE

md2qtgdoloqe8n04c95kNPR’s Margaret Low Smith was named VP of The Atlantic and president of AtlanticLIVE, its events division. In this role, she’ll oversee all aspects of AtlanticLIVE and lead Steve Clemons, Washington editor-at-large of The Atlantic and head of LIVE content, and Emily Akhtarzandi, the LIVE sales team’s managing director of business development. Smith replaces Elizabeth Baker Keffer, founding president of AtlanticLIVE, who left for the Chicago-based investment firm BDT & Company in February 2014.

For NPR, Smith ran a division of nearly 400 journalists as its senior vice president for news since early 2011. Read more

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Supreme Court Rejects James Risen Appeal to Testify

Last week we wrote about a conversation with WaPo columnist David Ignatius and outed former CIA officer Valerie Plame with Atlantic Washington Editor-at-Large Steve Clemons on US and international intelligence.

During the conversation, Ignatius was asked about James Risen, the NYTimes reporter who appealed to the Supreme Court to not have to identify a confidential source. Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, in Richmond, Va. rejected his appeal.

“On the specific question of Jim Risen, absolutely, he should not be compelled to reveal his sources,” offered Ignatius.

The issue dates back to a May 2011 subpoena received by Risen to identify a source for his 2006 book State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration.
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David Ignatius and Valerie Plame In Convo with The Atlantic

authorspanelLast night at the Watergate, WaPo columnist David Ignatius, who has covered the Middle East and the CIA for 25+ years, and outed former CIA officer Valerie Plame joined The Atlantic Washington Editor-at-Large Steve Clemons to discuss US and international intelligence. The conversation took place just hours before, and covered, NBC’s Brian Williams’ sit down with former NSA contractor Edward Snowden as well as last weekend’s mistakenly outing by the White House of Afghanistan’s CIA station chief. After the conversation, Ignatius and Plame signed copies of their books, including Ignatius’ newest, The Director, due out publicly next week.

For those who missed the conversation (like us, womp womp) The Atlantic posted it online and Hollywood on the Potomac’s Janet Donovan had a one-on-one with Plame. Check ‘em out, after the jump. Read more

Your Saturday Guide to White House Correspondents’ Weekend

2013obamahenry660Tonight marks the start of White House Correspondents’ Weekend and we have your Saturday lineup. From the 2014 Annual Garden Brunch to a new and ticketed “Secret” brunch, of course the dinner, and to be followed by “Burgers & Bowties” and MSNBC, here’s what we have on tap.

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The Atlantic’s Health Care Forum: Top Tweets and More

Health-Care-Forum-2014-HeroEarlier today, The Atlantic hosted its Health Care Forum bringing together “experts in medicine, public health, policy, and finance to examine the condition of the nation’s health care and prescribe policies for its improvement.”

The day featured conversations like “Building a Better Health Care System” with experts from the American Medical Association, WellPoint, and Brookings; “Preventing Prescription Drug Abuse” with Michael Botticelli, deputy director of National Drug Control Policy at the White House; and a one-on-one interview with between the Director of the Domestic Policy Council, Cecilia Munoz, and AtlanticLIVE’s Editor-in-Chief Steve Clemons. LIVESTRONG CEO Doug Ulman, a three time cancer survivor, also sat for a post-lunch Q&A with Associate Editor Olga Khazan.

We followed the conversation on Twitter and pulled our favorite Tweet from each panel. Check out video coverage of the event via The Atlantic.

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5 Lessons From The Atlantic Economy Summit

Surprisingly, The Atlantic Economy Summit was not as terrible as we thought it would be when we got there. It’s not that we would expect The Atlantic to throw a bad event. Quite the contrary -they sort of invented this whole publication-sponsored event thing. They did a great job in fact. Lots of good signage, lots of coffee, a good program. All that was fine.

It’s just that we have an aversion to wearing pants while we type, and pants were mandatory. Also, we weren’t allowed to bring our Big Gulp inside the Capitol Hilton Ball Room. Sigh.

But those minor inconveniences aside, the whole thing was actually pretty interesting. Rep. Chris Van Hollen was there, as were Jared Bernstein, Grover Norquist, Doug Elmendorf, Alice Rivlin, Judd Gregg, Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Sheila Blair, Jason Furman, and Richard Trumka. Wait, the more think about it, who exactly was running the national economy today?

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The Atlantic’s Economy Summit Explores Trade, Tax, Debt, and Budget

TAeconomysummitTaking place now is The Atlantic’s third annual Economy Summit at the Capital Hilton. FishbowlDC editor Patrick is on the ground soaking up all of our economic woes. For those of you who wish you were with him (don’t we all ;) ), you can tune in via the Atlantic’s live stream.

And the day’s remaining schedule below… Read more

How Do You SOTU?

SOTUSure, you can watch the big speech on plain old TV tonight if you want to, but that is by no means the only way to get your SOTU fix this year. Here’s how the political media are covering their “Super Bowl” tonight:

The Atlantic and National Journal will be hosting a State of the Union Congressional Debrief on the morning of Wednesday, January 29.  Molly Ball and Steve Clemons of The Atlantic and Ronald Brownstein of Atlantic Media will be joined on stage by members of congress for a discussion and expert analysis of the President’s speech.  Speakers include Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Congressman Joaquin Castro (D-TX), Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO), Sen. Deb Fischer (R-NE), and Sen. John Hoeven (R-ND), and Rep. Aaron Schock (R-IL).

CNN will start coverage at 7 PM with Wolf Blitzer, Anderson Cooper, and Jake Tapper. Guests include Jon Favreau and Karen Hughes. Throughout the night, Jim Scuitto will be reporting from Iran, Tom Foreman will subject Obama’s claims on economic inequality to a “Reality Check,” and Suzanne Malveaux will moderate a focus group in Des Moines, IA. Jake Tapper will lead the post-speech coverage, followed by John King. And of course, Peter Hamby will be live streaming his Politi-cast during the SOTU and the responses at CNN.com.

TIME will stream its first-ever live webcast on the President’s speech and GOP response starting Tuesday at 8:30PM at TIME.com. The coverage will be anchored by TIME Senior Political Analyst Mark Halperin, and joined with analysis from Michael Scherer, Bobby Ghosh, Rana Foroohar, and Callie Schweitzer.

Al Jazeera American begins coverage at 6 PM  with Tony Harris, Ali Velshi, David Shuster and Richelle Carey. Guests will include Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and former New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson. AJA social editors will live blog the speech at http://alj.am/SOTUJohn SeigenthalerJoie Chen and Ray Suarez take over coverage at 7 PM. Coverage continues at midnight with “America Tonight.”

Roll Call will be hosting a watch party here starting at 8:40 PM. Political Editor Shira T. Center will moderate a Google hangout that features Senior Editor David Hawkings and Editor-in-Chief Christina Bellantoni to preview President Obama’s address. After the speech, Bellantoni will take you live inside Statuary Hall to get instant reactions from members. Center and Hawkings will join the conversation to talk about the implications of the president’s address.

Politico will start coverage at 8:30 PM with Mike Allen, John F. Harris, Anna Palmer, Manu Raju via live stream here. You will also be able to submit questions to POLITICO’s Facebook page after the speech using Facebook’s Q and A feature, for answers from POLITICO Deputy White House Editor Rebecca Sinderbrand. They will also host an event the day after SOTU presented by the Innovation Alliance at 8 AM at the Capitol Hilton. Guests to be announced.

Huffington Post will live stream a speech from Rosanne Barr at 11 PM at HuffPost Live, immediately following the Tea Party response.

Lucky Michael Douglas Bypasses Catherine Zeta Jones Q’s at U.S. Peace Institute

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On Monday night the U.S. Institute of Peace in Washington hosted the Ploughshares Fund Gala. Ploughshares Fund is a bi-partisan group aiming to put an end to the remnants of the nuclear proliferation age, and finally making the world a nuclear-free place for future generations. The gala featured prominent figures, such as Sec. of State John F. Kerry, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, former Sen. Richard Lugar, among other V.I.P.’s.

Notables:

Margaret Carlson, Bloomberg, Steve ClemonsThe Atlantic, Sally Quinn, Washington Post, Ben Ambruster, Think Progress/Center for American Progress, Ali Gharib, Open Zion/Daily Beast, Matt Duss, Think Progress/Center for American Progress, former Undersecretary of State Paula Dobriansky (she worked for George W. Bush), Tom Toles, WaPo (Cartoonist; and wife Gretchen Toles), Sam Feist, CNN, Andrew Morse, CNN, Moira Whelan, State Department, Sen. Ed Markey, Olga KhazanThe Atlantic, Josh Rogin, Daily Beast, Uri Friedman (moving this week from Foreign Policy to The Atlantic), Jean Francois-Boittin, Embassy of France, Anne Gearan, WaPo, Richard Wilhelm, Booz Allen, Jay Newton-Small, Time Magazine, Bruce Gottlieb, National Journal, Michael Powell, American Federation of Teachers, Dixon Osburn, Human Rights First, Jeremy Ben-Ami, J Street, and Warren Bass, Wall Street Journal.

The Master of Ceremonies for the night was Emmy and Academy award winning actor Michael Douglas, who’s passion for complete global nuclear disarmament has put him in the same league as some of the most powerful people in the world who are not actor (beat that, Clooney).

Whose speech outshined the rest at this anti-nuke open-bar gala soiree?

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A Little Birdy Tells Us…

That Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg is coming to the Newseum on Wednesday of next week, where he’ll be interviewed by either The Atlantic‘s James Bennet or Steve Clemons.

Stay tuned…

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