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Top Twitter Feed Reactions to LeBron James’ ‘Coming Home’

Our top Twitter feed reactions to LeBron James’ “I’m coming back to Cleveland.”

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Jefferson Book Party Toasts Arianna Huffington and Thrive

20140515_190857Last night at The Jefferson, Constance Milstein, Gail MacKinnon and Rachel Pearson hosted Arianna Huffington in celebration of her new book, Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder.

Huffington wrote Thrive after a fall brought on by exhaustion and a lack of sleep sent her to the hospital.

“The motivation for writing the book was my own burnout, and then looking around and seeing how many millions are burned out. And then, asking the questions that we stop asking after college, ‘What is the good life? What is success?’ And if you think about it, we define success, in search of these two metrics of money and power, and in this town, especially power. And this is like trying to sit on a two legged stool. Sooner or later you fall off. Nothing wrong with these two metrics. It’s just that you need the third leg of the stool.” Read more

First Day on the Job for Wallsten, Mitra, and Goldberg

A big FishbowlDC congrats to Sujata Mitra, Peter Wallsten, and Susan Goldberg -all of whom are starting new jobs today!

Mitra was hired away from CQ Roll Call back in December. She will be HuffPo’s new Director of Communications of News and Politics. Wallsten was promoted to Deputy National Political Editor at WaPo shortly before Christmas. And Goldberg, formerly of Bloomberg News, is now National Geographic‘s Executive Editor.

If you see any of these cats around town, make sure to give em a high-five and/or buy them a drink. But remember – always high-five before drinks. Otherwise it could get messy…

Like Madonna, CQ Roll Call Masthead Undergoes Constant Re-Invention

Today we learned that Sujata Mitra is leaving CQRC for HuffPo. That made the 7th article this FishbowlDC editor has written about CQRC staff changes in less than two months. And now comes the 8th. In an email to staff, Anne Hoy announced three promotions and EIGHT new hires as part of an expanded collaboration with Thompson Reuters’s WestlawNext legal research system. CQRC currently provides “Washington Briefings” and policy updates for researchers using the database in the areas of securities, banking, and energy. The new hires and promotions are aimed at expanding CQRC contributions to include mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, capital markets and immigration.

They also come after a series of shake-ups at the org, which, taken together, indicate that CQRC is hiring people who can commoditize their information assets, at the expense of retaining more traditional journalistic talent.

The most recent round of staff changes is pretty intense, so rather than repackage it, we’ll let you read in straight from the horse’s mouth after the jump.

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Sujata Mitra Leaves CQ Roll Call, Picked Up by HuffPo

sujata mitraSujata Mitra, the Director of Marketing and Communications for CQ Roll Call announced today that she will be leaving to become the Director of Communications of News and Politics for The Huffington Post. Sujata is leaving after three years at CQRC. Prior to that, she did communications work for Dan Klores Communications in New York and Allison & Partners in DC, as well as for the American Sociological Association. Sujata hails from New York, where she got her start in communications at WPIX, the local CW affiliate.

Sujata’s last day at CQRC will be December 19th; she starts at HuffPo on January 6th. Congrats Sujata!

CQ Roll Call Launches Food Contest

CQ Roll Call is hosting its annual “Taste of America” contest. It’s a tournament-style food competition that pits state against state in a March Madness style bracket. Beginning today, readers will decide the winner by voting online for their state’s signature food.

The contest debuted in 2011. All the foods are listed here. Some notables: Virginia – fried oysters; Pennsylvania – Philly Cheesesteak; Ohio – buckeyes; North Dakota — sunflower seeds; Nevada — Chuckwagon Buffet (this is not dog food); Utah – cherry cobbler; Delaware – peach pie; and New York – hotdog.

The final eight states will be part of a reception at Nationals Ballpark prior to the Congressional Baseball Game, of which CQ Roll Call is a founding sponsor, where the winner will be announced on June 13. Publicist Sujata Mitra explained: “Members of Congress and their offices from the Elite 8 are invited to participate at the reception where the top 8 dishes are served and the winner is announced. It’s been a lot of fun the last two years and we’re looking forward to seeing who makes it to the Elite 8 this year!”

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BuzzFeed Party Heats Up

For its White House Correspondents’ Dinner party, BuzzFeed brought its entire politics team to D.C., but one of its members was noticeably absent from the party.

Andrew Kaczynski, the prolific tweeter and Internet video resurfacer, skipped out. He was at the actual Dinner, the one BuzzFeed had failed to secure a table at. CSPAN brought him as a guest.

“It must be nice, right,” BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith told FishbowlDC that night. “He’s like our celebrity.”

Even without their own version of a celebrity in attendance, the party was packed with hundreds of people, causing long waits at the bar, but even worse: Long lines outside to even get in. Senior Press Director Ashley McCollum manned the mess outside. At one point the general guest line stretched almost 100 people-deep.

For Dorsey Shaw, BuzzFeed‘s resident TV news watcher, it was his first time down from New York since the publication celebrated the launch of it’s Washington bureau in early August last year. He told us he was disappointed that he wouldn’t have time to see the monuments and other sights but that he’d make sure to schedule them in next time he’s in town. (He ended up being able to schedule in some time to see them Sunday, we hear.)

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WHCA Limits CQ Roll Call Dinner Tickets; Patricia Arquette Will Be Their Guest

Somewhere, someplace is an archery range with FNC Chief White House Correspondent Ed Henry‘s face as the bull’s-eye.

CQ Roll Call White House Correspondent Steven Dennis let his White House Correspondents’ Association membership lapse. He renewed it, but decisions had been made. The publication isn’t getting all the seats it wants this year. It’s a better deal than some pubs, which got shut out entirely. Still, this year there will be one table for CQ Roll Call. No extra tickets possible. Pretty strange considering CQ Roll Call has purchased tables at the WHCD for the past 20 years. A recent exchange between the publication and Henry, this year’s president of the WHCA and once the HOH writer for Roll Call, made it clear that the answer was no and that the seats had sold out.

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A Little Birdy Tells Us…

that it’s raining at CQ Roll Call. As in literally raining. Water is falling from the ceiling in the kitchen. They’ve placed a garbage can underneath the leak.

What can we say? When it rains it pours.

The Economist Group, which owns CQ Roll Call, recently made changes to shift resources from Roll Call to the overall digital product. A bunch of reporters now have new bosses in various departments. We’re sure the leak in the kitchen has no connection whatsoever to the recent shifts.

We requested comment from the PR department. Publicist Sujata Mitra told “Yes, a pipe broke, we called building management and they’re taking care of it.”

Newsflash to Five Roll Call Scribes: Say Hello to Your New Boss

Five Roll Call reporters  received word Wednesday that they now have a new boss. Instead of Editor David Rapp, they’ll now report to a different editor. What’s more: Their work will now be behind a paywall as it appears on CQ.com.

The big switch is part of a plan to realign resources and inject them into the overall digital operation. As sources inside the publication explained to FishbowlDC, the move allows the company to lower Roll Call‘s operating costs while they avoid laying off employees. Hypothetically speaking, insiders explain the shift could help if The Economist Group decides to sell or close Roll Call (athough they have not indicated there is no plan to do either).

Despite the fact that the two newsrooms are now fully integrated, confusion among readers still exists as some Roll Call reporters are still resisting the idea of having CQ invade their Roll Call. But they’ll have to adjust. Stories bylined by these reporters will still appear in the Roll Call print edition. If you’re a CQ.com subscriber, all Roll Call stories appear on CQ.com. In turn,  CQ stories pertaining to policy news of the day appear on RollCall.com and the Roll Call print edition.

CQ Roll Call sources tell us tensions are high as some of the affected reporters were less than enthused by the initial news. Some of those called on to make the switch include White House Correspondent Steven Dennis, who is switching bosses but will continue to maintain his regular beat as a CQ Roll Call reporter, House Leadership reporter Daniel Newhauser and Humberto Sanchez, who covers the Senate. Others affected include Adriel Bettelheim, who will write a new CQ Morning Briefing newsletter that starts Monday, Kate Ackley, and Eliza Carney.

CQ Roll Call brass considers the move to be positive. In a memo dispatched to staff Thursday from Susan Benkelman

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