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SNL’S Cecily Strong to be Fourth Female Performer at WH Correspondents’ Dinner

Screen Shot 2014-11-19 at 7.57.09 AM“Saturday Night Live’s” Cecily Strong will headline next year’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner on April 25, White House Correspondents Association President Christi Parsons announced this morning.

Strong joined SNL in 2012 and is best known as a past “Weekend Update” anchor as well as “The Girl You Wish You Hadn’t Started a Conversation with at a Party.” She will be just the fourth woman to perform at the dinner in its 82 years.

Parsons noted that Strong isn’t a stranger to politics and media—her father, Bill Strong, served as the Associated Press bureau chief covering the Illinois Statehouse.

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Jonathan Allen to Join Bloomberg News

A memo received from Bloomberg News earlier today announced that Jonathan Allen will join Bloomberg’s Washington bureau coming from POLITICO where he served as White House bureau chief. In this role, he’ll cover the White House and report on the 2016 presidential campaign.

Next month, Allen’s book with co-author Amie Parnes, “HRC: State Secrets and the Rebirth of Hillary Clinton,” hits bookstores. HRC is a behind-the-scenes look at Clinton’s time at the State Department based on dozens of interviews with Clinton insiders and others.

Join us in congratulating Jonathan on his new role.

Morning Oopsy!

Yesterday, the White House released a transcript of a press briefing with Ben Rhodes, deputy national security advisor, that had a pretty big typo. Talking about the difference between the American and European response to Syria, the White House said that Rhodes remarked:

“…in fact, I think on Syria as a general matter we have been a leading provider of humanitarian assistance, on lethal assistance, and we’re taking this step to provide support for the military opposition.”

Emphasis added. This morning, the press office issued a correction noting that he’d actually said non-lethal assistance.


Deja Vu for TIME’s Miller

Being a journalist intent on using Twitter to push every single aspect of a story has its ups and downs. How do you decide what’s interesting, engaging and new? You certainly don’t want to tweet the same thing over and over again? You want to keep it fresh. Unless you’re TIME’s Zeke Miller.

Don’t get me wrong. Miller is a hustler. He seems to appear at every scheduled White House event and share details in a rapid fire fashion. On Twitter, it’s quantity, not necessarily quality, that distinguishes Miller from his reporting companions. If covering a story means transcribing every utterance from an official in a public forum, then Zeke is a pro.

Zeke was in attendance when POTUS delivered statements on Monday afternoon and Tuesday mid-day. On both occasions, Miller set the scene. The only problem is, he tweeted the exact same boring shit for both events.

See for yourself.  Read more

Major Garrett Tweaks Twitter Handle

One of the most prolific tweeters that we follow is Major Garrett. The brand new Chief White House Correspondent for CBS/Columnist for National Journal takes his Twitter feed to many different places. We began to worry about Garrett since he hadn’t tweeted since November 22. Just as we were thinking of sending out the search dogs, he re-emerged Tuesday morning with the following tweet.

He lives! And he’s changed his name! While he will still write a column for National Journal, his main gig will be with CBS. When Garrett covered the White House for Fox News, he tweeted as “@MajoratWH.” When he jumped to National Journal, he switched to “@MajoratNJ.” At the time, followers seemed to wait with baited breath for what the new handle would be. When we got the news about his moving to CBS, we figured it was only a matter of time.

We reached out to Garrett about the name change… Read more

Major Garrett Heads to CBS

Major Garrett will be returning to TV and the White House. Effective November 26, Garrett will take over as White House Correspondent for CBS News. CBS is a television partner of National Journal, where Garrett currently serves as White House Correspondent for the publication. He will continue to write a weekly column for them.

Garrett replaces Norah O’Donnell, who moved on to be the host of “CBS This Morning.”

Ron Fournier, Editor-in-Chief of the National Journal sent this email to colleagues.. Read more

In Defense of Himself: Daily Caller’s Neil Munro

On Thursday National Journal‘s George Condon took issue with our writeup of Bloomberg‘s Hans Nichols shouting out a question out of turn at the end of the White House presser with President Obama earlier in the week. We said Hans pulled a “Neil Munro,” as in the heckler who interrupted Obama in the Rose Garden in June, knowing full well he was asking a question out of the realm of Wednesday’s protocol. Condon, among others such as NYT‘s Peter Baker, argued Hans was well within his grounds to shout-out a question at the close of the presser. They asserted that it’s tradition for reporters to push and try to extend a press conference longer than the President and his aides may allow.

Fair enough. But Munro, who was largely shunned and criticized by colleagues after his incident, had another take on the matter… Read more

White House Soup of the Day

The White House Soup of the Day, as reported by MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown” is…

15 Bean.

“I think there should be the official soup of the fiscal cliff — 15 bean — because these negotaitons have to have a little bit of everything..a legume here, a legume there, taxes, entitlements, cuts, all represented by a different bean,” said host Chuck Todd. “Wouldn’t that be fun?” (Chuck we love the extensive quote, but are you okay?)


White House Pool Prize

Yahoo! NewsOlivier Knox gets the prize for last night’s post midnight Pool Report for a couple of reasons. 1. He managed to make no news entertaining. 2. We like his self-deprecating vibe. 3. The almost danger factor of the clueless person driving the red Toyota provided tension, however fleeting. 4. See reason #1.

“In acknowledgement of the late hour: POTUS is back at the White House. You can open another door on your Election Year Advent Calendar and go to bed. Your pooler laid eyes on POTUS exactly once: As the president descended the air-stairs at Andrews. It would have needed two upgrades to qualify for ‘fleeting glimpse’ status Motorcade sped past a couple of saluting soldiers and out the gates.  The ride was unremarkable, though for about 8-10 minutes, a red Toyota Solara that could stand to be washed kept pace with Pool Van The First, apparently oblivious to occasional police lights flashing and unconcerned by the proximity of so many large black vehicles with government plates. The vehicle, bearing Maryland plates, eventually dropped back, sharply enough to suggest a sudden realization. (I can hear Collinson now: ‘Yeah. Great story, Olivier. Really felt like I was there.’). We pulled into the White House driveway, past what appeared to be a family (Mom, Dad, three kids) snapping cell phone pictures of the motorcade. Our van came to a halt at midnight outside the darkened residence.
We have a full lid.”