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FishbowlDC: Former Portfolio staffer Matt Cooper recently got a new gig at The Atlantic but is maintaining his title as editor-at-large for TalkingPointsMemo.com.

TVNewser: Peter Doocy, a recent grad and son of Fox & Friends host Steve Doocy, is joining Fox News.

Folio: Jazz Times has ceased publication but may not be completely dead yet. According to a note on the magazine’s Web site, it “will undergo reorganization and restructuring in order to remain competitive in the current media climate.”

Daily Intel: Brant Publications‘ editorial director Glenn O’Brien has left the company. He was placed in charge of Interview, as well as Brant’s other titles, last year.

Financial Times: Thanks to three recent acquisitions, Bonnier Group has become one of the top ten largest magazine owners in the U.S., only three years after entering the market.

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Newspapers, Bloat Behind Portfolio‘s Demise?

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Rumors of problems at Portfolio began long before the Conde Nast business magazine folded Monday. Media watchers have been obsessively analyzing Portfolio’s every move since the title launched in April 2007 and much of the criticism has focused on editor-in-chief Joanne Lipman. Observers say Lipman, who came to Portfolio by way of the Wall Street Journal had a troubled relationship with her staff, spent too much money, and didn’t get the Internet. According to others inside the embattled business book, Portfolio’s demise may have also stemmed from poor planning and organization, a missed opportunity with its critically-lauded Web site, and falling newspaper revenues at Conde Nast parent company Advance Publications.

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Breaking: Portfolio Folds

cover_portfolio_190.jpgPortfolio magazine, the two-year-old Conde Nast business monthly, has folded as of this morning. Thus far, there’s been no official word on whether Web site Portfolio.com will live on in any capacity, but it’s not looking likely, as there’s no mention of future plans for the site in an early report from Portfolio.com media blogger Jeff Bercovici, in which he details that Portfolio editor Joanne Lipman learned of the magazine’s closure from Conde Nast chairman S.I. Newhouse Jr. just this morning. Silicon Alley Insider’s Nicholas Carlson reports that staffers were called into a meeting with Conde executives where they were told the magazine will be shuttered and “there was a round of applause” for the embattled Lipman.

Portfolio launched two years ago with a large budget and a slew of big-name contributors. Its high profile made Portfolio the target of endless speculation from media watchers, with rumors of its potential closure floating around for some time. This month’s issue of Portfolio had the smallest number of ad pages in the magazine’s history. We’ll update you with more news as this story develops…

Update: Full memo from Conde on Portfolio‘s closure and word on the number of casualties…

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TPM Launches New Blog, Hires Matt Cooper

340gggx.jpgTPM has announced it is launching a new political blog, TPMDC.com, which they describe as “successor to TPM Election Central.” Matt Cooper, formerly of The New York Times, Newsweek, etc. and currently a contributing editor at Portfolio, where he will continue, has been hired to cover the White House and the Obama administration. Says Cooper in his inaugural post:

I’ve been a fan of Josh Marshall and the site for a long time and it’s nice to be a part of it. I continue to write for Conde Nast Portfolio, where I’m a contributing editor, as well as its website, and other publications. But I’ll be doing a lot here, trying to make sense of this new era and what it means. I covered the Clinton and George W. Bush presidencies for mainstream media outlets like Time and Newsweek, but I have deep roots in publications like this, having started my journalism career at The Washington Monthly and later having written the “White House Watch” column for The New Republic.

Conde Nast Portfolio’s Breakfast Panel

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This morning, Conde Nast Portfolio magazine hosted a swank Panel/Breakfast at the 21 Club. The topic: The Market’s Future: What’s Next for the Economy. Speakers: John Cassidy, Contributing Editor, Matt Cooper, Washington Editor, Jesse Eisinger, Senior Writer. Editor in Chief, Joanne Lipman moderated.

Attendees included: Mort Zuckerman, Peggy Siegal, Rick Lazio, Felicia Taylor, Richard Edelman, Harold Burstein, Bob Scully, Jonathan Dahl, Jonathan Wald . Noticeably absent Jon Fine, of Business Week (wink: my husband).

I twittered the event. For my transcript, click continue. Follow me on Twitter at www.twitter.com/laureltouby…

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Laughing it Up With 23/6

23/6 the Huffington Post off-shoot that of late has been giving the Onion a run for its money, hosted a comedy hour upstairs at the Big Tent following Hillary Clinton‘s keynote address last night. Featured performers included Portfolio‘s Matt Cooper (who does a mean John McCain impression), the Barely Political folk, the tooth-hurtingly funny Fred Armisen, and FBNY’s current roommate and bringer of good things, HuffPo’s Rachel Sklar, whose rendition of American Pie is featured below.

Should Portfolio Allow Matthew Cooper to Write About Hillary?

mcooper_2007_fbny.jpgWe’re still a tantalizing 37 days away from the launch of Condé Nast’s multimillion-dollar business magazine Portfolio, yet there may already be a controversy brewing. Matt Cooper, the former Time magazine writer who, along with Valerie Plame, was a central figure in the CIA leak case and Scooter Libby trial, is the magazine’s Washington editor. His wife, Mandy Grunwald, is a chief ad strategist in Hillary Clinton. Cooper tells the L.A. Times he expects to write about Clinton and “to acknowledge my wife works for Hillary … at least on Hillary-centric stories.”

Portfolio isn’t the only business magazine to have a potential conflict of interest problem. Fortune Washington bureau chief and Fox News analyst Nina Easton‘s husband, Russ Schriefer, is a media strategist for John McCain. She says she will not write about McCain, and will issue occasional disclaimers to tell FNC TV viewers about her indirect ties to McCain.