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ABC’s Jonathan Karl Fills in for Mike Allen on Playbook

Mike of a Thousand Days he almost was. Mike Allen took a day off from Politico Playbook, the morning political-media-birthday daily digest. And if you noticed a few more links and mentions to ABC News than usual, it’s because ABC correspondent Jonathan Karl filled in.

BREAKING — After 990 consecutive days writing Playbook (including weekends and every holiday), Mike Allen has Gone Fishin’, taking his first day off since August 30, 2009.

This is Karl’s second go and putting together Playbook, the first without Allen virtually looking over his shoulder. The prep started last night, Karl tells TVNewser, “followed by an intense few hours of total-immersion into the day’s news beginning at 4am.”

“It’s great fun to do for a day, but mind-boggling to think Mike has done it for 990 consecutive days,” Karl says.

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