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National Journal Hires Bob Moser and Ben Pershing

National Journal‘s Editor-in-Chief Tim Grieve this afternoon announced internally the hiring of two editors, Bob Moser from the American Prospect as senior editor of the magazine and Ben Pershing as Washington editor to oversee NJ’s coverage of Congress and the White House.

See Grieve’s email to staff, after the jump.

UPDATE: An internal email sent minutes after our post also announced that Daniel Newhauser will also join National Journal as a Congress reporter.

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CNN’s Jake Tapper Explores ‘Why Won’t Washington Work’

featured_assetOn today’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper” on CNN, the host will launch his new series “Why Won’t Washington Work,” exploring seemingly simple solutions to problems that get bogged down in Washington red tape.

The series, expected to continue over the next several months, will kick off with a conversation between Tapper and USAID Administrator Dr. Rajiv Shah on “why a 1.5 billion dollar budget still isn’t enough to feed the world’s hungry.”

SPOILER: Because more than half the money goes to satisfying archaic rules about who and where the food can come from.

Check it out, today at 4pm, on CNN’s “The Lead with Jake Tapper.”

Sarah Palin Talks Hard Choices, Political Talk Show with The Hollywood Reporter

OrVIIAlaThe Hollywood Reporter’s Marisa Guthrie this morning published a Q&A with Sarah Palin after the Sportsman Channel ordered a second season of her namesake show “Amazing America with Sarah Palin.”

The former Vice Presidential candidate answered questions about the series, which explores “what makes America amazing,” as well as some questions more focused ‘inside the Beltway.’

On whether she’d ever host her own television, radio, or Internet political talk show, Palin didn’t object.

“Maybe. But the politics would have to be interspersed with a whole lot of fun and real life and inspiration showcasing American work ethic, because those topics are all pretty much the antithesis of today’s politics, which I find incorrigibly disastrous!” She went on to add, “It’d be so much fun to shake it up taking on issues that make audiences objectively consider all sides, and I’d do it with my own real-life groundedness, candor and commonsense that I’m known for.” Read more

Yahoo News’ Olivier Knox Offers Look at President Obama’s ‘Secret Schedule’

whitehouseWhile much – or some – of the President of the United States’ daily schedule is listed online for public consumption, his private schedule, detailing a more minute-by-minute look at Obama’s day, was the focus of a recent piece by Yahoo News’ Olivier Knox.

“It’s a document so closely held that Obama aides, like their counterparts under George W. Bush, are expected to dispose of it at day’s end in ‘burn bags’ typically reserved for documents so sensitive they cannot be consigned to mere shredding,” wrote Knox.

The private schedule is delivered in hard copy form at 7am to the desks of senior aides and includes a disclaimer showcasing the sensitivity of the document – “This schedule contains sensitive information and is provided for your information only. It may not be distributed, forwarded, or printed without the express written permission of the Director of Scheduling.”

For more on the veiled secrecy of President Obama’s private schedule, click on over to Yahoo News.

Georgetowner Writer and Fmr. Art Director Head to Savannah, to Together Join South Mag

corrie dykeGeorgetown Media Group – known throughout Washington for its publications The Georgetowner and The Downtowner - will soon bid farewell to its fashion writer and publisher’s assistant Corrie Dyke, who with her fiance Timothy-Paul Reithmiller - who most recently served as GMG’s Art Director – will pack up and head south, to together, join South magazine.

In their new roles, Reithmiller will serve as the glossy’s new arts director and Dyke, it’s managing editor. South is well-known throughout Georgia, Alabama, South Carolina, and Florida for showcasing “the distinctive and evolving heritage of the South.”

Just in time to enjoy the second half of summer, the couple will relocate to Savannah, Georgia, where the magazine is based and says they, “look forward to meeting and living with the great people of Savannah!”

Congrats to Tim and Corrie on escaping DC their new venture down South!

President Barack Obama Lectures at 1776

This morning, President Barack Obama stopped by 1776, a DC startup incubator, to offer a lecture to members.

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Hillary Clinton Joins Walter Isaacson for Facebook Live Q&A at Aspen Ideas Festival

featuredFormer Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will sit down with Walter Isaacson, president and CEO of the Aspen Institute, today for an “Afternoon of Conversation” at the Aspen Ideas Festival.

Those who join the event on Facebook can submit questions for the former Senator and First Lady to be considered to be asked by Isaacson.

The conversation will take place at 4pm ET (2pm local) and live-streamed on Facebook.

CNN Names Samantha Barry Senior Director of Social News

RvsetKiKJust in time for midterm coverage, CNN has named Samantha Barry its new senior director of social news. Originally from Ireland, Barry is a former media trainer for the U.S. Department of State and was most recently in London with BBC World News where she advanced its TV and digital news coverage through social platforms.

In her new role, Barry will manage the social teams in DC and at all of the CNN bureaus and work closely with VP of CNN Politics Ed O’Keefe as he pushes his editorial strategy of social-mobile-video. She’ll be based in New York and report to Meredith Artley, VP and managing editor of CNN Digital.

Rather than a traditional press release of the announcement, CNN issued a Q&A with Barry, referred to internally as “Sam.” Check it out after the jump. Read more

Bethesda Magazine Hires Cindy Rich to Focus on Health Section of Magazine

bethesdaIn internal memo at Bethesda Magazine today announced the hire of Cindy Rich, formerly of Washingtonian magazine. This is the second time the Maryland glossy has hired a Washingtonian alum this year; in May, former Washingtonian senior editor Mary Clare Glover went there to replace editor Lisa Shroder.

Here’s the internal email from Glover that was sent to staff today announcing Rich’s hiring:

Steve and I are very excited to announce that we have hired Cindy Rich as a senior editor. For the past three years, Cindy has been director of communications at the National Center for Children and Families, a Bethesda-based nonprofit. Before that, Cindy was a senior writer for Washingtonian magazine, where she wrote in-depth stories about such topics as health, children, families and crime. Her writing has won multiple awards from the Society of Professional Journalists and was also named in the Best American Essays anthology and recognized by the Easter Seals.

At Bethesda Magazine, Cindy will edit the Health section of the magazine, among other stories, and will also write long-form features and oversee the Welcome Guide. A Kensington native, Cindy knows the Bethesda area well. She and her husband, Chris, a Montgomery County Public Schools teacher,  live in Rockville with their daughter. She will start August 4.

Capitol File Summer 2014 Cover by Artist Peter Max to Benefit the U.S. Humane Society

Capitol_File_DC_600x720The Summer 2014 issue of Capitol File is out just two days after the official start of summer, much to the liking of Washingtonians with a fine art palate. The magazine’s parent company – Niche Media – teamed up with Peter Max, who created an original Capitol File cover to be auctioned on Charitybuzz to benefit the Humane Society of the United States.

In addition to Niche Media’s DC magazine, Max commissioned covers for Boston Common, Gotham, and Hamptons, including several other of its publications.

The one-of-a-kind auction item is a 20 x 24 inch hand-embellished work on paper. After three bids, it’s currently listed at $1,750 for a piece valued at $9,800 and goes through August 6. Twenty five limited-edition 18 x 24 inch signed posters are also available to those who make a $250 donation to the Humane Society of the United States.

For a full look at the cover, check newsstands starting today, or click here for auction information.

 

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