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Hipster Republican is the New Pajama Boy

When will political ad-makers learn?? JUST SAY NO TO DUDES IN GLASSES!!!

John Oliver and Co. take a pretty good whack at the new youth-oriented Republican ad blitz. Take a look, Democrats. It will make you feel better about your own embarrassing outreach efforts.

David Eldridge Leaves TWT for Roll Call

In a letter to staff, Roll Call editor-in-chief Christina Bellantoni announced yesterday the hiring of David Eldridge away from The Washington Times, where he had been assistant editor on the politics desk.* She also announced several promotions and newsroom re-organizations.

Eldridge, who starts his new gig on March 31st, will now serve as Roll Call‘s House editor. He will work with Emma Dumain, Dan Newhouser, and Matt Fuller on the “218″ blog, and be their main point of contact for short and long-term projects. He comes to Roll Call amidst a transition for the paper. Bellantoni herself started a mere 8 weeks ago, and a major re-org had already happened right before she arrived. That blueprint was augmented somewhat by the sudden departure of Peter Anthony last week, and now, with a flurry of promotions and the hiring of Eldridge, Bellantoni is attempting to right the ship.

Eldridge is leaving an arguably more troubled paper, also in the midst of major renovation. TWT Editor John Solomon has been trying to reinvent his conservative daily as a multimedia investigative enterprise since he was brought on last summer.

There were more adjustments and promotions announced yesterday as well, though they are a bit too numerous for us to regurgitate here. For more detail on the latest Roll Call re-org, check out Bellantoni’s letter to staff, after the jump.

*Update 2:49: This post previously said that David Eldridge was most recently the managing editor of TWT‘s website. That was inaccurate. Though he was once the managing editor of the website, he is now assistant editor on the politics desk. The current managing editor of the site is Ian Bishop.

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‘MTP’ Launches Midweek ‘Express’ Videos, Because Why Not?

We were sitting around our office suite  here at FBDC headquarters the other day, drinking mai-tais and watching archival footage of “Meet the Press,” when we had a thought: “Why aren’t there more places online to watch David Gregory talk about things?” It was a vexing problem that today -thankfully -has been solved.

“MTP” launched a new video series today called “Meet the Press Express (Brought to you by GE).” The videos will feature Gregory and other folks from NBC’s DC bureau drinking “coffee” with “both seasoned and up-and-coming reporters,”  and having “smart, casual conversation about what’s driving the political agenda that week.” You know like Politico’s “Driving the Day,” but sitting down. Or like “The Talk,” but boring.

The web show premier features such DC notables as The Atlantic’s Molly BallRoll Call’s Christina Bellantoni and Washington Post’s Wesley Lowery. And don’t worry -there are plenty of March Madness references. There’s even some “political bracketology,” wherein Bellantoni scrawls the names of Congressmen on a piece of paper and says sports things. Yay news! Smashing sports and politics together in a completely nonsensical jumble that is useless to both sports fans and news consumers is awesome! All in all, it’s an excellent way to spend several minutes of your workday.

Also -conjecture about Jeb Bush, speculation about Rand Paul, and all the conventional wisdom you could possibly want. Behold the miracle of cost-free content production, after the jump!

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Defense One Adds Contributors, Expands Editorial Staff

Defense One has added two new contributors, according to a press release today:

Executive Editor Kevin Baron this week announced the addition of Gayle Tzemach Lemmon and Sarah Chayes as contributors to the site. Lemmon, senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and the author of the New York Times bestseller The Dressmaker of Khair Khana, will cover the national security nexus in the Middle East. Chayes, senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment and former special adviser to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will write a series of articles on corruption and conflict across global hot spots involving the U.S. military.

At the same time, the defense industry pub announced the hiring of two editors. Technology Editor Patrick Tucker, former deputy editor of The Futurist,was brought on in February. And News Editor Ben Watson, a U.S. Army and Afghanistan war veteran, joined in early March from NPR.

Waters Turning RealClear

Relax y’all! We know you were freaking out about our previous post regarding Governing magazine, wherein we told  you about the hiring of a new publisher, Mark Funkhouser.

“Governing magazine has hired Dr. Mark Funkhouser, the former mayor of Kansas City, Missouri, as publisher. He replaces outgoing publisher Erin Waters, who resigned in February,” we said then.

“But what about Erin Waters?!?!?!?” was undoubtedly your reaction. “Where is she going????”

Well now we know the answer: RealClearPolitics. They announced today that Waters has started at the company in the newly-created position of Director of Product and Business Development in Washington, DC.

“We’re excited to add Erin’s name to the list of top-notch professionals who’ve joined RealClearPolitics recently,” said Tom Bevan, co-founder and Executive Editor of RealClearPolitics. “As we grow our coverage in DC and expand into new verticals, Erin will play a key role in these products and business development.”

We’re sure there’s a better Real Clear + Waters joke in here somewhere, but we can’t put one together right now. Feel free to do so in the comments.

Afternoon Lede Check, 3.18.14

A man was shot and killed when he fires on officers; the U.S. suspends consular relations with Syria; and a Navy Yard review suggests DOD handed out too many security clearances.

From WaPo to WJLA, here are the stories that are leading your homepages today, after the jump…

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ICYMI – #McConnelling, MA Flight 370, Chris Brown Jailed

Nate Silver to Make All Other Journalists Obsolete by 2016

FiveThirtyEight.com is back, baby. And for all of you in DC Journo-Land, this likely means you will have no jobs. The overwhelming and undeniable power of Nate Silver‘s sex-appeal math will render your quaint approaches to “newsgathering” as irrelevant as they are devoid of insight.

Sorry.

According to Silver’s manifesto, posted on his site today, you other journalists range from “Occasionally Amusing Gadflies” to “Mortal Foes of Logic.” In any eventuality, Nate Silver will wipe you out, like a speck of spittle on the lens of his glasses. Here is a chart for clarification.

Anthony’s Explosive Exit From CQ Roll Call

The CQ Roll Call newsroom is buzzing today over the dramatic departure of Chief Product Officer Peter Anthony. Apparently monitors were smashed and desks overturned as Anthony ripped off his clothes with Hulk-like rage and stormed about the office! Okay, we made that up.

But one source did describe the situation as a “firestorm,” and staffers confirm that the decision was his and effective immediately. No word on what triggered the dust-up, but rumor has it budgets could be to blame.

Anthony was just recently appointed to his position in a big re-org last November. Previously he served as Senior Vice President of Advocacy and Engagement.

Howie Kurtz to Obama: Get Off My Lawn!

Fox News host and extremely funny person Howard Kurtz isn’t too keen on Obama’s recent appearance on “Between Two Ferns.” But unlike some of his Fox News peers, his issue isn’t that Obama has “demeaned the office of the Presidency.”

No. Instead, Kurtz just doesn’t think the video was funny:

But there is a problem when the president does the web show “Funny or Die” with Zach Galifianakis. He wasn’t funny. He died. Which senior administration officials thought this was a good idea? What’s next, driving around with Jerry Seinfeld in “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee”?

Oh, Howie.

1) You are perhaps the only person -certainly the only media critic -who thinks this video is not funny.
2) It was Valerie Jarrett who thought this was a good idea, and she’s telling everyone.
3) Obama is not a comedian, but yes, going on Jerry Seinfeld’s web show would actually be a great idea too. It is also funny and beloved of the kids.

More brilliant insights from Old Man Kurtz, after the jump…

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