Posts Tagged ‘Steve Clemons’
On Sept. 18 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. The Atlantic is featuring a two-woman panel to look at the road to the White House in 2012 through the eyes of two veteran political strategists. The event at Washington’s W Hotel is being underwritten by ExxonMobil.
Featuring Sharon Day
Co-Chairman, Republican National Committee
and Anita Dunn
Former Obama White House Communications Director
with Steve Clemons
Editor-in-Chief, AtlanticLIVE, and Washington Editor-at-Large, The Atlantic
The Atlantic‘s New Work Era Summit on Tuesday is bringing in government and business leaders to discuss challenges facing American workers today and how to best prepare for future workforce trends.
Featured speakers: Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education; Senator Mark Warner (D-VA); and Steve Case, founder of AOL and a member of the President’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.
The event takes place at the Newseum from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
To coincide with tomorrow’s summit, The Atlantic and McKinsey & Company are joining forces for “The Great Jobs Debate,” a two-week special report on TheAtlantic.com. Beginning Tuesday, July 12, says a release, experts in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors will weigh in on one crucial question: what single thing should the government do to create jobs? Contributors include: Michelle Rhee, former D.C. schools chief; Siemens CEO Eric Spiegel; Mayor Julian Castro of San Antonio; Carl Schramm, CEO of the Kauffman Foundation; Matthew Yglesias of Think Progress, and The Atlantic‘s Megan McArdle, among others.
More logistical details about the Work Summit after the jump…
Atlantic Media Company president Justin Smith announced today that Steve Clemons has joined The Atlantic as Editor-in-Chief of AtlanticLIVE and Washington Editor-At-Large for The Atlantic. Clemons comes to The Atlantic from the New America Foundation, a think tank he helped create. He will continue to be a Senior Fellow there.
He was one of Washington’s early political bloggers, publishing the Washington Note, which will now be included in the family of blogs at TheAtlantic.com.
We’re including a quote from Smith because it doesn’t sound too horribly canned. He says, “Steve is one of those individuals who can best be described as a ‘force of nature.’ He is an entrepreneur and an impresario. Steve is an original thinker, with a huge appetite for ideas, and a knack for framing them intelligently in print, online and in live settings.”
There were more than plenty DC journos on hand last night at the St. Regis Hotel to see David Axelrod introduce David Brooks as The Week‘s Columnist of the Year Award. The dinner was emceed by The Week‘s Washington editor-at-large Margaret Carlson and Axelrod was the guest speaker. “You’re what the future could be, don’t screw up,” Axelrod joked with the crowd on the future of journalism.
His intro to Brooks included ancedotes about their “parallel lives,” both having attended the University of Chicago and starting out as reporters in the Windy City. “I did want to be David Axelrod. I followed his career every step of the way. The one thing I haven’t done is elected somebody president. Senator Lindsay Graham?” Brooks joked to the politician in the crowd.
More funny lines from Brooks: “I used to have all sorts of human drives, the need for food, for water, for sex. Now I have one drive… the need for column ideas.”
Other honorees of the sixth annual Opinion Awards included Editorial Cartoonist of the Year The Atlantic Journal-Constitution’s Mark Luckovich and Blogger of the Year fivethirtyeight.com’s Nate Silver.
A panel discussion “Will There Ever Be a New Politics?” followed, which included Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), WaPo’s Eugene Robinson (who was applauded for his recently awarded Pulitzer) and MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough. After some back-and-forth moderated by The Week‘s editor-at-large Sir Harold Evans, Scarborough’s Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinksi worked the crowd for a Q&A that included queries from Slate’s John Dickerson, MSNBC’s Chris Matthews and WaPo‘s Jonathan Capehart.
Attendees included: Tammy Haddad, Ben Bradlee, Sally Quinn, Andrea Mitchell, Len Downie, Mike Allen, Matt Cooper, Ana Marie Cox, Savannah Guthrie, Mark Whitaker, Jonathan Martin, David Shuster, Steve Clemons, Betsy Fischer, Maureen Orth, Lynn Sweet, Tina Brown, Tucker Carlson and others.
Also: Rep. Jane Harman, Rep. Ed Markey, Sen. Ben Nelson, Rep. John Dingell and Debbie Dingell and Walter Isaacson, among others.
Above is the cover of the program distributed last night. We have a few photos after the jump and more to come…
Taegan Goddard, Steve Clemons and NBC’s Chuck Todd were on hand for breakfast and a political insight panel hosted by CQ and Political Wire yesterday. We told you earlier this month about the new relationship between the two. CQ’s President and Editor-in-Chief Bob Merry was also a panelist.
The topic on hand- Goddard’s theory that President Obama is playing “curveball” instead of the hardball politics that have consumed Washington over the years. He says, “Politics used to be compared to ‘playing hardball’ — named for the baseball thrown faster than a speeding bullet straight for a batter’s head. That’s no longer the case. In the Obama era, the sport can now better be defined as ‘playing curveball’ — after the moving, shifting baseball thrown to fool a batter into swinging wildly and missing.”
Goddard will also lead a live online discussion “Does Obama practice a different kind of politics?” today at 2pm. Tune in here.
From Steve Clemons:
I was there on the set along with a group of other distinguished journalists — including Bob Woodward, Margaret Carlson, Bob Schieffer, John Palmer, EJ Dionne, and Katty Kay. They wanted a blogger/journalist/wonk in the mix, and yours truly said sure. Our task was to make a large group of pretend journalists look more real when Robin Wright Penn makes a statement to the press following disclosure that her Congressman husband (Ben Affleck) may have been having an affair with a now deceased personal assistant.