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Eli Lake And Josh Rogin Leaving The Daily Beast, Expected To Join Bloomberg View

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 5:44 PM

NEW YORK -- Daily Beast reporters Eli Lake and Josh Rogin are leaving the news and culture site and expected to join Bloomberg View, according to sources familiar with the move.

Daily Beast executive editor Noah Shachtman did not comment as to where Lake and Rogin are headed, but...

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Why Did The Washington Post Name The White House Volunteer Accused In Prostitution Scandal?

(69) Comments | Posted October 18, 2014 | 8:10 AM

NEW YORK -- On the night of Oct. 8, The Washington Post reported that White House aides had received information in April 2012 “suggesting that a prostitute was an overnight guest” of a presidential advance team staffer in Cartagena, Colombia, the site of the Secret...

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New York Times Reporter James Risen Finds ‘Crazy Is The New Normal' In War On Terror

(7) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 6:38 PM

NEW YORK –- New York Times reporter James Risen was surprised Sunday when former National Security Agency chief Michael Hayden said he doesn’t see a need for the government to prosecute Risen for refusing to reveal a source.

“I’m glad to see he feels that way these...

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Chuck Todd Defends Grimes 'Disqualified' Critique, But Says It's 'Cheap' To Use In TV Ad

(185) Comments | Posted October 14, 2014 | 11:57 AM

NEW YORK -- "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd stood by his recent comment that Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes "disqualified herself" by refusing to say who she voted for in the last presidential election, a remark highlighted by her Republican opponent, Mitch McConnell, in a...

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Keith Olbermann Apologized To Bill Clinton For MSNBC's 'Ceaseless' Lewinsky Coverage

(118) Comments | Posted October 10, 2014 | 2:37 PM

NEW YORK -- Keith Olbermann once apologized to then-President Bill Clinton for his part in MSNBC's "ceaseless coverage" of the scandal over the president's affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

An email describing Olbermann's Oct. 1998 apology, and a possible response from Clinton, appeared Friday in...

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Unnamed U.S. Officials Blame News Reports Based On Unnamed U.S. Officials For Militants' Escape

(11) Comments | Posted October 9, 2014 | 5:45 PM

NEW YORK -– The Associated Press reported Thursday that the U.S. fired 46 cruise missiles last month at Syria-based terrorist cell the Khorasan Group, but only killed one or two key militants.

U.S. intelligence officials, speaking anonymously about classified information, suggested to the AP that the strikes...

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The New York Times Keeps Cutting Newsroom Jobs, But Headcount Doesn't Budge

(6) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 3:07 PM

NEW YORK -- New York Times executive editor Dean Baquet recently announced plans to eliminate 100 jobs through voluntary buyouts or layoffs, marking another grim occasion for the beleaguered newspaper industry. Still, he noted, the Times has weathered previous cutbacks "better than most" and has preserved "a large...

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Politico Promotes Blake Hounshell, Reveals New Website Design In Staff Meeting

(1) Comments | Posted October 7, 2014 | 3:06 PM

NEW YORK -– The past month has been especially eventful at Politico, with the news organization announcing a new editor, losing an executive editor, hiring another executive editor, planning a new policy venture, launching another and gearing up...

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Politico Sees Big Money In Expanding Its Labor Coverage

(0) Comments | Posted October 6, 2014 | 6:58 PM

NEW YORK -- The percentage of American workers in unions is the lowest in nearly a century, and only two major newspapers still devote a reporter full-time to covering labor. But where some others outlets have scaled back, Politico sees an opportunity.

Politico Pro, home...

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How The Washington Post's Carol Leonnig Broke Open The Secret Service Scandal

(3) Comments | Posted October 2, 2014 | 2:02 PM

NEW YORK -– With the Secret Service under fire for a series of security lapses in presidential protection, there is one journalist who seems to have all the information. The White House, Congress and even Julia Pierson, who just resigned as director of the Secret Service, all learned details of...

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Matt Bai: Gary Hart Media Frenzy Had ‘Profound Reverberations On Our Politics'

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2014 | 3:36 PM

NEW YORK -- When The New York Times Magazine recently published an excerpt from Matt Bai’s newly released book on Gary Hart’s media-fueled downfall, political prognosticators argued Bai had gotten something wrong: The Democratic contender was unlikely to ever win the 1988 election against...

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Syrian Activists Report From ISIS-Controlled City News Outlets Can't Reach

(1) Comments | Posted September 26, 2014 | 11:37 AM

NEW YORK -- Abu Ibrahim Raqqawi fled Raqqa, a city in north-central Syria, a few weeks ago, yet he remains a go-to source for news coming out of the de facto capital of the Islamic State.

On Wednesday, he spoke to the BBC about conditions on the ground...

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Top Obama Adviser Dan Pfeiffer Dismisses 'Fake' Media Uproar Over 'Latte Salute'

(74) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 3:35 PM

NEW YORK –- Dan Pfeiffer said Thursday that the president’s "latte salute," the Twitter-fueled media outrage of the week, epitomizes just "how fake the whole conversation" around politics can be.

Pfeiffer, a senior adviser to President Barack Obama and...

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New York Times Launches 'First Draft' Politics Site And Newsletter

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 7:00 AM

NEW YORK -- Carl Hulse, a veteran of The New York Times for nearly three decades, considers there to be a hole in the paper's Washington report.

The Times, online and in print, covers the day's big news and often looks more broadly at the political landscape. And Times...

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Editor Of Vice News Says There Was ‘No Collusion' With ISIS For Documentary

(3) Comments | Posted September 19, 2014 | 4:09 PM

NEW YORK -– Vice News editor-in-chief Jason Mojica shot down an accusation Thursday night that his news organization may have "colluded" with militants from the Islamic State, or ISIS, in order to gain access for its recent, widely praised documentary.

“I can certainly say that there is...

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New Politico Editor Susan Glasser Wants To 'Win The Morning' -- And The Afternoon And Evening

(5) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 4:35 PM

NEW YORK –- On Thursday morning, Politico cofounders John Harris and Jim VandeHei introduced Susan Glasser to the entire Rosslyn, Virginia, newsroom -- which is now hers to run day to day as the publication's new editor.

Some of Politico's 200-plus staffers already knew Glasser, who joined the D.C....

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‘Caucus' Director Tackles 2014 Midterms For Al Jazeera America

(0) Comments | Posted September 18, 2014 | 7:00 AM

NEW YORK -– Political candidates seem more reluctant than ever to go off-script. And technology plays a big part in this, as anyone with a smartphone -- whether a political reporter, opposition researcher or voter -- can drive a candidate's misstatement straight into the political news cycle.

In this

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Fox News Aired Nearly 1,100 Benghazi Segments Across 5 Programs, Study Finds

(619) Comments | Posted September 16, 2014 | 8:00 AM

NEW YORK -- Benghazi is back in the spotlight this week, as the House on Wednesday begins its select committee hearings on the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks. But given that conservative media have claimed for more than two years that the Obama administration orchestrated a cover-up of critical information about...

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Politico Management Shake-Up Expected

(1) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 8:38 AM

NEW YORK –- Politico Magazine Editor Susan Glasser is expected to be promoted this week to a larger leadership position at the Washington political news organization, according to sources familiar with the plans.

Glasser's promotion comes shortly after Rick Berke resigned last week as executive editor over...

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Obama Met Privately With Top Journalists Before ISIS War Speech

(172) Comments | Posted September 13, 2014 | 7:34 PM

NEW YORK –- President Barack Obama met with over a dozen prominent columnists and magazine writers Wednesday afternoon before calling for an escalation of the war against the Islamic State, or ISIS, in a primetime address that same night.

The group, which met in the Roosevelt Room of the...

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