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Why The New York Times Is Naming Names In CIA Drone Story

(48) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 9:33 PM

NEW YORK –- The New York Times reported across the top of Sunday’s front page that Congress is doing little to oversee the CIA’s targeted killing program. In the process, the paper identified three high-ranking CIA officials with key roles in secret drone operations.

The CIA asked...

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White House Press Corps Developing List Of Demands For More Access To The President

(45) Comments | Posted April 22, 2015 | 12:17 PM

NEW YORK -- The White House Correspondents' Association is seeking more “meaningful and consistent” access to the president, among other demands to increase day-to-day transparency, according to a draft of proposed principles and practices the organization is hammering out.

Christi Parsons, a Los Angeles Times White House reporter and...

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Clinton Campaign Gears Up To Crush Another Book

(373) Comments | Posted April 21, 2015 | 2:52 PM

The impending publication of a book examining donations made to the Clinton Foundation during Hillary Clinton's tenure at the State Department has put the former secretary and her allies in a familiar place.

For decades now, the Clintons have been trying to kill critical books in the crib, starting...

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New York Times Leads Pulitzer Pack, Washington Post Honored Despite Correction

(60) Comments | Posted April 20, 2015 | 3:36 PM

NEW YORK -- The New York Times came out ahead of its colleagues on Monday, receiving three Pulitzer Prizes, the top journalism honor awarded annually by Columbia University. Meanwhile, The Washington Post was honored for its coverage of the Secret Service's security lapses, despite a major correction to one of...

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NBC's Richard Engel Reveals Syria Kidnappers' Ruse Misled Him And Fellow Journalists

(62) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 11:46 PM

NEW YORK -- NBC News chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel revealed Wednesday night that the masked men who kidnapped him and five colleagues in Syria in December 2012 misled the captive journalists about their affiliation, leading him to misidentify them in accounts of the ordeal.

During a...

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NBC's Richard Engel Re-Reporting His Kidnapping In Syria Following Questions Over Captors' Identity

(17) Comments | Posted April 15, 2015 | 5:54 PM

NEW YORK -- NBC News Chief Foreign Correspondent Richard Engel is re-reporting a key detail of his December 2012 kidnapping in Syria after new information surfaced suggesting he may have been misled about the identities of his captors, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Engel is conducting the...

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Bloomberg Searches For 'Seamless' 2016 Coverage Amid New York-D.C. Tension

(17) Comments | Posted April 10, 2015 | 5:22 PM

NEW YORK -– On Oct. 10, political journalist John Heilemann wrote his first piece for Bloomberg Politics, the much-anticipated site launched earlier in the week with Game Change and Double Down co-author Mark Halperin.

It would be nearly six months before Heilemann's byline appeared again. On Tuesday,...

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Hillary Clinton Team Holds Off-The-Record Journalist Dinner Ahead Of 2016 Announcement

(175) Comments | Posted April 10, 2015 | 9:22 AM

NEW YORK -- Hillary Clinton's campaign team held an off-the-record dinner Thursday night in Washington, D.C., for roughly two dozen journalists and staff members at John Podesta's house, according to sources familiar with the matter.

The dinner signals that the Clinton team is trying to engage with top reporters in...

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Obama Met Privately With Journalists Amid Iran Deal Media Push

(37) Comments | Posted April 7, 2015 | 4:23 PM

NEW YORK -- Facing congressional pushback, President Barack Obama has tried building support for a nuclear agreement with Iran in recent days by making the administration's case through the news media.

Obama discussed the preliminary Iran deal with New York Times columnist Tom Friedman in the Oval...

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UVA Fraternity To Pursue Legal Action Against Rolling Stone After Retracted Rape Story

(473) Comments | Posted April 6, 2015 | 1:40 PM

NEW YORK -- The University of Virginia fraternity at the center of Rolling Stone's discredited report on an alleged 2012 gang rape on campus announced plans Monday "to pursue all available legal action against the magazine."

The decision comes a day after Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism issued a...

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Rolling Stone's UVA Rape Story Was A 'Journalistic Failure' That Could've Been Avoided, Columbia Finds

(298) Comments | Posted April 5, 2015 | 7:41 PM

NEW YORK -- Rolling Stone’s discredited story of an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia amounts to a “journalistic failure that was avoidable,” Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism concluded in an exhaustive report published Sunday night.

“The failure encompassed reporting, editing, editorial supervision and...

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough Not Running In 2016, But Leaves Door Open For Future Florida Senate Run

(235) Comments | Posted April 3, 2015 | 4:40 PM

NEW YORK -- MSNBC host Joe Scarborough, who has flirted with running for president in 2016, signaled Friday that he would not throw his hat in the ring.

"Things always change, but now I think I’m pretty much content to keep my head down and do my...

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Bloomberg's Jonathan Allen Joins Vox

(2) Comments | Posted April 1, 2015 | 3:42 PM

NEW YORK –- Jonathan Allen, the Washington bureau chief for Bloomberg News, is heading to Vox as the site’s chief political correspondent.

"I love to live at the corner of politics and substance and to put things out both quickly and thoughtfully," Allen told HuffPost. "And I think Vox...

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The 2016 Election Will Be Live-Streamed: 'We're All C-SPAN Now'

(3) Comments | Posted April 1, 2015 | 11:06 AM

NEW YORK –- Mark Halperin just bought a tripod.

The flexible Joby Gorillapod isn’t for the crew on “With All Due Respect," his Bloomberg TV show with John Heilemann. He purchased the iPhone 6 mount, which can wind around a tree, to personally live-stream campaign trail moments using...

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Vice Aims To Produce Daily HBO Show Without Being 'Slaves To The News Cycle'

(17) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 12:49 PM

NEW YORK -- When Vice News launched in March 2014, masked pro-Russian separatists were seizing government buildings in Crimea, and the upstart news organization posted some of the first ground-level reports of the nascent conflict.

Though U.S. coverage of Crimea has waxed and waned in the past...

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Charlottesville Police Suspend UVA Rape Investigation As Rolling Stone Review Nears Publication

(22) Comments | Posted March 23, 2015 | 3:57 PM

NEW YORK -- Charlottesville police suspended their investigation Monday into an alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia after finding no evidence to support events as described in an explosive Rolling Stone article published in November.

Police Chief Timothy Longo said at a Monday press conference that the...

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New York Times Reporter Explains How He Broke Clinton Email Story

(53) Comments | Posted March 20, 2015 | 5:32 PM

NEW YORK -- White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest recently shot down a New York Post report claiming that senior Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett orchestrated a leak to reveal that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had used a private email address for government business.

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Marc Ambinder's Apology For Politico Magazine Piece Doesn't Run In Politico Magazine

(44) Comments | Posted March 20, 2015 | 12:37 PM

NEW YORK -- Marc Ambinder did something Friday that's quite rare among journalists: He admitted to being wrong.

Ambinder's piece -- "How I unfairly maligned two Secret Service agents in Politico Magazine" -- served as a public apology for an earlier story of Ambinder's that...

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Secret Service Director To Dispute Early News Reports Of White House Car 'Crash'

(12) Comments | Posted March 19, 2015 | 10:11 AM

NEW YORK –- Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy is expected on Thursday to dispute news reports that two senior-level agents “crashed” a car outside the White House earlier this month, according to prepared testimony obtained by The Huffington Post.

Clancy, who has viewed surveillance video of the March 4...

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Surveillance Video May Poke Holes In Secret Service Drunk Driving Story

(114) Comments | Posted March 17, 2015 | 10:02 AM

NEW YORK -- The latest United States Secret Service scandal erupted last week following reports that two high-ranking agents disrupted the scene of an investigation outside the White House, hit multiple barricades, and may have driven over a suspicious package, all while possibly intoxicated.

But surveillance video of...

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