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Bloomberg Reorganizes the Godmothership

politico.com — Michael Bloomberg may be the closest thing today’s journalists have to a fairy godmother. Bloomberg has no magical powers-not yet, at least. But by sprinkling a fraction of his glittering billions on reporters, editors, producers, and designers over the past 25 years he has altered the journalistic landscape, hiring and expanding while...

Unsolicited Advice for Gabriel Snyder

politico.com — We're all replaceable, but journalists are especially replaceable-especially the journalists who imagine they're irreplaceable. A few readers might miss a journalist's byline or his place on the masthead after he gets sacked, quits, or dies, and the publication might stumble for a few issues. But the depth of the journalistic bench...

Richard Burr takes CIA report fight to Senate referee

politico.com — Sen. Richard Burr was livid when a long-awaited summary of CIA interrogation practices was finally declassified in December, dubbing it a “fiction” and an effort to revive Democratic attacks on George W. Bush. Now the chairman of the Intelligence Committee, Burr has infuriated committee Democrats by asking the Obama administration to return...

Democratic Iran hawks hesitate on overriding Obama

politico.com — Republicans are eager to rumble with the White House over sanctions on Iran, but they may have trouble getting President Barack Obama’s Democratic critics to go along. A day after Obama vowed to veto any bill that could jeopardize nuclear talks with Tehran, Republicans were working on two pieces of legislation that could move in conjunction with...

Harry Reid having surgery Monday for partial blindness

politico.com — Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid will undergo surgery on Monday in an attempt to recover vision in his right eye, his office announced on Wednesday afternoon. The Nevada Democrat will undergo surgery at George Washington University Hospital in Washington after doctors told him Tuesday that the procedure was necessary.

Barbara Boxer says she, Rand Paul working on 'moderate' Iran bill

politico.com — How’s this for a political odd couple? Liberal Sen. Barbara Boxer and conservative Sen. Rand Paul working together on foreign policy. The retiring Boxer (D-Calif.) and possible presidential contender Paul (R-Ky.) are teaming up to create a “moderate proposal” on Iran sanctions, Boxer said Wednesday morning. They aim to offer an alternative...

GOP response transcript: Joni Ernst GOP response (text, video)

politico.com — Remarks as prepared for delivery:Good evening. I’m Joni Ernst. As a mother, a soldier, and a newly elected senator from the great State of Iowa, I am proud to speak with you tonight. A few moments ago, we heard the President lay out his vision for the year to come.

SOTU transcript: State of the Union transcript (text, video)

politico.com — Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, my fellow Americans: We are fifteen years into this new century. Fifteen years that dawned with terror touching our shores; that unfolded with a new generation fighting two long and costly wars; that saw a vicious recession spread across our nation and the world.

‘Plus-ones’ become SOTU flashpoints

politico.com — What do Cuban dissidents, a celebrity chef, a newly married same-sex couple and a patient helped by Obamacare have in common? They’re all coming as lawmakers’ plus-ones to the State of the Union address on Tuesday night. On a night when the president will inevitably steal the spotlight, Republican lawmakers hope to upstage him for at least...

Harry Reid returns to Senate

politico.com — Minority Leader Harry Reid made his long-awaited return to the Senate on Tuesday after enduring a painful New Year’s Day exercise accident. The Democratic leader limited his activities. He did not speak on the floor during morning speeches, again deferring to Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.).
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Jan 28, 2015

Fairy godfather, perhaps... MT @micah_morrison: Is @MikeBloomberg fairy godmother to journalists? I'd put my money on @rupertmurdoch.

Jan 28, 2015

You've never shit your pad? Or RT @blakehounshell: @jackshafer mansplain it to me Jack

Jan 28, 2015

Why does it have to be a metaphor? RT @blakehounshell: BTW what kind of metaphor is ‘He has soiled his pad’ ? nytimes.com/2015/01/29/us/…

Jan 28, 2015

RT @joelwhitaker: @jackshafer Second thought: the design might be perfect for the few readers that could be cross-sold a terminal. Bad design = good business?

Jan 28, 2015

Wrong. She's a machine. RT @reidepstein: @daveweigel @Hadas_Gold @jackshafer @blakehounshell she doesn’t work after 7pm either, apparently

Jan 28, 2015

RT @AnneHummert: Maybe I am alone in thinking Black Mirror is your basic moral panic story re new media. Just better produced.

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