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Ex-WH Aide: Trump's Paper-Ripping Habit 'Craziest Thing Ever'

Aides were tasked with taping shredded documents back together

(Newser) - President Trump's "odd and enduring habit" of ripping paperwork to shreds when he's done with it has spawned a Politico report that's raising some eyebrows over a strange job apparently given to White House staffers. Solomon Lartey and Reginald Young Jr., two former White House aides... More »

Democrats Have Little Hope of Taking Senate Now

Don Blankenship's loss makes that clear, according to Politico analysis

(Newser) - Tuesday's primary results brought a dose of reality to Democrats: They have little or no chance of taking control of the Senate next year, writes Charlie Mahtesian at Politico . Democrats' hopes were raised briefly by the prospect of once-imprisoned coal executive Don Blankenship winning the GOP nomination in West... More »

In Pacific NW, an 'Intensifying Guerilla Warfare' Over Bitcoin

Mid-Columbia Basin's space, hydroelectric power has made it top site for bitcoin mining in US

(Newser) - You'd think any old region would do for a bitcoin mining business : Just set up a computer, solve a bunch of sophisticated math puzzles, and start raking in that sweet virtual currency. But as Paul Roberts' deep dive on Politico notes, that kind of computer power can require "... More »

Editor Resigns After Posting White Supremacist's Addresses

Politico's Michael Hirsh encouraged people to put the addresses to use

(Newser) - Michael Hirsh, the national editor of Politico Magazine, resigned Tuesday, hours after publishing the home addresses of a white nationalist leader, CNN reports. "Stop whining about Richard B. Spencer, Nazi, and exercise your rights as decent Americans. Here are his two addresses..." Hirsh posted on Facebook. Spencer is... More »

Big Media Surprise: Politico Losing Huge Names

Including CEO/co-founder Jim VandeHei, Politico Playbook journo Mike Allen

(Newser) - In a surprise announcement that its owner says "[makes] perfect sense for the publication," one of the co-founders of Politico, as well as perhaps its most prominent journalist, will be leaving the publication, the New York Times reports. CEO Jim VandeHei, who helped launch the site in 2007,... More »

How Politico Destroyed the Post

Ross Douthat: For the WaPo to thrive again, Jeff Bezos must defeat Politico

(Newser) - The Washington Post coulda been a contender. Though the Internet has killed off and worn down many legacy media mastheads, it has allowed others to position themselves as new brands for specific national audiences, writes Ross Douthat in the New York Times : "The Wall Street Journal has a clear... More »

Paul Ryan Doesn't Call Romney 'the Stench'

Joke column sets off a media mess

(Newser) - The most-talked-about political story today ended up being the story about a story. If you heard references to the "stench" today, here's the tale:
  • Politico columnist Roger Simon wrote a piece about Romney-Ryan with this line: (Ryan) "has been marching around his campaign bus, saying things like,
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Politico Yanks Reporter Over His Todd Akin Defense

Can some agree not all reported rapes are rapes, asks Catanese

(Newser) - Politico has yanked a reporter off coverage of controversial Missouri Senate candidate Rep. Todd Akin after the writer defended the congressman's comments about "legitimate rape" victims, reports the Washington Post . Akin claimed—then apologized for his comments—that some mysterious biological mechanism stops "legitimate rape" victims from... More »

FBI Probed GOP Skinny-Dipping in Galilee Sea

Congressmen's 'fact-finding mission' took a boozy turn

(Newser) - At least one GOP congressman who couldn't walk on water decided to go skinny-dipping in the Sea of Galilee instead. A group of Republican congressmen, aides, and family members boozed it up and cooled off in the water—one of them nude—during an official fact-finding trip to the... More »

Politico Reporter Suspended Over Romney 'White Folks' Dig

Joe Williams implies Mitt 'awkward' around non-whites

(Newser) - Politico has suspended White House correspondent Joe Williams following his implication that Mitt Romney is only at ease among "white folks." Williams told Martin Bashir on MSNBC yesterday that Romney is "very, very comfortable ... with people who are like him," Thus he can be "awkward"... More »

Last 2 Print Reporters Abandon Gingrich

But candidate still vows he'll soldier on to convention

(Newser) - It's a good thing Newt Gingrich didn't like that pesky old mainstream media anyway, because the print media has pulled its last embedded reporters from Gingrich's flailing campaign, reports Politico , which employed one of the last two reporters dedicated to covering the candidate. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution was... More »

Cain's Next Move: Sue Politico?

Rep says he is considering legal action against site

(Newser) - As Herman Cain’s sexual harassment allegations keep piling up , his campaign is considering unspecified legal action against the publication that started it all. “This is likely not over with Politico from a legal perspective,” a Cain rep tells the Washington Post . But Politico’s executive editor says... More »

Issa Fires Spokesman Over Email Flap

Kurt Bardella shared journalists' emails with a reporter

(Newser) - The congressman in charge of investigating Congress made quick work of an investigation into his own staff. Darrell Issa, the aggressive chair of the House Oversight panel, fired spokesman Kurt Bardella today because he shared journalists' emails with a New York Times reporter, the Hill reports. ( Click for an... More »

Darrell Issa Probing Own Staffer

House Oversight Committee chairman's press secretary faces probe

(Newser) - The Republican chairman of the House Oversight Committee has launched an investigation into the behavior of his own press secretary. Darrell Issa says he's trying to determine whether Kurt Bardella improperly shared emails from other journalists with New York Times reporter Mark Leibovich, who is writing a book about Capitol... More »

Sarah Palin Warms to 'Lamestream' Media

Politico piece may have prompted work with NYT , ABC

(Newser) - Though the “lamestream media" has long been her punching bag, it appears Sarah Palin is ready to embrace it—selectively. Palin, who has largely relied on Fox News, Facebook, and Twitter to air her thoughts and grievances, is now turning to outlets her supporters have been critical of in... More »

GOP Leaders: We've Got to Stop Palin

'Barack Obama would crush her,' says insider

(Newser) - After tomorrow, Republican establishment leaders will shift their focus to another hurdle: making sure Sarah Palin doesn’t get the 2012 presidential nomination. In interviews with advisers to other presidential contenders, Politico found wide-ranging agreement that the former Alaska governor must be stopped. “There is a determined, focused establishment... More »

Swooning NYT: Politico's Mike Allen Owns DC

8,100-word piece on Mike Allen gets picked up by... Mike Allen

(Newser) - The New York Times' breathlessly awaited cover story on Politico's Mike Allen, who's breathlessly called the most important journalist in Washington, to the chagrin of the Times and other major news organizations, is online today—all 8,100 words of it. But the much quicker and more amusing take on... More »

Sarah Palin Ditches RNC Fundraiser

Ex-governor wants name taken off 'invited' speakers list

(Newser) - Don't believe the hype—Sarah Palin won't be attending an upcoming RNC fundraiser in New Orleans, even though the invite lists her as an "invited" speaker. Invited or not, the former gov won't be showing, and her team has twice asked the RNC to take her name off the... More »

Inside a (Fake) Politico Editorial Meeting

Political junkies' website really is run by automatons

(Newser) - It takes a special sort of politics/media junkie to appreciate a send-up of Politico, they who brought you breathless updates on the laughter that no longer ensues at Robert Gibbs' press briefings. But take a Beltway insider with a little free time, and some basic animation, and you have automatons... More »

ABC Trying to Bring Back Ted Koppel

Veteran would anchor Sunday's This Week three times a month

(Newser) - Rumor has it that ABC is in negotiations to bring back Ted Koppel to host its Sunday show This Week. The former Nightline anchor would helm the show three times a month, reports Mike Allen at Politico , with the final week rotating among potential future hosts. The head of ABC... More »

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