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Last night Atlantic Media chairman David Bradley had a couple dozen of New York’s non-fashion elite to dinner at Eleven Madison Park, kicking off a new monthly series that aims to capture the engagement with Atlantic cover stories demonstrated online by Facebook recommendations in a more intimate, in-person format.
Unlike the ill-fated salons proposed by The Washington Post in 2009, lobbyists can’t buy a seat at these off-the-record dinners; The Atlantic picked up the tab. The aim of the series, which may move to Los Angeles, Chicago, Silicon Valley, or Washington, D.C., depending on the cover story’s content, appears more earnest.
Game Change, John Heilemann and Mark Halperin’s gossipy, somewhat controversial bestseller about the 2008 presidential campaign—filled with plenty of juicy Sarah Palin anecdotes—recently received the HBO adaptation treatment. Julianne Moore’s role as the former Governess of Alaska and vice-presidential would-be is one of the more highly anticipated actor-politician roles in recent Read More
The fireworks have died down (hope you enjoyed the show, Jersey … better luck next year, Brooklyn and Queens) and all that’s left of this year’s patriotic festivities are the tiny flags littering the West Side Highway, the distended abdomens of the contestants in Nathan’s annual hot dog-eating contest and the sobering knowledge that, according to Read More
Mark Halperin’s suspension from his MSNBC commentating gig for suggesting that President Barack Obama was “a dick”–after asking for a seven-second delay for his extremely premeditated slip of the tongue–calls to mind so many recent suspensions: David Shuster’s, from MSNBC, for saying Hillary Clinton had “pimped out” her daughter Chelsea during Read More
On Wednesday night, Joe Scarborough stood in the back room at Michael’s restaurant, and publicly thanked his wife, Susan, who stood a few feet away, for inspiring the evolution of his political punditry at MSNBC.
“The first couple of weeks I was on MSNBC, every night I would come home Read More
…or does this just mean that he talked to Joe Biden’s son, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden? (Note: Halperin seems to have belatedly familiarized himself with the spelling of Beau’s first name, thus making it clear to whom his post refers. His earlier version featured a different spelling, suggesting some kind of Read More
Last night, Time and ABC News political analyst Mark Halperin was talking to an audience at the at Barnes & Noble on West 82nd Street about his new book, The Undecided Voter’s Guide to the Next President.
He said that his new book is geared toward people who "aren’t particularly political," focusing less on the Read More
It must be nice to be Eliot Spitzer right now.
At an appearance this morning in midtown at the Personal Democracy Forum, he gave a lengthy policy speech without once referring to the fact that he’s not technically governor yet.
Nor did that fact come up in a subsequent question-and-answer session with ABC Read More
One interesting moment at yesterday’s New School campaignfest came at the end, when Mark Halperin asked for speculation on the 2009 Republican nominee.
Ray Kelly’s name was, of course, mentioned; but the guess that caught my attention came from Miller aide Steve Sigmund, who used to work for the AOL Time Warner Foundation: Dick Parsons. Read More
I’ve spent this morning at the New School, where two panels of senior aides to the five major Mayoral candidates went back over campaign decisions, first the primary and then the general election, steered by ABC News’s Mark Halperin.
The event featured a little news: Bloomberg aide Bill Cunningham says of Mike’s Read More