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Harris’ top speechwriter set to leave amid wave of staff turnover

A top speechwriter to Kamala Harris is leaving the White House, drawing attention to the vice president’s messaging challenges over the past year and new efforts to right the ship. Harris’ director of speechwriting Kate Childs Graham will leave in late February, a White House official confirmed. “Kate is leaving …

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Kamala Harris loses ANOTHER staffer: Speechwriter becomes VP’s EIGHTH staffer to go

Kamala Harris loses ANOTHER staff member: Editor becomes EIGHTH VP of staff to leave since disastrous border trip in June, with exodus showing no signs of abating Kate Childs Graham is expected to step down from the VP’s office at the end of the month She served as director of …

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Joe Biden Calls Journalist ‘Stupid Motherfucker*h’ When Asked About Inflation

On Monday January 24, US President Joe Biden mocked a Fox News reporter and made a profanity-laden remark when asked about inflation. The incident took place at a White House event after Biden gave a prepared speech on tackling inflation and addressing supply chain issues. According to reports, the event …

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January 6, panel subpoenas aides to Trump speechwriter Don Jr. – The Hamden Journal

The House select committee investigating last year’s Capitol riot has subpoenaed two aides to Donald Trump Jr. and a former White House staffer who helped craft the speech that former President Donald Trump spoke at his “Stop the Steal” rally shortly before the violence erupted. The panel said aides Andrew …

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Capitol Riot Committee subpoenas former Trump speechwriter and advisers to Donald Trump Jr

The House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurgency has issued subpoenas for documents and testimony from two associates of Donald Trump Jr. and a former White House speechwriter who allegedly helped write former President Donald Trump’s speech on the day of the worst attack on the Capitol since 1814. …

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Trump news – live: Capitol riot committee subpoenas former president’s speechwriter and Don Jr’s advisers

Lawyers for former President Donald Trump and the Trump Organization have asked a federal judge to bar the office of New York State Attorney General Letitia James from investigating them or order her to recuse himself from any investigation of the real estate company. The twice-impeached ex-president sued Ms James …

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January 6 committee subpoenas Trump speechwriter for pre-insurgency rally

WASHINGTON — The House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol issued subpoenas on Tuesday for three other aides to former President Donald Trump, including Ross Worthington, the speechwriter who helped writing the speech in which Trump warned his supporters that they would lose their country …

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Reagan biographer Lou Cannon reflects on politics and journalism

SUMMERLAND, CA – One of the giants of political journalism decided to hang up at 88. But anyone who knows Lou Cannon doesn’t think for a moment that retirement means more time on the beach or crawling on all fours with one of his seven great-grandchildren. Cannon has reached Chapter …

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NRA-ILA | Redlining gun control –

In a series of tweets on June 8, Virginia Heffernan, a columnist trained at Harvard to The Los Angeles Times, wrote: “Real estate listings should include the prevalence of gun ownership within a 50 mile radius and the number of annual mass shootings in the area. It’s time to change …

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Rudy Giuliani’s former speechwriter calls federal government raid ‘tragic third act’ to his legal career

A former Rudy Giuliani speechwriter called Wednesday’s raid on Giuliani’s Manhattan apartment a “tragic third act” for his legal career. John Avlon, a former member of Giuliani’s staff, said he was “shocked” when he discovered that federal investigators executed a search warrant against Giuliani and seized several electronic devices from …

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CBS reporter Lesley Stahl reflects on 30 years of ’60 Minutes’

Sign up for the Swampscott Reporter newsletter. “60 Minutes” correspondent Lesley Stahl described the first time she saw a career as a journalist as an eye-opening experience. The Swampscott native was 25 and worked as a researcher for New York City Mayor John Lindsay’s speechwriter. The speech-writing team’s office resided …

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Obama speechwriter Cody Keenan writes ‘Grace’ memoir

The speechwriter who helped President Barack Obama write his moving speech in memory of the victims of the Charleston Church massacre will publish a memoir on his work in the White House. Sugar23 Books, a brand of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books & Media, has acquired “Grace: A President, His Speechwriter, …

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Obama ‘Grace’ speechwriter memoir to be released in 2022 Charleston speechwriter Barack Obama speechwriter Cody Keean

The White House speechwriter who helped President Barack Obama work on his response to the Charleston church massacre in June 2015 has a book deal. Cody Keenan’s memoir is set around the time a white supremacist murdered nine black parishioners in South Carolina. “Grace: A President, His Speechwriter, and Ten …

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Obama speechwriter criticizes Biden’s calls for unity: “There’s a whole party blocking him”

Cody Keenan, who spent 14 years writing speeches for former President Barack Obama, said he was “preemptively frustrated” by President Joe Biden’s calls for unity because he doesn’t believe the Party Republican will never be ready to work with Democrats. Mr Keenan told Axios that Biden’s White House message had …

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UNC junior publishes fictional novel about young investigative reporter in Washington

Jocelyn Quinn was on her way to class in January 2020 when she received a LinkedIn message from a professor at Georgetown University asking if she was interested in a creative writing class. The professor told Quinn that if she managed to write 12,000 words and get her editor’s interest, …

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Who is Joe Biden’s speechwriter Vinay Reddy?

New US President Joe Biden will deliver his inaugural address on Wednesday outlining his administration’s agenda. The speech-writing team that is helping shape the project is led by an American Indian, Vinay Reddy, who served as a speechwriter for the Biden-Harris campaign and who was previously a speechwriter when Biden …

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Biden speechwriter Vinay Reddy is the pride of Telangana village

Cholleti Vinay Reddy Image Credit: Twitter Hyderabad: When the whole world awaits the inaugural address of new US President Joe Biden, residents of a remote village in Telangana will cherish the moment because his speechwriter has his roots here. The villagers of Pothireddypeta in the Karimnagar district, about 200 km …

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Joe Biden’s speechwriter Vinay Reddy makes his Telangana village proud

Indian-American Vinay Reddy, the speechwriter for US President-elect Joe Biden, has roots in a remote village in Telangana’s Karimnagar district. Narayana Reddy’s family hails from Pothireddypeta village in Huzurabad. (India today) The sleepy village of Pothireddypeta rejoices in the international success of their “bidda” (son). Reddy’s international fame has made …

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Joe Biden appoints Native Americans as speechwriter and deputy director of presidential staff office

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – US President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday appointed his longtime business associate, Indo-American Vinay Reddy, as speechwriter and fellow community member Gautam Raghavan, who previously served at the House Blanche, as deputy director of the Office of Presidential Personnel. The appointment of Reddy and Raghavan comes with the …

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Trump enlists former speechwriter who attended white supremacist conference to monitor Holocaust sites

(JTA) – President Donald Trump has appointed Darren Beattie, a former White House speechwriter who attended a white supremacist conference, to a government commission that monitors Holocaust sites. Beattie, who tag on twitter as a “proud Jew,” attended a HL Mencken Club conference in 2016. According to the Southern Poverty …

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Trump names speechwriter fired for attending conference with white nationalists to commission that preserves Holocaust memorials

Darren Beattie, former White House speechwriter. (Darren Beattie via Twitter) WASHINGTON — A former speechwriter fired from the White House in 2018 for attending a conference that white supremacists also attended has been named to a commission tasked with preserving Holocaust-related sites across Europe. Former speechwriter Darren Beattie will join …

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Trump Biographer: “He’ll Finally Get What He Wanted” | Business | Economic and financial news from a German point of view | DW

American biographer and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Michael D’Antonio spent a lot of time with US President Donald Trump while writing two books about him. His most recent book, “High Crimes: The Corruption, Impunity, and Impeachment of Donald Trump,” a chronicle of the President’s impeachment, was released in October 2020. D’Antonio …

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Biden’s ABC Town Hall questioners include former Obama speechwriter, wife of former Pennsylvania candidate Dem

Biden defends the economic agenda in town hall Former Obama economic adviser Robert Wolf and FreedomWorks economist Stephen Moore break down Joe Biden’s economic agendas against President Trump on ‘Fox & Friends.’ Two of the ABC mayoral interviewees featuring Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Thursday had ties to prominent …

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ABC silent after Biden mayoral attendees identified as Obama’s ex-speechwriter, wife of prominent Democrat

ABC remains silent amid mounting criticism from its town hall with Joe Biden after two of the attendees who questioned the Democratic nominee were identified as an Obama speechwriter and the wife of a prominent Pennsylvania Democrat . One of the interlocutors was Nathan Osburn, who worked for the public …

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McConnell Chief Speechwriter Launches Company: Arboreal Communications

WASHINGTON–(COMMERCIAL THREAD) – Former Senate Speaker Brian Forest’s speechwriter announced the public launch of Arboreal Communications, a communications company specializing in executive messaging, writing and positioning. The company has previously been selected to help major global brands, government leaders, business associations and nonprofits reach key audiences on a range of …

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Former Mattis speechwriter says surprised by retired general’s attack on Trump

Guy Snodgrass, who has been a key aide to former Defense Secretary James Mattis, said that while he was surprised Mattis recently released a rare public criticism of President Trump, he also believes that he was eager to speak. “Frankly, I think there is one element of Mattis that just …

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Advisor and journalist par excellence

Ken Kurson has had a fascinating career filled with experiences in some of the country’s leading newspapers including Esquire and the Commercial Observer. (Newswire.net – May 31, 2020) – Ken Kurson has had a fascinating career filled with experiences in some of the country’s leading newspapers including Squire and the …

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U.S. coronavirus crisis ‘failure of democracy’: Obama’s former speechwriter – Xinhua English.news.cn

A screenshot of David Litt’s Twitter account from May 23, 2020 shows then-US President Barack Obama’s former speechwriter tweeting his post “Coronavirus crisis in the United States is a failure of democracy” with a cover photo. (Xinhua) “The American republic is a government of fewer people, by fewer people, for …

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Report: Former Mattis speechwriter is ‘anonymous’ author and retired Navy pilot says ‘no comment’

The unnamed senior administration official who published an op-ed and a book detailing resistance within Trump’s White House was listed as a former Pentagon aide in a report released Monday. Guy Snodgrass, a retired Navy commander turned editor for former Defense Secretary James Mattis, was to be the author of …

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Reagan speechwriter recalls ‘Tearing down this wall’ and rates GOP Josh Hawley

Peter Robinson had just turned 30 when, as Ronald Reagan’s speechwriter in 1987, he was tasked with writing what would become one of the world’s most famous presidential speeches. “I spent six years in the Reagan White House and wrote tens of thousands of words, and no one remembers anything …

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Melania Trump News: FLOTUS “plagiarized” the work of Michelle Obama’s speechwriter | World | New

Sarah Hurwitz, Michelle Obama’s former speechwriter, has revealed that she has been made aware of FLOTUS ‘current plagiarism of a job aimed at Ms. Obama. The alleged scam came in a 2016 speech in which Melania addressed the Republican National Convention. The phrases used in the speech were almost identical …

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Obama’s speechwriter Sarah Hurwitz sets out on a Jewish journey in new book

When Sarah Hurwitz worked as a senior speechwriter for President Barack Obama, and later as editor-in-chief for Michelle Obama, she was often considered a good source of knowledge about Judaism. Except Hurwitz wasn’t. She had grown up nominally reformed. And after his bat mitzvah, Hurwitz felt his relationship with Judaism …

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Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and acclaimed speechwriter Peggy Noonan to be Notre Dame’s 2019 opening speaker | News | Notre-Dame news

Peggy Noonan – Pulitzer Prize-winning Wall Street Journal columnist, speechwriter for President Ronald Reagan, and author of five New York Times best-selling books – will deliver the keynote address and receive an honorary degree at the 174th launch ceremony from the University of Notre Dame in May 19. “Peggy Noonan …

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Former speechwriter remembers President Bush

With the passing of President George HW Bush, Americans around the world are remembering his legacy. “Take a moment and be sad because part of our history has passed,” said Rochester’s Tom Frisk. With the news of President George HW Bush passing late on Friday night, it was the topic …

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Trump’s speechwriter ousting sparks racist debate

It took only 80 minutes after inflammatory racist emails started flying for the Claremont Institute, a conservative think tank, to shut down an email distribution list linking hundreds of top conservatives . The emails that sparked the controversy began to ricochet at noon on Tuesday, in response to a call …

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Trump’s speechwriter fired after revealing he spoke at conference attended by white nationalists | The independent

A White House speechwriter for President Donald Trump was fired last week after revelations he spoke at a conference attended by well-known white nationalists, according to three people familiar with the decision who were not allowed to speak in public. Darren Beattie, who was a guest instructor at Duke University …

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Who is Darren Beattie? Donald Trump’s speechwriter fired over White Nationalist conference ties

A Donald Trump speechwriter was fired after finding out he attended a conference frequently attended by white nationalists. The White House has confirmed that Darren Beattie’s contract was terminated after it was discovered he spoke at the HL Mencken Club conference in 2016 alongside anti-immigration activist Peter Brimelow. “Mr. Beattie …

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Michelle Obama’s speechwriter shares her advice

As wedding season approaches, many bridesmaids and groomsmen find themselves polishing their speeches – and who better than a former White House speechwriter to tell them how to pronounce an address flawless ? Sarah Hurwitz, 40, worked in the White House from 2009 to 2017, first as a speechwriter for …

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Richard Goodwin, speechwriter, author, dies at 86 – The Hollywood Reporter

Richard N. Goodwin, the author, playwright, political adviser and presidential speechwriter whose role in the Congressional Quiz investigation of the late 1950s inspired the Oscar-nominated film quiz show, died peacefully on May 20 after a brief battle with cancer at his home in Concord, Massachusetts. He was 86 years old. …

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White papers, working papers, research papers: what’s the difference?

Facebook Twitter LinkedIn Reddit E-mail There are three types of research papers that journalists most commonly rely on in their work: white papers, working papers, and peer-reviewed journal articles. How are they different? And which one is the best? Below we explain each one, highlighting their strengths and weaknesses. As …

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Former White House speechwriter to visit campus as Poynter Fellow

David Litt, former White House speechwriter and best-selling author, will speak at Yale on Thursday, April 5 as a Poynter Fellow in Journalism. Litt’s talk, co-sponsored by the Yale College Office of Student Affairs’ Traphagen Alumni Speaker Series, will take place at 6 p.m. in the Branford College Common Room, …

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White House speechwriter David Sorensen resigns over domestic violence allegations

Another Trump administration official resigns amid domestic violence charges, just days after White House Personnel Secretary Rob Porter resigned amid similar allegations. Elise Viebeck of the Washington Post reports that David Sorensen, speechwriter, is resigning. His ex-wife, Jessica Corbett, accused Sorensen of physical and psychological abuse during their two-and-a-half-year marriage. …

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White House speechwriter resigns amid abuse accusations

WASHINGTON – David Sorensen, a White House speechwriter, resigned Friday after detailed reporting of accusations from a former wife who said he abused her during their marriage. His resignation came two days after Rob Porter, the secretary of personnel at the White House, submitted his own resignation after his two …

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Obama’s Speechwriter on Trump’s White House Chaos

As Barack Obama’s speechwriter, Cody Keenan helped write Trump’s now infamous public skewer in 2011, a humiliation some see as motivating Mr Trump to enter politics. “Do I feel responsible? No. And besides, he deserved it. He’s yet another guy who started his political career with racist innuendo that the …

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What It Really Looked Like To Be A Speechwriter For Barack Obama | The independent

Washington is filled with political agents who inflate their importance and take credit for themselves, often where it isn’t. David Litt, who landed a dream job as a speechwriter for the Obama administration at just 24, is not that kind of agent. His new book, Thank you Obama: my hope, …

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David Litt, an Obama speechwriter who wants no credit

Washington is filled with political operatives who inflate their importance and take credit for themselves, often where it may not be. David Litt, who landed a dream job as a speechwriter for the Obama administration at just 24, is not that kind of agent. His new book, “Thanks Obama: My …

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Former Carter Speechwriter Reflects on How Presidents Speak Abroad: NPR

President Trump’s speech in Poland this week brought back memories for James Fallows. The current national correspondent of Atlantic was a 20-something speechwriter for President Jimmy Carter. And the tone of Carter’s speech in Poland in 1977 was very different from Trump’s. ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: President Trump’s speech in Warsaw …

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Reagan speechwriter thinks Trump is making big speeches – foreign policy

Thirty years ago today, at the Brandenburg Gate in divided Berlin, President Ronald Reagan delivered one of the most iconic lines in a lifetime of speech. “Sir. Gorbachev, tear down this wall! Peter Robinson, then Reagan’s 30-year-old special assistant, wrote this speech. In it, Reagan expressed his solidarity with the …

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Harry Middleton, former speechwriter who ran the LBJ library, dies at 95

Harry J. Middleton, who spent the last two years of Lyndon B. Johnson’s presidency as a speechwriter but had a more lasting impact on Johnson’s legacy as director of his presidential library for more than three decades, died Jan. 20 in Austin, Texas. He was 95 years old. The death, …

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Former Obama Jewish speechwriter Jon Lovett creates anti-Trump company – the forward

Three former staff of President Barack Obama have started a business to counter Donald Trump with a podcast and updates that bypass mainstream media to reach their audiences directly. Their site is called “Crooked Media,” a nod to Trump’s slander of the press. One of the founders is former Obama …

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The art of political speechwriting – from a former White House speechwriter – News @ Northeastern

West wing describes speech writing as a distinctive skill that requires Herculean effort at breakneck speed. But, as the TV show suggests, the position can also be particularly rewarding, giving the writer a front row seat in history. Alan Stone, who worked on President Bill Clinton’s first presidential campaign in …

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Former Obama speechwriter to Ari Fleischer: Stop lying

Former President Barack Obama’s speechwriter Jon Favreau took to Twitter to voice his concerns. | AP Photo By BRENT GRIFFITHS 9/16/2016 12:25 PM EDT Update 9/16/2016 3:17 PM EDT 2016-09-16T03: 17-0400 Former President Barack Obama’s speechwriter Jon Favreau on Friday accused Ari Fleischer of knowingly lying about Hillary Clinton’s role …

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Former Obama speechwriter Jon Favreau on Trump, Hillary and becoming a podcast star

There was a lot of speculation, when this controversy persisted, that this would be its downfall. Do you think this is the case?It certainly affected his ranking in the race, probably more than any other comment he made. It was not an attack on Hillary Clinton. It was an attack …

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David Litt, former speechwriter for President Barack Obama, explains how speeches are written at the Democratic National Convention

On September 4, 2012, Stacey Lihn walked across the stage at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina. Her husband, Caleb, followed her along with their two young daughters, including 2-year-old Zoe. “Like so many moms with sick children, I shed tears and could breathe easier knowing that we …

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What is Michelle Obama thinking? Meet the speechwriter who puts it into words.

Speechwriter Sarah Hurwitz with Michelle Obama on a flight from Joint Base Andrews, Md. To Santa Fe, NM, where the First Lady gave an opening speech last month. (Chuck Kennedy / The White House) When Sarah Hurwitz sits down in front of her laptop, she puts on her noise-canceling headphones …

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Student speechwriter finds her own voice

Shannon Beckham Shannon Beckham spent the past summer as an intern on the White House speechwriting team, digging up facts, anecdotes and historical references to sprinkle into speeches President Obama gave in the whole world. Eight steps to the White House A look at how Duke senior Shannon Beckham got …

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Can Ben Rhodes, a 38-year-old White House speechwriter, be the second most powerful voice in American foreign policy? -Quartz

One of the hottest topics in Washington right now is the hot water the New York Times Magazine finds itself in. The cauldron involves a May 5 profile of an Obama administration official. He got fundamental facts wrong and cast ethical slanders against prominent journalists and political consultants, who were …

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Funny Or Die Hires Former President Obama Speechwriter To Lead DC Staff

Funny Or Die has hired former Obama administration senior presidential speechwriter David Litt to spearhead its Washington, DC shenanigans. Litt, who also served as special assistant to President Barack Obama, is now the editor of the Political City Office. “We are thrilled to have David join the Funny Or Die …

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Former President Obama Speechwriter Joins Funny or Die

LOS ANGELES — David Litt, known as President Obama’s chief joke writer, is joining humor website and studio Funny or Die as he seeks to poke fun even more at American politics. Mr. Litt, who quit his previous job last month, will become head writer and producer for Operation Funny …

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Speechwriter will make you love Mark Sanford and hate the author

When I was hired to write speeches for a senator a few years ago, I knew a former White House speechwriter Reagan. His only advice: “You’ll think you were hired for your talent with words. That’s not what you’re here for, it’s a management job. You have to keep all …

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Death of William B. Ewald Jr., speechwriter and Eisenhower biographer

William B. Ewald Jr., who used his experience as an aide to President Dwight D. Eisenhower to write several books that highlighted his leadership and determination, died March 16 at his home in Greenwich, Wash. Connecticut. He was 89 years old. The cause was respiratory failure, his son William B. …

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Obama’s State of the Union Speechwriter Draws on Various Inspirations

WASHINGTON — One night last week, Cody Keenan, the White House speechwriter whom President Obama dubbed “Hemingway,” knew he needed help. Mr. Keenan had spent 15 days locked in a hotel room in Honolulu while the president vacationed nearby, and seven more in a windowless office in the basement of …

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Hillary Clinton and Lissa Muscatine: From First Lady and Speechwriter to Author and Bookseller

Their relationship has always been made up of words: written, spoken, unspoken. Hillary Rodham Clinton and Lissa Muscatine have spent the past 20 years in the meticulous and infuriating quest to find exactly the right words at exactly the right time. As the first lady’s speechwriter, Muscatine voiced Clinton’s hopes …

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Obama Speechwriter-Turned Show Scribe Reveals ‘1600 Penn’ Details (Q&A) – The Hollywood Reporter

Earlier this fall, Jon Lovett ditched his three-year gig as President Obama’s speechwriter to try to make it big on TV. Lovett, 29, raised in New York, wasted no time. He marries the two worlds with the red-hot 1600 Pennsa White House comedy that Lovett sold to NBC with The …

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