Hello and Welcome (or Welcome Back)
Just under one year ago today, Paul Kane inaugurated this blog with a pledge to provide "a behind-the-curtains look at what really drives the decision-making process on Capitol Hill." Paul did that and did it well, and he has now moved over to the Washington Post to cover Congress full-time for the newspaper.
I'm Ben Pershing, and I'm happy to be the second-ever author of Capitol Briefing. Like Paul as well as fellow bloggers Chris Cillizza and Mary Ann Akers, I am joining washingtonpost.com from the Capitol Hill newspaper Roll Call. I spent 10 years there, most recently serving as Deputy Editor. Before holding that post I was a reporter for several years, covering everything from the House and Senate leadership and committees to Congressional campaigns and the Capitol Police department.
I'm hoping to bring that experience to bear here at Capitol Briefing, providing breaking news, analysis, context and even some humor to help you make sense of Congress. While the presidential campaign is sucking up most of the political oxygen, there will still be plenty of action on the Hill this year for me to dissect and discuss, and I'm looking forward to it.
As a caller to a talk radio show might put it, I am "first time/long time," meaning that I am a longtime reader and fan of blogs but this will be my first attempt to write one. I'm especially excited to start hearing from you, faithful readers, to get your take on what's happening on the Hill and what I can do to make this blog better each day. Start the conversation in the comments section below, or e-mail me here.
-- Ben Pershing
January 8, 2008; 1:00 PM ET
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