Washington big names celebrate launch of Hill.TV
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A bevy of big names — from President TrumpDonald John TrumpShocking summit with Putin caps off Trump’s turbulent Europe trip GOP lambasts Trump over performance in Helsinki Trump stuns the world at Putin summit MORE’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani to Rep. Carolyn MaloneyCarolyn Bosher MaloneyA new urgency to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment The Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — GOP spars with FBI agent at tense hearing Washington big names celebrate launch of Hill.TV MORE (D-N.Y.) — helped celebrate a new chapter for The Hill, with the launch of Hill.TV.

“There has not been a time, perhaps since the '60s, when the whole world has been more focused on what’s happening here in Washington,” Richard Beckman, president of The Hill, told a VIP crowd gathered on Wednesday at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium in downtown Washington. “Politics has never been more addictive, more pervasive. It’s touching every aspect of our lives.”

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Beckman touted Hill.TV as a “video-centric digital platform dedicated entirely to nonpartisan political coverage.”

“Hill.TV is political news for the mobile generation,” he said.

Krystal Ball, a co-host on Hill.TV’s “Rising,” introduced the morning program and quipped to the audience about her clairvoyant-sounding name.

“We wanted to get one thing out of the way really quickly. Yes, my parents really did do that to me: My name is actually Krystal Ball. They named me that,” she said.

Fellow "Rising" co-host Buck Sexton described how he and Ball, a former Democratic congressional candidate, bring very different political perspectives to their show.

“I was so right-wing that I think my first word growing up was ‘capitalist,' ” Sexton said with a grin.

Joe Concha, The Hill’s media reporter and host of Hill.TV’s “What America’s Thinking,” dished details of his daily show alongside prominent Democratic pollster Mark Penn, while Hill.TV’s Jamal Simmons described projects coming down the pipeline.

Also spotted at the VIP launch event: Reps. Debbie DingellDeborah (Debbie) Ann DingellThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — GOP spars with FBI agent at tense hearing Washington big names celebrate launch of Hill.TV Hillicon Valley: NSA deletes call records | Tinder swipes right for encryption | Mueller seeks new delay in Flynn sentencing MORE (D-Mich.), Pete KingPeter (Pete) Thomas KingWashington big names celebrate launch of Hill.TV The Hill's Morning Report — Trump denigrates NATO allies, floats 4 percent solution ‘Unmasking Antifa Act' includes 15-year prison term proposal MORE (R-N.Y.) and Mia LoveLudmya (Mia) LoveThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — GOP spars with FBI agent at tense hearing Washington big names celebrate launch of Hill.TV Press shuts out lawmakers to win congressional softball game MORE (R-Utah), former Trump campaign manager Corey LewandowskiCorey R. LewandowskiThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Sponsored by Delta Air Lines — GOP spars with FBI agent at tense hearing Washington big names celebrate launch of Hill.TV The Hill's Morning Report — Trump denigrates NATO allies, floats 4 percent solution MORE, The Hill's chairman James Finkelstein, The Hill's vice president of digital video and head of Hill.TV John Solomon, Airlines for America’s Rebecca Spicer, The Hill Publisher Jack Rotherham, Pam Stevens, The Hill Editor in Chief Bob Cusack, GOP strategist Ron Bonjean, Adam Falkoff, Erin McPike, BGR Group's Jeff Birnbaum, Rebecca Cooper, FP1 Strategies' Lauren Zelt, New York Post’s Nikki Schwab and Brendan Kownacki.