Washington big names celebrate launch of Hill.TV
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A bevy of big names — from President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump's top adviser on Asia to serve as deputy national security adviser United Auto Workers strike against GM poised to head into eighth day Trump doubles down on call to investigate Biden after whistleblower complaint: 'That's the real story' MORE’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani to Rep. Carolyn MaloneyCarolyn Bosher MaloneyO'Rourke gun confiscation talk alarms Democrats 2017 marked first year firearms killed more people than car accidents: study Report: Americans unprepared for retirement 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 DingellOvernight Energy: Trump to revoke California's tailpipe waiver | Democrats propose bill to revoke Trump endangered species rollback | Trump officials finalize rule allowing fewer inspectors at pork plants Democrats propose bill to revoke Trump endangered species rollback Polling director: Young voters swayed by health care, economy, gun control MORE (D-Mich.), Pete KingPeter (Pete) Thomas KingHere are the Democrats who aren't co-sponsoring an assault weapons ban Hotel industry mounts attack on Airbnb with House bill Obama's tan suit controversy hits 5-year anniversary MORE (R-N.Y.) and Mia LoveLudmya (Mia) LoveFormer GOP lawmaker: Trump's tweets have to stop Congressional Women's Softball team releases roster The 31 Trump districts that will determine the next House majority MORE (R-Utah), former Trump campaign manager Corey LewandowskiCorey R. LewandowskiLewandowski: House testimony shows I'd be 'a fighter' in the Senate The Hill's Morning Report — Trump's new controversy Cruz endorses GOP candidate for Senate in New Hampshire 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.