Washington big names celebrate launch of Hill.TV
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A bevy of big names — from President TrumpDonald John TrumpRosenstein expected to leave DOJ next month: reports Allies wary of Shanahan's assurances with looming presence of Trump States file lawsuit seeking to block Trump's national emergency declaration MORE’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani to Rep. Carolyn MaloneyCarolyn Bosher MaloneyAmazon exec invites Ocasio-Cortez to tour facilities after criticism Dem lawmaker rips opposition to Amazon going into New York: 'Now we're protesting jobs' Democrat vows to move forward with impeachment, dividing his party 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 Health Care — Sponsored by America's 340B Hospitals — Push for cosponsors for new 'Medicare for all' bill | Court lets Dems defend ObamaCare | Flu season not as severe as last year, CDC says Bill Clinton jokes no one would skip Dingell's funeral: 'Only time' we could get the last word Democrats seek cosponsors for new 'Medicare for all' bill MORE (D-Mich.), Pete KingPeter (Pete) Thomas KingGOP lawmaker: Amazon would be moving into NY if Ocasio-Cortez wasn't elected Dems escalate gun fight a year after Parkland Assault weapons ban push tests Dem support MORE (R-N.Y.) and Mia LoveLudmya (Mia) LoveTrump suggests Heller lost reelection bid because he was 'hostile' during 2016 presidential campaign Trey Gowdy joins Fox News as a contributor Gillum joining CNN as political commentator MORE (R-Utah), former Trump campaign manager Corey LewandowskiCorey R. LewandowskiOvernight Energy: Zinke joins Trump-tied lobbying firm | Senators highlight threat from invasive species | Top Republican calls for Green New Deal vote in House Zinke, Lewandowski join Trump veterans’ lobbying firm Trump campaign spent nearly 0K of donor money on law firm representing Kushner 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.