Washington big names celebrate launch of Hill.TV
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A bevy of big names — from President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump rallies in Nevada amid Supreme Court flurry: 'We're gonna get Brett' Trump: 'Good news' that Obama is campaigning again Trump boosts Heller, hammers 'Wacky Jacky' opponent in Nevada MORE’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani to Rep. Carolyn MaloneyCarolyn Bosher MaloneyChelsea Clinton: Politics a 'definite maybe' in the future Women poised to take charge in Dem majority A new urgency to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment 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 DingellFormer Rep. John Dingell returns to Twitter after heart attack John Dingell suffers heart attack, said to be ‘in good spirits’ The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — Kavanaugh confirmation in sudden turmoil MORE (D-Mich.), Pete KingPeter (Pete) Thomas KingOn The Money: Broad coalition unites against Trump tariffs | Senate confirms new IRS chief | Median household income rose for third straight year in 2017 | Jamie Dimon's brief battle with Trump Blue-state Republicans say they will vote against 'tax cuts 2.0' if it extends SALT cap Hillicon Valley: Twitter chief faces GOP anger over bias | DOJ convenes meeting on bias claims | Rubio clashes with Alex Jones | DHS chief urges lawmakers to pass cyber bill | Sanders bill takes aim at Amazon MORE (R-N.Y.) and Mia LoveLudmya (Mia) LoveUtah group complains Mia Love should face criminal penalties for improper fundraising Pregnant and imprisoned: The crisis thousands of women are facing Election Countdown: What to watch in final primaries | Dems launch M ad buy for Senate races | Senate seats most likely to flip | Trump slump worries GOP | Koch network's new super PAC MORE (R-Utah), former Trump campaign manager Corey LewandowskiCorey R. LewandowskiThe Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by Better Medicare Alliance — Facing major hurricane, Trump is tested Bannon seeks to boost Republican turnout in midterms with new film GOP destroyed oversight — Dems obligated to clean up mess if elected 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.