Washington big names celebrate launch of Hill.TV
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A bevy of big names — from President TrumpDonald John TrumpNational Archives says it altered Trump signs, other messages in Women's March photo Dems plan marathon prep for Senate trial, wary of Trump trying to 'game' the process Democratic lawmaker dismisses GOP lawsuit threat: 'Take your letter and shove it' MORE’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani to Rep. Carolyn MaloneyCarolyn Bosher MaloneyOvernight Energy: Appeals court tosses kids' climate suit | California sues Trump over fracking | Oversight finds EPA appointees slow-walked ethics obligations Oversight finds EPA political appointees slow-walked ethics obligations Pelosi taps Virginia Democrat for key post on economic panel 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 DingellMaking waves to protect America's waters Trump suggests LBJ is in hell: 'He's probably looking down — or looking up' 10 controversies that rocked the Trump White House in 2019 MORE (D-Mich.), Pete KingPeter (Pete) KingLawmakers introduce bill taxing e-cigarettes to pay for anti-vaping campaigns Democrat who opposed Trump, Clinton impeachment inquiries faces big test House GOP criticizes impeachment drive as distracting from national security issues MORE (R-N.Y.) and Mia LoveLudmya (Mia) LoveThe biggest political upsets of the decade Former GOP lawmaker: Trump's tweets have to stop Congressional Women's Softball team releases roster MORE (R-Utah), former Trump campaign manager Corey LewandowskiCorey R. LewandowskiLewandowski decides against Senate bid Georgia ready for unpredictable Senate race Trump on Harris dropping out of race: 'We will miss you Kamala!' 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.