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  1. Plural of politico

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This article is about the tabloid newspaper. For the description of a person, see politico.
The Politico is a Washington, D.C.-based political journalism organization that distributes its content via television, the Internet, newspaper, and radio. Its coverage includes Congress, Washington lobbying, and the 2008 presidential election. It was a sponsor of the 2008 Republican Presidential Candidates debate at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on May 3 2007 and the 2008 Democratic Presidential Candidates debate at the Kodak Theater on January 31 2008.
John F. Harris and Jim VandeHei left The Washington Post to become The Politicos editor-in-chief and executive editor, respectively. The Politico is financed by Robert Allbritton, chairman and chief executive of Allbritton Communications, which owns television stations in Washington and elsewhere, and is an affiliate of Disney-owned ABC. Frederick J. Ryan Jr., former Assistant to U.S. President Ronald Reagan, and currently chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Foundation, is president and CEO of The Politico.

Distribution and content

The newspaper has a circulation of approximately 25,000, distributed for free on Capitol Hill and elsewhere in Washington, D.C.
The Politico is a partner with several news outlets who co-report and distribute its video, print, and audio content. Partners include CBS News, Allbritton Communications's ABC stations WJLA and KTUL,, and radio station WTOP.
Politico journalists covering political campaigns plan to carry a video camera with them to every assignment,


On March 22 2007, Politico writer Ben Smith erroneously reported via blog that John Edwards would suspend his presidential campaign in the wake of his wife's cancer recurrence, a claim that was headlined by the Drudge Report and cable news channels including MSNBC. Smith later apologized for relying on a single anonymous source for the story.


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