Politico Adds Opinion With Columns From Joe Scarborough and Michael Kinsley

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Until now, the Beltway-insider publication Politico has steered clear of opinion, and instead heaped all its efforts on Washington micro-scoops and speedy analysis. But that will change now that MSNBC host Joe Scarborough and Atlantic columnist Michael Kinsley are set to begin columns on October 1. The Times' Jeremy Peters reports that the columns will begin as weekly features, but in the future may take the form of back-and-forth feedback on important political events like the State of the Union. "Lord knows, there is enough noise and nonsense out there," said Politico head honcho Jim VandeHei. "What these guys bring is intellectual muscle and track records of challenging the conventional wisdom."

Scarborough and Kinsley Will Write for Politico [NYT]