Some more changes are afoot at the Grey Lady following the big-name losses some went so far as to call a "brain drain": To counteract the departure of the paper's stats guru and blog star Nate Silver for ESPN, Times D.C. bureau chief David Leonhardt, a wild-card pick for that job two years ago, will now head a shoe-filling project focused on "opinion polls, economic indicators, politics, policy, education, and sports," Silver's specialties. National political editor Carolyn Ryan will replace him, fusing her bureau with his to create one common-sense D.C.-politics hybrid. The second of what executive editor Jill Abramson called "two newsroom start ups" in her memo today is a forthcoming early-morning Washington tip sheet, in the mold of Politico's popular Playbook by Mike Allen.
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