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What a prize: Julie Mason’s top political stories

April 18, 2014

The Pulitzer Prizes were announced this past week and like most everyone else in news and politics, Julie Mason was geeked up waiting to hear if the Washington Post and Guardian newspapers would win for their coverage of Edward Snowden’s NSA leak (they did).

Julie’s hometown newspaper, The Boston Globe, also won for their coverage of the Boston marathon bombings. Other topics covered in the Press Pool with Julie Mason: The kissing congressman goes to ground and Sen. Ted Cruz goes to South Carolina.

Pulitzers! Jules chatted with Michael Calderone of the Huffington Post about the winners and the implications. The Pulitzers are the biggest prize in journalism (after a guest spot on the Press Pool)

For reporters at the Boston Globe, their big Pulitzer win was bittersweet — great to be recognized for their work, but it was for a story that many found tough to cover. Julie was joined in-studio by Globe reporters Matt Viser, Bryan Bender and by phone, Scott Helman, for an hour-long discussion on the one-year anniversary of the bombing.

Matt Viser was back on the Press Pool later in the week to discuss a new memoir by Sen. Elizabeth Warren. Matt and Julie wondered, if she’s not running, why the campaign-style book?

A key point of inquiry in the Press Pool lately has been how will Cruz, Republican of Texas, expand his appeal beyond the narrow strip of social conservatives in the party who already enthuse over him? Manu Raju of Politico joined Jules to puzzle out the challenge.

And Manuel Roig-Franzia of the Washington Post was back in the Press Pool this week with a hilarious story from his trip to Monroe, La., in search of Republican Rep. Vance McAllister, aka the “kissing congressman,” who was still vowing to return to Congress after Easter recess.

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