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Politico Newsroom Turns Into A Sweat Lodge

Betsy Rothstein Gossip blogger
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Politico has entered its new divine newsroom this week. It sleek, well designed, full of snacks, space to walk and talk and so much better than the office they occupied two floors below.

Except there’s one tiny problem.

It’s HOT AS HELL. And the whole thing feels like a sweat lodge.

There’s no meditating going on though. It’s more like lets eat ice cream and hope this inferno cools off soon enough.

One serious question: Has Politico literally entered the depths of hell?

They even have a hashtag #PoliticoMove so that reporters, editors and even Publisher Robert Allbritton can take a stab at humor.

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Leigh Munsil remarked, “I feel like it’s the first day of school.”

Politico Magazine editor Garrett Graff comes up with maybe the most intelligent question of the day (and yeah, I’m being generous). Yes, Garrett, and nap time is at 5 p.m. Right after you rub ice cream on Blake Hounshell‘s torso.

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And social anthropologist Kate Bennett finds the bagel drawer.

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See the internal memo from Miki King below.

Subject: Cooling Update

We know that the newsroom and other areas of the office are really hot and uncomfortable, and that isn’t what you expected for your first few days in the new space.

We have someone from every team that has ever touched the HVAC of this space on site working through the issue; our general contractor, the mechanical subcontractor, the electrician, and the building engineers. Apparently, there are several faulty units that were not addressed prior to our move-in, and the extent of the problem wasn’t identified until the newsroom was full with our staff. We’re following up with the repair team every hour for updates, and we’re hoping for resolution today.

To help us cool off and get through the afternoon, our friends at Scoops 2 U will be in the 8th floor coffee bar around 4pm with ice cream bars and other cool treats to help us celebrate the move and thank you for being such troopers these past two days.

Please take a break from your work area and go enjoy!