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REDMOND, Wash. (AP) _ The online magazine Slate named its chief political correspondent, Jacob Weisberg, its new editor.

Weisberg was tapped after Slate's founding editor, Michael Kinsley, who will stay on as an adviser, said he was stepping down. The magazine announced the appointment Monday.

Kinsley founded Slate in June 1996. Weisberg covered the presidential election for it that year as well as in 2000, and has worked as an editor at the magazine.

Weisberg is the author of several books, including ``In Defense of Government'' and ``Bushisms,'' a collection of what Slate calls the president's ``accidental wit and wisdom.''

Weisberg worked at Newsweek and The New Republic before joining Slate. As editor, he will work out of the magazine's New York bureau.

Slate has a full-time staff of 32, with 18 working on the Microsoft campus in Redmond. The rest work in New York, Los Angeles or Washington, D.C.

The magazine has yet to turn a profit and does not disclose financial figures.

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