Here’s the big news involving the New York Times today, from Politico‘s media gossip Dylan Byers:

New York Times Washington bureau chief Carolyn Ryan will step down and be replaced by current Washington Editor Elisabeth Bumiller, the Times said on Tuesday.

The change, which was announced by executive editor Dean Baquet, reflects the longstanding editorial arrangement that existed in everything but name, several Times sources said. Bumiller had served as the de facto bureau chief while Ryan, who also serves as political editor, had focused on the paper’s 2016 coverage.

Byers go on in excruciating detail to explain-without-really-explaining the inappropriate titles that have now been made appropriate, as though we all are following along with the home version of the game. But he leaves a big question totally unresolved: Who will be in charge of the destroy-Hillary beat? Is that being run out of Washington or New York?

Just asking.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.