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A tentative deal is struck between Russia and Ukraine; 8 million people have signed up for healthcare in the exchanges so far; oh, and Chipotle is raising their prices. EVERYBODY PANIC!
From WaPo to WJLA, here are the stories that are leading your homepages today, after the jump…
President Obama announced today in a press conference that more than 8 million people had enrolled in healthcare exchanges this year. That is 1 million more than initially predicted by the administration and 2 million more than a revised CBO estimate. He also said Democrats should “forcefully defend” Obamacare in the midterm elections and compared GOP resistance to the law to the 7 stages of grief. Republicans have gone through denial and anger, he explained, but “we haven’t reached acceptance yet.”
The President also lauded an emerging deal between Ukraine and Russia, and expressed cautious optimism that a civil war could be averted there. Earlier today, diplomats in Geneva came to an agreement wherein eastern Ukraine will enjoy more autonomy from Kiev and Russia will agree to pull back troops back from its border. Obama said that while it was difficult to trust Putin given his past actions, the United States had “no stake in hurting ordinary Russians just for the sake of it,” and that he wanted normalize relations with Russia.
Today is Clare Malone‘s last day at The American Prospect, according to the Twitters. Malone had been the Web Editor at the Prospect for more than two years. Now, she will be taking up residence in NYC to become a fact checker for the New Yorker. Prior to her career in journalism, Malone worked for Export Now, a Chinese e-commerce site, and the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar. Congrats on the new gig Clare!
“The outcome was pure Kafka, with innocent people being caught in the surveillance dragnet. In fact, in attempting to find faces, the Pentagon’s Optic Nerve program recorded webcam sex by its unknowing targets—up to 11 percent of the material the program collected was “undesirable nudity” that employees were warned not to access, according to documents. And that’s just the beginning of what face recognition technology might mean for us in the digital era.”
Mike Allen took a few minutes recently to chat with brand-spanking-new CNN White House correspondent Michelle Kosinski about her new gig. Kosinski had been based in London from 2010 to 2014 as a foreign correspondent for NBC, and it appears she was less than thrilled to have to cover those dang royal people all the time.
“I don’t like covering things like that,” she told Allen. “I personally don’t agree with covering celebrities the way we cover them. So it’s nice to have a change and cover something that I feel is way more important.”
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In a sit-down with Major Garrett at George Washington University today, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney covered a wide range of topics, including the impact of social media on news cycles, the prosecution of leakers, and his relationship with the White House press corps. But no revelation was quite as shocking as his admission that he is woefully behind on two of television’s most important shows.
As the crowd looked on in silent horror, Carney expressed dismay that he had never seen “Scandal” and conceded that he needed to get on that s@%&, like right now. He also was unable to follow a comical reference made by Garrett about the last episode of “House of Cards.”
“I haven’t made it that far yet,” said the Press Secretary. Gasps could be heard from the crowd, mostly made of students who binge-watched the entire season as soon as it was released. A visibly disturbed Garrett assured him that the reference would make sense when and if Carney ever finished the show.
By contrast, Carney appeared very familiar with “The West Wing.” To the surprise of no one, he said that his favorite character was C.J. Craig and that another, minor character had been named after him by some of the show’s writers.
There was no mention of “Homeland,” though we can safely predict that Carney would probably agree with the rest of America that the third season really jumped the shark.
Last night at Sixth & I Synagogue, The Atlantic presented “American Futures,” a conversation with Atlantic National Correspondent James Fallows and his wife, author Deborah Fallows, about their travels across America in a propeller-driven plane documenting small towns.
In the current issue of The Atlantic, James documents his case “for why cities work when Washington doesn’t,” through conversations with mayors, librarians, and YMCA employees – among others -in cities including Greenville, SC, Burlington, Vt., and Sioux Falls, SD.
“We’re looking for places that were not in the first tier for national media attention,” said James. “Not East Coast or West Coast cities where most of the news is or where most of the talent tend to migrate.”
The Fallowses, who solicited destinations online, received more than 1,000 suggestions of small towns for which to visit that were experiencing dramatic economic, cultural, and social changes. For more on their journey across America, click here.
–Major Garrett interviews Jay Carney at GWU’s School of Media and Public Affairs, 10:00 a.m.
—The Kalb Report featuring Antonin Scalia and Ruth Bader Ginsburg at the National Press Club, 6 p.m.
— The Curmudgeon’s Guide to Getting Ahead book forum with author Charles Murray at AEI, 4 p.m.
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ABC News Asking Center for Public Integrity to Share Pulitzer Prize (TVNewser)
ABC News is calling on the Center for Public Integrity to share its Pulitzer Prize for investigative journalism, awarded to CPI’s Chris Hamby, taking issue with CPI’s Pulitzer submission that depicts ABC News as a minor partner in a year-long coal-mining industry investigation instead of equal partners. HuffPost Network president Ben Sherwood sent a four-page letter to CPI’s executive director Bill Buzenberg affirming that ABC News was CPI’s partner in the investigation. He argued that reporters Brian Ross and Matthew Mosk made “significant contributions” without which CPI would not have won the Pulitzer. He added that while the prizes are only awarded to print organizations, he hoped the Pulitzer committee would recognize Ross and Mosk. Mediaite In the letter, Sherwood said Buzenberg “omitted the names of ABC News reporters and sought to parse and diminish their contributions, even though their bylines appropriately appear on four of the eight articles submitted by the Center to the committee.” Poynter In response, Buzenberg provided a point-by-point rebuttal saying CPI reporter Chris Hamby was the engine behind the story for months before ABC entered the investigation and in long stretches when ABC was working on other things. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media CPI and ABC News have shared recognition for the black lung benefits story in the past. In March, the Harvard Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting was awarded to Chris Hamby, Ronnie Greene, Jim Morris and Chris Zubak-Skees of CPI and Matthew Mosk, Brian Ross and Rhonda Schwartz of ABC News. Next month, the White House Correspondents’ Association will honor “The Center for Public Integrity, in partnership with ABC News.” On Wednesday, they received an award from the Society of Professional Journalists. Television news organizations are excluded from the Pulitzer Prizes, which honor newspaper and digital reporting.
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