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Candy Crowley Leaves ‘State of the Union’ With Obama Exclusive


After 27 years with CNN, Candy Crowley will end her stint at the network with a bang.

In her final installment of “State of the Union” on Sunday, Crowley will sit down for an exclusive interview with President Barack Obama. From the North Korean Cyber attacks on Sony, to the major shift in U.S.-Cuban relations and release of American contractor Alan Gross this week, there will be no shortage of topics for Crowley to choose from.

CNN has yet to announce a replacement for Crowley, who began hosting the Sunday show back in 2010 after taking over for John King.

The interview will air on Sunday morning at 9 AM ET/ 6 AM PT.

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DC Journo Sues St. Louis County Over Ferguson Arrest

Screen Shot 2014-12-19 at 11.42.19 AMThe American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit Tuesday on behalf of Trey Yingst, a Washington-based reporter for News2Share, against St. Louis County and St. Louis Police Lieutenant James Vollmer for allegedly violating his rights by arresting him while covering the protests in Ferguson, The St. Louis Business Journal first reported.

According to the complaint, Yingst was arrested on Nov 22. for refusing to stop filming the protests after police asked him to move to another location. The lawsuit said Yingst told the police officer ”Sir, I’m just standing on a public sidewalk.” The officer, Vollmer, then told his colleagues to “lock him up.” Yingst was taken into custody for “unlawful assembly” and held overnight. Read more

Watch Live: Obama’s Year End News Conference — 1:30 PM ET

President Barack Obama is set to speak at the White House this afternoon for his end of the year press conference, before departing for his annual Christmas trip to Hawaii.

On the menu for reporters will be… Cuba, Sony Hacking, Capitol Hill politics, Russia, and his legacy.

Watch live via PBS NewsHour at 1:30 PM ET.

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Powell On ‘CBS This Morning’: Nothing Wrong With Opening Diplomatic Relations With Cuba

Screen Shot 2014-12-19 at 9.42.34 AMFormer Secretary of State Colin Powell joined “CBS This Morning” from Washington to discuss the recent shift in U.S. policy toward Cuba. Although the retired army general, like former President George W. Bush, supported the economic embargo on Cuba while in office, Powell now believes that the time has come to open a new chapter in U.S.-Cuban relations:

“As secretary of state, I supported it and even strengthened the sanctions against Cuba,” said the former Secretary of State. “But I think it’s now time to turn that page of history. I don’t see anything wrong with opening diplomatic relations with Cuba. We have diplomatic relations with other nations just as oppressive as Cuba. It’s a way to talk, it’s a way to make your point.”

Powell pointed out that it is unlikely Cuba will not get off the lost of sanctions any time soon, however, having an ambassador in Cuba is an effective way of opening a positive dialogue between the two nations.

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FOX News Radio Hires Jon Decker As WH Correspondent

latestFOX News Radio (FNR) has announced the hiring of Jon Decker as a White House correspondent.

Decker will make his debut with FNR on January 5th, 2015 and will represent the station in the White House press corps. As FNR’s White House correspondent, he will be based in Washington, DC and cover all White House related news.

Decker is joining the station from SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s “White House Insider” program where he served as a White House correspondent.

TNT’s Final ‘Christmas in Washington’ Special Tomorrow

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Taped Sunday evening, TNT’s broadcast of ”Christmas in Washington” airing at 8 PM ET tomorrow will be its last – at least for the time being.

The 33-year-old special, hosted this year by my fellow Miami Hurricane, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, will have to find a new home after the network’s parent company, Time Warner, decided on Monday that it will no longer sponsor the special.

This year’s “Christmas in Washington,” taped at the National Building Museum, was headlined by holiday-themed performances from Rita Ora, Darius Rucker, Hunter Hayes, Christina Perri and Aloe Blacc, as well as the traditional group carol sing-a-long with President Barack Obama, the first lady and daughters Malia and Sasha.

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NPR Hires Tasneem Raja As Senior Digital Editor of ‘Code Switch’

rlUq6_aFTasneem Raja will be joining NPR as senior digital editor of Code Switch, announced Lynette Clemetson, director of editorial initiatives, and Carline Watson, executive producer of Culture and Identity Unit, in a staff memo this morning.

Tasneem currently works at Mother Jones as senior editor, focusing on data-driven journalism. Prior to Mother Jones, Tasneem had been a reporter for the Chicago Reader, as well as a part of the San Francisco- based non-profit news organization, Bay Citizen, which had partnered with the New York Times back in 2010.

She was named “one of the smartest people on Twitter” by Fast Company, and is ”a leading voice in the conversation on gender, race, and tech culture.” The graduate of UC Berkeley School of Journalism will be starting with NPR’s Code Switch in late January when she arrives in Washington.

Welcome to our nation’s capital, Tasneem!

#TBT Part Deux: Colbert Report’s First Episode

Colbert2In honor of tonight’s final episode of “The Colbert Report,” let’s take a look back at the episode that started it all…

“A new television show premieres, and changes the world…” said Colbert in the intros of his inaugural episode, more than 9 years ago.

Comedy Central will be running past episodes throughout the day, until a new episode of “The Daily Show” — followed by “The Colbert Report” finale. Colbert will be off the air until August or September, when he will return as the host of CBS’ “Late Show with Stephen Colbert.”

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WaPo Partnering With The Texas Tribune

Earns Washington PostYou know what they say, everything’s bigger in Texas…

Starting in January, The Washington Post will be teaming up with The Texas Tribune for a partnership that will include the sharing of editorial content, collaboration on events and more.

The announcement came in a newsroom memo this morning from Martin Baron:

I’m delighted to announce a new partnership with The Texas Tribune, the nonpartisan, nonprofit news organization that has earned its reputation for ambitious journalism and digital innovation.

Under the partnership, which begins with the new year, we’ll get exclusive outside-of-Texas access to Texas Tribune stories for both our website and our newspaper. Texas Tribune reporters will contribute to The Fix, Post Politics, GovBeat and other venues on our site. They will also contribute to our videos, and Texas Tribune’s weekly politics video series, the Texas Political Roundup, will run on PostTV.

Texas Tribune’s new Washington, D.C., bureau chief, Abby Livingston, will work out of our newsroom. We look forward to her becoming a major contributor to the partnership.

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