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Afternoon Lede Check – 8.29.14

Pentagon faces questions on why there’s no strategy to defeat ISIS (Washington Examiner). White House refuses to set deadline for immigration action (The Hill). Defense to give closing argument in ex-Va. governor trial (CBS 9).

From WaPo to WJLA, here are the stories that are leading your homepages today, after the jump…

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Chuck Todd Bids Farewell to ‘The Daily Rundown’

Even though network attention turned to remarks being made by British Prime Minister David Cameron during Chuck Todd‘s planned sign off of MSNBC’s “The Daily Rundown,” he got his chance in a video uploaded to the show site. In preparation of his last actual weekend for hopefully many years to come, Todd bid farewell in advance of taking over as moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press” on September 7.

“Obviously I’ve got an opportunity of a lifetime for a political journalist. And no matter how much I love every part of ‘The Daily Rundown,’ the ‘Meet the Press’ opportunity is not one I could pass up,” he said. “‘Meet the Press’ is the gold standard of American political journalism, period. The longest running television show on the planet. To be just the 11th custodian of that chair, is easily going to be the greatest honor and privilege I’ll ever have in my professional life.”

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Weekend Show Preview – 8.31.14

SundayShows-w-candyWho’s on the talk shows this weekend? Glad you asked.

Highlights include Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) on NBC’s “Meet the Press” with Andrea Mitchell moderating, Sunday show regular Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” and Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL) on Univision’s “Al Punto.”

Not all lineups have been announced. But click through for those that are and we’ll continue to update throughout the day.

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Magazine Cover of the Week: TIME’s ‘Answers Issue’

answers-coverIt’s Friday, almost the long Labor Day weekend, and therefore, time to gather up your reading list…everything you saw this week but didn’t have time to actually read.

This week, we propose the latest issue of TIME magazine, and it’s special double issue that claims to answer “everything you didn’t know you needed to know.” Read more

FishbowlDC Top 5 Stories of the Week

fishbowlHere are your top five stories this week across the site.

5 - Joe Scarborough Asks How 9-Year-Old with Uzi at Range Killed Man

4 - Roll Call’s Abby Livingston to Moderate West Virginia Candidate Forum on August 29

3 - So What Do You Do, Aneesh Raman, Senior Editor and Head of PR and Marketing at OZY?

2 - Philip Klein Promoted to Commentary Editor of Washington Examiner

1 - Hey, Isn’t That…CNN’s Stylish S.E. Cupp

Chelsea Clinton Set to Leave NBC News After 3 Years as Special Correspondent

chelsea-clinton-articleChelsea Clinton announced today on Facebook that she will leave NBC News where she’s served as a special correspondent since 2011 to continue her work with the Clinton Foundation and as she and husband Mark Mezvinsky prepare to welcome their first child. People magazine was the first to report the news, just before the former First Daughter’s public post.

And with her departure, Clinton does not close the door to future opportunities with the peacock network.

“While my role with NBC News may be coming to an end, I look forward to working with the NBC family well into the future,” she said. Read more

Lisa Desjardins Bitter(sweet) Departure Video from CNN

Screen Shot 2014-08-29 at 12.36.43In her epic departure video, CNNRadio Capitol Hill correspondent Lisa Desjardins lets it all go, except for the reporter notebooks and pencils she appears to have taken with her after CNN Digital’s restructure earlier this month resulted in the elimination of her position.

“Hello CNN. It is not easy to say goodbye. And unfortunately, we’ve had a lot of goodbyes here lately. I know a lot of folks are worried about the future. And I also know a lot of buyout offers are on the table,” Desjardins says with a hint of bitterness in its opening, referencing the voluntary separation plans offered earlier this week, separate from her leaving.

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Diane Sawyer Introduces Incoming ‘World News Tonight’ Anchor David Muir in Promo

In a new promo for ABC News “World News Tonight,” former anchor Diane Sawyer introduces incoming anchor David Muir and highlights his reporting for the network, from the revolution in Egypt, earthquake in Haiti, and tsunami in Japan to Tehran, Iran and Mogadishu, Somalia.

Muir picks up where Sawyer left off at ABC News’ “World News Tonight” on Tuesday, September 2, at 6:30pm.

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Longtime ‘Meet the Press’ EP Betsy Fischer Martin to Depart NBC News

betsy_fischer_twitter_iconAfter 23 years, Betsy Fischer Martin is set to depart NBC News.

In an email to friends and colleagues this morning, she writes, “As some of you know, this is my last week with an @nbc email address. You can find me a lot of places this fall –  @home @carpool @collegefootball @airport but the safest bet is @gmail (above) or @BFischerMartin (twitter).”

Martin served as executive producer of “Meet the Press” for 11 years, and in July 2013, took on a new role as senior executive producer and managing editor of NBC News political programming.

In the email, she hints that she’ll soon have a new work address, with news of that to follow. Read more

Mediabistro Morning Roundup – 8.29.14

From TVNewser to FishbowlNY, here are your top stories from across Mediabistro.

AllTwitter Twitter Analytics Are Now Available to Everyone

TVNewser Bill Wolff Named Executive Producer of The View

AgencySpy Intel Begins Creative Review

FishbowlNY AP Writer Gets the Huge Brangelina Scoop

TVSpy LIN Media and CBS Renew Affiliation Agreements in 10 Markets

Lost Remote Netfilx and HBO Produce Some of the Most Social Shows. How Are They Funded?

FishbowlDC BuzzFeed Highlights Evasive Phrasing in White House Press Briefings

SocialTimes Finally, a Tweetdeck for Instagram

Inside Mobile Apps Fiksu: App Marketing Costs Continue to Grow in July

AllFacebook Facebook Finally Addresses Messenger Controversy

10,000 Words Three Takeaways from The Knight News Challenge ‘Lessons Learned’ Report

InsideFacebook Four Ways to Benefit from Combining Facebook Brand & Direct Marketing

GalleyCat Soccer Star Tim Howard Inks Book Deal

PRNewser Is Sponsored Content Really More ‘Transparent’ Than PR?

MediaJobsDaily Four Ways to Stand Out From Other Job Seekers

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