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NBC’s Luke Russert Joins Politics & Prose for Father’s Day Convo on Big Russ and Me

Screen Shot 2014-06-13 at 15.24.50Today marks the 6th anniversary of the death of 16-year “Meet the Press” moderator Tim Russert. This Sunday – Father’s Day – Tim’s son NBC correspondent Luke Russert will join Politics & Prose for a conversation on his new preface to his father’s book Big Russ and Me: Father and Son: Lessons of Life that pays tribute to Tim’s father, a World War II veteran.

In honor of the book’s 10th anniversary since its initial publication, Luke’s added introduction explores his father’s legacy and the lessons of his grandfather, Tim’s father.

For more on Sunday’s event, click here.

TIME Creates Search Tool for Each of Hillary Clinton’s Books

TIME this morning launched “The Searchable Guide to Every Word in Hillary Clinton’s Books” for anyone interested in doing a side by side comparison of specific words from 1996′s It Takes a Village, 2003′s Living History, and this year’s Hard Choices.

Given the nearly two decade span of the publications of her books, comparing certain words and names is irrelevant, not to mention the lack of context the search offers. That said, the tool is quite interesting. Click on over to TIME to search for yourself!

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Diane Sawyer’s One on One with Hillary Clinton Led CBS and NBC in Last Night’s Ratings

DIANE SAWYER, HILLARY CLINTONRatings are in for last night’s ABC News special “Hillary Clinton – Public and Private One on One with Diane Sawyer” and the network led CBS and NBC in viewers for the hour, not too surprisingly though as CBS aired back to back episodes of “Mike and Molly” while NBC aired “American Ninja Warrior.” The previous hour’s “Bachelorette: The Journey So Far” special on ABC garnered 4.0 million viewers and the 9 – 10 pm special with Clinton grew by 53% to 6.1 million viewers overall. It’s second half hour also grew – by 12% – from 5.7 million viewers in its first half to 6.4 million in the second.

Last month’s NBC News interview of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden by Brian Williams averaged 5.948 million total viewers and was ranked #1 among the broadcast networks during the 10 – 11 pm hour it aired in all 18-49 demo ratings (tied with CBS in W18-49) and M/A25-54. Sawyer’s sit down with Clinton placed forth in the same demo at 1.0 million in its respective time slot.

On top in ratings last night was FOX, which aired “24″ and averaged 6.333 million viewers in the 9 – 10 pm hour.

The headline in the original version of this post compared Clinton’s sit down with Sawyer to that of last week’s Williams exclusive with Snowden. The programs aired on different nights (Monday and Wednesday, respectively) and in back to back time slots (9 – 10 pm and 10 – 11 pm, respectively).

Diane Sawyer Previews Hillary Clinton Special on ‘Good Morning America’

DIANE SAWYER, HILLARY CLINTONIn advance of tonight’s first television interview with Hillary Clinton on the topic of her new book Hard Choices, ABC’s Diane Sawyer previewed the conversation on today’s “Good Morning America.”

On the topic of getting paid to give speeches, for which she’s rumored to rake in $200,000 an appearance, Clinton said, “Let me put it this way…I thought making speeches for money was a much better thing than getting connected with any one group or company as so many people who leave public life do.”

On Benghazi: ”I was the one ultimately responsible for my people’s safety, and I never felt that responsibility more deeply than I did that day.”

Check out the full clip after the jump and the one hour ABC News primetime special “Hillary Clinton: Public and Private – One on One with Diane Sawyer” tonight at 9 pm. Read more

Hillary Clinton All Smiles During Hard Choices Interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer

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Someone’s excited!

Former Secretary of State, Senator, and First Lady Hillary Clinton sat down with ABC News Anchor Diane Sawyer for the first interview on her new book, Hard Choices. ABC News tells us that nothing was off limits when Sawyer interviewed Clinton today at her home in DC.

The one hour ABC News primetime special “Hillary Clinton: Public and Private – A One on One with Diane Sawyer” airs Monday, June 9 at 9 pm ET.

For the full schedule of Clinton’s firsts as part of her Hard Choices media blitz, check out our piece from yesterday.

Hard Choices – Which Interview to Grant When

hillary-clinton-hard-choicesIn the latest installment of “Hard Choices – Which Interview to Grant When,” former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton opened up to PEOPLE magazine on becoming a grandmother and a 2016 run for president.

“I know I have a decision to make…But part of what I’ve been thinking about, is everything I’m interested in and everything I enjoy doing – and with the extra added joy of ‘I’m about to become a grandmother,’ I want to live in the moment. At the same time I am concerned about what I see happening in the country and in the world,” says Clinton in the June 16 issue of PEOPLE.

The former Senator and First Lady gave those comments in her “first at-home interview since the end of husband Bill’s presidency in January 2001.”

And it’s all about firsts in this media blitz for Clinton. Read more

POLITICO’s Kenneth Vogel Goes All This Town on American Politics in Big Money

Screen Shot 2014-06-03 at 11.52.54In book stores like Kindle and Nook today, find POLITICO Chief Investigative Reporter Kenneth P. Vogel‘s latest BIG MONEY: 2.5 Billion Dollars, One Suspicious Vehicle, and a Pimp—on the Trail of the Ultra-Rich Hijacking American Politics, which explores the finances behind the American political system.

Similar to Mark Leibovich‘s This Town, which exposed DC as the “nexus of big politics, big money, big media, and big vanity,” Vogel explains how just a handful of the rich dominate the political landscape.

On Friday, the POLITICO magazine cover story offered an excerpt from the book.

While we’ve yet to receive our copy (it is en route), the book’s publisher – PublicAffairs – shared with us some of Big Money’s major themes. More on them after the jump. Read more

Hillary Clinton Adds 3 Additional Hard Choices Interviews

hillary-clinton-hard-choicesKeeping track of Hillary Clinton’s scheduled interviews as part of her book tour for Hard Choices has so far proved harder than staying on top of this weekend’s Capital Pride festivities in DC.

In addition to her first television interview on June 9 – the eve of the book’s release by Simon & Schuster – with Diane Sawyer, a live interview with Robin Roberts for “Good Morning America, and a joint interview on June 17 from 6:45 – 7:15 pm with Bret Baier and Greta Van Susteren, three new interviews have been added to the books.

CNN chief international correspondent Christiane Amanpour will moderate the only network televised town hall with the former Secretary of State on Tuesday, June 17th at 5 pm ET. The special broadcast before a live audience will take place at the Newseum and air on CNN and simulcast worldwide on CNN International and CNN en Espanol. It will also re-air on CNN that night at 9 pm ET.

NBC News’ Cynthia McFadden will also interview Clinton about the book on Tuesday, June 10. Read more

POLITICO Lands Exclusive for Hard Choices Benghazi Chapter

hillary-clinton-hard-choicesHillary Clinton‘s forthcoming Hard Choices is again back in the spotlight after POLITICO exclusively obtained “Benghazi: Under Attack,” the chapter that chronicles the September 2012 events in Libya that led to the death of four Americans, including US Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

“Those who exploit this tragedy over and over as a political tool minimize the sacrifice of those who served our country,” writes Clinton in the 34 page chapter.

POLITICO’s Maggie Haberman explains that, “Her tone is less defensive than defiant: Clinton takes responsibility for the ‘horror’ of the loss of life in Benghazi, but puts it in the context of ‘the heartbreaking human stakes of every decision we make’ — and she accuses adversaries of manipulating a tragedy for partisan gain.” Read more

Hillary Clinton’s Hard Choices Author’s Note Released

hillary-clinton-hard-choicesHillary Clinton‘s Hard Choices is set to release June 10 and this morning, publisher Simon & Schuster released the book’s Author’s Notes to the morning shows and NPR.

“When I chose to leave a career as a young lawyer in Washington to move to Arkansas to marry Bill and start a family, my friends asked, ‘Are you out of your mind?’ ” writes Clinton in the note. “I heard similar questions when I took on health care reform as First Lady, ran for office myself, and accepted President Barack Obama’s offer to represent our country as Secretary of State. In making these decisions, I listened to both my heart and my head. I followed my heart to Arkansas; it burst with love at the birth of our daughter, Chelsea; and it ached with the losses of my father and mother.”

Click on over to one of the lucky recipients of said note for the full down low.

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