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Chuck Todd Gets Advice from Sen. John McCain on ‘Meet the Press’ Hosting Duties

Screen Shot 2014-08-27 at 11.58.26During his final week as host of “The Daily Rundown” before taking over as “Meet the Press” moderator, Chuck Todd‘s Rundown has featured surprise guests coordinated by producers including Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) this morning.

McCain, the most popular “MTP” guest in terms of his number of appearances, was on hand to offer advice to Todd in his new role.

Asked by Todd what he thinks the role of “Meet the Press” has been and should be in Washington and for America, McCain responded, “I think it has been not just the oldest, but the premier Sunday encounter that the American people can have with leading figures in the political world. I would suggest that rather than try to expand it and do all kinds of different issues and subjects and kind of cute little anecdotes, that we really do what you do best, and that is focus on the political dynamics that are going on in this country, which then means, ‘What are our policies. What are the dynamics’.” Read more

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Congressman John Boehner Explains His Duties as Speaker

Ever wonder what it’s like to be Speaker of the House? Congressman John Boehner explains.

According to the Office of Speaker John A. Boehner 2013 Intern Manual, said monkey “was given to the Speaker as a birthday gift after the joke was made that [Boehner] was just wound up like a doll by his political advisors every night and he would proceed to clap his hands only to have his advisors wind him up again the next day,” as reported by Gawker in August 2013.

Live From New York Expanded with Addition of Political Interviews

51FvM1SwmZLThe 2002 oral history of Live From New York by James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales will see a new edition, slated for a September 1 publication. The Hollywood Reporter secured several of its politically-focused excerpts, written since it’s original publication in 2003.

The new release features 200 added pages penned by SNL cast, writers and guest hosts, including Tina Fey and the 2008 vice presidential candidate she portrayed, Sarah Palin.

On segments pertaining to the 2008 election:

Lorne Michaels, executive producer: ”We were contacted by, I think, Howard Wolfson from Hillary [Clinton's] campaign, and they wanted to do the first show of the season. [Barack] Obama was heating up, but they called first, so I said OK. You have to play by those rules. And then, the week of, they bailed. I went, “Really? You called us, and we gave it to you.” I think every now and then I get carried away and think we actually do have influence. And then, after that, we put Obama on the date when Hillary was supposed to be on. The sense of entitlement which was following her everywhere at that point peaked for me at the bailing.”

On political impersonations:

James Downey, producer-writer: ”If I had to describe Obama as a comedy project, I would say, “Degree of difficulty, 10 point 10.” It’s like being a rock climber looking up at a thousand-foot-high face of solid obsidian, polished and oiled. There’s not a single thing to grab onto — certainly not a flaw or hook that you can caricature. [Al] Gore had these “handles,” so did Bush, and Sarah Palin, and even Hillary had them. But with Obama, it was the phenomenon — less about him and more about the effect he had on other people and the way he changed their behavior. So that’s the way I wrote him.”

Check out THR’s piece on it here.

Jay Carney Hits Up ‘The Late Show With David Letterman’

Last night on “The Late Show With David Letterman,” former White House press secretary Jay Carney joined as a guest while the show’s host read off several of Carney’s past responses to members of the WH Press Corps.

Referring to times he used, “No comment,” Carney told Letterman, “I tried to make it a complete sentence.” “The Late Show” host continued with several other non-answers the former Press Secretary occasionally provided and then delved into the freedom of the press.

“Well we do have freedom of the press, and reporters absolutely should come after to public officials and demand answers,” said Carney. “But there is, rightfully, a protected area of classified information, where if some public official decided to divulge that to a reporter, he or she is breaking the law.”

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The Top 10 Things Overheard at The Hill’s ’50 Most Beautiful’ Celebration

20140729_193245Last night at Poste, The Hill celebrated its annual “50 Most Beautiful“ list, a nod to this town’s most beautiful – or not – members of Congress, Congressional staffers, campaign aides, lobbyists, and other Capitol Hill/executive branch employees.

Many of the 50 selected were in attendance, although the five Representatives and two Senators who made the list were not. Either was White House press secretary Josh Earnest. Or FOX News’ Bret Baier or CNN’s S.E. Cupp. But CBS News’ Nancy Cordes and NBC News’ Kristen Welker were there.

Guests who entered through Poste’s entrance (and not Hotel Monaco) first stumbled upon a step and repeat for anyone but mostly those who made the list. The gathering took place on Poste’s outdoor patio amid perfect weather and included remarks from the recently announced new Hill editor in chief Bob Cusack. Guests noshed on shrimp cocktail, gourmet sandwiches, and passed hors d’oeuvre and enjoyed an open bar that seemed to reopen several times.

Conversation was comical. Especially if you stood near strangers and wrote down the laughable things you could hear them say. And with that brings us “The Top 10 Things Overheard at The Hill’s ’50 Most Beautiful Celebration.” Read more

Stephen Colbert Buys TheSarahPalinChannel.com

Screen Shot 2014-07-30 at 12.30.55Tuesday night on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report,” host Stephen Colbert poked fun at Sarah Palin‘s news channel that she announced on Monday.

“Yes. The all Sarah Palin Channel. It’s exacrtly what she’s always done, only, umm…nothing else.”

Colbert goes on to mock subscribers who pay its $9.95 fee. “It’s a safe space where like minded folks can hear things they already agree with from someone who’s opinion they already know…If $9.95 sounds too rich for your blood, sign up for Stephen Colbert’s Angry Echo Chamber. For just $9.94, it’s a community of people just like you, if you have a valid credit card.” Read more

The Hill Names the ’50 Most Beautiful’

50mbweb1It’s that day. That one day a year The Hill publishes its “50 Most Beautiful” list, and you can’t help but laugh, just a bit.

The 11th annual list recognizes the Beltway’s “best-looking,” relevant to the audience. So not necessarily all of the actually hot people you see around town, but the “most beautiful” members of Congress, Congressional staffers, campaign aides, lobbyists, other Capitol Hill personnel and executive branch employees.

Washington beautiful is tricky. It’s a far cry from “beautiful” as portrayed on DC-based television programs like “House of Cards” and “Scandal.” That said, this year’s list does include many who would catch your eye in Washington and elsewhere, along with several who might not even do so here in DC. Read more

Sarah Palin Launches Channel to Explore ‘Important issues facing the nation’

Sarah Palin over the weekend announced a new project she’s launching – “The Sarah Palin Channel” – to explore “important issues facing the nation,” part of the TAPP network.

“I want to talk directly to you on our channel, on my terms — and no need to please the powers that be,” she explains in a video promo for the channel. “Together, we’ll go beyond the sound bites and cut through the media’s politically correct filter.”

Most of the channel is members only, at the rate of $9.95 a month or $99.95 for a year. In the site’s FAQ’s under ‘Is the Channel members only?’ it answers: “Yes, we have launched our video channel looking for the support of our community through subscriptions. We also feel that the community would feel more secure knowing everyone watching, uploading videos, and participating in the discussions and video chats was a contributing member and not anonymous,” aka it’s viewer funded but we’ll act like having people pay $10 a month via credit card actually makes it “feel more secure.”

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Hillary Clinton Responds to Criticisms by Jill Abramson on Media Expectations

logo2During an interview with guest host John Harwood on NPR’s “On Point,” Hillary Clinton admitted that she might expect more than she should from her relationships with members of the media.

Clinton’s comments were made in response to criticism by Jill Abramson in a POLITICO Magazine piece in which the former New York Times editor said, “Hillary is incredibly unrealistic about journalists…She expects you to be 100 percent in her corner, especially women journalists. She got angry with me because when I became the top-ranking woman at the New York Times, she thought I should be loyal. An editor is going to be independent, always.”

Abramson’s comments were made more than two months after the media blitz surrounding the release of Hard Choices began, first with a taped television interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer, a live interview with Robin Roberts for “Good Morning America,” a joint interview by Fox News’ Bret Baier and Greta Van Susteren, and a slew of other interviews, conversations, town halls, and book signings in Washington and throughout the country. Read more

Jenna Bush Hager Offers 5 Things She Learned from “Gampy” George H.W. Bush

Photo courtesy NBC News

Photo courtesy NBC News

Writing for TODAY.com, contributing correspondent Jenna Bush Hager offered an essay dedicated to her “Gampy,” President George H.W. Bush, with childhood photos including 41.

In the piece, she shares 5 things she’s learned from her grandfather, a man she says “has really always astonished me,” and reflects on his recent 90th birthday and skydive.

On the importance of service, Bush Hager recalls a 1997 letter he wrote on advice from his mother: “Be honest. Tell the truth. Be kind. Care about the other guy — help him. Don’t look down on anyone. You have an obligation to help others”

For more from TODAY’s Jenna Bush Hager, click here.

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