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WATCH LIVE at 1pm: White House Press Briefing with Josh Earnest

At 1pm Wednesday afternoon, White House press secretary Josh Earnest will deliver a press briefing before the White House press corps.

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WATCH – Jon Stewart: ‘Midterm fever baby…It’s just like Ebola.’

Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 09.45.29On “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” Monday night, the show’s host opened the program with a look at November’s elections, which takes place just three weeks from today.

“Midterm fever baby. Sweeping the nation,” said Stewart. ”It’s just like Ebola. Except way more expensive.”

The host went on to poke fun at President Obama’s recent fundraisers at the homes of Gwyneth Paltrow and Rich Richman. The comedy show genius then delved into fundraising emails from the Democrats he’s recently received.

“With a frequency and desperation matched only by a Nigerian prince selling a Groupon deal for boner pills. The Democrats. And the emails. Will not stop trying to make you give them money.” Read more

Gwyneth Paltrow Gushes Over President Obama

Gwyneth Paltrow hosted a DNC fundraiser at her Brentwood, Calif. home on Thursday and her love for President Barack Obama could not be more clear.

When introducing the presidential guest of honor to attendees, Paltrow turned to the president and said, “You’re so handsome that I can’t speak properly.”

Paltrow also said that she’s one of Obama’s biggest fans, “if not the biggest.”

Fundraiser attendees paid $1,000 while tickets to a dinner with Obama came in at $15,000. Julia Roberts and “The West Wing’s” Bradley Whitford were also in attendance.


Greta Van Susteren Addresses President Obama’s Thursday Digs at FOX News Channel

Screen Shot 2014-10-03 at 11.44.34On Thursday, President Barack Obama offered remarks at Northwestern University on the economy and at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Gala on immigration reform. While the topic of each speech differed, he was able to weave in one common thread.

“There’s a reason, fewer Republicans, you hear them running around about Obamacare,” said Obama at Northwestern. “Cause good, affordable health care might seem like a fanged threat to the freedom of the American people on FOX News, it turns out it’s working out pretty well in the real world.”

His Twitter handle managed by Organization for Action later reiterated that statement.

While discussing immigration reform at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Gala Thursday evening, President Obama managed to reference the host of FNC’s “Hannity.” Read more

A Look at Presidential Approval and Cable News Network Ratings

2013obamahenry660Our sister site TVNewser recently looked at President Barack Obama’s approval ratings and the quarterly averages of primetime and total day ratings of FOX News Channel, CNN, and MSNBC during the same time period.

President Obama had an approval rating of 64% in the first quarter of 2009, which has since fallen to a rating of 42%. FOX News and MSNBC’s highest primetime and total day ratings were seen in the final quarter of 2012, during President Obama’s second election when his approval rating was at 51%. CNN’s primetime and total day ratings peak was during first quarter 2009 at the time of President Obama’s first inauguration when his rating was the highest.

For more, click on over to TVNewser for a full look at the presidential approval and cable news network ratings.

WaPo’s Carol Leonnig Writes White House Fence-Jumper Made it into the East Room

whitehouseThe Washington Post’s Carol Leonnig published a piece Monday afternoon on how far the White House fence-jumper actually made it into 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue on September 19.

Leonnig writes:

“After barreling past the guard immediately inside the door, Gonzalez, who was carrying a knife, dashed past the stairway leading a half-flight up to the first family’s living quarters. He then ran into the 80-foot-long East Room, an ornate space often used for receptions or presidential addresses.”

Secret Service earlier said that Omar Gonzalez was detained by officers after jumping a fence and running approximately 100 yards just past the North Portico doors to the White House, a claim now disputed by “three people familiar with the incident.”

Leonnig’s report comes on the eve of Secret Service Director Julia Pierson’s Tuesday hearing before the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

For more, click on over to The Washington Post.

Sen. Ted Cruz on 2016 Run for President: ‘No decision has been made’

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) took to Facebook today to shoot down rumors of a planned 2016 run for president. He too has yet to decide.

In the post, the Texas Senator refers to a recent National Journal article that quotes a Cruz ‘advisor’ as saying, ”At this point it’s 90/10 he’s in…And honestly, 90 is lowballing it.”

For the full piece by NJ’s Tim Alberta, click here.

WATCH LIVE: President Obama to Address United Nations Security Council Summit

President Barack Obama at 3pm Wednesday will speak on the topic of foreign terrorist fighters at the United Nations Security Council Summit.


WaPo’s Paul Farhi Details White House Influence Over Pool Reports

2013obamahenry660The Washington Post’s Paul Farhi published a piece Tuesday night on White House influence over pool reports. Farhi details accounts by McClatchy’s Anita Kumar, the Dallas Morning NewsTodd GillmanThe Washington Post’s David Nakamura, and The Huffington Post’s Jennifer Bendery in which White House press officers declined to release pool reports with specific references from that day.

“Journalists who cover the White House say Obama’s press aides have demanded — and received — changes in press-pool reports before the reports have been disseminated to other journalists. They say the White House has used its unusual role as the distributor of the reports as leverage to steer coverage in a more favorable direction.”

Read the full story here.

President Barack Obama’s Statement on ISIL

Screen Shot 2014-09-23 at 10.12.53President Barack Obama Tuesday morning addressed the nation on the previous night’s airstrikes against ISIL in Syria.

“Last night on my orders America’s armed forces began strikes against ISIL targets in Syria,” the president said in his opening from the South Lawn. “Today, the American people gives thanks for the extraordinary service of our men and women in uniform.”

“We were joined in this action by our friends and partners. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Bahrain, and Qatar,” said Obama. “America is proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with these nations on behalf of our common security. The strength of this coalition makes it clear to the world that this is not America’s fight alone.”

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