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Archives: May 2014

C-SPAN to Air John Kerry, Janet Yellen Commencement Addresses

Screen Shot 2014-05-30 at 17.41.57Holy top-government-officials, and ones who haven’t resigned!

Closing out the spring season of commencement speeches, C-SPAN is airing a ton this upcoming weekend and Saturday’s lineup is chock-full of government officials who still hold their jobs.

Starting at 8pm Saturday, those home looking for inspiration can watch Secretary of State John Kerry’s (May 18) address at Yale University, U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power’s (May 18) speech at the University of Vermont, Burlington, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson’s (May 18) remarks at Morehouse College, and Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen speaking at New York University (on May 21).

For the full weekend lineup, click on over to C-SPAN programming.

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Afternoon Lede Check – 5.30.14

Jay Carney steps down as White House Press Secretary. VA Secretary Shinseki resigns. And some other stuff.

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

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Weekend Show Preview, 5.30 – 6.1

Who’s on the talk shows this weekend? Glad you asked:

Sunday:

CBS’s “Face the Nation”: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Robert E. Wallace of the VFW, Fmr. CIA Dir. Gen. Michael Hayden, David Ignatius of WaPo, David Sanger of NYT, Leigh Gallagher of Fortune, Nancy Cordes of CBS

“Fox News Sunday”: Reince Priebus of RNC, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Rep. Jeff Miller, (R-FL), VA hospital whistleblower Dr. Sam Foote, Laura Ingraham, Bob Woodward, Liz Cheney, Evan Bayh

NBC’s “Meet the Press“: Michael Bloomberg, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), Paul Rieckhoff of IAVA, Chuck Todd, Maria Schriver, Tom BrokawRana Forhoohar of TIME, Jane Harman of the Wilson Center, Newt Gingrich, NBC’s Kevin Tibbles

ABC’s “This Week“: NSA Amd. Susan Rice, Sen Ted Cruz (R-TX), Frances Beinecke of the National Resources Defense Council, Hal Quinn of the National Mining Association, Bill Kristol, Peggy Noonan, David Remnick of The New Yorker, Tavis Smiley 

Univision’s “Al Punto”:  Timothy Geithner, Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL), Venezuelan writer and journalist Leonardo Padrón, Korean War veteran Raúl Reyes Castañeira, Frank Medina of the Borinqueneers Congressional Gold Medal Alliance, Honduran soccer players Victor Bernárdez and Roger Espinoza, author Gerardo Piña Rosales, Daniel Fernandez of the North American Academy of Spanish Language

CNN’s “State of the Union: Susan Rice, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), Fmr. NSA Gen. Jim Jones, R. Nicholas Burns of Harvard, Neera Tanden of the Center for American Progress, Kristen Soltis Anderson of The Daily Beast, Jackie Calmes of NYT, Matt Kibbe of Freedomworks

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FedScoop Hosts Bi-Monthly FedTinis

Last night at Teddy & the Bully Bar, government IT media company FedScoop hosted its bi-monthly FedTinis Happy Hour with 100 guests from gov, tech, and the arts.

For those who missed it, check out the below pics. Come July, we hope to see you there!

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FishbowlDC Top 5 Stories of the Week

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney Set to Resign

US-POLITICS-CARNEYEven more news than usual out of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue this week. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney plans to resign from his role in the administration in mid-June 2014.

President Obama named Josh Earnest - Carney’s deputy – as his replacement.

“It’s been an amazing experience,” said Carney after the president’s announcement of his stepping down. “Just so fulfilling.”

On what’s next, he added, “I haven’t made any decisions yet…I’m excited by some of the possibilities.”

Prior to Carney, Robert Gibbs served as Obama’s first presidential press secretary.

Sunday Show Ratings, 5.25.14: With ‘MTP’ On Hiatus, ‘FTN’ Soars

CBS’ “Face the Nation” draw the most viewers out of all the public affairs show last Sunday. They are won the key A25-54, bringing in 915,000 viewers. This is the second week in a row at the top for CBS.  ABC’s “This Week” was second over all; NBC’s “Meet the Press” was preempted due to coverage of the Monaco Grand Prix.

The wins for “Face the Nation” come just as the CBS show finishes the 2013-14 season first in both total viewers and the A25-54 demographic. It was the best audience in total viewers for “Face” in 21 years.

ABC’s “This Week” was second for the season, followed by NBC’s “Meet the Press” in third, “Fox News Sunday” in fourth and Univision’s “Al Punto” in fifth.

The numbers for May 25:

Network Program Total Viewers A25-54
CBS
“Face the Nation” 2.986M 915K
ABC
“This Week” 2.490M 778K
FOX “Fox News Sunday” 1.134M 338K
UNI “Al Punto” 601K 262K
NBC “Meet the Press”

“Face the Nation” is based on the first half-hour only, as the full contiguous hour aired in just 50% of the country.

More from our sister site, TVNewser, after the jump…

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MEMO: CNN’s Jeff Zucker “Proud” to Work at CNN

In an internal memo to CNN and HLN staff this afternoon, CNN President Jeff Zucker explains how proud he is to work at the network. Following this week’s launch of the new CNN original series “The Sixties,” Zucker highlights the network’s reporting on the VA scandal and names Drew Griffin, Nelli Black, Scott Bronstein and Curt Devine as instrumental to the outlet’s success.

“CNN is evolving. Our commitment to news, investigative journalism and inspired storytelling is what we are all about.

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President Obama Accepts Resignation of VA Secretary Eric Shinseki

Screen Shot 2014-05-30 at 11.55.30During an address from President Obama at the White House this hour, he announced receiving and accepting Eric Shinseki‘s resignation as Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

Obama spoke for nearly 22 minutes and answered three questions. Before concluding, he explained what he expects from Shinseki’s replacement.

“At this stage, what I want is somebody at the VA who’s not spending time outside of solving problems for the veterans. I want somebody spending every minute of every day, figuring out, ‘Have we called every single veteran that’s waiting? Have they gotten a schedule? Are we fixing the system? What kind of new technology do we need? Have we made a realistic assessment of how long the wait times are right now and how are we going to bring those wait times down, in certain facilities where wait times are too long. If we need more money, how much more money do we need to ask from Congress? And how am I going to make sure Congress delivers on that additional funding?”

 

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

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