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President Obama’s Presser Full of Women

Screen Shot 2014-12-19 at 5.08.11 PMDuring his end of the year press conference, President Barack Obama did something quite out of the ordinary. He didn’t call on a single male or television reporter throughout the presser’s entirety.

“The fact is, there are many women from a variety of news organizations who day-in and day-out do the hard work of covering the President of the United States,” said White House press secretary Josh Earnest. “As the questioner list started to come together, we realized that we had a unique opportunity to highlight that fact at the President’s closely watched, end of the year news conference.”

Here’s the list of female reporters called on for those keeping track (via The Fix):

  1. Carrie Budoff Brown, Politico
  2. Cheryl Bolen, Bloomberg (who Obama labelled as “naughty”)
  3. Julie Pace, Associated Press
  4. Lesley Clark, McClatchy
  5. Roberta Rampton, Reuters
  6. Colleen M. Nelson, Wall Street Journal
  7. Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post
  8. April Ryan, American Urban Radio

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Weekend Show Preview — 12.21.14

sunday-shows_304In the words of my predecessor, Nick Massella… Who’s on the talk shows this weekend? Glad you asked.

Highlights will include President Barack Obama and Senator John McCain on “State of the Union”; Former President Bill Clinton on Al Punto; and Senator Marco Rubio on “Face the Nation,” “Meet the Press” and “Al Punto.”

Sunday: 

CBS’s “Face the Nation”: Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Foreign Relations Committee; Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Armed Services Committee; Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD); National Correspondent for The Atlantic, Jeffrey Goldberg; CBS News’ State Department correspondent, Margaret Brennan; CBS News’ Congressional correspondent, Nancy Cordes; CBS News’ National correspondent, Jan Crawford; CBS News’ political director, John Dickerson; CBS News’ chief Washington correspondent, Major Garrett; CBS News’ National Security correspondent, David Martin.

NBC’s “Meet the Press“: TBA

“Fox News Sunday”: Rep Mike Rogers (R-MI), Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence; Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD) of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations; Syndicated Columnist / Fox News Contributor, George Will; Co-Anchor and Managing Editor “PBS NewsHour,”
 Judy Woodruff; President of Alliance for a Strong America / Fox News Contributor
, Liz Cheney; Fox News Political Analyst
, Juan Williams.

Univision’s “Al Punto” : Former United States President Bill Clinton; U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R), Florida and Member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.; Ricardo Zúñiga, Senior Director for Western Hemisphere Affairs in the National Security Council; U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D), New Jersey and Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee; U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R), Texas; and student/activist, Adán Cortés.

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Rand Paul Trolls Marco Rubio On Twitter

Responding to comments made by Senator Marco Rubio yesterday, Senator Rand Paul took to Twitter today to strike back at his colleague.

On “The Kelly File” last evening, Rubio had told Megyn Kelly that Paul has “no idea what he’s talking about” when it comes to Cuba. The senator from Kentucky fired back with this:

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Paul, who was critical of Cuba isolationists in a TIME op-ed, continued his assault on Rubio’s foreign policy views.

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Candy Crowley Leaves ‘State of the Union’ With Obama Exclusive

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After 27 years with CNN, Candy Crowley will end her stint at the network with a bang.

In her final installment of “State of the Union” on Sunday, Crowley will sit down for an exclusive interview with President Barack Obama. From the North Korean Cyber attacks on Sony, to the major shift in U.S.-Cuban relations and release of American contractor Alan Gross this week, there will be no shortage of topics for Crowley to choose from.

CNN has yet to announce a replacement for Crowley, who began hosting the Sunday show back in 2010 after taking over for John King.

The interview will air on Sunday morning at 9 AM ET/ 6 AM PT.

DC Journo Sues St. Louis County Over Ferguson Arrest

Screen Shot 2014-12-19 at 11.42.19 AMThe American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit Tuesday on behalf of Trey Yingst, a Washington-based reporter for News2Share, against St. Louis County and St. Louis Police Lieutenant James Vollmer for allegedly violating his rights by arresting him while covering the protests in Ferguson, The St. Louis Business Journal first reported.

According to the complaint, Yingst was arrested on Nov 22. for refusing to stop filming the protests after police asked him to move to another location. The lawsuit said Yingst told the police officer ”Sir, I’m just standing on a public sidewalk.” The officer, Vollmer, then told his colleagues to “lock him up.” Yingst was taken into custody for “unlawful assembly” and held overnight. Read more

Watch Live: Obama’s Year End News Conference — 1:30 PM ET

President Barack Obama is set to speak at the White House this afternoon for his end of the year press conference, before departing for his annual Christmas trip to Hawaii.

On the menu for reporters will be… Cuba, Sony Hacking, Capitol Hill politics, Russia, and his legacy.

Watch live via PBS NewsHour at 1:30 PM ET.

Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

Powell On ‘CBS This Morning’: Nothing Wrong With Opening Diplomatic Relations With Cuba

Screen Shot 2014-12-19 at 9.42.34 AMFormer Secretary of State Colin Powell joined “CBS This Morning” from Washington to discuss the recent shift in U.S. policy toward Cuba. Although the retired army general, like former President George W. Bush, supported the economic embargo on Cuba while in office, Powell now believes that the time has come to open a new chapter in U.S.-Cuban relations:

“As secretary of state, I supported it and even strengthened the sanctions against Cuba,” said the former Secretary of State. “But I think it’s now time to turn that page of history. I don’t see anything wrong with opening diplomatic relations with Cuba. We have diplomatic relations with other nations just as oppressive as Cuba. It’s a way to talk, it’s a way to make your point.”

Powell pointed out that it is unlikely Cuba will not get off the lost of sanctions any time soon, however, having an ambassador in Cuba is an effective way of opening a positive dialogue between the two nations.

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FOX News Radio Hires Jon Decker As WH Correspondent

latestFOX News Radio (FNR) has announced the hiring of Jon Decker as a White House correspondent.

Decker will make his debut with FNR on January 5th, 2015 and will represent the station in the White House press corps. As FNR’s White House correspondent, he will be based in Washington, DC and cover all White House related news.

Decker is joining the station from SiriusXM Satellite Radio’s “White House Insider” program where he served as a White House correspondent.

TNT’s Final ‘Christmas in Washington’ Special Tomorrow

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Taped Sunday evening, TNT’s broadcast of ”Christmas in Washington” airing at 8 PM ET tomorrow will be its last – at least for the time being.

The 33-year-old special, hosted this year by my fellow Miami Hurricane, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, will have to find a new home after the network’s parent company, Time Warner, decided on Monday that it will no longer sponsor the special.

This year’s “Christmas in Washington,” taped at the National Building Museum, was headlined by holiday-themed performances from Rita Ora, Darius Rucker, Hunter Hayes, Christina Perri and Aloe Blacc, as well as the traditional group carol sing-a-long with President Barack Obama, the first lady and daughters Malia and Sasha.

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