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ICYMI: SNL Pokes Fun at Obama’s Executive Order With ‘Schoolhouse Rock’ Parody (Video)

Screen Shot 2014-11-24 at 10.33.34 AMSaturday Night Live opened their show this week with a skit mocking President Obama’s controversial executive order. Parodying the classic ‘Schoolhouse Rock’ program, Kenan Thompson begins singing, ”I’m just a bill, yes I’m only a bill, and I’m sitting here on Capitol Hill. But I know I’ll be a law someday, at least I hope and pray that I will, but today I am still just a bill.”

Jay Pharaoh, playing the President, pushes Thompson down the steps of the Capitol and explains, ”There’s actually an even easier way to get things done around here, and it’s called an executive order.” Bobby Moynihan then shows up dressed as an Executive Order and sings, “I’m an executive order, and I pretty much just happen.

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Monday Morning Splash

What’s Happening

— Holiday Spending at the National Press Club, 10 a.m.

— Vanished Berlin Wall and Calling Out Names: Artist’s Talk with Eunsook Lee at the Goethe Institute, 6:30 p.m.

The Revolving Door

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Fishbowl Fun Fact

Franklin Roosevelt issued more executive orders per than any American president before or since.

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DC Jobs: Smithsonian Magazine, United States Institute of Peace, Industry Dive

This week, Smithsonian Magazine is hiring a staff reporter, while United States Institute of Peace needs a senior writer/editor. Industry Drive is seeking a senior editor, and AARP is on the hunt for a brand copywriter. Get the scoop on these openings below, and find additional just-posted gigs on Mediabistro.

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Find more great DC jobs on the Mediabistro job board. Looking to hire? Tap into our network of talented media pros and post a risk-free job listing. For real-time openings and employment news, follow @MBJobPost.

CNN’s Gloria Borger Receives the ‘American Gavel Award’

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Photo courtesy of Matt Speiser

CNN chief political analyst, Gloria Borger received the American Gavel Award from American Judges Association. The award was presented to Borger on Wednesday by Judge Brian MacKenzie, president of the association.

She won for the 30-minute documentary, The Marriage Warriors, on same sex marriage, exploring the Supreme Court case led by Theodore Olson and David Boies. The piece also included interviews from Rob Reiner, Kris Perry and Sandy Steir.

Al Punto’s Special on Immigration Reform

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En Domingo (for those of you who do not speak Spanish, that is ‘on Sunday’ en español), Jorge Ramos will host a special immigration edition of Al Punto that will air on Univision at 10 am ET.

Jorge will address last night’s announcement by President Barack Obama of an executive order on immigration, discussing how the move could effect up to 5 million undocumented people living in the US, as well as the reaction from opposition to the President’s decision.

Guests will include Cecilia Muñoz, Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council; U.S. Representative Luis Gutiérrez (D), Illinois; U.S. Representative Xavier Becerra (D), California; U.S. Representative Mario Diaz-Balart (R), District (25), Florida; Eliseo Medina, Labor Union Activist and Immigration Advocate; Maria Gabriela Pacheco, Executive Director of the Bridge Project; Ezequiel Hernández, Immigration Attorney.

#TweetThePress with Chuck Todd and Mark Dubowitz

04AbiJGzIt’s Friday which means it’s time for #tweetthepress!

Really interesting conversation on Twitter regarding the Iran nuclear deal and sanctions between Mark Dubowitz (@dubo1968) of The Foundation for Defense of Democracies (@followFDD) and Chuck Todd (@chucktodd) of Meet the Press (@meetthepress).

Check it out on Twitter using the hashtag #tweetthepress.

A Century of The New Republic

The New Republic 100th Anniversary Gala in Washington, DC on November 19, 2014.

Keynote speaker, President Bill Clinton

The New Republic celebrated 100 years of powerful, innovative and thought-provoking journalism on Wednesday night, with a guest list that can be described in equal terms. From keynote speaker, President Bill Clinton, to speeches from the publication’s Chris Hughes (owner, publisher and editor-in-chief), Frank Foer (editor), and Leon Wieseltier (literary editor), even a performance from Grammy-winning jazz musician, Wynton Marsalis, the evening was filled with a spirit of cultural and civic optimism.

Not to diminish from the rest of the evening, but the former president’s speech was certainly the highlight of the gala and was nothing short of captivating. Touching on everything from the early 20th Century and the World Wars, the human genome, income inequality, immigration, education, to “identity politics” (i.e. ethnic/religious bigotry) of ISIS, Russia, and Boko Haram; he was somehow able to tie it all together, as only he could.

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Friday Morning Splash

What’s Happening

— Luncheon with Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Press Club, 12:30 p.m.

— Inside Media: Escaping East Germany at the Newseum, Saturday at 2:30 p.m.

The Revolving Door

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Fishbowl Fun Fact

Abraham Lincoln is in the Wrestling Hall of Fame.

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Former WH Staffer Gets Nod as MSNBC VP of Communications

Rachel-MSNBCRachel Racusen was named the new VP of communications for MSNBC this morning.

Beginning December 8, Rachel will replace Lauren Skowronski, who was promoted to VP of corporate communications at NBCUniversal in July, and serve as MSNBC’s primary spokesperson. She will also handle communications and media strategy while partnering with editorial and business leads at the network.

Rachel previously served as associate communications director at The White House. MSNBC President Phil Griffin, who she will be reporting to directly, said: “I’m thrilled to add Rachel to our senior team. She has great experience, she’s creative, strategic and passionate about our brand. She’ll be a tremendous asset to the network.”

 

Cable Networks, PBS, Telelmundo, and Univision Broadcasting Obama Address Live

PBS NewsHourWith the major networks apparently too busy tonight with The Big Bang Theory, Grey’s Anatomy and The Biggest Loser, only PBS, Telemundo, Univision and the cable networks (CNN, MSNBC and Fox News) will be broadcasting President Barack Obama‘s speech on immigration live at 8 pm ET.

In addition to a special 8 pm broadcast of the President’s primetime address, PBS NewsHour will livestream the speech with commentary from New York Times columnist David Brooks and The Washington Post’s E.J. Dionne.

Watch live in the box below. Enjoy.


Broadcast live streaming video on Ustream

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