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Rep. Paul Ryan on Pushing Tortilla Coast’s ‘Sunset Sauce’

During an interview today for Bloomberg Television with managing editors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, former vice presidential candidate Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) discussed his recently published book The Way Forward: Renewing the American Idea, the conflict in the Middle East, and Tortilla Coast’s sunset sauce.

“Waiting tables is one of the best jobs I ever had,” declared Ryan. “It taught me a lot about people, about life, how to communicate with people. And I would sell fajitas on a sizzling platter. And if you could add Sunset Sauce, which is basically melted Velveeta cheese and put a little bit of pico de gallo in it, you could really up the bill a little bit and maybe get a little better tip in it. So we really pushed the Sunset Sauce and anything with shrimp in it.”

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Greta Van Susteren to President Obama: ‘Put on a tie’

GretawireFollowing President Barack Obama’s statement on the beheading of American photojournalist James Foley by ISIS, FOX News Channel’s Greta Van Susteren took to her website Gretawire to call out the president for his attire, which did not include a tie, during his live remarks.

“And by the way, I am all for casual clothes — but he IS the President of the United States and he IS talking about a beheading of an American, not the annual Easter egg roll,” writes Van Susteren. “Put on a tie. All eyes are on the President and he needs to convey the right message on all levels.”

Obama, who’s been semi-vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard since August 9, also received flack on Twitter for not wearing a tie during a Monday press conference on current events in Iraq and Ferguson, Mo.

In Van Susteren’s five line headline, she opined in parenthesis that “this vacation casual is unacceptable in the face of this atrocity.”

Read the full piece, here.

President Obama: ‘The world is shaped by people like Jim Foley’

NBC-James-Foley-300x168President Obama Wednesday afternoon delivered a statement on the beheading of American photojournalist James Foley by ISIS.

A video posted to YouTube on Tuesday was confirmed authentic by National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden on Wednesday. In it, Steven Sotloff, a freelance journalist who has written for TIME that was kidnapped in August 2013 is also shown, and threats on his life made.

In remarks from Martha’s Vineyard, Obama said, “No just God would stand for what they did yesterday or every single day…People like this ultimately fail. They fail because the future’s won by those who build and not destroy. The world is shaped by people like Jim Foley.” Read more

WATCH LIVE: President Obama to Deliver 12:45pm Statement

President Barack Obama will deliver a statement at 12:45pm Wednesday from Martha’s Vineyard on the beheading of American photojournalist James Foley by ISIS. National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden confirmed the video’s authenticity on Wednesday, after it was posted, and soon after removed, from YouTube.

WATCH live via NBC News:

Newseum to Display Pharrell Williams’ Mountain Hat Through October 26

Screen Shot 2014-08-20 at 10.54.47A new piece of history is slated to arrive and be on display as of this Friday, August 22, at the Newseum – Pharrell Williams’ Mountain hat.

The most appropriate of times for a h/t, The Washington Post reports that the Vivienne Westwood hat he donned at the 2014 Grammy Awards was purchased by Arby’s from Williams for $44,100 – then donated to charity – and will be on display in the news museum through October 26 of this year. Drawing similarities to its logo, Arby’s tweeted to the “Happy” artist after its appearance at the Grammys, “Hey @Pharrell, can we have our hat back?” Read more

Valerie Jarrett Explains Why Obama Isn’t Headed to Ferguson

politicologoIn a piece published to POLITICO Tuesday evening, Todd S. Purdum explores why President Barack Obama isn’t headed to Ferguson, Mo. amid racial tensions captivating national news headlines.

On Monday, during a press conference from the White House, Obama announced that he would send Attorney General Eric Holder to the Missouri town, to monitor demonstrations and police interactions with protesters after 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot to death by policeman Darren Wilson earlier this month.

“The circumstances determine the reaction, and it isn’t appropriate for the president to speak up emotionally in the midst of an ongoing investigation by the Justice Department,” said White House senior advisor Valerie Jarrett to Purdam via phone. “He wants the attorney general and his team to be able to conduct an independent investigation without any thumb on the scale one way or another. I think the president’s goal is to add his voice in a way that is calming, so the violence ends, and to send a message to the government officials on the ground about what his expectations are in terms of freedom to assemble, freedom of speech and freedom of the press — and also to signal to the people who have been looting and shooting that that’s not an acceptable way to honor the death of a young man.”

For the full piece, click on over to POLITICO.

Mediabistro Morning Roundup – 8.20.14

From TVNewser to FishbowlNY, here are your top stories from across Mediabistro.

TVNewser Nora Zimmett Named SVP of Programming at The Weather Channel

TVSpy FOX Philadelphia Launches Interactive Weekend Morning Newscast

Lost Remote Women Lead Social Buzz During Record-Breaking Shark Week

FishbowlDC Uber Lands Former Obama Campaign Manager David Plouffe

FishbowlNY New York Post: Women Should ‘Deal With’ Catcalls

SocialTimes In the Future, You Can Power Your Smartphone With Sweat Tattoos

AllFacebook ALS Challenge on Facebook: 28M Posts, Comments, Likes; 2.4M+ Videos

AllTwitter U.S. Social Commerce — Statistics and Trends

10,000 Words How Should Publishers Assign Value to Writers?

Inside Mobile Apps PromptSmart Launches Smart Teleprompter App on iOS

Inside Facebook Facebook’s Buy Button and the Future of Global Commerce

GalleyCat How to Submit to the London Book Festival

PRNewser 14 Words and Phrases PR Pros Need to Stop Using

AgencySpy BBH Promotes Neil Munn to Global CEO

MediaJobsDaily Study: States Experienced Minimal Savings by Cutting Unemployment Benefits

UnBeige Watch: On the Art and Craft of Art Forgery

Wednesday Morning Splash

What’s Happening

— Governance or a New Era Discussion at the National Press Club, 9:30 a.m.

— Communicating a Crisis at George Washington University, 10 a.m.

— Magna Carta Lecture Series: Selecting and Preserving Primary Sources at the Library of Congress, 1 p.m.

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Fishbowl Fun Fact

In Utah, it’s illegal to swear in front of a dead person.

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New Uber SVP David Plouffe and Uber CEO Join Bloomberg TV’s ‘Street Smart’

Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 18.31.15Shortly after today’s announcement that David Plouffe, the former campaign manager of President Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential bid, would join Uber next month as SVP of policy and strategy, Plouffe and Uber CEO Travis Kalanick were guests on Bloomberg Television’s “Street Smart.”

Bloomberg’s Trish Regan opened by asking Kalanick about his hiring of Plouffe, a recent Bloomberg Television contributor, and what he’ll be doing in his role, and Plouffe, how he’ll leverage national campaign management experience on a global scale.

The anchor then transitioned the focus to accusations from competitor Lyft that Uber ordered and canceled nearly 5,000 rides and that drivers have been upset with ‘changing discount rates.’

Watch the clip, after the jump.

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Afternoon Lede Check – 8.19.14

Ferguson shooting case heading to grand jury (USA Today). Plouffe joins Uber as ‘campaign manager’ (POLITICO). Obama heads back to vacation after unexplained DC trip (The Hill).

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

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