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

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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.

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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

A Lesson in Manners: DC Press Covering Royals Told to Dress Properly

6120Buckingham_palaceThe Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Kate Middleton, are set to visit New York and Washington on December 7 and 8, and apparently, there is worry that the generally underdressed and informal American press won’t be appropriately attired to greet the royals.

In anticipation of their early December holiday, Buckingham Palace issued a reminder to our oft unceremonious reporters:

“Journalists wishing to cover Royal engagements, whether in the United Kingdom or abroad, should comply with the dress code on formal occasions out of respect for the guests of The Queen, or any other member of the Royal Family,” politely states the British Monarchy’s official website, ”smart attire for men includes the wearing of a jacket and tie, and for women a trouser or skirt suit. Those wearing jeans or trainers will not be admitted and casually dressed members of the media will be turned away. This also applies to technicians.”

You hear that, guys? Let’s not let our well-mannered brethren down.

Jeff Fager Stepping Down as CBS News Chairman to Return to ’60 Minutes’

Courtesy of CBSCBS News’s Jeff Fager is stepping down from his perch as the network’s chairman to return to “60 Minutes” full-time as the executive producer.

Fager served as CBS News’s chairman for four years, and had worked as the executive producer of the show for seven years before that. Now he’s ready to get back to the beat.

“You can find me at my favorite perch across the street…working on stories at 60 Minutes,” Fager said in an email announcement. More on Fager’s work at CBS here.

Bezos Introduces New Kindle App for WaPo

amazon_jeff_bezosJeffrey Bezos has finally brought Amazon and The Washington Post together. The two companies will collaborate for the first time since the Amazon founder bought The Post for $250 million a year ago.

Kindle owners will be receiving a full 6-month digital subscription to The Washington Post for free. For another six months, users will have to pay $1. It’ll then turn into a monthly subscription. According to gizmodo.com, ”the monthly rate is still under discussion, but Post officials said it would most likely be between $3 and $5 a month.”

The app’s focus will be on national and global news, rather than local and regional, and will feature two editions each day at 5 am and 5 pm.

For now, the app is exclusively for Kindle owners and will be automatically added to certain Kindle Fire tablets as part of a software update. However, a version of the app will be available for Andriod and iOS operating systems next year.

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