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Mark Halperin, John Heilemann to Anchor Bloomberg Politics Election Night Coverage

Screen-Shot-2014-10-07-at-09.52.16Bloomberg Politics has solidified its plans for the November 4th midterm election night coverage on Bloomberg TV with its “With All Due Respect” hosts at the helm.

“WADR” hosts Mark Halperin and John Heilemann will present a special hour long edition of the program starting at 5 pm focused on that day’s elections. Then starting at 7 pm, Halperin and Heilemann will lead election coverage – based in New York – with correspondents reporting from DC, Colorado, and Kentucky.

Panelists including Bloomberg View’s Al Hunt, Alfano Communications’ Kim Alfano, Global Strategy Group’s Bill Burton, Hoover Institution fellow Lanhee Chen, 2008 Obama campaign senior adviser Patti Solis Doyle, Republican strategist Fred Davis, former White House comms director Anita Dunn, Glover Park Group’s Michael Feldman, former Sen. John Sununu, and Selzer & Co’s J. Ann Selzer will appear throughout the evening.

Coverage will also extend to an “Election Night dashboard” on BloombergPolitics.com, comprising a Bloomberg TV livestream, website coverage, and real-time election data.

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Weekend Show Preview – 9.7.14

SundayShows-w-candyWho’s on the talk shows this weekend? Glad you asked.

Sunday marks Chuck Todd‘s first as moderator of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” with an exclusive interview with President Barack Obama. Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger will be on CBS’s “Face the Nation” and NPR’s “Weekend Edition Saturday.” Former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) will join “FOX News Sunday.”

Not all lineups have been announced. But click through for those that have and we’ll continue to update throughout the day.

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Politico’s Mike Allen Sees Dead People

Tuesday night’s big party celebrating the return of “Crossfire” was held at the Carnegie Library. As expected, it was QUITE the affair. Newt Gingrich, Stephanie Cutter, S.E. Cupp and Van Jones were all in attendance and mingled with all the V.I.P. guests.

Naturally, Politico’s Mike Allen ran through some of the faces spotted in the crowd. Bill Burton, Dylan Byers, Laura Ingraham, Rep. Mark Sanford and his fiancé were there, according to Allen. One name that stuck out in his Tuesday morning Playbook was former “Crossfire” host Tom Braden and four of his children.

The only problem is… Braden is dead. Read more

TPM to Host Fancy Schmancy Election Fete

Earlier this month RCP kicked off election season with a party at standby spot, Sonoma Restaurant.  Not to be outdone, Talking Points Memo announced today its own 2012 launch fete and upped the ante by adding to their invitation a set of political power hosts and swanky venue.

On Tuesday November 8th Hillary Rosen, Kevin Madden, Bill Burton and James Pinkerton will join editor and publisher Josh Marshall for the “TPM 2012 Launch Party.”  Marshall and friends will toast to the 2012 campaigns from the fancy schmancy digs of Wolfgang Puck’s restaurant, The Source.  The invite-only festivities will take place from 6.30 – 8.30 pm.

Press and Comm Staff Pull Top WH Salaries

The 2010 Annual Report to Congress on White House Staff was released today and we were interested to see that the communications and press folks ranked among the highest paid. Along with White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, press secretary Robert Gibbs, speechwriter Jon Favreau and communications director Dan Pfieffer all pulled in the highest salary of $172,200.00. Deputy press secretary Bill Burton gets $113,000.00 and deputy communications director Jen Psaki makes $150,000.00.

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President Obama Holds Oil Spill Press Conference

President Obama just wrapped up his first official press conference on the Gulf Coast oil spill. It lasted about an hour.

After about ten minutes of remarks, the President took questions. Up first was the AP’s Jennifer Loven who asked if the President has been personally involved enough. “This has been our highest priority,” Obama responded.

Brian Williams, Harry Smith and George Stephanopoulos anchored special coverage on NBC, CBS and ABC. Chuck Todd, Jake Tapper and Chip Reid all also reported from the WH East Room.

After Loven, Tapper, Todd, McClatchy’s Steve Thomma, Reid, Bloomberg’s Julianna Goldman, Helen Thomas, NYT‘s Jackie Calmes, EFE’s Macarena Vidal and Fox News’ Major Garrett got called on by the President for questions, in that order.

Thomas asked the first non-oil spill question, on Afghanistan. She asked Obama not to give her any “Bush-ist” too (not bullsh*t, calm down everyone). Calmes brought it back to oil spill. Garrett asked about the possible Sestak job offer from the administration- Obama promised an official response shortly, adding that nothing improper took place.

CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC also carried. WaPo‘s Chris Cillizza, who’s live-tweeting the press conference, tweeted “tough image for Obama…MSNBC goes with split screen: Obama on one side, oil pipe spewing into gulf on the other.”

White House deputy press secretary Bill Burton took on criticism that the President hasn’t had a press conference in a long time on Twitter today:

@billburton44: politico: photo w/ a caption saying potus hasn’t had a press conf in 10 mos – odd since it’s from his press conf 4 mos ago

@billburton44: Other recent press conf’s: 2/9 (in the WH briefing room – documented in the photo) & 4/13 (in DC at the Nuclear Summit)

And despite press corps complaints that Presidential press conferences have been lacking, Real Clear Politics’ Mike Memoli tweeted this pic, “Low turnout from press for this event. Dozens of empty seats.”

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Green & Glover Tussle with Burton

It’s always risky to point out another person’s mistakes, especially when he can point out yours.

This morning TWT’s Green & Glover report on their experience of contacting White House Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton on the two m’s they found in Rahm Emanuel’s name in a press release Monday.

When the duo asked Burton for comment, he joked but then later pointed to G2′s exact same spelling error and offered them a list of examples.

G2 gets the last word. Read about it here.

Last Night: Book Parties & Screenings

• DC’s media types also turned out last night for a screening of HBO’s documentary “By the People: The Election of Barack Obama” at MPAA with filmmakers Amy Rice and Alicia Sams. NYT‘s Jeff Zeleny, the New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza and Chicago Sun TimesLynn Sweet were all actually in the documentary.

NBC’s Betsy Fischer and Athena Jones, MSNBC’s David Shuster, WaPo‘s Jonathan Capehart, Bloomberg’s Julianna Goldman, Time‘s Karen Tumulty, TPM‘s Christina Bellantoni, Monocle’s Sasha Issenberg, ABC’s Sunlen Miller, Tammy Haddad and Richard Wolfe attended. And from the White House: communications director Anita Dunn, her deputy Dan Pfeiffer, deputy press secretary Bill Burton, economic advisor Austan Goolsbee and Obama’s Iowa political director Mike Blake. (h/t Politico‘s Click)

Helen Thomas and Craig Crawford have teamed up to author “Listen Up, Mr. President.” NBC’s Andrea Mitchell, CNN’s Suzanne Malveaux, Dan Lothian and Sam Feist and C-SPAN’s Howard Mortman were just some of the friends and colleagues who came out for a book party hosted by Lebanese Ambassador Antoine Chedid and held at the residence. (Photo by Alissa Krinsky for TVNewser.)

Media Types Come Out for GQ‘s “Most Powerful” Party

They may not have made the list, but they made the guest list.

GQ editor Jim Nelson welcomed some of DC’s official “Most Powerful” and some of DC’s most powerful media types to 701 last night for good food, flowing wine and Orszag sightings.

In attendance: the White House’s Bill Burton, Jen Psaki, Ebs Burnough, CNN’s Ed Henry, Suzanne Malveaux, Edie Emery, Megan Grant, Kristi Slafka, ABC’s Emily Lenzner, Polson Kanneth, NBC’s Alicia Jennings, CBS’ Rita Braver, BJ D’Elia, Politico‘s Jim VandeHei, Mike Allen, Jonathan Martin, Nia-Malika Henderson, WaPo‘s Roxanne Roberts, Washingtonian‘s Garrett Graff, Newsweek‘s Howard Fineman, Holly Bailey, Bloomberg’s Tim Burger, Margaret Carlson, the Examiner‘s Nikki Schwab, Tara Palmeri, TPM‘s Christina Bellantoni, Josh Marshall, NJ‘s Erin McPike, Urban Daddy’s Jeff Dufour, Jayne Sandman, Peter Cherukuri, Ana Marie Cox, Matthew Cooper, Kevin Madden, Bill Press, Mark Ein, Elizabeth Thorp, Kevin Chaffee, Jay Newton-Small, Jessica Gibson, Pamela Sorensen, Mark Paustenbach, Mark Leibovich, Emily Goodin, the Glover sisters- Juleanna Glover, Becca Glover and Liz Glover and team Qorvis- Kelley McCormick, Chelsea Cummings and Katie Young.

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Kennedy Details and Pool Reports from Hyannis Port

What we know:

Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton will brief the WH press corps traveling with the President at 1:30pm at Oak Bluffs filing center.

President Obama will attend and speak at tomorrow’s Celebration of Life memorial service. The First Lady will also attend.

Pool Report from the Boston Globe‘s Jenna Russell:

Just before noon — about two dozen motorcycle police from Barnstable, Brockton, and the state lined up outside the Kennedy compound. A half-dozen empty black limousines and several black Cadillac Escalade SUVs rolled into the compound, preparing to pick up family members for the procession to Boston.

Inside the home, family members gathered for a private Mass as the senator lay in repose.

Dozens of media tested microphones and watched closely of any sign of activity. Children in bathing suits and towels around their necks watched from the porches of neighboring houses.

12:38 p.m. — The Mass is underway inside the residence, a woman in a black dress was visible through the front window, a child in her arms with the child’s arms around her neck … a flag flew at half-mast in the center of the circular driveway surrounded by clusters of fading brown hydrangeas…a handful of neighbors are watching quietly behind a white picket fence…uniformed members of an honor guard gathered at the side of the white-shingled, green-shuttered house, then moved to the front porch.

12:49 p.m. — Still holding at the Kennedy home.

The Mass is being held in the “fun room.” It’s overlooking the ocean, and it’s the room the family traditionally holds Mass in. Officiating at the Mass is Donald MacMillan from Boston College. The honor guard has nine members representing all branches of service from Washington D.C. They’re described as Armed Forces body bearers.

1:47 p.m.

Senator Kennedy left his beloved Cape home for the last time. Two members of the honor guard rolled the casket, draped in an American flag. On the driveway, the full honor guard lifted the casket from its platform, and stepped slowly in formation down the driveway.

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