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Magazine Cover of the Week: POLITICO’s Top 50 Persons Challenging American Politics

tfc-0905-cover-smIt’s Friday, almost the weekend, and therefore, time to gather up your reading list…everything you saw this week but didn’t have time to actually read.

This week, we propose the latest issue of POLITICO Magazine, that highlights the POLITICO 50 – “important people changing American politics through the power of ideas,” writes John Harris in his cover piece “Washington Is Not an Ideas-Free Zone. (Usually.)”

Number one on the list is Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), dubbed “the most interesting man in politics.” The son of former Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), Rand earned the top notch because “Paul’s ideas offer an utterly different Republican approach to questions of equity, education and fairness in America’s treatment of minorities.” Read more

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Society of Professional Journalists Announces Sunshine Award Recipients

SPJThe Society of Professional Journalists today announced the recipients of its Sunshine Awards, recognizing individuals and organizations for their contributions to open government. To be recognized at the SPJ President’s Installation Banquet at Excellence in Journalism 2014 on Sept. 6, 2014 will be The Guardian US, the Center for Public Integrity, Robert Freeman and Kathryn Foxhall.

In it’s announcement, SPJ highlighted The Guardian US’s efforts, with Edward Snowden, to expose the work of NSA; Freeman’s commitment to ‘educating any who ask for his help in regards to freedom of information laws;’ CPI’s Consider the Source, which examined campaign finance records; and Foxhall’s ‘dedication and passion for opening the federal government.’

For more on the recipients and the work for which they were chosen, the awards, and SPJ, click here.

Diane Sawyer’s One on One with Hillary Clinton Led CBS and NBC in Last Night’s Ratings

DIANE SAWYER, HILLARY CLINTONRatings are in for last night’s ABC News special “Hillary Clinton – Public and Private One on One with Diane Sawyer” and the network led CBS and NBC in viewers for the hour, not too surprisingly though as CBS aired back to back episodes of “Mike and Molly” while NBC aired “American Ninja Warrior.” The previous hour’s “Bachelorette: The Journey So Far” special on ABC garnered 4.0 million viewers and the 9 – 10 pm special with Clinton grew by 53% to 6.1 million viewers overall. It’s second half hour also grew – by 12% – from 5.7 million viewers in its first half to 6.4 million in the second.

Last month’s NBC News interview of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden by Brian Williams averaged 5.948 million total viewers and was ranked #1 among the broadcast networks during the 10 – 11 pm hour it aired in all 18-49 demo ratings (tied with CBS in W18-49) and M/A25-54. Sawyer’s sit down with Clinton placed forth in the same demo at 1.0 million in its respective time slot.

On top in ratings last night was FOX, which aired “24″ and averaged 6.333 million viewers in the 9 – 10 pm hour.

The headline in the original version of this post compared Clinton’s sit down with Sawyer to that of last week’s Williams exclusive with Snowden. The programs aired on different nights (Monday and Wednesday, respectively) and in back to back time slots (9 – 10 pm and 10 – 11 pm, respectively).

Fusion’s Jorge Ramos Goes Inside the CIA

Screen Shot 2014-06-03 at 14.32.26Airing Tuesday night at 10 on Fusion (available in DC via RCN and Dish) will be a special edition of “AMERICA with Jorge Ramos” featuring interviews with CIA Director John Brennan, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), CIA analysts, and key players in the case against former NSA contractor Edward Snowden, accused of releasing one of the largest leaks of classified information in modern American history.

Recruitment is a major focus of the interview, as the intelligence agency works to bring in younger individuals with a sound technological understanding. Ramos also sits down with Justin Jackson, former deputy director for the National Clandestine Service, and the CIA’s Center for Mission Diversity Director Carmen Middleton who explain “how hiring new faces with different opinions ​actually benefits the organization.”

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Final Ratings for NBC’s Snowden Special In, Rep. Pete King Calls Interview an “Infomercial”

WilliamsSnowden-1024x576The final numbers are in for last night’s interview of former NSA contractor Edward Snowden by NBC News’ Brian Williams. Early numbers for “Inside The Mind of Edward Snowden” were released this morning and as of last hour, the final Nielsen report is out.

The NBC special averaged 5.948 million total viewers. It was ranked #1 among the broadcast networks during the hour in all 18-49 demo ratings (tied with CBS in W18-49) and M/A25-54. During the 10pm hour, CBS aired a repeat of “CSI.”

And in case you missed it, Joe Scarborough asked Rep. Pete King (R-NY) on today’s “Morning Joe” whether Snowden deserves any leniency. King referred to Snowden’s claims as a “myth.”

“Unfortunately, Brian Williams almost added to that last night, basically giving him an infomercial,” said Rep. King. “I really wish Brian Williams would have gone after him, and asked him if he had one piece of evidence that shows that the NSA has violated the law in any way.”

Click through for Rep. King’s “Morning Joe” segment. Read more

Former NSA Contractor Edward Snowden Sits Down with NBC’s Brian Williams

WilliamsSnowden-1024x576Last night during his first television interview with American media, former NSA contractor Edward Snowden sat down with NBC’s Brian Williams for a 10pm special and made his case for a plea bargain, as well as discussed being stranded in Russia after the US government revoked his passport.

Answering whether he considers himself a patriot, Snowden said that he does.

“Being a patriot doesn’t mean prioritizing service to government above all else. Being a patriot means knowing when to protect your country, knowing when to protect your Constitution, knowing when to protect your countrymen from the — the violations of an — and encroachments of adversaries. And those adversaries don’t have to be foreign countries. They can be bad policies. They can be officials who, you know, need a little bit more accountability. They can be mistakes of government and — and simple overreach and — and things that — that should never have been tried, or — or that went wrong.”

Even though Snowden feels what he did was right, he recognizes that sometimes doing right is not legal.

“Sometimes to do the right thing, you have to break a law…You have to make sure that what you’re risking, what you’re bringing onto yourself does not serve as a detriment to anyone else.”

For a full look at Williams’ sit down with Snowden – which took place last week at the Kempinsky Hotel in Moscow – click on over to NBC News.

NYTimes Bill Carter Previews Brian Williams’ Sit Down with Edward Snowden

WilliamsSnowden-1024x576In advance of a one hour special airing tonight on NBC, The New York Times’ Bill Carter previews NBC’s Brian Williams‘ sit down interview with Edward Snowden.

Williams met Snowden last week at the Kempinsky Hotel in Moscow for his first interview with an American television station since the former NSA contractor was propelled into the spotlight.

“He is blindingly smart,” said Williams to Carter. “Pay no attention to the fact that he only has a G.E.D. from high school…I joked about how, here we were, two guys with high school degrees, both dropouts from the otherwise great American community college system.” Read more

Daughter of Playboy Founder, Christie Hefner Presents First Amendment Awards

20140520_203217 (1)Last night at the Newseum, the Hugh M. Hefner Foundation announced the recipients of its 2014 First Amendment Awards honoring “individuals who have made significant contributions in the vital effort to protect and enhance First Amendment rights for all Americans.”

Christie Hefner, daughter of Playboy legend Hugh Hefner, established the awards named after the magazine founder in 1979 in conjunction with the magazine’s 25th anniversary.

Most notably, Tuesday’s ceremony honored the work of The Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald - who’s reporting detailed NSA surveillance programs based on classified documents leaked by Edward Snowden - in the journalism category. Read more

CNN’s Jake Tapper Asks Question During Edward Snowden’s Twitter Q&A

Edward Snowden‘s Twitter Q&A which began 80 minutes ago has been quite informative and even featured a question from Jake Tapper, host of CNN‘s The Lead.

Below is Tapper’s tweet and Snowden’s reply. Also, a link to a full transcript from the Q&A can be found here.

Q: @jaketapper #AskSnowden Under what conditions would you agree to return to the U.S.?

A: Returning to the US, I think, is the best resolution for the government, the public, and myself, but it’s unfortunately not possible in the face of current whistleblower protection laws, which through a failure in law did not cover national security contractors like myself.

The hundred-year old law under which I’ve been charged, which was never intended to be used against people working in the public interest, and forbids a public interest defense. This is especially frustrating, because it means there’s no chance to have a fair trial, and no way I can come home and make my case to a jury.

Maybe when Congress comes together to end the programs the PCLOB just announced was illegal, they’ll reform the Whistleblower Protection Act, and we’ll see a mechanism for all

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