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Powell On ‘CBS This Morning’: Nothing Wrong With Opening Diplomatic Relations With Cuba

Screen Shot 2014-12-19 at 9.42.34 AMFormer Secretary of State Colin Powell joined “CBS This Morning” from Washington to discuss the recent shift in U.S. policy toward Cuba. Although the retired army general, like former President George W. Bush, supported the economic embargo on Cuba while in office, Powell now believes that the time has come to open a new chapter in U.S.-Cuban relations:

“As secretary of state, I supported it and even strengthened the sanctions against Cuba,” said the former Secretary of State. “But I think it’s now time to turn that page of history. I don’t see anything wrong with opening diplomatic relations with Cuba. We have diplomatic relations with other nations just as oppressive as Cuba. It’s a way to talk, it’s a way to make your point.”

Powell pointed out that it is unlikely Cuba will not get off the lost of sanctions any time soon, however, having an ambassador in Cuba is an effective way of opening a positive dialogue between the two nations.

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Cheney, Rove On Sunday Shows: Bush Knew About Enhanced Interrogation Techniques

Screen Shot 2014-12-15 at 10.32.55 AMFormer President George W. Bush knew of the enhanced interrogation techniques before 2006, said two high ranking officials of his administration yesterday on “Fox News Sunday” with Chris Wallace and “Meet the Press” with Chuck Todd.

Senior advisor to the Bush White House, Karl Rove, and former VP Dick Cheney combatted doubts that the former President was unaware of the program’s harsh methods on the DC-based Sunday programs, respectively.

“The report says President Bush didn’t know about these enhanced interrogation techniques until 2006. You were there. Was that true?” asked ”Fox News Sunday”‘s Chris Wallace on the show.

“No. In fact … his book describes how he was briefed and intimately involved in the decision,” said Rove. “He made the decision. He was presented, I believe, 12 techniques, he authorized the use of 10 of them, including waterboarding.”

Similarly, Chuck Todd posed a question to the former vice president on “Meet the Press” asking how the former president was briefed on the matter of the EIT’s, to which Cheney bluntly responded, “he was briefed.”

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Weekend Show Preview — 12.14.14

SundayShows-w-candyI apologize for the lack of Weekend Show Previews in recent weeks… We promise to start doing them again. Without further adieu, here we go:

Highlights will include President Barack Obama on “Al Punto”; former President George W. Bush on “State of the Union”; Senator John McCain on “Face the Nation”; Karl Rove on ”Fox News Sunday”; and former Vice President Dick Cheney on “Meet the Press.”

Sunday: 

NBC’s “Meet the Press“: Former VP Dick Cheney; Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), Select Committee on Intelligence; Director, University of Chicago’s Institute, David AxelrodDan Senor, Co-Founder, Foreign Policy Initiative; Helene Cooper, Pentagon Correspondent, The New York Times; and NBC News’ Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent, Andrea Mitchell.

CBS’s “Face the Nation”: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) of the Armed Services Committee;  Intelligence Committee Vice Chair, Sen. Saxby Chambliss (R-GA); Intelligence Committee Chair, Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI); Sen. Angus King (I-ME) of the Intelligence Committee; Peggy Noonan of the Wall Street Journal and CBS News Contributor; Mark Mazzetti of The New York Times; The Root’s Charles Ellison; and Michael Gerson of The Washington Post.

“Fox News Sunday”: Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI); Karl Rove, former top White House Advisor to President George W. Bush; Syndicated Columnist and Fox News Contributor, George Will; White House Correspondent for The Associated Press, Julie PaceMichael Needham, CEO, Heritage Action for America; Charles Lane, editorial writer for The Washington Post and Fox News Contributor; and Jose Rodriguez, former Director of the CIA’s National Clandestine Service.

ABC’s “This Week“: Former CIA Director, Gen. Michael HaydenEric Fair, visiting Professor at Lehigh University and contract interrogator in Iraq in 2004; Foreign Affairs Columnist for The New York TimesTom Friedman; Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Rep. Keith Ellison (D- Minnesota); CNN Political Commentator and Former House Speaker, Newt Gingrich; Syndicated Radio Host and ABC News Contributor, Laura Ingraham; and CNN and SiriusXM host, Michael Smerconish.

Univision’s “Al Punto” : President of the United States of America, Barack ObamaFrancisco Dominguez, Attorney General of the Dominican Republic; José Manuel “Chumel” Torres, Host and Writer of “El Pulso de la República”

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Candy Crowley to Leave CNN After 27 Years

CandyCrowley304After 27 years at CNN, veteran political correspondent and “State of the Union” host, Candy Crowley, is leaving the network.

“[I]t is with mixed emotions, that I wanted to let you know that Candy has let us know that she has made the decision to move on, so she can embark on the next chapter of her already prolific career,” CNN president Jeff Zucker wrote in a staff memo first obtained by TVNewser. “As difficult as it is for us to imagine CNN without Candy, we know that she comes to this decision thoughtfully, and she has our full support.”

Crowley’s career at CNN began in 1987 as a political correspondent, where she covered a handful of successful and unsuccessful presidential campaigns including those of Pat Buchanan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, Ronald Reagan and Mitt Romney, among others.  In 2012, she became the first woman to moderate a presidential debate. Read more

Afternoon Lede Check – 8.28.14

Obama: Russia responsible for violence in Ukraine (USA Today). Ex-gov, wife spent many nights together (WTOP). Arrest made in murder of man found in 2 bags in Laurel (CBS 9).

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

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WTF? With Matt Lewis

Matt Lewis of The Daily Caller and more recently of The Week keeps his readers guessing “WTF?” and that’s why we like him. One day he’s dissecting the history of angels and comparing them to journalists. The next he’s praising the Redskins’ RG3. The next he’s suggest Republicans adopt “fresh” ideas like returning back to ideology espoused by former President George W. Bush.

Today Lewis does a few things under a column headlined “The working class epidemic of demoralization.” First, Lewis bemoans the “disconnect” between coastal elites and everyone else in “flyover” country.

That’s a real problem worthy of looking into. While reading, we looked forward to what thoughts or insight Lewis might have to share on the matter. But before we knew it, Lewis had shifted into commentary about the destructive behavior poor people engage in while imitating the rich.

An excerpt, which uses MTV programming as a guide… Read more

WTF? With Matt Lewis

When The Daily Caller‘s Matt Lewis wrote on election night that the GOP needed “some fresh ideas,” he apparently meant old ideas that still stink. In his latest column for The Week, Lewis says “Republicans ought to take a second look at George W. Bush‘s political philosophy.”

During his presidency, Bush was known to label his political views as “compassionate conservatism,” characterized by promoting the helping of others while encouraging accountability (ie. No Child Left Behind).

“Of course, they wouldn’t have to call it compassionate conservatism,” Lewis reasons, “That brand is obviously tarnished. But it is an uplifting mission statement to serve as a feel-good umbrella for their other policy ideas.”

Lewis says it’s a winning philosophy that would appeal to both “the urban hipster” and “the guy in rural Ohio.” Wow, really? … Read more

Morning Reading List 11.13.09

Good morning FishbowlDC! MSNBC threw Jeff Corwin a party at Occidental last night to celebrate “100 Heartbeats,” a book and documentary on endangered species and climate change.

What we know and what we’re reading this Friday the 13th…

TV | NEWS NOTES | AWARDS & EVENTS

TV

Barbara Walters will interview Jenny Sanford.

Speaking of Walters, she was apparently disappointed Trig couldn’t make her interview with Sarah Palin. He had a cold.

Lou Dobbs will make his first post-CNN appearance on Fox News’ “O’Reilly Factor,” reports Daily Finance. He will join Bill O’Reilly Monday evening in a “cable exclusive.”

CNN’s John Roberts on Politico‘s podcast.

“South Park” parodied Glenn Beck.

A beaver urinated on a CBS correspondent on yesterday’s “Early Show.” The must-see clip.

NEWS NOTES

Layoffs at AP.

Katie Couric‘s picks in Forbes Mag for the seven most powerful figures in media.

Obama’s campaign manager David Plouffe will buy Sarah Palin‘s new book.

President George W. Bush spoke at SMU yesterday- what it looked like on cable.

AWARDS & EVENTS

“Real Housewives of New York” husband Simon van Kempen joined Carol Joynt in the Q&A Cafe yesterday at the Ritz in Georgetown. Check out Politico Click’s coverage- which includes DC housewives- here.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Politico

WHCA Board Considers Taking Pool Reports from WH

FishbowlDC Exclusive:The White House Correspondents Association (WHCA) board late last month discussed a proposal to post pool reports written by reporters on its own website, seizing control from the White House, which has long distributed the reports.

The issue has been a dicey one over the years. During the George W. Bush administration, the White House refused to say who was on the distribution list of more than 1,000, which included lobbyists and government officials across town.

Why, board members asked during the meeting, do the pool reports still go through the filter of the White House press office? White House veteran George Condon of Congress Daily, called to appear because of his knowledge on the issue, explained that it started with the Eisenhower administration when poolers used carbon paper. It was simply faster to have the official White House stenographers help get the information out.

But the practice continued into the Internet age, and, despite the ease of group mailing, reporters traveling in a tight pool with the president still send their reports directly to the White House, which forwards them to reporters.

The board discussed whether it would be feasible to post pool reports on the WHCA website for reporters to access, which means the WHCA — not the White House — would decide who can view them. No decision was made, but the board agreed to have an association “town hall” to discuss how to change the pool report guidelines.

One little tidbit that emerged during the meeting also involved the pool, but concerned who should remain in the small group in the case of a national emergency.

Condon noted that on 9/11, the Bush White House shrunk the press pool from 12 members to five, causing controversy. When that happened, former President Bill Clinton apparently called Ron Fournier of the AP to reveal that the Bush WH had invoked the “nuclear bunker pool.”

Nobody in the press had heard of such a special pool and nothing ever came of it. Condon suggested outlining guidelines before the next crisis.

The WHCA, which voted to raise the cost of the annual dinner to $225 per seat, also decided to continue its tradition of having a holiday party.

Morning Reading List 09.16.09

Good morning FishbowlDC! Got a blind item, interesting link, funny note, comment, birthday, anniversary or anything of the sort for Morning Reading List? Drop us a line.

What know and what we’re reading this Wednesday morning…

NEWSPAPERS | TV | ONLINE | NEWS NOTES | WEST WING REPORTAGE | JOBS

NEWSPAPERS

Slate’s Jack Shafer on WaPo‘s Katharine Weymouth: “One of the things Washington Post publisher Katharine Weymouth has got to learn is that she can’t pretend that the newsroom floats in its own accountable-only-to-Brauchli ether at the same time she is telling editors (plural) enough with dwarf-leg stories.” Read on.

Yesterday in WaPo- “Controversy Over How, Why Post Piece Was Killed, If Publisher Weymouth Involved.”

New culture editor at NYT- Jon Landman, the deputy managing editor.

TV

Norah O’Donnell is in NY, co-anchoring the 9am hour of the “Today Show.” She tweets, “I may cook on TV!” and that she and her husband Chef Geoff have just finished their baby food cookbook, out in 2010.

In what NBC is calling a “world exclusive interview,” Ann Curry will sit down with Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in Tehran. This is his first interview since the June elections and will air on “Today” tomorrow and “Nightly News” Friday.

It appears there may be more cuts looming at NBC News- NYO reports another round of voluntary buyouts are being offered. What will that mean for the DC bureau?

ONLINE

Facebook has crossed 300 million users worldwide.

This is your blog, courtesy of mediabistro.

NEWS NOTES

Sarah Palin has officially signed on with the Washington Speaker’s Bureau (via PoliticalWire).

When asked about the latest ACORN scandal, ABC’s Charlie Gibson told Chicago talk radio hosts that he hadn’t heard about it and “maybe this is just one you leave to the cables.”

Which brings us to this piece “Divide between right, mainstream media” by Mike Allen and Michael Calderone in Politico… “The right-wing media’s single-minded focus on a handful of targets over the past months and its success in pushing those stories into the mainstream have underscored the sharp divide between traditional news organizations and the bloggers and talk show hosts aggressively pursuing an ideological agenda.”

WEST WING REPORTAGE

Remember when former President George W. Bush called former NYT reporter Andrew Clymer a “major league asshole?” He does, and now he’s offering his advice to Kanye West in a very entertaining piece on the Daily Best. “…I congratulate you on being chosen for our club, The Cussed Out by Higher Authority Who DidnÂ’t Believe Microphones Work Club. Should we ever meet, I will show you the secret handshake, but I can tell you it involves an extended middle finger.”

Also on the Daily Beast today- a collection of the best OTR-gone-public comments.

HAT TIPS: mediabistro, TVNewser, Daniel Lippman

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