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Scribes Organize Bash for ‘Popular’ Jennifer Loven

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An e-mail to White House scribes made the rounds this weekend to announce a party Wednesday at Old Ebbitt Grill for AP’s Jennifer Loven. She’s moving on to The Glover Park Group.

The subject line: Save the Date: A Celebration for Jennifer Loven. AP White House Reporter Julie Pace and AP White House Correspondent Ben Feller are the party’s official organizers.

Quick update on the details for Jennifer’s party, which will be Wednesday from 7-10pm at Old Ebbitt. We have a space reserved in the atrium, which is at the back of the restaurant with food, cash bar, and lots of good people. Again, it would be helpful if you could let me know if you’re able to make it so we have a general idea of the head count. But it’s also no problem if you just show up! Thanks, and look forward to seeing everyone Wednesday!

A later e-mail added, “As you can tell from this invite, Jen is quite popular! If you think you’ll be able to make it and could email Julie back to let us know, that would really help us keep tabs on the head count. No worries if you don’t know at this point, please come anyway! Look forward to seeing everyone next week.”

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A ‘New Assignment’ Means Resigned for AP Reporter

090510-curley-obama-loven.jpg Jennifer Loven, the AP’s White House correspondent and an AP reporter for 18 years, is officially off the beat. She has resigned and is preparing to leave her job tomorrow.

Loven (as shown here to the right of the President) will soon set up shop at the Glover Park Group – the news was first reported by Politico‘s Mike Allen this morning.

Steve Komarow, AP’s Acting D.C. Bureau Chief, sent a first memo out to staff saying Loven “will be taking on a new assignment at her request.” This suggested Loven might stay within AP.

Today, in another memo, he spells out that assignment, but doesn’t name Glover Park Group…

> Update: The Glover Park Group put out its own statement on Loven. Read it after the jump…
> Update #2: Loven made a presentation at last year’s WHCA dinner. NBC News’s Brian Williams introduced her affectionately as “McLoven” and she led the dinner in toasting President Obama. Watch the clip from the C-SPAN Video Library after the jump…

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AP Names New White House Correspondent

Feller_Ben June 2010 copy.jpg AP announces Ben Feller as its new White House correspondent. He replaces Jennifer Loven, who has covered two presidencies, and requested to be reassigned.

About Feller: He joined AP in 2003 as an education reporter and moved to the White House beat in November of 2006. He has won two awards for presidential coverage. Publications he has worked for include The Tampa Tribune, the News & Record, and the Centre Daily Times.

Read the memo from AP’s Acting Washington Bureau Chief Steve Komarow after the jump…

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Gibbs Encourages Full Sneeze During Presser

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During a White House press conference Tuesday, there was a brief interruption when a CBS cameraman had a near-sneeze moment that momentarily shifted the train of thought of White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs. As a reporter (reportedly AP’s Jennifer Loven) posed a question, the CBS cameraman kneeling down next to CNN’s Senior White House Correspondent Ed Henry began his sneeze.

Reporter: You can’t really call that a broad energy bill; it’s pretty narrow.

MR. GIBBS: I’m not suggesting that. I don’t think anybody in the meeting did. I think what — again, what I’m suggesting is what — if you need to sneeze, go ahead. (Laughter.)

Reporter: Do it the right way.

MR. GIBBS: I don’t want to be responsible for not letting you sneeze, for goodness’ sakes. (Laughter.) Sorry. Yes, I was going to say. No, but, again, you’ve got one bill that passes the House; you’ll have a different bill that passes the Senate. And then there will be an opportunity to reconcile those two differing bills.

In the end, the cameraman suppressed his sneeze.

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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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WHCA to Give Thousands in Awards on Prom Weekend

31722.jpg The White House Correspondents’s Association is scheduled to give $132,500 in award scholarship funding to 18 journalists from five “prestigious” universities.

The association will honor the students on Friday April 30 at the Atlantic Media Offices in Washington, D.C. with a lunch and panel discussion. White House Press Secretary Mike McCurry will moderate a panel with Washington journalists called “Press & the Presidency: A Front Row Seat to History.”

Five White House correspondents who will join McCurry on the panel include:
Christina Bellantoni, Talking Points Memo
Ron Brownstein, NJ/ Atlantic Media
Major Garrett, FNC
Savannah Guthrie, MSNBC’s “Daily Rundown”
Jennifer Loven, AP

This 11-Year-Old Probably Has Gotten More Access Than You

Unless you’re the AP’s Jennifer Loven, 11-year-old Damon Weaver has probably gotten more questions in to President Obama than you have.

Weaver interviewed the President late last week at the White House, focusing, fittingly, on education. The young reporter from Florida even did a press avail on the South Lawn afterwards, appearing on the morning shows and cablers.

Weaver has quite the resume tape. He’s already interviewed politicos like Vice President (then presidential candidate) Joe Biden, Colin Powell and Caroline Kennedy, Hollywood stars like Samuel Jackson, Oprah Winfrey, Chris Tucker and has reversed the mic on some of our own, including David Gregory, Larry King, Megyn Kelly, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein.

Looking for a fall intern? Little Weaver’s probably over-qualified.

Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: National Economic Council Director Larry Summers, “The Battle for America 2008″ authors Haynes Johnson and Dan Balz, former Rep. Harold Ford, Jr. (D-TN) and former Rep. J.C. Watts (R-OK)

CBS’ Face the Nation: National Economic Council Director Larry Summers and a roundtable with WaPo‘s Bob Woodward, NYT‘s David Brooks and columnist Kathleen Parker

ABC’s This Week: Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and former Federal Reserve Board Chairman Alan Greenspan and a roundtable with Bloomberg News’ Al Hunt, “Culture of Corruption” author Michelle Malkin, WSJ‘s Gerald Seib and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Cynthia Tucker

Fox News Sunday: Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC), Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY), Rep. Mike Pence, (R-IN) and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and a panel of Fox News consultants Weekly Standard‘s Bill Kristol, NPR’s Mara Liasson, Weekly Standard‘s Stephen Hayes and NPR’s Juan Williams

CNN’s State of the Union: Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), Chair of the Council of Economic Advisers Christina Romer and CNN contributors William Bennett, Donna Brazile and Council of Economic Advisors former chairman Professor Joseph Siglitz

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: NPR’s Michael Martin, TWT‘s Amanda Carpenter and TNR‘s Michelle Cottle

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: Afghan presidential candidate Ashraf Ghani, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s John O’Sullivan, former CIA deputy director John McLaughlin and “The Devil We Know” author Robert Baer

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: Newsweek‘s Howard Fineman, WaPo‘s Eugene Robinson, MSNBC’s Norah O’Donnell and the AP’s Jennifer Loven

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: WaPo‘s Dan Balz, NJ‘s Alexis Simendinger and AP’s Charles Babington

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), White House advisor Valerie Jarrett and Bloomberg’s Indira Lakshmanan, Margaret Carlson and Kate O’Beirne

Will update as we learn them.

RELATED: Sunday show ratings for July 26th, courtesy of TVNewser.

Who Will Get Called On Tonight? A Look Back At Obama’s Pressers

Tonight is President Obama’s fourth prime-time press conference, fifth overall. Each presser has lasted about an hour and averages 13 reporters’ questions. Fox did not air Obama’s 100th day press conference, the third, on the network and will not tonight either.

In his first prime-time press conference Feb. 9th, the President called on, in this order: AP’s Jennifer Loven, Reuters’ Caren Bohan, CBS’ Chip Reid, NBC’s Chuck Todd, Bloomberg’s Julianna Goldman, ABC’s Jake Tapper, CNN’s Ed Henry, NYT‘s Helene Cooper, Fox’s Major Garrett, WaPo‘s Michael Fletcher, Helen Thomas, HuffPost’s Sam Stein and NPR’s Mara Liasson.

In his second prime-time press conference March 24th, Obama called on, in this order: AP’s Jennifer Loven, NBC’s Chuck Todd, ABC’s Jake Tapper, CBS’ Chip Reid, Univision’s Lourdes Meluza, Stars and Stripes’ Kevin Baron, CNN’s Ed Henry, Fox News’ Major Garrett, Politico‘s Mike Allen, Ebony’s Kevin Chappell, ABC Radio’s Ann Compton, TWT‘s Jon Ward and AFP’s Stephen Collinson.

In his third prime-time press conference April 29th, the President called on, in this order: AP’s Jennifer Loven, Detroit NewsDeb Price, ABC’s Jake Tapper, CBS’ Mark Knoller, NBC’s Chuck Todd, Reuters’ Jeff Mason, CBS’ Chip Reid, CNN’s Ed Henry, NYT‘s Jeff Zeleny (“surprised, troubled, enchanted and humbled”), Telemundo’s Lori Montenegro, BET’s Andre Showell, Time‘s Michael Scherer and WaPo‘s Jonathan Weisman.

President Obama’s fourth presser was during the day, in the briefing room June 23rd and he called on, in this order: AP’s Jennifer Loven, HuffPost’s Nico Pitney (remember this?), Fox’s Major Garrett, USA Today‘s David Jackson, CBS’ Chip Reid, NBC’s Chuck Todd, ABC’s Jake Tapper, McClatchy’s Margaret Talev, EFE’s Macarena Vidal, Bloomberg’s Hans Nichols, American Urban Radio Network’s April Ryan and CNN’s Suzanna Malveaux.

Will the AP’s Jennifer Loven go five-for-five? Will President Obama snub Fox? Will HuffPost’s Nico Pitney get called on again? And who do you want to see called on tonight? Tell us.

RELATED: From US News & World Report: Press Getting More Adversarial With Obama: Some expect Obama’s news conference to take on a more negative tone.

Early Sunday Show Preview

NBC’s Meet the Press: Programming Note: Meet the Press will not air Sunday, July 5 due to NBC’s coverage of the Wimbledon tennis finals. We will return at our regular time on July 12.

CBS’ Face the Nation: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen, Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY)

ABC’s This Week: Vice President Joe Biden and a roundtable with former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Liz Cheney, ABC’s Matthew Dowd and George Will and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and ABC News contributor Cynthia Tucker

Fox News Sunday: Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD), House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) and a panel with Weekly Standard and Fox News’ Bill Kristol, AP’s Jennifer Loven, Weekly Standard and Fox News’ Stephen Hayes and NPR and Fox News’ Juan Williams

CNN’s State of the Union: Former Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell, Her Majesty Queen Noor, Chair, King Hussein Foundation and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen

CNN’s Reliable Sources with Howard Kurtz: CNN’s Don Lemon, TMZ’s Harvey Levin, TheWrap.com’s Sharon Waxman and the Baltimore Sun‘s David Zurawik

CNN’s GPS with Fareed Zakaria: UK Foreign Minister David Miliband, “Dead Aid” author Dambisa Moyo and “The Blue Sweater” author Jacqueline Novogratz

NBC’s The Chris Matthews Show: WaPo‘s Bob Woodward, The Daily Beast’s Tina Brown, Time‘s Joe Klein and CNN’s Gloria Borger (The panel will discuss the future of print journalism.)

Washington Week with Gwen Ifill and National Journal: ABC’s Martha Raddatz, WaPo‘s Dan Balz, WSJ‘s Naftali Bendavid and USA Today‘s Joan Biskupic

Bloomberg’s Political Capital with Al Hunt: Sen. Mark Warner (D-VA)

Will update as we learn them.

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