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Chuck Todd on Awkwardness Over Gregory’s Departure

Screen Shot 2014-11-18 at 5.21.48 PMSo… Water under the bridge, right? Ahhhh.

In a HuffPo Live interview with Marc Lamont Hill, Chuck Todd discussed his relationship with former Meet the Press host, David Gregory.

When asked whether interactions with Gregory were still awkward in any way, Todd uncomfortably sighed, “about as awkward as being asked questions about it.”


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HuffPost Live to Stream Election Night Coverage


HuffPost Live will cover the Tuesday, November 4 midterm elections via livestream, to be hosted by Marc Lamont Hill, Alyona Minkovski, and Howard Fineman.

Programming will be filmed in HuffPost’s New York studio starting at 6 pm with Ryan Grim, Sam Stein, Sabrina Siddiqui, and Mark Blumenthal offering analysis from DC. Coverage is expected to last until midnight.

Labor Secretary Thomas Perez Dodges Questions on Prospect of Replacing Eric Holder

perezLabor Secretary Thomas Perez, a potential replacement for Attorney General Eric Holder who on Thursday announced his plans to step down, joined HuffPost Live today to discuss Holder’s legacy and paid maternity leave, among other topics.

“I think Eric Holder will go down as one of the best Attorney Generals in the history of the department,” said Perez, in conversation with HuffPost’s Marc Lamont Hill. “And I say that because he put the ‘J’ back in DOJ…His work on behalf the defense of the Marriage Act – history will write that he was the Thurgood Marshall of that aspect of the movement because without his leadership, we would not have seen the movement in this. You look at that issue at LGBT equality – we’re moving a warp speed… and Eric Holder played a huge role there.”

One topic Perez wasn’t willing to delve into was whether he might succeed Holder as Attorney General. The Labor Secretary dodged each of Lamont Hill’s questions about the prospect. Watch him tip toe around the idea after the jump. Read more

Weekend Show Preview, 4.4 – 4.6

SundayShows12Who’s on the talk shows this weekend? Glad you asked:


CBS’s “Face the Nation”: Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), Dan Pfeiffer, Thomas Friedman of Showtime’s “Years of Living Dangerously,” Heidi Cullen, Chief Climate Advisor for “Years,”  Todd Purdum of Politico, Amy Walter of Cook Political Report, John Dickerson of CBS

“Fox News Sunday”: Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX), Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), Gen. Michael Hayden, Brit Hume, Elise Viebeck of The Hill, Liz Cheney, Juan Williams

NBC’s “Meet the Press“: Fmr. Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Mike Mullen, Shaun McCutcheon, Robert Weissman of Public Citizen, Kathleen Parker of WaPo, Fmr. Sen. John Sununu (R-NH), Fmr. Rep. Harold Ford Jr. (D-TN), Steve Case of America Online, author Michael Lewis, Kevin Tibbles of NBC, 

ABC’s “This Week“: Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Rep. John Carter (R-TX), Gen. Peter Chiarelli, Donna Brazile, Newt Gingrich, Bill Kristol, Alicia Menendez of Fusion

Univision’s “Al Punto”: Rep. Joe García (D-FL), activists Jaime Valdez and Marisa Franco, radio host Fernando Espuelas, activists Jersey Vargas and Mario Vargas

CNN’s “State of the Union“: 9:00- Rep. Nancy Pelosi (R-CA), Rep. Mike Rogers (R-MI), Rep. Dutch Ruppersberg (D-MD), Kitty Higgins from  NTSB, Nick Sabatini from FAA, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), Rep. Tim Murphy (R-PA); 12:00- Penny Lee of Democratic Governors Assoc., Ross Douthat of NYT, Corey Dade of NPR, satellite expert Ken Christensen, pilot Karlene Petit

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We Watch So You Don’t Have To: HuffPost Live

With all the hype surrounding the launch of HuffPost Live, we were expecting to tune in to see an extravaganza like nothing we’d ever seen before. Imagine the shock when I tuned in this morning to see a young, diverse staff on a stylish set talking about news of the day. The news, when I tuned in, was Julian Assange being granted asylum in Ecuador. The hosts, Ahmed Shihab-Eldin, Abby Huntsman, and Marc Lamont Hill, sat on a comfy set with a giant leather sofa. (We hope that’s faux-leather to avoid pissing off the base.) Analysis from the team doesn’t dig too deep in the issues. At one point, Huntsman chimes in that since her father, former GOP Presidential candidate Jon Huntsman, was ambassador to China, this issue of asylum was “very sensitive” to her. Sure, Abby..  We’re sure this is REALLY tough for you.

The program has an unpolished quality that you will either find refreshing or amateur hour, depending on your mood. While the hosts haven’t fully committed to any kind of real look, Shihab-Eldin is a pair of suspenders away from being classified as a full blown hipster. One of the best features of the broadcast is watching the running commentary from viewers as the show runs live. While the hosts will read some of the comments on air, they didn’t read this one, from Hashhero. Hash says, “I’m logging off until Abby’s off camera. She reminds me of Elizabeth Hasslebeck, who is also very annoying.”

Marc Lamont Hill on the Joe Williams Controversy: ‘There has to be space for conversation’

One subject Marc Lamont Hill is not afraid to talk about is race, even if that means getting into some trouble. The TV commentator was fired from Fox News in 2009 for sympathizing with such figures as Assata Shakur and Mumia Abu-Jamal, though that has not steered him away from the hot-button issue. So, when Mediabistro asked him about the recent scandal surrounding Joe Williams, Hill defended the ex-Politico reporter and his rights to voice his opinions, regardless of how controversial they may be.

“I’m very protective of people’s rights to say what they want to say, even if they disagree,” he said. “We must engage each other and ideas, even the unpopular ones that make us uncomfortable. On top of that, we have to determine what’s true, because sometimes things that may feel culturally untoward are still right, and we just have to deal with some uncomfortable truths. When it comes to this race talk stuff, people get real uneasy. They’re like, ‘Oh, I don’t really like talking about race.’ But we have to.”

Read more in So What Do You Do, Marc Lamont Hill, Author, Professor and TV Commentator?

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What’s Roland Tweeting?

It’s been too long since we checked in with CNN contributor, Roland Martin, on Twitter. The man has very little filter of what he will say. Hell, it even got him suspended once. But, fences have been mended and Roland is back on CNN. We’ve kept our distance from him recently to focus on other characters like FNC’s Dana Perino, but sometimes Roland just gives us stuff that’s so good we can’t help but take notice. This week, we start with someone tweeting ABOUT Roland. Author Marc Lamont Hill had a Roland sighting.

Western-Wear Roland! I would swear I was hallucinating if I saw that coming towards me. After FishbowlDC pressed Martin for confirmation of the getup, he owned up to the outfit.

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Morning Reading List 10.19.09

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



NYT‘s David Rohde is penning a five-part series on his captivity in Afghanistan and Pakistan and escape from Taliban kidnappers. Part one debuted in yesterday’s paper.


So balloon boy was all a hoax. Police reports cite CNN’s Wolf Blitzer‘s interview with the Henne family on “Larry King Live” that night.

ABC’s Kate Snow meets KISS.

Fox News has apparently fired liberal pundit Marc Lamont Hill.

And TLC is suing Jon Gosselin.


In a radio interview with CBS News, President George H.W. Bush said the tone of the national discourse lacks civility. “I don’t like it… The cables (TV) have a lot to do with it.” The former President also called MSNBC hosts Rachel Maddow and Keith Olbermann “sick puppies.” (h/t HuffPost)


Playbook:, the network’s news on-demand source for video licensing, lists “Barack Obama Eating” at the top of its list of “Popular Searches.” Yields 108 results, from “OBAMA EATS WAFFLE” to “OBAMA HOT DOG STOP” to “OBAMA EATS MOUSE” (means “mousse”).

Sarah Palin has joined LinkedIn.

Former-actor-turned-Politico Kal Penn has been laying low at the White House. He blogged recently about President Obama’s celebration of Diwali and his restoration of the White House Initiative on Asian-Americans. (h/t Politico‘s Josh Gerstein)


Motion Picture Association of America Chairman and CEO Dan Glickman has said he’ll step down when his contract ends in September 2010. Politico reports Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, former Rep. Harold Ford Jr., Universal Music lobbyist Matt Gerson, Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.), a longtime friend of Glickman’s, and internal candidates Richard Bates of Disney, MPAA COO Bob Pisano and federal affairs chief Michael O’Leary are among the names of possible replacements.

NYT: With the war in Afghanistan heating up, the coverage grows. “It’s like the Baghdad class of 2003 is now the Kabul class of 2009,” Richard Engel of NBC said.

AP: Military leaders in Afghanistan have backed off an attempt to ban news organizations embedded with the Army from photographing or videotaping images of U.S. personnel killed in the war.

Iran has released a foreign Newsweek reporter on bail this weekend after four months.


Comedy Central’s Jon Stewart paid a visit to GWU Saturday for two standup performances.

This Wednesday, come to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to see you fave DC journos embarrass themselves with bad singing. CBS’ Bob Schieffer, Roll Call‘s Shira Toeplitz, Hotline‘s Quinn McCord, Mother Jones’ David Corn, Politico‘s Chris Frates, Politics Daily’s Lynn Sweet and Melinda Henneberger, TPM‘s Christina Bellantoni and TWT‘s Stephanie Green and Liz Glover are all taking part in “Karaoke in the Capitol.”

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