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Barney Frank on Bravo: Bristol’s “Baby Daddy,” Kennedy and Housewives

I’m actually speechless. Rep. Barney Frank called in to speak with Bravo’s Andy Cohen on “Watch What Happens: Live.” The two discussed Bristol Palin’s “baby daddy,” the death of Ted Kennedy and then played a round of “House or ‘The Real Housewives’” trivia…

The below video caused my snark-o-meter to explode so I’ll leave the comments to you.

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Kennedy: Cable Coverage Skeds

CNN
On Friday, Aug. 28, starting at 7 p.m., Wolf Blitzer and Campbell Brown will anchor coverage of the Celebration of Life Memorial Service, taking place at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library & Museum in Dorchester, Mass.

Beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29, Blitzer and Anderson Cooper will anchor programming of Sen. Kennedy’s funeral at The Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Boston. Chief national correspondent John King will be on the ground providing perspective and insight from both events.

The coverage continues Saturday at 4 p.m., when Sen. Kennedy will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery, near the final resting spots of his brothers Robert Kennedy and President John F. Kennedy.

Fox News
On Friday, Shepard Smith will anchor the memorial service, “Ted Kennedy: A Celebration of Life Memorial,” from 7:00-9:00PM ET.

Saturday morning, 10:00AM-12:30PM ET, Shep will anchor the late Senator’s Funeral Mass and Procession live in New York and Martha MacCallum will be on location.

Chris Wallace will anchor special coverage of the burial in Arlington National Cemetery from 5:00-7:00PM ET.

MSNBC
Will post shortly.

Newsweek‘s “The Last Brother” Hits Newsstands Tomorrow

Newsweek will produce a Ted Kennedy Commemorative Issue, “The Last Brother – Edward M. Kennedy 1932-2009″ to hit newsstands Friday, August 28 and will remain on sale through November 30.

The 99-page newsstand-only issue will be full of photographs, essays and remembrances, with contributions from Sen. Orrin Hatch, Sen. Birch Bayh, author Burton Hersh and political commentator Neal Gabler, among others.

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“Senator Kennedy is a fascinating, transcendent figure, and our special issue is devoted to shedding light on one of the most controversial politicians in our history,” said Newsweek Editor Jon Meacham.

TIME Remembers “Teddy”

Ted Kennedy will join Princess Diana, JFK, Jr.and Michael Jackson as one of the few honored with a TIME Magazine commemorative issue.

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Time’s commemorative issue for Sen. Kennedy will hit newsstands on Friday, August 28. Columnist Joe Klein, Bob Shrum, Ted Sorensen, and Mike Barnicle are contributing remembrances to the commemorative issue, which will additionally feature stories by TIME editors. Stories from the issue will appear on TIME.com.

Kennedy Coverage

Network specials and coverage of Ted Kennedy’s death are being announced. Here’s a rundown:

ABC News
ABC News will broadcast an hour special on the passing of Senator Ted Kennedy, anchored by Charles Gibson from Hyannis Port, MA and Diane Sawyer in New York. The ABC News Special, “Remembering Ted Kennedy,” will air at 10:00 PM tonight.

Coverage of Senator Kennedy’s passing will also be featured on “World News with Charles Gibson,” originating from Hyannis Port; “Nightline,” anchored by Cynthia McFadden; ABC News Radio, and on ABC News NOW throughout the day, as well as on tomorrow’s “Good Morning America.” ABCNEWS.com has dedicated a special section, “Ted Kennedy: A Remarkable Life” available here.

CBS News
CBS News will look back at the life and legacy of Senator Edward “Teddy” Kennedy with the primetime special “Ted Kennedy, The Last Brother,” anchored by Katie Couric tonight (8:00-9:00 PM) on the CBS Television Network. Featuring exclusive footage culled from CBS News’ archives, the program is an intimate look at Kennedy – both the public face and the private man – as told through intimate interviews and candid moments captured over the last 40 years.

CNN
Throughout the day, CNN lead political anchor Wolf Blitzer joins regular, dayside programming from Washington D.C. with interviews and reports about the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy. Guests include former Sen. Birch Bayh (D-IN), President Jimmy Carter, former Sen. Bill Frist (R-TN.), Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT), Sen. John McCain (R-AZ.) Theodore Sorenson, former adviser to President John F. Kennedy, former Sen. John Warner (R- Va.) and more.

Contributing to the coverage will be senior congressional correspondent Dana Bash, senior political correspondent Candy Crowley and chief national correspondent John King.

At 7pm ET, CNN will air the HBO documentary “Teddy in His Own Words,” which “chronicles Senator Kennedy’s remarkable life from his childhood through his speech at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.” The two-hour special will be hosted by Campbell Brown.

NPR
From 2:00PM to 3:00PM (ET), NPR congressional correspondent Andrea Seabrook will host an hour-long call-in special. Seabrook will interview guests about Kennedy’s life of service and influential career in the Senate, and invite questions from the audience. Guests include Congressman Barney Frank, former U.S. Senator John Sununu, professor and scholar Ronald Walters and Thomas Oliphant, who covered Kennedy for 40 years for the Boston Globe. Listeners may join the conversation by calling (800) 989-8255 or sending an email to talk@npr.org

Beginning at 7:00PM (ET), NPR will explore Kennedy’s life – his role as a legislative lion in the Senate; his focus on civil rights, and on fighting for the disenfranchised; and his personal life and struggles – in an hour-long program. Host Linda Wertheimer will be joined by a roundtable offering political analysis on the legacy Kennedy leaves behind, with legal affairs correspondent Nina Totenberg, senior news analyst Juan Williams, health policy correspondent Julie Rovner and political editor Ken Rudin.

MSNBC
MSNBC will present a first look at “The Kennedy Brothers: A Hardball Documentary,” tonight at 9 p.m. ET and tomorrow, Thursday Aug. 27, at 7 p.m. ET. “Headliners and Legends: Ted Kennedy” at 11 PM tonight.

*We’ll continue to update as we learn ‘em.

FishbookDC & Wolf’s Vacation: Postponed

We’ve postponed FishbookDC voting due to the loss of Sen. Ted Kennedy. However, we will disclose one of the nominees for “Hardest Working Journalist” because he is living the category right now.

On day 3 of his vacation, CNN’s Wolf Blitzer is covering the death of Sen. Kennedy. From 9am this morning until 7pm tonight Wolf is joining day-side programming and interviewing guests such as President Jimmy Carter about the news.

With Hours to Spare: Western Papers Plate for Kennedy

The Newseum notes:

“The time difference makes the difference. Notice of Sen. Ted Kennedy‘s death was too late for eastern newspapers but was enough time to make Page One in the West. A gold star goes to the Boston Herald for a replate with a photo of Kennedy filling Page One.”

(h/t Gene Mater)

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Check out today’s front pages at the Newseum’s website here.

Obama on Kennedy: “One of the Greatest Senators of Our Time”

President Obama‘s remarks on the death and life of Senator Ted Kennedy:

“I wanted to say a few words this morning about the passing of an extraordinary leader, Senator Edward Kennedy.

Over the past several years, I’ve had the honor to call Teddy a colleague, a counselor, and a friend. And even though we have known this day was coming for some time now, we awaited it with no small amount of dread.

Since Teddy’s diagnosis last year, we’ve seen the courage with which he battled his illness. And while these months have no doubt been difficult for him, they’ve also let him hear from people in every corner of our nation and from around the world just how much he meant to all of us. His fight has given us the opportunity we were denied when his brothers John and Robert were taken from us: the blessing of time to say thank you — and goodbye.

The outpouring of love, gratitude, and fond memories to which we’ve all borne witness is a testament to the way this singular figure in American history touched so many lives. His ideas and ideals are stamped on scores of laws and reflected in millions of lives — in seniors who know new dignity, in families that know new opportunity, in children who know education’s promise, and in all who can pursue their dream in an America that is more equal and more just — including myself.

The Kennedy name is synonymous with the Democratic Party. And at times, Ted was the target of partisan campaign attacks. But in the United States Senate, I can think of no one who engendered greater respect or affection from members of both sides of the aisle. His seriousness of purpose was perpetually matched by humility, warmth, and good cheer. He could passionately battle others and do so peerlessly on the Senate floor for the causes that he held dear, and yet still maintain warm friendships across party lines.

And that’s one reason he became not only one of the greatest senators of our time, but one of the most accomplished Americans ever to serve our democracy.

His extraordinary life on this earth has come to an end. And the extraordinary good that he did lives on. For his family, he was a guardian. For America, he was the defender of a dream.

I spoke earlier this morning to Senator Kennedy’s beloved wife, Vicki, who was to the end such a wonderful source of encouragement and strength. Our thoughts and prayers are with her, his children Kara, Edward, and Patrick; his stepchildren Curran and Caroline; the entire Kennedy family; decades’ worth of his staff; the people of Massachusetts; and all Americans who, like us, loved Ted Kennedy.”

Obama on Death of Senator Ted Kennedy

Statement from President Obama:

“Michelle and I were heartbroken to learn this morning of the death of our dear friend, Senator Ted Kennedy.

For five decades, virtually every major piece of legislation to advance the civil rights, health and economic well being of the American people bore his name and resulted from his efforts.

I valued his wise counsel in the Senate, where, regardless of the swirl of events, he always had time for a new colleague. I cherished his confidence and momentous support in my race for the Presidency. And even as he waged a valiant struggle with a mortal illness, I’ve profited as President from his encouragement and wisdom.

An important chapter in our history has come to an end. Our country has lost a great leader, who picked up the torch of his fallen brothers and became the greatest United States Senator of our time.

And the Kennedy family has lost their patriarch, a tower of strength and support through good times and bad.

Our hearts and prayers go out to them today–to his wonderful wife, Vicki, his children Ted Jr., Patrick and Kara, his grandchildren and his extended family.”

>>UPDATE: This statement was also sent out by email tonight from barackobama.com.

FishPoolDC: Our Insider’s Notes from Today’s Press Briefing

While most of today’s class was your typical August snoozer – Press Secretary Robert Gibbs (somewhat liberally) estimated this morning that 90 percent of the WH is on vacay — a few items worth scribbling about amid the summer school doldrums:

Around the World: RG largely stuck to his previous comments on Lockerbie and Afghanistan, first affirming that the newly released 1988 Pan Am bomber should be treated as the “convicted mass murderer” he is and that the Libyans purportedly receiving him from Scotland’s so-called compassionate release should institute house arrest. He clarified POTUS’s afternoon remarks on WH contacts with the victims’ families, noting that the National Security Council was sure to inform them of the admin’s efforts to thwart the release. On Afghanistan, Gibbs said POTUS is “enormously proud” of the millions of Afghanis who overcame voter intimidation to cast ballots in today’s election, and that the WH is looking forward to the Sept. 3 preliminary announcement of election results.

“Oh Lester!”: While radio host Lester Kinsolving‘s questions are usually met with widespread groans or mocking chuckles (partly due to his consistently toting an outdated, Fisher Price-sized tape recorder and microphone), his reference today to an article in NYT‘s recent series on women in the military elicited an interesting dodge from the podium. Lester asked whether POTUS was supportive of having women in the military, and added a follow-up addressing their overseas quarters. Both queries were met with the same evasion: that the topic is “left appropriately to the Pentagon.” Lester’s pleas that POTUS is, in fact, the Commander in Chief did nothing to change the response. Sensitivity on the issue might be understandable, considering the WH’s similar stickiness with Don’t Ask Don’t Tell…

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