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Charlie Rose Interviews Bashar al-Assad
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CBS This Morning co-host Charlie Rose got an interview Sunday with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. This is Assad’s first TV interview since President Obama asked Congress to approve the use of force against the Syrian regime for use of chemical weapons. Rose, now in Beirut, called in to Face the Nation with Bob Schieffer. Politico / Dylan Byers on Media In the interview, Assad denied that he had anything to do with the chemical weapons attack that took place on Aug. 21, 2013. Rose also said the Syrian president would not confirm or deny that the regime has chemical weapons. NYT The interview, which was arranged in the last few days amid a Congressional debate about whether to authorize a limited military strike against Syria, will be broadcast on Monday by CBS and PBS. In a sign of the significance of the interview, he was accompanied by Jeffrey Fager, the chairman of CBS News and the top producer of 60 Minutes. HuffPost It is the first interview that al-Assad has given to an American news network in two years. Barbara Walters sat down with him in Syria in 2011. The Guardian It is Rose’s second major scoop of the summer. In June, he interviewed Obama as the president defended the record of the National Security Agency, following revelations in The Guardian regarding the mass surveillance of US and foreign citizens.

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Occidental College Academy Award Winner Has a Message from President Obama

Rafael Cortina is the first-ever Student Academy Award winner from Occidental College. Sharply dressed and well-prepared, he gave a charming acceptance speech Saturday night, noting off the top that MC Bob Saget can always be counted on to attract a “full house.”

With a straight face, he then proceeded to pass on some bigger picture news. “Earlier today, I got a phone call from President Obama congratulating me on my award,” he revealed. “And he wanted me to tell the [school] administration that although he went there for two years, please-please-please stop referring to him as an alum. So I wanted to pass that along.”

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Time Publishes Photo of Obama at Senior Prom Because It’s Important

In an EXCLUSIVE Time has obtained a photo of President Obama before his senior prom. Pictured are Kelli Allman (née McCormack), Greg Orme, Obama and Obama’s date, Megan Hughes. Obama’s the black guy.

Not only did Time publish this IMPORTANT photograph, it also posted what Obama wrote in Allman’s yearbook. It reveals a lot about the President; specifically that he was fairly boring. “It has been so nice getting to know you this year,” he wrote. “You are extremely sweet and foxy, I don’t know why Greg would want to spend any time with me at all! You really deserve better than clowns like us; you even laugh at my jokes!”

Well, there you have it. Good luck going through the rest of your day without pondering the IMPORTANCE of the photograph and note.

Stop the Presses: A Rodman Met with Two Jenners

Sometimes, being a sportswriter is no fun at all. The assignments, especially in this blog-tastic digital age, occasionally barely pass the jock-strap smell test.

So… you try to make the best of it. Here for example is LAT sportswriter Chuck Schilken dutifully catching up to a weekend meeting of reality TV show minds Dennis Rodman, Kendall Jenner and Kylie Jenner at the Brea Mall:

Maybe the so-called basketball diplomat was seeking their advice on how to handle the sticky Kim Jong-un/Kenneth Bae situation…

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AP’s Twitter Hacked, Tweets Obama Hurt in Explosions

The Associated Press’ Twitter account has been hacked. A few moments ago, its official Twitter sent out a scary note that President Obama had been hurt in two explosions at the White House. The tweet:

Obviously it caught plenty of attention, but the AP’s Sam Hanannel quickly posted that the account had been hacked. The AP Twitter account is now listed as “suspended.”

Former Advisor Says Only Paper President Obama Reads is The New York Times

In a New Republic piece titled “Get Rich or Deny Trying,” a former advisor to President Obama is quoted saying “There’s only one paper the president reads, that’s The New York Times.” Now before all you haters (Mitt, you’re turning red man, try breathing) blast Big O, let’s think this through.

Is it possible that the president only reads the Times? In an interview with Rolling Stone last year, Obama said he reads the Times, but also The Washington Post and The Wall Street Journal. As The Huffington Post notes, this was the second time Obama mentioned perusing those three papers. Obama has also admitted that he enjoyed magazines like The New Yorker and The Atlantic. He even mentioned FishbowlNY as a “Great blog run by ruggedly handsome dudes who can throw fantastic spirals.”

It certainly doesn’t seem like Obama limits his paper intake to the Times. He has mentioned WaPo and WSJ and the quote in the New Republic is from an anonymous ex-advisor. However, that probably doesn’t matter. Haters, as they say, are going to hate. The media will cry that the White House has a Times bias and Republicans are going to fire up the rage machine. But give the president some credit: At least we know he can read. That’s more than we could say about George W. 

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Dustin Penner Has No Issues with White House

 

As you probably know, one of the perks of winning a championship within your respective sport is the opportunity to meet the President at the White House.

But in recent years, more and more athletes have skipped out on the opportunity, including former Boston Bruins goaltender Tim Thomas in 2012.

Thomas made it clear that his politics didn’t match up with President Barack Obama, releasing a statement saying he felt the federal government has grown out of control and was threatening the rights of the American people.

Los Angeles Kings forward Dustin Penner managed to take a jab at Thomas on Twitter prior to the team meeting President Obama at the White House on Tuesday. Based on some of the tweets from the official Los Angeles Kings account, it shouldn’t be a surprise that Penner has a sense of humor when it comes to this topic.

Also taking part in the festivities at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue were the Los Angeles Galaxy, who returned for a second straight year after winning the 2012 MLS Cup.

Not a bad day for Southern California teams in the District.

[H/T Larry Brown Sports]

Former Obama Faith Advisor Josh DuBois Joins Daily Beast

Josh DuBois, who left his position as faith advisor for President Barack Obama early last month, is joining The Daily Beast. According to a memo obtained by Politico, Dubois will be the site’s new faith columnist.

Dubois was one of President Obama’s longest tenured assistants, most recently serving as executive director of the White House’s Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships.

In a memo, Tina Brown said Dubois’ column will focus on “The role of faith in solving pressing social problems.”

Barack Obama Named Time Person of The Year

President Barack Obama has been named Time’s Person of The Year. Here at FishbowlNY we were hoping that Malala Yousafzai was going to win, not just because she deserves to be honored as much as possible, but because there hasn’t been a woman POY for 26 years. Yousafzai was the runner-up, followed by Tim Cook.

Rick Stengal, Time’s managing editor, writes that Obama was chosen because he is making his mark on history:

Obama is the first Democratic President since FDR to win more than 50 percent of the vote in consecutive elections and the first President since 1940 to win re-election with an unemployment rate north of 7.5 percent. He has stitched together a winning coalition and perhaps a governing one as well. His presidency spells the end of the Reagan realignment that had defined American politics for 30 years. We are in the midst of historic cultural and demographic changes, and Obama is both the symbol and in some ways the architect of this new America.

Feel free to be upset about Obama winning or to not care at all.

Who Should Be TIME‘s Person of the Year?

From L to R: TIME Managing Editor Rick Stengel (moderator); Speaker Newt Gingrich, Bryan Cranston, Padma Lakshmi, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, Matt Lauer 
Photo credit: Jemal Countess/Getty Images 

TIME hosted its annual Person of the Year panel today, where a seemingly random assortment of notable people give their opinions on who should get the honor. Moderated by managing editor Rick Stengel, panelists included:

Bryan Cranston – best known for his chemical concoctions on Breaking Bad, star of Argo.

Newt Gingrich – The only panelist who actually held the honor of “Person of the Year,” as speaker of the house back in 1995. Dubious about climate change.

Matt Lauer – host of the Today show, not dubious about climate change.

Padma Lakshmi – Host of Top Chef, woman.

Michael Nutter – Mayor of Philadelphia.

Here’s a roundup of the contenders, and what the panelists thought. Read more

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