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Decision Not to Release Bin Laden Photos Sparking Debate

WH Press Secretary Jay Carney

During a briefing today, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney repeated and reiterated the President’s decision not to release postmortem photos of Osama bin Laden or his burial at sea.

Carney read the quotes today, taken from President Obama’s upcoming interview with 60 Minutes.

“It is important for us to make sure that very graphic photos of somebody who was shot in the head are not floating around as an incitement to additional violence. I think that, given the graphic nature of these photos, it would create some national security risk,” Carney said. Mediaite has the full video with Carney’s statement. Talking Points Memo notes that Carney is working to tone down and correct some of the conflicting details that have been disclosed.

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Trump May Announce His Presidential Run During The Season Finale of ‘The Apprentice’

We continue to find Donald Trump repellent, yet he manages to keep our attention with his nonsense.

The latest from his absurd campaign to tell us whether he’ll be campaigning for President: He may make an announcement during the season finale of The Celebrity Apprentice on May 15. So he’s set up a win-win here for ratings (in theory) — people will watch to find out who wins the show and/or they’ll tune in to see if this joke on our electoral system will come to an end sooner rather than later. And if he doesn’t make the announcement, he’s set himself up for more media attention; Yahoo News says he might have a press conference instead.

Even more ridiculous than this situation (and his hair, and his recent statements about President Obama and “the blacks”) is the fact that polls show him leading the Republican pack.

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Are Clients Getting More Demanding With Media Outlets?

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A couple of weeks ago, we said that making outsized requests to reporters about the stories they’re working on is a bad idea after a film company’s grumble about the tone of a Moviefone story turned into an AOL dustup. After reading a few recent stories, it looks like big demands are becoming more common.

During his mea culpa for pitching a fit at the GMA studios, Chris Brown said that it’s normal for he and his team to submit talking points to a potential interviewer. If the interviewer doesn’t agree with the talking points, Brown will take a pass. (In that case, GMA said it received no talking points.)

This week, demands from both Sarah Palin and Britney Spears have turned into stories. Do we smell a trend?

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Palin Releases Video in Response to AZ Shooting

Sarah Palin: “America’s Enduring Strength” from Sarah Palin on Vimeo.

Sarah Palin has released a video with her take on the response to the weekend shooting in Tucson, AZ. In the clip she says Jared Lee Loughner is the “single evil man” responsible for the tragedy and rejects the “irresponsible statements” of those, like “journalists and pundits” who would try to place blame elsewhere. Moreover, she dismisses any debate about whether political rhetoric had anything to do with the shooting.

MSNBC.com’s First Read column asks about the timing of the video, which was released 15 hours before a memorial service will be held tonight where President Obama will be speaking.

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Michelle Obama Gets GOP Support

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Our fabulous FLOTUS Michelle Obama (making history at left, according to People, for being the first first lady to wear vintage – a Norman Norell – for a public appearance. We loves!) is getting support for her anti-obesity campaign from Republicans. It’s insanity that this is partisan or political, but these days, what isn’t.

Sarah Palin lashed out against Michelle Obama’s efforts on her show, Sarah Palin’s Alaska, by making s’mores in support of dessert. And again she took on the campaign on Laura Ingraham’s radio program while there to promote her book.

“The first lady should ‘get off our back and allow us as individuals to exercise our own God-given rights to make our own decisions,’” the Washington Post quotes Palin. The anti-obesity effort falls under the “nanny state” heading that Palin and others have rallied against apparently.

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Of Course She Meant South Korea

Sarah Palin didn’t take a break for Thanksgiving like the rest of us pie eaters. She was on Facebook criticizing the media for reporting on what she calls “a simple one word slip-of-the-tongue.” On Glenn Beck’s radio program last week, she said North Korea rather than South Korea was a U.S. ally.

Palin’s post highlights gaffes from others, including one from President Obama during the 2008 campaign when he said he’d visited 57 states.

Palin a Positive for Alaska Tourism

Sarah and Todd Palin sea kayaking

Sarah Palin’s Alaska debuted with 4.96 million viewers, making it the most watched premiere in TLC’s history.

Besides the benefits for the TLC network and Sarah Palin (the New York Times says some are calling the show a “campaign ad” for a possible 2012 run for President), the state of Alaska could be benefiting.

Kathy Dunn, director of consumer marketing for the Alaska Travel Industry Association (ATIA), told MSNBC.com that there was a four percent increase in people expressing interest in Alaska during Palin’s 2008 vice presidential run. Palin’s celebrity has also rubbed off on Wasilla with tourists lining up to get their picture snapped with the town sign and buying souvenirs.

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Republicans, Tea Party Respond to Election Outcome

President Obama issued his response to the Tuesday’s election outcome via press conference yesterday. Today, various Republicans voiced their response.

Sarah Palin e-mailed a minute-long video to her supporters that features a voice-over from one of her stump speeches and images of the candidates she supported (without distinguishing between which ones actually won or lost ). The video, also available on YouTube, is posted above.

“We’re going to stand up and we’re going to speak out and it may take some renegades going rogue to get us there,” she says in the video to a round of applause.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, speaking this morning at the Heritage Foundation, focused on efforts to repeal the health care law, admitting that it will take some time.

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Edelman Hires Former McCain, Schwarzenegger Aide to Run U.S. Public Affairs


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Steve Schmidt has joined Edelman as Vice Chairman, Public Affairs, the agency said today. Schmidt was most recently a partner at Mercury Public Affairs, leading the firm’s operations in California.

He was also a key source for the best-selling book Game Change, which revealed behind the scenes information in regards to the 2008 U.S. presidential election. The above video is from Schmidt’s January 10th, 2010 appearance on CBS’ “60 Minutes,” where he spoke about the McCain presidential campaign, and their decision to add Sarah Palin to the ticket.

Schmidt served as senior advisor to John McCain‘s 2008 presidential campaign; campaign manager for the 2006 re-election of California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger; and was deputy assistant to the President and Counsellor to the Vice President in the White House, where he played leading roles on the confirmation teams for the nominations of both Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito to the Supreme Court. In addition, he was a member of the senior strategic planning group that directed Former President Bush’s 2004 re-election campaign.

Edelman says their U.S. Public Affairs practice has revenues of $60 million with a team of 170 serving clients including API, Business Roundtable, Monsanto, Oregon Bridge Delivery Partners, and Pfizer.

Mark Penn: ‘Obama Has His Mojo Back’

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Burson-Marsteller CEO and Democratic stategist Mark Penn appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” this morning to talk about the Obama administration and the political landscape post health-care reform passing.

“I think President Obama has his mojo back,” said Penn. “People had a lot of doubts on all fronts and I think he is back in many ways.”

When asked about the “force” that is Sarah Palin, in reference to how she in many ways is leading the counter message against the administration, Penn said, “I don’t think the White House should tangle with Sarah Palin, because that would only elevate her.”

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