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Chris Jansing’s Interview with Senator, Doctor, Possible Presidential Contender Rand Paul

JansingPaulNBC’s senior White House correspondent Chris Jansing was in Guatemala this week, accompanying Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul on his first international medical mission. Paul, who is an ophthalmologist, performed eye surgeries on people in need. Jansing will report on the humanitarian and political ramifications of the trip, as Paul eyes a run for the White House in 2016.

Jansing conducted multiple interviews with Sen. Paul exploring his political motivations for the mission in addition to immigration reform, U.S. health care, education, and 2016 politics. The interview will air this Sunday on “Meet the Press.” As we told you yesterday, Jansing will host Sunday’s program.

Justice Department Opens Criminal Investigation Into James Foley Execution

JimFoley304Attorney General Eric Holder announced today the Department of Justice is taking action following the beheading of journalist James Foley.

“The Justice department is actively pursuing justice in this case,” Holder said in a speech this morning. “We have an open criminal investigation. And those that would perpetrate such acts need to understand something. This Justice Department, this Department of Defense, this nation; we have long memories and our reach is very wide. We will not forget what happened and people will be held accountable, one way or the other.”

Yesterday, President Obama condemned the murder of the GlobalPost journalist by the terrorist group ISIS. “We share a common security and a common set of values that are rooted in the opposite of what we saw yesterday, and we will continue to confront this hateful terrorism and replace with it a sense of hope and civility,”

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Greta Van Susteren Has Advice for Pres. Obama Following Foley Statement

greta-van-susterenFollowing President Obama’s statement on the beheading of journalist James Foley, Greta Van Susteren took to GretaWire to advise the president.

“Time for President Obama to cut his vacation short and come home to DC,” Greta wrote in her headline. She added her two cents on the attire the president wore during his statement on Foley. “And he could put on a tie when he is talking about the beheading – this vacation casual is unacceptable in the face of this atrocity.”

And by the way, I am all for casual clothes — but he IS the President of the United States and he IS talking about a beheading of an American, not the annual Easter egg roll. Put on a tie. All eyes are on the President and he needs to convey the right message on all levels.

We’ll be on the lookout tonight to see if Greta has more to say on the subject on “On the Record.”

Obama: James Foley Execution ‘Shocks the Conscience of the Entire World’

President Obama took the podium today in Martha’s Vineyard to speak about James Foley, the American journalist who was beheaded by ISIS in a video released yesterday. The U.S. this morning verified the authenticity of the video, which also shows another captive American journalist, Steven Sotloff, and warns that he will be next to die.

“Friends and allies around the world, we share a common security and a common set of values that are rooted in the opposite of what we saw yesterday, and we will continue to confront this hateful terrorism and replace with it a sense of hope and civility,” Obama said. “That’s what Jim Foley stood for. A man who lived his work, who courageously told the stories of his fellow human beings, who was liked and loved by friends and family. Today, the American people will all say a prayer for those who loved Jim. All of us feel the ache of his absence, all of us mourn his loss.”

George Stephanopolus anchored ABC News’ special report, with Jonathan Karl on Martha’s Vineyard. Cynthia McFadden anchored a special report on NBC, with Kristen Welker on Martha’s Vineyard. CBS delivered a special report with Scott Pelley anchoring and Major Garrett on Martha’s Vineyard. Bill Hemmer anchored a special report for Fox Broadcast Network.

Fox News, CNN, MSNBC and Al Jazeera America all took the statement live.

Larry King Probably Won’t Be Moderating Any Presidential Debates in 2016

Larry King has interviewed several living and departed U.S. presidents, but it seems the former CNN host is having his doubts about today’s motivation for leadership.

Earlier this year, King predicted Hillary Clinton will be elected president in 2016 “barring the unforeseen.”

Pres. Obama: ‘Police Should Not be Bullying or Arresting Journalists’

In a press conference from Martha’s Vineyard this afternoon, President Obama commented on the situation on Iraq and delivered his first public remarks on the escalation of violence in Ferguson, where an unarmed black teenager was fatally shot by police Saturday.

The President addressed the media’s role in Ferguson, which has which has been in the headlines today after two reporters were arrested and an Al Jazeera America crew was tear gassed last night. “Here in the United States of America, police should not be bullying or arresting journalists who are just trying to do their jobs and report to the American people on what they see on the ground,” Obama said.

NBC’s Lester Holt anchored a special report from New York with Kristen Welker on Martha’s Vineyard and Ron Allen reporting from Ferguson. Scott Pelley anchored a CBS special report, with Major Garrett reporting from Martha’s Vineyard. On ABC, David Muir anchored with Martha Raddatz in Washington, Jonathan Karl in Martha’s Vineyard and Steve Osunsami in Ferguson.

MSNBC, Fox News, CNN and Al Jazeera America all took the statement live.

40 Years After President Nixon Resigned, Carl Bernstein Would ‘Do It Exactly the Same’

BernsteinWhen Carl Bernstein and his Washington Post colleague Bob Woodward were investigating the Watergate scandal that drove President Richard Nixon to announce his resignation 40 years ago today, the stakes were high. For the country, a presidency was on the line; for Bernstein, his career.

With the anniversary today, we got to thinking whether the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist would’ve navigated the story any differently as a member of a media featuring 24/7 cable news and a never-ending social media stream.

“I’d do it exactly the same way,” Bernstein told TVNewser earlier this week at the CNN “The Sixties” finale screening. “Go out at night, knock on people’s doors, visit them at home, be respectful of them…they all worked for Richard Nixon and his re-election committee; they weren’t Democrats.”

“There’s no substitute for real reporting. Just relying on Twitter or the web to look up information is not real reporting. It can be part of the process, but the real thing… go out and talk to people and find out what the hell is going on.”

Pres. Obama Holds News Conference From U.S./Africa Leaders Summit

ObamaPresident Obama held a news conference this evening as the three-day U.S./Africa Leaders Summit in Washington, DC drew to a close. The president spoke about progress being made in both the economies and governance of many African nations.

The press event was delayed more than an hour. As the start times of the live editions of the evening newscasts approached, all three broadcast networks streamed the President’s remarks online rather than carrying them on air.

On cable news Fox News preempted “The Five” for an expanded edition of “Special Report with Bret Baier,” which aired from 5-7pmET. CNN and MSNBC covered the newser in its normal programming, anchored by Wolf Blitzer and Ed Schultz, respectively.

The first question went to the Associated Press’ Julie Pace, followed by ABC’s Jonathan Karl, then Margaret Talev of Bloomberg; NBC’s Chris JansingDavid Ohito of The Standard, a Kenyan publication; and the last question went to Jerome Cartillier of Agence France-Presse. The president concluded the nearly :45 minute press briefing at 6:54pmET.

James Brady, Shot During Reagan Assassination Attempt, Has Died

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James Brady, the press secretary for Pres. Ronald Reagan, who was shot in the 1981 assassination attempt on the president, has died.

Brady, 73, (above, second from right) was among four people shot that day. He was partially paralyzed in the attempt on Reagan’s life and required the use of a wheelchair for the rest of his life. In the years that followed the shooting, Brady and his wife Sarah Brady became leading crusaders for gun control and would go on to create the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence.

In 2000, the White House Briefing Room was renamed the “James S. Brady Press Briefing Room” in his honor.

Pres. Obama Delivers Statement From White House Briefing Room

President Obama delivered a statement from the White House Briefing Room this afternoon on the economy and Washington gridlock. The cable and broadcast networks had live coverage of the press conference, which included questions from the press after the President delivered his remarks.

“Good Morning America” weekend news anchor Ron Claiborne anchored an ABC News special report, joined by Jonathan Karl. On NBC, David Gregory anchored with Chuck Todd at the White House. James Brown anchored on CBS with Bill Plante at the White House.

The cable news networks also took the President’s statement live: Jenna Lee anchored on Fox News with Wendell Goler at the White House, Krystal Ball anchored for MSNBC with Chris Jansing at the White House, and Anderson Cooper anchored for CNN with Wolf Blitzer in Jerusalem, Jake Tapper in Washington and Michelle Kosinski at the White House.

> First question goes to Roberta Rampton from Reuters, who asked about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

> Second question goes to Bill Plante from CBS News, who asked the President if he’s losing his international influence. In his response, Obama says that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been going on “even longer than you’ve been reporting.”

> Third question goes to Fox News’ Wendell Goler, who asks about the President’s executive orders.

> Fourth and last question goes to CNN’s Michelle Kosinski, who asks if a cease-fire in Gaza is realistic.

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