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Jon Stewart Tries to Get Hillary Clinton to Declare Candidacy for President

Jon Stewart began his interview with Hillary Clinton last night asking a few questions around the edges, hoping to get her to announce she’s running for president:

“Do you like commuting to work or do you like a home office?… Do you have a shape for that office?… do you like corners?… Do you prefer to sit in traffic or cause it?”

Clinton says she’s gotten used to the constant criticism, having been in he public eye for nearly a quarter century.

To that, Stewart said, looking inward, “It’s just these talking heads, sitting around, picking out every little thing, making fun of it. It’s just not right.”

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Hillary Clinton to Appear on ‘The Daily Show’

clintonThe cable news portion of Hillary Clinton‘s book tour ended a few weeks ago, but the former Secretary of State isn’t finished yet. She’ll appear on “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart” tomorrow.

A few weeks ago, Stewart poked fun at CNN and Fox News for dubbing their Clinton interviews as exclusives on the same day. In tomorrow’s interview, it’s likely Stewart will ask the presumptive presidential candidate for her thoughts on one of his favorite comedy targets—cable news.

Clinton has previously given her take on one of broadcast news’ big platforms. “Going on the Sunday shows is not my favorite thing to do,” she said while testifying on Capitol Hill last year. “There are other things I prefer to do on Sunday mornings.”

Brian Williams Makes Sex Joke on ‘Nightly News’

On “Nightly News” last night, Brian Williams reported on a baby boom going on in Washington, DC, which happens to coincide with the government shutdown 9 months ago.

“How long until someone on television points out that during the shutdown the folks in Washington are apparently doing at home what Washington has been accused of doing to the American people,” Williams said. “We’re guessing someone will say that on television before long.” And he did. WATCH:

(h/t Newsblues)

Glenn Beck: Hillary Clinton Will ‘Pay the Price’ for Pres. Obama’s Treatment of Press

GlennBeck304Glenn Beck predicts that if Hillary Clinton runs for president, she’ll face a tough road to the White House thanks to President Obama.

“Hillary Clinton is going to pay the price of this administration…not by the American people, but by the press,” Beck said on TheBlaze TV today. He added that the press feels “betrayed” by the Obama administration, but is “too deeply in bed” with them to take action.

“I don’t think they have alarm bells going off, but they are uncomfortable with it and they don’t like it, and they don’t like the way they’ve been treated sometimes,” Beck said about the press. “I think they’re going to take that out on Hillary Clinton.”

Jay Carney Reflects on Fireworks With Reporters

jay carneyJust a few weeks after stepping down as White House press secretary, Jay Carney reflects on his three years in the role in a Q+A with The New York Times Magazine. Carney — who says he doesn’t know what’s next but won’t be going back to journalism full-time — talks about what it was like to stand at the podium after many years on the other side:

Were you surprised at times how tense things could get with your former colleagues? Sure. It can be surreal at the podium when you go down that front row and you have an exchange with one of the reporters in which there’s very emotional — maybe even theatrical — presentation and back and forth, and then you go to the next reporter and you have the same thing, as if the first one didn’t happen at all. You begin to wonder how valuable a service to the nation that is in the end.

Do people in the first row like to showboat? If you look at the difference in tenor between the on-camera briefings and the on-the-record-but-off-camera gaggles, it’s night and day.

Would you have fought with yourself? Probably a little bit.

CNN Correspondent Questions Josh Earnest About White House Gender Pay Gap

KosinskiCNN White House correspondent Michelle Kosinski challenged White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest this afternoon over whether the Obama administration is practicing what it preaches regarding America’s gender pay gap.

“It keeps coming up repeatedly that the metric the White House cites for there being a gap nationwide is also there at the White House,” Kosinski said before Earnest interrupted her.

He pointed out that the statistic the White House cites is women make 77 cents on the dollar compared to their male counterparts, but at the White House, its 88 cents on the dollar. “So,” Earnest said, “the White House is doing appreciably better than the country is more broadly, but we still have a lot of work to do at the White House.”

Kosinski followed up asking if the White House should be using the averages to examine the pay gap. Earnest pointed out that there are many ways to evaluate whether workers are receiving equal pay for equal work. He noted two Obama advisers of different genders but the same position earn identical salaries: Dan Pfeiffer and Valerie Jarrett.

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(h/t RNC Research)

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Which Anchor Watched the World Cup Game With the President on Air Force One?

On the heels of his announcement as ABC News’ chief anchor, George Stephanopoulos is interviewing the President today as he embarks on his first “day in the life” visit in Minnesota. The interview is taking place in Minneapolis, but Stephanopolous got in a few soccer questions while watching the US-Germany game with the President on Air Force One:

“GMA” senior EP Tom Cibrowski is traveling with Stephanopoulos for the interview, which airs tomorrow on “GMA” and Sunday on “This Week.”

Egypt’s Ruling Against Al Jazeera Journalists Might Risk U.S. Aid

al jazeera journalists 304Reuters reports U.S. lawmakers are considering decreasing aid to Egypt following the country’s convictions against three Al Jazeera journalists and death sentences for close to 200 Muslim Brotherhood members.

The chairman of the U.S. Senate subcommittee that oversees foreign aid said further funds should be withheld until Egypt’s leaders demonstrate a commitment to human rights, and a senior member of the equivalent House of Representatives panel offered legislation to redistribute some of the U.S. money.

“Withholding military aid to the Egyptian regime has let its leaders know that repressive actions and abuses of human rights and the rule of law are deeply concerning to the American people, and to many in Congress,” Vermont Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy, the subcommittee chairman, said in a statement ruing Cairo’s “descent toward despotism.”

On Tuesday, Egypt’s newly elected president, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, said he would not interfere with judicial verdicts, following an international outcry over lengthy prison sentences given to three al Jazeera journalists this week.

Following Monday’s ruling against Al Jazeera’s journalists, President Obama released a statement strongly condemning the verdict, calling it one that “flouts the most basic standards of media freedom and represents a blow to democratic progress in Egypt.”

TVNewser will be covering a UN Correspondents Association “Press Freedom” town hall this afternoon in New York City, which was called to discuss how to help the jailed Al Jazeera journalists.

David Gregory on What He Thinks Bill Clinton Was Trying to Say During Their Interview

GregoryThis morning, “Meet the Press” moderator David Gregory told his colleague Joe Scarborough what he thinks former President Bill Clinton was trying to say on the subject of wealth during their interview yesterday.

In the interview at Clinton Global Initiative America, which will air in full on this Sunday’s “Meet the Press,” Gregory asked Clinton whether wealthy politicians like he and his wife should be viewed as out of touch. Clinton stressed politicians’ policies, not wealth, is what’s most important.

“In many ways what I heard Bill Clinton saying was, ‘look, we still think we’re that couple from Arkansas…what he’s saying is your politics, your positions, your policy beliefs, your ideology, ought to speak louder than your wealth,” Gregory said on “Morning Joe.”

He added that Clinton might have wanted to “insert some language” stressing that he gets the fact that his family is very wealthy now, but they’re still committed to “the right things.”

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Josh Earnest Has the Perfect Name for a White House Press Secretary

Josh Earnest has a new job, an office with a fireplace, and an upgraded parking spot. (On that last one, he knows he’ll really impress his dad). In exchange, he gets to deal with the White House press corps even more closely than he has been.

Earnest, who is wrapping up his second day as White House press secretary, chatted with Politico’s Mike Allen for the site’s series Open Mike. Will the president take more questions from reporters with Earnest as press secretary? “We’re going to be focused on making the President as accessible as possible, and putting him in an environment where he is able to best defend our priorities.” Here’s more:

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