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From TV to Politics: Who’s in the Running?

HuckabeeScarborough‘Tis the season for a lot talk about who may or may not be running for political office.

  • Fox News host and former Gov. Mike Huckabee attended a private event in Arkansas recently. “Will I run? The Lord knows, but He’s not telling just yet,” he said at the event, which was covered by CBN.
  • CNBC’s Larry Kudlow told Newsmax TV’s Steve Malzberg yesterday that he has no desire to run for office. “I love my work. I love my TV show. I love my radio show … You want put me in the Senate?,” Kudlow joked. “Why would you do that to me? I thought you were my pal,”
  • Meanwhile, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, a former Florida congressman, isn’t shutting the door on a campaign run. Last month he told “Fox & Friends” he’s staying put in TV, at least for another 8 years, until his youngest daughter finishes school.

Al Sharpton to Interview Michelle Obama

ObamaSharptonThe Rev. Al Sharpton used his Instragram account (left) to announce that an interview with First Lady Michelle Obama airs tomorrow on his radio show, with portions airing tonight on his MSNBC show.

The interview is for WVON, so any clips used on MSNBC will be audio-only.

Sharpton’s interview comes two weeks after another MSNBC host, Chris Matthews, sat down with Pres. Obama as part of Matthews’ Hardball College Tour.

Mike Huckabee Launching ‘Huckabee Post’

HuckabeeMike Huckabee is set to launch the online site “Huckabee Post” in January 2014, ABC News reports.

Huckabee’s son David Huckabee says the site will feature a variety of topics ranging from news and politics to sports and pop culture.

The new venture is a “natural extension and expansion” of the commentary and news Huckabee already does online and on TV, David told ABC. Read more

Jay Carney and White House Press Corps Battle Over Access

Jay CarneyWhite House Press Secretary Jay Carney was grilled by reporters at this afternoon’s briefing over a lack of photographer access to President Obama.

The exchange comes after the New York Times published an opinion piece from AP photography director Santiago Lyon who took the administration to task for “systematically” bypassing independent media photographers in favor of official White House photos.

Reporters questioned Carney about a lack of photo access to President Obama during this week’s trip to South Africa. Carney, a former TIME magazine reporter, expressed sympathy for their frustration, promising to do more. But the press corps was having none of it. Read more

Hey TVNewsers, Where Were You 13 Years Ago Today?

Thirteen years ago today, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered a complex and controversial 7-2 decision that would make George W. Bush the 43rd president of the United States. The decision came 35 days after the undecided 2000 election. It began on election night, when the news media botched the election night calls. They then followed the drama for the next 5 weeks, mostly from Florida, as lawyers argued, chads were counted and Katherine Harris became a household name.

RNC Seeks ‘Fewer Debates, More Control’ in 2016 Primaries

las-vegas-gop-debate-cnnCNN’s Peter Hamby reports that Republican party officials are working on “a new batch of rules aimed at streamlining a chaotic presidential nominating process” that would include limiting the number of televised debates in the next Presidential election:

One proposal being weighed by the RNC members would involve sanctioning a small handful of debates while penalizing candidates who participate in any nonsanctioned GOP debate by stripping them of one-third of their delegates to the national convention. There is also a “heavy appetite” to have a say over which journalists should be allowed to moderate the debates, said one Republican familiar with the ongoing discussions.

“There is a definitely a consensus for Reince [Priebus]‘s objective to have less debates and have control over how and who we have run our debates, rather than just turning it over to X, Y or Z network and having a guy moderate who’s going to just dog you for two hours,” said the Republican, who requested anonymity to discuss the sensitive and not-yet-finalized rules changes.

There were 20 debates during the 2012 primaries: seven on CNN, five on Fox News, two on ABC News, one each on NBC, CBS, MSNBC, CNBC and Bloomberg, and one jointly hosted by NBC and MSNBC.

President Obama: Media Contributes to America’s ‘Divide’ and ‘Splinter’

Obama on HardballPresident Obama sat down for a town-hall interview with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews last night at American University, and had sharp criticism for the media: it’s contributing to America’s divide and splinter, he says.

“Yes, sometimes we get very divided,” the president told Matthews. “Partly because our politics and our media specifically tries to divide them and splinter them.”

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It’s Sally Kohn Day in Allentown

HayesKohnThe mayor of Allentown, PA has presented political pundit Sally Kohn — “a resident of our area who has become renowned far beyond the borders of this community” — her own day. That day, today, Dec. 4 was actually declared Sally Kohn day last December, but we’re pretty sure once you get a day in Allentown, it’s always your day in Allentown.

Anyway, Kohn did a Q&A with the TED blog about her move from being Fox News’s progressive talking head, to a free agent. She has appeared on MSNBC four times in the past week, and not at all on Fox. Still, the move from FNC was amicable, both sides say.

Of her appearances on a network that more closely espouses her personal political beliefs, Kohn says, “When I’m on MSNBC, I want to be modeling the tone that I think all liberals should take — call it sharp-elbowed civility or disagreeing without being disagreeable. Everything that’s embodied by ‘emotional correctness.’ We all need to do it more, myself included. So whether I’m talking about Obamacare to an audience that loves it or hates it, I’m still practicing my own emotional correctness.”

(h/t J$P)

Security Lockdown at the White House

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Chris Matthews to Interview President Obama

Matthews-Chris-CREDITMSNBC1MSNBC’s Chris Matthews will sit down with President Obama in an interview that will focus on healthcare, confidence in government, political dysfunction and voter suppression.

The interview, a town hall-style format at American University in Washington D.C. happening Thursday as part of the “Hardball College Tour,” will air on Thursday night’s “Hardball” at 7pmET. Matthews will be joined by university students, who will get to ask the President their own questions.

Former President Bill Clinton is also making the TV rounds this week—speaking with two Spanish-language hosts ahead of the Clinton Global Initiative’s Latin America meeting in Brazil.

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