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Freed Marine Agrees to First Interview Following Release From Mexican Custody

Screen Shot 2014-11-01 at 3.37.40 PMRetired Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi has agreed to his first and only interview since being released from a Mexican jail, to Fox News Channel’s Greta Van Susteren who has given Tahmooressi’s plight extensive coverage over the last 8 months.

The interview will occur in the next few days, we hear, and will air on Van Susteren’s 7pmET show.

A Mexican judge released Tahmooressi last night after 214 days in a Tijuana prison. His release came following after a diplomatic push from former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, other U.S. politicians, and talk show host Montel Williams.

Van Susteren spent two days outside Tahmooressi’s jail in May – demanding to see him. The Mexican government blocked Van Susteren, who was traveling with Tahmooressi’s mother, after initially agreeing to the interview. Van Susteren and her team have been in constant, daily contact with the family since.

A high level source tells us the Mexican judge on the case watched “On the Record” nightly.

On the night of March 31, Tahmooressi drove across the border, mistakenly, he says, near Tijuana. He was detained when authorities found three weapons in his truck. He arrived back home in Florida last night.

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Candy Crowley Roasted, Toasted at DC Awards Dinner

Candy Crowley is the 2012 winner of the American News Women’s Club Award for Excellence in Journalism, and the CNN anchor was roasted and toasted at a celebration dinner held at the National Press Club last night. The Hill has details on Dana Bash‘s speech:

The D.C.-based journo kept the wisecracks coming in her remarks, razzing Crowley for her increased presence in the anchor chair: “I’m here to report that some of the Candy-ism’s those of us who have worked with her for years have come to know and love, have suddenly changed. Well, maybe not suddenly — gradually — since, well let’s see when was it, oh — I know — the day you became an anchor.”

Bash continued, “That’s right — the woman who was content with a Diet Coke out of a vending machine to give her a kick start will now only drink — get this — ‘triple grande extra dry soy cappuccino.’”

The AP’s Kimberly Dozier emceed the event. Other roasters and toasters included Bill Richardson, Judy Woodruff, and Molly Boyle. Written notes were sent in from Mark Knoller, Nancy Pelosi, Eleanor Clift and Wolf Blitzer.

Wolf Blitzer has ‘the same power as the American president’ ?

On a recent trip to North Korea, Foreign Affairs Vice Minister Kim Kye Gwan greeted CNN’s Wolf Blitzer by saying (through a translator): “I’m personally very happy to meet with you, Mr. Wolf, who I presume have the same power as the American president.”

“Mr. Wolf” responded bashfully, “Thank you very much, but I don’t think it’s true.”

Kye Gwan invited Blitzer and former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson for a look inside the nation. A special on the trip, called “Six Days in North Korea,” airs tomorrow night at 6pmET.

Video of Blitzer in North Korea is after the jump…

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Erin Burnett Co-Anchors Today All Week

burnett_6-8.jpgCNBC’s Erin Burnett stepped into the Today show spotlight this morning, co-anchoring the NBC morning program while Meredith Vieira is on vacation all this week.

It is the first time Burnett has anchored the weekday edition of Today, although she has co-anchored on the weekend and filled in as newsreader in the past.

In her new contract announced last July, NBC duties were added, reported at the time to be “fill-in co-anchor on ‘Weekend Today.’”

Interviews today ranged from the A-block (Bill Richardson) to the D-list (Kathy Griffin). Click continued to see the interviews…

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NBC, via MSNBC, First with Richardson Withdrawal News

NBCRichardson_1.4.jpgNBC’s Andrea Mitchell was first to report that New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson has withdrawn his nomination as Commerce Secretary. Richardson is citing a pending investigation into a company that has done business with his state as his reason for pulling his name from consideration.

The AP confirmed the news 30 minutes after the report first aired on MSNBC.

For the second day in a row, MSNBC has shelved its afternoon crime documentaries to cover the situation in Gaza. But much of the 1pmET hour was filled with the Richardson news.

MSNBC has put out a press release with Mitchell’s reporting including comments from Richardson and Pres.-elect Obama…

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Obama Calls on Fox News, Finally

Goler_12.3.jpgAfter going 0-5 at his post-election news conferences, this morning Pres.-elect Barack Obama finally called on Fox News. Correspondent Wendell Goler to a question.

According to Michelle Malkin (who watched and listened, we only watched) Goler asked about TARP and joked about Bill Richardson‘s now-shaved beard.

Matthews, Armstrong To Host Presidential Forum

armstrong_7.25_2.jpg Lance Armstrong and Chris Matthews are teaming up to make sure the candidates for president don’t forget to, in Armstrong’s words, “discuss the No. 1 killer in this country:” cancer. It’s part of the two-day Livestrong Presidential Cancer Forum to be held in Cedar Rapids, IA.

Matthews and Armstrong will host the 2-hour forums. Democrats will take part on Monday, August 27; the Republicans on Tuesday, August 28. “Working on a cure for cancer should be a national priority,” said Matthews. “I look forward to working with Lance to bring more attention to this cause.”

Forbes reports at least five candidates have confirmed their attendance, including John Edwards, Gov. Bill Richardson, Tommy Thompson, Sen. Sam Brownback and Mike Huckabee.

Click continued to read the press release…

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