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Woman Tries to Ram White House Gate, Takes Police on Chase Through Capitol Hill


The U.S. Capitol building is on lockdown after multiple gunshots were reported in the area at 2:20pmET.

MSNBC was the first cable news network to report the news at 2:26:08 p.m. Fox News was seconds later at 2:26:26 p.m., followed by CNN at 2:28:28. All three networks went immediately to phone interviews with their reporters in D.C.: MSNBC talked with Luke Russert; Fox News interviewed senior producer Chad Pergram and CNN called in photojournalist John Bodnar.

The Capitol Hill police have issued a “shelter in place” order. According to Fox News senior White House correspondent Ed Henry, Congressional staffers are being told to to “close, lock and stay away from external doors and windows.” Fox News is reporting there are “several people injured.”

> Update: ABC News, CBS News and NBC News are all producing special reports. David Muir is anchoring on ABC, Norah O’Donnell on CBS and Brian Williams on NBC.

ABC News is reporting a female suspect is dead on the scene at the U.S. Capitol.

Saying “we’re told that this is over,” NBC’s Pete Williams reports the female suspect tried to drive through the White House gate and was chased to Capitol Hill by the Secret Service. The lockdown has been lifted.

> More: Fox News will have an expanded edition of “Special Report with Bret Baier” from 6 to 8pmET tonight.

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Here Are The TV News Reporters Congress Follows on Twitter

TV news reporters and anchors are terrific sources of news and analysis when it comes to Congress. So it isn’t surprising that members of Congress aggressively follow certain members of the news media on Twitter. New York looked at the outlets and journalists that Congress follows on the social site, breaking it down by party affiliation.

Politico’s Mike Allen is the most followed journalist by both Republicans and Democrats, but things top end up splitting down ideological lines from there.

The top TV news journalist is NBC’s Chuck Todd, who places second to Allen. Fox News’ Chad Pergram is number three, with CNN’s Jake Tapper fourth. NBC’s David Gregory is sixth, ABC’s George Stephanopoulos is seventh, FNC’s Bret Baier is eighth, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough is ninth and CNN’s Dana Bash is 10th.

Republicans and Democrats do differ in their tastes, however. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow has more follows than any other TV personality among Democrats, while Andrea Mitchell places sixth. Chris Matthews, Anderson Cooper and Chris Hayes also make the cut in the top 20. Among Republicans, Fox News dominates, With Pergram second, Baier third, Karl Rove fourth and Dana Perino fifth. Sean Hannity, Greta Van Susteren, Megyn Kelly, Mike Huckabee and Neil Cavuto also crack the top 20.

NY Mag has more here.

Cable Networks Break in to New Year’s Eve Specials with Senate Vote on Fiscal Cliff Deal

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After Anderson and Kathy and Megyn and Bill signed off last night, the Senate came to a deal — by a vote of 89 to 8 — to avert a full dive over the fiscal cliff. The House meets this afternoon with a vote coming possibly today, or tomorrow before the new Congress convenes on Thursday. Voting began after 1:45amET with the Senate adjourning at 2:31am.

CNN International was covering the vote when at 1:50amET CNN/U.S. broke into a re-air of the Anderson Cooper Kathy Griffin New Year’s Eve special taking the feed anchored by John Vause with CNN Radio’s Lisa Desjardins on the phone from Capitol Hill. At 1:51am, Mara Schiavocampo broke into MSNBC’s coverage as the vote was going on with Mike Viqueira reporting from the Hill by phone. (Schiavocampo is back on the air anchoring the 10am hour). Patti Ann Browne broke into a re-air of FNC’s Megyn Kelly and Bill Hemmer New Year’s Eve special at 2:08am after the vote occurred. Correspondents Doug Mckelway and Chad Pergram reported from Washington.

Bin Laden Killed: Cable Channels Call In Big Guns To Cover the News

Updated: With the unexpected announcement that President Obama would be making a statement late Sunday night, the cable news channels scrambled to get their top anchors on-air.

Fox News was first to confirm the news that Osama Bin Laden was dead at 10:40 PM ET. Geraldo Rivera was at the desk at the time, and responded to the news by saying:

“Happy days, happy days. This is the greatest — give me a wide shot of the general. This is the greatest night of my career. The bum is dead. I am so blessed and privileged to be at this desk at this moment.”

CNN confirmed the news at 10:42 Pm ET, and NBC News (and MSNBC) confirmed the news at 10:45 PM ET. All three networks engaged in speculation as to what the news was about from around 10 PM until their confirmed it, and all three raised Bin Laden as a possibility.

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FNC Producer Involved in Scuffle at Pelosi Briefing

pelosi_5-15.jpgSpeaker of the House Nancy Pelosi‘s news-making briefing yesterday was not the only excitement in the room — some press members got into a scuffle as well.

Roll Call reports Fox News producer Chad Pergram, “got a bit hot under the collar with a photographer who had been jostling him” during the briefing. An insider tells TVNewser the photographer, who was either “new or doesn’t cover the Hill very much,” tried to push his way into position, past a videographer and into Pergram, when Pelosi began to leave.

But she was pulled back to the podium by a final question, and the bumping continued. After the briefing ended, the verbal sparring between Pergram and the photog did not.

Still, it never reached Vince Morris-like levels.