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CNN’s Dana Bash Is a Serious Fan of Donny and Marie: ‘I’m Not Afraid to Admit It’

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CNN congressional correspondent Dana Bash, who you might imagine relaxes by reading the Congressional Quarterly, has a far, far more geeky was of kicking back–she’s a massive fan of Donny and Marie Osmond. Yep.

The story was first reported by New York Times chief Washington correspondent Carl Hulse, who described standing next to Bash outside the Senate on Tuesday when “she got the news that she had scored backstage passes to that night’s Donny and Marie show at the National Theater. You would have thought the Beatles were back.”

Hulse obtained the above photographs of Bash as an eight-year-old girl with her brother, Donny and Marie, and then again this week. “I’ve interviewed presidents and other politicians and have met my fair share of celebs, but seeing Donny and Marie again as an adult was a natural high,” Bash told TVNewser. “They hold a special place in my heart. I’m not afraid to admit it. I own it. Their talent is unmatched.”

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Blitzer, Cooper to Lead CNN’s ‘Election Night in America’ Coverage

best_wb_ac_10.03.12CNN will turn to Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper–along with the Empire State Building–to headline the network’s election night coverage, dubbed “Election Night in America.”

The network will begin coverage at 5 p.m. ET, with Blitzer and Cooper joined by CNN’s Jake Tapper and John King, who will take his usual spot at the “CNN Magic Wall.” Election night analysis will include political analysts Gloria Borger and David Gergen, and CNN correspondents Dana Bash and Candy Crowley. Other commentators taking a seat around the table will be Michael Smerconish, Paul Begala, Jay Carney, S.E. Cupp, Stephanie Cutter, Newt Gingrich, Van Jones, Kevin Madden, and Ana Navarro.

CNN also plans to “take over” the Empire State Building, which will be used to display U.S. Senate vote results. As Senate results are projected, a vertical LED-illuminated “meter” atop the building’s spire will indicate with either red or blue. Once one of those colors reaches the top of the spire, control of the Senate will be indicated.

CNN International will broadcast CNN’s coverage of the midterm elections starting at 7 p.m., and at 9 p.m. ET, CNN en Español will provide Spanish language coverage, “Voto Latino 2014″, anchored by Carlos LópezPatricia Janiot and Fernando del Rincón.

The P.M. Ticker: Gregory Moderates, Anchors Update, Bartiromo Celebrates

  • All three evening newscasts will produce new West Coast broadcasts following. Pres. Obama’s address on ISIS tonight. For his part Scott Pelley, who is in Iraq, talks with a man who was escaped from a mass grave after being targeted by the terror group.

  • It’s Maria Bartiromo’s birthday and she got a gift this morning from former Home Depot CEO Bob Nardelli, and it was way sweeter than a circular saw.


Dana Bash: I Tried to Get Eric Cantor ‘Off His Talking Points’

Bash CantorFollowing her “State of the Union” interview with recently defeated Virginia Congressman Eric Cantor yesterday, CNN’s Chief Congressional Correspondent Dana Bash acknowledged her game plan.

“I tried to get him off his talking points. I don’t know how successful I was,” Bash told chief political analyst Gloria Borger (the two filled in for Candy Crowley).

One of Bash’s attempts: “You’re a pol [politician], you’re such a pol,” she said, trying to get more out of Cantor as he suggested it wasn’t worthwhile to evaluate the results of his race against Dave Brat.

Cantor also appeared on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” speaking with ABC’s Chief White House Correspondent Jonathan Karl. “Absolutely, I don’t think anyone in the country thought that the outcome would be what it was,” Cantor said, acknowledging his shock at the results.

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How Cable News Hosts Reacted to Eric Cantor Defeat

Cable news might occasionally be criticized for predictable political coverage, but last night, top anchors and reporters reacted to an unpredicted political stunner: House Majority Leader Eric Cantor‘s defeat in Virginia’s congressional primary.

“His loss marks a huge victory for the Tea Party movement,” Sean Hannity said before his exclusive interview with the victorious candidate, Dave Brat, via phone. “If you go door to door knocking, the American people know the country is heading in the wrong direction,” Brat told Hannity.

“This is a huge, huge moment in the Republican Party; it’s also a huge moment in politics,” Bret Baier said as he took over coverage during the 8pmET hour. “One of the most powerful Republicans on Capitol Hill goes down,” Megyn Kelly added later on her show.

“Shocking is an overused term in our political discourse, but this news tonight earns the term,” Rachel Maddow said while interrupting a pre-recorded “All In with Chris Hayes” (Hayes came back live at 8:38pmET). “This is the single biggest political upset I’ve ever seen in my life,” Steve Kornacki, host of “Up,” said via phone. Chuck Todd called it a “major upset,” and suggested an important ripple effect: “immigration [reform]…dead.” Todd interview Brat this morning on “Daily Rundown.”

“A seismic shift,” CNN chief congressional correspondent Dana Bash called it as Anderson Cooper broke the news. “Republicans who weren’t running scared may now start running scared,” chief political analyst Gloria Borger said.

Governor Chris Christie Meets the Press, Again

The news channels carried New Jersey Governor Chris Christie‘s news conference this afternoon, in which the Governor discussed his office’s internal investigation that found he had nothing to do with the George Washington Bridge lane closures last September.

During the press conference, which started at 2:31pmET and lasted for a little more than an hour, Christie announced the resignation of Port Authority chief and close ally David Samson. Christie also called for splitting the New York-based Port Authority into two separate locations in New York and New Jersey.

CNN was the first to cut out of the press conference, carrying it for 26 minutes before turning to a quick reaction segment with Gloria Borger and Dana Bash, then moving back to coverage Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. Fox News Channel carried 52 minutes of the newser, until 3:23pmET, at which point Shepard Smith turned to correspondent David Lee Miller, reporting from the New Jersey State House. MSNBC carried the Governor’s entire news conference. Christie held a two hour news conference on January 9 on the issue.

Shortly before the news conference, Christie sat down for an interview with Fox News Channel’s Megyn Kelly which will air tonight on her show at 9pmET.

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Dana Bash Named to Elle‘s ’10 Most Powerful Women in DC’ List

dana bashDana Bash has been named to Elle‘s “10 Most Powerful Women in D.C.” list. Bash, CNN’s chief congressional correspondent, will be the network’s lead reporter covering the 2016 field of Republican Presidential candidates.

“I’ve been yelled at a lot in my life by politicians who don’t like my questions. I’ve had to chase people around hallways and up stairways who were about to get indicted,” Bash tells Elle. “I’m prepared for the unpredictable nature of these guys.”

Also on the list, which was revealed by Elle editor-in-chief Robbie Myers on “Morning Joe” this week: Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, Politico COO Kim Kingsley and D.C. police chief Cathy Lanier. Watch after the jump.

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Sen. Ted Cruz Likes Hannity’s ‘Fearlessness,’ CNN Dana Bash’s Hard, But Fair Questions

Texas Senator Ted Cruz has become a media fixture since being sworn into office last year, appearing on various Fox News programs while drawing scorn from many MSNBC hosts.

In an interview with POLITICO’s Mike Allen, Cruz gave his thoughts on the big three cable news networks.

“Unsurprisingly, if I’m watching something, it’s probably Fox News,” Cruz said. “I’m a big Sean Hannity fan. I wouldn’t call him a newscaster necessarily. I think Sean has a fearlessness that is welcome.”

Cruz then gave a “surprising” compliment to CNN’s Dana Bash, who interviewed him last week: “I told her that I appreciated that she’s been willing to ask hard questions of Democrats also and not a lot of reporters do that.”

And on MSNBC, Cruz claimed the network labels conservatives as either stupid, evil, or crazy.

Michelle Kosinski Leaves NBC for CNN, Named White House Correspondent

michelle kosinskiCNN is making changes in the Washington bureau ahead of the 2014 midterms and 2016 Presidential elections. Michelle Kosinski is joining the network as White House correspondent and Dana Bash and Pamela Brown will add new responsibilities, bureau chief Sam Feist has announced.

Kosinski joins CNN from NBC News, where she has worked since 2005, most recently as a London-based foreign correspondent.

Bash, CNN’s chief Congressional correspondent, will also serve as the network’s lead reporter covering the 2016 field of Republican Presidential candidates. Brown, who joined CNN last year, has been named Justice correspondent, replacing Joe Johns, who was promoted to senior Washington correspondent last month.

“We have put together a powerhouse team of outstanding journalists whose reporting is second to none,” Feist said in a statement. “With Michelle, Dana, Pamela, Brianna [Keilar] and Suzanne [Malveaux] as well as our large roster of accomplished journalists, CNN is positioned to deliver the most in-depth, high caliber and informative political coverage anywhere.”

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Obama: ‘We Fumbled the Rollout on this Health Care Law’

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Leading up to the president’s remarks on Obamacare, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and House Speaker John Boehner each held news conferences, which were both carried live on the cable news networks. Pelosi said her caucus was working on an Obamacare fix. A half hour later, Boehner said, it’s “time to scrap this law once and for all.”

20 minutes later, just after NoonET, President Obama gave his remarks in the White House briefing room, which were carried on the cable and broadcast networks. George Stephanopoulos anchored on ABC, Scott Pelley on CBS, Savannah Guthrie on NBC and Martha MacCallum on Fox.

As first reported by CNN’s Dana Bash, the president announced that insurers can extend current plans that would otherwise be cancelled in 2014. He also announced Americans whose plans have been canceled can choose to re-enroll in the same kind of plan.

ObamaACAThe president then took questions, beginning with Julie Pace of the AP, who asked about the Obamacare snafu has further eroded the trust Americans have in their government. “It’s legitimate for them to expect me to win back some credibility on the health care law in particular and on a whole range of these issues in general,” he said.

Major Garrett of CBS News got the second question, and asked two. The first was along the same lines of Pace’s question, the second was about whether the president had been briefed on the pre-launch testing of healthcare.gov: “Had I been informed I wouldn’t have gone out and said, ‘this is gonna be great,’” said the president.

Stephen Collinson of the AFP got the third question and asked about negotiations with Iran.

Birthday boy Roger Runningen of Bloomberg News got the fourth question and asked whether the botched Obamacare rollout is because “you and your White House team are too insular.” “I’ve gotta say I meet with an awful lot of folks and talk to an awful lot of folks every day,” said the president.

Jeff Mason of Reuters asked about politics: “How concerned are you that this flawed roll out may hurt democrats in the midterm elections and your ability to advance other priorities such as immigration reform?”  Obama: “I’ll let you guys do a lot of the work on what this means for various political scenarios.”

The president concluded at 12:54pmET.

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