Members of the Congressional and White House press corps put in a lot of overtime during these past couple holiday weeks. But now that the fiscal cliff is behind us — with more ahead — what was it like in the halls of Congress during the tense negotiations? Politico follows two of its own reporters as well as CNN’s Dana Bash to find out.
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CNN senior congressional correspondent Dana Bash and senior congressional producer Deirdre Walsh have been named recipients of the 2012 Everett McKinley Dirksen Awards for Distinguished Reporting of Congress. Bash and Walsh reported in July on a loophole in the STOCK Act, passed this year, that could allow family members of lawmakers to profit from insider information on trades. In the aftermath of the CNN story, Congress closed the loophole in August. Watch Bash and Walsh’s report:
Tonight’s Presidential debate, moderated by CNN’s Candy Crowley, will be held at Hofstra University at 9pmET. Here’s a round-up of what the broadcast and cable networks have planned.
On ABC News, Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos will anchor coverage from 9pm-11pmET. They will be joined by Jake Tapper, David Muir and Jon Karl. “Nightline” will be live at 11:35pmET, and ABC News will stream the debate online.
CBS News will also be live from 9pm-11pmET with Scott Pelley at the anchor desk. The network’s post-debate coverage will feature a poll of approximately 500 uncommitted voters around the nation.
Brian Williams will anchor from 9pm-11pmET on NBC News in New York City. He will be joined by David Gregory, Savannah Guthrie, Chuck Todd and Tom Brokaw. Andrea Mitchell will lead the network’s “Truth Squad” fact-check team.
Fox News Channel’s Shepard Smith will anchor on Fox Broadcasting beginning at 9pmET.
Plans for the cable networks are after the jump. Read more
The first sentence of CNN’s just-released press release for convention coverage reads like this:
CNN will offer viewers nonstop, unbiased programming across on-air and digital platforms at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions beginning later this month.
It’s as if CNN is saying, if you watch Fox News or MSNBC during the conventions, those networks will lean right, or left, or forward (never backward), so watch us if you want it down the middle. Our TVNewsers Alex Weprin and Merrill Knox will be at the conventions — ahem — keeping them honest.
Anyway, CNN has big plans. Read about them after the jump…
Thanks to a CNN report, a loophole that allowed family members of politicians to theoretically benefit from insider information when making stock trades. CNN’s Dana Bash and Deirdre Walsh revealed the loophole in mid-July during this report:
Just a few weeks later, thanks to the reporting, the loophole was closed. See Bash’s update on “AC360,” where she explained how the loophole was closed, after the jump.
Update: Also worth noting that the bill was passed in the first place thanks to the reporting of CBS’ “60 Minutes.” See Steve Kroft talking about the story after the jump.
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.
Polls close in the Wisconsin recall election tomorrow night at 9pmET/8pmCT. The cable news networks will cover the results throughout primetime programming. Here’s what they have planned.
On Fox News, Bret Baier will anchor a live “Special Report” from Wisconsin tomorrow night at 11pmET. Baier will also anchor “Special Report” from Wisconsin tonight and tomorrow. FNC’s Greta Van Susteren will anchor “On the Record” from Wisconsin through Tuesday, and Neil Cavuto will anchor both “Your World” on FNC and “Cavuto” on FBN from Wisconsin tonight and tomorrow.
Ed Schultz will lead MSNBC’s coverage of the recall election from Wisconsin. “The Ed Show” will be live tomorrow night at both 8pmET and 11pmET.
CNN will cover of the recall results, which will be covered throughout the network’s regular primetime shows. John King and Wolf Blitzer will join programming throughout the evening. Dana Bash and Ted Rowlands will both report from Wisconsin.
The parties are underway in Washington D.C. ahead of the annual White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. Last night at the St. Regis, TIME and People threw a cocktail party with drop-ins from a bunch of boldface tvnewsers all enjoying custom flavored custards by Shake Shack.
TIME‘s Managing Editor Rick Stengel (below with Savannah Guthrie) along with and DC bureau chief Michael Duffy, People‘s Managing Editor Larry Hackett, and DC correspondent Sandra Sobieraj Westfall hosted the party.
Spotted at the party: Gayle King (below with Andrea Mitchell), Chris Matthews, Julie Chen and hubby CBS CEO Les Moonves (right with Wolf Blitzer), Greta Van Susteren, Wolf Blitzer, , Thomas Roberts, Kelly O’Donnell, Ed Henry, Willie Geist, Dana Bash, Erica Hill, Chris Wallace, Tamron Hall, Norah O’Donnell, Alex Wagner, Donna Brazile; ABC News president Ben Sherwood, NBC News president Steve Capus, “Meet the Press” EP Betsy Fischer and “Face the Nation” EP Mary Hager also CNN execs Mark Whitaker and Sam Feist.
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Though still seen together in CNN reports, we’re told they’ve been living apart for the last several months. “They continue to co-parent their young son and to work together with the utmost professionalism,” their friend told us. “They ask that their privacy be respected during this difficult time.” Said another friend: “It’s been a very difficult process getting to this point, one that neither party wanted.”
King and Bash were married in May 2008. They have a 9-month-old baby boy, Jonah, born last June.
After several media appearances by Sandra Fluke in the past 24 hours, President Obama called the Georgetown Law School student this afternoon, shortly before she appeared on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports.”
“He encouraged me and supported me and thanked me for speaking out about the concerns of American women,” Fluke told Mitchell.
Fluke was the subject of a strongly-worded rant from Rush Limbaugh Wednesday after her testimony in front Democratic lawmakers last week. As a Catholic institution, Georgetown does not cover birth control. Fluke said birth control would cost her up to $3,000 a year.
Limbaugh said, “What does it say about the college co-ed Sandra Fluke, who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex? What does that make her? It makes her a slut, right? It makes her a prostitute.”
Neither Fox News or CNN have covered the story as extensively as MSNBC, which has reported Fluke’s story on every hour of daytime programming today, according to TVEyes. CNN’s Dana Bash reported on Limbaugh’s comments on “CNN Newsroom” this morning. FNC’s Trace Gallagher reported on Fluke’s testimony during “America Live with Megyn Kelly” on Tuesday.
Watch Mitchell’s interview with Fluke after the jump.