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George Stephanopoulos Likely a Cousin of Hillary Clinton. George: ‘You’re Putting Me On!’

Today on “Good Morning America” George Stephanopoulos found out he may be a cousin of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The news was revealed by Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. Gates is hosting a series on PBS next month called “Faces of America” which reveals the genealogy of several notable Americans.

The revelation got a laugh in the GMA studio and surprised Stephanopoulos.

Stephanopoulos worked in the first Bill Clinton administration.

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The Ticker: Blago Bump, King-Powell, Realty Check…

> Gawker obtained internal emails related to a December Today show booking of Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Blago was bumped for breaking news stories, including “leno getting his own show at 10pm.” It just so happens the Feds arrested Blago that same day.

> Gen. Colin Powell will be on CNN’s Larry King Live tonight at 9pmET for the hour. Topics: the Henry Louis Gates/Cambridge police situation, Obama @ 6 months, and the future of the GOP.

> CNBC’s Dennis Kneale hosts “Realty Check,” a CNBC Reports special tonight at 8pmET. The real estate special will focus on the markets, mortgage rates and whether now is the time to buy or sell.

President Obama Makes Surprise Appearance At White House Daily Briefing

Obama WH Briefing.jpg Fishbowl DC has video of President Obama‘s unscheduled appearance in the White House briefing room this afternoon.

The President appeared at the start of today’s daily briefing — apparently catching many reporters by surprise — to make a statement following his comments at Wednesday’s prime time press conference about the arrest of Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates.

> More: Just after the briefing, CNN White House correspondent Suzanne Malveaux reported on-air that White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told the press corps this morning — in an off-camera, on-the-record gaggle — that, in Malveaux’s paraphrasing, the Gates “matter was essentially closed.”

But right before this afternoon’s daily briefing, “we had a two-minute warning”, Malveaux recalled on-air. “I heard an anxiousness, a nervousness from one of the White House press folks saying, ‘Two-minute warning, two-minute warning.’ I thought, maybe something is going on. I thought, where is the president right now? Where is he? Sure enough, he walked out just minutes later to address this more fully.”

How Lynn Sweet’s Race Question Trumped Healthcare

The final question at last night’s presidential news conference came from Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times and had to do with the arrest of Harvard Prof. Henry Louis Gates. It was Pres. Obama’s answer that became the lead news item last night on Nightline and on the three broadcast news shows. Time‘s James Poniewozik thinks he knows why:

Obama helped guarantee news focus on Gates partly because his comments were so much better – direct, animated, witty and to the point – than what he said on health care… Is it now less important than a police case – however newsy and however linked to big social issues – in Massachusetts? No, but the decision of most of the newscasts today showed that exciting beats important.

In any case, there was one winner in all this: CNN, which debuted its special Black in America 2 right after the news conference. As Soledad O’Brien said on CNN this morning, “It was good timing for us.”

As we reported this morning, Gates gave his first network interview on the matter at CNN’s “Black in America 2″ panel discussion held just before Obama’s news conference.

Pres. Obama’s Healthcare News Conference


What Are You Watching?(survey)

> First question goes to Ben Feller of the AP. He asks about — wait for it — healthcare. How to pay for it, and the deadline to get it passed.

> Really long first answer. Second question goes to David Alexander of Reuters, again on healthcare – the August deadline.

> Third question from Chuck Todd of NBC. Cost of healthcare. And it must be balmy in the East Room as Chuck is looking shiny. Feller of the AP did too. Chuck gets a follow-up.

> Jake Tapper of ABC gets the fourth question. What will Americans have to give up with healthcare reform?

> Chip Reid of CBS gets question five. Taking politics out of healthcare reform.

> Christi Parsons of the Chicago Tribune gets question six and asks the President if he’s fulfiling his promise of transparency.

> Julianna Goldman (Mrs. David Shuster) of Bloomberg News gets question seven and asks whether Obama administration needs to take a harder line on Wall Street risk-takers.

> Question eight goes was supposed to go to Stephen Koff of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Instead, McClatchy’s Steve Thomma asks whether POTUS and Congress would abide by the same benefits in the public option.

> Koff then gets in a quick question ahead of Obama’s trip to Cleveland tomorrow.

> Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times gets the last question and asks about the arrest of Prof. Henry Louis Gates. Obama: “Skip Gates is a friend so I may be a little biased. Cambridge police acted stupidly in arresting somebody when there was already proof that they were already in their own home.”