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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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‘Fox News Sunday’ Gets John Boehner Interview

“Fox News Sunday” will have an exclusive interview with House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) this week.

The interview took place Friday afternoon in Washington, DC. Boehner, who said this afternoon that the two parties are “almost nowhere” near a deal to avoid the looming fiscal cliff, will discuss the political stalemate with “FNS” host Chris Wallace.

 

Diane Sawyer Gets Sit-down With Speaker Boehner

  • Tonight’s “CBS Evening News” is going one hour with 2012 election results and analysis. Meanwhile, “ABC World News” anchor Diane Sawyer gets the first post-election interview with Speaker of the House John Boehner who will soon get to work with President Obama on trying to keep the U.S. from going off the fiscal cliff. Sawyer will interview Rep. Boehner tomorrow and anchor from Washington, DC tomorrow night.

The Ticker (Paul Ryan Edition): Brit, Greta, Dan

  • FNC’s Brit Hume gets the first sit-down solo interview with GOP VP candidate Paul Ryan. Hume talks with Ryan tomorrow in Denver. Portions will air throughout the day, with the full interview on “Special Report with Bret Baier” at 6pmET.

  • Greta Van Susteren will be hosting tonight’s “On the Record” from her home state of Wisconsin. She’ll be live from Rep. Ryan’s hometown of Janesville. Van Susteren interviewed House Speaker John Boehner in the Central Wisconsin city of Wausau Sunday. Gov. Scott Walker will also be a guest.

  • Dan Senor, the husband of former NBC and CNN anchor Campbell Brown, becomes a senior adviser to Rep. Ryan. Politico reports, Senor “will be serving in a much broader role with Ryan, helping on things like debate prep and the convention speech.”

Wolf Blitzer’s Trifecta

Wolf Blitzer‘s gotten some big bookings the past couple days, and he’s got another tonight.

Today, Blitzer talks with House Speaker John Boehner who yesterday said President Obama “doesn’t give a damn about the middle class Americans.” The interview airs on “The Situation Room” at 4pmET. On Tuesday, Blitzer asked Mitt Romney national campaign co-chair John Sununu if he regretted saying “I wish this president would learn how to be an American.” He told Blitzer, “I shouldn’t have used those words. And I apologize for using those words.”

And yesterday, Blitzer interviewed Jordan’s King Abdullah II. The interview came on a day of major news out of the region: the killing of Syria’s defense minister and two other high-ranking Syrian officials as well as the bombing of a bus filled with Israeli tourists in Bulgaria, which Israel blames on Iran.

GQ thinks Ed Schultz is one of ‘The Least Influential People Alive’

Wow. Is it that time of year all ready?

Well, yes it is. When publishers come up with end of the year lists. Here’s one from the December GQ: the magazine’s list of “The 25 least Influential People Alive” MSNBC’s Ed Schultz comes in at #3. Ouch.

…Then there pundits like Ed Schultz. Do you watch “The Ed Show” on MSNBC? Of course you don’t. No one does. The only reason people watch “The Ed Show” is they’re working out in a hotel gym and they can’t find a staff member to change the channel to ESPN.

Also on the list: Tia and Tamera Mowry (#4). (Tamera married Fox News correspondent Adam Housley over the summer); also Tina Brown (#17), John Boehner (#24) and Pres. Obama (#25). Topping the list former GOP candidate Tim Pawlenty.

Government Shutdown Showdown Keeps White House Press Corps Up Late

It was a late night last night for the journalists who cover the White House as Pres. Obama appeared in the briefing room around 10:45pmET. Obama’s three-minute statement followed an 80-minute meeting with House Speaker John Boehner and Senate leader Harry Reid over the budget impasse. The three cable networks carried the statement. Obama took no questions.

Politico reports Rep. Boehner and Sen. Reid are heading back to the White House this afternoon for more negotiations.

TVNewsers Capture Republican John Boehner’s Newly Elected Glow

Republican John Boehner was elected as speaker of the House of Representatives, replacing Democrat Nancy Pelosi — officially ending four years of the Democratic rule.

Alongside all the cable coverage, the broadcasts also commemorated this gavel exchange.

The business networks also decided to join the celebration.

Official press releases for some of tvnewsers’ plans for tonight are after the jump…
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Diane Sawyer Sits Down with 10 Freshman Republicans Ahead of 112th Congress


Diane Sawyer has lined up interviews with 10 freshman GOP congressmen & women as they head to the Hill. Sawyer will talk with:

  • Sen. Rand Paul (KY)
  • Sen. Mike Lee (UT)
  • Rep. Mo Brooks (AL-05)
  • Rep. Paul Gosar (AZ-01)
  • Rep. Michael Grimm (NY-13)
  • Rep. Frank Guinta (NH-01)
  • Rep. Vicky Hartzler (MO-04)
  • Rep. Tim Huelskamp (KS-01)
  • Rep. Marlin Stutzman (IN-03)
  • Rep. Scott Tipton (CO-03)

The interview airs tomorrow night, on the eve of the start of the 112th session of Congress. Let’s see if all of them make the cut for the “World News” broadcast. The extended interviews will be on ABCNews.com tomorrrow night. As we reported yesterday, NBC’s Brian Williams is getting the first interview with incoming Speaker of the House John Boehner Thursday, which will air on “Nightly News” that evening.

NBC’s Brian Williams Snags John Boehner’s First Interview Since Becoming Speaker of the House

With the new year comes a new Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, John Boehner (R-OH).

“NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams has secured the first interview with Boehner since assuming the role. Williams will speak to Boehner Thursday inside the Speaker’s ceremonial office in the Capitol Building.

Excerpts from the interview will appear on that evening’s “Nightly News,” with an extended interview to be posted on the program’s website.

ABC News and Fox Newshad the first interviews with Boehner following the midterm elections, with CBS’ “60 Minutes” airing its interviews a few days later.

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