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A First and Lasts at Today’s Obama News Conference

Comings and goings for the TV press corps at today’s White House news conference.

This is the first newser for Jessica Yellin, as CNN’s Chief White House correspondent.

And this could be the final White House news conference for CBS’ Chip Reid and FNC’s Mike Emanuel. Reid becomes National correspondent ahead of former NBCer Norah O’Donnell‘s arrival at the White House for CBS next month. Emanuel is moving to the Hill for FNC ahead of the arrival of former CNN White House helmer Ed Henry at Fox News.

NBC’s Chuck Todd fronted today’s NBC News special (on MSNBC), but the network is still down one correspondent since Savannah Guthrie moved to New York earlier this month to co-anchor the third hour of “Today.” Ron Mott and Kristen Welker have been filling in, but NBC hasn’t made a final call.

  • Ben Feller of the Associated Press got the first question.

Obama to Feller on debt ceiling negotiations: “I think that what we have seen in the negotiations here in Washington is a lot of people say a lot of things to satisfy their base or to get on cable news, but that hopefully leaders at a certain point rise to the occasion and they do the right thing for the American people.”

  • NBC’s Chuck Todd got the second question.
  • Bloomberg TV’s Julianna Goldman got the third question.
  • Mark Landler of the New York Times got the fourth question.
  • FNC’s Mike Emanuel got the fifth question.
  • ABC’s Jim Scuitto, who as ABC’s senior foreign correspondent is rarely on the White House beat, got the sixth question.
  • Laura Meckler of the Wall Street Journal got the seventh question.
  • Antonieta Cadiz of El Mercurio newspapers got the eighth question.
  • Jessica Yellin was next. Obama: “Congratulations. Your first question here. No pressure. You’re going to do great.”
  • Caren Bohan of Reuters got question 10.

The newser wrapped up at 12:46pmET, 67 minutes after it started.

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Busy Morning In D.C.

It was a D.C.-focused morning on the cablers, as Roland Burris and President-elect Barack Obama made their way around the nation’s capital. After an Associated Press report said Senate Democrats planned to accept Burris for Obama’s seat, many networks rushed to report the news. CNN held back, as Dana Bash‘s sources said the deal was not done.

Then came an Obama news conference. Politico’s Michael Calderone reports Obama called on Laura Meckler of the Wall Street Journal, Chuck Todd of NBC and Jake Tapper of ABC. And, as Chris Matthews noted, the conference meant Todd “lost his virginity.”

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Next up was the confirmation that the AP report was incorrect. Sens. Harry Reid and Dick Durbin gave a news conference and put the ball back in the state of Illinois’ court.

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Finally, Burris reappeared for a few more questions before heading back to Chicago.

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Huckabee Likes the Liberals — as Guests

huckabee_11-19.jpgMike Huckabee talks about his Fox News show in the Wall Street Journal today, and specifically about his affinity for liberal guests.

“What I want to try and do is have people on who are 180 degrees from me,” he tells Laura Meckler. “I take the word ‘guest’ and ‘host’ very seriously. Being host implies a certain level of civility and hospitality.”

So far the former Republican Presidential candidate has welcomed Bill Maher, Oliver Stone and Richard Dreyfuss to his weekend program.

As for what he thinks about his new colleague Bill O’Reilly: “I’m not going to criticize anyone from my network. I like getting paid.”