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The PM Ticker: AJAM, Russert, Ashton

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Woman Tries to Ram White House Gate, Takes Police on Chase Through Capitol Hill


The U.S. Capitol building is on lockdown after multiple gunshots were reported in the area at 2:20pmET.

MSNBC was the first cable news network to report the news at 2:26:08 p.m. Fox News was seconds later at 2:26:26 p.m., followed by CNN at 2:28:28. All three networks went immediately to phone interviews with their reporters in D.C.: MSNBC talked with Luke Russert; Fox News interviewed senior producer Chad Pergram and CNN called in photojournalist John Bodnar.

The Capitol Hill police have issued a “shelter in place” order. According to Fox News senior White House correspondent Ed Henry, Congressional staffers are being told to to “close, lock and stay away from external doors and windows.” Fox News is reporting there are “several people injured.”

> Update: ABC News, CBS News and NBC News are all producing special reports. David Muir is anchoring on ABC, Norah O’Donnell on CBS and Brian Williams on NBC.

ABC News is reporting a female suspect is dead on the scene at the U.S. Capitol.

Saying “we’re told that this is over,” NBC’s Pete Williams reports the female suspect tried to drive through the White House gate and was chased to Capitol Hill by the Secret Service. The lockdown has been lifted.

> More: Fox News will have an expanded edition of “Special Report with Bret Baier” from 6 to 8pmET tonight.

MSNBC Shuffles Around The Cities Of Upstate New York

On MSNBC’s “Martin Bashir,” it appears that someone decided to “remix” upstate New York.

Buffalo, Syracuse and Binghamton were moved away from their actual locations in western and central New York, and placed near the borders of Massachusetts and Vermont. Pennsylvanians can take solace knowing that Scranton was located somewhat closer to its actual location, although it was still off by around 40 miles or so.

After being called out by colleague Luke Russert, Bashir’s program took to Twitter to apologize, saying it was “an honest geographic mistake”:
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In Profile: Luke Russert, Jenna Lee

  • NBC News correspondent Luke Russert is the subject of an extensive profile in The New Republic. “Russert knows how he got in the door at NBC. But he points out that the network is a profit-making enterprise, not an after-school program for the children of celebrities… “They sort of forget the fact that a lot of us could not do that job. It is a specific skill set [to be on TV],” a former Capitol Hill reporter said of Russert-haters. “And he has the skills. He’s good.”

  • Fox News Channel’s Jenna Lee is profiled by Women’s Health, and asks her about her 25-mile Grand Canyon rim hike. “One of the reasons Lee says her experience was such a success was because of her prep. There are just so many things that can go wrong, that you have no control of, when you’re in nature, she says.”

Halfway Through ‘Daily Rundown,’ Luke Russert Steps In For Chuck Todd

Substitutions in the middle of a game are pretty common in sports, but in cable news? Not so much.

And yet, this morning, MSNBC’s “Daily Rundown” substituted Luke Russert for Chuck Todd right in the middle of the program. Todd threw to a commercial at 9:26, and when the show returned at 9:29, Russert was behind the desk:

“Welcome back to ‘The Daily Rundown,’ you are looking at the White House briefing room where President Obama is set to have a press conference at 10:15 AM,” Russert said. “So why is this Luke Russert talking to you? Well, Chuck Todd is on his way there.

“Traffic willing in this fair city, chuck Todd will be there in the first row,” Russert added.

At 10 AM, Chris Matthews took over anchoring duties. The presser is now slated for 10:30 AM.

Surprise 50th Party for Joe Scarborough

Mika Brzezinski, MSNBC president Phil Griffin and the UAE’s Ambassador to the U.S. Yousef Al Otaiba threw a 50th birthday bash for Joe Scarborough last night in Washington, DC.

According to Politico, Scarborough thought they were coming to D.C. for a speech, instead, on the rooftop of 101 Constitution Ave., Scarborough was treated to a “this is your life” with friends and family. “We have your life covered here completely, from Boston to Los Angeles to Florida to New York to Washington. Everybody is here,” said Brzezinski.

“You can sit back and relax and just hang with your family because, actually, we are going to talk tonight — and you’re not going to say a word.”

Among the guests: NBC/MSNBC’s Willie Geist, David Gregory, Luke Russert, Mike Barnicle, Andrea Mitchell, Kelly O’Donnell and Lawrence O’Donnell. “Morning Joe” EP Alex Korson and former EP Chris Licht and Licht’s boss’s boss at CBS, Jeff Fager. Also, Walter Isaacson, Dan Senor, Nicolle Wallace, Bob Woodward and more.

(h/t Playbook)

The Afternoon Ticker: ‘CTM’ In DC, Katie, Piers

  • “CBS This Morning” will broadcast live from Capitol Hill, inside the Ways and Means Committee hearing room tomorrow. The room will be the one where fiscal cliff legislation is born or dies. Charlie Rose, Gayle King and Norah O’Donnell will interview House minority leader Nancy Pelosi live.
  • The New York Post‘s Claire Atkinson reports that among the changes CNN is considering to its lineup are shifting Piers Morgan from 9 PM to 10 PM “or even later.” Not surprisingly, it seems unlikely that CNN will continue to repeat “AC360,” at 10 PM, instead giving Anderson Cooper one slot or the other.

Congress And Congressional Reporters Have A Testy Day At Press Conferences

In advance of President Obama’s press conference this afternoon, Democratic and Republican Congressional leaders held their own pressers this morning. The Democrats talked about Nancy Pelosi staying on as House minority leader, while the Republicans talked about the Benghazi consulate attack. Both pressers had politicians ripping into the people that cover them.

NBC News correspondent Luke Russert asked Pelosi whether the Democratic House leadership was too old, and that the leaders were preventing younger members from taking on prominent roles. Russert was greeted by boos from Pelosi’s colleagues, as the minority leader ignored the question.

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Later on, Senator John McCain was asked by a reporter whether intelligence that General Petraeus may have shared in email correspondence could be a greater threat to security than the attack on Benghazi. “That is one of the dumbest questions I have ever heard,” McCain replied.

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Obama on Matthews: ‘Four years ago, I gave him a thrill up his leg. This time around, I gave him a stroke’

FNC’s Roger Ailes sits behind Pres. Obama, Gov. Romney and Cardinal Dolan at annual Al Smith dinner.

Pres. Barack Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney set aside their political differences for a few minutes to poke fun at themselves, at each other, and at the media, at the annual Al Smith dinner last night in New York City. But the politicians weren’t the only ones to break bread with their rivals at the event, which this TVNewser attended: media executives and personalities from competing networks mingled over dinner at the Waldorf-Astoria.

The candidates, who sat on either side of Cardinal Timothy Dolan of the New York Catholic Archdiocese, were flanked on the dais by some of the television industry’s most famous faces. Fox News chairman and CEO Roger Ailes sat among two people who have him to thank for their start in TV: on his left, Maria Bartiromo, who Ailes hired at CNBC in 1993, and on his right, one seat away, Chris Matthews, who Ailes hired in 1994 at the network that would become MSNBC. Katie Couric and Fox News legal analyst Peter Johnson, Jr. were also seated on the dais.

MSNBC’s Chris Matthews chats with Roger Ailes.

Both candidates took aim at the media in their lighthearted speeches, which all three of the general cable networks broadcast live.

“I particularly want to apologize to Chris Matthews,” Pres. Obama said of his performance in the first Presidential debate. “Four years ago, I gave him a thrill up his leg. This time around, I gave him a stroke.”

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Matt Lauer Challenges Maureen Orth Over Tom Cruise ‘Vanity Fair’ Story

Maureen Orth, aka Luke Russert‘s mom, has written another juicy page-turner for “Vanity Fair” involving Tom Cruise, dating auditions and Scientology. On “Today” this morning Matt Lauer challenged Orth over some of the sourcing in the piece, including the story of one woman, actress Nazanin Boniadi, who dated Cruise for a few months in 2004 when she was still a member of the Church.

Lauer asked Orth if Boniadi was one of her sources. “If she is part of the article wouldn’t we want to know?” asked Lauer. “You might want to know but I’m not going to tell you my sources,” said Orth. The Church of Scientology has called the story “hogwash.”

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