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President Obama News Conference Amid Government Shutdown, Debt Limit Crises

ObamaCNN1President Obama will make a statement and take questions from the news media at 2pmET, says the White House. The broadcast and cable news and business networks will carry the news conference. This is day 8 of the government shutdown, while another potential crisis, the debt ceiling, is fast approaching.

NBC News will provide a special report anchored by Natalie Morales with Chuck Todd at the White House. (Brian Williams is scheduled to interview Jeb Bush at Education Nation). On ABC George Stephanopoulos will anchor and Jon Karl will report from the White House. Scott Pelley will anchor a special report for CBS with Major Garrett at the White House.

2:29pm: After a 14-minute opening statement about the budget negotiation stalemate, and the lack of a deal on raising the debt ceiling, which the president called “a lousy name,” he took the first question from the AP’s Julie Pace.

> The second question goes to Julianna Goldman of Bloomberg.

> Sam Stein of Huffington Post gets the third question.

> Roberta Rampton of Reuters is fourth.

> Ari Shapiro of NPR got the fifth question. He asked about a Supreme Court hearing on  campaign finance law.

> Mark Landler, of the New York Times, went sixth.

> Seventh question when to Richard McGregor of the Financial Times in the waaaay back of the briefing room. The president punted his question to Treasury Secretary Jack Lew.

> Steven Dennis of CQ Roll Call got the eighth question and had a meaningful back and forth with the president.

> Before the ninth question, some reporters began asking questions without being called on, to which the president said, “I’m just going through my list guys, talk to Jay (Carney, his press secretary).”

> Mark Knoller of CBS Radio News asked question 10.

> The final question went to a “persistent,” unnamed female reporter in the third row.

3:20pm The news conference ends, without any of the major broadcast TV network correspondents being called on.

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Fox News Profiles CBS News’ Mark Knoller

On “Fox News Sunday,” there is a weekly segment about the Washington “Power Player” of the week. This week, the subject was a competitor: CBS News Radio White House correspondent Mark Knoller.

Knoller is an encyclopedia of White House and Presidential knowledge, with other correspondents–and even White House officials–taking advantage of his memory and notes.

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The Evening Ticker: CNN, NewsHour, Knoller

  • CNN.com is changing up its sports sub-site, replacing SI.com with BleacherReport.com. CNN, Sports Illustrated and Bleacher Report are all owned by Time Warner, but with SI potentially eyeing new magazine models, the free and comprehensive Bleacher Report apparently made more sense as the featured sports news source for the site.

  • CBS News Radio White House correspondent Mark Knoller is profiled by Washingtonian, which dubs him “the unofficial records keeper of the presidency.”

Candy Crowley Roasted, Toasted at DC Awards Dinner

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.

Networks Plan Special Reports for Pres. Obama News Conference

Pres. Obama has called a 1:15pmET Super Tuesday news conference — his first solo newser in five months.

NBC’s Brian Williams will anchor a special report beginning at 1pmET across NBC stations with David Gregory, Savannah Guthrie and Richard Engel among those taking part. Diane Sawyer and George Stephanopoulos will anchor for ABC News and will be joined by ABC’s senior White House correspondent Jake Tapper. CBS’s Scott Pelley will anchor a special report with reporting from Norah O’Donnell. Bill Hemmer will anchor a special report for FOX affiliates. The cable news nets will also carry the news conference.

On the agenda: Obama’s meeting Monday with Israeli P.M. Benjamin Netanyahu, the economy, gas prices, the GOP primary and his own re-election campaign.

Andy Rooney Hospitalized Following Complications From Surgery

Longtime CBS “60 Minutes” commentator Andy Rooney–who ended his weekly commentary last month–has been hospitalized after “serious complications” arose following a minor surgery.

According to CBS News Radio White House correspondent Mark Knoller:

“CBS News just announced that Andy Rooney underwent minor surgery last week and suffered serious complications. He remains hospitalized. CBS News says Andy Rooney’s condition is stable but at request of Rooney Family is making no other disclosures.”

Al Jazeera English Finds Love From White House

Al Jazeera English may still be struggling to gain wider distribution in the U.S., but it is still making headway in the “hearts and minds” front. As Politico reports, the Obama White House has taken a decidedly different approach to the Qatar-based cable news channel than the previous administration did:

“They are a really important media entity, and we have a really great relationship with them,” said Dana Shell Smith, the State Department’s deputy assistant secretary for international media engagement, who speaks Arabic and has frequently appeared on the channel. “This administration has empowered those of us who actually do the communicating to be in a close relationship with Al-Jazeera. They understand that the relationship can’t consist of complaining to each other about the differences we have.”

In the offhand comments President Obama made to donors last week that were caught by CBS Radio’s Mark Knoller, the President talked at some length about Al Jazeera, and Emir of Qatar, who essentially controls the channel:

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CBS Radio News Reporter Catches Pres. Obama’s ‘Open Mic’ Comments

After other members of the White House press corps had left the room, CBS Radio News White House correspondent Mark Knoller stuck around and listened in to an audio feed of some unguarded comments Pres. Obama gave to Democratic donors last night in Chicago. Obama complained about GOP attempts to attach measures to the budget bill which would have killed parts of health care reform.

“I said, ‘You want to repeal health care? Go at it. We’ll have that debate. You’re not going to be able to do that by nickel-and-diming me in the budget. You think we’re stupid?’,” said Obama. Here’s the audio, and after the jump, how the CBS “Early Show” featured the audio during their report on his Chicago fundraisers.

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NBC, ABC, & CBS All Prepared for President Barack Obama’s Presser

The Senate is prepared for a final vote on the START arms reduction treaty with Russia today, which will be followed by a White House news conference later today.

ABC, CBS, and NBC are all prepared to go live with the news conference.

NBC News coverage will be anchored by Brian Williams in New York with Chuck Todd at the White House and David Gregory at NBC News’ Washington bureau. ABC News has planned for George Stephanopoulos to anchor from New York with Jake Tapper and Jon Karl reporting. (Diane Sawyer has her birthday off.) Katie Couric will be anchoring CBS News coverage with reports from Bill Plante and Bob Schieffer from the DC bureau.

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Bill Clinton Takes Over Briefing Room. Pres. Obama: ‘I’m going to take off…You’re in good hands’

Pres. Barack Obama met at the White House today with former President Bill Clinton — the first time since the midterm elections — on how to respond to the big Democratic losses and Obama’s deal with the GOP to extend the Bush era tax cuts.

The White House press corps was “summoned at a moment’s notice” to the briefing room for the news conference. And not long after the two presidents appeared together at 4:23pmET, it became AAB — all about Bill (or Bubba, take your pick).

All the cable news and business channels carried some, or all, of the news conference. About 10 minutes in, with Pres. Clinton in command at the podium, Pres. Obama excused himself. Obama: “I’ve been keeping the first lady waiting for about half an hour, I’m going to take off. I don’t want to make her mad. You’re in good hands and [Press Secy. Robert] Gibbs will call last question.”

And that didn’t come for another 20 minutes. MSNBC and CNN were still carrying the Q&A between the Press Corps and the former president, who officially left the White House 10 years ago next month. Fox News’ Neil Cavuto, who happened to be broadcasting from Washington, DC today, did not stay with the Clinton newser, but rather did his own Q&A with Clinton’s former chief of staff Mack McLarty.

Among those getting in questions for the former president ABC’s Jake Tapper, CBS’ Mark Knoller and NBC’s Mike Viquiera.

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