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With Obama in Brazil, Clinton in France, and news from Libya, no slow Saturday for News Nets

New developments in Libya this morning, with the French military taking action, are keeping the U.S. cable news channels active.

Beginning at 11amET, CNN and CNNI began another simulcast of coverage with anchors T.J. Holmes of CNN and John Vause of CNNI covering the news. Correspondents Nic Robertson and Arwa Damon are in Libya, Ed Henry is in Brazil and Jim Bitterman and Jill Dougherty are in Paris.

Fox News Channel’s Neil Cavuto was already in for a live Saturday morning show on the economic recovery efforts following the earthquake/tsunami in Japan. He kept cameras trained on both Brasil — where President Obama was about to speak alongside Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff and on Paris, where Secy. of State Hillary Clinton was preparing to speak after meetings on the NATO action in Libya. Rick Leventhal and Steve Harrigan are in Libya (spooked by anti-aircraft fire during one live report today. Video after the jump.)

MSNBC went into the NoonET hour with anchor Richard Lui, as Pres. Obama was appearing with Pres. Rousseff. Correspondent Mike Viquiera is in Paris, Chuck Todd is in Brazil and Jim Maceda is in Libya for NBC/MSNBC.

None of the networks had a Brazilian interpreter during Pres. Rousseff’s lengthy opening statement. And just as the president was about to speak, all three networks lost the signal from Brasilia. It returned after about 3 minutes.

Cavuto stayed live until 12:17pm telling the audience, “We just wanted to keep you abreast not only of developments in the political world but certainly in the business world. We hope we served bot those audiences today and we appreciate our normal ‘Cost of Freedom’ audience being patient as we attempted both.”

> Update, 12:26pm: Cable networks began carrying Secy. Clinton comments from Paris.

> Update, 2:18pm: ABC’s Diane Sawyer is coming in to anchor “World News.” Regular weekend anchor David Muir will report, as will Christiane Amanpour, Martha Raddatz, Jake Tapper, and Alex Marquardt, in Libya.

> Update, 3:39pm: Sawyer also anchored a special report (right) on the news of U.S. military involvement.

> More: CBS’s Russ Mitchell has anchored three special reports today at NoonET, 2:36pm, and 3:59pm during CBS coverage of the NCAA tournament.

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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.

Dow Dives as House Votes

Breaking: The cable news and business networks are covering the House vote on the $700 billion bailout bill. As the tally continued to an eventual “No” vote, the dow took a nose dive, at one point down 705 points. On MSNBC, Andrea Mitchell and House producer/reporter Mike Viqueira discussed the rules that could turn some of the “no” votes around. On CNN with Kyra Phillips anchoring, Ali Velshi discussed the business side of the story. On FNC, Neil Cavuto joined the Live Desk anchors discussing the “other options” still available if this bill dies.

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The broadcast networks also produced special reports on the news. ABC’s report at 2:08pmET was anchored by Charlie Gibson; correspondents Jake Tapper and Betsy Stark contributed.

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CBS produced a special report at 2:10pmET. Randall Pinkston anchored and business correspondent Anthony Mason reported on the Wall Street reaction and Bob Orr reported from Washington

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Brian Williams anchored a special report on NBC at 2:21pmET. Viqueira contributed from Capitol Hill and CNBC’s Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reported on the market reaction.

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