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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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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.

Washington Turns Out to Honor Bob Schieffer

Quite a turnout last night at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington, DC, as Bob Schieffer was honored on his 20th anniversary anchoring CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

More than 500 people turned out to honor Schieffer, including the man who’s guested more times than anyone else: “I gotta say one word about the person who has been on ‘Face the Nation’ more than any other person in the history of the broadcast,” said Schieffer. “He’s actually older than me, not by much: John McCain over here.”

CBS News chairman Jeff Fager and president David Rhodes threw the party which was attended by elected officials, including Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), below, and current and former administration reps, including Donald Rumsfeld, below, as well as Schieffer’s CBS colleagues including Jan Crawford, Chip Reid, Lara Logan, Bill Plante, and Nancy Cordes and from other networks, FNC’s Ed Henry, CNN’s Gloria Borger, NBC’s David Gregory and Betsy Fischer and PBS’s Gwen Ifill, Judy Woodruff, and Jim Lehrer. Also on hand Carin Pratt, who helmed the show for 18 years.

“We just love Carin,” said Schieffer. “I really appreciate your coming back and being with us tonight.”

Mary Hager … is now the [executive] producer. And Senator McCain remembers Mary Hager when the two of us were chasing up and down the halls of Congress. And Mary has actually worked with me, I guess, more than 20 years. And she started very, very young — she asked me to say that.”

(H/T Playbook / Photos for CBS News: Chris Usher)

MSNBC’s Weekend Morning Politics Show ‘Up w/ Chris Hayes’ Debuts Tomorrow

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) will be Chris Hayes‘ first guest tomorrow on MSNBC’s new weekend morning political show, “Up w/ Chris Hayes.”

The show, which will replace live news coverage, airs Saturdays from 7-9amET and Sundays from 810amET. Hayes will continue as a substitute host for “The Rachel Maddow Show,” and “The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell,” as he had on the late “Countdown with Keith Olbermann.” Hayes will also continue as an MSNBC contributor and his job as Editor-at-Large of The Nation.

What Weinergate says about us

Only in America would an elected official call a press conference to confirm the identity of his penis.

And then have that penis knock Katie Couric off the news cycle.

After 10 consecutive days of ‘Weinergate’ coverage, I am convinced that its importance lies not with what it says about Rep. Anthony Weiner’s genitals but with what is says about us.

When the Democrat from New York yesterday manned up and admitted it was his underwear-encased, tumescent penis pictured in the notorious tweet, it gave new meaning to the phrase “member of Congress.” As he walks softly through those corridors of power, he carries a big stick.

Shooting fish in a barrel, I admit. But has there ever been such an unfortunate pairing of surname and scandal? How could anyone not gorge on double-entendres when the perp’s name is a euphemism for the very source of the imbroglio?

Simple answer: You can’t.

Weiner’s fall from grace, while titillating, reeks of pathos. Was anything noble rescued from the

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John King interviews Dem. Leader Nancy Pelosi

CNN’s John King gets the first post-transfer interview with former House Speaker, now Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). King and Pelosi sit down this afternoon at 2pm with the interview airing on “John King USA” at 7pmET.

Top Democrats Explain Losing Night

Sen. Harry Reid, who surprised many holding his seat in Nevada, has made the rounds on the mornings shows, and tonight ABC News’ Diane Sawyer is claiming the first interview with soon-to-be former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi. That interview airs on “World News.” Reid’s “Today” show and “Early Show” appearances after the jump.

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ESPN Producer Arrested For Peering In Neighbor's Window, Caught Masturbating

An ESPN producer turned himself into the authorities on Tuesday after he was caught peering into a neighbor’s window and masturbating while she was getting dressed.

Neil Goldberg was charged with public indecency, simple trespass, disorderly conduct and breach of peace, according to police in Connecticut. Last month, a neighbor walking her dog spotted Goldberg standing on a stool and masturbating while peering in a window. Goldberg later admitted to police that he watched his neighbor get dressed in her bedroom.

The 52-year-old Goldberg is a coordinating producer for ESPN’s motorsports coverage. He posted $1,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in Superior Court later this month in Hartford, Conn.

Jeff Zucker, Nancy Pelosi at Women@NBCU’s Power of the Purse Breakfast

Jeff Zucker and Nancy PelosiJeff Zucker may be leaving his post as NBC Universal President and CEO once the company is acquired by Comcast, but he’s definitely not in hiding.

Zucker was a featured guest at Women@NBCU’s annual ‘Power of the Purse Breakfast’ this morning at Cipriani’s on 42nd Street in New York. Zucker hosted the keynote discussion with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.

In introducing her boss, Lauren Zalaznick, president of NBCU’s Women & Lifestyle Entertainment Networks, said Zucker was the perfect emcee because “here and in the boardroom, he’s certain to ask the tough questions and demand tough answers.”

Well, yes and no.

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Christiane Amanpour’s ‘This Week’ Debut

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“This Week with Christiane Amanpour” debuted this morning on ABC with the veteran foreign correspondent telling viewers, “After 20 years covering the world, the story in this country is turning into one of the most fascinating.”

The headline from Amanpour’s two headliner guests, Secy. Robert Gates and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, both pre-taped on Friday to accommodate their schedules, was their disagreement on the pace of U.S. troops leaving Afghanistan.

While the host was new, the round-table consisted of three familiar names: George Will, Donna Brazile and Paul Krugman and a new face who fit with Amanpour’s goal of giving the show a more outside-the-beltway feel: from Madrid, Amanpour welcomed Ahmed Rashid, who was billed as “the world authority on the Taliban.” The opening voice-over also featured a new tagline featuring the global focus: “From all across our world to the heart of our nation’s capitol.”

There was new music from trumpeter Chris Botti and a new show open and set backdrop, changing out the blue “This Week” logo with a map of the world in red. The Sunday funnies remained.

Following this morning’s show Amanpour told TVNewser, “It’s great to finally be underway, and I’m so pleased to have had two great first guests and a wonderful round table. I’m excited about having this platform to explore the issues that affect Americans. I want to open the window on the world to help with the understanding of all of the global challenges out there.” Amanpour’s opening welcome after the jump…

Did you watch? If so, what did you think?

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