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First Ebola Patient In U.S., Thomas Eric Duncan, Has Died

Duncan 2This morning, Thomas Eric Duncan, the first confirmed person diagnosed with Ebola in America, died.

Duncan had reportedly contracted the virus in Liberia weeks ago after helping a pregnant woman stricken with Ebola. He then traveled to the U.S. to be with his fiancee. Once in the U.S., he started showing symptoms. At Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital, Duncan was sent home despite having high fever and telling doctors he was recently in Liberia. Only after his family contacted the Center for Disease Control was he hospitalized.

CBS News cut in at 11:24amET with Jim Axelrod anchoring in New York and Dr. Jon LaPook contributing. NBC News cut in at 11:34amET with Erica Hill anchoring in New York, Ron Mott reporting from Dallas and Pete Williams from Washington, DC. ABC News did not provide broadcast special report.

MSNBC’s Tamron Hall broke the news at 11:15amET. Fox News’ Shannon Bream first reported the news at 11:16amET. CNN’s Elizabeth Cohen reported the news at 11:19amET.

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Glenn Greenwald Disappointed There Won’t be a Sequel Interview With David Gregory

Much to Glenn Greenwald‘s dismay, there won’t be a sequel to last year’s lively exchange between him and David Gregory on this Sunday’s “Meet the Press.”

“That was really disappointing,” Greenwald told HuffPost Live today about Gregory not being the one interviewing him about his new book for Sunday’s “Meet the Press” (Pete Williams interviewed Greenwald instead).

Greenwald added he was looking forward to seeing if Gregory’s views might have changed since their last interview; in that exchange last June, Gregory asked Greenwald why he shouldn’t be charged criminally for aiding and abetting Edward Snowden. Greenwald responded it was extraordinary for Gregory to muse about other journalists’ arrests without evidence.

NBC News sources tell TVNewser Gregory not doing the interview with Greenwald, which was pre-taped today in New York City, was due to logistics, as Fridays are a busy day of show preparation for Gregory in Washington, DC.

Behind the Scenes at the White House Correspondents’ Dinner

For the White House Correspondents’ Association, it’s a night to celebrate the free press. For Joel McHale, it’s a night where “a guy like me can stand before the president, the press and Patrick Duffy, and tell jokes without severe repercussions.” And for TVNewser, it’s a night where the people we cover all year — executives, producers, reporters and anchors from every major network — are all together in the same room: the annual White House Correspondents’ Dinner, which we attended this year as a guest of ABC News.

Our night began outside the entrance to the ballroom at the Washington Hilton, where we overheard now-NBC News correspdonent Cynthia McFadden ask for directions to the ABC News party. We followed her in, and a few minutes later we were chatting with Diane Sawyer, who told us she always looks forward to the Correspondents’ Dinner, and James Goldston, who said he was pleased with his first few weeks as ABC News president. In the back of the room, Fox News anchors Ainsley Earhardt and Kimberly Guilfoyle posed for a picture with Sofia Vergara; Earhardt told us afterwards that she’s “having a blast” anchoring “Fox & Friends First,” despite the crazy hours. We spotted Katie Couric chatting with former Presidential candidate Jon Huntsman and his daughter, Abby Huntsman, who is a co-host of MSNBC’s “The Cycle.”

Wolf Blitzer made the rounds with Diane Lane. We saw NBC’s Savannah Guthrie and ABC’s Lara Spencer snap a picture with Tony Goldwyn from “Scandal.” We spent a few minutes with Rebecca Jarvis, and chatted with Alicia Menendez about her participation in the TVNewser Show as well as her Twitter habit.

On the way into the ballroom, we spotted Guthrie and her husband, Mike Feldman, chatting with Bret Baier and his wife Amy. We saw Jessica Simpson and her fiance, Eric Johnson, chatting with fans. Simpson’s ex, Dallas Cowboys QB Tony Romo, was also at the WHCD as a guest of Fox News. Read more

5 Things to Know About The New NBCNews.com

Homepage DesktopAfter a year of work, the new NBCNews.com debuts overnight tonight, just in time for premium traffic coming from the Sochi Olympics coverage.

At an unveiling this morning at 30 Rock, NBC News President Deborah Turness says the new site is about “tearing down the walls that traditionally have divided TV and digital.” The new site will be a “continuous consumption model” that continues the story whether it was born first digitally or it originally aired on TV.

TVNewser attended this morning’s event. Here are our 5 takeaways from the new site…

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Ken Strickland’s Year-End Note to the NBC News Washington Bureau

logo nbcnewsIn his year-end note to the NBC News Washington bureau, bureau chief Ken Strickland touted the D.C. staffers as a group that has “integrity, excellence, passion, and occasionally some fun.” He singled out Chuck Todd and Andrea Mitchell for their political reporting, Pete Williams for his reporting on the Boston Marathon bombings and “Meet the Press” for its “memorable, newsmaking interviews.”

“When Deborah Turness first visited earlier this fall, she made a point to say how impressed she was with our operation and what a critical role we play in the news division’s overall success,” Strickland writes. “As Deborah continues to work with each of the shows to define their mission, she’s also excited to work with us to identify new opportunities and achieve new goals.”

The full note is after the jump. Read more

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.

‘Today’ Interviews SCOTUSblog Intern That Starred In Viral Supreme Court Video

On “Today” this morning, Matt Lauer, Savannah Guthrie and Natalie Morales interviewed Dan Stein. Who is Dan Stein, you may ask? He is an intern for SCOTUSblog, and the star of a viral video and BuzzFeed post making the rounds, as he runs from the Supreme Court to hand NBC’s Pete Williams the ruling.

“Today” talked to Stein about the (literal) obstacles he encountered, and then challenged him to deliver an important document to Al Roker, over at the weather monitor.

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Here’s the Vine of Pete Williams Being Handed a Supreme Court Decision

Interns. What would we do without them? Here’s an intern running to deliver a Supreme Court decision this week to a very calm and collected NBC justice correspondent Pete Williams:

That’s Dan Stein, an intern for SCOTUSblog, an NBC partner, using his wits and agility to make his way through the crowds outside. TODAY.com has more on Daniel Wein who captured this Vine.

Networks Cautious But Quick With Supreme Court Same Sex Marriage Decisions

This morning at 10 AM, the Supreme Court released its final rulings of the term, including two landmark decisions on same-sex marriage.

The first ruling was related to the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), with the court overturning the law, declaring it unconstitutional.

NBC News correspondent Pete Williams, was, as with the last big case, both “first and right.” He was the first correspondent to report the decision, and did so accurately. CBS’ Jan Crawford was actually first (and right) on the Affirmative Action ruling Monday. Williams reported the DOMA news on NBC and MSNBC at 10:02 AM. ABC News’ Terry Moran immediately followed, also reporting at 10:02 AM. CBS News’ Jan Crawford followed at 10:04 AM. CBS, incidentally, did not begin its special report until 10:04. Update: Bloomberg TV put up a chyron with the DOMA ruling at 10:01 AM, and reported the news at 10:02 AM.

Fox News reported the ruling at 10:04 AM, after somewhat oddly covering the Aaron Hernandez arrest from 10 AM to 10:04 AM. CNN reported that a decision had been made at 10 AM, but reported the meat of the DOMA ruling at 10:08 AM.

Hernandez was arrested in Massachusetts around 8:45 AM.

With regards to California’s Proposition 8 ruling, the court decided that it did not have standing to take the case, and as a result gay marriages are once again legal in the state. NBC and ABC reported the news at 10:26 AM, CBS and Fox News followed at 10:27 AM. CNN reported the ruling at 10:37 AM.

All told, the networks were quick but cautious, making sure to read through the rulings and get it right. CNN, which took the brunt of the public flogging last year during the Healthcare decision, was taking it slow, but making sure they were right.

All of the networks were wall-to-wall with their coverage, skipping commercial breaks. The exception was Fox News, which took all of its scheduled breaks.

TV Networks Take Their Time Reporting Supreme Court Voting Rights Act Ruling

The Supreme Court handed down another of its “big four” rulings today, as it struck down section four of the Voting Rights Act, and asking Congress to amend it.

NBC News legal correspondent Pete Williams was the first reporter on-air with the decision, appearing simultaneously on MSNBC and in an NBC News special report at 10:11 AM. ABC News followed with a special report featuring Terry Moran at 10:15, with CBS following with Jan Crawford a minute later.

Both CNN and Fox News may have been expecting a big ruling, but they both waited a number of minutes before noting that the Supreme Court had ruled on the VRA. Fox News reported the decision at 10:15 AM, while–as it did yesterday–CNN only reported that a ruling had been made, taking its time to read the decision, and finally reporting the result at 10:19 AM.

The final day of rulings will be tomorrow, as the Supreme Court reveals its rulings on same-sex marriage and DOMA.

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