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Obama to Voters: I Hear You. Obama to Fox News: I’ve Missed You

ObamaMidtermsNewser21“To everyone that voted,” Pres. Obama said at the start of his post-midterm election news conference today, “I want you to know that I heard you. To the two-thirds of voters that chose not to participate in the process yesterday, I hear you too.”

Carried on all the broadcast networks and cable news networks, the president said he has three priorities where he’ll need the help of the current Congress, before the new Republican-controlled Congress gets to work in January.

1) Ebola funding, 2) a new authorization for use of military force against ISIS and 3) passing a federal budget.

Following his remarks the president took his first question from Julie Pace of the Associated Press, the second question went to Reuters’ Jeff Mason, the third went to Chris Jansing from NBC News, and the fourth to Jon Karl of ABC News. “I would enjoy having some Kentucky Bourbon with Mitch McConnell,” said the president when Karl asked about his relationship with the soon-to-be Majority Leader. The next question when to Phil Mattingly of BloombergTV.

The president next went to Ed Henry of Fox News. “I’ve missed you guys. I haven’t done this in a while,” the president joked. “I know. I miss you,” Henry shot back. Sam Stein of the Huffington Post got the next question.

Major Garrett of CBS News got the next question, saying to the president: “If you do miss us, allow me to suggest we do this every week.”

“We might. Who knows? I’m having great time,” said Obama. Jim Acosta of CNN got the next question. The last question went to Scott Horsley of NPR.

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President Obama Talks Surveillance Reforms At Press Conference

President Obama promised reforms with regard to the oversight of U.S. surveillance measures at a press conference this afternoon.

“It’s right to ask questions about surveillance, particularly as technology is reshaping every aspect of our lives,” Obama says. “It is not enough for me, as President, to have confidence in these programs, the American people need to have confidence as well.”

He proposed more oversight by Congress, more oversight of the FISC court, more transparency, a website to serve as a hub for transparency and forming a group of outside experts.

The conference is being carried live by ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, Fox News and MSNBC.

Julie Pace from the AP got the first question, who asked about the U.S./Russia relationship. Obama said that he does not support boycotting the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

NBC’s Chuck Todd gets the second question, and asks whether Edward Snowden is a whistle-blower because his comments led to the changes today, and also whether his relationship with Vladimir Putin has been strained. he said that he does not believe Snowden is a patriot.

CBS’ Major Garrett gets question three, and asks about who the next Federal Reserve Chairman will be.

Wall Street Journal White House correspondent Carol Lee got question four, and asked why the public should trust him on the surveillance issue.

ABC News correspondent Jonathan Karl asked whether Al Qaeda has really been decimated, given the recent embassy closings.

Fox News correspondent Ed Henry asks question six, about the healthcare law implementation and the Benghazi attacks.

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President Obama Holds Second Presser This Week, Who’s Covering It?

It is a busy week for the White House press corp. President Obama will be holding his second press conference this week around 11 AM. Like the last presser on Monday, the topic du jour will be the economy and deficit talks with Republicans.

As usual, the cable news channels will be carrying it, but so will the broadcast networks.

Brian Williams will anchor a special report for NBC News. For ABC, George Stephanopoulos will anchor, joined by Jake Tapper at the White House. Scott Pelley will be anchoring a special report for CBS. Martha MacCallum will anchor for Fox.

Questions:

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Broadcast Nets Cover Pres. Obama News Conference on Tax Cuts

President Barack Obama is set to hold a news conference at 2:20pmET to discuss the deal to extend the Bush tax cuts. Obama will speak shortly after Vice President Joe Biden proposes the tax cuts to Senate Democrats at a caucus meeting on Capitol Hill. And, sorry soaps fans, the broadcasters will be carrying the newser.

> Update: First question goes to Associated Press’ Ben Feller. Second question goes to the second row and Bloomberg’s Julianna Goldman. The third question goes to NBC’s Chuck Todd. Then Scott Horsley of NPR asked the next question. Then Marc Ambinder of the National Journal and CBS News asked the next. The last question went to Jonathan Wesman of The Wall Street Journal.

See Obama on all of the networks after the jump…
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