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Pres. Obama: ‘We Will Not Be Sending U.S. Troops Back Into Combat in Iraq’

President Obama delivered a statement on Iraq from the South Lawn of the White House shortly before noon. The broadcast and cable networks all provided live coverage of his remarks on the increased violence in the region.

On NBC, David Gregory anchored from Washington with Peter Alexander at the White House and Richard Engel in Iraq. David Muir anchored for ABC, joined by Terry Moran in Northern Iraq. CBS’ special report was anchored by Scott Pelley in New York with Major Garrett at the White House.

As for the cable networks: Wolf Blitzer anchored on CNN, with Arwa Damon in Iraq. Eric Shawn and Uma Pemmaraju anchored on Fox News, joined by “Special Report” anchor Bret Baier from Washington. On MSNBC, Tamron Hall anchored with Chuck Todd contributing.

Obama said he is weighing the options for U.S. military support in Iraq, but ruled out using ground forces in the conflict. “We will not be sending U.S. troops back into combat in Iraq, but I have asked my national security team to prepare a range of other options,” he said.

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Cable Networks Cover Whitney Houston’s Funeral

Whitney Houston‘s funeral is underway at the New Hope Baptist Church in Newark, NJ.

CNN’s coverage began at 11amET with Soledad O’Brien, Piers Morgan and Don Lemon anchoring from Newark. Lemon described the scene outside the church, where the streets have been blocked off since last night, as filled with “hordes of media from all over the country, from Germany, from China, everywhere.”

On Fox News, Jon Scott said Houston’s “near-perfect voice brought tears and joy to people around the world.” Scott and Uma Pemmaraju anchored from New York, with Kelly Wright reporting from Newark.

MSNBC’s coverage, anchored by Alex Witt, began at 12pmET following this morning’s debut of “Melissa Harris-Perry.” Craig Melvin, reporting from Newark, did a live interview with Shaun Robinson, the “Access Hollywood” reporter who was the last person to interview Houston.

HLN’s coverage — anchored by Ryan Smith and Susan Hendricks, with Jane Velez-Mitchell and AJ Hammer in Newark — begun at 9amET and has featured a series of retrospectives on Houston’s life.

About 1500 people, including ABC’s Diane Sawyer, are attending the service.

Whitney Houston Funeral Getting Extensive Cable Coverage

The funeral for Whitney Houston will take place on Saturday in Newark, New Jersey, and while it is private, cable news is planning extensive coverage.

The funeral will be streamed online at the AP’s livestream page, so fans can bypass cable news if they so choose. In addition, users can expect to watch the AP stream on many news sites including FoxNews.com and CNN.com (even though CNN does not subscribe to AP content, the AP’s coverage is pool coverage, so CNN can use it). Those that do turn on their TV’s will have a number of options.

CNN seems to have the most comprehensive coverage lined up, with Piers Morgan, Don Lemon and Soledad O’Brien anchoring from 11:30 AM-2 PM. Saturday and Sunday evening Dr. Sanjay Gupta and Randi Kaye will host primetime specials looking at Houston’s life.

Fox News will be covering the funeral live from 11:30 AM-2PM, with Jon Scott and Uma Pemmaraju anchoring in New York. Kelly Wright will report from outside the church in Newark.

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Earthquake in Haiti

At 4:53pmET, a massive 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti. CNN reported the news at 5:12pmET during the “Situation Room.” Fox News’ Uma Pemmaraju reported it at 5:29pmET during “Glenn Beck.” MSNBC provided an update with the news at 5:37pmET during “Hardball.”

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In the 7pmET hour, CNN and Fox News had full coverage of the earthquake during their news programs, and MSNBC had the replay of “Hardball” with an update at 7:45pmET.

Update: CNN has had extensive coverage of the earthquake all evening and is sending Anderson Cooper to Haiti. After the first hour of “AC360,” Cooper, who was also on Jay Leno‘s 10@10 this evening, handed the broadcast over to Jessica Yellin so he could catch a plane to the Dominican Republic.

Update: Mediaite’s Rachel Sklar gives a rundown of her observations during last night’s coverage: At 8pm, Campbell Brown had live coverage of the earthquake while Bill O’Reilly was taped and Keith Olbermann did not mention the earthquake. Rachel Maddow had live coverage at 9 and 11pm and, on CNN, Larry King had earthquake coverage mixed with discussion of Leno and Conan until Cooper took over.

Inside Cable News points out that CNN was live until 1amET, FNC went into tape starting at 11pmET, and MSNBC was live with David Shuster at midnight until 1amET.

FNC’s Gustav Plans: Continues All Night

fnc_8-31.JPGFox News Channel’s coverage of Hurricane Gustav will continue live throughout the night. At 7pmET, Shepard Smith anchors live from New Orleans. Brit Hume will take over an hour later from St. Paul, with discussion of the impact of Gustav on the RNC. From 10pm-MidnightET, Geraldo Rivera anchors from New Orleans.

Gregg Jarrett, Julie Banderas, Todd Connor and Uma Pemmaraju anchor from Midnight-5amET, with Fox & Friends picking up coverage an hour early.

Besides Smith and Rivera, FNC has a full slate of correspondents in the area, with Steve Harrigan (just back from Georgia/Russia coverage), Trace Gallagher, Jon Scott and correspondents from regional bureaus (Kris Gutierrez, Casey Stegall, Johnathan Serrie, Marianne Silber, Phil Keating and Adam Housley). Of course the “Weather Machine” Janice Dean has worked all day today from the Fox Extreme Weather Center.

As mentioned earlier, FBN will be live from at least 7am-7pmET.

> Related: FNC’s VP of news editorial Jay Wallace tells Politico that Gustav/RNC coverage, “Almost feels like having a two-front war.”