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The Ticker: Zakaria, Elliott, Obama…

  • CNN/TIME’s Fareed Zakaria is known for taking on issues of foreign policy. But for the next several months he’ll host specials focusing on pressing domestic issues, including health care, immigration, jobs, and energy. The first special, “Global Lessons: The GPS Road Map for Saving Health Care,” will debut Sunday at 8pmET/PT. A companion article for TIME will be in Friday’s edition.

  • “GMA” newsreader Josh Elliott (right) does a Q&A with TV Guide Magazine: What do you say to someone who asks, “Why should I watch Good Morning America instead of NBC’s Today?” Elliott: “[First] I pay proper respect to a phenomenal anchor team and production staff at Today that has done incredibly well. But I think our chemistry at GMA is unlike anything else on TV right now. There is a certain crackle to us.”
  • Pres. Obama did another round of local TV interviews Tuesday with reporters and anchors from stations in markets including Los Angeles, Cincinnati, Des Moines, and Austin. KCNC (Denver) reporter Karen Leigh asked the president about the mission in Afghanistan and the shootings there this weekend. Obama responded in part, “You can’t help but be proud, generally” of the troops. TVSpy has the story, and the clips.
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