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Chelsea Clinton Engaged

November 30, 2009 Leave a comment

Chelsea Clinton Engaged to Marc Mezvinsky

Author: Stephanie Condon

Source: CBSNews.com CBS News, November 30, 2009 11:22 AM, Chelsea Clinton Engaged to Marc Mezvinsky, Retrieved November 30th, 2009 from http://www.cbsnews.com/blogs/2009/11/30/politics/politicalhotsheet/entry5836190.shtml

Chelsea Clinton, the daughter of Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton, is engaged to her boyfriend Marc Mezvinsky, CBS News confirms.

Clinton and Mezvinsky announced the engagement to friends via e-mail on Friday, the Associated Press reports, and said they will possibly marry next summer. President Clinton’s spokesman Matt McKenna confirmed the engagement to CBS News.

The 29-year-old former White House resident met Mezvinsky as a teenager in Washington, and they both attended Stanford University. Mezvinsky, the son of former Pennsylvania Rep. Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky and former Iowa Rep. Ed Mezvinsky, now works as an investment banker at Goldman Sachs. Clinton is currently attending graduate school at Columbia University’s School of Public Health.

Speculation swirled last summer that the couple would marry in August, but those rumors turned out to be false. Click here to view photos of Clinton and other high profile figures recently engaged or married.

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Obama on Fox News is Smart Politics

November 20, 2009 Leave a comment

Obama on Fox News is Smart Politics

Author: Julia Piscitelli, Thomas Jefferson Street Blog

Source: U.S. News and World Report, November 18th, 2009, Obama on Fox News is Smart Politics, Retrieved November 19th, 2009 from http://www.usnews.com/blogs/julia-piscitelli/2009/11/18/obama-on-fox-news-is-smart-politics.html

If you’ve been watching Fox News Channel at all over the past few days you have seen a barrage of ads for tonight’s airing of President Barack Obama’s sit down (read: long) interview with the networks’ Major Garrett.

I guess the president never heard the rumor that the White House was trying to squelch Democrats from appearing on Fox. And that’s good. That alleged squeeze seemed to only cover “Democratic strategists,” the catch-all term networks use for those of us with Democratic Hill, campaign, and/or non-profit backgrounds.

It is best that the Fox freeze out was short lived. I can’t imagine those same people would dare call anyone to keep them off of the network after the president himself reverses it. It is bad press relations and the Obama administration has otherwise demonstrated smart communications strategy from the start, so the turn around makes sense. According to swamppolitics.com:

“….White House Communications Director Anita Dunn said Thursday [11/6/09] night that she had checked with colleagues who ‘deal with TV issues” and they had not told people to avoid Fox. On the contrary, they had urged people to appear on the network, Dunn wrote in an email.”

Alas, I didn’t make it onto the White House’s warning call list. And frankly, I think some consultants are feeling pretty important that the White House calls to threaten them. KTLA.com reports that a Fox Dem contributor who did not receive a call sounded a bit miffed when he postured:

” ‘[The White House staffers] know better than to tell me anything like that,’ ”

Wise Democratic Members of the House and Senate have remained regular fixtures on the network. During their campaigns, their media buyers purchase time for their commercials to run on local, state and cable news. You had better believe that Fox News Channel is always at the top of that list because it is the number one cable news station in the country.

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