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state department news briefings to resume in early march


washington (ap) — the state department said it will resume regular news briefings early next month after facing criticism for not having held one since the trump inauguration.the department said friday it will begin hosting the briefings the first full week in march. the last briefing was on jan. 19, the last full day of president barack obama’s time in office. the hiatus from regular briefings is believed to be the longest since the department began holding news briefings in the 1950s.officials have remained available to answer journalists’ questions despite the lack of televised briefings. but the briefings are watched closely by foreign governments, and some current and former diplomats have expressed concern that their absence was allowing other countries to drive foreign policy debate






sarah huckabee sanders may be a rising star in trump’s white house


recently sanders has taken on a more prominent role in selling trump’s agenda, including on tv and at white house press briefings.washington — faced with aggressive on-air questioning about the president’s wiretapping claims, sarah huckabee sanders didn’t flinch; she went folksy.speaking to george stephanopoulos on “good morning america,” she pulled out a version of an old line from president lyndon johnson: “if the president walked across the potomac, the media would be reporting that he could not swim.”the 34-year-old spokeswoman for president donald trump was schooled in hardscrabble politics — and down-home rhetoric — from a young age by her father, former arkansas gov. mike huckabee. her way with a zinger — and her unshakable loyalty to an often unpredictable boss — are big reasons wh






ny congresswoman urges open white house press briefings


new york — a new york congresswoman has voiced outrage over the white house decision to block the new york times, the los angeles times, cnn, politico and others from a press briefing.rep. carolyn maloney said saturday outside the new york times offices in manhattan that she wants the trump administration to commit to a policy of press access for all. the democrat says standards should apply evenly to all news organizations.the decision friday by white house press secretary sean spicer to limit access has sparked an outcry among journalists and others.the associated press chose not to participate in the briefing after spicer's decision. the white house said it felt "everyone was represented" by those that participated.maloney plans to attend a rally sunday outside the times' offices.






new york times aims for younger audience with new snapchat channel


why it matters to you with snapchat, the new york times is trying to offer its news in a more easily digestible form for a younger audience.the old gray lady will try and bring in a younger audience in ways it never has before. on thursday, the new york times announced it will launch its first channel on snapchat’s discovery tab.the times’ snapchat channel will publish daily weekday content inspired by the paper’s morning briefings feature in hopes of attracting the millions of young people who flock to ephemeral video platform.more: upcoming snapchat feature will add augmented reality animations to scenes“we’re seeing enormous interest on the part of younger audiences for the sort of smart, visual digital journalism for which the times has become known. and snapchat is an ideal place to






here’s how sean spicer uses pro-trump bloggers to turn white house reporters int


reporters are complaining that the white house is deliberately using inexperienced right-wing bloggers to turn sean spicer’s daily briefings into a chaotic shouting match.brand-name reporters, including white house correspondents from tv networks and major newspapers, are traditionally assigned front-row seats, while less experienced “floaters” take leftover seats on a first-come, first-served basis, reported the new yorker.but those floaters have been used so far to sow confusion and noise into spicer’s daily briefings, which have become a “saturday night live” punchline and whose c-span broadcast have become one of the highest-rated daytime tv programs.“it’s becoming a form of court-packing,” one white house correspondent told the magazine’s andrew marantz.cbs news correspondent major ga






here’s how sean spicer uses pro-trump bloggers to turn white house reporters int


facebook, u.s. newshere’s how sean spicer uses pro-trump bloggers to turn white house reporters into ‘braying jackals’travis gettys14 mar 2017 at 11:29 etreporters are complaining that the white house is deliberately using inexperienced right-wing bloggers to turn sean spicer’s daily briefings into a chaotic shouting match.brand-name reporters, including white house correspondents from tv networks and major newspapers, are traditionally assigned front-row seats, while less experienced “floaters” take leftover seats on a first-come, first-served basis, reported the new yorker.but those floaters have been used so far to sow confusion and noise into spicer’s daily briefings, which have become a “saturday night live” punchline and whose c-span broadcast have become one of the highest-rated day






here’s how sean spicer uses pro-trump bloggers to turn white house reporters int


facebook, u.s. newshere’s how sean spicer uses pro-trump bloggers to turn white house reporters into ‘braying jackals’travis gettys14 mar 2017 at 11:29 etreporters are complaining that the white house is deliberately using inexperienced right-wing bloggers to turn sean spicer’s daily briefings into a chaotic shouting match.brand-name reporters, including white house correspondents from tv networks and major newspapers, are traditionally assigned front-row seats, while less experienced “floaters” take leftover seats on a first-come, first-served basis, reported the new yorker.but those floaters have been used so far to sow confusion and noise into spicer’s daily briefings, which have become a “saturday night live” punchline and whose c-span broadcast have become one of the highest-rated day






sean spicer said in december that only ‘dictatorships’ do what the white house d


monday’s decision by pres. donald trump’s white house to only invite friendly media outlets to an off-camera briefing with press secretary sean spicer set off a chorus of shock and disbelief in the media world.the washington post reported friday that less than four months ago, when press secretary sean spicer was asked if the trump white house would play favorites among media outlets, he vehemently denied that it would happen.at a december event hosted by politico — one of the news outlets barred from today’s off-camera press gaggle — press secretary sean spicer said that allowing the press free access to government officials is not just a matter of principle, it’s what separates a democracy from a dictatorship.“we have respect for the press when it comes to the government — that it is som






state department news briefings to resume week of march 6


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ny congresswoman backs ‘vital’ press, assails trump administration


a manhattan congresswoman, hailing the press as “more vital now than ever,” demanded saturday that the trump administration stop barring some news organizations from its white house briefings.rep. carolyn maloney, a democrat, stood outside the eighth avenue headquarters of the new york times — one of the handful of news organizations that trump press secretary sean spicer barred from a briefing on friday.most popular“there’s no democracy without freedom of the press. it’s absolutely vital, and you can’t single out and exclude based on the content of what a reporter writes,” maloney said. “you can’t do that.” at issue is an informal briefing spicer convened in his office with some news organizations but not others. cnn, the new york times, politico, los angeles times and buzzfeed were among






rep. carolyn maloney backs ‘vital’ press, assails trump administration


a manhattan congresswoman, hailing the press as “more vital now than ever,” demanded saturday that the trump administration stop barring some news organizations from its white house briefings.rep. carolyn maloney, a democrat, stood outside the eighth avenue headquarters of the new york times — one of the handful of news organizations that trump press secretary sean spicer barred from a briefing on friday.most popular“there’s no democracy without freedom of the press. it’s absolutely vital, and you can’t single out and exclude based on the content of what a reporter writes,” maloney said. “you can’t do that.” at issue is an informal briefing spicer convened in his office with some news organizations but not others. cnn, the new york times, politico, los angeles times and buzzfeed were among






white house blocks cnn, new york times from press briefing


by callum borchers, (c) 2017, the washington postthe white house on friday prohibited cameras from the daily media briefing and also barred news outlets including cnn, the new york times, politico and the los angeles times.cnn’s sara murray went on air to describe what happened at the “press gaggle”:“when we went to enter, i was blocked by a white house staffer, who said we were not on the list for this gaggle today.“now, normally, if you were going to do something like this — an extended gaggle, off camera — you would have one person from each news outlet. … that is not what the white house was doing today. what the white house was doing was handpicking the outlets they wanted in for this briefing. so breitbart, the washington times, the one america news network — news outlets that maybe






trump's press secretary says president stands by accusation that obama wiretappe


white house press secretary sean spicer mounted a vigorous, albeit unwieldy, defense of president trump's accusation that he was wiretapped by president obama during the presidential campaign, despite agreement from the republican and democratic leaders of both the house and senate intelligence committees that no evidence backs trump's claim."he stands by it," spicer told reporters during his daily press briefing thursday.but that was hardly the beginning or ending of the conversation, which made for an unusual press briefing full of filibustering and confrontation.republican leaders seem eager to move on from the issue in the face of growing skepticism from all corners of the intelligence community and a lack of evidence presented by trump to back up his extraordinary claim.but spicer is






lt. gen. h.r. mcmaster a huge relief after flynn


president donald trump is full of surprises, but this week brought something radically new: a pleasant one.u.s. army lt. gen. h.r. mcmaster is an excellent pick for national security adviser. it’s all the more surprising because trump’s first choice, former gen. michael flynn, was one of his worst appointments.known as hot-tempered and impetuous, flynn seemed like the last person you’d want imparting wisdom to an also hot-tempered and impetuous president. an anti-muslim extremist, he claimed there were signs in arabic on the mexican border guiding terrorists into the united states.this was especially unnerving since he reportedly was filtering security briefings for the president rather than having professionals offer the briefings directly, as they have to other presidents.flynn fell beca






trump looking to sarah huckabee sanders in tough moments


washington — faced with aggressive on-air questioning about the president's wiretapping claims, sarah huckabee sanders didn't flinch, she went folksy.speaking to george stephanopoulos on "good morning america," she pulled out a version of an old line from president lyndon johnson: "if the president walked across the potomac, the media would be reporting that he could not swim."the 34-year-old spokeswoman for president donald trump was schooled in hardscrabble politics — and down-home rhetoric — from a young age by her father, former arkansas gov. mike huckabee. her way with a zinger — and her unshakable loyalty to an often unpredictable boss — are big reasons why the deputy press secretary is a rising star in trump's orbit.in recent weeks, sanders has taken on a notably more prominent role






rex tillerson: the silent man at the state department


secretary of state rex tillerson has largely been silent during his almost three weeks on the job. some of america’s past top diplomats have practiced deliberative diplomacy (madeleine albright famously said diplomatic talks, like mushrooms, grow best in the dark), but tillerson seems to be taking this ideato new extremes.he has yet to hold a news conference, and many of his meetings and calls are not publicly disclosed. that is a change from past practice, and it means foreign governments are often describing american policy, rather than the u.s. itself. for instance, just this week, details of tillerson’s phone call tuesday with the foreign minister of russia – sergey lavrov – were posted on twitter by moscow, but not read out by the state department. tillerson’s trip wednesday to mexico






rex tillerson: the silent man at the state department


secretary of state rex tillerson has largely been silent during his almost three weeks on the job. some of america’s past top diplomats have practiced deliberative diplomacy (madeleine albright famously said diplomatic talks, like mushrooms, grow best in the dark), but tillerson seems to be taking this idea to new extremes.he has yet to hold a news conference, and many of his meetings and calls are not publicly disclosed. that is a change from past practice, and it means foreign governments are often describing american policy, rather than the u.s. itself. for instance, just this week, details of tillerson’s phone call tuesday with the foreign minister of russia – sergey lavrov – were posted on twitter by moscow, but not read out by the state department. tillerson’s trip wednesday to mexic






sarah huckabee sanders is a rising star in trump’s orbit


washington (ap) — faced with aggressive on-air questioning about the president’s wiretapping claims, sarah huckabee sanders didn’t flinch, she went folksy.speaking to george stephanopoulos on “good morning america,” she pulled out a version of an old line from president lyndon johnson: “if the president walked across the potomac, the media would be reporting that he could not swim.”the 34-year-old spokeswoman for president donald trump was schooled in hardscrabble politics — and down-home rhetoric — from a young age by her father, former arkansas gov. mike huckabee. her way with a zinger — and her unshakable loyalty to an often unpredictable boss — are big reasons why the deputy press secretary is a rising star in trump’s orbit.in recent weeks, sanders has taken on a notably more prominent






sarah huckabee sanders is a rising star in trump's orbit


washington — faced with aggressive on-air questioning about the president's wiretapping claims, sarah huckabee sanders didn't flinch, she went folksy.speaking to george stephanopoulos on "good morning america," she pulled out a version of an old line from president lyndon johnson: "if the president walked across the potomac, the media would be reporting that he could not swim."the 34-year-old spokeswoman for president donald trump was schooled in hardscrabble politics — and down-home rhetoric — from a young age by her father, former arkansas gov. mike huckabee. her way with a zinger — and her unshakable loyalty to an often unpredictable boss — are big reasons why the deputy press secretary is a rising star in trump's orbit.in recent weeks, sanders has taken on a notably more prominent role






sarah huckabee sanders is a rising star in trump's orbit


washington — faced with aggressive on-air questioning about the president's wiretapping claims, sarah huckabee sanders didn't flinch, she went folksy.speaking to george stephanopoulos on "good morning america," she pulled out a version of an old line from president lyndon johnson: "if the president walked across the potomac, the media would be reporting that he could not swim."the 34-year-old spokeswoman for president donald trump was schooled in hardscrabble politics — and down-home rhetoric — from a young age by her father, former arkansas gov. mike huckabee. her way with a zinger — and her unshakable loyalty to an often unpredictable boss — are big reasons why the deputy press secretary is a rising star in trump's orbit.in recent weeks, sanders has taken on a notably more prominent role






president donald trump escalates attacks on news media


washington - the white house excluded some top news organizations from an off-camera media briefing friday after president donald trump sharply criticized the news media as “dishonest” as he addressed a conference of conservative activists.white house spokesman sean spicer did not allow cnn, the new york times, the los angeles times and politico to participate in the briefing for what he called an “expanded pool,” prompting the associated press and time magazine to skip the event.most popular nation storiesa white house press aide, in an email requesting not be to be named, said friday, “no one was barred from any briefing today. it was an expanded pool gaggle, so we actually allowed more press in than the usual pooled events.”each day, a pool of about a dozen print, wire and broadcast rep






white house briefing bar: media groups condemn exclusion


media captionsean spicer is challenged about selected media being barred from his press briefingmedia groups have reacted angrily after several, including the bbc, were barred from an informal briefing with white house press secretary sean spicer.the excluded new york times said the move was "an unmistakable insult to democratic ideals". the bar came hours after president donald trump delivered another attack on the media, saying that "fake news" was the "enemy of the people".the bbc has asked the white house to clarify its exclusion.bbc bureau chief in washington, paul danahar, said: "we understand that there may be occasions when, due to space or circumstances, the white house restricts press events to the established pool. however, what happened today did not fit into that pattern."he a






white house briefing bar: media groups condemn exclusion


media captionsean spicer is challenged about selected media being barred from his press briefingmedia groups have reacted angrily after several, including the bbc, were barred from an informal briefing with white house press secretary sean spicer.the excluded new york times said the move was "an unmistakable insult to democratic ideals". the bar came hours after president donald trump delivered another attack on the media, saying that "fake news" was the "enemy of the people".the bbc has asked the white house to clarify its exclusion.bbc bureau chief in washington, paul danahar, said: "we understand that there may be occasions when, due to space or circumstances, the white house restricts press events to the established pool. however, what happened today did not fit into that pattern."he a






white house briefing bar: media groups condemn exclusion


media captionsean spicer is challenged about selected media being barred from his press briefingmedia groups have reacted angrily after several, including the bbc, were barred from an informal briefing with white house press secretary sean spicer.the excluded new york times said the move was "an unmistakable insult to democratic ideals". the bar came hours after president donald trump delivered another attack on the media, saying that "fake news" was the "enemy of the people".the bbc has asked the white house to clarify its exclusion.bbc bureau chief in washington, paul danahar, said: "we understand that there may be occasions when, due to space or circumstances, the white house restricts press events to the established pool. however, what happened today did not fit into that pattern."he a






‘unruly’ msnbc host andrea mitchell claps back at bill o’reilly on air


msnbc reporter andrea mitchell was escorted out of a photo-op on tuesday after repeatedly asking secretary of state rex tillerson questions that he refused to answer. tillerson has not held any press briefings since taking office. mitchell tried to ask about ukraine, china, and russia but was blocked and then escorted out.fox news o’reilly factor host, bill o’reilly responded on twitter, calling mitchell “unruly.” but it was mitchell who got the last laugh on wednesday when she signed off of her segment.“and that does it for this unruly edition of andrea mitchell reports,” she said, before signing off.watch the clip below: “and that does it for this unruly edition of andrea @mitchellreports” [mic drop] pic.twitter.com/ms19gadudq— bradd jaffy (@braddjaffy) march 8, 2017






dublin water board to spend money to attract candidates – the mercury news


dublin — a water board for dublin and part of san ramon is going to spend money to encourage people to run against board incumbents in future elections.frustrated that no challengers stepped forward to run against incumbents in the last two elections, the dublin san ramon services district board approved several measures wednesday to drum up interest in board races.the district will offer a free citizens academy giving a crash course on the district’s functions to anyone who shows up. the district also will issue press releases and fliers announcing the start of candidate filing periods, produce a booklet on candidate requirements, and offer briefings on key district projects during board meetings.the measures are estimated to cost $5,000.






white house blocks cnn, new york times from press briefing – the denver post


by callum borchers, the washington postanyone wondering when – or if – cnn would stop breaking into regular programming to show the daily media briefing by white house press secretary sean spicer now has an answer: day 36 of the donald trump presidency.but the streak of televised briefings did not end because the cable channel finally decided they are no longer breaking news events. (not every day, anyway.) the streak ended because the white house decided to prohibit cameras from friday’s session.what’s more, the white house barred news outlets, such as cnn, the new york times, politico and the los angeles times, from entering the room.cnn’s sara murray went on air to describe what happened:“we lined up. we were told there was a list ahead of time, which is sort of abnormal, but we put our






3 spacex cargo mission pre-launch briefings


nasa will host three news conferences friday (feb. 17) about spacex's upcoming cargo mission to the international space station (iss), and you can watch all of them live. read our preview mission here: spacex launching nasa cargo from apollo pad saturday: watch it live the first event, at 8:30 a.m. est (1330 gmt), will discuss the science gear aboard spacex's robotic dragon cargo capsule, which is scheduled to launch toward the iss saturday (feb. 18). a discussion about kennedy space center's historic launch complex 39a (which will host saturday's liftoff) will follow at 3 p.m. est (2000 gmt), followed by a mission prelaunch press conference at 5 p.m. est (2200 gmt). you can watch all three friday briefings in the window below, courtesy of nasa tv:   you can watch saturday's launch — whic






watch live friday: 3 spacex cargo mission pre-launch briefings


nasa will host three news conferences friday (feb. 17) about spacex's upcoming cargo mission to the international space station (iss), and you can watch all of them live.






press secretary sean spicer harnesses the power of skype


it turns out white house press secretary sean spicer may not need a larger press room after all. on wednesday, spicer welcomed four new reporters into the already sardine-packed james s. brady press briefing room with the help of video chat application skype.spicer’s virtual addition to the daily press briefing, also known as the “skype seat,” allows for additional reporters from around the country, who are not able to attend the briefings in person, to ask spicer a question or two remotely. playvideocbsnfull video: wh spokesman spicer talks gorsuch, puts iran on notice in briefing during wednesday's white house briefing, national security adviser michael flynn said the white house was putting iran "on notice" after a missil... principal deputy press secretary sarah huckabee sanders said r






rex tillerson's state department largely sidelined in trump's first month


the trump administration in its first month has largely benched the state department from its long-standing role as the preeminent voice of u.s. foreign policy, curtailing public engagement and official travel and relegating secretary of state rex tillerson to a mostly offstage role.decisions on hiring, policy and scheduling are being driven by a white house often wary of the foreign policy establishment and struggling to set priorities and write policy on the fly.the most visible change at the state department is the month-long lack of daily press briefings, a fixture since john foster dulles was secretary of state in the 1950s. the televised question-and-answer session is watched closely around the world, and past administrations have pointed proudly to the accountability of having a gov






‘they want to blow this place up’ and turn diplomacy over to kushner


state department staffers — at least, the ones who haven’t quit or been fired — are left with little to do and plenty of time to ponder their existential dread.the neglect and purposeful destruction under president donald trump have left career foreign service officers feeling “adrift and listless,” according to a new report by the atlantic.trump’s budget will reportedly slash the state department’s funding, and both the president and his chief strategist have suggested federal agencies would remain understaffed and underfunded as part of an effort to destroy them.“they really want to blow this place up,” said one mid-level state department officer. “i don’t think this administration thinks the state department needs to exist. they think jared [kushner, trump’s son-in-law] can do everythin






‘they want to blow this place up’ and turn diplomacy over to kushner


state department staffers — at least, the ones who haven’t quit or been fired — are left with little to do and plenty of time to ponder their existential dread.the neglect and purposeful destruction under president donald trump have left career foreign service officers feeling “adrift and listless,” according to a new report by the atlantic.trump’s budget will reportedly slash the state department’s funding, and both the president and his chief strategist have suggested federal agencies would remain understaffed and underfunded as part of an effort to destroy them.“they really want to blow this place up,” said one mid-level state department officer. “i don’t think this administration thinks the state department needs to exist. they think jared [kushner, trump’s son-in-law] can do everythin






press secretary sean spicer harnesses the power of skype


it turns out white house press secretary sean spicer may not need a larger press room after all. on wednesday, spicer welcomed four new reporters into the already sardine-packed james s. brady press briefing room with the help of video chat application skype.spicer’s virtual addition to the daily press briefing, also known as the “skype seat,” allows for additional reporters from around the country, who are not able to attend the briefings in person, to ask spicer a question or two remotely. playvideocbsnfull video: wh spokesman spicer talks gorsuch, puts iran on notice in briefing during wednesday's white house briefing, national security adviser michael flynn said the white house was putting iran "on notice" after a missil... principal deputy press secretary sarah huckabee sanders said r






australia’s leader says trump isn’t chasing a refugee deal


canberra, australia (ap) — australia’s prime minister has ruled out any deal to get the united states to honor an agreement to resettle hundreds of muslim refugees that president donald trump has described as “dumb.”prime minister malcom turnbull dismissed a nine network television network journalist’s suggestion on sunday that he should be offended that white house spokesman sean spicer has repeatedly called him “trumbull” in press briefings. turnbull said, “the important thing is results.”spicer says trump has agreed to honor an obama administration deal to resettle up to 1,250 asylum seekers rejected by australia. trump made the agreement during a conver ion with turnbull last weekend, but has since tweeted, “i will study this dumb deal!”turnbull said trump has asked for nothing in retu






trump spokesman sean spicer is daytime tv’s newest star


sean spicer’s daily briefings, carried live by the major cable-news networks, are drawing an average 4.3 million viewers, according to data from nielsen.he is no match for “the young and the restless.” but he is beating “the bold and the beautiful.”sean spicer, the white house press secretary whose early tenure has prompted political fireworks and late-night parodies, may be struggling to settle in behind the lectern. on the airwaves, however, he is daytime television’s new big hit.spicer’s briefings, carried live by the major cable-news networks, are pulling in an average 4.3 million viewers, according to data from nielsen. audiences across fox news, msnbc and cnn grow by an average 10 percent when spicer comes on-screen to discuss the latest news on president trump, statistics show.the s






employees say hhs head tom price sends staff 'propaganda' emails


image via getty.two employees at the national institutes of health have forwarded jezebel emails that appear to show the newly instated head of the department of health and human services, dr. tom price, sending what they call “propaganda” for the controversial republican healthcare replacement bill. advertisementa series of weekly recap emails sent to hhs staff within the past two weeks read like press briefings, containing short summaries of price’s media appearances with links to tv and radio interviews. a significant portion of the content from monday’s email blast was devoted to highlighting the controversial new american health care act. and an email sent to hhs staff on monday by price, for example, included links to several fox news interviews about the proposed act and noted that






creators of showtime's series 'the circus' take a look at the early days of trum


as if sean spicer’s daily press briefings weren’t entertainment enough, there’s now a reality television series about our reality star president’s first 100 days.the second season of showtime’s “the circus,” now subtitled “inside the biggest story on earth,” will filter the business of politics and government through a lens once reserved for behind-the-scenes looks at celebrities and sports stars.hosted by political analysts john heilemann and mark halperin, the show, which premieres sunday and will run for at least six episodes, aims to set itself apart from the armchair commentary of cable news and political talk shows with actual on-the-ground reportage. each week the “circus” team will shadow and interview politicians, policymakers and their constituents, providing an insider angle int






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how strong is a hydraulic press, really?


the hydraulic press channel crushes a lot of fun stuff with their twenty-ton press. but what’s the limit of its strength? they test it in this video.full story at youtube.more great vids. posted by josh urich