The professional press corps has been frozen out of Michelle Obama's swing through China. But the White House has partnered with CNN to bring in amateurs. Katie Hawkins-Gaar, a CNN editor, coordinated the effort to solicit and accumulate submissions from "iReporters" interested in asking questions about the "importance of students learning from one another's cultures," Mrs. Obama's stated emphasis for this trip.
The conventional wisdom in Tinseltown is that the biggest Oscar snub of the year went to Robert Redford, who failed to get a Best Actor nod. The Hollywood legend delivered a highly praised and mostly wordless performanceof a man fighting for his life on a sinking boat in All Is Lost. But much further down the Oscar ballot, there might have been an even bigger stunner about troubled oceangoers: The save-the-whales documentary Blackfish was not nominated for an Academy Award.
It must have seemed like a good idea at the time. When the suits at CNN were searching around for a successor to crotchety, unfocused old Larry King—“There’s a lot of good restaurants in Philadelphia. . . . What do you make of Dancing with the Stars?”—they settled on 45-year-old Piers Morgan, a veteran British tabloid editor who had found his way onto such television froth as You Can’t Fire Me, I’m -Famous and America’s Got Talent.
CNN report Peter Hamby reports on a recent conversation he had with a former White House official:
"I talked to a former Obama White House person, just before Christmas, when Obama was sort of adrift, figuring out what to do, his poll numbers were pretty low. And he said, 'Look, the president needs to find an issue to campaign on. This is what he's good at. He's really good at campaigning. Maybe not governing,' according to this Democrat," Hamby said this morning on CNN.
The boss, joined by former Democratic senator Blanche Lincoln and USA Today's Susan Page, discussed Obamacare and efforts by the Obama administration to "rebrand" the law with CNN's Jake Tapper on Tuesday. Watch the video below:
The federal health insurance exchange website created by Obamacare has been a "complete disaster" said CNN analyst Gloria Borger. Speaking on Jake Tapper's program Wednesday afternoon, Borger was asked to respond to the enrollment numbers released by the administration following the first month of healthcare.gov and the several state-run exchanges across the country.
New Jersey governor Chris Christie, a Republican, is on his way to winning big in his bid for reelection Tuesday, and there's already talk he may be on his way to running for president in three years. Speaking to CNN's Jake Tapper, Christie argued he's not a moderate as he's sometimes portrayed.
CNN host Stephanie Cutter, who worked on President Obama's reelection campaign, has sent a fundraising email on behalf of Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe.
"Hey there," Cutter begins. "Another poll came out this week showing Terry McAuliffe with a marginal lead over Ken Cuccinelli in the Virginia governor's race. Most people I know were thrilled. But I got nervous."