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CNN is reportedly trying to court ABC News’ senior White House correspondent Jake Tapper.
Fishbowl DC’s Betsy Rothstein, who was first to report the news, learned that CNN chiefs were looking for a “game changer” and were interested in Tapper.
Tapper and senior vice president and spokesman for ABC News Jeffrey Schneider, both released statements to The Huffington Post’s Michael Calderone. Tapper said, “Being the White House correspondent for ABC News is a dream job, one I’m focused on 100 percent. I couldn’t be happier where I am right now.”
Schneider echoed Tapper’s sentiment. “Hardly surprised to read about all kinds of poachers being interested in Jake Tapper. That’s what happens when you are at the top of your profession. We’re thrilled Jake works for ABC News and expect him to have a leadership role for a long time to come,” he said.
It’s not surprising to hear that CNN is looking for a “game changer.” The network experienced its lowest-rated month in more than a decade in April 2012. A Time Warner spokesperson said that CEO Jeff Bewkes was “clearly not satisfied” with CNN’s performance and planned to turn up the heat on the network and company-at-large “to come up with a plan to restore momentum.”
Tapper is still under contract with ABC News though that does not prevent other networks from talking to him about new opportunities. Read More
If the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, better known as CISPA, reached President Obama’s desk in its current form, he would veto the bill, according to a statement from the White House.
CISPA, says the White House, would allow the government and the intelligence community unfettered access to Americans’ personal information and data, sacrificing individuals’ personal privacy and civil liberties.
CISPA is designed to allow private firms to share information about cybersecurity threats with one another and with the federal government. The bill’s advocates call such information sharing a necessary step in defending the U.S.’s networks from a “digital Pearl Harbor,” while opponents argue that sharing puts the civil liberties and personal privacy of Internet users in jeopardy.
“[CISPA] would allow broad sharing of information with governmental entities without establishing requirements for both industry and the government to minimize and protect personally identifiable information,” reads the statement.
The White House also believes that CISPA would allow private companies to share users’ information with one another — unhindered by adequate supervision or transparency — while simultaneously shielding them from lawsuits that spring up as a result of that information sharing.
“Citizens have a right to know that corporations will be held legally accountable for failing to safeguard personal information adequately,” reads the statement. “The broad liability protection not only removes a strong incentive to improving cybersecurity, it also potentially undermines our Nation’s economic, national security, and public safety interests.” Read More
Governor Mitch Daniels (R-IN) appeared on Fox News Sunday and spoke about the possibility of becoming the GOP vice presidential nomination. Daniels has already endorsed Mitt Romney and told Chris Wallace that he thinks Romney is more in touch with the American people than President Obama. “He’s been out there, he’s been roughed up in the primaries, he’s been face to face with the really serious lingering economic difficulties America faces.”
Wallace asked Daniels about comments he made to the Indianapolis Star in which he stated, “You have to campaign to govern not just to win. Look at everything through the lens of folks who have yet to achieve. Romney doesn’t talk that way.” Read More
President Obama thrust himself and his political operation this week into Wisconsin’s broiling budget battle, mobilizing opposition Thursday to a Republican bill that would curb public-worker benefits and planning similar protests in other state capitals. Obama accused Scott Walker, the state’s new Republican governor, of unleashing an “assault” on unions in pushing emergency legislation that would change future collective-bargaining agreements that affect most public employees, including teachers. Read More
Yesterday, President Obama stood in front of a pile of big green pipes – yes, green pipes – in Cushing, Oklahoma, and promised to expedite approval of federal permits for the southern leg of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. It was a crushing defeat for enviros and clean energy activists, many of whom have waged a long and pitched political battle over the fate of the pipeline. Read More