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C-SPAN Wants More Cameras on House Floor

Network asks McCarthy to amend rules to allow full coverage to continue

(Newser) - As the House went through its longest speakership election since long before television was invented, C-SPAN was able to show much more of the goings-on in the chamber than usual. That included what producer Ben O'Connell called "extraordinary conversations" and "migrating scrums of congressmen." The public...

C-SPAN Showing Us What We Normally Can't See

Network has been able to capture the goings-on all throughout the House chamber, a rarity

(Newser) - C-SPAN generally makes for pretty dull viewing, except for the wonkiest of political fans. But the ongoing Kevin McCarthy speakership votes in the House have changed that dramatically, if temporarily. As New York magazine puts it, what viewers are seeing amounts to "C-SPAN gone wild." Or as CNN...

Trump Getting Very Specific Advice for Upcoming Debate

Advisers want him to let Joe Biden speak more

(Newser) - The final debate between President Trump and Joe Biden takes place Thursday night, and the president's team suggests viewers will see a different tone from him. The key part of the plan is for Trump to interrupt Joe Biden less often , reports Politico . "I do think that President...

C-SPAN Suspends Editor After He Admits Lying About Hack

Steve Scully had tweeted Anthony Scaramucci for advice on answering Trump

(Newser) - C-SPAN suspended political editor Steve Scully indefinitely Thursday after he admitted to lying about his Twitter feed being hacked when he was confronted about a questionable exchange with former Trump aide Anthony Scaramucci. The news came on the day of what was supposed to be a career highlight for the...

C-SPAN Suddenly Switches to Russian Network

Network says they probably weren't hacked

(Newser) - C-SPAN says it's looking into a weird incident Thursday afternoon, when live coverage of Congress was replaced by the Kremlin-funded news channel Russia Today. The bizarre switcheroo happened around 2:30pm when Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters was speaking about the SEC and had mentioned Donald Trump and Russia repeatedly,...

Woman Gets 13K Texts After C-SPAN Posts Wrong Number


(Newser) - A Virginia woman received more than 13,000 text messages and 600 calls after C-SPAN accidentally plastered her number on TV during the presidential debate, reports AP . Bartender Tripp Diaz of Stafford, 26, began receiving a barrage of texts Monday night because C-SPAN put up her number and asked viewers...

Democrats Say Dramatic Sit-In Was a Success
 Democrats' Dramatic 
 Sit-In Now in Second Day 

Democrats' Dramatic Sit-In Now in Second Day

But Ryan officially adjourns House until July 5

(Newser) - Democrats are calling their sit-in protest on the House floor a success, even though it hasn't led to the votes on gun-control legislation they demanded. About two dozen lawmakers were still taking part Thursday morning, even after House Speaker Paul Ryan adjourned the chamber about 3am until after the...

Is This 'Weird' C-SPAN Call to Hastert Tied to Scandal?

'Bruce' from Yorkville, Illinois, apparently didn't want to chat

(Newser) - Dennis Hastert appeared on C-SPAN last November, and a caller identified as "Bruce" from Yorkville, Illinois, phoned in. "Hello, Denny," Bruce says. "Hey, how are you doing?" Hastert responds. "Pretty good," Bruce continues. "Remember me from Yorkville?" When the C-SPAN hosts prods Bruce...

As Brothers Bicker on C-SPAN, Mom Calls In

Joy Woodhouse tells her sons to stop fighting

(Newser) - Brad Woodhouse is liberal and brother Dallas Woodhouse is conservative, and as the pundits went back and forth on C-SPAN this morning, they were stopped short by a surprise call, reports Mediaite . “You’re right, I’m from down south,” said Joy from North Carolina. “And I’...

Ted Cruz Still Standing, Reads Green Eggs and Ham

Marathon session passes 18-hour mark

(Newser) - As part of Sen. Ted Cruz's anti-ObamaCare talkathon—which he has vowed to keep up until he can no longer stand —he read the Dr. Seuss classic, Green Eggs and Ham, to his daughters. "Daddy's going to be home soon, to read to you in person,...

Cain Bails on NH Newspaper Interview

After refusing to allow it to be taped

(Newser) - An interview Herman Cain had scheduled with New Hampshire’s largest newspaper fell through today, in what the New Hampshire Union Leader dubbed a “no-show.” Cain’s camp blamed the newspaper. Scheduled a week in advance, the sit-down was originally supposed to be an hour long and aired...

C-SPAN: Let Us Televise Health Care Arguments

It asks Supreme Court to allow cameras for first time

(Newser) - C-SPAN thinks the coming health care debate before the Supreme Court would be a perfect time to make history. The channel has written a letter to John Roberts requesting that it be allowed to televise the five-plus hours of arguments scheduled to take place in March over President Obama's...

Bush: I'm Done With Politics

W. says he won't campaign, fundraise, or criticize Obama

(Newser) - You won't see George W. Bush hitting the campaign trail in 2012; he's sworn off politics for good, he tells C-SPAN in an interview airing tomorrow night. “I don’t want to go out and campaign for candidates, I don’t want to be used as a perpetual...

Kagan Supports Cameras in Supreme Court

Public could watch "extraordinary" events

(Newser) - Would Elena Kagan support putting cameras in the Supreme Court? Looks like it. C-SPAN footage posted on Mediaite shows the nominee discussing the issue in July 2009. Having cameras in court would allow the public to see "an amazing and extraordinary event," she says. People would see "...

5 Words Obama Dodges in Health Care Debate

'Reconciliation,' 'mandate' missing from president's speeches

(Newser) - President Obama tends to use words in ways that contradict their meanings and then abandon them when people realize what he's really saying, writes former Bush speechwriter William McGurn, listing five words the president now avoids using unless he's forced to by reporters or Republicans.
  • Reconciliation: Obama calls for the

Obama vs. GOP = Great TV
 Obama vs. GOP = Great TV 

Obama vs. GOP = Great TV

President immensely entertaining in smooth mockery of Republicans

(Newser) - Whatever the political consequences of President Obama's meeting with House Republicans today, the encounter will go down as "easily the most entertaining program C-SPAN (or any cable news network, really) has aired in a long time," writes Mike Madden for Salon . The verbal jousting was "a spectacle,...

C-SPAN Asks Dems to Keep Talks Open

But health care negotiations begin behind closed doors

(Newser) - C-SPAN is begging Congress to let it record and televise the last phase of the health care bill’s journey, but Democrats seem intent on negotiating behind closed doors. C-SPAN’s CEO sent a letter to Democratic leaders asking them to open “all important negotiations” to cameras, pledging to...

Teabagger Fears Prayers Killed Wrong Senator

Georgian worries that plea for Byrd's death backfired

(Newser) - A self-described teabagger who apparently believes his prayers have the power to kill lawmakers cracked up C-Span viewers yesterday. The caller—alarmed by Sen. Jim Inhofe's absence from a vote—told Sen. John Barrasso over the phone that he feared his prayers for 92-year-old Democratic Sen. Robert Byrd to die...

Rare Documentary Offers Intriguing Peek at Court
Rare Documentary Offers Intriguing Peek at Court
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Rare Documentary Offers Intriguing Peek at Court

(Newser) - C-SPAN's new documentary on the Supreme Court is both "unprecedented and surprisingly moving," writes Hank Stuever, and even court junkies are bound to learn something new. Bombshells? Not so much, but it's the first time that all current and retired living justices have given individual interviews for the...

Supremes Won't Air Dirty Laundry

Court will delay release of tapes of arguments in indecency case

(Newser) - Election Day is likely to inspire swearing in some places and sure to see off-color language in one unlikely locale: the Supreme Court. But the American public will have to wait until next summer to hear tomorrow's oral arguments in a landmark indecency case, FCC vs. Fox, the Justices...

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