Watch the full interview hosted by PBS NewsHour’s Miles O’Brien with questions from Google Moderator:
Commander Mark Kelly will give his first interview from space to Google, You Tube and PBS NewsHour. Anchor Miles O’Brien will use questions submitted through Google Moderator… To read Matt Dornic’s take, click HERE.
WHC Insider would like to welcome the New York Times back to TV. Producers have been using your material for years, its about time you joined the TV game again. Todd Purdum’s show from your partnership with the Discovery Channel is still a favorite.
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James Wolfensohn, former World Bank President, tells WHC Insider that he supports Gordon Brown to be the next International Monetary Fund Chief: “Brown is a strong financial leader and I think he would be an admirable candidate.”
Eyebrows were raised in Washington as current British Prime Minister David Cameron used aggressive political tactics in the selection process for the next IMF Chief. Cameron broke tradition and attacked his predecessor, Brown, who is a possible candidate for the position. The New Statesman weighed in, calling Cameron “petty.”
Wolfensohn has read Cameron’s comments and told WHC Insider, “Having worked with him [Brown] for a decade, he was the most effective International Finance Minister that I worked with. He has a great understanding of the developed countries and a strong sense of the developing countries.”
Brown recently spoke at Bretton Woods and here is Steve Clemons’ take.
As WHC Insider followers know, Tammy Haddad is a friend of Gordon and Sarah Brown, the Global Patron of the White Ribbon Alliance for Safe Motherhood.
There’s a new Deputy in town! Lee Satterfield has been named Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Professional and Cultural Exchanges in the Office of Education and Cultural Affairs at the State Department. Satterfield has served as the Deputy Chief of Protocol since 2009.
In her new position she will work closely with Assistant Secretary Ann Stock to implement cultural diplomacy through art, music, dance, and sports, as well as professional and youth exchanges. These exchange programs engage youth, artists, athletes and emerging leaders in many fields in the United States and in more than 160 countries.
Satterfield also served in the Clinton Administration in several capacities, including Special Assistant to the President and Staff Director for The White House Office of Public Liaison, Special Assistant to the President and Presidential Scheduler for President Clinton and Scheduler for Vice President Gore. Satterfield also served as Director of Convention Planning for the Democratic National Convention Committee where she oversaw the site selection process for the 2004 Democratic National Convention held in Boston, Massachusetts.
Sam Stein reports in HuffPost that former White House Communications aide and Chicago native Ben LaBolt has been named as the national press secretary for the President’s re-election campaign.
Also joining the Obama 2012 staff as deputy press secretary is Katie Hogan, another White House veteran.
For those starting to keep track: 581 days until November 6, 2012.
The Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation, in conjunction with its debate partners NBC News and POLITICO, are moving the Reagan Centennial GOP Presidential Primary Candidates Debate from May 2 to September 14, 2011.
Why the change? Seems not enough contenders are willing to toss their hat into the ring this early. Moving the debate to the fall will allow “enough time for the full slate of candidates to participate,” said John Heubusch, executive director for the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation.
“The Reagan Foundation prides itself on sponsoring world-class debates in which all of the major candidates in contention can make their point of view known to the widest possible audience,’ said Heubusch. ‘Although there will be a long and impressive list of Republican candidates who eventually take the field, too few have made the commitment thus far for a debate to be worthwhile in early May.“
By David Adler
David and Susan Axelrod dazzled the city by the bay with the launch of the CURE Epilepsy 1st Annual West Coast Benefit in San Francisco, CA. Evelyn Nussenbaum and Fred Vogelstein co-chaired the dinner with in-laws, John and Barbara Vogelstein, and Susan Axelrod.
In his keynote address at the Four Seasons David Axelrod, former Senior Adviser to President Obama called epilepsy, “terrorism of the brain. ”
Evelyn Nussenbaum event co-chair said, “We’re in the same place as so many other people affected by epilepsy–grappling with the fact that despite the introduction of many new drugs over the last 50 years, the percentage of people with epilepsy who cannot control their seizures has not changed. It’s over 30 percent.”
Fred Vogelstein told the crowd, “The way we treat and think about epilepsy is in the dark ages. It still scares people so much that those with seizures lose jobs and relationships because of it.”
San Francisco political superstars Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom and Willie Brown, joined Susan and David Axelrod to raise awareness and funds to support epilepsy research. The omnipresent and forever mayor in many San Franciscans’ minds, Willie Brown, whipped the crowd into a giving frenzy Phil Donahue style, raising money paddle by paddle to support the “Fund a Need” grant program. Guests included San Francisco County Supervisor Malia Cohen, SF lawyer Rich Guggenhime, Men’s Health Magazine’s Andrew Kramer with his beautiful wife, Caryn and Google’s David and Marimo Drummond. The event also highlighted the groundbreaking work of Bay Area scientists who have received CURE grants to continue their research.
Washington had two terrific Ambassadors, Steve Clemons and Self magazine’s Marc Adelman. One of Washington’s favorite bloggers, Clemons, wrote about the dinner at http://www.thewashingtonnote.com/archives/2011/03/gavin_newsoms_i/
David Axelrod told the audience that the two most amazing women he will ever know are his daughter, Lauren, and his wife Susan, an evangelical epilepsy advocate. He also described the amazing families who he has met through their 30 year journey with epilepsy describing one family friend who votes Republican and watches Bill O’Reilly every night: not important as this is a disease that transcends politics and ideology.
Axelrod addressed the political current climate, “Our politics are so divisive now. Cable TV and instant news allow us to focus on our different beliefs and philosophies. But in the community of those of us affected by epilepsy, those differences do not matter. Epilepsy cuts across all political, social, ethnic, and economic lines. No group is spared. And we must remember and use our common humanity to fight it.”
Peter Rowan’s Bluegrass Band entertained the crowd fulfilling the New Yorker’s comment that Rowan, a Grammy winner, is “an American treasure.”
To give to the Fund the Need campaign, Click on CUREEpilepsy.org
photos courtesy Drew Altizer
Elizabeth Taylor, a Hollywood legend whose beauty and passion lit up the silver screen, has died at age 79.
Born in London, Taylor enthralled Hollywood as a child actor and charmed audiences with her violet-colored eyes. In a career that spanned seven decades, she earned five Academy Award nominations, was appointed Dame Commander of the British Empire, and never strayed far from the public’s interest. For more on her storied life and career, check out The Telegraph.
Her life off-screen earned her as much attention as her film work, with eight headline-grabbing marriages including one to John Warner whom she helped to get elected to the U.S. senate in 1978. USA Today has more on Taylor’s time as a political wife.
While Taylor will always be known as a movie star, for millions worldwide she may perhaps be best remembered for her courageous work on behalf of HIV/AIDS causes. The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation has been a longtime supporter of the Whitman-Walker Clinic, which named its main clinic in D.C. after the actress.
The Washington Business Journal has more:
“Her dedication to the cause led her to be her personally for the dedication. That kind of commitment exemplifies why she was so important in the early days of the fight against HIV/AIDS,” said Whitman-Walker executive director Don Blanchon in a statement. “We will ensure that she is remembered not just for her career but for her unwavering support for a community and a cause that, in the early days, many would not touch.”
Taylor entered the hospital six weeks ago with congestive heart failure. She passed away Wednesday morning at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles surrounded by her four children.