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Moderator Lester Holt under scrutiny during debate

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Everyone’s aware of the stakes for Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump during the first presidential debate, but there’s a third person in the equation who faces a different pressure: Lester Holt. The NBC News veteran is moderating his first general election debate, making him solely responsible for the questions asked each candidate and for steering the conversation. His performance will be closely watched, particularly in light of a dispute over the extent to which he should call politicians out for…

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A year in pop culture: Hellos, goodbyes, and Caitlyn Jenner

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There were goodbyes (Jon Stewart, David Letterman, “Mad Men”) and hellos (Adele!). “Star Wars” reawakened, and a ballerina and an unheralded Founding Father both hit the zeitgeist. But the pop-culture moment that fascinated us most? That had to be the emergence of Caitlyn Jenner. Herewith, our annual, very selective trip down pop culture memory lane: JANUARY: Remember we began the year talking about North Korea? At the GOLDEN GLOBES, Tina Fey welcomes the TV audience to honor “all the movies that North…

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Donald Trump, Brian Williams, Caitlyn Jenner among TV’s most eye-popping in 2015

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It’s been a year of shifting sands in late night. A year of broken trust in two vastly different TV personalities. And a year when presidential debates became must-see TV. Here’s a rundown of 10 big television happenings in 2015: — SAY ‘GOOD NIGHT’: Late-night TV’s transformation began in January, when Larry Wilmore‘s new “Nightly Show” claimed the Comedy Central slot previously held by Stephen Colbert‘s “Colbert Report.” Then in February, Jon Stewart announced he was leaving Comedy Central’s “The…

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James Rosica latest addition to Florida Politics’ reporting stable

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James Rosica, a journalist and lawyer, joins Florida Politics after having been The Tampa Tribune’s state government reporter in Tallahassee since 2013. “I’m excited to be part of this team, especially as we come up on the 2016 elections,” he said. “Florida Politics and SaintPetersBlog have established themselves as must-reads in the capital and across the state, and I look forward to delivering content and engaging with our audiences.” After college, Rosica attended journalism school in Washington, D.C., and worked at…

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Mitch Perry Report for 5.15.15 — Stephanopoulos apologizes again for Clinton donation. Is the story over?

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This morning on ABC’s Good Morning America, host George Stephanopolous apologized to his audience for failing to disclose that he had donated $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation over the past few years, a revelation that has rocked the political/media establishment over the past 24 hours. Stephanopolous has worked hard over the past 13 years to earn the credibility of being a fair-minded journalist, despite his well known background in Democratic politics (not just with the Bill Clinton administration, but also in…

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