On Monday, Reuters White House Correspondent Jeff Mason conducted an exclusive on-camera interview with U.S. President Barack Obama at the White House. The interview came on the eve of Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress in which the Israeli prime minister was expected to oppose Obama’s drive to get a nuclear agreement with Iran. It generated significant coverage in media outlets all over the world. In a Reuters Best: Journalist Spotlight Q&A, Jeff offers an inside look at how Reuters scored the exclusive interview.
Q. How did we land the interview?
A. Scoring the interview was a long process that took patience and persistence. It was a team effort. That paid off the week before the interview, when White House spokesman Josh Earnest called me into his office and offered a sit-down with the president on Monday afternoon, the day before Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s remarks to the U.S. Congress. The timing couldn’t have been better.
Today’s graphic tracks the number of times each topic (economy/jobs, education, taxes, energy, national security) has been mentioned in President Obama’s State of the Union addresses. Make sure to the read the full recap on the Reuters live blog and check out the best pictures from the speech.
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From Westlaw Journal Insurance Coverage: The Obama administration is asking a federal appeals court to compel the Little Sisters of the Poor, an order of Catholic women, to comply with the Affordable Care Act’s rule requiring many employers to provide no-cost contraception to workers.
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The sisters, who provide free care to the indigent elderly, say the federal government is attempting to make them complicit in a gravely immoral act in violation of their right to freedom of religion.
Comedian-in-Chief Barack Obama was the star attraction at the White House Correspondents’ Association 100th anniversary dinner this past Saturday at the Washington Hilton in DC. The dinner is a high-profile annual ritual that attracts not only the press but politicians, government officials, business leaders and an increasing number of celebrities. The 2014 event was no exception, with power players from many fields mingling and sparkling from the red carpet into the ballroom. The evening’s agenda featured comedian Joel McHale and President Obama himself cracking jokes.
The following is a recap of the weekend’s festivities:
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