A fight is brewing between the White House and the journalists who cover it over the access granted to photographers and video journalists.
A letter to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney signed by all the major news outlets, including CNN, states:
As surely as if they were placing a hand over a journalist's camera lens, officials in this administration are blocking the public from having an independent view of important functions of the Executive Branch of government. ... You are, in effect, replacing independent photojournalism with visual press releases.
Ron Fournier is the Editorial Director for the National Journal is OutFront. He has covered three consecutive administrations in the White House: Presidents Clinton, George W. Bush and now Obama.
Chilling new video tonight inside the dorm room of the former University of Central Florida student who committed suicide yesterday and left behind a bag full of explosives and weapons.
UCF police chief, Richard Beary, who was on the show Monday says the evidence at the crime scene shows that 30 year-old James Oliver Seevakumaran had enough ammunition for a massacre.
"I don't think that you acquire two 110-round magazines and numerous 22-capacity magazines and that you purchase 1000 rounds of ammunition and that you purchase the 45 ammunition, I don't think you just do that as a joke," Beary said.
Fortunately, Seevakumaran's roommate called 9-11, and may have prevented mass casualties on the Florida campus.
Ed Lavandera has the latest.
The sequester hatchet is about to fall. Or is it? For weeks, President Obama has been warning that we will face financial doom when these $85 billion dollars in cuts take effect in less than five hours from now.
"These cuts not smart, they are not fair, they will hurt our economy, they will add hundreds of thousands of Americans to the unemployment roles. This is not an abstraction." Obama added, "People will lose their jobs."
But as the clock ticked closer to dooms day the President started to change his tune.
"This is not a cliff but it is a tumble downward," Obama said.
Erin Burnett asks if we're not going to feel the pain, what was all the bickering about?
OutFront tonight: Stephen Moore, a Sr. Economics Writer, Wall Street Journal Editorial Page and Daniel Altman, an economics professor at New YorkUniversity.
While Washington's division and dysfunction threatens our economic recovery, some American cities are still working their way back to prosperity after decades, not years, of tough times.
Recently, John Avlon traveled to Youngstown, Ohio, his mother's home town, and caught a glimpse of hope deep in the Rust Belt. Youngstown's recovery is a fragile work in progress, but it's a story that is starting to echo across the midwest – local innovation leading to economic progress.
An interesting idea brought to us by the liberal former governor of Vermont Howard Dean - the man who brought us the scream heard around the world when he ran for president.
Dean, says, let's face it America - taxes need to go up for everyone. It might not be what you expect from someone like Dean. It's certainly not the President's position or the position of most Americans.
Another new poll released Thursday shows most Americans like the president's idea, of only raising taxes on the top 2% - individuals making over $200,000 or families making over $250,000.
But according to the Congressional Research Service, that tax hike would only give us $678 billion over 10 years.
Remember America is $16 trillion in the hole. If we go with Howard Dean's idea - that gets us $2.8 trillion - about 17% of our debt.
Adam Davidson, co-founder of NPR's Planet Money did the math and wrote in the New York Times, "Increasing the middle-class tax burden an additional 8 percent ... would actually have a bigger impact than taxing millionaires at 100 percent."
With no breakthrough today in the fiscal cliff negotiations could this be a starting point?
Out front tonight: Republican Congressman James Lankford of Oklahoma - incoming chairman of the Republican Policy Committee, the fifth-ranking position within in the House GOP leadership line-up.