Oct 25, 2017

Cable wars: Laura Ingraham's Fox News show starts next week

Steve Bannon joins Laura Ingraham at a rally for Arizona Senate candidate Kelli Ward, on Oct. 17 in Scottsdale. (AP's Ross D. Franklin)

Laura Ingraham — who next week "will take over one of the most coveted slots on cable television," 10 p.m. on Fox News — tells the N.Y. Times' Michael Grynbaum when asked if she's bringing a Breitbart audience with her: "I wouldn't call it a Breitbart audience. I would call it America."

Brian Williams, anchor of MSNBC's 11 p.m. "The 11th hour," tells Emily Jane Fox of Vanity Fair's The Hive: "I tend to over-introduce my guests ... It is one of my things. ... I will never introduce someone only as an analyst. It's diminishing. I try to love on them."

  • "Williams happens to be a night owl."
  • NBC News President Andy Lack: "I've had many exchanges with him in the wee hours ... With him, 11 o'clock is just getting started."
  • Variety's Brian Steinberg: "In the third quarter of 2017, 'The 11th Hour' lured the most viewers of any cable-news show at 11 p.m., according to Nielsen, with an average of 1.6 million viewers
  • Disclosure: NBC is an investor in Axios.

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Warren sees bump in national poll following Nevada debate

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren surged to 19% and second place in a CBS News/YouGov national poll released Sunday, trailing front-runner Sen. Bernie Sanders (28%) but edging out Joe Biden (17%) and Michael Bloomberg (13%).

Why it matters: The poll notes that only 42% of Democratic primary voters have made up their minds. While Warren underperformed in the first three states, her strong debate performance in Nevada last week may have given her campaign new life.

Pence aide says intel report of Russia helping Trump is "false information"

Marc Short. Screenshot: Fox News

Marc Short, chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, claimed on "Fox News Sunday" that the White House has not received intelligence that Russia is seeking to help President Trump win re-election, calling it "false information" that has been selectively leaked by Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee.

The big picture: Short and national security adviser Robert O'Brien both dismissed reports published in the Washington Post and New York Times last week about a briefing provided by top election security official Shelby Pierson, an aide to outgoing acting director of national intelligence Joseph Maguire.

Bernie's juggernaut

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks in San Antonio last night with his wife, Jane. Photo: Eric Gay/AP

Sen. Bernie Sanders won so big in the Nevada caucuses that Democrats are hard-pressed to sketch a way he's not their nominee.

Driving the news: With 60% of precincts counted (slow, but better than Iowa!), Sanders is running away with 46% of delegates — crushing Joe Biden's 20%, Pete Buttigieg's 15%, Sen. Elizabeth Warren's 10% and Sen. Amy Klobuchar's 5%.