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Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Another Tuesday Another Primary

No surprise to anyone, Hillary Clinton won the West Virginia primary. The projected winner was announced early in the evening. The most interesting thing I saw was John King at the Magic Board(maybe it's because I'm intrigued by all kinds of maps). Here is a clip of John talking to Wolf about the impact of rural voters.

CNN has another new addition. Fran Townsend. Here is the press release.


Frances Fragos Townsend, who recently stepped down as President George W. Bush's chief anti-terrorism and homeland security adviser, will join CNN as an on-air contributor providing analysis and insight on national security issues, it was announced by Jon Klein, president of CNN/U.S.

Townsend, who has spent more than two decades in the fields of intelligence and criminal justice, has served during the past three administrations, most recently as assistant to Bush for homeland security and counterterrorism. She chaired the Homeland Security Council from May 2004 until January 2008. Prior to that, she was a deputy assistant to the president and deputy national security adviser for combating terrorism from 2003 to 2004. She has been at the center of America's effort to fight terrorism through her work in the U.S. Coast Guard, the Justice Department under President Bill Clinton and the George W. Bush White House.

"Fran's insider experience will bring an informed point of view to topics and issues that many voters care deeply about," Klein said. "She adds an important dimension to CNN's coverage of one of the central questions in the presidential election — How safe are we?"

"This is a critical time for our country," Townsend said. "Having just come off the front lines in the war on terrorism, I'm excited to be able to speak directly to American and global viewers who need to know how serious the threat is, what is being done about it and how much is left to do."

Townsend currently serves as a consultant to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and as a member of President Bush's Intelligence Advisory Board, the Council on Foreign Relations and the Aspen Institute Homeland Security Program.

Her early career in law includes service as an assistant district attorney in Brooklyn, N.Y., and with the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York. Before joining the Bush White House, Townsend was the first person to serve as assistant commandant for intelligence for the Coast Guard and spent 13 years at the Justice Department in a variety of senior positions, including chief of staff to the assistant attorney general, director of the Office of International Affairs in the Criminal Division, acting deputy assistant attorney general in the Criminal Division and counsel to the attorney general for intelligence policy.

Townsend graduated cum laude from the American University with a bachelor's degrees in political science and psychology and earned her law degree from the University of San Diego School of Law. She has taught trial advocacy at Harvard Law School and Pace University Law School.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Was it me last night, or was CNN going to
the pundits a lot less than in the past and
sticking more with the reporters for their
coverage of the WVA primary?