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Is the New ‘Meet the Press’ Just Politics as Usual?

Chuck Todd tries to reboot the 67-year-old news show for 2014 with goatees, tattoos, and a glimmer of hope.

Chuck Todd interviewing President Barack Obama last Sunday. Photo via NBC.

The latest incarnation of NBC’s Meet the Press debuted to strong ratings last weekend, placing the veteran news talk show ahead of its Sunday morning competitors for the first time in six months. Boyish new moderator Chuck Todd and his goatee (which was brought up multiple times throughout the course of the show) ushered in what the network hopes to be a youth-friendly reboot for the program. President Obama as a first interview surely didn’t hurt Todd’s numbers, and a fresh batch press panelists, including heavily tattooed, straight-talking Buzzfeed reporter John Stanton, The Washington Post's Nia-Malika Henderson, and MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough, helps give the show a refreshing kick. But if MTP plans on striking a lasting chord with its fickle and frustrated target demo, the house that Tim Russert built still has some work ahead of it.

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Teachers to Take Center Stage at NBC's Upcoming Education Nation Summit

The event will focus on solutions and the daily lives of American teachers.

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Rahmcast: Chicago Mayor Partners with Media Giant to Bridge the Digital Divide

Rahm Emanuel and Comcast have teamed up to provide discounted computers and internet access for the city's low-income students.

Is Chicago eliminating the digital divide? On Tuesday Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a new partnership between the city and the media conglomerate Comcast to provide computers and web access to the city's 330,000 low-income public school kids and their families. "Internet Essentials" will provide each family with a $150 voucher from Comcast that can be put toward the cost of a refurbished computer valued at up to $500. The company will also provide heavily discounted internet service for $9.95 a month and train families on digital literacy.

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