As President Barack Obama prepares to deliver his first State of the Union address on Wednesday evening, FSN has been filming a series of interviews for Politico with some of the top players in his administration. Click here to watch the series, called "Inside Obama's Washington," including interviews with White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett and Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner.
FSN will also be providing full coverage of the prime-time speech for our radio and tv clients around the world. He's expected to focus on the economy and job creation, as well as unveil details of a three-year partial spending freeze, aimed at reducing the country's 1.4 trillion dollar budget deficit.
Click here to watch an interview he gave to ABC's Diane Sawyer, in which he offered some insight into what he plans to say, and looks back at his first year in office. He acknowledges making a "mistake" in the process to reform healthcare, and said he'd rather be a "really good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president."
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FSN's Nathan King is in Haiti for France 24, while Malcolm Brown is also working with the PBS NewsHour and Ray Suarez.
Nathan emailed me his observations. -- Priscilla Huff in Washington
Dateline: Port-au-Prince Haiti.
The first thing that hits you as you arrive in Port-au-Prince is the sheer scale of the devastation. Building after building has been flattened as if the air has been taken out them. The national palace looks like a wedding cake disaster on an epic scale, but as the days wear on, it is the smaller disasters that hit you. The long lines at shuttered supermarkets and the desperate people at money-transfer offices - waiting for checks sent from relatives abroad.
And then there is the stink of the dead. Yes, it is the smell of chicken livers and perfume and it is on every street corner, every block and it pulls at your throat and stomach. Some bodies are bloodied and bloated. The air inside has expanded to create a gross caricature where life once was. The main cemetery here is also damaged. The ornate mausoleums that rival those of New Orleans or Buenos Aires are reduced the rubble by the quake. Even the dead have been disturbed. Skulls line the pathways, coffins are cracked open - not that anyone is coming here. A sign at the gate reads "plein," French for full.
After the cemetery I felt drained exhausted, mortal. But as the day had started with death, it ended with life. News that just hours after the Haitian authorities called off the rescue effort, a 23-year-old man was found alive in the rubble. He can thank his brother who came to the hotel where he was buried for 11 days. Bulldozers had already started tearing down the neighborhood, but perseverance prevailed and the French and Greek teams that pulled him out. Everyone crumpled in tears and hugs after the rescued.
I know it is only one life. But in this city where death hangs like a gloomy dark cloud in a cloudless sky, the rescue of Wismonds was a ray of sunshine. And as I held tight on the back of the motorbike speeding to the hotel where we are editing the story as I write this email to my colleagues back in the US, I knew that when the sun comes up Port-au-Prince will feel a little brighter, at least for a moment.
Rescue teams in Port-au-Prince are winding down their search for survivors of last week's earthquake, and focusing instead on rescue and long-term relief efforts.
The government has announced plans to send 400,000 people to tented cities in the countryside, while many Haitians try to leave the capital on their own.
Many of them are heading across the border to the Dominican Republic, where international aid teams have set up medical facilities. FSN's Malcolm Brown has been visiting the makeshift hospitals in the border town of Jimani...click here to listen as he describes what he's seen so far.
Interestingly, Noam Scheiber argues in The New Republic that there are too many reporters in Haiti. And yet, every single person has a compelling story to tell of their experience. Fewer reporters means fewer stories told of this enormous tragedy.
Following yesterday's reports that the BBC is putting its weather forecasting contract out to tender, and is in talks with New Zealand firm Metra, I filed a radio package on the story for FSN client Radio New Zealand.
FSN reporters have been pivotal in gathering material on Haiti for various clients worldwide. Here is a report from Ray Suarez in New York which uses various elements shot by our correspondents - Steve Mort - US Correspondent