Aaron Brown On His Way Out?

Pay attention to CNN's brat pack: Dana Bash and Ed Henry. Insiders say they're emerging as top candidates for anchor roles. Both have been doing double duty as reporters and fill-in anchors. "They're great," says one insider. And Henry won kudos for his on-air roughing up of fellow CNN-er Robert Novak on his refusal to dish about his involvement in the Valerie Plame outing case. Their profiles couldn't be rising soon enough. Inside Politics' Judy Woodruff is gone, and Wolf Blitzer is overexposed. And now we hear--and CNN execs deny--that NewsNight 's Aaron Brown is on the outs. His latest faux pas: He didn't come in on a day off to anchor coverage of Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor 's resignation. Some say he actually refused a request to come to work; a spokeswoman denied that. But CNN made a point of bragging on Blitzer, Paula Zahn, and others for interrupting vacations to anchor London bombing broadcasts.

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