Early word out of the White House is that while President Obama will reiterate personal support for the public option in his speech tonight, he'll signal to Congress that he's willing to sign a bill without a government-sponsored health-care plan.
Is the Supreme Court poised to overhaul the nation's campaign finance laws? That's the question as the court holds a special session today to rehear a case that could potentially change laws that restrict spending by corporations and unions on campaigns.
President Obama's highly anticipated speech to Congress won't be must-see TV just because of what he'll say to lawmakers tonight. Equally, if not more important is the reception he'll get from members of Congress, in particular the woman sitting directly over his left shoulder: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
On the eve of President Obama's speech to Congress on health-care reform, there's an interesting new poll out from Gallup that shows Americans are just as divided on the issue as they were a month ago.
Looks as if we'll soon know more about who is coming and going at the White House. The Obama administration announced today that it will begin voluntarily releasing visitor logs to the White House, disclosing on its Web site the names of thousands of people who come into the complex each year.
Election Day 2010 is still more than a year away—423 days to be exact. But it's never too early to begin looking at what will be the hottest races to watch.
Do House Democrats have a double standard when it comes to ethics? Word broke earlier this week that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi plans to allow Rep. Chuck Rangel to keep his chairmanship of the powerful Ways and Means Committee despite continuing ethics problems.
The big story in Washington today is word that President Obama will try to reclaim momentum on health-care reform, beginning with a speech in the coming weeks that will lay out exactly what he wants in a bill.
Nice guys finish last—at least that seems to be the lesson Mike Huckabee has learned from losing the 2008 GOP presidential nomination. The former Arkansas governor made headlines last week when he suggested on his radio show that the Democrats' health-care bill under debate in Congress wouldn't have covered Sen.
If you ever doubt the power of conservative talk radio, consider this: The No. 1 search term on Google right now is "Obama health care logo." Your Gaggler had literally no idea what it was about so she, naturally, Googled it. It turns out that radio host Rush Limbaugh on his show today went after the logo being used by Organizing for America in its push for health-care reform.
John Edwards can't be happy to see this: Rielle Hunter, Edwards's former mistress, showed up this morning at the federal courthouse in Raleigh, N.C., where a grand jury is reportedly probing whether the Democratic presidential hopeful misused his campaign funds.
Looks like President Obama's efforts to smooth things over with the gay and lesbian community aren't going so well. Check out the latest issue of The Advocate, which illustrates its cover story on Obama's short-comings with LGBTs with a take on those famous Shepard Fairey campaign posters.
If there's one thing clear about the battle over health-care reform, it's this: Washington never changes. As Katie blogged yesterday, one of the big White House talking points this week is going after "fake" grassroots groups who are rallying their supporters to show up and cause commotions at town halls sponsored by members of Congress.
White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs caused quite a stir yesterday when he referred to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad as the "elected leader" of Iran—this in spite of all the violent protests over June's disputed election results in that country.
As President Obama nears his 200th day in office, there's one major thing we've learned about this White House: Increasingly, they don't need the press. Case in point: Last night, administration officials posted a short video looking at the process by which Obama gets his mail.
Who says news mags are dead? At a town hall in North Carolina this afternoon, President Obama gave a shout-out to this week's cover of Newsweek: I don't know whether you've seen the cover of the latest Newsweek magazine on the rack at the grocery store, but the cover says "The Recession Is Over." I bet you found that news a little startling. I know I did.
Add another GOP senator to the list of Republicans the White House is assailing for stalling health care reform in the name of politics. Sen. Jim Inhofe, a Republican from Oklahoma, trashed President Obama's efforts on two different radio shows this week, implying that the GOP's attempts to stall health care reform will bring about Obama's "demise." "We are plotting the demise on a week by week basis of where Bill Clinton was in 1993 and where Obama is today, and his demise ratio is greater...
ABC just posted the transcript of its full interview with President Obama set to air tonight on Nightline. The talk is heavy on health care—Obama is a lot more feisty than he was last night in defending its details.
President Obama is sticking by his statement last night that police in Cambridge, Mass., acted "stupidly" in the arrest of Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates but he now says "everybody" involved should have behaved better.
Bad news for President Obama: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid just told reporters on Capitol Hill that the Senate won't take up health care until after Congress's August recess. "It's better to get a product that's based on quality and thoughtfulness than on trying to just get something through," Reid told reporters, according to Politico.
In his fourth primetime news conference, President Obama delivered an extended defense of his policies on health care and the economy—two issues where he's lost significant ground in public opinion in recent weeks.
We're still over an hour away from the kick-off of President Obama's news conference, but here's some discouraging news for the White House: TV Guide polled its online audience to see whether they'd rather watch an Obama event or regular primetime TV.