Holly Bailey

South Carolina Governor Missing?

Now this is a strange story: South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford left his executive mansion on Thursday night and hasn't been seen since. According to the Associated Press, his wife doesn't know where he is, ditto for his security detail who hasn't been able to reach him.

Gibbs: We're On the Same Page, I Swear!

Remember that internal discord over how President Obama is handling Iran? Forget it! Everything is swell! On the record, at least. Here's White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs at the briefing this afternoon: QUESTION: Robert, on Iran, is there an internal debate in the White House now between those who clearly support what the president is doing in terms of the hands-off approach and those who think that the president needs to have some stronger language?

Obama: LGBT Benefits Memo "Just a Start"

As expected, President Obama this evening signed an executive memo authorizing some additional benefits to the same sex partners of federal employees. A copy of the actual memo is here, along with a lengthy statement in which Obama emphasizes this is "just a start." Speaking to reporters in the Oval Office, Obama said the law doesn't allow him to go as far as he'd like and announced his support for legislation in Congress that would guarantee "all rights" including health insurance and pension...

Is Obama At Odds with DOJ On DOMA?

Your Gaggler is starting to sense a pattern at the White House. For two straight days, on two very different subjects, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs has defended a move that seems counter to what President Obama said during the campaign by seeming to punt the blame on the folks who made the rules before them.

Obama Blocks Access to WH Visitor Logs

Will the Obama White House make its visitor logs public? Administration officials have launched a formal review in the wake of a lawsuit filed Tuesday by a Washington ethics group that has been trying to gain access under the Freedom of Information Act to a list of those who have come to see administration officials in recent months.

Should Obama Be Talking Tougher About Iran?

Perhaps not surprisingly, the White House has been very careful about how it responds to what is happening in Iran right now. Speaking out for the first time since Friday's disputed election results, President Obama said late yesterday that Iranians have a right to have their votes counted, but didn't go further—and quickly noted why. "It is up to Iranians to make decisions about who Iran's leaders will be, that we respect Iranian sovereignty and want to avoid the United States being the...

More Photos from the Obama Scrapbook

Your Gaggler has said it before, and she'll say it again: This White House is extremely smart about managing President Obama's image. Yesterday, aides updated the official White House Flickr account with dozens of candid behind the scenes photos of Obama's trip to the Middle East and Europe last week.

Gingrich Apologizes for Calling Sotomayor a Racist

In a lengthy message posted on his Web site today, Newt Gingrich apologizes for calling Judge Sonia Sotomayor a "racist" over her comment that a "wise Latina woman" could reach a better decision than "a white male who hasn't lived that life." Here's Gingrich:My initial reaction was strong and direct -- perhaps too strong and too direct.  The sentiment struck me as racist and I said so.

Cheney More Liberal Than Obama on Gay Marriage

Is Dick Cheney more liberal than Barack Obama? Yes, at least on one issue. Speaking at the National Press Club yesterday, Cheney reiterated his support for same-sex marriage, as long as the issue is decided by the states not the federal government. "People ought to be free to enter into any kind of union they wish, any kind of arrangement they wish," That officially puts him to the left of President Obama, who has endorsed civil unions rather than marriage, for lesbians and gays.

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