Did the White House plant questions at President Obama's news conference yesterday? The Washington Post's Dana Milbank has a good write-up explaining the whole dust-up about Obama's decision to call on a blogger from the Huffington Post who had apparently been asked to attend the presser Tuesday by administration officials.
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.
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?
First Sonia Sotomayor fractured her ankle. Now comes word that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton fractured her elbow yesterday. According to a statement issued late last night, Clinton was on her way to the White House when she slipped and fell, injuring her right elbow.
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...
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.
Newsweek's Dina Fine Maron has the scoop on another big no-show at DNC's upcoming gay and lesbian fundraiser: Gay rights activist David Mixner and HRC National Field Director Marty Rouse aren't the only high profile names to register dismay over the Justice Department's pro-DOMA legal brief by pulling out of a DNC fundraiser scheduled for next week.
Bowing to pressure from President Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a major speech over the weekend that he'd accept a Palestinian state, as long as it was demilitarized and recognized Israel as a Jewish state.
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.
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...
NPR's Nina Totenberg had an interesting piece on Morning Edition this morning looking at the main rap against Sonia Sotomayor. Long story short, people have said she's pushy, going so far as to describe her as "bully" on the bench.
At the White House briefing today, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs was asked about news reports that the British government was not exactly thrilled to be in the dark about the decision to transfer four Chinese Muslim prisoners, known as Uighurs, from Guantanamo Bay to Bermuda this week.
Over at Foreign Policy magazine, the very well-connected Tom Ricks, formerly of the Washington Post, says he's "picking up the vibe" that some "powerful people" want to see Defense Secretary Robert Gates replace Jim Jones as President Obama's national security adviser.
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.
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.
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.
Twenty-two. That's how many times White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs used the word "comfortable" during today's press briefing when asked by reporters about President Obama and his conversations—or lack thereof—with Sonia Sotomayor specifically on her views on abortion and privacy rights.