While the White House is growing more confident by the day that there will be no knock down, drag out fight over Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court, there is some unease on both sides about the judge's position on abortion.
The New York Times is out this afternoon with a preview of a profile of Bill Clinton running in its Sunday magazine this weekend. Written by Peter Baker, who covered Clinton's final years in the White House for the Washington Post and who now covers President Obama for the Times, the piece is all about what the former president has been up to lately now that his wife is Secretary of State.
And now the games begin. With Congress out of town on recess and much of Washington slow to get back to work after the Memorial Day holiday, the White House is taking advantage of having the megaphone largely to itself today on Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court.
Vice President Joe Biden made a quick stopover in Beirut on Friday en route home from a three-day visit to the Balkans. He arrived just two weeks before a major parliamentary election here in Lebanon where the militant Shiite group Hezbollah, which Washington has long regarded as a terrorist group, is hoping to make major electoral gains.
Speaking to reporters on the final day of his tour of the Balkans, Vice President Joe Biden acknowledged the administration still hasn't figured out what to do with all the prisoners at Guantanamo Bay but predicted that it will still meet its deadline of closing the prison within a year. "I think so," Biden said, when asked about the January 2010 deadline. "But, look, what the president said is that this is going to be hard.
In a speech so pointed that he paused to apologize several times out of concern he was being rude, Vice President Joe Biden warned Bosnia on Tuesday that it needs to rise above the chronic ethnic tensions that have long threatened its stability or face being a failed state. "To be very blunt with you, I personally, and the leadership of my country is worried about the direction of your country and your future and your children's future," Biden told members of the Bosnian Parliament in Sarajevo...
While President Obama navigates the tricky diplomacy of the Middle East peace process in Washington, Joe Biden is off on a mission of his own this week. With your Gaggler in tow, the Veep arrived early Tuesday morning in Sarajevo, the capitol of Bosnia-Herzegovina, kicking off a four-day visit to the Balkans.
For all the attention his recent jaunts to Europe and Latin America have gotten, President Obama faces perhaps his most crucial moment of diplomacy yet when he hosts the presidents of Pakistan and Afghanistan today at the White House.
A source tells the Associated Press tonight that the Justice Department won't recommend criminal charges against former Bush administration attorneys who drafted secret memos giving the legal go-ahead for harsh interrogations of terror suspects.
Your Gaggler loves nothing more than a silly scandal, but sometimes it's just annoying. Case in point: OMG, the press corps stood up for President Obama last week when he made a surprise visit to the White House Press Briefing room when, holy moly, they didn't do the same for George W.
Later this afternoon, President Obama is scheduled to meet at the White House with Israeli President Shimon Peres. What will Obama say? It's good guess that he'll basically repeat what Vice President Joe Biden said this morning in an address to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.
Following on the leaks to the New York Daily News, Brand X has a full excerpt of the new book by Elizabeth Edwards, where she writes about her reaction to her husband, John, and his affair with Rielle Hunter.
Memo to Joe Biden: Don't mess with the tourism industry. Inside today's print version of USA Today, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Bureau—the folks behind the slogan "What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas"—have a full page ad featuring a not-so-flattering photo of Biden frowning. "Mr.
John Edwards: That's someone we haven't seen or heard from in a while, but chances are, we're going to be talking about him a lot this week. On Sunday, the onetime Democratic presidential hopeful and former senator confirmed reports that federal investigators are looking into his use of campaign funds in relation to payments made to Rielle Hunter, the former campaign videographer who had an affair with Edwards.
Say what you will about George W. Bush: The guy liked to read, regularly devouring massive biographies of Winston Churchill, Abraham Lincoln, Lyndon Johnson and other public figures who, coincidentally, all had in common the fact that they had to make tough decisions while in office.
Yes we can… run into Obamamania everywhere. Jeff Bartholet, Newsweek's D.C. bureau chief (and your Gaggler's boss—please forward all complaints to him, thank you very much) is traveling in Africa this week and stumbled upon the Obama Restaurant & Café—yes, named after that Obama—in Hargeisa, Somaliland. (This is an independent republic due west of Puntland, Somalia, an autonomous region where most of the pirates operate.) Here's Jeff:The owner, 35-year-old Mohammed Hassan, grew up in...
John Dickerson has an interesting piece over at Slate talking about the odd position President Obama finds himself in when he praises a Republican only to have other Democrats go after him (or her).
Barack Obama said yesterday that one of the things that had surprised him most about the presidency was how it seemed that every major issue or problem possible had come to a head in the early days of his time at the White House.
A few weeks ago, your Gaggler blogged a story from the Dallas Morning News about what George W. Bush has been up to since leaving the White House. Now Vanity Fair is out with a more expansive look at what 43 has been up to and how he and his former aides are trying to shape his legacy.
At the White House, there is no moment more strange or funny than final minutes before the president goes before reporters for a news conference. There is a message that goes out over the sound system that gives reporters the two-minute warning before the presser is to begin.