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A Few Thoughts on the Obama Presser

President Obama didn't make a lot of news at his press conference Wednesday night, but that was probably by his own design. Speaking at his third primetime presser, held not coincidentally on his 100th day in office, Obama exhibited the style we've come to know about him in his short time as president: He likes to play it safe.

Obama: So Far So Good

What's President Obama going to talk about at his press conference tonight? The White House just released excerpts of his opening statement: EXCERPTS OF THE PRESIDENT'S OPENING REMARKS AT TONIGHT'S NEWS CONFERENCEAs Prepared for DeliveryWe are continuing to closely monitor the emerging cases of the H1N1 flu virus throughout the United States. 

Specter Called Biden First

When Arlen Specter decided to switch parties, the first person he called at the White House wasn't President Obama but his longtime friend Joe Biden, who has been pushing Specter for years to join the Democrats.

Specter: How Obama Found Out

Obviously one of the biggest questions is what role the White House played in convincing Arlen Specter to join the Democrats. It's highly unlikely that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and other Dem leaders didn't tell the White House about their conversations with Specter, who Obama officials have viewed as reliable ally in the Senate.

Senator Burris: Running Again?

If embattled Illinois Sen. Roland Burris hopes to hold onto his seat in the 2010 election, he's off to a rocky start. According to a report filed with the Federal Election Commission, Burris raised just $845 from January to March for a potential campaign.

A Strategy on Paparazzi?

Your Gaggler has been meaning to post this story all week, but things kept coming up. Last Sunday, Peter Wallsten and Faye Fiore over the Los Angeles Times had an interesting story looking at how the White House handles press coverage for President Obama and his family.

Kerry Trashes Obama's Pakistan Strategy (Well, Sort Of)

Your Gaggler is surprised this isn't getting more attention: In an interview with USA Today, Sen. John Kerry trashed the Obama administration's plan for dealing with Pakistan, calling it "not a real strategy." Kerry, who just returned from Pakistan, says the country is "in a moment of peril" and "there is not in place yet an adequate policy or plan to deal with it." And this comes from one of Obama's most vocal supporters during the campaign and someone who was rumored to be on the short list...

Dick Cheney? Is That You Again?

Does anyone think it's sort of funny that we're seeing Dick Cheney more often these days than we did when he was actually still vice president? The former Veep was back on TV again last night, this time trashing President Obama's decision to release those CIA interrogation memos.

More Thoughts on Fund-Raising

Following up on Katie's post about fund-raising, one thing that could also be complicating the DNC's efforts to raise money is the fact that the committee, following Barack Obama's lead in the last campaign, no longer accepts contributions from lobbyists or political action committees, whereas its GOP counterpart does.