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AP/Charles Dharapak

Truthdigger of the Week: Helen Thomas

The woman who broke the barrier against female reporters in the White House and criticized the deceitful and secretive practices of the Bush and Obama administrations died Saturday.

Posted on Jul 20, 2013 READ MORE



The Sequester Impact, Ted Cruz Calls Out ‘Communists,’ and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including one lawmaker’s efforts to ensure corporations can vote and Michelle Obama teams up with Jimmy Fallon for the “Evolution of Mom’s Dancing.”

Posted on Feb 24, 2013 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Gibbs’ Next Gig: Facebook?

When Robert Gibbs left his White House post as the Obama administration’s chief communicator, he made some vague noises about his plans for the future beyond maintaining loose professional ties with his former boss. Now it looks as though he may join another powerful institution: Facebook.

Posted on Mar 28, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Team Obama Divided on Egypt Approach

Maybe you’ve noticed that the Obama administration’s strategy with regard to the ongoing Egyptian uprising has lacked a certain consistency. That’s partly because of divisions within the president’s closest circles about how to deal with the crisis and its various factions ... (more)

Posted on Feb 9, 2011 READ MORE



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Violence in Cairo Draws Fire From Abroad

Reports of machine gun fire and Molotov cocktails lobbed at anti-government demonstrators in Cairo by pro-Mubarak forces sparked a flurry of disapproving commentary from the West on Wednesday and stoked concerns about Egypt’s volatility in the Middle East. Among those speaking out was British Prime Minister David Cameron, above.

Posted on Feb 2, 2011 READ MORE


Obama Names New White House Spokesman

As White House press secretary Robert Gibbs prepares to assume the vaguely defined role of outside consultant to Barack Obama’s next campaign, the president has picked Gibbs’ replacement in Jay Carney, who has already run in Obama’s close circles.

Posted on Jan 27, 2011 READ MORE



AP via The Washington Post

White House Mum on Palin’s Latest Words

If the president, or anyone in Obama’s close advisory circles, has an opinion about Sarah Palin’s latest rhetorical creation—her already infamous “blood libel” zinger—the world will have to do without that information for the time being.

Posted on Jan 13, 2011 READ MORE


Gibbs to Sign Off as Press Secretary

Wednesday was a big day on Capitol Hill, what with the 112th Congress convening with a Republican at the helm of the House and with the announcement of a significant change in the Obama administration: Press secretary Robert Gibbs will leave his post in February.

Posted on Jan 5, 2011 READ MORE



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White House Looks to Jon Stewart in 9/11 Health Bill Bid

Not doing much to convince certain detractors that “The Daily Show” is in cahoots with the Obama administration, White House press secretary Robert Gibbs voiced his hope, during a press briefing Tuesday, that Jon Stewart would be able to ...

Posted on Dec 21, 2010 READ MORE


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Obama’s ‘Daily Show’ Stint a Success, Says Team Obama

Other sources may disagree, but the word around the White House on Thursday was that President Obama’s special appearance on “The Daily Show” the night before had been “a success,” according to White House spokesman Robert Gibbs.

Posted on Oct 28, 2010 READ MORE


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Florida Church Determined to Burn Qurans Despite Warnings

An extremist Florida church says it will go ahead with plans to mark the ninth anniversary of 9/11 by setting copies of the Quran on fire, even though authorities have warned that such actions would endanger Americans fighting, serving and traveling abroad. (continued)

Posted on Sep 7, 2010 READ MORE



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Cindy Sheehan Challenges Robert Gibbs to Drug Test Duel

The anti-war mom who famously camped out on then-President Bush’s doorstep is so offended by press secretary Robert Gibbs’ statement that Obama’s critics on the left ought to be drug-tested, she has challenged him to a “urine duel.” “I have no drugs in my system and nothing to be ashamed of ...” (continued)

Posted on Aug 11, 2010 READ MORE


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Gibbs Up for Reinvention?

He’s been the Obama administration’s press mouthpiece for nearly two years now, but speculation has it that Robert Gibbs could be heading for a career shift. Might that have something to do with his recent truth-telling tear?

Posted on Aug 11, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

The Socialist Who Coddles Business?

The titans of the private sector say President Obama is anti-business. Many progressives say he coddles business. How does the administration manage to pull that off?

Posted on Jul 18, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Team Obama Readies Rhetoric for 2012

It’s a good thing there’s still time yet before the Obama administration really has to kick into high spin mode for Campaign ’12, because White House spokesman Robert Gibbs’ early attempt at facing down the competition needs some serious work.

Posted on Jul 13, 2010 READ MORE


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Gibbs: ‘All Options Are on the Table’ in McChrystal Crisis

Yes, Gen. Stanley McChrystal should have exercised a little military discipline over his own behavior in front of a Rolling Stone reporter when he chose to show a less-than-professional attitude toward ... (continued)

Posted on Jun 22, 2010 READ MORE


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Gibbs: Team Obama ‘Frustrated’ With Karzai’s Remarks

Relations between the U.S. and Afghanistan were further strained over the weekend after the White House caught wind of Afghan President Hamid Karzai’s musings that he might join the Taliban as a reaction to pressure from the West to make some changes in his country.

Posted on Apr 5, 2010 READ MORE


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The White House: Now Available in iPhone-Friendly Format

Top White House press-wrangler Robert Gibbs cheerfully unveils the new White House iPhone app in a new promotional video released Monday for the occasion. As jaunty music plays in the background, Gibbs sets the scene in the video by declaring that users can watch him “set the White House press corps straight every day” with the app. Such a card, that Robert Gibbs.

Posted on Jan 25, 2010 READ MORE


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White House: Robertson’s Haiti Comment ‘Utterly Stupid’

Televangelist Pat Robertson’s post-earthquake commentary about Haiti—more specifically concerning the island nation’s alleged pact with Satan—has drawn fire from multiple directions, and now the White House has weighed in via spokesman Robert Gibbs. Meanwhile, CBN (Christian Broadcasting Network), which ran “The 700 Club” clip featuring Robertson’s statement, is in backpedaling mode.

Posted on Jan 14, 2010 READ MORE


Meet the Press: Terror and Health Care

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs and Homeland Security chief Janet Napolitano talk about the recent terror attempt and more on this full episode of “Meet the Press.”

Posted on Dec 27, 2009 READ MORE


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Gibbs, Chinese Scuffle Over U.S. Press Access in Copenhagen

Relations were a bit strained between the U.S. and China during Friday’s session at the Copenhagen climate conference, and some of that tension apparently was channeled by the Chinese and American media that converged in a crowded room as President Barack Obama, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and other world leaders huddled.

Posted on Dec 18, 2009 READ MORE


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Iran Aiming to Provoke With Missile Tests?

Is the Iranian regime taking a page from North Korea with its recent, potentially provocative displays of missile-launching power? Or are those preplanned exercises (nothing to see here, move along, folks)? Or, as White House press wrangler Robert Gibbs suggests, a little bit of both?

Posted on Sep 28, 2009 READ MORE


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White House: No News (Yet) on Afghanistan Strategy

Although the Obama administration was well aware of the fact that, by Monday morning, everyone and his cousin knew about Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s warning about “mission failure” in Afghanistan, which the general had issued to the White House as part of a report that found its way into the clutches of Washington Post journalists, there will be no official call for more troops until an equally official request is submitted.

Posted on Sep 21, 2009 READ MORE


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AP / Lori Cain

Obama Counters Carter’s Race Claim

Although it certainly seems plausible that, as former President Jimmy Carter said Tuesday, the intense hostility directed at President Barack Obama of late is partly rooted in racism, Obama apparently begs to differ.

Posted on Sep 16, 2009 READ MORE


Obama and Weaver
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Obama’s Back-to-School Speech Ruffles Feathers on the Right

So, President Obama wants to give our nation’s schoolchildren a personalized message Tuesday as they start a new year. One might imagine that the president plans to emphasize the importance of education, but some of Obama’s detractors are reading much more into the motives behind his speech.

Posted on Sep 4, 2009 READ MORE


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Gibbs: Cheney’s Wrong on Interrogation

White House press secretary Robert Gibbs fielded a question about former Vice President Dick Cheney’s ongoing Enhanced Interrogation Press Tour with restrained disdain Monday, calling Cheney’s comments “the same song and dance we’ve heard since literally the first day of our administration,” as well as “wrong.”

Posted on Aug 31, 2009 READ MORE


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Gibbs Goes Before a Media Firing Squad

Although news wires buzzed Monday with reports that President Obama had changed his tune when it came to pushing for the government to make a public health care option available to give private insurance companies competition, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs begged to differ during a press conference Tuesday.

Posted on Aug 18, 2009 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

‘Nothing Has Changed’ for Public Option

Press secretary Robert Gibbs called the media’s determination that the president had abandoned the public option “one of the more curious things I’ve ever seen in my life.” Is this a case of spin or spine? Read Gibbs’ entertaining back-and-forth with reporters (full text after the jump) and come to your own conclusion.

Posted on Aug 18, 2009 READ MORE


Obama and Rahmbo
White House / Pete Souza

Team Obama Ready to Surrender Public Option?

The president and his lieutenants are on a whistle-stop tour of disappointment. It started Saturday, when Obama called the public insurance option “just one sliver of” health care reform, “whether we have it or we don’t have it. ... ” You don’t have to be clairvoyant to see the cave coming.

Posted on Aug 16, 2009 READ MORE


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AP photo / Alex Brandon

Pelosi Finds Some Backing

Three new developments in the Nancy Pelosi drama this week: The Democrats are said to stand “solidly behind” the House speaker, who is under fire from Republicans for talking smack about the CIA that “misled” her on waterboarding. Meanwhile, President Obama gives a vote of confidence to Pelosi, while CIA Director Leon Panetta urges Congress to focus on actual national security threats, stating “We are a nation at war.”

Posted on May 19, 2009 READ MORE


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