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The Trigger is a Lie

Cenk Uygur | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Cenk Uygur

There's a million ways to rig the Medicare system so that nothing ever gets triggered. In fact, that's the whole point of the trigger. Anyone who advocates otherwise is a liar.

Mr. President, Lead the Way to End Discrimination in the Military

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

This is the moment for the President to end "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." If Obama fails to seize it, many young LGBT service members will surely be fired, careers ruined.

White House Emphasizes The Positive In Afghanistan, With Hopes Of Gaining Support For Troops | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The United States is developing a set of benchmarks to ensure that Karzai fights corruption and inefficiency, instituting a "monitoring and verificati...

At the White House, Clean Tech Gets a Push

Mike Signer | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Mike Signer

W.H. Climate Change Policy Director Carol Browner said, "I've been in and out of D.C. for twenty years, and there's sort of that tipping point that happens, where everyone who talks starts saying not 'if' but 'when.'"

Right-Wing Demands Obama Fire Kevin Jennings for Helping Gay Teens Not Kill Themselves

Julie Farby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Julie Farby

Kevin Jennings, Educator And Homosexual Everyone knows, much like the thought of women working, the idea of homosexuals being anything other than a ...

White House Calls Out Fox And Glenn Beck On Olympics

Huffington Post | Elyse Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In a new post on the official White House blog, Online Programs Director Jesse Lee calls out Fox News for perpetuating lies about President Obama's pu...

The Normalizing of the Presidency

David D. Burstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David D. Burstein

Barack Obama might be one of the most normal presidents we have had in years. His connectedness to the real world is one of the things that made him appealing as a candidate.

Sam Stein

Paterson: "I Don't Know" If White House Told Me To Drop Campaign (VIDEO) | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

New York Governor David Paterson said on Sunday that he didn't know whether or not the White House told him not to run for re-election, before ultimat...

Sam Stein

White House Denies Pushing Trigger Option, Dem Groups Concur | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The White House, along with several progressive groups and high-ranking Democrats, is pushing back against reports that the administration is advancin...

Sam Stein

Cheney Accuses Obama Of Launching "Intensely Partisan" Torture Investigation | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Dick Cheney left little on the table during a taped interview Fox News Sunday, accusing the Obama White House pursuing an "intensely partisan" investi...

No-Drama Obama's Rules to Live by

Julie Farby | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Julie Farby

Turns out even an unflappable man-God like Obama is human after all: he even has a list of pet peeves (gasp!).

Sam Stein

Lieberman: Using Reconciliation For Health Care A "Real Mistake" | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Senator Joseph Lieberman, (I-Conn.) said on Sunday that he thinks it would be a "real mistake" if Democrats used the parliamentary maneuver known as r...

Sam Stein

Snowe Says No Public Option, White House Says "That's Democracy" | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Senate Finance Committee will not include a public option in its health care bill, one of the key Republican negotiators said on Friday -- to whi...

Insurers' Stocks Rise As Public Option Prospects Fade

Market Watch | Robert Schroeder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

WASHINGTON (MarketWatch) -- Odds are growing longer for the public health-insurance option that the White House has pushed as part of an overhaul of t...

Rahm Emanuel "Most Influential White House Chief Of Staff In A Generation"? | PETER BAKER and JEFF ZELENY | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Seven months after moving into his office in the West Wing, Mr. Emanuel is emerging as perhaps the most influential White House chief of staff in a ge...

Celebrity Journalism at the White House

Dan Froomkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Dan Froomkin

There's almost nothing of substance in Brian Williams' profile. This presidency, more than most, is more than just the sum of its photo ops. You just wouldn't know it from this show.

What Can Be Done Now on DADT

Aubrey Sarvis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Aubrey Sarvis

Discrimination in our armed forces carries a potent symbolism: It tells an entire class of people that the country is not interested in their service.

Use the Precautionary Principle

Andrew Kimbrell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Andrew Kimbrell

At the White House, the precautionary principle should be used: lead contaminated soil should be removed and replaced with organic compost. That would be the safe and truly organic way.

Sam Stein

White House Acknowledges Officials Were Likely Invited To WaPo Salons | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The White House acknowledged on Thursday that some members of the administration may have been invited to high-priced "salons" sponsored by the Washin...

Obama's Agenda: Hope, Change and Lobby-Centricity

Stuart Whatley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Stuart Whatley

Obama's self-imposed rule against lobbyists in his administration, and the method whereby he is now implementing his progressive agenda, hews toward a rather perverse irony, if not hypocrisy.

The Obama Organic Family Garden: Swimming in Sludge?

Andrew Kimbrell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Andrew Kimbrell

The Obamas may be the newest sludge victims. Michelle's hopes of having a truly organic garden and healthy vegetables for her own children and other children who visit the White House have been dashed.

White House Drafts Executive Order To Allow Indefinite Detention Of Terror Suspects

ProPublica | Dafna Linzer and Peter Finn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Obama administration, fearing a battle with Congress that could stall plans to close Guantanamo, has drafted an executive order that would reasser...

Obama's WH Luau Has Deeper Meaning to Hawaiians

Mike Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Smith

Honolulu - for Hawaiians, the "White House Luau on the Lawn" this week shows a deep respect for Congress. Luau's are reserved for great family occasio...

Secrets and the White House

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christopher Brauchli

Those with long memories will recall the endless fights over the White House Logs during the eight years of the Bush presidency.

Obama: Golf Makes Me "Almost Feel Normal" (VIDEO)

The Huffington Post | Rachel Weiner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In an interview CBS' "The Early Show" broadcast Tuesday Morning, President Obama told anchor Harry Smith that he enjoys golf because it helps him "alm...