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'Cash For Clunkers' Safe: White House

(Newser) - The rumors of the “cash for clunkers” deal’s demise have been greatly exaggerated, the White House said today, promising that the trade-in program will continue even after consumers have used up its allotted $1 billion. “If you were planning on going to buy a car this weekend...

Clinton Hits Back at N. Korea
 Clinton 
 Hits Back 
 at N. Korea 


TALK SHOW ROUNDUP

Clinton Hits Back at N. Korea

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton minced no words on North Korea today, telling Meet the Press Pyongyang’s days of “acting out” are over, Politico reports. The secretary of State, whom the North called “a primary school girl” because of tough comments she made, said the North’s pursuit of nuclear...

Lula to Obama: How 'Bout That Soccer Game?

(Newser) - Barack Obama endured a bit of good-natured ribbing at the G8 today from Brazilian President Luis Inacio Lula da Silva, who raved about his country's come-from-behind victory over the US in the finals of soccer's Confederation Cup. The Brazilian leader gave Obama a signed jersey and used his catchphrase, "...

Helen Thomas: Nixon Didn't Try to Control Press Like This

(Newser) - Helen Thomas has covered a lot of presidents, and she’s not much of a fan of how the current one manages the press. The 89-year-old reporter tells CNS that Obama’s White House tries to stage-manage news conferences and other media events like no other. “Nixon didn’t...

Custody Battle Over Michael's Kids Heats Up
 Custody Battle Over 
 Michael's Kids Heats Up 
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Custody Battle Over Michael's Kids Heats Up

(Newser) - Michael Jackson’s parents and Debbie Rowe, the ex-wife who’s the mother of two of Jackson’s children, are already murmuring about custody, the Sun reports. “It will be probably the start of a long battle,” the Jackson family lawyer said, adding that Michael’s mother, Katherine,...

Clinton: US Is 'Waiting and Watching' on Iran

(Newser) - Hillary Clinton said today the US hopes the outcome of the contested Iranian presidential election reflects the "genuine will and desire" of the Iranian people. "We are monitoring the situation as it unfolds in Iran, but we, like the rest of the world, are waiting and watching to...

Obama's New York Getaway 'Proportionate'

Gibbs says president didn't spend too much on Broadway jaunt

(Newser) - Barack and Michelle Obama didn’t break the bank on their much-publicized date in New York City, Robert Gibbs told the White House press corps yesterday. “I would say the costs are proportionate with other presidents,” Gibbs said, though he declined to name a specific figure. He said...

Sotomayor's 'Word Choice Was Poor': Gibbs

(Newser) - Robert Gibbs said today Sonia Sotomayor regrets the way she phrased 2001 comments that have some Republicans calling the Supreme Court nominee a racist, the Hill reports. “I think she'd say that her word choice was poor,” the White House press secretary said. He suggested that Sotomayor was...

White House Backpedals on Releasing Torture Photos

(Newser) - The White House is rethinking its promise to release photos of detainees being abused in US custody, press secretary Robert Gibbs suggested yesterday, saying President Obama has “great concern” about the impact they would have. At issue are 44 photos targeted in a Freedom of Information Act suit by...

White House Rips Sykes' 9/11-Limbaugh Joke

(Newser) - Press Secretary Robert Gibbs today distanced the administration from 9/11-related comments made by comedian Wanda Sykes at the White House Correspondents dinner, Politico reports. Some things “are better left for serious reflection,” Gibbs said. “There's no doubt 9/11 is part of that.” Sykes suggested that “...

Chatty Joe Provides 100+ Days of Gaffes
Chatty Joe Provides 100+ Days of Gaffes
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Chatty Joe Provides 100+ Days of Gaffes

The veep has his uses, but staying on message ain't one

(Newser) - This week perfectly illustrates the yin and yang of Joe Biden, write Sam Youngman and Ian Swanson of the Hill. First, he scores a political coup by helping to convince pal Arlen Specter to defect. Then he promptly inserts foot in mouth with his advice on how to avoid the...

Iran Prez: No Talks Without Preconditions
 Iran Prez: 
 No Talks 
 Without 
 Preconditions 
TALK SHOW ROUNDUP

Iran Prez: No Talks Without Preconditions

Gibbs: WH 'very serious' about swine flu outbreak; Summers: recession will worsen

(Newser) - Rebuffing President Obama’s call for beginning US-Iranian negotiations without preconditions, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad pushed instead for a “clear-cut framework for talks.” In an interview from Tehran, the Iranian president told ABC’s This Week, “The agenda should be clear,” and complained that Obama didn’t respond...

Errant Plane Breaches Security at White House

(Newser) - An errant plane set off a brief security scare in Washington today, prompting the relocation of President Obama and VP Biden, Bloomberg reports. The small aircraft entered restricted airspace before being intercepted by military jets and obeying orders to leave the area and land at a nearby airport. During the...

First 100 Days: Team Obama Looks Back
 First 100 Days: 
 Team Obama 
 Looks Back 
ANALYSIS

First 100 Days: Team Obama Looks Back

(Newser) - With decisions that some presidents don’t make in 4 years packed into his first 100 days, what President Obama’s advisers deride as a “Hallmark holiday” presents a legitimate occasion for a report card, and for a Politico team to catch up with White House insiders. “I...

Budget Debate Devolves Into Verbal Slugfest

(Newser) - The White House today ridiculed a budget proposal laid out by House Republicans, but the GOP gave as good as it got, the Hill reports. Spokesman Robert Gibbs said the GOP document included a “picture of a windmill” but no substantive numbers. “It took me several minutes to...

Why Obama's Everywhere You Look, Listen, Read

President looks to get past media filter

(Newser) - When it came to getting past what he called “the media filter,” President Bush’s favorite strategy was to go around it. President Obama’s style is more to go over, under, around, and through, courting both the new and mainstream media in an effort to communicate directly...

GOP to Cheney: Go Away, You're Embarrassing Us

Blasts at Obama draw attention to unpopular ex-veep

(Newser) - For many Republicans, Dick Cheney is like an embarrassing uncle at a family party. The former VP says unpopular, provocative things, and, reports the Hill, they just wish he would go away. By attacking President Obama in recent appearances, says one GOP lawmaker, Cheney did “House Republicans no favors....

White House on Defensive as Schumer Warns AIG

(Newser) - The AIG fury grows. The White House today found itself defending Treasury chief Tim Geithner's handling of the bonus mess as congressional anger rose. Under siege by reporters about why the Obama administration didn't act sooner, spokesman Robert Gibbs said the president retains full confidence in Geithner, the Los Angeles ...

White House Zings Cheney: 'I Guess Rush Was Busy'

Spokesman hits back at ex-VP on economy, security

(Newser) - The Obama administration has no intention of sitting still and taking it from a grumpy Dick Cheney, who sounded complaints with the administration on CNN on Sunday. White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs whacked right back at the former VP yesterday, reports the Washington Post: “I guess Rush Limbaugh...

Gibbs Isn't Afraid to Throw Verbal Punches
Gibbs Isn't Afraid to Throw Verbal Punches
ANALYSIS

Gibbs Isn't Afraid to Throw Verbal Punches

Obama spokesman lets Limbaugh & Co. dig their own holes

(Newser) - Robert Gibbs has shown he’s not afraid to skewer the likes of Rush Limbaugh and cable-TV talking heads in his White House press briefings, but he also knows when the best tactic is standing aside. “If your enemies are fighting themselves, then don’t get in the way,...

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