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WATCH LIVE: Obama calls on Congress to pass jobs plan

President Barack Obama was scheduled to speak in the White House Rose Garden Monday. The event was expected to begin at 10:40 a.m. ET. Watch this live video from The White House, broadcast Sept. 12, 2011. JOIN THE LIVE CHAT VISIT WHITEHOUSE.GOV…

WATCH LIVE: Obama speaks about jobs for veterans

President Barack Obama was expected to speak Friday about his administration’s efforts to prepare the nation’s veterans for the workforce. Watch this live video from The White House. JOIN THE LIVE CHAT VISIT WHITEHOUSE.GOV…

Extra, extra: the White House is frustrated by ‘gay bloggers’

From Americablog, word that a closed-door meeting with the President, Brian Bond, the Deputy Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement and state equality organization leaders generated some interesting comments: Bond asserted, “There is still a lot of work to do” before DOMA will be repealed. “Look at…

White House aide meets with LGBT media – no news, lotsa spin

(Photo: Americablog’s Joe Sudbay took this impressionist photo of me in the White House Press Briefing Room, 7/1/2010.) What the heck was I doing at the White House? This week I received an invitation to the White House earlier this week from the Office of Media Affairs to cover a…

The most transparent White House ever? NOT. Obama’s DOJ seeks FOIA exemption for visitor records

The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press reports that the Obama administration through its Justice Department, is continuing to argue that it has the right to shield White House Visitor Logs, citing they should be exempt from the Freedom of Information Act. Now as we saw yesterday, the administration…

What’s the Obama White House afraid of? Lafayette Park closed, media banned during GetEqual protest

In a move that suggests the White House is feeling the heat on its slow-motion approach toward repealing DADT, it’s now resorted to trying to stop press coverage of direct actions. As Ben Smith of The Politico notes in his post “Most transparent White House ever…“, closing Lafayette Park to…

The Department of Justice defends DADT, White house stonewalling on repeal plan continues

With the clear support for repeal of DADT in almost every demographic imaginable, and clear calls for repeal from Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mullen, and the Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, it’s almost incomprehensible that this Administration, through its Department of Justice, is continuing to defend…

White House response to letter from 77 members of Congress asking him to act on DADT

You’ll recall that yesterday, 77 members of Congress sent a letter to President Obama calling for him to suspend DADT discharges by changing the policy’s implementation at the Department of Defense (as opposed to executive order). The Advocate sought a response to this letter from the administration. It was, to…

Freepers debate whether women should be able to vote

The knuckle-dragging fantasist misogynists at the Free Republic got a hard on after reading the article “Women’s Right to Vote, the Beginning of the End for America?” The premise of the piece, as the title suggests, is that once women were able to vote, it ushered in decision-making based on…

Obama signs exec orders returning transparency to government

Let me say it as simply as I can: Transparency and the rule of law will be the touchstones of this presidency. Our commitment to openness means more than simply informing the American people about how decisions are made. It means recognizing that government does not have all the answers,…

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