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‘Utterly stupid’: WH slams Robertson over Haiti remarks

UPDATE: The White House joined the growing chorus of condemnation surrounding televangelist Pat Robertson’s comment that the earthquake in Haiti was the result of a “pact with the devil” the nation’s founders made when fighting against French colonial rule in the 18th century. “It never ceases to amaze, that in…

Newly released Nixon papers reveal obsession with Kennedy, hatred of art

In newly released papers from his presidency, Richard Nixon directs a purge of Kennedy-era modern art — “these little uglies” — orders hostile journalists to be frozen out and fusses over White House guest lists to make sure political opponents don’t make it in. As his lieutenants built an ambitious…

Lawyer who worked with both President Bushes tried to kill wife: police

Police say that a former White House lawyer who worked with both President Bushes tried to kill his wife. Along with trying to strangle her, he allegedly “beat her with a metal flashlight until she lost consciousness,” according to the affidavit quoted in multiple reports. “John Michael Farren, 57, of…

‘You’re Josephine Goebbels,’ Colbert tells White House spokeswoman

White House spokeswoman Linda Douglass appeared on the Colbert Report to debunk rumors that she had compared health care reform opponents to Nazis. Earlier this week, conservative blogger Erick Erickson told Stephen Colbert that Linda Douglass has compared health care reform opponents to “brownshirts” so he decided to dub her…

Obama National Security Advisor says report on foiled Christmas bombing will shock

Obama National Security Advisor James Jones said late Wednesday Americans will likely feel a “certain shock” after reading a report on the missed clues leading up to the failed Christmas day bombing. The report is set to be released Thursday by the White House. Jones made the comments to USA…

Obama, Dem leaders plot final health care strategy

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama and his top allies in the Congress worked Tuesday to map the way to enacting a sweeping overhaul of US health care by his annual marquee State of the Union speech, now weeks away. Obama and the Democratic leaders of the Senate and House of…

Obama ends Bush secrecy policy, launches ‘declassification center’

WH releases all visitor logs for first time ever In an executive order issued Tuesday, President Barack Obama ended a Bush-era policy that allowed the head of the US’s intelligence agencies to have the final word on the declassification of documents. The order also establishes a National Declassification Center whose…

NBC journo: Obama faces double standard on terrorism because Dems won’t speak up

Republicans’ aggressive attacks against President Barack Obama for waiting three days to speak out on the foiled Christmas Day airliner bombing have many political observers declaring that the president faces a “double standard” on the issue. And NBC’s Mark Murray has a theory as to why that is: The Democratic…

White House aims to calm bickering intel leaders: report

WASHINGTON — The White House has published an internal memo to calm tension between CIA director Leon Panetta and Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair, who is seeking increased control over covert operations, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday. The classified order asserts the Central Intelligence Agency’s direct authority over…

White House lashes back at GOP critics over bombing attempt

The White House warned political foes Sunday not to provoke a partisan tug of war over terrorism, with President Barack Obama yet to publicly address the thwarted attack on a US airliner. A political storm erupted over the attempt by a 23-year-old Nigerian to bring down a Northwest jet carrying…

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