from Tales from the Trail:

Washington Extra – Shuffling the pack

September 9, 2010

cabinetWe hear the White House is not wildly pleased with former budget chief Peter Orszag for abandoning the party line on tax policy this week. Now Democrats in Congress are beginning to distance themselves from President Barack Obama’s push to let taxes rise for the wealthiest Americans. We are unlikely to see this resolved before the mid-terms anyway, and there are still several different ways this could pan out. One possible compromise would be a short extension of the tax cuts for the rich and a longer extension for the middle classes, keeping any crucial decisions as far away from the 2012 campaign season as possible.

from Tales from the Trail:

It was just a game of golf!

September 3, 2010

Ever since he played golf with President Barack Obama last week, New York newspapers have been rife with speculation that Mayor Michael Bloomberg is being wooed by the administration to replace Timothy Geithner as Treasury Secretary. 

from Tales from the Trail:

Mideast peace veterans and handshake diplomacy

September 2, 2010

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton repeatedly referred to them as "veterans" of the Middle East peace process.

from Tales from the Trail:

Obama’s Oval Office re-do: tasteful seat of power or beige man cave?

September 1, 2010

OBAMA/The reviews are in on President Barack Obama's newly redecorated Oval Office. And they are, like the earth tones of the custom-made sofas, mostly muted.

from Tales from the Trail:

Obama ends Iraq war where it began — the Oval Office

September 1, 2010

The Iraq war ended where it began -- at the president's desk in the White House Oval Office.

from Tales from the Trail:

Wisdom of Roosevelt, Roosevelt, Kennedy and King in Obama’s new Oval Office

August 31, 2010

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The first family had a little redecorating done back at the White House while they were on vacation last week, just in time for President Barack Obama to make only his second nationally televised address from the imposing -- and newly redone -- Oval Office.

from Tales from the Trail:

Rough spots for Obama on the economic…. statement

August 30, 2010

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Things were looking good for President Barack Obama's statement on the U.S. economy in the White House Rose Garden: the sun was shining in a bright blue late-August sky.

from Tales from the Trail:

Democrats disagree on NY mosque, White House says no problem

August 17, 2010

Barack Obama and Harry Reid agree on most things.

They both favored stimulus measures to boost the economy. They both want climate change and comprehensive immigration reform to pass the Senate -- at least someday.

from Tales from the Trail:

Washington Extra – cautionary tale

August 13, 2010

President Barack Obama signed a $600 million bill to strengthen border security, and just to make sure the message got through, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano took the podium at today's White House media briefing. Immigration has always been a tough political issue, and in an election year no great strides are expected on major reform before the November vote. "It cannot only be done by Democrats. The Republicans need to come to the table," Napolitano said.

from Tales from the Trail:

Will Gulf getaway be much of a vacation for Obama?

August 11, 2010

A two-day trip to the Gulf Coast for President Barack Obama and his family will feature some beach time but maybe not a great deal of rest and relaxation.