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from Tales from the Trail:

Washington Extra – Say it ain’t so

The White House says it knows that just telling Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi to go, doesn't make it so.

LIBYA-GADDAFI/SONGaddafi "has clearly shown that he doesn't intend to leave just because we said so," White House spokesman Jay Carney said.

The head of intelligence told it like it is, Carney said. "Director (James) Clapper stated what is true, that Colonel Gaddafi is hunkering down, we all know that."

It appears the Gaddafi family would agree. "We will never ever give up. We will never ever surrender," one of the Libyan leader's sons told Reuters.

from Tales from the Trail:

Washington Extra – Podium pieces

We learned a thing or two from briefings around town.

-- White House spokesman Jay Carney has a sister, and today is her birthday. He announced it from the podium. "I spoke with her this morning, and we are very close." LIBYA-USA/

-- State Department spokesman Mark Toner is interested in the Georgetown basketball game. "Anybody got the latest score on Georgetown?" he asked, to break up some of the back-and-forth with reporters on questions about Libya.

from Tales from the Trail:

Washington Extra – Will it fly?

It wasn't quite spilling the beans, but White House spokesman Jay Carney did in one sentence clearly list the top three options being considered on Libya: humanitarian aid, enforcing the U.N. arms embargo, and contingency planning for a potential no-fly zone.

Then it got a bit murky. LIBYA-PORTS/

"I just want to stress that the military options that we talk about are not limited to a no-fly zone, but include a no-fly zone as an option," Carney said.

from Oddly Enough Blog:

Maybe you can believe it, if it helps you to sleep…

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Blog Guy, I think I'm going mad! I woke up this morning and the radio was saying something about a "U.S. President Taylor." Who the hell is that?

president taylor 300Where have you been for the last two years, buddy? They were talking about President James Taylor.

from Tales from the Trail:

Obama tweaks Republicans at governors lunch

President Obama leaped into political frays on a whole bunch of different levels when he addressed state governors at a White House luncheon.

Of singular interest was his mention of Republican Mitt Romney, a potential 2012 presidential candidate who is OBAMA/spending time these days defending the healthcare overhaul he executed as governor of Massachusetts.

from Tales from the Trail:

Washington Extra – Action or inaction

Pizza as a predictor?

CONGRESS GUNFIRECongress returns next week and will decide by action or inaction whether the federal government shuts down.

The White House sounded a note of optimism (which at this point is the only way to go -- best to save the podium pounding for when it gets down to the wire).

from Tales from the Trail:

White House has a new social secretary – and it’s a man

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President Barack Obama's White House has named its third social secretary in just over two years and made history. It's the first man  ever to fill the position in the 110 years it has existed.

Jeremy Bernard, who is now based in Paris as a senior advisor to the U.S. ambassador in France,  was named to replace Julianna Smoot as social secretary, the person responsible for organizing social events at the White House as small as a tea with first lady Michelle Obama or as large and elaborate as a state dinner for the president of China.

from Tales from the Trail:

Washington Extra – Club CEO

At one point, business isn't just about money.

President Barack Obama just assembled corporate heavyweights to advise him on the economy. OBAMA/

It was the president's latest move to show that he is trying to get the economy rolling and is reaching out to business.

from Tales from the Trail:

2012 White House race may lose one tradition: candidates from the Senate

Barack Obama did it. So did Joe Biden, John McCain, Hillary Clinton and scores of others. They all ran for the White House while sitting members of the U.S. Senate.

The 2012 presidential campaign, however, may feature for the first time in more than a half-century no U.S. senators. USA/

from Tales from the Trail:

Obama ‘grappling’ on gay marriage, Nadler to introduce respect bill

President Barack Obama has ordered the U.S. government to stop defending in court the Defense of Marriage Act, a law that bars gay marriage, but his personal views are not so clear.

CALIFORNIA-GAYMARRIAGE/White House spokesman Jay Carney emphasized that there was a distinction between Obama's personal views and the legal issue.

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