WASHINGTON, Dec 12 (Reuters) – On a normal day, press
briefings at the White House can be quiet, often somewhat boring
The press secretary, Jay Carney, sticks to a series of
talking points and reporters try – often unsuccessfully – to get
nuggets of news about the big and small stories of the day.
White House press briefing lasted 1 hour 11 minutes 48 seconds today. Moving into record territory.
WH briefing exploding into a back and forth about why there was not more press access on AF1 trip to SA to Bushes, Obamas
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday announced a new push to increase access to mental health services with $100 million in new government funding nearly a year after a school shooting rampage in Newtown, Connecticut.
Biden, who spearheaded a failed Obama administration campaign for stronger gun control measures following the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre, met with families of the victims and mental health advocates.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – John Podesta, a former chief of staff to President Bill Clinton, is returning to the White House to advise President Barack Obama as he struggles to regain his footing after the flawed healthcare law rollout.
Podesta steered Obama’s transition team in 2008 after he won the presidency. His arrival is a signal that the president, famous for accepting counsel primarily from a tight-knit group of advisers, is looking for some outside help as he seeks to regain momentum in his second term.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – With notes of rock, jazz and opera, Washington feted piano man Billy Joel, actress Shirley MacLaine and guitarist Carlos Santana on Sunday at the Kennedy Center Honors, the capital’s annual celebration of the arts.
Jazz pianist Herbie Hancock and opera singer Martina Arroyo rounded out the list of honorees at the country’s prestigious awards ceremony for stars of the stage, screen and concert hall.