Tales from the Trail

Testing their partnership, Obama and Australia’s Gillard disagree on…vegemite

March 8, 2011

They may be the strongest of allies, but U.S. President Barack Obama and Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard disagree on at least one thing: the culinary strengths and weaknesses of Vegemite.

Washington Extra – 9 below

March 4, 2011

Don’t underestimate the PoliPsych impact of the unemployment rate falling below 9 percent for the first time in nearly two years.

Washington Extra – Trying it out

March 3, 2011

It’s a bird, it’s a plane… oh wait… sorry, just some trial balloons floating around…

Obama, lawmakers may lose own paychecks in government shutdown

March 2, 2011

President Barack Obama and members of Congress may soon have added incentive to reach a budget deal and avert a possible government shutdown: their own six-figure salaries.

Washington Extra – Two weeks

March 1, 2011

Perhaps the fifth time will be the charm. (Don’t hold your breath).

OBAMA-SPEECH/Looks like legislation to keep the government funded for another two weeks is heading for approval. “I think we’ll have a vote on that in the next 48 hours,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said.

Obama tweaks Republicans at governors lunch

February 28, 2011

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

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

February 25, 2011

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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.

Washington Extra – Table options

February 24, 2011

What to do about Libya? Options. So many options.

President Barack Obama is taking his time to think it all through. The White House today threw down the line: “There are no options we’re taking off the table.” OBAMA/

Washington Extra – Club CEO

February 23, 2011

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

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

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

February 23, 2011

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.