Tales from the Trail

Washington Extra – Podium pieces

March 9, 2011

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/

Valentine’s Day with the GOP

February 11, 2011

What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day than by sending your special someone a pink e-card, covered in hearts, with a message from the president: “Hope you like this Valentine’s card, your grandchildren are paying for it.”

Washington Extra – Braving the weather

January 20, 2011

President Barack Obama quipped that Chinese President Hu Jintao was brave for going to his hometown at this time of year. But what about the visit to Capitol Hill today?

Training may be the U.S. way out of Afghanistan, but hurdles high

January 13, 2011

One of the strongest messages that U.S. officials tried to convey during Vice President Joe Biden’s visit to Afghanistan this week was that the American mission in the war-torn country is changing from combat to training, so that Afghan forces are ready to provide security for their own country after decades of upheaval, invasion and foreign occupation. AFGHANISTAN

Washington Extra – A late start

November 18, 2010

obama_gmIt must be more than a little frustrating to win the Nobel Peace Prize for your best intentions — ridding the world of nuclear weapons – and then struggle to even get the START Treaty ratified this year. Not surprising, then, that President Barack Obama told his deputy to work “day and night” to get this thing through.

For Biden, it’s START “day and night”

November 18, 2010

Instead of counting sheep to fall asleep at night, we imagine Vice President Joe Biden may be counting votes.

I’m not forcing Bill to eat tofu and I don’t want to be VP- Hillary

October 6, 2010

Is  she forcing her husband to eat tofu? No.

Did Bill cry at the wedding? Not really.

Does she want to be vice president? Absolutely not.

On Wednesday, Hillary Clinton graciously handled softball questions about her husband’s diet and her daughter’s wedding at Fortune magazine’s  “Most Powerful Women” conference — before moving on to quash persistent rumors that she  might be interested in the vice presidential slot in a second-term Obama administration.

White House Intrigue: Could Hillary Replace Joe?

October 6, 2010

OBAMA/Could Hillary replace Joe as Barack’s main squeeze in 2012? That’s the juicy bit of palace intrigue enlivening today’s U.S. political melodrama.

Advice from Biden: Don’t underestimate O’Donnell and Palin

September 28, 2010

The only Democrat who has run against, and defeated, both Republicans Christine O’Donnell and Sarah Palin says don’t sell either of them short.

Iraqi political haggling a big headache for American spies

August 31, 2010

What keeps U.S. spies awake at night? Iran. Al Qaeda. The bickering of Iraqi politicians.