Tales from the Trail

The White House and the silver bullet defense

April 26, 2011

Verbal silver bullets were flying all over the White House press briefing today.

“There is no silver bullet” has become the White House phrase for telling the public it has no magical solution for combating rising gasoline prices. With gas prices at the pump over $4 a gallon, the translation for the 2012 presidential campaign is: don’t blame us.

Bernanke and the media — Round One coming up

April 25, 2011

The Federal Reserve¬†needs to burnish its image, but press conferences aren’t entirely a public relations exercise.

Haley Barbour not running, lacks ‘absolute fire in the belly’

April 25, 2011

Scratch Republican Haley Barbour off the list of presidential hopefuls for 2012.

Shake-up strikes House Republican legal team for gay marriage ban

April 25, 2011

After a week of questions and criticism, the legal team hired by Republicans in the House of Representatives to defend a law banning gay marriage suffered a shake-up of sorts on Monday when the law firm dropped the case and the lawyer who was going to lead the effort resigned from the firm.

Clinton doesn’t want Iran taking ‘one iota of credit’ for Mideast revolutions

April 20, 2011

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says when it comes to the pro-democracy movements sweeping through the Middle East give credit where credit is due. And that means not to Iran.

Washington Extra – Major breach

April 19, 2011

pentagonIn this post-9/11, ultra-high security era, it is hard to believe that the bomb-proofing specs of a new Defense Department building in the DC area would be on public view. Then again, the Internet is a tough beast to manage.

Obama doesn’t drive, but he feels your pain at the pump

April 19, 2011

President Barack Obama says he sympathizes with the frustration over high gas prices — even though it’s been a while since he’s had to fill a tank.

Washington Extra – Cattle prod

April 18, 2011

.dowAs market maven Mohamed El-Erian told us today “The medium term has a way of creeping up on you.” That’s why everyone needs a cattle prod from time to time and today it was Washington’s turn to get a goading.

4 Republican hopefuls in New Hampshire find tepid Tea Party turnout

April 15, 2011

Four potential Republican presidential hopefuls showed up, but the turnout for the New Hampshire Tea Party tax day rally was rather tepid.

White House shrugs off Obama comments caught on open microphone

April 15, 2011

The White House is shrugging off candid comments by President Barack Obama about private budget talks with Republicans. The next day’s message is — no big deal.