Down With the Traditional Wool Suit in D.C.

By: Thursday August 21, 2014 11:16 am

D.C. is a sub-tropical swamp but in an act of collective insanity the entire male professional class insists on pretending it has the climate of northern Scotland. That is why I’m glad to hear the traditional business suit has suffered at least a minor setback in Washington D.C. professional culture. In an attempt to recruit [...]

White House Finally Gets Solar Panels Again

By: Thursday August 15, 2013 11:41 am

It took three years to make it happen, but the Obama administration is finally making good on its promise to install solar panels at the White House. From The Hill: “The White House has begun installing American-made solar panels on the first family’s residence as a part of an energy retrofit that will improve the [...]

Huge Crowd Circles White House to Protest XL Pipeline

By: Sunday November 6, 2011 2:19 pm

Today I was down by the White House to witness the massive protest against the new Keystone XL pipeline that would bring tar sands oil from Canada down to American refineries on the Gulf of Mexico. Thousands showed up to cover the multiple city blocks it takes to fully circle the White House. The protesters [...]

Livestream: Tar Sands Activists Gather at the White House With Bill McKibben, Naomi Klein

By: Saturday September 3, 2011 11:29 am

I’ll be at the 3pm demonstration at the White House today with Naomi Klein, Bill McKibben and others, and I hope to be livestreaming the event. Cross your fingers they’re not vindictively arrested by the Park Police on behalf of a thin-skinned government.

White House’s Scooby Doo Villain Perspective on Politics

By: Friday August 5, 2011 6:37 am

The Obama administration has a strange habit of inappropriately blaming the unpopularity of their actions on the fact that a few progressive writers didn’t do enough to sell the public on the good aspects of their deal. It would seem the White House is basically taking the perspective of a Scooby Doo villain in concluding [...]

If You Need to Actually Say You Didn’t Cave, You Caved

By: Thursday August 4, 2011 11:54 am

If so many people are saying you got beaten that you actually feel the need to start publicly declaring you didn’t cave, that means you caved. From the White House’s absurd attempt to defend the debt ceiling deal with lies: Myth: President Obama caved. Fact: President Obama laid out key priorities that had to be [...]

VIDEO: Dan Ellsberg Handcuffed at White House for Protesting Obama’s Torture of Bradley Manning

By: Monday March 21, 2011 7:30 am

VIDEO: Eighty year-old Daniel Ellsberg was arrested on Saturday in front of the White House when he refused to leave at the request of police. He was one of 113 people who were arrested, handcuffed and taken to the police station on March 19, 2011 for protesting President Obama’s continued torture of Bradley Manning.

Did Daley Force Gibbs Out?

By: Friday January 7, 2011 9:01 am

Toby Harnden at the Telegraph says John King says that Gibbs got the boot because Daley didn’t want him around. I think I was one of the first to report on the pending White House shake-up back on December 9 on MSNBC, and again on FDL on December 20. But you didn’t have to be exceptionally wired in to see that the President had lost confidence in Gibbs.

With No Hope of Help, Negative Opinion of Health Care Law Shows Little Change

By: Friday August 20, 2010 4:08 pm

In the waning days of the debate over health care legislation, the White House’s political team did a fairly good job of convincing Democrats in Congress, Washington reporters, and like-minded writers that the act would somehow get a lot more popular after it was actually signed into law. The latest CNN poll (PDF) shows that [...]

Tribalism is the Last Refuge of Political Scoundrels, Including Robert Gibbs

By: Tuesday August 10, 2010 9:07 am

Spiro Agnew — sorry, Robert Gibbs — says “the professional left is not representative of the progressives who organized, campaigned, raised money and ultimately voted for Obama.” Well, the Obama in the White House is not representative of the Obama who organized, campaigned, raised money and ran for office, so I guess it’s a wash. [...]