Every one of New York's 26 Democrats in the House voted for a budget amendment last week that President Obama had already threatened to veto. A New York Times editorial this morning blasted the amendment, which passed by a 239 to 182 vote, without even fingering the special interests that produced ... More >>
Pride Week's a fun time to rightblogger-watch, because rightbloggers just don't know what to do about the gays. They must know straight America is losing its antipathy toward gay people -- Hell, even TGI Fridays is down with Pride. And some insist that the gay-hating stuff is behind them, too. Bu ... More >>
AP• General Stanley A. McChrystal, top commander in Afganistan, has submitted his resignation over his critical remarks -- including saying Obama appeared "uncomfortable and intimidated" during their first meeting, and dismissing Vice President Biden as "Bite Me" -- in the latest issue of R ... More >>
Word is that General McChrystal, formerly the top U.S. commander and strategist for Afghanistan, now of "Can't Keep His Mouth Shut Around Magazine Reporters" infamy, has been fired by President Obama after a 30-minute-long meeting today, per ABC News. General David Petraeus will replaced him. ... More >>
via New York TimesWhy is the Obama White House so pestered by pestilence? Last year, there was the fly that Obama killed during an interview with John Harwood for CNBC and the Times, an act which drew the perhaps displaced anger of many an insect-lover. (Have you ever been tortured by a buzzi ... More >>
Is it possible that Republicans could prove to be a closer ally?
You've heard that old fable -- favored by Orson Welles, among others -- about a frog whom a scorpion asks for a ride across a stream. The frog reasons that the scorpion won't sting him while they're both in the water, because then they would both drown. So he consents. But the scorpion stings him ... More >>
Ease on down to Henry Street
With Obama still inheriting residual blame from people rightfully pissed about the un-ending flow of oil into the Gulf of Mexico via BP, the White House has gone on the offensive with fury in the past week. President Obama finally came with harsh words, wondering whose ass he should kick, but ... More >>
To recap: over the weekend, Gawker harnessed the power of the internet and cobbled together the mother of all ridiculous conspiracy theories, alleging that a blurry video still constituted evidence that Barack Obama had been in an extra in the 1993 video for Tag Team's still-ubiquitous "Whoom ... More >>
First there was the smoking baby. Actually, before that, there was the other smoking baby. And more recently, there was the smoking, drinking, really sad baby. But lest you forget that adults, too, have trouble with the nic fits, consider the news that Philippine President-elect Benigno Aquin ... More >>
President Obama's junior year digs at 142 West 109th Street, New York, are for rent, and for a mere $1,900, you could catch your sporadic Z's in what the New York Times
Lee Blessing's When We Go Upon the Sea
The Today show has released a clip from an interview between Barack Obama and Matt Lauer that will air in full tomorrow, the 50th day of the oil leak in the Gulf. In it, the POTUS and the journalist sit down for some frank discussion of the Gulf, and Obama is plenty teed. (Video after the jum ... More >>
A week ago, Israeli paratroopers took over a ship on the high seas that was part of a flotilla trying to flout Israel's embargo against Gaza. Those aboard the boat, which carried wheelchairs and such like, fought back against the invading Israelis, who retaliated by killing nine of them. Even some ... More >>
Pam Geller (left) makes Ann Coulter (right) seem left.Now the purveyor of the anti-Islam bus ads, Pamela Geller has long had a bone to pick with Barack Obama. As our homegrown bikini-wearing bombthrower has put it in her must-read Atlas Shrugs blog: [W]hy not tell the truth about Obama and his rep ... More >>
The BP Oil Spill Disaster started on April 20th, over a month ago, for those keeping track. Which is why it's so strange to read through this morning's MediaBistro Newsfeed, and come across a Yahoo news story, where you will find information regarding the White House's response to what 'they' ... More >>
The Obama-BP Press conference just ended! You'll hear all about his remarks everywhere else sometime between now and tomorrow afternoon when something else has gone wrong. But what about the game of Ten Questions that Obama had planned to play with the press while he was in the room with them ... More >>
It's finally happening: the White House is officially behind Congressional efforts to end "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" this week.
Since we're all pointing fingers and naming names with regard to whose fault the BP spill really was, why wouldn't Sarah Palin jump in the ring? On Fox News Sunday, the former Republican candidate for VP said, "I don't know why the question isn't asked by the mainstream media and by others ... More >>
Even though it might be only 817 miles from our building to Athens, Alabama in the heart of their 5th Congressional District, that doesn't mean we can't feel the impact of what kind of ridiculous, race-baiting assholery is going on down there. Specifically with regards to congressional hopefu ... More >>
Via The Daily What and Metafilter, singer Ben Folds has masterfully done it, the staff of Newsweek has done it to embarrassing and hysterical effect, The Daily Show did it, so naturally, it's now time for President Barack Obama to hit up the social freak experiment known as ChatRoulette. Of course ... More >>
On President Obama's visit to Buffalo today, he stopped by Duff's Wings, where he was greeted by a "very enthusiastic supporter." Sheryl Stolberg of The New York Times picked up the exhange: "You're a hottie with a smokin' little body," Luann Haley, 45, told the president.
The problem with talking shit about young people and the technology they use is that then they use it. They use these technologies to spread Old Man ignorance and laugh at the empty words and remix them, mash them up or juxtapose them with pictures of cats. Young people, or the plugged-in, ma ... More >>
Word is, the president's routine from this weekend's White House Correspondents Dinner--which killed, by the way--was put together in consultation with writers from the Daily Show. But anyone who knows anything about Barack Obama's musical tastes knows that he probably didn't need any help using B ... More >>
That's right, false alarm. The only thing adding any sliver of believability to the National Enquirer's rehashing of a 2008 rumor about a Barack Obama affair was a claim about the existence of a video tape showing the president and his former aide at an illicit hotel rendezvous. They didn't c ... More >>
Today, Barack Obama becomes the 12th U.S. President since 1950 to meet with Rev. Billy Graham. Let us all give thanks for religion's relentless (and secretive!) stranglehold on American politics. And we pray...
Fox News took a poll, and according to the results, 66 percent of Americans think that President Obama should start taking responsibility and stop blaming the Bush administration for things. That's more than three times as many as the 21 percent who think it's right to continue to blame the ... More >>
We'd like to welcome our new office neighbor for the day, President Barack Obama, who got started speaking at the Cooper Union about five minutes ago. In the meantime, Cooper Square and the East Village has turned into a bona fide shitshow.
President Obama said today that he "has no abortion litmus test" in selecting a replacement for Justice John Paul Stevens and that he "wants to make sure any nominee he picks respects individual rights, including women's rights," reports the New York Times.
Hey, it's Monday, time for lots and lots of coffee and, of course, your Monday morning update. • The OTB has a second (ninth?) life. The board voted to keep operations open for at least another year, and will submit a plan on how they will restructure the company to the New York State Wage ... More >>
One day our grandchildren will stumble across some crusty old article on Kindle and say, "What? You mean gays couldn't visit their partners when they were in the hospital?" "Yes, dears," we'll respond. "It sounds shocking, but its as true as my eye color.
It's been awhile since we've talked about the rightbloggers' attitude toward President Obama. In a way, it hasn't changed since 2008: They still hate him, and with a ferocity that trumps all reason. You need only scan their blogs to see this. When the Polish President's plane went down in Russia th ... More >>
A NIGHT WITH THE WRITERS OF THE COLBERT REPORT
According to the Times, Barack Obama thinks he's "African-American," he's actually 'Black,' and "some older blacks" anachronistically think he's a "Negro." What we know for sure, because a White House spokesman confirmed it on Friday, is that the President checked "Black, African Am., or Negr ... More >>
Also, it won't ever be of concern to President Barack Obama, because Barack Obama is an intelligent, rational person, who won't dignify stupid, irrational people. Which he basically implied to America when he sat down for a Today Show interview with Matt Lauer yesterday.
Who would have thought passing the health care bill would directly affect how often the cast of MTV's The Jersey Shore can get their glow on? The money for $940 billion overhaul of the health care system has to come from somewhere, so why not tax the tanners, right? The plan adds a 10 perce ... More >>
After years of producing cheap, bad wine, Chinese winemakers are creating high-end offerings, catering to a an increasingly affluent and sophisticated Chinese consumer. [Wall Street Journal] Christie's has announced it will auction Pablo Picasso's portrait, "The Absinthe Drinker," for betwee ... More >>
The liberal media have done it again! They are advancing the Obama socialist agenda by hiring Erick Erickson, an author from the rightwing website RedState, as a commentator on CNN, aka the Clinton News Network. It is not immediately clear how this advances the liberal agenda, but you can be ... More >>
Time to strategize for the 2010 elections
President Obama takes his case for the health care plan today to the people of Strongville, Ohio. It appears he's relaxed enough to ad lib. Dennis Kucinich, who isn't happy with the current state of the plan, is nonetheless in the house, which is more than Ralph Nader would do for Obama. May ... More >>
The 37th annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), which took place in D.C. last week, came at a happy time for conservatives, what with the recent election of Scott Brown in Massachusetts, the increased visibility of the Tea Party movement due to their own recent convention, and a wav ... More >>
In a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, President Obama has a 51 percent approval rating, and the same respondents disapprove of his handling of the economy (53 percent), the deficit (56 percent), and health care (53 percent). They approve of the way he handles terrorism (56 percent), and p ... More >>
Legendary New York painter Chuck Close has been named by President Obama to the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities. Close came to fame by taking photographs of his subjects and then sometimes using an airbrush and grids to create hyper-realist paintings from them. (A nice syno ... More >>
President Obama appeared at the National Prayer Breakfast this morning and made a plea for "civility... learning how to disagree without being disagreeable." (As shown in the TPM clip above, he also made a mild joke about birthers.) This comes at an interesting time, as high-level apologies for ... More >>
Volcker: He told Obama so.Finally, Barack Obama today unveiled a proposed major curb on Wall Street that would revive the "spirit of Glass-Steagall" — the Depression-era law that would have prevented last year's Wall Street meltdown if it hadn't been abolished during the Clinton administration ... More >>
The disaster in Haiti has obsessed both mainstream media and bloggers, and for the most part rightbloggers have been exceptionally well-behaved about it. Even some normally obstreperous critics have praised Obama for his interventions, and if they piled on Danny Glover for attributing the quake t ... More >>
After his first year, Obama shows his true face
Mark Halperin's and John Heilemann's new book Game Change about the 2008 Presidential campaign is full of hilarious revelations. Among these is the news that Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid listed among Barack Obama's electoral advantages that he was "light skinned" and had "no Neg ... More >>