Nothing like a Presidential push to get the ball rolling. Yesterday was the deadline for parties to file amicus curae briefs -- or "Here's what we think you should do" memos -- to the Supreme Court before the Nine hears the arguments facing DOMA and Prop 8 at the end of March. And, in this past wee ... More >>
Last week we, the people, demanded that the president release the recipes for his White House home brews -- the beers he enjoys so much, he is carrying some along the campaign trail. How did the White House respond? By making adorable beer puns and sharing the recipes, at last: With public excitem ... More >>
We did it, everyone. Following a public outcry, petition, and the filing of a federal Freedom of Information Act request, the Leader of the Free World will release the White House's beer recipe.
Lot of great White House petitions lately. First, the one demanding that the government "formally acknowledge an extraterrestrial presence engaging the human race" (the government refuses to do so); and now, a petition calling for a "vapid, condescending, meaningless, politically safe respons ... More >>
"I wholeheartedly agree with the White House. Carry on."The White House has officially responded to a petition signed by 12,078 people calling for the government to "formally acknowledge an extraterrestrial presence engaging the human race." The Office of Science & Technology Policy's Phil L ... More >>
Sharon Stapel, the Executive Director of the New York Anti-Violence Project, was named a "Champion of Change" for her work with domestic violence in the LGBT community, the White House announced yesterday. "[I]n honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Valerie Jarrett will join White Hou ... More >>
Remember Rick Astley, the ginger-haired crooner with the boyish face and sultry dance moves from the '80s? Whoever is manning the White House Twitter sure does. When today's White House correspondence briefing was dubbed not "nearly as entertaining as yesterday's," they responded quickly, succinctly ... More >>
White House Photo"Do I dare to eat a peach?" as T.S. Eliot asked. Two weeks ago it was the Frozen Treat Fortnight, while last week it was the Big Gay Food Blog. This week the obsessive product our our blogging will be food that's become a special part of Americana in observance of Independen ... More >>
Official White House photographThe Obamas continued their tour of Europe this afternoon with a visit to the Downing Street residence of British Prime Minister David Cameron and his wife Samantha. In this official White House photo by Lawrence Jackson that's sure to inspire any number of moder ... More >>
It's been a rough couple of weeks for Hillary Clinton! First there were those allergies that caused her to cover her mouth in the iconic Situation Room photo taken by White House photographer Pete Souza as the administration watched the raid on Osama Bin Laden. Then she was unceremoniously removed f ... More >>
An ultra-Orthodox Hasidic newspaper, Der Tzitung, has photoshopped HIllary Clinton from the iconic White House situation room photo taken during the Bin Laden raid. (They also 'shopped out Director of Counterterrorism Audrey Tomason.) The paper has a policy against publishing photographs of ... More >>
The official White House photographer Pete Souza captured a dramatic series of images yesterday, May 1, 2011, in the Situation Room of the White House as President Barack Obama gathered with Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and other national security team members ... More >>
In what will surely generate an outcry among federal civilian workers, Obama-haters, and people who live to dissent around the nation, President Obama has proposed a wage freeze for certain federal employees for the next two years. According to the White House, this move (which requires congr ... More >>
That White House Social Secretary job must be cursed. CNN reports that "as many as 30 senior diplomats" were turned away from a party--held in their honor--at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue last night.
Clip Job: an excerpt every day from the Voice archives. November 20, 1969, Vol. XIV, No. 58 A Half Million March For an Audience of One by Ron Rosenbaum WASHINGTON -- Thursday afternoon. "How to Attend a Military Funeral" was the title of a fact-filled article I found in Metronews, a PR mag ... More >>
From the Department of You Done Good On This One: the New York Times declined an invitation to have lunch with the president and "about a dozen" other reporters at the White House today. Why?
Corporations like PepsiCo have started planting organic corporate vegetable gardens, where employees can weed during breaks and take home the harvest. [NY Times] Grub crawls are all the rage these days. Neighborhoods like South Williamsburg and the Lower East Side are ideal for grazing at a ... More >>
God bless America. All photos via BBC.And the award for best life this week goes to N.E.R.D's Pharrell Williams, who spent Monday night inducing Anna Wintour and Oprah to dance at the Met Gala after party, only to then head south on Wednesday to take part in the White House's Cinco De Mayo ce ... More >>
So this happened. They'll patch it up. Here's how:
In the face of Republican threats, President Obama announced today that he plans to push through recess appointments for 15 of the White House nominees currently pending before the Senate. The list of nominees announced for recess appointments includes Craig Becker for the National Labor Rela ... More >>
A cynical person might ask how much Rupert Murdoch is paying the White House. This weekend Communications Director Anita Dunn told CNN "Fox News often operates almost as either the research arm or the communications arm of the Republican Party," that the network is "undertaking a war against ... More >>
Never mind the hysteria over the Obamas' choice of Blue Hill for dinner on Saturday. According to Amanda Hesser, Mrs. Obama should have been in the kitchen herself. In a Saturday op-ed in the Times, Hesser first inexplicably reminds us that Mrs. Obama has "roots in the working class," and goes on ... More >>
Another socialist White House flyover! This time involving some of Obama's fellow-traitor Navy flyers! Also, this one never happened: It was cancelled at the last minute by the FAA , which probably thinks everyone's had enough agita for one term, and had the presence of mind to ask the Mayor's opin ... More >>
The new, transparent White House sends out the text of speeches ahead of time, so we don't have to watch the President announce in Phoenix this afternoon that he'll ask Congress for up to $75 billion to bail out the housing market. First, they'll remove existing restrictions on Fannie Mae and Freddi ... More >>
These utterances are verbatim, folks--they were spewed in all seriousness by various partygoers and clubcrawlers--and it's my moral obligation to pass them on to you without comment. I mean without MUCH comment: "Why did Martin Luther King get credit for 'I have a dream'? It started in Gypsy!" (Sou ... More >>
What's Jake Tapper up to as ABC's senior White House correspondent? Today he reported on the President's life in the White House. "At 6:45 (super: digital watch) he's in the gym," Tapper told a breathless nation; Obama runs on a treadmill and listens to Jay-Z (brief musical sting). His "heathful" br ... More >>
The new White House website looks great and has been enthusiastically reviewed. Unfortunately, when you call the phone number listed for "Comments" under "Contact Us" (202-456-1111), at this writing you're told the new Administration is "unable to answer your call at this time." If you try the switc ... More >>
Ministry give their fans one final pummeling
Much as he hates to admit it, Rudy loved (most of) those huddled masses
What did Bush know and when did he know it? Will the next president pardon him?
Just wait till the rest of the country sees Giuliani unhinged
Oh yeah? How Michael Mukasey and Bernie Kerik are haunting Rudy's run.
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A funny thing happened on the way to monarchy: a rare Supreme Court take-back
In Chicago and the Illinois State Legislature, Barack Obama made a differencehe did not just 'hope'
McCain's deal on prisoners means White House lawlessness rolls on
Senate Judiciary Committee chair intent on rescuing Bush from felony charges
Our European allies in the CIA's criminal missions are finally held accountable
The elephant in Guantanamo's living room gets 4,200 calories a day and a Koran
Cosmic commies, Christian rockers, and gay Republicans at the 13th annual NYUFF
The birth and life of the '9-11 Truth movement'
Not only our enemies around the world scoff when Bush speaks of human rights