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    Obama Pays Tribute to Himself During Angela Merkel's White House Visit

    The visit of German Chancellor Angela Merkel to Washington has attracted little attention in the US media, perhaps further proof that Berlin barely ranks as a world power these days, and consistently punches under its weight in international affairs. Compared to both David Cameron and Nicolas Sarkozy, Merkel is a … More

    Turmoil in the Middle East, Confusion in the White House

    There was a time when the U.S. government boldly supported democratic movements and spoke out unabashedly in favor of political and human rights. It wasn’t even that long ago—under the Bush and Reagan Administrations, actually—but it seems like eons. Consider President Obama’s comment in the State of the Union speech … More

    Obama: France, Not Britain, America's Strongest Ally

    The Obama administration is not known for its pro-British track record, but this is by far the strongest indication yet that the current White House has little regard for the Special Relationship and its unique role in modern American history. During a White House photo-op with French President Nicolas Sarkozy, … More

    Robert Gibbs Wrongly Equates Twitter With Transparency

    President Barack Obama and his team have been resting on the strength of their social media efforts in the 2008 election for some time now. While they have been doing so, the world of digital media has passed them by, creating venues for political mobilization, policy debate and checks and … More

    NEW VIDEO: Heritage Foundation Takes On White House's Misleading Tax Video

    Last week, the White House announced a new White House White Board video series in which “one of our key players on the White House team will cut through the political back-and-forth you hear every day and break down an issue affecting American families into simple, understandable terms”. Their first … More

    No More 'Ethics' in the White House?

    It looks like ethics and transparency are yet again taking a back seat at the Obama White House, this time with the little-noticed news that the president’s ‘ethics’ czar, Norm Eisen, is leaving to become a foreign ambassador and will not be replaced. Instead, his responsibilities (which included oversight of transparency and accountability, … More

    Morning Bell: Oil Spill Response is "Stuck on Stupid"

    If you only listened to President Obama, you wouldn’t even know an oil spill is occurring in the Gulf. He hasn’t spoken publicly about the oil spill since June 22 when he announced it was on a laundry list of items discussed at a cabinet meeting. Before that, on June … More

    The White House and OfferGate

    Imagine this hypothetical: An independent oil company executive accuses BP of offering him a job if he’ll stop competing against a BP subsidiary — a potentially illegal dealing under federal criminal law. BP denies the accusation for months. Then, suddenly, its in-house counsel releases a two-page memo summarizing the results … More

    Video: Police vs. Press at the White House

    Reporters covering a “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” protest at the White House today were forced out of Lafayette Square by police. The scene, captured on video, is remarkable given the historical importance of the park as a protest spot across the street from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. President Obama, who boasts … More

    What Transparency Looks Like to the Obama White House

    Things that are transparent: Saran Wrap, glass, water. Things that aren’t transparent: brick walls, mountains, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ). Or so it would seem, if you take a look at the CEQ’s response to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request issued by the U.S. Chamber … More