Does the Netroots Care About Nuclear Power?

By: Friday June 15, 2012 3:04 pm

Throughout the three-plus days of panels, training sessions, caucuses and keynotes, attendees quite likely heard no mention of nuclear power, its persistent threats to safety, its drastic drain on the budget, its onerous oppression of workers or its brazen gouging of rate-payers. For, while there were well over 100 panels, and dozens of other training sessions and caucuses, nothing on the schedule even made a passing attempt to address nuclear energy here in the United States or the ongoing (and growing) crisis of radioactive contamination from Fukushima spreading across the globe.


A Look at Paul Ryan’s Fantasy GOP House Budget

By: Wednesday March 21, 2012 6:15 am

The Ryan budget has appeared as a chairman’s mark. It’s a long document written in Congress-ese, but I’ve already gone over some of the main points. Here are a couple other tidbits, including why the revenue and spending caps are implausible and the automatic mechanism that requires the President to “fix” to Social Security.

Maxine Waters (D-CA) Not Amused by Obama’s Badgering

By: Monday September 26, 2011 10:30 am

In case you missed it over the weekend, the president attended the Congressional Black Caucus awards dinner — and promptly told them to quit bitching.

Emails Reveal White House Alerted Secret Service to Dan Choi, GetEqual Protests in November 2010

By: Thursday September 22, 2011 10:05 am

An email chain turned over by the Department of Homeland Security in response to a subpoena in the Dan Choi case reveal that it was the White House that tipped off the Secret Service with the information that 3 days later there would be a DADT protest in front of the White House. Brian Bond, Deputy Director of Public Engagement, sent an email to then-Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina, Dan Pfeiffer, Melody Barnes, Tina Tchen, Dan Pfeiffer, Shin Inouye and others telling them he had it on “pretty good authority” that “Choi will be a part of it.”

Dan Pfeiffer: A Slightly Dumber, Less Attractive Version of Dana Perino

By: Sunday June 19, 2011 11:50 am

You’d think that, to become the Communications Director of the White House, you’d have to be pretty good at communication. But based on Dan Pfeiffer’s performance at Netroots Nation, the president must have filled the post using some other criteria.

Obama Spokesman Denies 1996 Gay Survey

By: Saturday June 18, 2011 11:00 am

In January of 1996 he filled out the IMPACT questionnaire, and it appears to be in his own writing, and uses the first-person “I” throughout. While the IMPACT questions were a bit more complicated, Obama did say he would oppose any attempts to outlaw same-gender marriage, by supporting a resolution stating “the state should not interfere with same-gender couples who chose [sic] to marry and share fully and equally in the rights, responsibilities and commitment of civil marriage.”

White House Insider Debunks “Obama’s Moving to the Center” Meme

By: Monday January 24, 2011 10:30 am

New York Magazine has a piece that’s attracting a lot of chatter today about Team Obama’s retooling after the midterms. While the media and Village pundits keep churning out lazy “Obama’s moving to the center” stories — here’s the passage that should kill this meme once and for all — but won’t.

Pfeiffer Expects “Confrontation” with Republicans on Spending

By: Thursday December 23, 2010 8:45 am

White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer said on an end-of-the-year conference call yesterday afternoon that “we’ll see confrontation on spending issues” in the next Congress, vowing that the President will fight efforts to cut budgets by 20% in areas like education.

“Responsible” Obama Administration Doesn’t Think Federal Employees Facing Pay Cut Will Leave to the Private Sector

By: Monday November 29, 2010 3:40 pm

On a conference call just now, White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer and U.S. Chief Performance Officer and the Office of Management and Budget’s Deputy Director for Management Jeffrey Zients defended the White House’s proposed pay freeze for federal employees from the charge that this will drive talented workers out of government as they see no prospects for individual advancement.

If Private Health Insurers Are Evil, Why Are You Forcing Me to Be Their Customer?

By: Tuesday March 9, 2010 2:01 pm

A big part of the final push for this health care reform effort is focused on how terrible the private insurance companies are. On the White House blog, communications director Dan Pfeiffer is attacking the huge premium increases and monopoly power of some private insurers. HCAN is doing a “mass citizens’ arrest of the insurance companies.” On the stump, President Obama is hitting the terrible practices of the private insurance corporations hard. . . .

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