With just over two weeks remaining before debt limit day, President Obama called lawmakers to the White House for a Thursday meeting to break the debt stalemate. Back channel communications set up the talks.
Obama talked about big projects during the campaign but he is pursuing smallish policies as he downsizes his ambitions, according to POLITICO. Obama won’t be playing by Twitter’s 140-character rule when he answers questions posed on the social-media website Wednesday in a town-hall format. Biden starts tweeting.
When they took the House, Republicans proclaimed they would “repeal and replace” the health care reform law, but six months later, they hardly talk publicly about those plans at all.
White House rapid response chief Jesse Lee bullies critics via Twitter, according to The Daily Caller.
Obama put the first openly gay or lesbian person onto the board that advises him on West Point. The Obama administration has reversed a White House policy of not sending condolence letters to the next-of-kin of service members who commit suicide.
Newt Gingrich is $1 million in debt, hampering any comeback effort. He now flies commercial.
A pair of upcoming climate summits will test the president’s relationship with environmentalists and allies.
Jay Carney said Treasury Secretary Geithner hasn’t told Obama he wants to go and will be around “for the foreseeable future.”
An Oregon man faces charges he threatened to kill President Obama and his family.
And Helen Thomas is still around, though not physically in the White House.