Ronald Reagan's Home for Sale

Fit for a President

Palisades, 4BR, 4BA, Pool, 4,764 SF. Sounds pretty good, but the real attraction to this...

Malala Out of Hospital!

15-Year Old Defies Taliban

Reuters Photo
Truly gratifying to see Malala Yousufzai, 15, released from a British hospital You'll recall she...

This Cartoon Nails It

Where We're Headed

Tom Toles/Washington Post

The Cost of Obama's Hawaiian Vacation

Keith Koffler/White House Dossier
Michelle Obama recently revealed that she and President Obama don’t give Christmas gifts to each...

The Worst Day

The President's sad expression when informed of the Sandy Hook killings

That terrible day - December 14, 2012 - when the President was briefed by security...

Connecticut Newspaper Apologizes

Publisher Sorry for Gun Ad Next to Sandy Hook Story

New York Daily News
A Connecticut newspaper shot itself in the ads Thursday by placing a promo for an...

Which One?

Paul Brandus/WWR

FDR's Four Freedoms

It inspired a nation at war

Norman Rockwell

New Faces at CIA, Pentagon

Battles Loom

Paul Brandus
President Obama will nominate his counterterrorism advisor John Brennan to be the next director of...

Can Obama Raise the Debt Ceiling?

U.S. Could Default Within Weeks

Curated by The Week
The fiscal cliff fight is over, but the looming battle over raising the debt ceiling...

Guns Aside, We're Safer

Paul Brandus
Mass shootings like the Sandy Hook tragedy get lots of attention (as they should), but...

What On Earth Is This?

Coming to a dollar near you?

Photo via CNBC
Jack Lew, currently the White House Chief of Staff, is said to be President Obama's...

Five Things to be Hopeful for in 2013

Paul Brandus
On New Year's Eve, I alerted you to "5 disturbing trends to watch in 2013."...

Want to See Bin Laden's Autopsy Photos?

Court to Decide

Paul Brandus, Jan. 10. 2013
They have been classified since the May 2011 raid that killed him, but now the...

Report: U.S. Economy "Mostly Free"

Slips in Economic Openness

Paul Brandus (Jan. 10, 2013)
We're Number 10!! The Heritage Foundation, the conservative think tank, is out with its "Index of...

DC: Porn Capital of the U.S.

Paul Brandus (Jan. 10, 2013)
If it were an election, this would be a landslide. Blue states in the Northeast...

NRA Blasts Administration on Guns

Biden Proposals Due Next Week

Paul Brandus (Jan. 10, 2013)
The Obama administration and National Rifle Association agreed to disagree Thursday, after a meeting on...

Sign Your Name Like THIS!

Just Like Our Next Treasury Secretary

Paul Brandus (Jan. 11, 2013)
  When you're the Treasury Secretary your signature goes on all U.S. currency. Pretty cool. But...

CIA Drone Strikes On the Rise

Eight This Year Already

Paul Brandus
      The Washington Post has built a database of all known drone strikes on suspected terrorist...

Gas Prices Lower Than Year Ago

2013 Forecast: Fairly Stable Prices

Paul Brandus (Jan. 11, 2013)
Despite talk in some quarters about how gasoline prices are out of control, the fact...

Not White House News: But AMAZING

Dust storm swallows Aussie beach

Via (Jan. 11, 2013)
Not White House news. But while searching for an Inauguration Day forecast, WWR found this...

White House Answers Death Star Petition

...and the answer is:

Paul Brandus (Jan. 11, 2013)
Tons of people petioned the White House to back the "Death Star." An out-of-this-world order...

Reducing Gun Violence: What Biden Will Propose

Fight with NRA Underway

Paul Brandus
  If you’ll pardon the pun, Vice-President Biden is aiming for Tuesday to give his proposals...

Biden's Gun Proposals

Lunching with President Today

Paul Brandus
A month after Newtown, let me offer some advice for Second Amendment supporters (and I am...

Four, Count 'Em, Four Swearing Ins for Obama

Ties FDR's Record

Paul Brandus
Franklin Roosevelt, elected to the presidency four times, is the only POTUS to take the...

Check Out This Fake President

Fun moment for U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Serpico Elliott, who got to stand in...

Presidents Who Hit the Town, #1

Eisenhower loved to paint the town red

Paul Brandus (Jan. 14, 2013)
  At Monday's news conference, Jackie Calmes of The NY Times asked President Obama if he...

Presidents Who Hit the Town #2

Paul Brandus (Jan. 14, 2013)
  At Monday's news conference, Jackie Calmes of The NY Times asked President Obama if he...

Change to Presidential Limo

"Taxation Without Representation" Tags

Paul Brandus (Jan. 15, 2013)
If you live in the District of Columbia - and some 618,000 people do -...

Newtown CT man harassed after helping Sandy Hook kids

Dylan Stableford/Yahoo! News (Jan. 15, 2013)
This is one of the most disgusting things I've ever read. A good samaritan in...

The President's Worst Day

Obama slumps as he learns of the Newtown shootings

White House Photo: Pete Souza
The expression says it all: the exact moment when President Obama learned of the Sandy...

White House Proposals on Gun Violence

Paul Brandus (Jan. 16, 2013)
  President Obama's proposals to reduce gun violence are the most comprehenive action taken by the...

Reducing Gun Violence: Obama's Proposals

Congressional Fights Ahead

Paul Brandus (Jan. 16, 2013)
President Obama and Vice-President Biden will unveil their long-awaited proposals to reduce gun violence today....

Irony of the Day

Cheney Opposed Iraq Invasion - in 1991

Paul Brandus (Jan. 16, 2013)
Today is the 22nd anniversary of Operation Desert Storm - in which the United States...

$222,000 Bathroom for Cabinet Secretary

2007 renovation included a $3,500 fridge

Paul Brandus (Jan. 17, 2013)
Now that's a nice-looking bathroom. ABC News reports that it belongs to the Secretary of...

Muted Expectations for Inaugural

Change definitely NOT in the air

Larry Sabato (Jan. 17, 2013)
With the constitutionally-mandated presidential oath-taking falling on a Sunday this year, the country will follow...

Rosa Parks to Be Honored in Capitol

Civil Rights Hero to Have Likeness in Statuary Hall

Paul Brandus (Jan. 17, 2013)
She stood just 5' 3" but was a towering figure in American history. Now that...

Fashion Alert: New Hairdo for Mrs. Obama

Starting the year with a bang

Paul Brandus (Jan. 17 2013)
  West Wing Reports usually doesn't delve into fashionista issues, but every rule has its exception....

How Different Does Obama Look Today?

Health good as new term begins

Paul Brandus (Jan. 18, 2013)
  A lot more gray hair and some crows feet under the eyes. The presidency can...

Eisenhower Gets Lassoed!

Rodeo star ropes Ike in on Inauguration day

Paul Brandus (Jan. 18, 2013)
One of the best photos from Inaugurals past is one of the most fun. Watching...

Talk About Creepy

JFK's death car - used by four more Presidents

Paul Brandus (Jan. 18, 2013)
Inauguration day 1973. That limo that President Richard Nixon and First Lady Pat are riding...

The Oath of Office

"So help me God" - not uttered until 1881

Paul Brandus (Jan. 20, 2013)
The oath of office of the President of the United States is required by the...

First Photo of the Swearing In

The President begins his second term

White House Photo: Pete Souza

Great Photo of Swearing In

Second term begins

Pete Souza/White House Photo

Obama the "Republican"

Narrow Window to Act

Paul Brandus (Jan. 20 2013)
As the curtain rises on Barack Obama’s second term, where’s the love from Republicans? After...

The Gown. The Dance.

Inaugural ball glitter

Photo: Obama Inaugural Committee

Obama By the Numbers

Facts, figures - for better or worse

Paul Brandus
President Obama begins his second term with: Approval rating: 52.2% (Real Clear Politics avg.) Gas prices:...

Beyonce Lip-Synced at the Inaugural?

Sophie Gilbert/Washingtonian
Washingtonian magazine's Sophie Gilbert reports:  Beyoncé sang the national anthem at Monday's Inauguration ceremony for President...

AM Roundup

...headlines while you slept

Curated by Peter Fowler/NewsRoom America (Jan. 23, 2013)
As expected, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has won a narrow victory in that country's...

Obama: A Republican in Democratic Clothing?

Policies taken from Nixon, Reagan, Bush, Romney

Paul Brandus (Jan. 22, 2013)
  As the curtain rises on Barack Obama’s second term, where’s the love from Republicans? After...

So What Does WGAS Mean?

No, it's not a station in the middle of nowhere

Paul Brandus (Jan. 23, 2013)
The best boss I, er, WWR, ever had was a guy named Jim Farley, who...

5 Observations from Hillary Clinton's Benghazi Testimony

Spars with GOP over Benghazi attack

Paul Brandus (Jan. 24, 2013)
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's long-awaited testimony on Benghazi was dramatic, revealing, and, at times,...

Quote of the Day

from the West Wing Reports archives...

Harry Truman
"A pessimist is one who makes difficulties of his opportunities and an optimist is one...

White House Secrecy Criticized

Editorial: administration plays double game

Bloomberg Editorial Board
Criticism is mounting by civil liberty and government transparency groups for what they call excessive...

Senate Changes Filibuster Rules

...should speed things up, analysts say

Niels Lesniewski, Roll Call Staff (Jan. 25, 2013)
Senators voted overwhelming Thursday evening to enact a package of modest changes to the Senate’s...

Quote of the Day: Jan. 25

Abraham Lincoln
“You can fool some of the people all of the time and all of the...

Quote of the Day: Jan. 26

President James Buchanan
"I like the noise of democracy." -James Buchanan ...

Holocaust Remembrance Day

Preserving history

Paul Brandus (Jan. 27, 2013)
Each year, on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, I post a photo that illustrates the horror...

Quote of the Day: Jan. 27

Harry Truman
  "To hell with them. When history is written they will be the sons of bitches...

Barack Obama - Gun Enthusiast

...interview in The New Republic

  Among the more interesting tidbits in a long interview President Obama gave to The New...

Morning Roundup: Jan. 28 while you were sleeping

West Wing Reports and NewsRoom America
Good morning...Hillary Clinton, gun control, immigration and North Korea are in the headlines this morning....

Rare Photo of the President Skeet Shooting

(JFK, that is)

Oh, you thought WWR was talking about President Obama? No such luck. But historian Michael...

What's the GOP's Strategy?

...a less confrontational stance?

Ryu Spaeth, The Week (Jan. 28, 2013)
As a group of Republican and Democratic senators prepares to unveil a comprehensive bill to reform the...

Perhaps Ronald Reagan's Greatest Address

...on the loss of the shuttle Challenger


While You Were Sleeping - Tues. Jan. 29

...immigration tops the agenda

NewsRoom America and West Wing Reports
(Tuesday, 29 January, 4:00am EST) - Immigration dominates the media this morning with President Obama...

Republicans Turn Their Backs on Their Own Heroes, History longer your Father's GOP

Paul Brandus / The Week (Jan. 29, 2013)
  To borrow the name of one of the better movies of the '90s, the Republican...

Data Shows Hispanic Population Booming 40+ million, says study

Pew Hispanic Center
As the debate over immigration reform heats up, it's important to remember that immigration is...

Who Will It Be?

...guessing game already underway

Paul Brandus (Jan. 29, 2013)
He's a bull in a china shop. She's controlled. He's earthy. She's   ...

Morning Roundup: Wednesday, Jan. 30

Guns, Immigration, Spending Cuts, Hillary, Boeing and more

NewsRoom America and West Wing Reports
Wednesday, 30 January: Here's a look at what happened while you were sleeping...from NewsRoom America...

Economy Shrank in 4q, Govt. Says

...three year growth streak ends

Paul Brandus (Jan. 30, 2013)
The U.S. economy shrank 0.1% in the 4q of 2012, the government says, a major...

Presidential Toga Party (Really)

...FDR parties on his 52d birthday

Paul Brandus (Jan. 30, 2013)
President Franklin Roosevelt was sometimes called a dictator by critics. As his 52nd birthday approached...

Better Enforcement of Gun Laws Urged

...background checks, trafficking targeted

John Gramlich / Roll Call (Jan. 30 2013)
There is bipartisan support for strengthening and possibly expanding the background check system for gun...

Morning Roundup, Thursday, Jan. 31

...what about the economy?

NewsRoom America and West Wing Reports (Jan. 31, 2013)
Good morning...Gun control and immigration are certainly very important issues, but are they taking President...

Rough Day for Defense Nominee Hagel

...former GOP Senator, Vietnam Vet under fire from Republicans

Paul Brandus (Jan. 31, 2013)
Chuck Hagel, the former Nebraska Senator and Vietnam veteran, has certainly seen his share of...

I'm Home, "Deer."

Paul Brandus/West Wing Reports

Lincoln's Civil War goal: preserving the Union - not abolishing slavery....