Morning Summary: Friday, Feb. 1

West Wing Reports / NewsRoom America
John Kerry takes over as Secretary of State today, as Hillary Clinton leaves - perhaps...

January Unemployment Rate Rises to 7.9%

...GOP, Dems spar over data

Paul Brandus (Feb. 1, 2013)
The new year has begun with an uptick in the nation's unemployment rate: it rose...

Secretary of State Kerry: What Will He Do About Climate Change?

Pentagon: national security threat

Coral Davenport/National Journal (Feb. 1, 2013)
Three years ago, in its 2010 Quadrennial Defense Review, the Pentagon identified climate change as...

Barney the Dog - as Painted by His Master

...gone to that great doghouse in the sky

Le Artiste: George W. Bush
Statement by President George W. Bush on the passing of Barney Bush: Laura and I are...

Quote of the Day: Feb. 2

George Washington
  Quote of the Day “Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation;...

The Skeet Shooting President

...downtime at Camp David

Photo: White House

President Rejected Clinton Plan to Arm Syrian Rebels

...Clinton, Petraeus plan rejected by White House

Paul Brandus (Feb. 2, 2013)

Quote of the Day: Sunday, Feb. 3

Woodrow Wilson
Quote of the Day “If you want to make enemies, try to change something.”  -Woodrow Wilson ...

First Post-Hospital Photo of George H.W. Bush

...dining out in Houston

Paul Brandus (Feb. 4, 2013)
NBC's Janet Shmlian (@JanetShamlian) tweets this terrific photo of former President George H.W. Bush at...

Monday Roundup: Feb. 4, 2013

NewsRoom America and West Wing Reports
Good morning...after that, uh, "electrifying," Super Bowl, it's back to work...President Obama heads to Minneapolis...

Who Owns Guns?

...most likely: white married southern men

If you're a white married man and a southerner, you're much more likely to own...

Oval Office at Night

Photo: Paul Brandus/West Wing Reports
The Oval Office has been in its current location - the southeast corner of the...

Four Years of Record Profits - Yet Wall Street Hates Obama?

...stock market has doubled

Paul Brandus (Feb. 5, 2013)
Hey, Wall Street, where's the love for Barack Obama? His presidency has been good for...

One of the oldest photos of ANY President

...John Quincy Adams (after he left the presidency)

Paul Brandus (Feb. 5, 2013)
Have always loved this photo of John Quincy Adams. Taken in 1843, long after he...

Big Spending Cuts: Whose Idea Was It?

...idea for sequester originated in White House

Paul Brandus (Feb. 5, 2013)
Democrats say one thing, Republicans another. This latest issue that they blame each other for...


...controversial policy on killing Americans

Ryu Spaeth, The Week (Feb. 5, 2013)
"If George Bush had done this, it would have been stopped." That's how MSNBC host...

What's News: Wednesday, Feb. 6

...drones, taxes..guns

NewsRoom America & WestWingReports
What a day: the White House says killing American citizens without due process - or...

Reagan and Obama: Many Things in Common - Like This:

...they shared the same photographer

Paul Brandus (Feb. 6, 2013)
Tighter gun control. Cap and trade to help the environment: Just two things Barack Obama...

The Best Book on President Reagan

...Lou Cannon's "The Role of a Lifetime"

If you have time to read just one book on the Reagan presidency, WWR recommends...

Love it when people get what they deserve

...snotty teen disrespects a judge

Mike Krumboltz/Yahoo News
Not White House news. But this is just great. The story from Mike Krumboltz of Yahoo! News:...

What's News: Thursday, Feb. 7

...CIA hearings...drones...spending cuts

West Wing Reports and NewsRoomAmerica
  Confirmation hearings for the President's CIA nominee...the White House shares information on its secretive drone...

Finding Nemo - Look at THIS

...Monster storm barrels North

Paul Brandus (Feb. 8, 2013)
From NASA: A massive winter storm is coming together as two low pressure systems are merging...

What's News Friday, Feb. 8

...blizzard, Brennan hearings, cop killer on the loose

NewsRoom America and West Wing Reports
Finding Nemo won't be a problem for the Northeast U.S., as a menacing and powerful blizzard...

Climate Change is Already Costing You

...housing, transportation - even oysters

Coral Davenport / National Journal
Don't believe in climate change - or the causes behind it? It doesn't particularly matter...

Quote of the Day: Saturday, Feb. 9

John Quincy Adams
 "You will never know how much it has cost my generation to preserve your freedom....

Awww. Snow Dogs.

Mea Aloha K Spady

What's News: Monday, Feb. 11

...snowstorm aftermath...State of the Union preps...drones

NewsRoomAmerica and West Wing Reports
Just one item on President's schedule today, as he prepares for Tuesday night's State of...

Quote of the Day: Feb. 11

James Buchanan
"There is nothing stable but heaven and the Constitution.” –James Buchanan ...

White House smoke signals

Paul Brandus (Feb. 11, 2013)
We know that white smoke over the Vatican means a new Pope. But over the...

What's News: Tuesday, Feb. 12

...North Korea nuke test...State of the Union...Pope

Newsroom America & West Wing Reports
It's Tuesday, February 12...big news overnight: North Korea conducts another nuclear test - and President...

Advance Look at State of the Union

The White House is giving us a sneak peak at some of President Obama's State...

State of the Union Reaction

...long to do list

Newsroom America/West Wing Reports
Sixty-one minutes and 6,419 words. President Obama's State of the Union laid out a long...

Morning Roundup: Thursday, Feb. 14

Happy Valentine's Day!

Newsroom America/West Wing Reports
It's Thursday, February 14, 2013...happy Valentine's's a heartfelt look at some of the stories...

Chester Arthur: the Indignity!

...presidential home now a grocery store

Brian Adams / Mental Floss
At 2:15 a.m. on September 20, 1881, Vice President Chester A. Arthur became the 21st...

An Early Look at Senate Races in 2014

By Kyle Kondik, Geoffrey Skelley and Larry J. Sabato U.Va. Center for Politics
  We’ll grant you, most people now prefer to follow the candidates in a March 2013...

GOP Fears Party Split

...fear Paul White House bid

Ron Fournier (National Journal)
Ron Fournier, writing in National Journal, says "Inside the cozy enclaves of GOP bonhomie--hunkered at the...

Separate Vacations for the Obamas?

...First Lady reportedly skiing

Paul Brandus (Feb. 15, 2013)
After a gun violence event in Chicago today, President Obama heads to West Palm Beach,...

Complaint Filed Against White House Press Office

...ignores long-standing protocol

Paul Brandus (Feb. 17, 2013)
  The Obama press office, which often ignores decades-long rules of protocol with the White House...

Presidents Day: Why on Earth Would Anyone Want to be President?

...stress galore, life in the bubble, constant criticism

Paul Brandus (Feb. 18, 2013)
Why would anyone want to be President of the United States? At first glance, it's...

Presidential Trivia (Part I)

...stuff you may not know

Paul Brandus (Feb. 18, 2013)
On this Presidents Day...some things you may not know about the 43 men who have...

Presidential Trivia (Part II)

...stuff you might not know

Paul Brandus (Feb. 18, 2013)
Presidents Day trivia...Round Two. Did you know:  Eight Presidents were left handed. Fourteen Presidents were previously Vice-Presidents. Youngest...

Landmark Voting Rights Act Seen at Risk

Historic 1965 bill signed by LBJ

Amanda Becker, Roll Call (Feb. 17, 2013)
Frank “Butch” Ellis Jr. was sitting in his law office a half-hour’s drive from Birmingham,...

House Democrats Cash In Online fundraising booming

Shira Toeplitz, Roll Call (Feb. 18, 2013)
It’s usually easier to bring in big bucks when your party holds the speaker’s gavel....

Quote of the Day: Feb. 19

James Madison
  “Philosophy is common sense with big words."  -James Madison ...

Obama Bashes GOP on Spending Cuts

Steven T. Dennis, Roll Call (Feb. 19, 2013)
Back at the White House after his golf weekend in Florida, President Barack Obama on...

700,000 Defense Jobs At Risk: What About Your State?

...cuts broad and deep, officials warn

Paul Brandus (Feb. 19, 2013)
The Pentagon will tell Congress Wednesday that up to 700,000 civilian jobs will be furloghed...

Cut the Deficit? It's Already Plunging

...falling at biggest rate since 1940s

Paul Brandus (Feb. 20, 2013)
One reason the sequester - big, indiscriminate spending cuts across the federal government - was...

Senator Fathers Child...with another's Daughter

Associated Press (Feb. 20, 2013)
From the Associated Press:  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Former Sen. Pete Domenici of New Mexico fathered a...

First Lady's Official Photo

...bangs are in

What do you think?  ...

An Early Look at 2014's Governors Races

...30 of 50 Governors currently GOP

Univ. of Virginia Center for Politics
A Star Trek fan quibbled (Tribbled?) with our piece last week, noting that the character...

Analysis: GOP's Economic Narrative Falls Short

Rothenberg: Republicans

Stuart Rothenberg / Roll Call
Congressional Republicans figured that after the fiscal cliff, they’d have the advantage talking about the...

GOP Sneers at President's Phone Calls

It's YOUR fault. No it's not. Yes, it is

Paul Brandus (Feb. 22, 2013)
You may have heard that President Obama called the top Republicans on Capitol Hill -...

Woodward: President "moving the goal posts" on sequester

...breaking terms of 2011 deal

Legendary Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward - one half of the reporting team that sank...

Michelle Obama Gettin' Jiggy With Jimmy Fallon

Paul Brandus (Feb. 23, 2013)
It's hard to see a more sedate First Lady - say Mamie Eisenhower or Lady...

Global Energy Outlook for 2013

...oil to rule over next decade

Energy Information Administration
  Crude oil production, particularly from tight oil plays, rises sharply over the next decade figure dataThe...

Ten Things to Know Today

Frances Catanio/The Week
1. NASCAR CRASH INJURES 28: NASCAR driver Kyle Larson's car hit a fence at the Drive4COPD...

How YOUR State Will Suffer Under Sequestration

all 50 states to take a hit

Paul Brandus (Feb. 24, 2013)
The White House is out tonight with a detailed look at what it says will...

Best Oscars Moment EVER: The Streaker

the best part: David Niven's response

Paul Brandus (Feb. 24, 2013)
In 1974, David Niven, cool as a cucumber, after a man somehow got through security...

The Administration's New Strategy on Climate Change appeal to local governments

Coral Davenport (Feb. 25, 2013)
President Obama used his Inaugural Address and State of the Union speech to issue the...

A Quick Primer on the Sequester

...spending cuts begin this week

Paul Brandus (Feb. 25, 2013)
    What IS the sequester?   Beginning March 1, some .2 trillion will be cut from federal spending,...

15 Things to Know About the Sequester

Steven Dennis/Roll Call (Feb. 26, 2013)
Nearly two years in the making, the first billion of automatic budget cuts known...

Pool Report from Air Force One (Feb. 26)

...sequester, Afghanistan, Hagel, more

Zach Goldfarb / Washington Post
Quick highlights from Carney gaggle aboard AF1…Only tidbits given time constraints.  Please see full transcript. --Afghanistan:...

Israeli Reaction to Hagel Confirmation

(Israeli Ambassador Oren)
This tonight from Michael Oren, Israel's Ambassador to the United States: "Under the Obama Administration, security...

Can Obama Flip the House to Democrats?

Stuart Rothenberg/Roll Call
  Over the past few weeks, I have heard some people suggest that President Barack Obama’s...

American Hero: Statue of Rosa Parks Unveiled

...standing proudly in Statuary Hall

Paul Brandus (Feb. 27, 2013)
Rosa Parks today took her place among the giants of American history when her statue...

Photo of the Day

Relative of the late Rosa Parks meets the President

Tom Williams /CQ Roll Call
You can read the incredible story of Rosa Parks - a true American hero who...

Ten Things You Need to Know Today

...sequester arrives, Pope goes & more

Harold Maass / The Week
  1. SENATE POISED FOR FINAL SEQUESTER VOTES BEFORE DEADLINE The Senate is scheduled to vote Thursday...

Senate to Shoot Down Sequester Alternatives

Alan K. Ota / Roll Call (Feb. 27, 2013)
  The Senate is expected to defeat Thursday competing Democratic and Republican alternatives to the .3...

Which President was this directed at?

This complaint was sent to which President? First correct guess wins a WWR t-shirt. "Dear Mr....

This is the weirdest photo ever

Dennis Rodman hangs with Kim Jong Un

Paul Brandus (Feb. 28, 2013)
What to make of this photo of Dennis Rodman - the NBA Hall of Famer,...

Most Bizarre Photo Ever - and Caption Contest

...Rodman meets North Korean leader

Paul Brandus (Feb. 28, 2013)
  What to make of this photo of Dennis Rodman - the NBA Hall of Famer,...

1812: The commander-in-chief visits the front...