There's Been a Secret White House Cat for Years

Today's a Friday before a holiday weekend, which means that many journalists and other such people who write things for the entertainment/information of a indoors-bound readership (hi) are doing what's known as "phoning it in." But buried in a mundane-ish Wall Street Journal story about a fox living on the grounds of the … » 4/18/14 2:40pm Yesterday 2:40pm

Obama to Create a Task Force on Campus Sexual Assault

This past year was a landmark one for sexual assault activists on campus: the Title IX network helped sexual assault survivors file federal complaints against eleven schools for mishandling and underreporting rape on campus; legislators and activists collaborated on bills meant to make reporting rape to law enforcement … » 1/22/14 5:45pm 1/22/14 5:45pm

White House Considered Replacing Joe Biden With Hillary Clinton

No, this isn't a Leslie Knope stress dream: according to a new book about the 2012 Presidential election, some top White House aides thought it would be a good idea to replace Vice President Joe Biden with then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as a way to bolster Obama's floundering approval ratings. Imagine what… » 11/01/13 10:25am 11/01/13 10:25am

The Correspondents’ Dinner Was Funny Until the Janet Napolitano Joke

The White House Correspondents’ Dinner is a total onanistic throwaway of an event, an opportunity for celebrities, politicians, and all the insidery media insiders to sit around the campfire and listen to a comedian gently mock them while enjoying really expensive truffle oil s’mores. That’s fine — even ordinary people … » 4/28/13 4:00pm 4/28/13 4:00pm

We're So Surprised That the Catholic Bishops Rejected Obama's Birth…

The White House released new birth control guidelines last Friday (we broke them down here) in hopes of reaching a compromise with religious groups and organizations that don't want to subsidize whatever they personally equate with baby-killing: contraceptives, sterilization, Plan B, those stress dreams you have that… » 2/08/13 3:00pm 2/08/13 3:00pm

Lady Gaga Will Treat White House Staffers to Her Musical Stylings…

There's a rumor spreading around Washington D.C. faster than the latest iteration of flu: Lady Gaga will perform at Tuesday's ball for White House staffers. If you're a White House staffer, you're probably thinking to yourself, "I won't believe this, I can't believe this — life has disappointed me too many times for me… » 1/19/13 4:00pm 1/19/13 4:00pm

The White House Doesn't Want Bikini-Body Obsessed World Leering at…

Last week, President Barack Obama and his family were in Hawaii for their annual Christmas vacation. Photographers captured several moments of POTUS during the trip, including a jaunt to a shave ice shop and a golf outing. Some vacation shots, like this one, are actually released by the White House itself. But when a… » 1/08/13 12:50pm 1/08/13 12:50pm

Will Michèle Flournoy Be the First Female Secretary of Defense?

Now that Susan Rice is out of the picture, Senator John Kerry will probably be our next Secretary of State. That's kind of a bummer, because three of the past four Secretaries of State have been women who helped promote women's rights initiatives all over the world. To make matters more boys-clubby, Chief of Staff Jack … » 12/18/12 1:00pm 12/18/12 1:00pm

U.S. Marine and Boyfriend Become the First Gay Couple to Ever Get…

In a romantic and unprecedented move, U.S. Marine Corps captain Matthew Phelps has become the first man to propose to his male partner inside the White House. The proposal occurred this weekend when Phelps and his boyfriend Ben Schock were visiting the monument. Historically groundbreaking news followed by even sweeter … » 12/17/12 7:05pm 12/17/12 7:05pm

Paula Broadwell And Jill Kelley Have Both Visited The White House a…

Since we inexplicably still care about this, I guess, both of the women with whom David Petraeus had his sexual dalliances have been over in the vicinity of WHOTUS (I keep trying to make WHOTUS happen; it's not going to happen) in the last few years. The only real-ish gossip here is that Tampa "socialite" Jill Kelley,… » 11/17/12 4:00pm 11/17/12 4:00pm

Kris Jenner Orchestrated Kim Kardashian And Ray J's Sex Tape, Sez Kris…

You know when you're with someone you're totally into but he can't stop talking about his ex and her family? And it's kind of like "shut up about Kim Kardashian, Kris Humphries! You're with me now! Me!" but you don't want to be mean about it? Like, he still won't stop texting you all "Kim used to blah blah blah" and "Kim… » 6/21/12 9:00am 6/21/12 9:00am