Embattled IRS Commissioner Says “simply no evidence whatsoever of any White House involvement” in IRS Targeting
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
IRS Commissioner John Koskinen told a House committee today that there is “simply no evidence whatsoever of any White House involvement” in the IRS targeting of “tea party” and similar right-wing groups applying for tax-exempt status. The commissioner has been under heavy criticism from Republicans for months over the agency’s actions and the loss of critical evidence due to what ...
Obama Expresses “Deepest Condolences” at Dutch Embassy
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
President Obama made an unscheduled trip today to the Embassy of the Netherlands in Washington. The purpose was to express Americans’ “deepest condolences” for the Dutch citizens lost when Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine. The flight originated in Amsterdam and was en route to Kuala Lumpur when the crash occurred. President Obama made sure to let ...
Medal of Honor Awarded to Army Staff Sergeant Ryan M. Pitts
Monday, July 21, 2014
At a White House ceremony today, former active duty Army Staff Sergeant Ryan M. Pitts was awarded the Medal of Honor for “conspicuous gallantry.” Pitts was given the honor for “his courageous actions while serving as a Forward Observer with 2nd Platoon, Chosen Company, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 503rd Infantry Regiment, 173rd Airborne Brigade, during combat operations at Vehicle Patrol Base ...
Federal News Service Will Hold a Lunch and Learn on March 19
Friday, February 28, 2014
Come learn why Federal News Service is key to major media companies publications! What are you missing out on? It’s hard to stay on top of the news and events in Washington. We can help you. Run the Sunday morning talk show circuit in record time. We’re posting transcripts in near real-time, and we post in sections until the transcripts ...
State of the Union Word Clouds
Tuesday, January 28, 2014
Here’s a list of FNS-created State of the Union word clouds, including for each of President Obama’s addresses: President Barack Obama 2013 2012 2011 2010 President George W. Bush 2002 (first since 9/11) President Bill Clinton 1996 (first since Republicans won a majority in the House of Representatives for the first time in 40 years) President Franklin D. Roosevelt 1941 ...
FNS State of the Union Response Archive
Monday, January 27, 2014
The tradition of a State of the Union response by the opposition party to the president originated in 1966. The first such response, in answer to Democratic President Lyndon B. Johnson’s address that year, was given by two famous Republican Party names: Senator Everett Dirksen (R-IL) and Representative Gerald Ford (R-MI). Senator Dirksen was the minority leader for the Republicans ...
Jay Carney Live: On ‘Two Ferns,’ Selfies, and Jon Stewart
Thursday, April 17, 2014
By WSJ Staff In a discussion at George Washington University hosted by CBSCBS +0.56% News reporter Major Garrett, Jay Carney answered questions about his experiences as White House spokesman, including the troubled health-care rollout and President Barack Obama‘s efforts to use new media to reach voters… Read the full article HERE
U.S. Losing Influence in the Middle East? Saudi Prince Says Yes
Monday, December 16, 2013
Saudi Arabian Prince Turki al-Faisal, who was the Kingdom’s ambassador to the United States back in 2005-2006, told The Wall Street Journal yesterday that the United States is losing influence in the Middle East and that U.S.-Iran negotiations were “surprising” to the Saudis. Prince al-Faisal’s comments, in an interview, touched on points of contention between the Saudis and the United ...
Secret FISA court gets a critique from within
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
By Stewart M. Powell / Hearst Newspapers WASHINGTON — To hear James Comey tell it, judges on the secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court routinely put spy agency lawyers through their paces before approving electronic eavesdropping designed to combat terrorist attacks. People “hear secret court, sometimes they hear rubber stamp,” the long-time Justice Department lawyer and FBI Director nominee said in ...