Did You Know...?  Christmas Tree edition
The theme of the 2010 White House Christmas Tree was "Simple Gifts."
October 4th, 2011
01:35 PM ET

Did You Know...? Christmas Tree edition

News came down Tuesday that White House officials have selected an 18-and-a-half-foot-tall balsam fir from Wisconsin to serve as this year’s official White House Christmas tree.

Did you know the official tree is erected in the Blue Room of the White House and, since the days of Jacqueline Kennedy, is always decorated in a theme determined by the first lady? In 1961, the theme was “The Nutcracker” while last year’s theme was “Simple Gifts.”

In the last 10 years, three each have come from Pennsylvania and North Carolina, two from Washington, and one each from Wisconsin and West Virginia.

Morning Briefing: GOP's roller coaster of a 2012 race
October 4th, 2011
10:05 AM ET

Morning Briefing: GOP's roller coaster of a 2012 race

There once was a time when Republicans held orderly, predictable primaries - and the nominee was decided by party insiders long before the race began.

Not this time.

The GOP primary field has been all over the map from day one - bad news for Mitt Romney who has been the defacto, if tenuous, frontrunner throughout the process, but good news for the president, who is banking on the GOP remaining splintered well into 2012.

Meanwhile, the president is facing new questions about what his White House was warned before the approval of a half-billion loan to the now-bankrupt Solyndra.  It's all part of the morning briefing, below:

In West Texas, Wagons Circle Around Perry [NYTimes]

Romney Plans Foreign Policy Speech [NYTimes]

Rick Perry slips, Herman Cain rises in bid for GOP nomination, poll finds [WashPo]

A Chris Christie groundswell? Maybe not [WashPo]

E-Mails Reveal Early White House Worries Over Solyndra [NYTimes]

Obama hits new bank card fee [POLTICO]

POTUS' Day Ahead: Midweek fundraising blitz
The White House was lit in pink Monday night to commemorate Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
October 4th, 2011
08:08 AM ET

POTUS' Day Ahead: Midweek fundraising blitz

President Obama spends Tuesday on the road, appearing at a string of campaign events in Dallas and St. Louis as well as pushing his jobs bill at a Dallas-area high school.

In all, Obama will appear at four fundraising events – two in Dallas and two in St. Louis. Squeezed between those appearances is a visit to Eastfield College, where the president will tour the school’s facilities and deliver a speech pushing his jobs bill.

Full POTUS Schedule: