Morning Briefing: December 23
December 23rd, 2011
08:17 AM ET

Morning Briefing: December 23

The 1600 Report's daily roundup of what the White House is reading this morning online and in the papers:

Boehner gives Obama a Christmas gift [NYTimes]

Has the House GOP been ‘humbled’? [POLITICO]

Newt ’99 vs. Newt ’11 [NYTimes]

He’s lowering expectations in Iowa [CNN]

Maybe he being too darn nice? [WashPost]

Ron Paul feels the heat that comes with being a frontrunner [POLITICO]

Bush Sr. endorses Romney [NYTimes]

White House press office v. reporters [WashPost]

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  1. jbird

    One thing that struck me last night about the Ron Paul interview "fit", is the inability of the Repugs to just to the logical thing to get out of tight spots. He should have just said, " I was young and stupid, I no longer believe those things. I believe this now. Sorry for the past comments." Instead Paul got "Right wing dodgey" on her, and the reporter smelled blood. Yeah it might have been a lie to say he gave up his beliefs, but she might have no longer hounded him.

    December 23, 2011 at 8:42 am |
    • abdul zerox

      He never believed in racism

      December 23, 2011 at 9:56 am |
    • Larry

      You're right jbird – I agree -I mean, that's like sayin that when I was young, I didn't like Mushrooms, But NOW I do.
      I really don't believe when ppl talk about flip-flopping – they don't understand what it really means. When I was 18 or 20 yrs old, I thought different than I do now, since I'm 55 yrs old. Flip-floping is when you change your mind within a week, or so.

      December 24, 2011 at 1:17 am |
  2. 32 John Galt

    Gloria Borger's attack goes a little above and beyond the normal "pressing" that journalists should do. She is out of line in my personal opinion. No wonder she doesn't like Ron Paul – Borger's husband is big shot Washington lobbyist who is paid to influence our government to make decisions and laws that benefit whatever corporation hires him. Let's talk about that!

    December 23, 2011 at 1:12 pm |
    • Larry

      @ 32 John Gault – I hope her hubby is takin good care of her every night. Doesn't matter what he does for a living, she is one gorgeous Lady ! Her husband should consider his self one lucky dude !

      December 24, 2011 at 1:20 am |
  3. Joe

    How many tough questions did she ask Obama in 2008. None. He got a free pass as he has for the past three years. It is real hard to figure out who the lame stream media is pulling for. Objective jounalism is dead in this country. ABC, NBC, CBS, MSDNC, and NPR are all in the tank for Obama. What about stories on the Fast and the Furious, Solyndra, Bill Ayers, and Joe Biden's smartest guy Jon Corzine? The lame stream media will not report on these stories.

    December 23, 2011 at 4:07 pm |
    • Trace


      What....Do you have the memory of gnat? Ayers, Rev. Wright....A full – Blown address to the nation as a candidate on Race Relations?

      Obama didn't just snatch off his mic and walk off like Ron Paul.

      Are you sure you're not Doing the Fox Newsy thing here? No way you can compare Paul to the way Obama stood up to scrutiny. Ron Paul is a man scared of his past. Obama stands before the american people and explains himself.

      Point And Facts , SIR!

      December 24, 2011 at 11:07 am |
    • Trace


      Do you not recall Obama's address on race relations at the Lincoln Capital (? – I think). I do! No comparison with Paul snatching off the mic and walking off – right?

      December 24, 2011 at 11:14 am |
  4. jean2009

    Believe me, no one, absolutely no one, including Ron Paul publishes a newsletter with their name on it with themselves' listed as the originator without knowing what is written in that paper. Claiming amnesia just doesn't work for some things...especially when he could describe that same newsletters as one his passions back in 1995.

    I mean.... really who publishes a paper that gives them $1 million in revenue (for just one of those years) without reading it?...followed with another question.... why would anyone publishing a newsletter under their name and handpick 5 or 6 white supremacist leaning writers to provide the content? Surely he should have enough smarts to know something about the ideas and writing subjects of his freelance writers....and if he didn't wouldn't that lack of attention and oversight also make him a poor choice for president?

    Gloria was definitely not out of line.

    December 23, 2011 at 9:23 pm |
  5. Larry

    I swear, when Gloria comes into the situation room, and talks with Wolf Blitzer, I can't help but Just stare into her eyes ! (maybe it's her eyeliner) but she really captures my full attention ! same way when she's on w/ J.King, maybe it's the way she captures the audience, the way she talks, and looks into the camera, I don't know. No matter what -She knows her stuff, when telling about – what she found out – regarding whatever subject she's talking about.

    December 24, 2011 at 1:25 am |
    • Trace

      Ok Larry...agreed Gloria is a pretty lady. Now let's get back to the discussion

      December 24, 2011 at 11:10 am |