Pentagon spokesman John Kirby moving into White House role: reports

Pentagon spokesman John Kirby is leaving his role at the Pentagon to take up a communications job at the White House, multiple outlets reported Thursday. The Washington Post was the first to report that Kirby will take on a senior communications role at the White House, citing two sources familiar with the matter. CNN and … Read more

Biden admin ‘pauses’ Disinformation Governance Board: report

They couldn’t handle the truth. The Biden administration has “paused” its controversial plans to create a Disinformation Board, causing its would-be leader to resign, according to a report Wednesday. The Washington Post reported that the Department of Homeland Security decided to scrap the idea Monday after weeks of backlash from Republicans, libertarians and even some … Read more

TV-bound Psaki bids Biden and press corps farewell at last briefing

Outgoing White House press secretary Jen Psaki teared up during her last briefing on Friday, thanking President Biden for the opportunity to serve in the role. “I promised myself I wasn’t going to get emotional,” she said. Driving the news: PSAKI said her first conversation with Biden and first lady Jill Biden was after the … Read more

Vaccine not available when Biden took office

Bullshot! The official White House Twitter account posted false COVID-19 information Thursday, wrongly claiming there was “no vaccine available” when President Biden took office in January 2021. “When President Biden took office, millions were unemployed and there was no vaccine available,” the verified account tweeted to its 7 million followers Thursday. “In the last 15 … Read more

Jen Psaki’s final briefing is chaos, Simon Ateba heckles

White House press secretary Jen Psaki’s final briefing with reporters quickly dissolved into chaos on Friday after one reporter repeatedly heckled over his colleagues, shouting his question about fair access in the room. As Psaki began to take questions — and after fighting back tears as she thanked members of the administration and the press … Read more

Senate to vote on Roe v. Wade abortion rights bill

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, DN.Y., flanked from left by Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, DN.Y., holds a news conference on Thursday, May 5, 2022, to announce the Senate will vote on the Women’s Health Protection Act of 2022. Bill Clark | Cq-roll Call, Inc. | Getty Images Senate Republicans on Wednesday … Read more

Mark Esper “60 Minutes” interview: Key takeaways

Former Defense Secretary Mark Esper told CBS in an interview broadcast Sunday he helped prevent a series of “dangerous things that could have taken the country in a dark direction” during his time in the Trump administration. Driving the news: When CBS’ Norah O’Donnell asked Esper during the “60 Minutes” interview for examples, he cited … Read more

Biden’s new press secretary sparks conflict-of-interest concerns

President Biden’s trailblazing pick for his new press secretary is already being accused of creating troubling conflicts of interest because of his long-term relationship with star CNN reporter Suzanne Malveaux. Karine Jean-Pierre — who next Friday will be both the first black and first openly gay person to hold the key White House post — … Read more

Karine Jean-Pierre to become White House press secretary, the first Black and out LGBTQ person in the role

CNN — Karine Jean-Pierre will become the new White House press secretary when Jen Psaki departs her role next week, President Joe Biden announced in a statement Thursday, becoming the first Black and out LGBTQ person to hold the position. Jean-Pierre currently serves as the White House’s principal deputy press secretary. “Karine not only brings … Read more

Biden announces Karine Jean-Pierre as new White House press secretary

President Biden announced Thursday that Karine Jean-Pierre will replace Jen Psaki as White House press secretary when Psaki leaves the job on May 13. Why it matters: Jean-Pierre, currently principal deputy press secretary, will be the first Black woman and first openly LGBTQ woman to hold the position. Driving the news: White House Press Secretary … Read more