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2006-08-02 14:56:14

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush, spokesmen for four ex-presidents and throngs of reporters said farewell on Wednesday to the scruffy White House briefing room, scheduled for demolition after 35 years of spin and jousting. "Looks a little crowded here, and so, you want to double the size? Forget it!" Bush said in an impromptu visit to the briefing room with his wife, Laura, after spokesman Tony Snow completed the last briefing there. The briefing room...

2006-05-03 08:31:21

By Steve Holland WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Some call it theater, some call it theater of the absurd. The White House daily news briefing is a time-honored tradition but several former press secretaries say it is in need of fine-tuning. The problem, they say, is that the daily session has become a hostage to television cameras with both sides frequently posturing and sparring to the point that little actual news is imparted. It means that tensions often flare in the venerable old...