Today's starter topic: It has been almost a year since President Obama held a formal news conference:
The president's last full-scale session with the press was on July 22, 2009, which was 307 days ago. [...]
The situation amazes veterans of previous administrations. "I think it is astonishing that there isn't carping about this from the press every day," says former Bush White House press secretary Dana Perino. "Believe me, they would have nailed us to the wall."