On Wednesday, according to a report by WJLA in Washington, "Barvetta Singletary, a White House staffer, resigned today following assault charges." This dramatic news, however, received scant coverage in the major media. As of Thursday morning, onlyThe Hill and Roll Callhad covered the resignation. All three reports credit an unnamed White House spokesperson for confirming the news.
WJLA provides a short summary of the facts of the case:
Tuesday, prosecutors said a White House staffer had been indicted on assault and other charges following a dispute with a U.S. Capitol Police officer at her home.
Prince George's County say 37-year-old Singletary got into an argument with a U.S. Capitol Police officer after an alleged sexual encounter. Singletary then grabbed the officer's service weapon from a bag and fired once in his direction. No one was injured.
Singletary had been on unpaid leave since her arrest several weeks ago. Both Roll Call and The Hill note that the White House has accepted Singletary's resignation.
In contrast to the media silence regarding Singletary, the resignation of a Republican congressional staffer who had criticized President Obama's daughters on Facebook was covered extensively by major national media outlets in December 2014.
Despite little national coverage, scandals surrounding former NBA star and Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson have been intensifying over past few months. Monday's report at Deadspin is a good place to start -- things have gotten so bad that Johnson's allies are accusing a local paper that's done a lot of damning reporting on Johnson of racism.
According to National Security Council (NSC) chief of staff Suzy George, the NSC is "downsizing," but not "for its own sake." George calls it "right-sizing," a way for the White House to "align our staffing with our strategic priorities."
The White House will host a "Summit on Climate Change and Health" tomorrow, according to a press release. The event is supposed to "stimulate a national dialogue on climate change and public health," the White House says.
Joe Biden will be returning to work tomorrow. It'll be his first day back at his job since the passing of his son, Beau Biden, on May 30. Biden has spent most of that time at his home in Wilmington, Delaware, where he'll be returning after work tomorrow.
"In the morning, the Vice President will attend meetings at the White House," reads the vice president's official White House schedule for tomorrow.
"In the afternoon, the President and the Vice President will meet for lunch in the Private Dining Room.