Here’s what American military members and Iraq War veterans are saying on the anonymous secret-sharing app Whisper about the tense situation in Iraq.
The president plans administrative action by the end of the summer. Speaker John Boehner told Obama the House will not take a vote on immigration reform this year.
Even on a federal level, legal difficulties remain for couples living in states that don’t recognize same-sex couples’ marriages. One year after the Supreme Court struck down DOMA, Obama administration readies push to tie up loose ends.
“It is a betrayal to the community to try to give the White House cover.” Anger and disappointment after the Obama administration decides to delay a review of enforcement policies that lead to deportations.
From performance-based pay to emerging markets, the classroom is looking more and more like the boardroom.
According to Department of Education data, large percentages of business administration, culinary arts, interior design, and other programs would be deemed failing or at-risk under the Obama administration’s new guidelines.
Regulations proposed Friday will crack down on programs with low graduation rates and high student debt. Many of those are at for-profit schools like the University of Phoenix and Everest College, which get huge chunks of their revenue from federal dollars.
“If you’ve been hearing that extreme cold spells, like the one we’re having in the United States now, disprove global warming, don’t believe it,” says John Holdren, Obama’s science adviser.
The Obama administration has decided to temporarily suspend the delivery of weapons to the Egyptian military and some forms of economic aid, the Daily Beast reported.
“Biden is known for speaking his mind and speaking the truth, and I think that’s what he did here,” an activist says.
David Vitter says Gina McCarthy isn’t responding to his questions. But she’s answered hundreds he submitted in writing.
Deputy chief of mission for the U.S. in Libya Gregory Hicks testified Wednesday that the anti-Muslim YouTube video initially blamed for the Benghazi attacks was a “non-event” in Libya. Hicks said that it was clear from the beginning that there was an attack on the consulate, not a protest over the video.
Some agencies have dealt with budget cuts by shifting money and cutting back. Other predictions were outright false.
Most Americans say they favor an executive order banning workplace discrimination against gays and lesbians, according to a poll sponsored by a gay rights group. Conservatives and liberals alike back the workplace measure, as the terrain shifts.
The VA apologizes, but calls the problem “isolated.” “Immediate corrective actions” promised.
Assistant secretary Ann Stock says Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will travel the world “to promote education, understanding and tolerance,” starting with a trip to Brazil next week.
Picture the Obama administration as a bunch of ambitious young bros, add in Hillary Clinton as a bull in a pantsuit with a mouth like a sailor, and this is what you get. P.S. We’re still patiently waiting for the W.-era Mama’s Family parody.
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The ‘West Wing’ titles revised for the Obama administration. Where the hell is Jon Favreau? He is legitimately Sam Seaborn come to life; he should be in this. (So should Reggie Love, but it seems a little racist to compare him to Charlie.)
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Barack Obama is trying to figure out what to do with the millions of volunteers and supporters from his campaign. The LA Times says one of the options being discussed is creating a nonprofit service organization to help victims of natural disasters. OK, we all know Barack Obama looks great in a bathing suit and is our new bicycle and everything, but surely there’s a way to encourage volunteerism that doesn’t make it sound like he’s building a personal army.
There is no shortage of hot nerds in Obama’s new administration. Meet Timothy Geithner, future Treasury Secretary and snowboarding hipster-wonk, and Desiree Rogers, Harvard MBA turned White House Social Secretary. AG Eric Holder is also easy on the eyes, and there’s more to come—we haven’t even heard anything about the DOD. Say what you will about Rumsfeld, but he was a looker.
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In a secret ballot vote, California Rep. Henry A. Waxman has dethroned longtime Energy and Commerce Chairman John Dingell, upending a seniority system that has governed Democratic politics in the House for decades. The world is being turned upside its head! In a good way. This is considered a win for environmentalists and a big defeat for the auto industry.
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The former Democratic frontrunner has accepted Obama’s offer and will be the next Secretary of State, according to the Guardian. Clinton, however, will be prohibited from entering the Oval Office without supervision, as rumor has it that she’s already hatched a plan to handcuff herself to the Prez’s desk.
The Obama administration is asking prospective high-ranking hires to disclose any “electronic communication…that could be a possible source of embarrassment.” It feels creepy and slightly invasive until you remember Mark Foley. And then it makes sense.
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