9:19 AM, May 12, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Rahm Emanuel famously declared early in the Obama administration that "you never want a serious crisis to go to waste." Apparently the White House feels the same about holidays. On Sunday, a blog post appeared on the official White House website entitled "Happy Mother's Day, from the ACA":
This Mother's Day is particularly special for millions of families this year.
More than 8 million Americans have signed up for coverage through HealthCare.gov. And for families across America, that's making a difference – providing peace of mind for parents and kids alike.
After several examples of children and mothers who benefited from coverage under the Affordable Care Act, readers are invited to click on a link to answer the question, "What has getting covered meant for your family this Mother's Day?"
9:12 AM, Dec 10, 2013 • By JERYL BIER
The White House has not even officially introduced the 2013 White House Holiday Card yet and already Monday night copies were listed for sale on eBay for as much as $200. The card is quite elaborate based on the standards of previous years.
11:15 AM, Nov 28, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
It is the pièce de résistance in feast that includes, in my family’s case: smoked turkey with oyster stuffing, Smithfield ham, Brussels sprouts, green beans, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, and various other basics. For desert there will be pies: pecan, apple, pumpkin, shoo fly, and coconut cream. All manner of good things. But the fried turkey is the star of this show.
12:00 AM, Nov 16, 2013 • By IRWIN M. STELZER
In Geneva, the famous “Pink Star” diamond fetches $83 million at auction, almost double the price ever paid for such a stone, and in Arkansas, Walmart lowers its sales outlook for the holiday season. That might be a metaphor for the holiday shopping season, where grouchy retailers are predicting a relatively tiny 3 percent increase in sales over last year.
8:03 PM, May 15, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama says he discussed the IRS scandal with Treasury secretary Jack Lew. The thing is, it's a Jewish holiday, Shavout, and Lew is an observant Jew.
As Obama said this evening in his statement about the IRS scandal:
10:21 AM, Dec 24, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
According to a statement from the South African government, Nelson Mandela will "spend Christmas Day in [a] hospital."
"Former President Nelson Mandela will spend Christmas Day in hospital, his doctors have confirmed today, on 24 December 2012," the statement reads, according to BNO News. "President Mandela has been in a Pretoria hospital since the 8th of December and doctors say he continues to respond to treatment.
4:54 PM, Dec 7, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama declares Hanukkah "an opportunity for people of all faiths to recognize the common aspirations we share."
He made this comment in his statement on the Jewish holiday emailed to the press:
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