4:57 PM, Apr 22, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
This ought to be an easy one for the White House which has been petitioned to take action in a matter of national importance that ought to be a political slam dunk. The people on one side are all too young to vote and those on the other are full of passionate intensity (to borrow a phrase) in support of …
the deportation of Justin Bieber.
But as the Hill reports, Bieber is:
… not going anywhere. The White House is refusing to weigh in on a petition that gained the support of more than 273,000 people to deport the Canadian-born pop star. In an official response titled "Believing in Immigration Reform" and posted on the We the People site, the White House wrote, “Sorry to disappoint, but we won’t be commenting on this one.”
But in its customary schoolmarm tone, the White House did use the opportunity to lecture petitioners on immigration reform, writing with that:
… we'll leave it to others to comment on Mr. Bieber’s case, but we’re glad you care about immigration issues. Because our current system is broken. Too many employers game the system by hiring undocumented workers, and 11 million people are living in the shadows.
Yeah, yeah. But upon considering this silly affair one think, Well, if they can’t deport that punk, then how can we ever trust them to control the borders?
Not as deft as Carney’s skillet flipping abilities.
7:18 AM, Apr 22, 2014 • By WHITNEY BLAKE
A few months ago when Obamacare was in free fall, many were left scratching their heads when the Democrats were touting stay-at-home motherhood as one of the perks of Obamacare.
9:41 AM, Apr 8, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
CNN's John King called the White House's push for equal pay "a textbook case ... of do as I say, not as I do."
"It's better than the national average," King said mocking White House press secretary Jay Carney. "I guess the coach would say, is that the best you got?"
7:02 AM, Apr 4, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
In the months and weeks leading up to March 31, the Obama administration pushed the message through press releases, tweets and blog posts that the last day in March was the final opportunity to get health insurance in 2014.
Asks pope to pray for his family.
6:45 AM, Mar 27, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama has just concluded his meeting with the pope today in the Vatican. The White House sent details of the gift President Obama delivered to the pope.
7:17 AM, Mar 17, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
When Michelle Obama celebrated the fourth anniversary of "Let's Move," her White House initiative on fitness and healthy eating, she cited a recent study by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) showing a remarkable 43 percent drop in obesity rates among children ages 2-5. Mrs.
2:52 PM, Mar 12, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
White House spokesman Jay Carney plugged his wife's book today at the White House press briefing:
3:07 PM, Mar 10, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
White House counselor John Podesta has joined Twitter. Podesta, the former head of the Center for American Progress, wants his Twitter followers to "Stay tuned for all things climate, #post2015, big data & more."
7:48 AM, Mar 6, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Here's the executive order President Obama signed today on Ukraine:
BLOCKING PROPERTY OF CERTAIN PERSONS CONTRIBUTING TO THE SITUATION IN UKRAINE
2:23 PM, Mar 3, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Good news for members of congress and their staffs. There is a benefit to them that is not, astonishingly, available to ordinary citizens. As Pete Kasperowicz at the Hill reports, unlike millions of Americans, they:
… have a way to opt out of ObamaCare — retirement.
1:08 PM, Mar 2, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Despite the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, the White House is focused on making the argument for raising the minimum wage. In just a few minutes, Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest will be joined on the phone with Governor Malloy of Connecticut, Governor Chafee of Rhode Island, and Governor Shumlin of Vermont to make that case.
Mar 10, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 25 • By TERRY EASTLAND
In his State of the Union speech in January, President Obama said he was planning a new initiative to help “more young men of color facing tough odds to stay on track and reach their full potential.” Last week, Obama launched “My Brother’s Keeper.” In essence, the president will use the power of his office to nudge foundations, corporations, and state and local governments to find ways to help “young men of color stay in school and out of the criminal justice system,” as the Washington Post put it.
8:07 AM, Feb 20, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
At first glance, a page on the Health and Human Services (HHS) website seems to be giving that agency's official advice on the "The Health Benefits of Nootropics," a classification of purportedly memory-enhancing drugs. The page is found on the website's subdomain of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) as part of the Health System Measurement Project.
Another red line?11:03 AM, Feb 19, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
A White House spokesman, Ben Rhodes, tells the press that President Obama is considering "taking action against individuals who are responsible for acts of violence within Ukraine.”
“We have a toolkit for doing that that includes sanctions,” Rhodes told the press aboard Air Force One.
Via the pool report: