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:
In response to a question about whether raising the minimum wage is good politics -- because it helps Democrats with women voters -- Carney said, "It's certainly the right thing to do regardless. What the assessments that have been done related to the minimum wage is that women would be affected more than men, because women tend to have minimum wage jobs, as I understand it -- not an economist -- in greater numbers than men do."
He continued, bringing his wife's book into the discussion: "But here's the point, and I mentioned my wife's book on this, there is a macroeconomic benefit to making sure -- Womenomics available on Amazon, it came out in 2009. It might have been on the New York Yimes bestseller list. I'm only saying this because I happen to know because of that a little bit about this subject, that there are bottom line benefits to making sure that private sector and public sector make sure that the rules of the road if you will when it comes to our economy work for women because doing that is not just the right thing to do, it's economically beneficial. It helps the bottom line. It helps the country's bottom line and it helps private sector bottom line. So, again, I didn't mean to jump on you--but this is good for the economy. ... it's good for the economy, I promise you."
"Your wife's wonderful," a journalist said in response.
Carney's wife, ABC journalist Claire Shipman, published Womenomics: Write Your Own Rules for Success in 2009.
As Zeke Miller notes, Shipman has a new book coming out next month:
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:
11:29 AM, Feb 17, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
The White House is recognizing President's Day 2014 with a blog post entitled "Dive into the Presidency for President's Day." The post features a biography of Thomas Jefferson, a high-definition photo of a painting of George Washington, a special interactive gallery that includes "pages from George Washington's first inaugural address and other inaugural moments from 13 Presidential Libraries," and two videos of the White House curator exploring the
7:10 AM, Feb 11, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
A post Monday on the White House blog announced that two paintings by American artist Edward Hopper have been add
1:03 PM, Feb 7, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The monthly employment numbers are out and even the New York Times is dismayed. The economy added 113,000 jobs in January, which was (all together now) unexpectedly short of the 180,000 economists were predicting. This news:
11:26 AM, Jan 30, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
White House press secretary Jay Carney is concerned that the press in China -- the foreign press there -- is facing "restrictions."
8:17 AM, Jan 28, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Former press secretary Robert Gibbs said today on TV that President Obama and his White House "long ago" gave up on "trying" to change Washington:
7:11 AM, Jan 28, 2014 • By JERYL BIER
Monday morning, the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) blog at Whitehouse.gov published an entry titled: "Support for National Association of School Nurses' [NASN] Position on the Legalization of Marijuana." However, the original link for the post is now meet with a "Sorry, the page you're looking for can't be found" message, and the most recent post on the ONDCP blog is dated January 20.