In light of the Secret Service scandal still unraveling in Washington D.C., Secret Service head Julia Pierson resigned on Wednesday. And before the day was through, Comcast’s director of corporate security Joseph Clancy was named acting interim director of the Secret Service. Read more »
The township council of Willingboro, New Jersey, voted Tuesday night to rename the town’s rec hub and senior center after Barack Obama. The site, which used to be a high school and is undergoing a major overhaul, is currently named the Kennedy Center.
The mayor voted against the change, which was apparently brought up just Tuesday by Councilman Chris Walker. He made a motion at the meeting to add it to the agenda. The soon-to-be-former Kennedy Center is currently under renovation, but don’t get too upset for JFK: Not only is he moving $1,250 coins, but a street and shopping center in Willingboro are named after him.
You remember Christine O’Donnell don’t you? She was the Tea Party candidate in Delaware, endorsed by Sarah Palin as she ran for Senate in 2010, but whose odd past forced her to start a campaign ad with the immortal words: “I’m not a witch. I’m you.”
She’s still around and kicking — most prominently, it seems, with a column in the conservative Washington Times newspaper. This week’s entry is fantastic — she opens it by disagreeing with Albert Einstein — then moves on to a familiar litany of complaints about the president. She includes this gem:
“We even let it go when our president held a campaign fundraiser in France on the Fourth of July. It’s an insignificant holiday for the international community. So wouldn’t it be more prudent to skip the ceremonies in order to strengthen his presidential campaign’s European outreach? (It physically hurts me to say that even sarcastically!)”
“Let’s build some bridges. Let’s build some roads. Now I’m gonna sign my memorandum.”
This is how Barack Obama ended his speech today in Wilmington, Delaware, where he spoke about transportation funding. He appeared in Delaware due to the shuttering of the I-495 bridge thanks to tilting bridge columns. Federal funds are paying for some of the repairs. “When I get a chance to help communities like Wilmington,” Obama said, “I’m going to do it.”
After his speech, Obama signed a memorandum that creates the “Build America” initiative, which creates an office that helps local and state governments get federal transportation funding credits and encourages the growth of private-public partnerships for infrastructure. “We’re creating a one-stop shop for cities and states looking to partner with the private sector to fund infrastructure projects,” Obama said.
Speaking to reporters Saturday at a conference of the National Governors Association in Nashville, Tennessee, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie continued to talk like a man with plans for a 2016 presidential run while finding new ways to be coy about actually committing to said presidential run.
Last week, The West View News, a small monthly paper with circulation in the West Village neighborhood of New York City, ran a story about President Obama with a headline that read “The Nigger in the White House.” The article, written by James Lincoln Collier, a white man, defended the president and accused the far-right of racism.
“Nigger” is a piece of language so loaded, it’s not one that anyone stumbles upon lightly, or happens to use in place of something else. It’s not synonymous with anything; it’s a word of intention. A word of consequence. A word with a lot of history attached to it.
Of course, the newspaper headline sparked debate about the use of the word, and whether its use (however ironically) has a place in journalism—or any other decent public space, for that matter. It’s an editorial decision, for sure, a move that’s the print equivalent of click-bait, which has spawned coverage and think pieces about what the word means.
President Obama To Sign Executive Order Banning Gender Identity Discrimination for Federal Employees
In a surprise announcement at this evening’s White House LGBT Pride Reception, President Obama said he plans on issuing an executive order banning federal jobs from discriminating based on gender identity. The news comes on the heels of the Obama administration’s earlier announcement at the start of June that the President would sign an executive order banning federal contractors from discriminating based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Read more »
Regular Regional Rail train service to resume at the start of business on Sunday, June 15.
— SEPTA (@SEPTA) June 15, 2014
Following a request earlier today by Gov. Tom Corbett, President Obama signed an executive order this evening that forces striking SEPTA Regional Rail engineers and electrical workers back on the job for the next 240 days while an arbitration board attempts to craft a settlement. Rail service is set to resume for tomorrow’s regularly scheduled first runs.
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) April 17, 2014
Obviously, this elicited a number of reactions, such as:
- PennLive.com: “But is it presidential?”
- Jezebel: “Joe Biden Posts the Best Selfie of All Time with Barack Obama
- TIME: “Joe Biden’s First Selfie Is Just Awesome“
- Times of London: “Is this the selfie to end all selfies? The craze appeared to reach its nadir today when Barack Obama and Joe Biden released an image of themselves in the back of a US presidential limo.”