In a blog post published Friday the Obama Administration signaled measured opposition to both the House-sponsored Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and its kissing cousin in the Senate, the Protect IP Act of 2011 (PIPA). With fairly clear language (for government officials), impossibly-titled administration officials Victoria Espinel, Aneesh Chopra and Howard Schmidt authored the response to two petitions directed at the legislation, stating:
Parting Shots, Gifts
Politics is a rough business. But every so often, amid all the partistan bickering, the parry and thrust of Beltway combat is briefly suspended and a little human emotion shines forth. Such is the case this morning with David Brooks’ extra-mushy paean to Rahm Emanuel, which is perhaps the most embarrassingly heartfelt eruption Read More
Rahm Emanuel is officially leaving the White House, President Obama announced today in a press conference that was, at this point, a foregone conclusion. To commemorate the f-bomb-dropping Chief of Staff’s time in Washington, Austan Goolsbee, the new Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, got Rahm a little going-away present. This morning Emanuel held Read More
Update: The White House has now officially announced that Larry Summers is leaving his position as Director of the National Economic Council and will be returning to Harvard at the end of the year. Here’s a part of President Obama’s statement:
I will always be grateful that at a time of great peril Read More
The Last Critic
Former White House budget director Peter Orzag will begin writing columns for The New York Times opinion page next week, the paper announced today.
Editor Andrew Rosenthal praised Mr. Orzag as “one of the most recognizable names in economics” in a release. His column will appear once or twice monthly.
Mr. Orzag left his job Read More
For all his talk about transparency and access, President Obama harbors a shattering secret-well, shattering to some people. It was blown wide open months before the election that made him president, and it recently surfaced again. Most of you have heard by now that Mr. Obama is gay. His favorite sexual partner is his Read More
Decline and Fall
There are statements of purposes, promises of healthier food for constituents and plenty of glad-handing. The “little guy,” a reporter for The Hill, is smoking cigarettes outside, wondering who is looking out for his interests. This is the stuff of election season in Washington, and the election for seats on the White House correspondents’ board is Read More
Helen Thomas, the 89-year-old Hearst columnist who has covered every administration since Eisenhower, has retired suddenly this morning.
Over the weekend video circulated of Ms. Thomas saying that Jews should “get the hell out of Palestine” in an interview during a Jewish Heritage Celebration on the White House lawn. The comments drew severe Read More
The Obama administration is announcing the recipients of $8 billion for high-speed rail projects that was included in the federal stimulus, and it looks like the northeast, including the Northeast Corridor, which runs from Boston to New York to Washington, will be getting $485 million.
The White House posted this fact sheet with Read More