On This Day: President Obama is seen through a door to the pantry near the State Dining Room of the White House as he waits to meet with the National Governors Association, Feb. 25, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)
Today (all times Eastern):
11:0: School Wellness Announcement by the First Lady and Secretary Vilsack (WH Live)
— FLOTUS (@FLOTUS) February 25, 2014
11:30: President Obama meets with Speaker Rusty Boehner
12:45: Press Briefing by Jay Carney
3:0 We the Geeks: Celebrating Black History Month
3:05: President Obama delivers remarks on manufacturing innovation institutes, The East Room
6:05: Delivers remarks at the National Organizing Summit, Mandarin Oriental Hotel, Washington, DC (Pooled for TV)
7:10: Delivers remarks and answers questions at an Organizing for Action dinner, Mandarin Oriental Hotel (Print Pool for Remarks Only)
— Nerdy Wonka (@NerdyWonka) February 25, 2014
Wednesday: The President will travel to the Minneapolis–Saint Paul area for an event on the economy.
Thursday: The President will host an event on his ‘My Brother’s Keeper’ initiative.
Friday: The President will attend a DNC event in Washington.
WH.gov: Celebrating Black History Month
African Americans are making amazing contributions in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). But we need to make sure that African American students today also see themselves as tomorrow’s discoverers, explorers, developers, and STEM innovators.
At 3:00 p.m. EST on Tuesday, February 25th, we’re hosting “We the Geeks: Celebrating Black History Month” – a Google+ Hangout with some of our foremost African American STEM innovators and education advocates.
During the live Hangout, these leaders will share their inspiring personal stories and thoughts on how we can all help to ensure that America’s next generation of inventors, discoverers, and innovators fully reflects our nation’s diversity…..
Dr. Paula Hammond — David H. Koch Professor in Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Dr. Hakeem Oluseyi — Assistant Professor in Physics/Space Sciences, Florida Institute of Technology
Mr. Calvin Phelps — jet engineer designer, Pratt & Whitney
Ms. Crystal Brockington — winner of Siemens’ “We Can Change the World Challenge”
Evan Jackson, Alec Jackson, and Caleb Robinson — kid inventors; winners of the Toshiba/National Science
Teachers Association ExploraVision Competition; participants in the 2013 White House Science Fair
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) February 24, 2014
Paul Krugman: Health Care Horror Hooey
Remember the “death tax”? The estate tax is quite literally a millionaire’s tax — a tax that affects only a tiny minority of the population, and is mostly paid by a handful of very wealthy heirs. Nonetheless, right-wingers have successfully convinced many voters that the tax is a cruel burden on ordinary Americans — that all across the nation small businesses and family farms are being broken up to pay crushing estate tax liabilities.
You might think that such heart-wrenching cases are actually quite rare, but you’d be wrong: they aren’t rare; they’re nonexistent. In particular, nobody has ever come up with a real modern example of a family farm sold to meet estate taxes. The whole “death tax” campaign has rested on eliciting human sympathy for purely imaginary victims.
And now they’re trying a similar campaign against health reform.
I’m not sure whether conservatives realize yet that their Plan A on health reform — wait for Obamacare’s inevitable collapse, and reap the political rewards — isn’t working. But it isn’t.
A journalist who actually believes it is part of his job to correct GOP lies: @hiltzikm
Michael Hiltzik (LA Times): Who really cost Mrs. Blackwood her cancer medicine?
Stephen J. Blackwood is utterly, unalterably convinced that his mother has lost access to her cancer medicine because of Obamacare.
That’s the theme of his passionate op-ed in today’s Wall Street Journal. The piece currently tops the most-read list over at the Journal website and has shot around conservative websites with the speed of a measles virus in an unvaccinated population.
Since we recently expressed perplexity about how easy it is to debunk most (if not all) Obamacare horror stories being retailed by Republicans and other critics of the Affordable Care Act, it’s only fair to take a look at this one. It’s not quite like many of the others, which present as victims people who actually are clear beneficiaries of the act. By contrast, Blackwood’s mother appears to have been genuinely abused by the health insurance system.
But the story is a lot more complicated than the version laid out in the Wall Street Journal. In fact, the problem with the article is that it points the finger in the wrong direction.
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— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) February 24, 2014
Steve Benen: Why actual ACA ‘victims’ are so elusive
It’s practically a running joke at this point. The Affordable Care Act’s conservative detractors have spent the last several months in a desperate search for “Obamacare victims” to be used in various partisan attacks, and quite a few regular folks have received quite a bit of attention.
The problem, of course, is that all of these examples, once they’re subjected to even minor scrutiny, have fallen apart – the “horror stories” really aren’t so horrible.
Steve Benen: Holder moves to protect reporters’ records
Time for a quick quiz. Last spring, much of the political media slipped into a frenzy for a few weeks, telling the public that the Obama White House was ensnared in three “big,” “mushrooming” scandals at the same time. Nine months later, can you name all three?
One was the IRS controversy, which turned out to be meaningless. The second was the Benghazi attack from the year before, and more fair-minded people would have to agree that the allegations and conspiracy theories involving this story turned out to be baseless.
The third was … what exactly?
— Office of VP Biden (@VP) February 25, 2014
ThinkProgress: Conservative Lawmakers And Arizona Businesses Urge Governor To Veto Anti-Gay Bill
The national spotlight is now shining on Arizona as Gov. Jan Brewer (R) weighs whether to sign the controversial “license to discriminate” bill (SB 1062) passed by the legislature last week. Though the potential consequences are broad, at the very least it would seemingly allow businesses to use religion as an excuse to legally refuse service to LGBT people. She’s receiving a lot of encouragement to veto the bill from groups and individuals across the state, including from one lawmaker who even voted for it, many of the state’s representatives in Congress, and the state’s largest newspaper.
State Sen. Steve Pierce (R) voted for the bill, but admits now, “I screwed up. I’m trying to make it right.” He does not like the “negative picture of Arizona” the bill has painted, which he why he’s “on board asking the governor to veto the bill.”
— Ari Melber (@AriMelber) February 25, 2014
Obama’s statement on Harold Ramis is pretty great pic.twitter.com/dGUHF7sRSi
— Luke Johnson (@johnson) February 25, 2014
Chicago Tribune: Wilmette man crafts table for Obama to give as gift
As a custom furniture designer on the North Shore, Rohan Ward has had his share of discerning and distinguished clients.
But when Ward, 37, was hired to create a table for President Barack Obama to present to French President Francois Hollande, the usually unflappable Wilmette resident was a bit intimidated by the task.
“But when your phone rings and they ask if you’re interested in building a table for the president of the United States, you’re going to say yes,” Ward said.
More here – thank you Dotster!
On This Day:
First Lady Michelle Obama speaks at a White House concert honoring Stevie Wonder in the East Room for “PBS/Stevie Wonder In Performance at the White House,” Feb. 25, 2009 (Photo by Pete Souza)
First Lady Michelle Obama greets Mrs. Margarita Zavala de Calderon, the First Lady of Mexico, in the Yellow Oval Room of the White House, Feb. 25, 2010 (Photo by Samantha Appleton)
President Obama drops by a farewell reception for U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk in the Indian Treaty Room of the Eisenhower Executive Office Building at the White House, Feb. 25, 2013 (Photo by Pete Souza)
First Lady Michelle Obama, with Dr Jill Biden, delivers remarks during the National Governors Association meeting in the State Dining Room of the White House, Feb. 25, 2013 (Photo by Chuck Kennedy)