June 27, 2009 |
A longtime advocate for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault was named to a new post as a White House advisor on violence against women. In announcing the appointment of Lynn Rosenthal, Vice President Joe Biden said that creating the job allows the White House to revive a focus on domestic violence issues -- which Biden said were not at the forefront during the Bush administration.
April 13, 2013 |
WASHINGTON--The White House turned over the president's weekly address to a stand-in Saturday, airing on its website gripping video of Francine Wheeler talking about the life and death of her 6-year-old son, Ben , shot in his classroom at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. "Sometimes, I close my eyes and all I can remember is that awful day waiting at the Sandy Hook Volunteer Firehouse for the boy who would never come home,” Wheeler says, struggling to talk without sobbing as her husband sits next to her, silent, clutching a tissue.
March 28, 2009 |
Vice President Joe Biden is in the Chilean resort city of Vina del Mar to attend a summit of leaders from Latin America and Europe. The Progressive Governance Summit begins today. Biden's three-day visit will also include talks with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet and other visiting leaders. Also attending the summit will be British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva and Argentine President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner.
January 10, 2012 |
A new book paints Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel as an often divisive White House chief of staff who pushed pragmatism over rigid policy ideals and sought to avoid First Lady Michelle Obama. Washington politics tend to require meticulous planning, but Emanuel appeared to be winging it - focusing on day-to-day concerns at the expense of the long-term, according to the book "The Obamas" by New York Times reporter Jodi Kantor. There was no set agenda during Emanuel's 7:30 a.m. meetings for top staffers, according to Kantor, who wrote that, “it often seemed driven by what was in the newspaper that morning.” “Even Emanuel's allies admitted his style was scattered: 'schizophrenia' as one said.
May 20, 2009 |
Vice President Joe Biden promised that Washington would help Balkan nations join the European Union, and he urged Bosnian lawmakers to set aside their differences and work together across party and ethnic lines. "The door is open for the countries of this region for the first time in history to be an integral part of a free Europe," Biden said in Bosnia's parliament. "The U.S. will help you walk through that door." Biden was in Sarajevo on the first stop in a three-day tour of the Balkans meant to demonstrate renewed interest in the region.
April 11, 2013
Re "The GOP's fantasy lineup," Opinion, April 7 It is hard to understand why political pundits talk about the demise of the Republican Party when it has such a strong group of future young leaders, as mentioned in Doyle McManus' column. To wit: Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan and Gov. Scott Walker. To that list, I'd add Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez. While the Republicans have their issues, it is the Democrats with a real leadership problem.