Executive Order Provides Seasonal Fire Fighters With Health Insurance Opportunities

By: Wednesday July 11, 2012 12:59 pm

As we watch the spate of wildfires out in Colorado and other states, one of the great injustices surrounding that concerns the firefighters dispatched to these areas to battle the blazes. It turns out that the 15,000-odd seasonal, part-time workers who fight fires as part of the US Forest Service have no opportunity to purchase [...]

Executive Order Could Stifle Dissent Against US Policy in Yemen

By: Wednesday May 16, 2012 1:40 pm

A strange executive order by the White House would seemingly apply to anyone, including US citizens, who in the executive’s view “threatens the peace, security, or stability of Yemen.” The order would seek to freeze the assets of individuals engaged in this behavior. Here’s an excerpt from the EO: All property and interests in property [...]

Gay Donors Begin Boycotting Obama Campaign Over Anti-Discrimination Executive Order

By: Tuesday May 8, 2012 6:58 am

The argument made by the more cautious of the Democratic establishment is that the President cannot come out for marriage equality, even though nobody buys his current posture, because it would hurt him with a sliver of votes in November, enough to make a difference in some swing states. They usually bring up Virginia and [...]

Establishment, Activists Mobilize Against White House on Anti-LGBT Discrimination Executive Order

By: Thursday April 19, 2012 9:35 am

The establishment Washington Post editorial board blasted the President for declining to issue an executive order prohibiting LGBT discrimination in the workplace among federal contractors. Using unusually strong language, the Post calls out Administration’s justifications, noting that they used executive orders and federal agency rules to move the ball on LGBT issues prior to legislative [...]

Obama Administration Suddenly Decides “Time Is Right” for ENDA

By: Tuesday April 17, 2012 10:53 am

Via Chris Geidner, this is really weird and cynical behavior from the Obama Administration. Facing continued fallout from the Obama administration’s decision not to proceed with an executive order banning LGBT discrimination by federal contractors, White House spokesman Shin Inouye tells Metro Weekly today that “the time is right for a comprehensive legislative approach” to [...]

LGBT Activists Plot Grassroots Campaign to Confront Obama Over Anti-Discrimination Executive Order

By: Monday April 16, 2012 1:29 pm

Since the White House dropped an expected executive order preventing workplace discrimination against LGBT employees by federal contractors, I was wondering how the gay rights community would react. They didn’t sit on their hands when the Administration tried to slow-walk Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Repeal past the 2010 elections, and their efforts arguably got the [...]

Administration Shies Away from Executive Order on Campaign Finance Disclosure

By: Monday April 9, 2012 7:35 am

A year ago, in the wake of the Citizens United decision, the White House floated a plan to issue an executive order which would require federal contractors to disclose their political contributions. This mirrored the kind of transparency they wanted out of the DISCLOSE Act. In the absence of that, this would serve as a [...]

Obama Executive Order Seeks Crackdown on Drug Shortages

By: Monday October 31, 2011 10:15 am

In the latest in a flurry of executive actions, the Obama Administration has directed the FDA and the Justice Department to reduce shortages in prescription drugs, a growing problem over the last decade. The order is being sold as part of the Administration’s “We Can’t Wait” campaign to push economic actions in the midst of [...]

Rep. Luis Gutierrez Speaks Out on Obama’s Immigration Policies

By: Wednesday June 22, 2011 12:09 pm

People have been mesmerized today by writer Jose Antonio Vargas’ revelation in a New York Times Magazine piece that he is an undocumented immigrant. He didn’t find this out until he tried to get a driver’s license on his 16th birthday, and he was told that his papers were fake. In fact, he was smuggled [...]

Feingold Blasts Specific Defenders of Secret Corporate Campaign Spending

By: Tuesday May 17, 2011 11:37 am

Russ Feingold may be well-positioned to return to the US Senate if he chooses, now that Herb Kohl has retired. A normal politician in that position would not make waves with any party leaders, or take up principled causes where both parties have failed. Feingold is not that normal politician. The Hill reports that he [...]

Executive Order on Campaign Spending Disclosure Threatened by GOP Antagonists, Democratic Hand-Wringers

By: Wednesday May 11, 2011 1:40 pm

The draft executive order that would force any corporation doing business with the federal government to disclose its political donations is this close to being held back, I’d gather. It’s become a large political headache for the White House, and if there’s one thing they hate, it’s political headaches. Republicans took the rare step of [...]

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