President Obama is urging Congress to pass legislation today that would improve on America’s sparse and globally uncompetitive sick pay laws. It would require six weeks of sick pay for new parents for federal employees and an additional six weeks of parental leave, as well as obligating employers with more than 15 employees to provide seven sick days a year.
The latter is an expansion on the Family and Medical Leave Act, which requires employers to let eligible employees take up to 12 unpaid weeks off of work. But they’re unpaid, so low-income Americans can’t practically take advantage of that benefit. Keep reading »
President Obama held his last press conference of 2014 today, and when it was time for questions, he intentionally called only on female members of the press. Press Secretary Josh Earnest explained:
“There are many women from a variety of news organizations who day-in and day-out do the hard work of covering the President of the United States. As the questioner list started to come together, we realized that we had a unique opportunity to highlight that fact at the President’s closely-watched, end of the year news conference.”
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Hell yes to our incredibly smooth President. Remember that time that he totally owned the birthers at the 2011 White House Correspondents Dinner literally a day before Osama Bin Laden was tracked down and killed? If you don’t, enjoy it. It’s hilarious.
Anyway, if he can keep his cool under a situation like that, it’s no wonder he can crack jokes when someone starts acting silly to him while he’s trying to vote. President Obama went to the polls early in Illinois yesterday and was heckled by a man named Mike Jones, who told the President not to touch his girlfriend, who was in the booth next to Obama. “I really wasn’t planning on it,” Obama responded, then began talking to the woman in question, Aia Cooper. “Now you’ll be going back home, talking to your friends about this. ‘I can’t believe Mike, he’s such a fool.’” Keep reading »
Joe Biden has created himself an Instagram account, and his first selfie features the veep casually hangin’ out with the leader of the free world — you know, the usual. If the inclusion of “selfie” in the Oxford Dictionary wasn’t enough of an indicator that any cool factor the word once had is over, politicians attempting to join in on the party definitely does. Oh, who even cares, this picture is too adorbs not to love. [USA Today] [Image via Instagram]
Actor life is rough, especially when you’re suddenly expected to gain 15 pounds for a starring movie role around the same time you’ll be meeting the president. You know, typical stuff. Watch Bradley Cooper tell Ellen the story of his awkward encounter at the White House sans underoos. Also, please note that when referring to the tuxedo he wore to the Golden Globes, he says he just “threw it in the bag.” Is that a dude thing? Is it just a charming, low-key actor thing? Like, when was the last time you haphazardly tossed expensive formal wear into a duffel or something? Either way, he’s almost too charismatic to stare at directly — might blind us all. [ABC News]