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Valerie Jarrett

A Look Back at an Out-Standing Year for LGBT Advocacy

Valerie Jarrett | Posted 11.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Valerie Jarrett

As hard as President Obama and his Administration have worked to expand opportunity and make this a more equal country, these accomplishments would not have been possible without the advocates, allies, activists and ordinary people doing extraordinary things, to change our culture every single day.

Obama's Syrian Fire House Is On Fire

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 10.30.2015 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

I just returned a few days ago from yet another painful visit to the Middle East. The heat of Islamist terror is felt everywhere. The Syrian civil w...

Obama Advisor Doesn't Think America Would Embrace An Anti-Gay President

The Huffington Post | Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 10.16.2015 | Gay Voices

Senior White House Advisor Valerie Jarrett has a message for the GOP presidential candidates -- namely, Rand Paul, Ben Carson, Mike Huckabee and...

Mr. President, "Stop Whining" about Gun Violence

Sanford D. Horwitt | Posted 10.09.2015 | Politics
Sanford D. Horwitt

If President Obama is as frustrated and angry as he appeared to be at his recent news conference about the inability of Congress to do something about gun violence in the wake of another mass shooting, Bishop Douglas Miles has similar feelings about the President's lack of leadership.

HuffPost Live's Deep Dive Into On-Campus Sexual Assault

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 08.28.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

During the last week of August, HuffPost Live launched a weeklong series investigating campus sexual assault and the issues many victims can face when...

Obama Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett On Combating Campus Rape

The Huffington Post | Kira Brekke | Posted 08.25.2015 | College

Valerie Jarrett, a senior adviser to President Barack Obama, has made combating sexual assault on college campuses a top priority withi...

My Reflections on the White House Conference on Aging: Celebrating Aging in the Nation's House

John Feather, PhD | Posted 07.20.2015 | Fifty
John Feather, PhD

On any given day, working in the field of aging can be fulfilling, meaningful, or, occasionally, frustrating. This enormous issue does not always get the attention it deserves. So, as much as anything, the recent White House Conference on Aging provided a welcome occasion for recognition and celebration.

Brave 11-Year-Old Who Stood Up To Bullies In YouTube Video Gets Invited To White House

The Huffington Post | Cameron Keady | Posted 07.15.2015 | Good News

This is one way to show the haters who’s boss. Logan Fairbanks recently posted a YouTube video of himself confronting cyberbullies tha...

In FY14, Uncle Sam Breaks Record for Small Business Contracting

Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet | Posted 06.29.2015 | Business
Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet

This past Friday at the Pentagon, SBA released its annual Small Business Procurement Scorecard, and I was delighted to report that in Fiscal Year 2014 the federal government awarded the highest percentage of contracting dollars to small businesses since we started keeping score.

BGA: Valerie Jarrett Advocates Ending Tax Break - But Benefits From It

Andy Shaw | Posted 06.18.2015 | Politics
Andy Shaw

White House advisor Valerie Jarrett was tasked by President Obama with trying to kill a controversial income tax perk used by the "wealthy and well-connected." Yet she made a killing on a Chicago real estate deal by enlisting the same benefit.

A Visual History: Plaintiffs in Four Decades of Marriage Cases

Evan Wolfson | Posted 05.19.2015 | Gay Voices
Evan Wolfson

As we look forward to a decision, we hope to keep the celebrations going this summer. We hope the justices see what a majority of Americans and so many lower courts have come to see: It is time to end marriage discrimination nationwide

America Trails the Developed World on Paid Leave For Working People

David A. Love | Posted 05.07.2015 | Politics
David A. Love

For all of the talk of American exceptionalism, the U.S. is exceptionally bad in the treatment of its workers. America--the world's largest economy--is one of the few advanced nations without a national policy guaranteeing paid sick leave for workers.

Paid Leave Announcements Confirm the Country is Ready for 21st Century Leave Policies

Debra L. Ness | Posted 05.27.2015 | Business
Debra L. Ness

The announcement that White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett and U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez will soon kick off a historic 'Lead On Leave' tour is exciting news that comes amidst strong, widespread demand and support for paid leave.

Jesse Rifkin

Axelrod Tried Talking Obama Out Of '04 Senate Run: Memoir | Jesse Rifkin | Posted 02.06.2015 | Politics

Longtime Democratic operative and Obama aide David Axelrod tried to talk the president out of running for the U.S. Senate in 2004, according to Axelro...

Dave Jamieson

White House Makes Push For Paid Family Leave | Dave Jamieson | Posted 01.15.2015 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- President Barack Obama plans to sign a memorandum giving federal workers at least six weeks of paid family leave after a child is born, ...

We'll Tell You Exactly What Valerie Jarrett Does

Marcia Greenberger and Nancy Duff Campbell | Posted 01.13.2015 | Politics
Marcia Greenberger and Nancy Duff Campbell

The recent campaign of criticism targeting senior White House advisor Valerie Jarrett is, in some sense, unsurprising. But as leaders of some of the nation's largest advocacy organizations, we feel a moral obligation to tear down this half-baked caricature of one of the country's most powerful women.

Tough It Out, Valerie Jarrett

Evan Wolfson | Posted 01.11.2015 | Politics
Evan Wolfson

The Valerie Jarrett I have come to know and work with has had vision, skill, patience, and passion -- and has been a key engine of this administration's getting important, life-changing, legacy-shaping things done.

Unflattering Details About Obama's Favorite Aide Revealed

The New Republic | Posted 11.09.2014 | Politics

As Jarrett has outlasted her rivals, it has increasingly fallen on her to do more than simply protect Obama from those who might undermine his preside...

Big Girl Debbie Wasserman Schultz Doing What She Has to Do: Just Like the Big Boys Do

Rebecca Sive | Posted 11.23.2014 | Politics
Rebecca Sive

You can't win in electoral politics unless you do what Wasserman Schultz is criticized for doing. You just have to look like you're not doing those things. Everyone in politics knows that.

Women in Business: Q&A with Alyssa Rapp, Founder & CEO of Bottlenotes, Inc.

Laura Dunn | Posted 11.05.2014 | Business
Laura Dunn

Alyssa J. Rapp is the Founder & CEO of Bottlenotes, Inc., the leading interactive media company in the U.S. wine and craft beer industries. Bottlenote...

Valerie Jarrett Blasts 'Ridiculous' Women's Pay Inequality

HuffPost Live | Posted 06.24.2014 | Women

Valerie Jarrett is sick of the "ridiculous" gap between men's and women's salaries, and she told HuffPost Live that now is time for a change more than...

Kate Sheppard

White House Plans Another Big Climate Push | Kate Sheppard | Posted 06.25.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -– One year after President Barack Obama rolled out his climate change action plan, the administration is putting fresh emphasis on its e...

Senior Obama Adviser: 'The Bear Has Cabin Fever'

AP | By NEDRA PICKLER | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics

RANCHO MIRAGE, Calif. (AP) — It's perhaps appropriate that President Barack Obama is vacationing this weekend in California, where the state flag fe...

Genealogy on TV: 28 Celebrities and Counting

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 08.05.2014 | Entertainment
Megan Smolenyak

A pair of Valeries: Valerie Bertinelli tapes for Who Do You Think You Are? in London and Senior Advisor to President Obama, Valerie Jarrett, learns ...

Valerie Jarrett: Immigration Promise 'Lost In Translation'

The Huffington Post | Ashley Alman | Posted 05.16.2014 | Politics

Senior White House adviser Valerie Jarrett took to Twitter on Friday to reject reports that the Obama administration has a commitment from House Speak...