To be clear, we are not suggesting ending the use of fossil fuels tomorrow. Decarbonizing our industries, homes, transportation, power generation and food production will take time. But we must make this transition as quickly as humanly possible.
Central to celebrating Pride is recognizing the work that is yet to be done. Not until every American -- whether gay, straight, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender -- is treated equally under the law will we fully realize our potential as a nation.
We're now six years and counting into Barack Obama's presidency, and I have to tell you: That hopey-changey stuff is working out great! Of course, I say that as someone who reads the news and pays attention to the President's accomplishments.
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.
There was this moment yesterday, when Facebook turned into a sea of rainbows. When the White House turned the color of Pride. When the Gay Men's Chorus sang The National Anthem in front of the Supreme Court after the ruling and people around this country cheered and cried together.
Today is a historic day for the LGBT community. Thanks to the Supreme Court's decision this morning, marriage equality is now a reality in 50 states. We now have more access to healthcare, more protection from discrimination, and more power in our political process than ever before.
People often ask me whether being President has made it more difficult to spend time with Michelle and our girls. But the surprising truth is that being in the White House has made our family life more "normal" than it's ever been.
I've told this story before but it bears repeating, especially in these trying times. For many years, I ran youth programs in the District of Columbia. I worked with hundreds, maybe thousands, of young people all over the city. Still, I keep coming back to the experiences of two kids.
Democrats greeted it as a vindication of the science of climate change and of their party's policy proposals to address it (subscription). Some prominent Republicans -- such as GOP presidential hopeful Jeb Bush -- argued that a religious leader has no place in crafting policy.
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.
Industry representatives are talking to each other, while lobbying policymakers for the status quo. Public health organizations and non-profits working on this issue would like to bridge the gaps, but the gaps often seem unbridgeable. These silos prevent progress in combatting antibiotic resistance at a time when we desperately need action.
President Obama lost big on a trade deal last week, as House Democrats thwarted his hopes for expanded negotiating authority, putting the White House's ability to fast-track trade deals in jeopardy, and potentially imperiling some landmark trade negotiations that are underway.
While Obama appealed to party loyalty, many Democrats, who have watched factory after factory leave the United States with no replacements in sight, seized the moral high ground. They took a stand against the secret trade-negotiating process that puts all the power in the hands of powerful industry lobbyists, shutting out U.S. workers and their representatives in Congress.
if the White House is serious about several of its clearly critical themes -- take elder abuse, for example -- it will use the unique symbol of a once a decade event on aging to debunk the myths and stigma of aging and in the course give stronger and more powerful voice precisely to topics like elder abuse.
With my retirement on June 30 barely a heartbeat away, it is, as the hash-tag says, getting real. Each day has the tinge of poignancy, of last times...
He, obviously, wants to follow the trail Bush blazed from the Texas governor's office to the Oval Office. However, this will be the second run for Perry, and he'll have to improve significantly on his previous performance to even have a chance of doing so.