June 7, 2013 |
Ellen Sturtz is a retired public servant and an advocate for LGBT equality. When Barack Obama was running for President in 2008, I thought he was serious about protecting the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community from workplace discrimination. He made two key promises — that he would sign an executive order providing workplace protections by federal contractors, and that he would help pass the Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA), ending workplace discrimination by all employers.
June 4, 2013 |
Michelle Obama experienced a rare face-to-face encounter with a protester late Tuesday — approaching the activist and threatening to leave a fundraiser if the person did not stop interrupting her speech. Obama was addressing a Democratic Party fundraiser in a private home in the Kalorama neighborhood of Northwest Washington when Ellen Sturtz, 56, a lesbian activist, interrupted her remarks to demand that President Obama sign an anti-discrimination executive order. The first lady showed her displeasure — pausing to...
May 16, 2013 |
Jeffrey Marburg-Goodman was special counsel to the administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development from 2010 to 2012 and was a foreign policy adviser to the 2008 Obama campaign. President Obama's continuing popularity among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) Americans is due in large part to major accomplishments of his first term: overturning the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy , abandoning support for the so-called Defense of Marriage Act in court and his...
May 1, 2013 |
Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell (R) announced Wednesday that he will create a "Teacher Cabinet" of advisers to influence high-level decisions that affect public schools . The teachers who will comprise most of the cabinet will be charged with developing recommendations for new ways to engage parents and close achievement gaps, and they will work on methods for improving the collaboration between public schools, colleges and workplaces....
April 26, 2013 |
The White House has backed away from its push for mandatory cybersecurity standards in favor of an approach that would combine voluntary measures with incentives for companies to comply with them. That approach reflects recognition of the political reality of a divided Congress, which makes mandated standards difficult to push through, and a belief that an executive order President Obama signed in February could improve companies' cybersecurity. "This is a huge focus for my...
April 5, 2013
The April 3 front-page article " Obama aims to shift D.C. Circuit " highlighted a presidential judicial nomination made for the wrong reason. Concerning President Obama's nomination of Sri Srinivasan to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, the article stated, "Giving liberals a greater say on the D.C. Circuit is important for Obama as he looks for ways to circumvent the Republican-led House and a polarized Senate on a number of policy fronts through executive order and other administrative procedures.