There are a lot of interesting White House news out there, so I thought I’d do a kind of roundup piece for you this evening to make sure you’re aware of it.
** Obama is seeking another $1.2 trillion to keep the government from eclipsing the debt ceiling. From the Washington Post:
Congress will have had 15 days to say no before the nation’s debt ceiling automatically is raised from $15.2 trillion to $16.4 trillion . . .
Obama had sought to make the request at the end of last month, when the Treasury came within $100 billion of its borrowing limit. However, with Congress on recess, lawmakers from both parties asked the president to hold off.
** The Justice Department offered up the legal rationale for President Obama’s decision to make recess appointments while the Senate was holding pro forma sessions it claimed kept it out of session. From The Hill:
In a memo, Justice argued the pro forma sessions held every third day in the Senate do not constitute a functioning body that can render advice and consent on the president’s nominees.
** Obama’s chief economist said raising taxes on the wealthy will help the economy.
He argued that a more progressive tax code would reduce inequality and increase consumer spending, since middle-class workers tends to spend most of their income.
According to a new book, Obama got sick of shaking the troops’ hands while on a trip to Baghdad. Via BuzzFeed:
“He didn’t want to take pictures with any more soldiers; he was complaining about it,” a State Department official tells me. “Look, I was excited to meet him. I wanted to like him. Let’s just say the scales fell from my
eyes after I did. These are people over here who’ve been fighting the war, or working every day for the war effort, and he didn’t want to take fucking pictures with them?”
** And Obama apparently thinks he has sons. From remarks made Thursday night to supporters in Chicago, via Byron Tau at Politico 44, where I saw this:
“The first bill I signed — a bill that said that we’re going to have equal pay for equal work because I want my daughters treated the same way as my sons.”