Category Archives: White House

Presidents Head To White House

by Categorized: White House, Yale University Date:

The \"michaelpresidents of Yale and Wesleyan and the president of the state university system will travel to the White House Thursday, joining college leaders from across the country, for an event on \”expanding \"petercollege opportunity.\”

President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will host the White House session. The all-day event will be streamed live. The \"????????\"White House is not releasing an agenda for the event.

The gathering includes leaders from nonprofits, foundations, state governments and businesses as well as Wesleyan\’s Michael Roth, Yale\’s Peter Salovey and Gregory Gray, president of the state Board of Regents for Higher Education.


Sen. Murphy Headed To Berlin Next Week

by Categorized: Chris Murphy, Washington, White House Date:

Chris Murphy will depart for Europe next week on a relationship-mending mission in the wake of revelations about U.S. snooping on world leaders.

\"berlin\"Murphy, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on European Affairs, will be accompanied by U.S. Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart and U.S. Rep. Gregory Meeks for meetings with European leaders in Berlin and Brussels.

Here\’s how he sees the trip and the possibly awkward meetings next week:

Over the last several months, our European allies have raised legitimate concerns about the nature and scope of U.S. intelligence programs, and I agree that at times, U.S. surveillance programs have not been conducted with the appropriate restraint and security, both in the United States and in Europe. However, the importance of the ties between our countries goes far beyond these issues. My goal for these meetings will be to help cement the overall relationship between the United States and Europe as we discuss trade and investment negotiations, counter-terrorism cooperation, and other critical issues in the wake of these allegations.




Mahoney v. Mahoney: Obamacare Miniseries

by Categorized: 2014 Election, Hartford, President Obama, Washington, White House Date:

The two Mahoneys from Hartford are squaring off over the Affordable Healthcare Act. It started when Brendan, a UConn Law student, told his story to the Courant last week. His comments caught the eye of opponents like Rush and a Wall Street Journal blogger – as well as another Mahoney, also from Hartford and also 30-years-old. Take it away guys!

Brendan Mahoney, UConn law student: With the key part of the Affordable Care Act coming into effect, the same people who have decried death panels have decided that they should have input into what kind of health care we deserve. It doesn\’t matter if you are a full-time student who works part time and needs assistance for a few months. Nor does it matter that you\’ve been paying taxes into the system, but for a short period you need a little help and now you\’re relying on it. Nope. You\’re a welfare king and a moocher.

Large corporations take advantage of vast tax loopholes and the richest of Americans continue to pay an artificially reduced tax rate because they aren\’t adequately taxed on investment income and avoid taxable income at all costs. Instead, it\’s a lot easier to beat up on a student and declare the system a failure because it provides incentives for the apparently socially undesirable behavior of putting yourself through school.

Health care is a fundamental right. It\’s shameful that more than half the states in the union have decided that their less wealthy residents are undeserving of that right and that they must continue to defer care until they require emergency care at the greatest cost.

Brendan Mahoney, Hartford lawyer: Obamacare did not \”make my day\”; I am horrified of rationed, DMV-style care; and am staunchly opposed to the Affordable Care Act.

Given Chief Justice John Roberts\’ declaration that the ACA is constitutional, I will limit my comments here to policy grounds. First, forcing insurers to underwrite those with pre-existing conditions is actuarial suicide, improperly socializing cost, not risk. Second, Obamacare\’s purchasing power, coupled with that of Medicare and Medicaid, approaches a monopoly that will bankrupt hospitals, private practices, pharmaceutical companies, and ultimately, the republic. Third, giving government control over health care decisions and information engenders paranoia and hatred of Washington, which poisons civil society.

The ACA will not long stand. To further the public discourse and common good, I invite the other Brendan Mahoney to a spirited and civil debate.



Got Syria On Your Mind? Rep. Esty Is Listening.

by Categorized: Elizabeth Esty, President Obama, White House Date:

\"EstyHey 5th District constituents, here\’s your chance to give U.S. Rep. Elizabeth Esty and earful. She says she is skeptical but hasn\’t yet decided how to vote on President Obama\’s request for Congressional backing to strike Syria.

The details:

CORNWALL, CT – Saturday, September 7, Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty (CT-5) will hold Congress on Your Corner in Cornwall to provide constituents with an opportunity to meet with their Congresswoman one on one and share their thoughts on some of the most pressing issues facing Connecticut and the country, including the President’s request for authorization for military action in Syria, or to discuss any issue they like. Constituents can also attend to seek assistance with any problem they may be having with a federal agency. Esty will be at Cornwall Town Hall from 3:00 to 4:00 PM.

Read: Justice Dept Pot Memo

by Categorized: Washington, White House Date:

The U.S. Justice Dept. will not meddle in states that have legalized marijuana. Read the memo here.

\"weedIn Justice-speak, here\’s where they say they are going to let states that have \”effective regulatory and enfocement systems\” in place to do their own thing:

\"weedInstead, the feds will focus on:


Darien Man A White House Fellow

by Categorized: White House Date:

\"justinJustin Finnegan, a managing director of a group that is planting 10 million hazelnut trees in Bhutan, has been named a White House Fellow. Finnegan is a co-founder of Mountain Hazelnuts Group , which aims to create a sustainable export market to Europe and China for farmers in Bhutan.

According to the White House:

Justin was both a Fulbright and Trustman Scholar and spent two years conducting research in rural villages near China’s border with Tibet and Myanmar, focusing on the effects of agricultural policy on subsistence farmers.  He was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.  He received a BA from Harvard College in East Asian Studies, where he was named a Harvard-Yenching scholar, and an MBA from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business.  Justin is fluent in written and spoken Chinese and proficient in French, Spanish, and Yunnanese.

The White House fellowships offer a year-long immersion at high-levels of the federal government.

HUD Secretary to Visit the Connecticut Shore Monday

by Categorized: President Obama, Washington, White House Date:

The head of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will visit Connecticut today to talk about Storm Sandy recovery efforts in the state.

\"shaunShaun Donovan is due to stop at Silver Sands State Park in Milford and the Washington Village public housing complex in Norwalk, which was heavily damaged by the October storm.

Donovan will be joined by Gov. Dannel P. Malloy, Sen. Richard Blumenthal and U.S. Rep. Jim Himes, along with local dignitaries.

HUD recently approved a $72 million grant to help Connecticut rebuild from the storm.