West Wing Week


West Wing Week: 12/14/12 or “True to Ourselves and Our History”
Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. This week, the First Family attended the annual Christmas in Washington concert, the Vice President talked #My2k over lunch with middle-class Americans and attended the Army Navy football game with Dr. Biden, while the President signed the Child Protection Act into law, visited the Daimler Detroit Diesel plant, joined conference calls with Latino leaders and Mayors, and invited regional television reporters to the White House for a series of interviews.

President Obama Talks Middle-Cla​ss Tax Cuts with Mayors and Their Constituen​ts

Yesterday, President Obama held a conference call with a bipartisan group of mayors and community leaders from around the country to discuss preventing an income tax increase on middle-class families.

Several of the mayors asked some of their constituents who had shared what a $2,000 tax increase next year would mean for their families to join the call as well.

Check out some photos and tweets from leaders who listened in from cities and towns nationwide.

President Obama Talks Middle-Class Tax Cuts with Mayors and Their Constituents

In Case You Missed It


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New Report Shows Volunteering and Civic Involvement at Five-Year High
In the latest version of the Volunteering and Civic Life in America (VCLA) report published yesterday by the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), we see the national rate of volunteering has reached a five-year high.

First Lady Michelle Obama and Toys for Tots Spread Holiday Cheer
First Lady Michelle Obama stopped by a Toys for Tots service project on Monday at the Joint Base Anacostia-Bolling with “boxes and boxes” of gifts that were donated by White House staffers, American CEOs, and even First Daughters Malia and Sasha.

President Obama’s Record and Proposals for Cutting Spending
The President has signed $1 trillion in discretionary spending cuts into law through the Budget Control Act, and his budget calls for more than $340 billion in entitlement savings from Medicare and Medicaid, and $250 billion from other mandatory programs

Congressional Budget Office:

One of the Best Places to Work in the Federal Government

 I am delighted to report that CBO has again been recognized by the Partnership for Public Service as one of the “Best Places to Work in the Federal Government.” In our third year of participation, CBO was second among 29 agencies in the small agency category. (You can see the results for all participating federal agencies at the Partnership’s Best Places to Work website.)

the daily share


When she’s this mad, you know it’s going to be good. WATCH:

We’d Just Like To Say ‘Ditto’ To Everything Jennifer Granholm Says In This Clip

There’s more than one way to become educated.

ASTOUNDING! What Michael Jackson, David Beckham, Jay-Z, And Oprah Can Teach Us About Education

What You're About To See Is Incredibly Disturbing But So Is What Republicans Are Doing With Their Votes On It Posted on December 12, 2012 by Angie  This isn’t something to play political games with. WATCH:

What You’re About To See Is Incredibly Disturbing But So Is What Republicans Are Doing With Their Votes On It

Diversity in Congress … begins

 Last month’s election was a landmark for Democrats and our country. And as the new DSCC chairman, I can’t wait to start working to strengthen and secure the Democratic majority!

Are you as excited as I am to see new Senators like Elizabeth Warren, Heidi Heitkamp and Tammy Baldwin fight for us in the Senate? Then sign their welcome card right away! Let the new Democratic Senators know how excited you are to see them fighting for you.

Welcome our new senators! Sign the card.

Thanks to you, the Senate now includes a record number of women, our first openly gay Senator, and our first Asian American female Senator.

Today, please join me in welcoming Heidi Heitkamp, Elizabeth Warren, Tammy Baldwin, and the new Senators you helped elect!

Add your name to the welcome card immediately >> https://dscc.org/welcome-new-senators

Thanks for your support,
Michael Bennet