Reid’s Kamakaze Kabuki Theater

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 That’s Show Business: Harry’s Cynical plot to keep the Senate 

Everything you’ll see from the Senate in the next few weeks will be complete bullshit. POLITICO grinds out the story on the Senate leaders’ familiar playbook. Here’s the money quote:

Reid has scheduled votes on a politically populist agenda devised by Schumer aimed at forcing Republicans to block bills aimed at wooing students, women, seniors and the middle class. Democrats have repeatedly put forth bills that have little chance of passing — like on increasing the minimum wage, gender pay equity, contraception access and student loan assistance. And even when there are efforts they actually support — such as Obama’s executive action on immigration — Democratic leaders have lobbied the White House to punt on the issue to avoid hurting their vulnerable incumbents and candidates in red states. Read the rest of this entry »


White House: ‘We’re not the ‘perfect example’ on pay equity’

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                                                                                                                                                    Tish Wells — McClatchy

For McClatchy, Lesley Clark writes: President Barack Obama frequently hammers Republicans for not supporting measures that he says would ensure equal pay for men and women, calling it an “embarrassment” that women make 77 cents for every dollar a man makes.

But White House salaries aren’t equal by that standard either, according to new salary figures published this week on the White House website. A McClatchy review earlier this year found that when the same calculations that produced the 77 cents is applied to the White House, women overall at the White House make 91 cents for every dollar men make.

Pressed repeatedly on the matter, Press Secretary Josh Earnest said the White House was paying “appreciably better than the country is more broadly, but we still have more work to do.”

The White House has countered that men and women at the White House in the same jobs, make the same salaries. But that’s not the argument it makes in pressing for the legislation. Read the rest of this entry »