Allies of President Barack Obama are warning the administration that it has been too slow in responding to a cascading set of scandals and risks letting Republicans define his second term and derail his agenda.
Sheryl Sandberg, fresh off a media tour to promote her book on women in the workplace, is building the foundation for a life in the public eye that supersedes her day-to-day duties as operating chief at Facebook Inc.
One year ago, the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, one of the oldest gun-control advocacy groups, began reinventing itself with a focus on public education. It hired a new president, a New York advertising executive with no background in politics; ordered up web videos featuring celebrities; and eased out its vice president, who literally wrote the book on American gun policy.
Vice President Joe Biden, seeking to repair damage done by President Barack Obama’s subdued debate last week, gave an assertive performance while clashing with Representative Paul Ryan over the direction of the U.S. economy, foreign policy, Medicare and taxes.
President Barack Obama and fellow Democrats have run out of time and tools to generate growth as a historic government intervention to rescue the economy runs up against the limits of the November election calendar.
Three months after a tuxedo-clad George Clooney shared a White House dinner table with Barack and Michelle Obama, the president traveled to the actor’s mansion in Studio City for another meal. That second party, a star-studded affair in May, came with a better dessert: $15 million in campaign cash.