Obama Order Blocks Federal Contracts for Age Discrimination Violators

Contractors found to have discriminated against workers because of their age or committed other recent labor-law violations will be ineligible for federal contracts under an executive order that President Barack Obama signed today. Among the worker protections in the order: Businesses with federal contracts of $1 million or more cannot require arbitration in worker disputes involving sexual harassment and certain civil rights violations. Workers also must get basic information on their paychecks, such as deductions and hours worked, so they can verify that their …

‘When Will I Be Loved?’: Linda Ronstadt Gets an Answer

Legendary singer Linda Ronstadt, 68, undoubtedly has had plenty of secret admirers over the years, though perhaps none quite as famous as the president of the United States. Ronstadt, who’s won numerous accolades over the years for her “one-of-a-kind voice,” was at a White House ceremony on July 28 to receive the National Medal of Arts. As President Barack Obama prepared to hang the medal around Ronstadt’s neck, he confessed, “I had a little crush on her back in the …

Walking to the White House

Post by Melissa Stanton, AARP (updated May 13, 2014): If Dan Burden could have walked the 2,745 miles from Port Townsend, Wash., where he lives and works, and arrive in Washington, D.C., by May 13, there’s a good chance he’d have done so. As cofounder of the Walkable and Livable Communities Institute, Burden travels the nation (and points beyond) helping cities, towns and neighborhoods become more walkable. His efforts earned him an invitation to the White House, where he was …

Dear Mrs. Obama: How About Obesity in Older Women?

Dear Mrs. Obama: Congratulations on the new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data that shows that obesity among preschoolers has plummeted 43 percent over the last decade. Certainly that was good news to coincide with the fourth anniversary of your Let’s Move! campaign to fight childhood obesity. As nice as that is, that’s not really why I’m writing you. I’m writing about the rest of that study, which included the less than stellar news about the obesity rate among …

Miami Dolphins Get White House Ceremony – 40 Years Later

Maybe this is what President Obama needs to get his way with Congress – scads of football legends lined up behind him. These players were a bit past their peak bench-pressing days – and more than 4o years past their first of back-to-back Super Bowl wins – but still in possession of the record for an undefeated season and postseason. (They remain the only undefeated team in NFL history.) So why now honor the 1972 Miami Dolphins? Related: America’s Top …

Michelle Obama and Harrison Ford: A White House Preview of “42″

Are you as pumped as I am to see 42, the new movie about Jackie Robinson? Earlier this week I got to attend a White House event with Michelle Obama, Harrison Ford, Jackie’s widow Rachel (who looks amazing at 90), writer/director Brian Helgeland, and Chadwick Boseman. Boseman  plays the baseball legend; Ford plays the man who signed him to play for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Branch Rickey.   In the State Dining Room were high school students from around the country, …